Monday, March 19, 2012

Lemon Iced Cookies & Easy Monster Cookies {Gooseberry Patch Simple Shortcut Recipes Review}

Good morning folks it's that time again for another Gooseberry Patch Early Bird Review. Do you cook solely from scratch or to do you take a few shortcuts in your cooking?

Most people frown upon cooks that use time - saver ingredients, but personally I don't think there is anything wrong with taking shortcuts. I for one rely on time saver ingredients in quite a few of the recipes that I have on my blog.

If you're like me than Gooseberry Patches Simple Shortcut Recipes is the cookbook for you. Simple Shortcut's has 225 simplified recipes and time saver tips for today's busy cook.

The best part is all of the recipes speed up your favorite dishes by using grocery-store convenience products. Now you can have dinner and dessert on the table in no time.

As usual the hardest part is thumbing through the cookbook and trying to decide on what to cook. I don't know why but I'm always drawn to the dessert section of any cookbook. Well this time was no different.

I needed cookies for a get together so all of the recipes of choice are cookie recipes!!! The first one is for Easy - Peasy Monster Cookies from Nicole Culver in Lafontaine, IN.

This recipe uses packaged cookie mixes (chocolate chip and peanut butter) to make these monster cookies a breeze to throw together. Just add oatmeal, eggs, butter and m&m' s for a simplified version of an old classic recipe.

These Lemon Iced Cookies pictured above come from Paula Eggleston of Knoxville, TN. This recipe utilizes a cake mix which I love. I'm a big believer in using a cake mix to simplify any recipe. Well, these lemon cookies do not disappoint.

This cookie recipe only requires 4 ingredients, a lemon cake mix, oil, eggs and a bit of sugar. Then finish them off with a simple powdered sugar glaze. If you're a lemon lover you have to make these cookies. We polished off the first batch so I had to make a second one to take.

If you don't have a big sweet tooth like me don't worry because Simple Shortcut's has plenty more to choose from. This cookbook is broken down into 6 tasty chapters.

Not only are there recipes, but in usual fashion they have Tips and Tricks scattered throughout the cookbook. One of my favorite tips in this cookbook is one that I actually practice.

"Save the wrappers from sticks of butter and store them in your freezer (plastic bag). This way you have them on hand to grease a baking pan. "

Another great addition that Simple Shortcuts has is a "Common Ingredient Substitution Listing" found in the back of the cookbook. There's also an additional listing on Herb and Spice Substitution. This will come in very handy for me.

And the last cookie of choice is from yours truly. I was so excited to see that Gooseberry Patch included my simplified version for Fudge Puddle Cookies! If you love chocolate and peanut than you can have the best of both worlds with this cookie.

I have found that the shortcut recipe is just as good as the full homemade version. These cookies are great when you want to impress your guests, but you don't have a whole lot of time on your hands. Click here to get the recipe.

♥ Thank you Gooseberry Patch for including my recipe ♥

Simple Shortcut Recipes was just released on March 16Th and Amazon has plenty of copies in stock. Right now you can snag this cookbook for just $11.52 that's a $5.43 savings. I promise you won't be sorry.

I would like to thank Gooseberry Patch for sending me a review copy of this wonderful cookbook. And a double thank you for sending me a second copy. That's right folks Gooseberry Patch sent me an additional copy of Simple Shortcuts to giveaway to one of my readers.




How To Enter The Giveaway:

Just leave a comment on this post telling me what simple shortcut you use in a recipe? (mandatory entry) For me it's definitely using a cake mix to simplify a cookie or cake recipe.

Additional Entries:
You can do any or all of the following for extra entries. Please leave a separate comment for each one.

1. Become a Fan of Gooseberry Patch on Face book. When you have done that, return to this post and leave a separate comment letting me know that you are a fan.
2. Join Gooseberry Patch "Circle of Friends" so you can stay Gooseberry Patch updated.
3. Become a fan of Mommy's Kitchen on Face book. (If you're already a fan that counts too)
4. Mention this giveaway on your face book page. Come back and leave a comment telling me so.
5. Tweet the following for another entry: Win a copy of @gooseberrypatch Simple Shortcut Recipes http://tiny.cc/66lfbw @mommyskitchen #giveaway


Last day to enter this giveaway will be at Midnight on March 28th, 2012 (CST). I will pick a random winner using random.org and announce the winner on this blog, face book and twitter. Good Luck everyone.


Contest open to U.S & Canadian Residents only due to shipping charges. Winner has 48 hours to reply to winning email or a new winner will be chosen. Please leave a email address with your comment in the event that you are the winner.


Disclosure: Gooseberry Patch provided me with a copy of " Simple Shortcut Recipes" for the purpose of this review. They also provided an additional copy to use in a reader giveaway. With that being said the opinions & comments stated above are entirely my own. I would like to thank Gooseberry Patch for choosing Mommy's Kitchen as a "Early Bird Reviewer" .



Easy Peasy Monster Cookies

1 - 20 oz package peanut butter cookie mix
1 - 20 oz package chocolate chip cookie mix
1 1/2 cups quick cooking oats
1 - cup butter, softened
3 - eggs, beaten
2 - cups plain m&m's

In a large bowl, combine all ingredients; mix well. Drop by rounded tablespoons on un greased baking sheet. Bake at 375 degrees for 12-13 minutes or until lightly golden. Cool for 2 minutes and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Makes 1 1/2 dozen cookies.


Lemon Iced Cookies

1 - 18 - 1/4 oz package lemon cake mix
1/3 cup oil
2 - eggs, beaten
1/4 - sugar

In a bowl blend dry cake mix, oil and eggs. I used my kitchen aid mixer for this. Mix until the dough comes away from the sides of the mixing bowl and the mixture is combined. Roll into one inch balls; place 2 inches apart on a lightly greased baking sheet. Place sugar in a shallow bowl. Press each ball with the bottom of a small glass that has bee dipped in sugar.

Bake at 350 degrees for 8 minutes. Do not allow the cookies to brown around the edges. Remove cookies from baking sheet immediately. Place on wax paper; drizzle with vanilla frosting while warm. Makes 2-3 dozen cookies.

Vanilla Frosting

2 - tablespoons butter, melted
1 - cup powdered sugar
1/2 - teaspoon vanilla extract
1 - tablespoon milk

In a bowl, whisk all ingredients together and drizzle over cookies.




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Anonymous said... #

Pillsbury Pie Crusts. I don't really like pie crust, so I'm not good at making them. So I cheat and buy them.
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Stacie said... #

I am a fan of Gooseberry patch on facebook

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americanhoneyphotography.com said... #

I also like to use cake mixes for short cuts! Also canned bisquits are used a lot in my house instead of making them!!! Fan of Gooseberry Patch and your page on facebook as well! :)

collettakay said... #

One of my quick and simple favorites is to make cookie bars instead of drop cookies :)

Also layering graham crackers, vanilla pudding and topping it off with whipped cream is so yummy!

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collettakay said... #

I'm a fan of Gooseberry patch on FB:)

collettakay said... #

I'm a fan of Mommy's Kitchen on FB :)

collettakay said... #

I'm already in the Gooseberry Patch Circle of Friends :)

Stacie said... #

I joined Gooseberry Patch Circle of Friends

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Stacie said... #

I am already a fan of Mommys Kitchen on facebook.

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tracylynne said... #

I don't like to make corn bread -jiffy mix is my friend

cownails@comcast.net said... #

I'm a fan of Gooseberry patch and mommy's kitchen

sandi said... #

I use the pre made pie crusts for everything even my pot pies also became a fan of gooseberry on facebook what a fun page

sandi said... #

I am ahuge fan of mommys kitchen when i dont have ideas for dinner i pull up your website YOU ROCK meadows4ever@comcast.net

Erin said... #

I can't wait to get this cookbook (either winning it, ha ha or buying it). I love to use the cookie mixes.

Erin

Erin said... #

I'm a fan of GBP on FB.

Erin said... #

I'm a member of the GBP circle of friends.

Erin said... #

I'm a fan of mommy's kitchen on FB

sandi said... #

just became part of circle of friends cant wait to see what is in store for me in good cooking meadows4ever@comcast.net

sandi said... #

told all y friends on facebook about your website maybe now when i am invited to dinner i will want to go meadows4ever@comcast.net

SnuggleBunnie said... #

HI Tina,

I am a fan of gooseberry, a fan of yours and joined there site. I just posted about this giveaway. I so hope I win. I love your site and im not just saying that. I mean it. You save me a lot of heart ache.

April @ PolkaDots n' PinkySwears said... #

I add lemon juice to regular milk for quick buttermilk!

Denise said... #

I use refrigerated or frozen pie crusts, they are great

Denise said... #

I am a fan of Gooseberry patch on facebook

Denise said... #

I am a fan of Mommys Kitchen on FB

Anonymous said... #

I love this page!! My shortcut is using the yellow cake mix when I make my carrot cake. Also when I make my rice broccoli cheese casserole I make the rice in rice cooker first. Then I just mix all ingredients and throw in the oven :)

Susan said... #
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Susan said... #

I cheat and use pre-made pie crusts and cake mixes whenever I can.

Susan said... #

I am in Gooseberry Patch's Circle of Friends.

Susan said... #

I'm a fan of Mommy 's Kitchen on FB.

Pam said... #

Easy French Toast - Mix eggs and french vanilla flavored coffee creamer together - that's it - no other ingredients needed - easy & yummy!!

Pam said... #

I like Gooseberry Patch on FB.

Pam said... #

I like Mommy's Kitchen on FB.

Susan said... #

I shared the giveaway on my FB wall.

Susan said... #

I tweeted about the giveaway. @sebh55

Susan said... #

I'm a fan of Gooseberry Patch on FB.

margaret said... #

I love using cake mix for cookies, and special cakes by adding my own touch. I am also a FB friend of Mommy's Kitchen. Love it!

BumbleBeeLane said... #

My go to shortcut ingrediant is crescent rolls.Warm Blessings!~Amy

BumbleBeeLane said... #

I follow gooseberry patch circle of friends.

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Glogirl said... #

I use Bisquick mix to make drop cheddar biscuits.

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Glogirl said... #

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Audra said... #

I love to use cake mixes to add to desserts.

chrystal utley said... #

i would LOOOVE to win! i am facebook fans of both and i get the newsletter!

Anonymous said... #

HI!
First time to do this..here goes.
I use cooked brown rice in meat loaf to extend the amount when needed or make porcupine balls or a little extra chili. Also healthy and adds fiber to the diet.
Your books rock and I just bought my first..farmers market cooking.
Love to cook!

Tiffany said... #

I love short cuts! I use cake mixes a lot, but also use refrigerated biscuits in my crockpot chicken and dumplings! Just as good to me!

Tiffany said... #

I'm a new fan of Gooseberry Patch on FB!

Tiffany said... #

I'm already in the "Circle of Friends"!

Linzroberts320 said... #

I like to buy pre-diced vegetables from the grocery store when I make shredded chicken tacos in the CrockPot. All it takes is chicken breasts, jarred salsa, taco seasoning, and peppers/onions. It's really quick and easy to throw together if the dicing is already done!

Linzroberts320 said... #

I'm already a fan of Mommy's Kitchen on Facebook.

Thanks for the giveaway!

Jennifer said... #

I never make my own crust!

Carrie said... #

i buy stock in a box. i never bake my own sandwich bread. i don't even know how to go about drying fruit.

Diane said... #

I buy the ready made crusts, so much easier. The cake mix for cookies is good too! :)

Ashley Reece said... #

I like to use the pre-made pie crusts, especially the graham cracker crumb ones.

Ashley Reece said... #

I like Gooseberry Patch on Facebook.

Ashley Reece said... #

I joined their circle of friends.

Ashley Reece said... #

I like Mommy's Kitchen on Facebook.

Emily said... #

I don't cook lasagna noodles when I make lasagna--I just add extra water to the sauce and the pasta absorbs it while it's baking. I know you can buy the "no bake" noodles, but regular old lasagna is much cheaper!

Linda B. said... #

I like to use the ready made pie crusts for pot pies as well as dessert pies.

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Linda B. said... #

I am a fan of Gooseberry Patch on Facebook.

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Linda B. said... #

I am a fan of Mommy's Kitchen on Facebook.

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Anonymous said... #

All these recipes look great! I see nothing wrong with taking shortcuts; the products are so much better than they were back then!
I use ready made pie crust, different gravy mixes, cookie mix and cake mix to cut corners when I need to!

Anonymous said... #

I use lots of short cut products - but my favorite is using the cookie mixes to make wonderful bars!

DebNJoizee919@aol.com

jderouin55 said... #

I use ready made pie crust

keshakeke said... #

We love homemade pizza at my house and have it usually once a week. I go to my favorite pizza place in town and buy the pizza dough that they have made from scratch! Then we can use whatever toppings we want at home! This shortcut saves me plenty of time and money!

keshakeke said... #

I am a fan of Gooseberry patch on facebook

keshakeke said... #

I'm a fan of Mommy's Kitchen on FB :)

keshakeke said... #

I'm already in the Gooseberry Patch Circle of Friends :)

keshakeke said... #

I shared the giveaway on my FB wall.

keshakeke said... #

I tweeted about the giveaway.

Anonymous said... #

I like using boxed baking mixes whether it be brownies, cake mixes, or cookies.

Janet
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Beth L said... #

I love to buy premade pie crust. They are so good now and also like to buy my nuts already chopped.

Beth

Manders said... #

Frozen meatballs save so much time

MotherHen said... #

I;m a fan on FB

MotherHen said... #

I've used cake mixes in the past to make cookies - so easy. Can't wait to try the Easy Peasy Monster Cookie one, my grandfather was famous in our family for his monster cookies, lol!! He made them from scratch - very expensive so I'm excited for this recipe :-)

MotherHen said... #

I'm a fan of Gooseberry Patch on FB.

Anonymous said... #

Oh this is awesome I love Gooseberry stuff! I tend to cook from scratch but with a young family I am definitely VERY interested in some handy shortcuts!!

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Tennille said... #

I use ground flaxseed as a subsitution for oil/butter in my pizza dough. It works wonderfully plus I tell myself that now i'm eating "healthier" pizza ;)

~~THE GONZALES TRIBE~~ said... #

The shortcut that I use often is buying diced canned potatoes to substitute for peeling, cooking and cutting my own... saves me tons of valuable time being a homeschooling family of six! Thanks for this opportunity to win the new GBP cookbook, Simple Shortcut Recipes. It definitely sounds like a must have for me!

Nicole
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~~THE GONZALES TRIBE~~ said... #

I am a fan of GBP on facebook! Thank you for this opportunity to win their new cookbook, Simple Shortcut Recipes!

Nicole
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~~THE GONZALES TRIBE~~ said... #

I am a member of GBP's Circle of Friends! Thank you for this opportunity to win their new cookbook, Simple Shortcut Recipes!

Nicole
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~~THE GONZALES TRIBE~~ said... #

I am a fan of Mommy's Kitchen on facebook! Thank you for this opportunity to win their new cookbook, Simple Shortcut Recipes!

Nicole
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~~THE GONZALES TRIBE~~ said... #

I tweeted about your giveaway on Twitter! Thank you for this opportunity to win the new GBP cookbook, Simple Shortcut Recipes!

Nicole
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annemarie said... #

My favorite shortcut is frozen bread dough - nothing like the smell of baking bread without the work involved in from scratch bread recipes - also great for pizza crusts.

Sherry @ A Happy Valentine said... #

I use a jar of spaghetti sauce for my lasagna. I layer it all in the slow cooker, making sure to cover the uncooked noodles with the sauce and cheese layers. People often ask for my recipe after tasting it.

Connie Pruitt said... #

I use Jiffy mix.

Diane said... #

I love short cuts in my cooking and baking.
I use cake mix when I make Pistachio Bread or Lemon Poppy Seed Bread. Very good and simple.

Would love to have the cookbook.

Diane said... #

I just joined Gooseberry Patch "Circle of Friends" ~ looks like a great find.

Jernnifer Clair said... #

I'm already a fan of Mommy's Kitchen on Facebook

MommaMary said... #

Like you I also use a lot of cake mixes. Already measured, flavored and easy to store on the shelf. I also use ingredients from the salad bar. The bacon is already cooked and chopped. Carrots are already shredded. I can buy just the amount I want for the recipe. And it's actually cheaper than buying a pound of bacon, $4.00 for a package of bacon and about $1.00 for a heaping cup of the salad bar bacon.

MommaMary said... #

I am a Fan of Gooseberry Patch on Face book.

MommaMary said... #

I belong to the Gooseberry Patch "Circle of Friends"

MommaMary said... #

I am a fan of Mommy's Kitchen on Face book

MommaMary said... #

I shared this on my fb page https://www.facebook.com/1MommaMary/posts/385916724761605

Virginia said... #

I use Rotel as a short cut in a lot of recipes for a mexican flavor with out having to cut peppers or chilis myself.

robinns said... #

Besides using cookie mixes and cakes mixes for a variety of breads and desserts, I use frozen beef and cheese ravoli for a quick weeknight Lasagna. I love Gooseberry Patch cookbooks - real recipes for real people!

Anonymous said... #

I am a fan of Gooseberry on Facebook

Cristi A

Mary said... #

I don't like to make pie crust so I use the refrigerated ones.

sherry said... #

I use bagged lettuce as my shortcut when I want to have a quick salad. I just buy one that has everything I like in it, no chopping necessary.

sherry said... #

I am a fan of gooseberry patch.

Anonymous said... #

I cook a whole chicken, breasts or any other type of roast (beef, pork) in rthe slow cooker the shred the meat and freeze for a later use.

Cristi A

amanyk said... #

My simple shortcut is using Stove Top Stuffing mix in meat patties and meatloaf. Just the right amount of breadcrumbs and great flavor! Cheap with coupons around the holidays too!

jem60 said... #

I use a chocolate cake chocolate pudding milk and chocolate chips to make a great triple chocolate cake

jem60 said... #

I use a chocolate cake chocolate pudding milk and chocolate chips to make a great triple chocolate cake

Angela said... #

I am a fan of Gooseberry on facebook.

Angela M. said... #

I use cake mixes

Gail_OK said... #

I love using canned biscuits for sweet and savory breads.

Ronda Duvall said... #

I love to use Cake Mixes for quick desserts.

Ronda

Ronda Duvall said... #

I am a fb fan already!!!

blessedx4 said... #

Rotisserie chicken makes a great shortcut for casseroles and chicken salad when you don't have time to cook the chicken yourself!

Blessings,
Tiffany

blessedx4 said... #

I'm a fan of Mommy's Kitchen on FB.:)

Blessings,
Tiffany

blessedx4 said... #

I'm a fan of Gooseberry Patch on FB.:)

Blessings,
Tiffany

blessedx4 said... #

I joined Gooseberry Patch's Circle of Friends.:)

Blessings,
Tiffany

blessedx4 said... #

I mentioned your giveaway on my FB page. :)

Blessings,
Tiffany

Anonymous said... #

I am a follower of your blog on Facebook...love your site and I love Gooseberry!!

Cristi A

morchella said... #

I am i liker of mommy's Kitchen and Goosebery Patch. Dont usually have time to make pies for hubby so i buy canned fruit and premade pie shells. (dont tell him)

kjm said... #

I use cake mixes in recipes and store bought pie crusts.

Sonia S. said... #

I love to use already made cookie dough for recipes and I love to use already made pie filling. It is easy to throw that with some cool whip and make pink stuff or make an easy cobbler!

Amy said... #

Sometimes instead of roasting my own peppers (which is a lot of work to me!) I buy the canned ones already roasted!

Amy said... #

I'm already Gooseberry Patchs' friend on FB! :)

Amy said... #

I am now in the circle of friends!

Amy said... #

I'm already a fan of Mommy's Kitchen (ofcourse) <3

Amy said... #

I posted a comment on my FB page telling everyone to come enter!

mrsmgmmattman said... #

I too use cake mixes for short cuts...when the recipe calls for it.I also use shortcuts like using the microwave to melt the butter & chocolate instead of on the stove.

sherry said... #

I am a fan of mommy's kitchen on facebook.

Krista said... #

I like using dried herbs instead of fresh b/c of always having them on hand. Thanks for the chance to win!

Krista said... #

Already a fan of Gooseberry on FB.

Krista said... #

Follow you on FB :)

Krista said... #

Already a member of Circle Of Friends.

Anonymous said... #

Facebook follower here! :)

My favorite shortcut isn't an addition per se, but I always grate butter when adding it to a recipe that calls for pea sized chunks of butter (like scones) - it makes for far less work and the end product rises more too!

Kris C
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The Wotring's said... #

I use cream soups to make sauces.

Anonymous said... #

My comment is really a helpful hint that I often do. When baking or making any recipe,I have all the ingredients on the conunter and as I use them, I put them aside on another section of counter. That way I can be sure I used it. Too often we rush and overlook the most obvious.

The Wotring's said... #

I am a fan of Gooseberry Patch on FB

The Wotring's said... #

I am a fan of Mommy's Kitchen on FB

The Wotring's said... #

I have joined Gooseberry Patch "Circle of Friends"

Lesli said... #

I am a fan of Gooseberry Patch and Mommy's Kitchen on Facebook. I LOVE to use any shortcuts I can find. I also like using cake mixe recipes.

The Wotring's said... #

I mentioned this giveaway on my FB page

smiling daisy said... #

I use instant pudding mix with whipped cream for quick and yummy icing !!!

smiling daisy said... #

Already a Gooseberry Patch fan and part of Circle of Friends !!!

Plus, just became a fan of Mommy's Kitchen !!!

Excited to try some new recipes :)

Anonymous said... #

Pillsbury Pie Crusts! Best shortcut of all time!

Kelly Kilpatrick said... #

I'm a fan of gooseberry patch on facebook!

Anonymous said... #

I use cake mixes or just put all ingredients in one bowl then blend ...so simple!

pam said... #

I use can cresent rolls, they are great for sweet treats such as cheese danish or for a crust for chicken pot pie. They are very verstile.

Joan said... #

Cake mixes are my shortcut for cookies and bars.

Colleen C said... #

Cake mixes... they just make it so much easier to bake in a snap.

Colleen C said... #

I am a Mommy's Kitchen Fan on Facebook

Colleen C said... #

I am a Gooseberry Patch Fan on Facebook

Jennifer said... #

I just like to make the cookie dough the day before so it's ready to just shape and bake the next day!

Gla said... #

I don't make cakes from scatch. I use cake mixes for different cakes and sometimes to make cookies.

Gla said... #

I'm a fan of Gooseberry Patch on Facebook already.

Gla said... #

I'm a fan of Mommy's Kitchen on Facebook already.

The Better Baker said... #

VERY cool - my kind of book. I think it belongs in my kitchen. =) I LOVE using cake and cookie mixes also to make things easier and quicker when creating.

The Better Baker said... #

I am already a fan of MK at FB. HOW COOL YOU HAVE A RECIPE IN THIS BOOK TINA!

The Better Baker said... #

I am already a fan of Gooseberry Patch at FB.

Sara said... #

I use lemon juice in milk for butter milk. It's cheaper and I never seem to have buttermilk at the right time!

Sara said... #

I'm a fan on MK on facebook!

Anonymous said... #

For my shortcut I like to use a boxed brownie mix to jazz up brownies or make other desserts with it.

Colleen
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Anonymous said... #

I am a fan of Gooseberry Patch on Facebook!


Colleen
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Anonymous said... #

I joined Gooseberry Patch "Circle of Friends" more than a year ago.

Colleen
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Anonymous said... #

I am a HUGE fan of Mommy's Kitchen on Facebook!!

Anonymous said... #

I am a HUGE fan of Mommy's Kitchen on Facebook!!


Colleen
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Tomi Jo said... #

I buy the box banana bread mix and add over ripe bananas and walnuts(even if the mix says it have nuts in it). Neigbors always look forward to the holidays. It really is good---extra moist and loaded with nuts.
Would love to win tne cookbook. Read your site all the time.
Thanks, Tomi Jo

Kae said... #

I also doctor up cake mixes for a variety of desserts, including cookies and brownies. Thanks for the opportunity to win a Gooseberry Patch cookbook! :) Btw, love your blog!

Kae said... #

Just signed up for Gooseberry Patch's Circle of Friends!

Kae said... #

Just signed up for Gooseberry Patch's Circle of Friends!

Kae said... #

Just tweeted about the giveaway!

Mindy1024 said... #

I use the shake pancake batter ;)

Michael J. McCoy said... #

I use prepackaged cookie mixes to make quick waffle iron cookies for my granbabies.

Michael J. McCoy said... #

I am a fan of Gooseberry Patch on Facebook!

Michael J. McCoy said... #

Just signed up for Gooseberry Patch's Circle of Friends!

Michael J. McCoy said... #

Mentioned this giveaway on my face book page!!

Tonia D said... #

I use short cut in all my cooking from deserts to main dishes. My favorite short cut is using pre-cut vegetables and pre-cut salad mix.

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Tonia D said... #

I'm a friend of Gooseberry Patch on Facebook

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Tonia D said... #

I joined Circle of Friends

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Tonia D said... #

I'm friends with Mommy's Kitchen on Facebook.

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Anonymous said... #

I liked Goose berry Patch on Facebook

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Anonymous said... #

I liked Mommy's Kitchen on Facebook :)


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Anonymous said... #

My cheat is for Chocolate Crinkle Cookies....I start off by using a pre-packaged brownie mix :)


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Anonymous said... #

I like to chop and freeze pecans in one cup bag portions. I am much more likely to bake treats or make fudge with that step behind me.

Mrs. Williams said... #

My shortcut is using Crescent rolls for my crust on pies and anthing else:) Also, I buy my pizza crust instead of making it from scratch.

kellyc said... #

Cake mix shortcut for cookies!

Kaye said... #

I "liked" Gooseberry Patch on Facebook.

jodig said... #

I love to have ground beef and chicken already cooked and in the freezer to make casseroles and chili/soups quick and easy.

Christine's Pantry said... #

I love to take a cake mix and doctor it up.

Christine's Pantry said... #

I'm a fan on Facebook.

Courtney said... #

I agree completely about the cake mix. I have so many recipes not only just for cakes but cookies and bars as well that start with a cake mix. I definitely love shortcuts. It makes this busy mommy's life a little easier!

Courtney said... #

I liked Gooseberry Patch on Facebook.

Courtney said... #

I liked Mommy's Kitchen on Facebook.

Chrissy said... #

My shortcut is using bottled minced garlic.

Chrissy said... #

Fan of Gooseberry Patch on Facebook.

Chrissy said... #

Joined Gooseberry Patch Circle of Friends.

Chrissy said... #

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Brenda S Okie in Colorado said... #

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K. Marie Jesch said... #

When I use lean ground beef, instead of draining it and using up another dish, I use paper towels to soak up the fat.

Anonymous said... #

Tina

Call Mary and A.J. in Rockwall.

A.J. needs cakes and pies for customers.

Anonymous said... #

I like to make up cookie dough and put in freezer for when family and friends come over I can bake them a fresh batch of cookies.

Elizabeth
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Anonymous said... #

I make cookie dough ahead of time and freeze it for when I have family and friends over I can just bake them cookies from the cookie dough I had prepared ahead of time. It's a time saver for unexpected company also.

Elizabeth
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