Friday, June 28, 2013

Recipe Round-Up: Grilling

Favorite Grilling Recipes | Gooseberry Patch Recipe Round-Up
Summertime means backyard barbecues and cookouts with family & friends! Not only is it the best time of year to picnic on the patio, grilling is a great way to avoid heating up the kitchen. Whether you're hosting the neighbors for a get-together with all the fixin's or just throwing on your own special marinated chicken for dinner with family, we'd love to hear about your grilled favorites!
So tell us...
What are YOUR favorite GRILLING recipes?
Share them below in our Recipe Round-Up!

We love all the ways you can bump up the flavor of good old-fashioned, we're sharing 3 of our favorite ways! This recipe and variations can be found in our cookbook, Coming Home with Gooseberry Patch.

Smokey Bacon Gouda Burgers | Recipe from Coming Home with Gooseberry Patch

Smokey Bacon-Gouda Burgers
Not your ordinary burgers on the grill...we flavor ours with a dash of hot pepper sauce, a bacon-onion mixture and spicy steak seasoning.
Coming Home with Gooseberry Patch cookbook1/4 c. onion, finely chopped
6 slices bacon, cut into
    1/2-inch pieces, crisply cooked
    and 1 T. drippings reserved
1/4 c. onion, finely chopped
2 T. olive oil
1-3/4 c. onion, thinly sliced
1/4 c. steak sauce
1-1/2 lbs. ground beef sirloin
2 t. Worcestershire sauce
1 t. hot pepper sauce
1 T. grill steak seasoning
4 slices smoked Gouda cheese
4 kaiser rolls or onion rolls, split
    and toasted
Optional: crisply cooked bacon, sliced tomato, lettuce leaves
In a skillet over medium heat, cook chopped onion in reserved drippings until soft, 2 to 3 minutes. Combine with bacon in a small bowl; set aside. Heat oil in skillet; add sliced onion and sauté, covered, until golden, about 10 minutes. Place in another bowl; stir in steak sauce and set aside.
In a large bowl, combine ground beef, remaining sauces, steak seasoning and onion-bacon mixture; mix lightly and form into 4 patties. Grill over medium-high heat to desired doneness, 4 to 6 minutes per side, topping with cheese slices when nearly done. Serve burgers on toasted rolls, topped with sliced onion mixture and with extra crisply cooked bacon, tomato and lettuce, if desired. Makes 4 servings. 

Red Pepper & Jack Burgers:
Prepare burgers as directed, adding one to 2 cloves minced garlic to ground beef mixture. Form into 8 thin patties. Place a slice of Monterey Jack cheese on each of 4 patties; top with remaining patties and press to seal. Grill as directed. Serve burgers on onion rolls, topped with thinly sliced red onion, roasted red peppers and sliced avocado. 
Mushroom & Swiss Burgers: 
Prepare and grill 4 burgers as directed. For topping, replace onion with sliced mushrooms; sauté as directed. Top burgers with Swiss cheese slices and sautéed mushrooms.

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day #3 - Stampin' Blog Hop

June 28

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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Paige Torn by Erynn Mangum

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Paige Torn
Think (May 1, 2013)
Erynn Mangum


A few things about her: So, if we were having this conversation in person, we would probably be hanging out at Starbucks or one of the cute coffeehouses in town. I’m nuts about all things coffee, I’m crazy about all things pink and girly, and I love, love, love the Food Network! I’m married to my best friend and the most amazing guy ever, Jon. He is amiable toward coffee, does not like anything pink or girly and tolerates the Food Network. So, we make a good match! In July 2010, we became parents to one of the funniest, cutest, sweetest little guys in the whole world (and nope, we aren’t biased at all!), our Nater-Tot, who is legally known as Nathan. Most days, I’m cleaning up messes, making goofy faces, trying to fit some writing in, and just LOVING the life that God has given me!


Everyone knows they can count on Paige Alder. But between volunteering at church, putting in overtime at work, and helping her best friend plan an anniversary party, she's lucky to grab a cheese stick for dinner. Paige can't even remember the last time she had a few minutes to relax or dig into God's Word. Then she meets laid-back Tyler, an attractive, Jesus-loving guy. Will he be able to help Paige get her priorities on track?

If you would like to read the first chapter of Paige Torn, go HERE.

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Day #1 - stamp blog hop starts today

June 26

Be watching my day is  on Monday, July 2nd

Have a Honey-of-a-Day

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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

GrandMa's Razzleberry Cake

Mix together, but don't over beat...
1 box white cake mix
3 Tablespoons flour
1 small package raspberry jello
1 cup oil
1/2 cup cold water
4 eggs

After mixing above add 1/2 of the raspberries.  fold together and pour into sprayed 9x13 pan, or 3 round 8 in pans.  bake according to cake mix directions.  Frost cake when cool.

1 stick of margarine, softened
1 lb powdered sugar (about 4 cups)
1/2 of the raspberries

mix with mixer and top cooled cake

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Monday, June 24, 2013

Pieces of the Heart by Bonnie S. Calhoun

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Pieces of the Heart
Abingdon Press (June 1, 2013)
Bonnie S. Calhoun


Bonnie S. Calhoun is Owner/Director of Christian Fiction Blog Alliance, owner/publisher of Christian Fiction Online Magazine, Northeast Zone Director for American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), the ACFW ‘2011 Mentor of the Year,” President of (CAN) Christian Authors Network, and Appointment Coordinator for both the Colorado Christian Writers Conference (CCWC) and the Greater Philadelphia Christian Writers Conference(GPCWC).

For the last six years she has taught workshops in Facebook, Twitter, Blogging, and creating Social Media promotions at both CCWC, and GPCWC, and in 2011 at the Montrose, Pa Christian Writers Conference. She also taught a Facebook workshop at the 2012 ACFW conference.

Bonnie and her husband live in a log cabin in upstate area of New York with a dog and cat who think she’s wait-staff.

Her sites are:


Cordelia Grace watched Bernard Howard, the love of her young life, go off to fight for our country in WWII. And she has spent the last three years creating the Pine Cone quilt that will grace their marriage bed when he comes home. Each row of triangles signifies a layer in her life, sets of memories, hopes, dreams, and prayers for her future, enough spoken words to cover them forever. Her image of their “happy-ever-after” grows proportionally as the quilt expands.

But is the man that returns from the war, the same man that she remembered? Are the dark shades of color that she had to use for the outside edges of the beloved quilt prophetic of her life to come? Can love and faith overcome all?

If you would like to read teh first chapter of Pieces of the Heart, go HERE.

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cool summer fun

Make these cool fun water items in less than 60 seconds.  Watch a tutorial here.  and have a  Blast.  this ought to make the 4th of July a fun refreshing day for kids all ages.

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Friday, June 21, 2013

Summertime Recipes On the Go!

Portable Summertime Recipes | Gooseberry Patch Recipe Round-Up

While we sometimes refer to these days as the lazy days of summer, many times they're as busy as ever! Whether you're packing a picnic dinner to take to the ballpark, making snacks to take to the pool or planning a patio party with a menu that doesn't require plates and forks, we'd love for you to share your very best recipes today!
So tell us...
What are YOUR favorite
Share it below in our Recipe Round-Up!

We love the idea of a slice of pie that needs no fork or plate...these little hand pies are perfect for any summertime gathering! Find the recipe in our cookbook, Get-Togethers with Gooseberry Patch!

Just Peachy Hand Pies | Recipe from Gooseberry Patch | Summertime Recipe Round Up

Just Peachy Hand Pies
From Vickie's kitchen, these are so tasty when peaches are at their summertime peak. Try them with your favorite filling too! 
Get Togethers with Gooseberry Patch cookbook1 T. butter
4 t. cornstarch
1/3 c. plus 1 T.
    sugar, divided

2 lbs. peaches, pitted,
    peeled and diced

1 t. cinnamon
1/8 t. salt
1 T. lemon juice
4 9-inch pie crusts
1 egg, beaten

Melt butter in a skillet over medium heat. Combine cornstarch with 1/3 cup sugar; add to skillet. Stir in peaches, cinnamon and salt. Cook until mixture thickens and boils, about 25 minutes, stirring frequently. Boil for one minute; remove from heat and stir in lemon juice. Cool completely; set aside.
Cut crusts into quarters; spoon 2 tablespoons filling into the center of each quarter, leaving 3/4-inch dough uncovered on each side. Fold dough over filling; press edges together to seal. Transfer pies to 2 ungreased baking sheets. Brush tops of pies with egg; sprinkle with remaining sugar. Cut a one-inch slit in the top of each pie.
Bake at 425 degrees for 18 to 20 minutes until golden, rotating baking sheets between upper and lower racks halfway through baking. Remove to wire racks to cool. Makes 16 pies.
Click here for a printable version of this recipe.

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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Nonexistent? Really?

This is so me right at the moment.  I'm so, so frustrated....If anyone can help me please let me know.  Where did move to???????  I had a blog with them back in 2008 and moved to this one in 2010 because they went to WordPress and I so dislike WP.  I tried to stay with them for a month and never could get it and still to this day I so dislike posting on any site that uses WP for comments.  Well, I can't find my blog stuff that I had on homesteadblogger they have just vanished and I can't find their home to log in????? what has happened in cyber space?  I'm nonexistent... really???  I really would love to know.  Now I'm going for a walk and then I'll get to my sewing projects for the day.  Error I keep getting I've even googled them and can't locate them.  ARGH!

404 Error

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Lock, Stock and Over a Barrel by Melody Carlson

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Lock, Stock and Over a Barrel
B&H Publishing Group (April 30, 2013)
Melody Carlson


Over the years, Melody Carlson has worn many hats, from pre-school teacher to youth counselor to political activist to senior editor. But most of all, she loves to write! Currently she freelances from her home. In the past eight years, she has published over ninety books for children, teens, and adults--with sales totaling more than two million and many titles appearing on the ECPA Bestsellers List. Several of her books have been finalists for, and winners of, various writing awards.

She has two grown sons and lives in Central Oregon with her husband and chocolate lab retriever. They enjoy skiing, hiking, gardening, camping and biking in the beautiful Cascade Mountains.


With high hopes, Dorothy Ballinger lands her dream job at The New York Times. But it's not long until writing about weddings becomes a painful reminder of her own failed romance, and her love of the city slowly sours as well. Is it time to give up the Big Apple for her small hometown of Appleton?

When her eccentric Aunt Dot passes away and leaves a sizeable estate to Dorothy, going back home is an easy choice. What isn’t easy is coming to terms with the downright odd clauses written into the will.

Dorothy only stands to inherit the estate if she agrees to her aunt's very specific posthumous terms -- personal and professional. And if she fails to comply, the sprawling old Victorian house shall be bequeathed to . . . Aunt Dot’s cats.

And if Dorothy thinks that’s odd, wait until she finds out an array of secrets about Aunt Dot's life, and how imperfect circumstances can sometimes lead to God's perfect timing.

If you would liketo read the first chapter of Lock, Stock and Over a Barrel, go HERE.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Fear Has a Name by Creston Mapes

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Fear Has a Name
David C. Cook (June 1, 2013)
Creston Mapes


Creston has fond memories of his boyhood in Bath, Ohio, where he became enchanted with his future wife, way back in the fourth grade. His father, Bernie, owned and operated The Weathervane Furniture Shop in town. The whole family lived right upstairs in the century-old house known as "The Shop."

Creston studied journalism at Bowling Green State University, then began his writing career. During the past 30 years, he has worked as a reporter, corporate copywriter, creative director, freelance writer, and author.


From popular suspense author Creston Mapes comes another faith-building thriller, a tale that follows journalist Jack Crittendon as he fights to protect his family from a stalker's terrifying schemes, investigates a pastor's mysterious disappearance, and struggles to keep his faith amidst unthinkable fear.

With his family's safety on the line, Crittendon realizes there are secrets behind "Christian" walls--secrets with painful, deadly implications. He must find the faith to trust a God who allows inconceivable trials, and the courage to guard his family, with danger exploding at every turn.

Through it all--the sharp, character-driven writing for which Mapes is known--takes fans and new readers on an edge-of-your-seat journey that explores the harsh, far-reaching consequences of bullying and the Christian response to fear.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Fear Has a Name, go HERE.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

piecing it - piece by piece

Wanted to try paper piecing so finally dug into. 
quilt block I made to go in a Block of Love quilt

block made for my sister.  It is the SIDS awareness ribbon
today is last day to visit this fun blog hop....

Here's a reminder of up coming blog hops I'll be involved in stamping one starts next week

fabric Tuesday