Thursday, September 26, 2013

Spinach and Egg Casserole

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We love breakfast for dinner around here. This Spinach and Egg Casserole (with some sausage thrown in for fun) was fantastic for dinner, but would also be great for breakfast!

spinach and egg casserole

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Mini Calzones

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Are you getting ready to host a football party? Need some snacks to serve? Or are you just looking for a fun twist for an otherwise boring weeknight meal? Try these mini calzones!

mini calzones

From Gooseberry Patch’s new cookbook, “Hometown Harvest” these mini calzones are sure to be crowd pleasers! (Don’t forget – I’m giving away a copy of this cookbook this week! Stop by this post to enter for your chance to win!)

Monday, September 23, 2013

Baby Bump 36 weeks

I can’t believe there’s only one month to go before we get to meet Baby Doc! The time has been going so fast…

36 weeks baby bump
(Don’t mind the dust bunnies in the photo. I can’t bend down to pick them up anymore. Someday I’ll vacuum again…)

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Garden Veggie Stew

I was recently asked to cook a recipe that somehow relates to my connection with farming and agriculture. My first thought was, “This is easy! We raise beef cows, and I cook with beef all the time!” And then I thought to myself, “Self, you also have all that yummy produce from your garden this summer – why not experiment with it a bit?”

And that’s exactly what I did. I call it Garden Veggie Stew. Farmer Doc has been calling it Feutz Farm Stew. Make it your own, and call it whatever you want!

garden veggie stew

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Hawaiian Chicken

Is it fall? Is it summer? This sweet Hawaiian Chicken from Gooseberry Patch’s “Hometown Harvest” is perfect in your crockpot for this transition weather!

hawaiian chicken

Monday, September 16, 2013

Hometown Harvest Cookbook Giveaway

Are you ready for fall yet? The weather around here just turned, and it is finally feeling a little more like fall. I am sure ready! To celebrate, I have this wonderful cookbook from Gooseberry Patch to giveaway – their new “Hometown Harvest”!

Hometown Harvest
This fall-themed cookbook hits all the high points of a great fall. The chapters include:

  • Hometown Pancake Breakfast (some amazing breakfast recipes!)
  • Church Social Soup Supper (chock full of new soups to try)
  • Thanksgiving Dinner to Remember (some classics, and some new twists on side dishes)
  • Game Day Get-Together (tons of appetizers and finger-foods for a crowd)
  • Pumpkin Patch Sweets (what's fall without dessert?)
  • Slow-Cooker Potluck Pleasers (my favorite - crockpot meals!)
  • Over the River & Through the Woods (heart warming stories from Gooseberry Patch families everywhere!)

Friday, September 13, 2013

Tangy Pineapple Meatballs

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Are you looking for a crowd-pleasing appetizer for your next football party? Need something easy for a big family get-together? Just want a juicy meatball sandwich? This is the recipe for you!

tangy pineapple meatballs

These Tangy Pineapple Meatballs are from Gooseberry Patch’s new cookbook, “Hometown Harvest”. I am so excited to have a copy to review! I’ll also have a copy to give away to one lucky reader! That giveaway is live right now, so stop by this post for your chance to enter!

Monday, September 9, 2013

Lazy Pierogies

Did you catch the Real Farmwives of America & Friends over the weekend? We had a freezer cooking extravaganza! (Search #FarmGirlsFreeze on Twitter or Instagram to see what we were up to.) Ten of the ladies got together and cooked 11 batches of each meal to share. Holy moly – that was a lot of cooking! We worked hard, we had a blast, and we each came home with a freezer full of meals for this harvest season!

We all cooked from Gooseberry Patch’s cookbook, “Our Favorite Freezer-Friendly Recipes”. And we found some great stuff in that cookbook! I made the lazy pierogies, and from what I hear, they were pretty tasty!

lazy pierogies

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Storing the Garden’s Bounty

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Between the heat we had and the rain we have not had in the last few weeks, our garden is about finished. Except the pumpkins. Those babies are still going strong! The tomatoes are growing and getting ripe, but could use a little more rain to help them finish the season strong.

Farmer Doc and I have been doing a lot of canning and freezing around here to store all the good stuff that has been coming out of our garden. We spent our entire day on Labor day canning tomatoes and cucumbers. (Well, except for the part of the day when he had to go deliver a calf. Nothing like a laboring cow on Labor Day!)

This was the first time we had used the Sauce Master to deal with our tomatoes. Holy smoke – why did we not get one of these earlier?!? This beats the HECK out of blanching, skinning, and seeding the tomatoes… Just wash them, chop them up into quarters, toss them in the hopper, and crank away!

sauce master setup

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Cheesy Cornbread Sloppy Joes

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It is finally September! While I still have 7 weeks to go before Baby Doc makes his arrival, it also (hopefully) means that this weather will start to cool off! (So I’m hoping that these last few weeks are a little more bearable than the last two weeks of 95+ weather have been!)

Autumn is my favorite season – I love the weather, the decorations, and the cooking! I had an amazing time two years ago cooking my way through Gooseberry Patch’s “Autumn with Family and Friends.” I am so excited that this year I have a chance to review Gooseberry Patch’s new fall cookbook, “Hometown Harvest”

The first recipe I tried were these Cheesy Cornbread Sloppy Joes. Farmer Doc’s response to this recipe was, “This is great, definitely make it again!”

cheesy cornbread sloppy joes

There are more yummy recipes from “Hometown Harvest” coming your way, so get ready for a very yummy fall!
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