Monday, September 12, 2011

Recipes for Warming Hearts: Review and Giveaway


What a cute little surprise I got in the mail when this little gem arrived. Recipes for Warming Hearts is the third book in the Recipes for a Cause series which includes Recipes for Kindess and Recipes for Saying Thanks. Recipes for Warming Hearts is the perfect little addition to a birthday card for a friend.

This is a full-color gift book filled with beautiful Gooseberry Patch art work. The pages are scattered with inspiring quotations, tips, and stories from the Gooseberry Patch family. Oh, and there's some recipes, too, that are perfect for year round cooking and giving.

One of my favorite sections of the book is "Wrap it Up!" which is filled with cute ideas for packaging gifts. Here's an example:

Have a favorite gardener on your list? Tuck a new pair of gloves and a few packets of seeds inside a new terra-cotta pot. Simple turn the saucer upside down and place over the opening of the pot, and secure the "lid" with a plump bow.

Don't worry. I found some recipes, too. There are plenty of desserts, breads, and main dishes to go around. I was drawn to this recipe. My boys loved them!


Cream Cheese-Filled Cupcakes

18-1/4 oz. pkg. German chocolate cake mix
1 c. mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/3 c. sugar
1 egg, beaten
8-oz. pkg. cream cheese, softened

Prepare cake mix according to package directions. Fill paper-lined muffin cups 1/2 full. Combine remaining ingredients; drop by teaspoonfuls onto batter. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes. Cool completely. Makes about 2 dozen.

So, I ventured out of my comfort zone here. I am not a crafty person even if it's something as simple as layering ingredients in a jar. But, I wanted to try something new and I was actually able to pull it off. Now, I just need to find a willing recipient.


Coconut Brownies in a Jar

1/3 c. chopped walnuts
1/2 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/3 c. sweetened flaked coconut
2/3 c. brown sugar, packed
3/4 c. sugar
1/3 c. baking cocoa
1-1/2 c. all-purpose flour

Layer ingredients in the order listed in wide-mouth, one-quart canning jar. Pack each layer down as tightly as possible before adding the next layer. Seal tightly; attach instructions. (Instructions included on next page.)

ETA: Place mix in a large bowl. Add 2 beaten eggs, 2/3 cup oil and one tsp. vanilla extract. Blend well. Spread in a greased 8x8" baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes, or until center tests do. Makes one dozen brownies.

So, are you interested in getting your own copy of this little book? I hope so because I have an extra one to share with you. You can keep it for yourself or give it to a friend. The holidays are right around the corner you know.



Gooseberry Patch provided me with a preview copy of this book. Views expressed here are my own. No additional compensation was received.


***Giveaway***

I am so fortunate to have been asked to review Gooseberry Patch's Tiny Tips for Get-Togethers and want to share my good fortune with you. Gooseberry Patch has sent me an extra copy to give away to one of my readers.

Here's How to Enter:

If you would like to enter to win a free copy of the cookbook, you may enter by simply choosing to follow my blog through Google Friend Connect or Networked Blogs (in right-hand column) and by commenting on this post to let me know you're interested in the cookbook. Also, include your e-mail address so that I may contact you if you're the winner. If you are already a follower, just leave a comment here letting me know you're interested in the contest.

Entry deadline: September 28, 2011

Thanks and Good Luck!!!

86 comments:

  1. I'm already a follower and would love to win this cookbook! eatcakefordinner@digis.net

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  2. I'm interested. I like the Gooseberry Patch. They look so fun, but I have never had one of their cookbooks. And I love to cook and bake.

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  3. Oh how I love the Gooseberry Patch cookbooks! I am thankful for the opportunity to win one! Thank you so much!
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  4. Already following and would love to get my hands on this book!

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  5. Cream cheese in muffin aought to be ultimate filling for yummy muffin.Nice giveaway you have chosen:)

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  11. I'm already a follower. I would love to win.
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  12. I am a follower on google. I was hoping to win the cookbook that ended yesterday. I LOVE GOOSEBERRY PATCH AND this site!!! I love to find new cookbooks. God Bless you and your family praying that i win this time. I love your recipes and tips.

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  15. I would love this! Anything from Gooseberry Patch is a winner!

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  16. I'm already a follower of yours..smile...and would LOVE to win this, as Gooseberry Patch is one of my favorite cookbooks!!

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  17. I would LOVE to win this cookbook! I've been cooking since I was 6 years old.

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  25. Love your brownie in a jar idea! Thanks for sharing that. I would love to have this cookbook!
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  26. I am already a follower and would love to win this book! :)

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  37. I am already a follower of your blog on Google Friend Connect!

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  38. Both these recipes sound so yummy! I would love to win this new book. I am also a follower through GFC.

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  39. wow I didn't know this series existed! I would love to win the copy of Recipes for Warming Hearts....what a sweet title. Sounds like it has some really great ideas for gifts! Please include me as an entry to win the book. I'm kinda a crafts person. Your layered ingredient recipe jar looks super! There's a crafter in you, there is. It starts with something as little as that! Thank you for sponsoring the giveaway. hugs, Marie (arlene Marie Pitts, email carpediem5790@yahoo.com)

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  43. Love Gooseberry Patch. Recipes you've posted sound great! Please enter me in this drawing.
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  46. Would love to win the new Gooseberry Patch "Recipes for Warming Hearts" to add to my Gooseberry Patch every growing collection!
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  47. Susan @ sshilo4@aol.comSeptember 14, 2011 at 11:42 PM

    I loved the two recipes you shared here! Thank you!!

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  48. I would love to have this book,my heart could use a little warmming.life is at a down right now

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  49. I am a follower and would love to be a winner ~ thank you for what you do.... and sharing with all of us!!! Have a great day!

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  50. I am a follower, and I'd love to win a cookbook fro gooseberry . It would be my first one...I just picked one up yesterday and loved the simplicity of it. Thank you!! Jewel -Cooke@clear.net

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  57. I follow your blog. Its so fun & cheery! I would love to win the gooseberry book! ~Abigail ajnicholson9@hotmail.com

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  60. Thank you for such a wonderful blog and so many yummy recipes. I really want to add this book to my collection please.

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  61. I would love to own this cookbook - thank you for offering such great giveaways!

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  62. Oh, those cupcakes sound decadent! Thanks for sharing and for the opportunity to win Gooseberry.

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  63. Very interested, my_amour_jp@yahoo.com

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  64. I just became a follower of your blog and look forward to trying some of the great recipes that you have posted! I love Gooseberry Cookbooks and would love to win this one...it sounds like a really good one and the cover is darling!!

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  65. I love Gooseberry Patch cookbooks!

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  66. Just found your site through Gooseberry Patch. I love all their books and would love to win the giveaway. BevQuilter@aol.com

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  67. I follow you through GFC and would love a chance to win!

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  69. I follow your blog with google friend connect. I would love to enter.

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  70. Hi... new Networked Blogs follower here. Thanks so much for hosting this giveaway. I don't know why it's taken me so long to discover Gooseberry Patch, but they have the greatest books ever!

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  71. Would love to receive the cookbook. Am a new blog follower.

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  72. The cookbook and the cupcakes both look amazing! I'd love to enter for a chance to win. phenfey@satx.rr.com

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  73. Thanks for the Gooseberry Patch giveaway! I love GP books. I am a follower and my email is snowpumpkin at gmail dot com

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  74. I'm following on Networked blogs and I would love a chance to win this cookbook!

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  75. I have always loved your cookbooks! I am now a follower to your blog. Thanks for the chance to win, and here is my email just in case i am picked...hiddenintheheart@yahoo.com

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  76. I can't wait to try the Coconut brownies in a jar -- what a nice gift it would make! Thanks for including me in your giveaway.
    Mary
    mburn@comporium.net

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  77. Would love to win this--I am a follower.
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  78. I am a follower and would love the chance to win this book - thanks.

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  79. I follow your blog. Please enter me in the contest. Thank you. Susan steveac@bellsouth.net

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  80. Well hello!!! I'm a new wife and I would love the cookbook to impress my inlaws this holiday! For this is my first time cooking for the family and would love to make it speacial ! Already took the free recipe! Thanks! So if u got enuff I would love to win one!!! U girls rock!!:-) my e-mail is foxy74935@yahoo.com thanks!!!!

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  81. I love Gooseberry Patch... I am a follower please enter me in your contest... ddelrae@gmail.com Thanks!

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  82. I would love to have one of your cookbooks. I don't have any of your books..Thank you for the chance to maybe be a winner.
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  83. It is such a treat to receive one of your emails describing a new book or new recipes. I wish there was a store in my part of the world that sold your cookbooks! Newfoundland being on the most easterly part of Canada makes it difficult to shop your products in person. So i would love to receive this new cookbook!

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  84. Love your blog. I plan to try your recipes and
    really enjoy Gooseberry Patch and would love, love,love the cookbook.

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