Thursday, November 18, 2010

Meatloaf...Perfect Comfort Food!

Gooseberry patch has reached 50,000 fans on Facebook! So, that means the 3rd chapter in their printable online free cookbook is available! I can't wait to try some of these recipes, and for me, fall and winter is the perfect time to cook up comfort food!
Hope you enjoy these! And if you get a chance, stop by their Facebook page and become a fan! :)

25 Meatloaf Recipes by Gooseberry Patch

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Thanksgiving is Getting Close!

Thanksgiving is close, and it's good to take a day to be thankful. But, I really like to think of the whole month of November as being a good time to be thankful. Even during tough times, there is always something to be thankful for. 

We've had a rough year. But I can think of so many things that I am thankful for.

Last night, as I walked to the kitchen to get a drink, I stepped on a toy dinosaur, a marble and various stuffed toys. Our house looks as though Toys R Us exploded. I could see the toys as clutter and messy. But, I'm thankful that I have a wonderful daughter to scatter her toys out. And, thankful that I have a house that can get messy.

We still have our farm, and are doing what we love. Although some changes had to be made this fall, they seem to be for the best, and we'll continue hanging in there, and we'll see how we do things come spring.

I have a job, and it's close, and enjoyable. I am able to be home with Emily for the most part. And even on my latest night working, I'm usually home no later than 8:30. That's a blessing!

Our pantry is full. We even splurged and got a turkey early for Thanksgiving. And my dad will be coming this year!!

After several years of not speaking, my dad and husband have made peace and have a good relationship.

That is just a few things that I am thankful for. I really could go on with my list.

Of course, since Thanksgiving is getting close, I'm going to share a recipe that my Grandma made every year. As a kid, I did not like sweet potatoes, so I never ate this as a kid, but remember it was something that was made. Now, I love it! Not the best for my diabetes, but I'll just have a tiny bit!

Sweet Potato Casserole

1 (16 oz. can) sweet potatoes
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1 egg
4 Tbsp. melted butter
1 pkg. mini marshmallows

Grease a baking dish (8x8). Mix all ingredients except marshmallows. Place 1/2 of mixture in baking dish. Dot with about 1/2 marshmallows, then add remaining mixture. Bake at 350 for about 30 minutes. Remove from oven and dot top with remaining marshmallows. Return to oven and bake about 10 minutes.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

A Good "Go To" Recipe!

I have been out of the blogging loop lately! Between working and having a stomach bug and then, most recently, a cold bug, I've just not really been up to doing much online.

I posted on Facebook that we were having Delicious Drumsticks tonight for dinner, along with mashed potatoes and a veggie. I've been asked for the recipe for those drumsticks. If you like Gooseberry Patch cookbooks, you'll find this recipe in their Farmhouse Kitchen cookbook. 

Delicious Drumsticks

1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. paprika
1/4 tsp. pepper
6 chicken drumsticks
1/4 cup melted & cooled margarine

Heat oven to 425 degrees. Mix flour, salt, paprika, and pepper in a bowl (I usually use a large Zip-Loc bag). Dip chicken drumsticks into the margarine and then coat with the flour mixture. Arrange in an ungreased 8x8 baking pan. Bake uncovered for about 50 minutes.
Makes 6 drumsticks.

This is a great recipe to put together when you are in a pinch, or just want something easy. It's a definite favorite in our house!

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