Sunday, December 4, 2011

"Rush-Hour Recipes": A Gooseberry Patch Review and Giveaway

Gooseberry Patch's Rush-Hour Recipes
Coming January 2012


What do you think of when you hear the term "full-time working mom"? Are you a full-time working mom? When I think about what it means to be a mom working outside of the home, I think about the fact that as soon as I pick up my children, I'm going to hear, "what's for dinner?" And, telling the kids to grab a snack while I take a few minutes to decompress and clear my mind enough to think about dinner is not going to work for them. They want something to eat NOW! And, apparently, a bag of microwave popcorn isn't a meal to them...

Not to say that only working moms need quick and easy recipes. I've been on both sides of the fence as a stay-at-home and working-outside-of-the-home mom. While I enjoyed being able to cook a few slow-cooking meals here and there while I was at home, I still loved the ease of a quick recipe that I could throw together at the last minute when my husband called to say he was on his way home from work.

Gooseberry Patch, a company founded by women and staffed by working moms, hears the cries of the working and harried mothers out there! Whether we're working in the home or outside of the home, the bottom line is we're busy!!! And, with that in mind, Gooseberry Patch has compiled Rush-Hour Recipes, with recipes submitted by busy women for busy women.

To give you an inside peek, the contents are divided into the following categories: 5-Ingredient Favorites, One-Dish Dinners, Slow Cookers to the Rescue, Soup's On!, Make-a-Meal Sides, and Speedy Potluck & Party Foods.

I really fell in love with the first section, 5-Ingredient Favorites, because these represent the normal way that I cook - quickly and with as few ingredients as possible. I've chosen to highlight two recipes from this section, but I was drawn to Creamed Chicken Over Cornbread, Zucchini Rodeo Casserole, and Hillary's Pretzel Chicken. I've always believed that with just a few ingredients and an arsenal of seasonings that you can create a delicious meal.

Judith Long
Harriman, TN

Melinda Magness
Hodgen, OK

My third selection comes from the Make-A-Meal Sides section. This section is strong, too. I found plenty of recipes to satisfy my picky crew: Lynda's Skillet Corn, Roasted Garlic French Fries, Easy Almond Rice, and Mom's Mayonnaise Muffins.

Gloria Lopez
Austin, TX

If you love quick and easy recipes, Rush-Hour Recipes is the cookbook for you. I'm sure that you'll find something that you can whip together to please the whole family. Gooseberry Patch believes so, too, and they have been generous enough to send me an extra cookbook to share with you. If you want a copy of your own, see the details below.

Here's How to Enter:

In this giveaway, I'm offering you two chances to win. If you would like to enter to win a free copy of the cookbook, you may enter by:

  1. Following 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.
  2. "Liking" me on Facebook and leaving a comment on the Rush-Hour Recipes post on my Facebook page. The "like" button is in the right-hand column of the blog. My Facebook page is under A Well-Seasoned Life.
Entry deadline: December 18, 2011
Thanks and Good Luck!!!

Disclaimer: The publisher provided me with a copy of the cookbook, but the opinion expressed here is my own.

57 comments:

  1. Hi! I follow you via GFC and I would love to win this cookbook.
    Homegrownlearners at gmail dot com

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  2. I'm already a follower and I'm interested in the contest. I LOVE Gooseberry Patch Cookbooks!!
    cindyskitchen@yahoo.com

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  3. Im already a follower too and would love to win one of your books! Chbintenn@aol.com

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  4. I like you on Facebook.
    cindyskitchen@yahoo.com

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  5. Oh, I love all of their cookbooks and this one is great! I would be thrilled to win it! Thanks! I'm a new follower, too! Hope you'll visit me soon!
    lavenderdreamstoo at gmail dot com

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  6. I already follow you through GFC. I would love to win this cookbook. I am a HUGE GP fan!!!

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  7. I left a comment on your facebook post about this giveaway.

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  8. I follow you through GFC and would love this cookbook. I love Gooseberry Patch. I'm giving away Quick & Easy Christmas right now on my blog!

    Everyday Mom's Meals
    everydaymomsmeals@gmail.com

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  9. I follow you with GFC. Would love to win this cookbook :) laurieclark46 at gmail dot com

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  10. I am already a follower through GFC! I would love to win this cookbook. eatcakefordinner@digis.net

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  11. I love Gooseberry Patch and I love your blog. The recipes you posted look yummy and can"t wait to try them. I would so love to win this book and add it to my Gooseberry Patch collection. luckypookers9213@yahoo.com

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  12. I like you on facebook and left a comment. Would love to win!

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  13. I follow you blog on GFC and would love to win this cookbook.

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  14. I love Gooseberry patch, have a few of the cookbooks and can always make room on my shelf for more..debberg@neo.rr.com

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  15. Hi!
    I follow via GFC and I am definitely interested in the cookbook! :)
    Thanks so much for the chance!
    ~Mippy :)
    bunnysmip (AT) yahoo (DOT) com

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  16. Hi!
    I like you on Fb and posted under the appropriate post on your Facebook wall :)
    Thanks so much for the chance!
    ~Mippy :)
    bunnysmip (AT) yahoo (DOT) com

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  17. Count me in! Warm Blessings!~Amy
    cottageprims@hotmail.com

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  18. ME ME ME!! This would be a perfect way to start the new year! avellucci08@gmail.com

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  19. Glad I found your blog--as a busy mom of three who also works three part-time jobs, this looks like something I will enjoy!!!

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  20. I love Gooseberry patch cookbooks...I follower your blog and also on FB and I shared this on my FB page also
    Brenda

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  21. Would absolutely LOVEEEE to have this cookbook! I am a mom and a nurse, so my life never seems to stop and I'm always looking for quick, easy and, most of all, the YUMMY FACTOR :) ~ Kelli

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  22. Hi,

    Follow you on Facebook and also buy most of your books. I would love to win this to add to my collection.
    Barbara S Cebula
    Rusty218@aol.com

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  23. Barb,

    I have a collection of Goosebery Patch cookbooks and just love them.
    Rusty218@aol.com

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  24. I am already a follower on FB. I would love to win this cookbook!! I collect Gooseberry Patch Cookbook!! :)kcmatze_1213@yahoo.com

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  25. I am a GFC follower, and I would be tickled to win this Gooseberry Patch cookbook!

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  26. I am now a follower of your blog. So nice to meet you! It's always a win/win situation when I can find a fellow foodie! I am also following you on FB and I have shared this event as well on my FB page.

    Stop over to my blog sometime and give me a shout out!

    http://lillianchild.blogspot.com

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  27. I am a new GP follower. We had a book sale at my employment today and I purchased Church Dinners and love every recipe. I would love to have this cookbook to add to my new collection. Thank you!!!

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  28. Ohhhhh, This would make life a bit more calm in my "Rush Rush" world, I can feel the peace already......................... :o)
    Maureengford@yahoo.com

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  29. I'm interested in the cookbook. The recipes sound fun and neat. With cooking for 8 people in my house I do a lot of cooking and baking. And I love it. if you want to get a hold of me I can be reached at homemadeministry(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  30. I certainly do follow you on Google Connect and I would love to win the book.

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  31. I just followe you on GFC! Love Gooseberry Patch books - especially the Christmas ones!

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  32. Who doesn't need a cookbook of yummy quick meals? I'm a follower :)

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  33. Oh My heck Kim, I almost missed this!!...I have been away from the computer all day! I am so glad you reminded me!!!!!

    YOU KNOW THIS COOK BOOK WOULD BE VERY HAPPY AT MY HOUSE, I WOULD LOVE IT VERY MUCH!

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  34. Wow how I love cookbooks and Gooseberry Patch is one of my favorites,since they started the company. Amazing women and I would love to get this cookbook. I also follow you on facebook. My email is curlyrose49@bak.rr.com Merry Christmas to you and your family. Sandy

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  35. I am a follower and would like a chance to win. Your pictures are beautiful and look so delicious!!!
    wifeofcop83(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  36. Always such good recipes! I would love to add this cookbook to my collection....I'm already a follower on Facebook.

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  37. I failed to leave my email on my post....imcarol

    CarolMiller@truckingusa.com

    thanks

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  38. I just became a follower via Google....excited about your blog and the giveaway!
    Thanks...KitchenNola

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  39. Following you on GFC! Would love to win this cookbook!!:)

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  40. Well, let me try this again! :)

    I'd love to win Gooseberry Cookbook. I have many & another one would be welcomed. I've 'liked' you on Facebook, but can't seem to get me to follow your blog. I will keep trying!

    LyndaLoo

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  41. I absolutely LOVELOVELOVE Gooseberry Cookbooks! I know they've been tried and are delish! Hope I win!!

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  42. The stuffed cubed steak one is one I'm going to try with the pork cubed chops !!!
    rockwido@yahoo.com

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  43. sheila (tinytot2233@yahoo.com)December 17, 2011 at 10:13 AM

    this is my first time viewing your reciepts and I enjoyed what I saw am very interested in getting your cookbook to add to my collection and to use often. thank you for allowing me to add my name and comment to you.

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  44. I love all of their cookbooks and am a new follower. I would love to win this cookbook :-)

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  45. I would love to win this book. I love Gooseberry Patch and I love your blog. Kathy = Luckypookers9213@yahoo.com

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  46. great blog and I would love to win the cookbook

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  47. I would love to win this cookbook. Thanks! :) Teri
    jtbrian@wavecable.com

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  48. I would love to Win A Gooseberry Patch cookBook...I just love them!!!

    lilwiddleone@hotmail.com

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  49. I would love to win this cookbook and I will become a follower
    Connie
    cps1950@gmail.com

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  50. I would love this book! My daughter and I have cooked with your books for years. She just moved into her dorm and now I would like to stock her with her very own collection. I am sure these recipes will be a great hit for her new roomies!

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  51. I would love to win this one and start cooking from it.

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  52. I would be honored to win this book! I love Gooseberry Patch everthing, I loved it when they had the catalog. I have 2 of the Eddie Walker exclevie Santa's with the goose. Have a great weekend and if I don't win I will still read your blog. Sandy Perry curlyrose49@bak.rr.com

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  53. I am not a full time working Mom...But a full time student at the age of 53!!! I am really writing to submit my daughter as a full-time working mom of two under the age of two years!!! She is a teacher in Alabama!! I would love to win her this cookbook!!!

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  54. I'm a mom who works two jobs, has a son diagnosed with autism, with many therapies, and looks forward to hopping into bed at night with a new Gooseberry Patch cookbook! I love picking out the recipes I want to try and love seeing all the pictures in the books. Every recipe I have tried is a hit, and would love to add this one to my collection!! Thanks!maryleigh7@aol.com

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  55. I just discovered Gooseberry Patch and love it! Would love to win the cookbook!

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  56. I love cooking but am in a hurry some days! I need some new recipes to make in a hurry! I'd love to have this cookbook.

    melissamcclung@ymail.com

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