Sunday, March 18, 2012

Recipe Review & Bonus Giveaway!



Recipe Review time!
I was asked by the folks at Gooseberry Patch to review their newest cookbook, Simple Shortcut Recipes!



Ranch & Bacon Pasta Salad

8-oz. pkg. rotini pasta, uncooked
1-1/2 c. mayonnaise
1 T. ranch salad dressing mix
1 T. bacon bits
3 green onions, chopped

Cook pasta according to package directions; drain and rinse with cold water. In a large bowl, mx remaining ingredients until well blended. Fold in pasta. Cover and chill before serving. Serves 4.




Yummy Quick Taco Soup

1 lb. ground beef
1 onion, diced
2 16-oz. cans black beans
2 16-oz. cans kidney beans
11-oz. can corn
10-oz. can diced tomatoes with green chilies
46-oz. can tomato juice
2 1-1/4 oz. pkgs. taco seasoning mix
Optional: sour cream, shredded Cheddar cheese, tortilla chips

Brown beef in a skillet over medium-high heat; drain. Add beef to a large slow cooker; add onion and undrained beans, corn and tomatoes. Pour in tomato juice; stir in seasoning mix. Cover and cook on low setting for 6-8 hours. Serve with sour cream, cheese and tortilla chips if desired. Serves 6-8.



Banana Cream Pie

2-3/4 c. cold milk
2 3.4 oz. instant vanilla pudding mix
2 T. banana extract
Optional: 5 drops yellow food coloring
8-oz. container frozen whipped topping, thawed
9-inch graham cracker crust

In a bowl, whisk together milk, dry pudding mix, banana extract and food coloring, if using, for 3 minutes, or until softly set. Fold in whipped topping. Spoon into crust. Cover; freeze overnight. Thaw in refrigerator one hour before serving. Serves 6-8.




Now for the giveaway! I have not one but TWO Gooseberry Patch Simple Shortcut Recipes cookbooks to giveaway!
All you have to do is leave a comment here or on our blog Facebook page, and since spring is almost here, I'd like to know what your favorite thing about spring is! Make sure you leave an email address so I can let you know if you have won.
The giveaway will end Sunday, March 25 at 8:00 p.m. Winners will be announced at 9 p.m.! Good Luck!!!






58 comments:

Kim said...

My favorite thing about spring is all of the "new life"....animals, flowers, ect....

kwhorton (at) bellsouth (dot) net

Teri said...

Please enter me in your drawing. Thanks! My favorite thing about spring is that things come alive and grow. I love the colors and smells. :)

kathy said...

My favorite thing about spring is the warmer temps and spending time outside. I would love to win this book and add it to my collection. Kathy= Luckypookers9213@yahoo.com

Teri said...

I left a comment earlier, but it still hasn't shown up, yet. I forgot to put my e-mail address, so I'll comment again. My favorite thing about spring is the colors and smells. Thanks for the entry. :) Teri
jtbrian@wavecable.com

Anonymous said...

My favorite things about Spring are seeing all of the baby ducklings, and playing outside with my nieces and nephews. I am now a Great Aunt to a beautiful baby girl named Payton. Payton is now 4 months old. We almost lost her when she was 9 weeks old. She had open heart surgery, and caught a staph infection and pneumonia. She is a miracle baby! My FAVORITE thing this Spring is going to be playing g outside with her, pushing her in a swing and stroller, and thanking God everyday for her!
lindsayjwood@yahoo.com

Kerry Fountain said...

My favorite thing about spring? Lilacs!! I absolutely adore them and love driving by them to soak in some of their wonderful smell! I am hoping my bushes start blossoming someday soon.

Anonymous said...

My favorite thing about spring are the flowers and trees that bloom. :)

Sara Voges
saraanncst@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

My favorite thing about spring are the flowers and trees that bloom. :)

Sara Voges
saraanncst@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

My favorite thing about Spring is my daughter was born lol and that was 25 years ago today. I look at her and her beauty always puts a smile on my face : )
kanoamom1110@yahoo.com

Angie said...

My fav thing about Spring is all the fresh fruits & veggies that come from the all the fantastic farmers markets, can't wait!! AngiesBigLoveofFood@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

My favorite things about spring are bouncing baby lambs and pussy willows.. dkzemke@pmt.org

Anonymous said...

The thing I like about spring is seeing and hearing nature come alive and listening to the laughter of children playing
pastor cindy
cjduffee@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

I love the flowers, grass & trees leafing out again. The warmer weather & everything looks 'fresh'! Spring is my favorite season! :o) Thanks for the chance to win! Susan. @ s.jjrea@hotmail.com

gshep said...

I love to plant flowers and herbs. Got out my pots today and started filling them with seeds and flowers. I love the surprise of new flowers that bloom in the Spring over night.Enjoyed the picture of you and family.What a view!I thank GOD for my family too!

Amanda said...

I love springtime! My most favorite thing is baby lambs. Nothing compares to a sweet one! Enjoy your spring!

Amanda Hulet
hulet_2001@yahoo.com
www.cookincraftinfarmin.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

Love these cookbooks! Please enter me in drawing! whitea2@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

My favorite things about spring are the new foliage, the smell of warm earth ready to put forth new blooms and watching the new calves discover the world around them.

Anonymous said...

My favorite thing about spring is the flowers...let's me know we have survived winter !!

Apron lady said...

My favorite thing about spring? - All things seem new again! There seems to be a renewed energy in nature. Which rubs off on me lol. But most of all I love spring because of Easter!!!! That is my most favorite and thankful thing about spring.

Thank you
Lisa Kelly
stpabvfine@Aol.com

Apron lady said...

My favorite thing about spring? - All things seem new again! There seems to be a renewed energy in nature. Which rubs off on me lol. But most of all I love spring because of Easter!!!! That is my most favorite and thankful thing about spring.

Thank you
Lisa Kelly
stpabvfine@Aol.com

Anonymous said...

Spring is about new life and new beginnings. Everything comes alive again in the Spring and gives everyone hope that things will be okay. We must also remember Easter and what it means to us. billdonna@kcaccess.com

Anonymous said...

Favorite things about Spring are all of nature's gorgeous colors and the beginnings of all the fresh veggies at the local farmer's market...inspires me to get creative in the kitchen :))

If I win one of the awesome cookbooks, you can email me kayk.mcdade@gmail.com
THANKS SO MUCH!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Love the new born calves in the sping!! dantley63@yahoo.com

Joan said...

I love all the flowers that bloom in the spring.

Amanda Munhollon said...

Favorite things about spring are: warmer days, stays lighter longer & watching all the beautiful plants, flowers & trees blossom!

Anonymous said...

LOVE Spring! Everything is blooming and the animals are so much more active. Here in the desert it's cool enough for the flowers to bloom and we can be out to enjoy them.
Yvonne
dbarreras@cox.net

Diana said...

I love the spring flowers and the wonderful temperatures! I change from winter cooking to spring and summer cooking. I would love to win one of the cookbooks!

Diana
dianalpoole@gmail.com

MommaMary said...

Just seeing that first blush of green as the grass peeks through. Then hearing the robins.

purrfectjewel said...

My favorite thing about Spring is watching everything wake up from it's winter sleep. Love to see the trees and flowers bloom. Great giveaway, thanks.

kittygirl15401@yahoo.com

Shari Langham said...

What I love about Spring are the hummingbirds, flowers, trees, longer days and BASEBALL!! We LOVE baseball!!!

sharilangham@gmail.com

Bonnie M said...

I enjoy getting to spend time enjoying the outdoors!

Bonnie
bdmltm at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

I love all the new buds of new life all around us, with the anticipation
of summer.

Anonymous said...

My favorite thing about spring is that the days are longer! I also love all the flowers, budding trees, and return of the green grass!

Jan Ratski (dandypatch) said...

Love the sights, sounds and smells of Spring! Birds and their song, fresh green everywhere! Flowers, spring peepers, light spring showers, warmer and LONGER days. Cooking outside (year round for me), gardening. Just everything about the transition from Winter to Summer!

Jan Ratski (dandypatch) said...

Oh! my email addy... jratsk@chartermi.net

Bee W Bedard said...

Watching my tulips come up
brendawitherspoon at hotmail dot com

Anonymous said...

My favorite part of spring is the plants coming back to life and my bleeding heart is in bloom. Its all very pretty and colorful. Happy spring. mrsnoon@aol.com

Stephanie said...

I love hearing the birds call to one another and seeing the first buds on the trees. Overnight, the leaves appear and everything seems to be finally waking up!

Katie said...

My favorite thing about spring... sunny days with cool winds, tied with the blooming and smells of flowers.

Anonymous said...

My favorite part of spring is the plants coming back to life and my bleeding heart is in bloom. Its all very pretty and colorful. Happy spring. mrsnoon@aol.com

Anonymous said...

I love seeing all the birds preparing nests for new life. I love to uncover my plants and watch them wake up from winter. I love spring for the warmer weather and new signs of life.

aprilannknits@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

My favorite thing about spring is seeing everything come back to life after the winter season. I just love flowers and blooming trees. The circle of Life!

Susan said...

My favorite things about spring are the flowers, everything starting to bloom, the sun peeking out, the farmer's markets starting up again, the decorating, Easter, and the putting away of winter!

Anonymous said...

love the renewal of spring- just as we celebrate the renewal of life- gooseberry books are the best
pam
pamsfamily2006@yahoo.com

Jeanne Niknam said...

My favorite thing about Spring is having the windows open with lovely fresh air blowing in the house and listening to the hub bub around the farm. Sounds around here include bull frogs croaking down by the pond, ganders chasing off unwanted guests as their geese tend their nests, the ducks' constant gossipping, the chickens' delighted clucks as they spot yet another worm or bug, the ducks on parade as they do a mad waddle from the creek to the barn, the many fragrant fruit tree blossoms pleasing the senses, and the gorgeous Spring green grass! And browsing through my Gooseberry Patch "Celebrate Spring" book for creative ideas and recipes pretty much makes the season even better!

Traci said...

My favorite thing about spring is the warmer (but not too hot) weather. Opening the windows & not having to run the heat or the AC during the day sure helps the bank account.

zoeberner@yahoo.com

Felecia said...

My favorite things about spring are the "new" life it brings and the fresh food. How awesome is our God for all He has blessed us with. Have a wonderful Spring! fleamax0625@yahoo.com

Felecia said...

My favorite things about Spring are the "new" life it brings and the fresh food. What an awesome God we have!!! So blessed we all are. Have a wonderful Spring!!! fleamax0625@yahoo.com

Nina said...

I like the smell of the soil when the farmers start farming.

prairierose2@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

My favorite part of spring is my bleeding hearts start to bloom. The colors are pretty. Happy Spring. mrsnoon@aol.com

Anonymous said...

My favorite things about spring are ... my perennial flower garden in bloom, warmer weather, in-season fruits and veggies, and firing up my Weber grill.

Just Marilyn said...

I love all the new signs of life..... green grass, hyacinths and daffodils blooming, trees budding/leafing out!!

Anonymous said...

My favorite thing about spring is that I know Summer is not behind.

charlene Schabler said...

my favourite thing about spring is all the new growth trees awaking from sleep .Reminds me that altho we have all lost loved ones spring reminds us that life goes on and those we love now walk in gods beautiful garden where nothing withers wor dies but remain as they where,

Catherine Rivard said...

I love the fact that in the spring everything seems to be fresh and new again. The smell of the fresh air after a long winter and the flowering tree's are just glorious!!! I can't wait to be able to start on my flower containers and vegetable gardens!

Deidra said...

My favorite thing about spring is all the blooming trees and flowers.
dallen75@columbus.rr.com

Anonymous said...

My favorite thing about Spring is watching the plants come to life. It's amazing how a little rain, warm weather and sun can make the ground come alive.

Would love to win a book!
Marnie
clarkdsr@aol.com

Anonymous said...

blessedgal45@yahoo.com love wakeing up hearing the birds singing praises to jesus and seeing the sun shine and all God's beautiful creations in full bloom.

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