Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Slow Down...And Look A Little Closer

I went for a walk the other day. I wanted to get some flower pictures along the way to the hayfield. I was amazed at how many little critters were "hiding" in the flowers I was photographing. I realized how I had overlooked some amazing little creepy crawlies.






Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Foolproof Family Recipes~Review & Giveaway!

I love coming across that one cookbook that seems to have not a few "go to" recipes, but all are "go to" recipes. This cookbook that has just been released by Gooseberry Patch has recipes that are perfect for busy families. (I also like it when "foolproof" is in the title! ;)  ).
This book is full of recipes that are easy to put together, with easy-to-follow directions.
Hawaiian Salad
Shared by: Sharry Murawski from Oak Forest, IL
1 cup pineapple chunks
11-oz. can mandarin oranges, drained
1/2 cup sour cream
1 cup mini marshmallows
2 Tbsp. sweetened flaked coconut, toasted
Combine pineapple and oranges in a bowl. Gently stir in sour cream. Fold in marshmallows and coconut. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Serves 4.

Carolyn's Toscana Soup
shared by: Carolyn Deckard from Bedford, IN
1/2 lb. spicy Italian pork sausage links*
2-3/4 cup chicken broth
1/4 cup whipping cream
2 cups kale, chopped
2 russet potatoes, quartered and sliced
1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes
1/4 tsp. salt
Grill or sauté sausage until browned. Drain and cool; slice sausage at an angle, 1/2 inch thick. Combine broth and cream in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add sausage and remaining ingredients. Reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer for about one hour, stirring occasionally, until potatoes are tender. Serves 4.
*I used ground sausage for this recipe. I browned it and then drained it.

Italian Zucchini
shared by: Stephanie Gegg from Sainte Genevieve, MO
1-1/2 zucchini, cubed
15-1/2 oz. can petite diced tomatoes
1 cup sweet onion, chopped
1 cup sliced mushrooms
1/2 tsp. garlic, minced
1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes
1/8 tsp. dried oregano
1/2 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. pepper
Combine zucchini, undrained tomatoes and remaining ingredients in a medium saucepan. Cook over medium heat for 20 to 25 minutes, until vegetables are tender. Makes 4 servings.
Enter for a chance to win a copy of Gooseberry Patch Foolproof Family Recipes!
Leave a comment on this review/giveaway post.
What is your favorite "go to" recipe that is a family favorite?
Giveaway begins today, July 8, 2014 and a winner will be chosen on August 1, 2014 at 9:00 p.m. EST.  Please be sure you leave an email address so that I can contact you if you are chosen!
Winners will be notified by email and have 48 hours to respond.
Thanks! And Good Luck!!
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