Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Gooseberry Patch: Meals in Minutes, 10th Anniversary Edition {giveaway!}



You know I don't think there is a Gooseberry Patch Cookbook that I don't like, and I also don't think there is a recipe I've ever tried from one of my cookbooks that I didn't like.

So when the opportunity presented itself for me to once again be an Early Bird Reviewer and get my hands on this little treasure, I jumped right on it.

Best part, is that after my review, I'll be giving you all the opportunity to win a copy for yourselves.  YAY!

The minute I got the book, I sat down and went through it, I loved that as with all other Gooseberry Patch Cookbooks, the meals are so easy to prepare and they sound so yummy.

And I won't even mention the adorable tips, tricks and the illustrations littered through the book, they are one of my favorite things to browse through and get great ideas for get togethers and special occasions as well as everyday use.

I picked a main dish and a dessert and both were delicious and so easy to make.



So let's start with the dinner dish.

Easy Cheesy Manicotti.  By far one of my 13 year old daughter's favorite food on earth.  This girl loves pasta so when I have a new pasta dish to try, I turn to her for the verdict.  She is not shy, she will tell me straight up if something is not up to par LOL

Luckily for me, she loved this one, so did the rest of the family.

Easy Cheesy Manicotti

Easy Cheesy Manicotti


4 to 6 qts. water
1-1./2 t. salt, divided
1 T. olive oil
12-oz. pkg. manicotti
8-oz. pkg. cream cheese, softened
2 c. cottage cheese
12-oz. pkg. shredded Monteray Jack cheese
12-oz. pkg. shredded mozzarella cheese
1 egg, beaten
1 T. fresh parsley, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
24-oz. jar spaghetti sauce

Bring water and one teaspoon salt to a boil; add olive oil and manicotti.

Easy Cheesy Manicotti

Allow to resume boiling; boil for 6 to 8 minutes. Drain boiling water; fill with cool water and set aside.

In a bowl, blend cheeses, egg, parley, garlic and remaining salt; set aside. Spread a thin layer of spaghetti sauce in an ungreased 13"x9" baking pan.

Easy Cheesy Manicotti

Spoon cheese filling into each manicotti until about 3/4 full; arrange on top of sauce. Pour remaining sauce over manicotti; bake, uncovered, at 350 degrees for 30-45 minutes. Let cool 5-10 minutes before serving.

Serves 6.

Easy Cheesy Manicotti

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And to go with dinner, I made another batch of the Butterscotch Brownies. Another really easy dessert to put together and really delicious.

Butterscotch Brownies

Butterscotch Brownies


1/4 c. butter
1 c. brown sugar, packed
1 egg, beaten
3/4 c. all purpose flour
1 t. baking powder
1/2 t. salt
1/2 t. vanilla extract
1/2 c. chopped nuts

Melt butter in a small saucepan over low heat; remove from heat. Stir in brown sugar until dissolved; set aside to cool to room temperature.

Butterscotch Brownies

Blend in egg; add flour, baking powder and salt, mixing well. Stir in vanilla and nuts; spread in a greased 8"x8" baking pan.

Butterscotch Brownies

Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes; let cool. Makes 9.

Butterscotch Brownies

And now for the fun part where you get to enter for a chance to win a copy of the cookbook.

Guess what, because I love you all so much and I think everyone should get a chance to enjoy Gooseberry Patch Cookbooks, I am opening the contest to everyone, anywhere.  Not just in the USA.  :)

 

- Leave a comment on this post, make sure there is an email address where I can contact you if you win.

- Head on over to Gooseberry Patch's Facebook page and like it, be sure to let them know that Full Bellies, Happy Kids sent you. 

- While you're there, don't forget that you can also find Full Bellies, Happy Kids on Facebook, so why not like it as well?

 

Giveaway will close on May 23rd and I will draw a winner using Random.org.  The winner will have 48 hours to claim their prize, if they do not respond, I will pick a different winner.

Thank you to Gooseberry Patch for providing a book for me to review and an extra copy to giveaway.  All opinions and thoughts are mine.

73 comments:

  1. Shana Jacobs12:10 PM

    Yum!!! I L.O.V.E. manicotti! I can't wait to try the recipe. Thanks for the fun giveaway!

    Shana (tobynandzoe@gmail.com)

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  2. Trisha Smith12:18 PM

    My family also loves manicotti!!! can't wait to try this one! Thanks for the great recipies!

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  3. Those look SO good!! Especially the brownies!!

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  4. christina zimmerman12:29 PM

    Sounds yummy! Would love a copy!

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  6. You're making me hungry again!

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  7. Malorie s12:33 PM

    Love love new recipes especially when I'm all maxed out!

    --Malorie

    Richwithlove1225@gmail.com

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  8. Michelle Foster12:38 PM

    Michelle candorandson@yahoo.com

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  9. Michelle Foster12:38 PM

    I have been a fan of both you and Gooseberry Patch Cookbooks for over a year. I love you both and am excited at the chance to win a book of theirs I dont have. <3

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  10. Lori4squaremom1:11 PM

    Going to make both recipes tomorrow, thanks for posting them

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  11. I LOVE Gooseberry Patch cookbooks! I would love to win this! :)

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  12. What a great giveaway! Already a fan too :)

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  13. Christina Duffney1:36 PM

    Love all your recipes. My friends, family and husband think I'm the best cook. They have no idea I use all your recipes! Hope I win the cookbook so I can try some more :)

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  14. Jen Kane1:52 PM

    Can't wait to try that manicotti recipe!! Looks delicious, and easy!! Love you blog!

    -Jen (jen_kane_16@yahoo.com)

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  15. Varley Meier1:56 PM

    Great recipes love to cook and Bake !!

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  16. Brittany Bollinger3:21 PM

    I would love to have that cook book sounds like a great one!

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  17. Would love to get this cookbook! I headed on over and left them a comment since I had already liked them and of course I already like you too! :)

    If we ever make it down that way I just might have to stop in for dinner!!

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  18. Tiffany3:59 PM

    What a great cookbook!

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  19. So sweet of you to allow us foreigners to participate. I follow and support several blogs that have never allowed us to participate in giveaways :(. So thank you, and please send a cookbook my way, after all, I'm just up the road from you ( a very long road, but anyways...) sandypandi3@yahoo.ca

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  20. well, I already like you (FB)....and love your recipes! Butterscotch brownies look delicious!!! cwk.home@btinternet.com

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  21. Jessica8:38 PM

    That pasta looks delicious!!!!

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  22. Joy R9:20 PM

    Thanks for the chance to win what seems to be a great cookbook!

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  23. I always love getting a new cookbook and that manicotti looks amazing!!!

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  24. Vilma Lopes9:28 PM

    Wow these do sound pretty easy & yummy. Hope I win the book

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  25. Kristy10:08 PM

    Gooseberry Patch cookbooks are my favorite!! Thanks for the giveaway...hope I win!

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  26. Kristy10:10 PM

    I like Gooseberry Patch on FB!

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  27. Kristy10:10 PM

    I like Full Bellies on FB!

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  28. I love Gooseberry Patch cookbooks! I only have a couple, and would love to add to my collection. Thanks for the opportunity!

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  29. Gooseberry Patch cookbooks are great, I try to submit recipes from time to time when I see they need something. Thanks!

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  30. I also like FB, HK on FB. :)

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  31. I like Gooseberry Patch on FB.

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  32. I can't wait to try this recipe. I don't own a Gooseberry Patch cookbook, but sure would love to. Thanks for the opportunity!

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  33. Love Gooseberry Patch cookbooks, and this one sounds great. Thanks for sharing.

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  34. Thanks for the opportunity. And the brownies recipe. YUM!

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  35. Andrea3:21 AM

    Everything looks yummy!!

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  36. I like Gooseberry patch of FB

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  37. Such a great recipe! Can hardly wait to make the manicotti.

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  38. carolyn mchugh5:26 AM

    I love Gooseberry Patch Cookbooks as well!!!

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  39. Misty Wotring5:31 AM

    I like Gooseberry Patch.
    misty-mouse@cox.net

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  40. Misty Wotring5:31 AM

    I love Gooseberry Patch. I can't wait to try the manicotti.
    misty-mouse@cox.net

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  41. We love pasta but I have never been a fan of Ricotta so i usually steer clear. I will be trying this one!

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  42. Gina Prendergast5:36 AM

    I love all the gooseberrypatch cookbooks as well and would love to add to my collection

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  43. Melissa C5:42 AM

    We all love pasta and new quick ways to make it. Love gooseberry recipes.

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  44. Melissa C5:43 AM

    Already like gooseberry on Facebook.

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  45. Connie Bolick Lee5:45 AM

    Love Gooseberry Patch cookbooks, would like to win this one, thanks for the chance!
    I already liked Gooseberry Patch on FB, and I liked your page also.

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  46. Love your recipes, thanks so much..gentlemindmom@gmail.com

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  47. Cynthia B6:16 AM

    Those Brownies look amazing!!! Thank you for the chance to have your new cookbook!

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  48. Joan C.6:16 AM

    Gooseberry Patch cookbooks are the best!! Can't wait to try out the recipe for the manicotti and the brownies. My hubby will love these!!!

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  49. Tammy6:38 AM

    I just started collecting these cookbooks,love the recipes.

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  50. ellimajmw6:51 AM

    I "liked" you and Gooseberry on Facebook. So happy to have found this blog. Made my day!
    Located you via http://crockpotbbq.blogspot.com/. Yes, I realize I just found his blog even though he quit writing it in 2009. He has you listed as one of his favorite bloggers.
    Had to negotiate though your old to this blog and then had to acquire Wordpress login to post comment. Whew! I'm exhausted and the kids aren't even home from school yet here at JBLM, WA.

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  51. I heart your blog name. Please enter me.

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  52. Donna8:22 AM

    I've added the ingredients for the Easy Cheesy Manicotti to my grocery list, can't wait to make it!! I would LOVE to win the 10th Anniversary Edition Meals In Minutes cookbook. I have liked you on facebook and I already follow Gooseberry Patch on facebook. I'm on my way over now to mention Full Bellies, Happy Kids.
    Thanks!
    Donna (scrapmom86@q.com

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  53. Michelle8:55 AM

    Would love the chance to win! Just started collecting these a few months ago and this would make a wonderful addition!! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  54. I follow Gooseberry Patch on FB!

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  55. Who doesn't love cooking easy meals in minutes! Beats going to McDonald's!
    Thanks for the great recipes!
    Chrystal

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  56. Can't wait to try these two recipes. Hope I'm not too late to enter. sksteinde at yahoo dot com

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  57. gina frederick5:11 AM

    would love to win this! gmford2@hotmail.com

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  58. I would love to win!
    marriedgirlblog(a)gmail.com

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  59. Kimberly Puccini12:26 PM

    I would love to win this!! :) sleepykim22@rochester.rr.com

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  60. Diana6:13 PM

    Would love to win this cookbook! Been a fan of your blog and it's super simple easy recipes! Aloha! Diana

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  61. Michelle6:06 PM

    I would love to enter this giveaway ,look forward to making both of these yummy recipes ;) I've liked Gooseberry Patch and yours too...

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  62. tracey henson11:10 PM

    I am so excited to have found you. Wish I had done so sooner.

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  63. Audrone12:13 AM

    I'm enjoying your blog and would really like winning this amazing cookbook😊

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  64. Would it be really bad to eat butterscotch brownies for breakfast.....

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  65. Dorsey Smith5:08 AM

    Love all the dinner ideas. Havent tried any we didn't love! Would love to try the cookbook!

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  66. etiemann5:39 AM

    I love both of those recipes and am looking forward to trying them. I would love a Gooseberry Patch cookbook.

    Liz (elizabeth.tiemann@gmail.com)

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  67. Samantha8:09 AM

    Everything from your blog is sooo yummy. I would love to win this!

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  68. I have made this recipe once before, and they were yummy!!! Gone in one day with my family! I adapted it and added a splash of bourbon and some chocolate chips and they taste just like derby pie bars :)

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  69. There is a high strength, yellow, is used for the healing of standardized Plant extract

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  70. These brownies are soooo good, and so easy to make. One question, though. Why are they called butterscotch brownies? There is no butterscotch in the recipe. Just wondering. LOL

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