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June 12, 2014

Hi, My name is Jent.....

........and I am a bad blogger.

I have put this off for a long time now. Not to mention not even writing for a while now but The Gooseberry Patch cookbook giveaway winner has been chosen

I had a total of 39 People enter in the giveaway and sadly I only got to choose one. If I could I would give everyone who entered a cookbook. Many of you had lots of crockpots and that's impressive!  I have only one at a time - I say it like that because I have a bad habit of breaking the crocks and then just end up replacing the whole thing - Goodwill in Franklin probably has quite a collection of the empty warming/electric portions!

I choose a winner by numbering each entry off and had my kids pick a number between 1 and 39.

Congratulations Comment 14 -  Linda

Her comment on the Giveaway post was:
“I had 3 crockpots but one stopped working.....so I now have 2. Are they not one of the most wonderful inventions!!! Love them greatly :D And I love Gooseberry Patch Cookbooks <3 Hope to hear from you soon…” 

I wish everybody could have won a cookbook. Special thanks to everyone who entered!

If you missed any of the recipes I shared from this awesome book here are the links:

May 7, 2014

Parsley Buttered Potatoes

Parsley Buttered Potatoes

Recipe by Recipe By Gooseberry Patch and Jent

  • 1 1/2 lbs. new potatoes
  • 1/4 c. water
  • 1/4 c. butter, melted
  • 3 T fresh parsley, minced
  • 1 T fresh chives, snipped
  • salt & pepper to taste
Cooking Directions
  1. Place potatoes and water in a slow cooker. Cover and cook on high setting for 2 1/2 to 3 hours, until tender; drain. In a small bowl, combine butter, parsley and chives. Pour over potatoes, toss to coat. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.   
  2. Once coat the potatoes in butter and herbs I put them back in the crockpot with it off to keep them warm.
The original recipe also called for lemon juice, I am personally not a fan so I didn't add it. I also couldn't find chives that day at the grocery store so I used green onions!


May 5, 2014

Cheesy Corn for a Crowd

Cheesy Corn for A Crowd

Recipe by Gooseberry Patch and Jent

  • 4 15-1/4 oz. cans corn, drained
  • 4 15 oz. cans creamed corn
  • 8 oz Cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 2 8-1/2 oz. pkgs corn muffin mix
  • 4 eggs, heated
  • 16 oz French Onion dip
Cooking Directions:

Combine all ingredients together, put in lightly greased slow cooker. Cover and cook on high setting for 4 1/2 hours or on low setting for 9 hours.

Take into consideration the size and shape of your slow cooker, taller/deep slow cookers take a little longer to get the middle fully cooked.

This recipe is for a crowd - when I make it for my family (5 of us) I quarter it - there is plenty and it is just as delicious!

May 4, 2014

Too many irons in the fire.....

Do you ever feel that way?  Sometimes I feel like I am fighting everyone else's fires while mine burn out of control!

We started planting last weekend, got rained out Sunday night, I left for Oklahoma on Monday morning, returned Friday afternoon in time to help the oldest get ready for prom, back to field work, getting caught up with articles and some sleep and Sunday (today, I think...) was spent in the field again.

Therefore I am a wee bit behind on my Gooseberry Patch Giveaway!  So here's the deal - because I am behind you get more time to enter!  I have two more recipes to post from this awesome cookbook:

I will post one tomorrow and one on Wednesday and pick a winner on Friday!!!


Be sure you comment on the Giveaway post to be entered!

April 21, 2014

Meatloaf Made Easy

I LOVE MEATLOAF - I really do!

Every year since I can remember my Mom let's us pick a birthday meal and mine is always meatloaf, mashed potatoes and corn!  I don't venture far from my Mom's recipe for meatloaf but this version in 101 Super-Easy Slow-Cooker Recipes Cookbook  from Gooseberry Patch seemed similar just with the addition of sausage - which seemed valid for hog farmers and it's made in a crock-pot!!!

Meatloaf Made Easy

Recipe by Gooseberry Patch and Jent

  • 1 lb. ground pork sausage
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 onion, finely diced
  • 1 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • salt & pepper to taste

  • 1 cup catsup
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar

  • Cooking Directions
    1. In a bowl, combine all ingredients except catsup and brown sugar. Form mixture into a rounded loaf. Place in slow cooker and poke a few holes in the top of meatloaf with a skewer. In a bowl, stir together catsup and brown sugar. Spoon mixture over meatloaf. Cover and cook on low setting for 3 to 5 hours, until meatloaf is no longer pink in the center.

    This was so simple, made the house smell good all day and tasted just like my Mom's {bonus} - everyone loved it {bonus bonus}!

    To make this meal complete I also made 2 other crockpot recipes - I filled 3 crockpots that morning and by evening an entire supper was ready to serve - all 3 dishes were a hit and so easy - this whole meal is going on my 'busy in the field' go to's!!!

    April 17, 2014

    Let's Give Away A Gooseberry Patch Cookbook!

    This is an awesome cookbook I have already made tons of recipes - all of which have been hits in this house!

    When Gooseberry Patch asked me if I would like to try a cookbook and then give one away it was pretty much a no brainer for me!  Some of my favorite go-to recipes are from them and this one intrigued me as I hope to be a little more organized at meal time during planting this year {let me live my fantasy for a while please}!!

    After spending way to much time looking thru the book, drooling on the pics and postie noting the recipes I liked I picked three that I thought would make a great meal - borrowed a couple of crockpots from my Mom, fired them up one morning, my house smelled amazing all day and after supper everyone in my house was full and the crockpots were empty!

    In all honesty I had a fourth crockpot going that day with a dessert from the cookbook but I am pretty sure it was operator error that caused it to not work out so edible but I am definitely trying it again!

    So this book was fun to look through with all the pics-my food doesn't normally turn out like the pretty pics but anyway!  The only thing I wish this book would of addressed is the size of crockpot that the recipe used - I realize there are tons of crockpots but just as a gauge this would of been nice.  I put the cheesy corn casserole in more of an upright crockpot and it could of used a little more time than if I would of put it in more of a shallow oval shaped one, which I suspect by the cooking time is what the recipe writer must have used.


    Win yourself a copy!

    Leave a comment with how many crockpots you own and your email and you will be entered!

    The contest will run for 10 days, in which time I will be posting 3 of my favorite recipes from this book - so on Satuday April 26 I will pick a winner at random!

    GOOD LUCK!!!

    Gooseberry Patch did provide me with a cookbook, but all photos, reviews, and opinions are my own!

    April 13, 2014

    Consumer, Technology & Nostalgia OH MY - Part 5

    Anything new and different is constantly scrutinized and attacked by someone. There will always be those who don't like something, but choosing the way to express your opinions and beliefs can make it easier for others to listen and potentially learn.

    Jonathan Sparks, a farmer in Westland, Ind., sums up how many who live day in and day out in the midst of production agriculture are feeling:

    "It's amazing the things we learn about ourselves as we grow older. I made a choice at a fairly young age that I wanted to do what my father and his father did for a living. I wanted to be a farmer, something I have never regretted, but recently I have been told things about myself that have me a little concerned.

    For one, I have learned I'm a greedy corporate pig, pillaging money from my own government to pad my astronomical profits. It gets worse though, not only am I pillaging from the government but I'm also responsible for the obesity 'epidemic' by producing corn that is turned into corn syrup and consumed by unsuspecting Americans.

    Oh and the GMOs we use – let us not forget about how we are abusing our environment and creating some kind of 'Franken food.' And meat production, where do we start – antibiotics, growth hormones or Heaven forbid you house livestock inside, away from the elements and the predators.
    How did this happen? What has changed that production agriculture has been deemed a menace to society by some? Nothing really, other than what the public asked for.
    The last 100 years has seen changes like no society has ever seen in food production. Advances in technology and science have been astounding.
    My grandfather, who passed away more than 20 years ago, would be in awe of the tools I have to produce food. My father would probably be impressed with the changes we've seen since he left us just a few years ago.
    Agriculture has continued to do what is asked of it – produce an abundant and safe food supply for our country as inexpensively as possible.
    No wait … somewhere in there we became responsible for producing for a large part of the world. Increasing the demand for what we should produce and using much of the same acreage to produce it!
    What changed is that we in farming have become the most efficient food producer in the world. American farmers increased production 93.87% from 1948 to 2011, while inputs rose a slight 4.41% during that same time period. Why did this increase in productivity happen?
    Simply put, in my opinion it was necessary for American farmers to keep increasing output and efficiency to survive.
    In 1950, the U.S. population was roughly 150 million people. Of that 150 million people, 25 million were farmers. In 2012, the U.S. population had grown to 313 million, while the number of farmers had dropped to 2.1 million. The marketplace demanded that producers increase efficiency or they found another means to sustain their families.
    So with all that said, what is the face of modern agriculture? One word comes to my mind – families. Family owned and operated farms account for 96% of all farms. But our business structures may differ – some may be sole proprietors, some have "Inc." or "LLC" behind their names. We are, for the most part, one thing: families working together to produce food, fuel, and fiber for our country and our world, hopefully scratching out a living for ourselves in the process.
    The risk in agriculture is greater than ever; the costs of inputs, fuel and machinery continue to climb while prices fluctuate and yields depend greatly on Mother Nature. This makes the risk management tools which are sponsored by the government of even more important to the well-being of our families.
    As for science and technology, these advancements bring benefits that are weighed heavily by producers. GMOs have been proven by science to be safe, and our families consume products produced with biotech grain, just the same as yours. The livestock sector of agriculture continues to produce more meat with fewer inputs and less impact on our environment.
    Farming isn't an occupation; it's a way of life. We champion sustainable methods of production. Why? It's all about family having something to pass down to the next generation, and with 2 million farmers, that next generation is more important than ever."

    Farmers are intelligent, hardworking and passionate about what they do – it has been said for years that farming isn't just a job, it is a lifestyle. When the methods of modern agriculture are attacked, it can feel like a personal jab to those living it every day.