Cake Mix Brownies

I have a problem. I can’t have dessert around or I EAT IT ALL. Therefore my poor family never gets dessert. But, lately I can’t keep either of my kids filled up. So, when I started flipping through the Everyday Simple Suppers from Gooseberry Patch, I decided I could make them dessert. Especially one that is as quick and easy as cake mix brownies.

Cake Mix Brownie with icingLet me just tell you, these brownies require a meat fork to eat as fast as this kid ate his brownie!

happy boy after eating brownieSeriously, if you look that happy after shoveling brownie into your mouth with a fork that size, you know it has to be good. Plus, it was oh so simple. These brownies are cinch. A standard cake mix, water, oil and an egg. That’s it people.

Cake Mix Brownies Recipe Picture StepsBake these mixture for 20-25 minutes on 350 degrees. Top with frosting and nuts. Or not. Or just frosting. I made this awesome 2 minute frosting. I sort of took this 1 minute frosting and tweaked. Dark chocolate, butter, milk, powdered sugar. Yes, Please!!

ocolate frosting for browniesTrusting me when I say these two recipes are a marriage made in heaven.

cake mix brownie with frostingIf you are wanting other Everyday Simple Supper recipes, be sure to register for my giveaway!

Cake Mix Brownies

Serves: 20 brownies

When you need a dessert in a hurry, grab a cake mix and make these super easy, moist brownies. Top with a quick frosting to complete your brownies.
  • 18.25 ounce chocolate cake mix
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • ⅓ cup oil
  • ⅓ cup water
  1. Stir cake mix, egg, oil and water together in a bowl to make a thick batter.
  2. Spread batter in a greased 13x9 pan and back on 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes.
  3. Spread frosting or other desired frosting toppings.

And you know you want the frosting recipe too!!

2 Minute Chocolate Frosting
Frosting makes everything better. This quick chocolate frosting is perfect for cake, brownies, cookies or eating with a spoon.
  • 1¾ cup semisweet or bittersweet chocolate chips
  • ½ cup regular or evaporated milk
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1¾ cup powdered sugar
  1. Combine chocolate chips, milk, butter and vanilla in microwave-proof bowl. Microwave on full power for 30-40 seconds.
  2. Remove and whisk. If chocolate chips are frozen like mine, microwave again for 30 seconds. Whisk again until chocolate chips melt and mixture is smooth.
  3. Add powdered sugar by sifting to ensure smoothest frosting and continue to whisk until smooth.
  4. Spread the frosting while still warm. This will help the frosting spread easier and keep you from damaging the cake or brownies.

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Gooseberry Patch Everday Simple Suppers Cookbook Giveaway

You know, sometimes you just want things to be easy. Like supper. Can’t it just be something easy, that everyone will eat? Well, the latest cookbook, Everyday Simple Suppers, I have gotten from Gooseberry Patch.

Everyday Simple SuppersMy kids love the taco salad I made for supper a few weeks back.

taco saladThe potato chip topping enticed my kids to want the crispy pecan chicken casserole for supper one night too.

crispy pecan chicken casseroleAnd for dessert of course they wanted cake mix brownies for dessert.

Cake Mix Brownie with icingMomma then got selfish and made herself some bacon. Mountaintop bacon to be specific! Sweet and salt baked bacon. I think I ate half a pound myself!

Mountaintop baked baconDrooling? Dying for the recipe for that bacon? Well, you can count on these other three recipes coming the rest of the week. You know, I will stalk you with posts and pictures of bacon and brownies until you can’t live without this cookbook. Because you can’t!!

So simple to register. Just leave a comment telling me what your favorite everyday simple supper is in your house. Follow me on facebook. Leave me another comment letting me know. Viola, you are entered twice. Pin this giveaway. Leave the pin link in comments and you have the trifecta!

What are you waiting for? You have 10 days. You have till September 14th!

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Gooseberry Patch Garfield…Recipes with Cattitude! Giveaway

Sometimes I just want to be my cats. They have the life. Sleep, eat, sit in the window watching the world go by.

cat sitting in window

And if cats eat like this Garfield…Recipes with Cattitude cookbook from Gooseberry Patch, I truly want to be a cat.
Let’s start with breakfast…

Buttermilk PancakesLight and fluffy pancakes were amazing, especially with the substitution of buttermilk for regular milk.

Monkey Bread

Monkey bread is a favorite at our house too. No surprise this was on Garfield’s list. The recipe was almost the same as my monkey bread recipe.

Moving on to lunch…

I have made these bacon burgers twice already. Yes, they are that good!!Bacon Stuffed Burgers

Are you more of a soup person? Well, the Indiana Chicken-Corn Chowder sounded extremely yummy. As yummy as my corn chowder!

Chicken-Corn ChowderNow on to the pasta, the stuff Garfield is known for…

Good Ol' Spaghetti and MeatballsThe good ol’ Spaghetti and Meatballs was just that, good! And the Parmesan Bread Sticks…AMAZING!! Loved them. Hungry yet? Well, just wait, we have dessert still…

Indoor S’mores

Indoor Smores

With a side of soft pumpkin cookies

Glazed soft Pumpkin Cookies

Hungry yet? You know you want this book. Let me know you want to win your very own copy by leaving a comment with what recipe you are craving!

Good luck!

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Good Ol’ Spaghetti and Meatballs

If you are a famous cat created by a man from Indiana, who are you? Here are a few hints, you love spaghetti. And Pizza. And anything Italian. Yep, you guessed it, Garfield. I am starting to believe Garfield and my son might be two peas in a pod. He likes everything in the latest cookbook I am reviewing from Gooseberry Patch.

Good Ol' Spaghetti and MeatballsAnd my son loved this Good Ol’ Spaghetti and Meatballs. It was “homemade” sauce even. Well, homemade with three cans of Red Gold Tomatoes.

Spaghetti Ingredients

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Hunk of Meat Monday: Bacon Burgers

I am keeping the pork farmers in business with the amount of bacon we are consuming at our house. We have BLTs once a week. I add bacon crumbles to salads. I always have at least two pounds of bacon in the fridge and who knows how much I have in the two chest freezers we have moved twice in six months. Naturally, I was drawn to these bacon burgers that Gooseberry Patch‘s latest cookbook, Garfield…Recipes with Cattitude!Bacon BurgersNow, for those of you have a debate at your house on if beef burgers or pork burgers are better, this burger uses both! It also uses fillers that actually help the burgers stick together and fill them with flavor.

Bacon Burger RecipeNotice one of my new favorite sauces from my North Dakota bestie is used in this in place of steak sauce!

Ingredients to add the meat for bacon burgers

In a large bowl mix the ground beef and pork together. Add the Parmesan cheese, steak or barbeque sauce, garlic powder and pepper. Mix well. This means get your hands in the meat. Don’t think you can mix ground meat with a spoon!!

Mixing flavors into burgersOnce you have the meat ready, you will be ready to make the very thing patties that you will press together around bacon crumbles and then onions and mushrooms you sauted in the bacon grease. It is dripping with pork juiciness.

stuffed burgers processThe key is very thin patties that are about an inch bigger than your bun. Thin people. when you have them sandwiched, get them on the grill. We started them on aluminum foil in fear that I would have a burger that fell apart.

grilling bacon burgersBut no burgers fell apart. No aluminum was needed. We add slices of provolone to ours. We like to support dairy farmers. And I am also guilty for having every kind of cheese imaginable in my fridgeBacon burgers with cheese We love onion buns at our house and add a little melted butter and then grill them for a few minutes. Absolute perfection with these stuffed bacon burgers.

Bacon burgers on onion bunsPerfection. The kind of perfection you want on a Hunk of Meat Monday. Now share what you are craving from your blog!!

Bacon Burgers

Serves: 4 burgers

Serving size: 1 burger

Everyone loves burger. Add bacon, onions and mushrooms to the middle of the burger, and this take a plain burger to an amazing bacon burger.
  • 3-4 slices of bacon
  • ¼ onion, chopped
  • 4-5 button mushrooms, sliced
  • ½ lb ground beef
  • ½ lb ground pork
  • 2 T grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 T steak or barbeque sauce
  • ¼ t garlic powder
  • ¼ t pepper
  • 4 slices of Provolone cheese
  • 4 Onion Buns
  1. In a skillet over a medium heat, cut bacon into ½ inch pieces and fry until crisp. Remove bacon and reserve dripping in skillet to fry onion and mushrooms till tender. Set aside with bacon.
  2. In a large bowl, combine beef, pork, cheese, sauce and seasonings. Mix together with hands and form eight thin patties that are slightly larger than the buns.
  3. Place bacon, mushrooms, onions on four of the patties. Top with remaining patties and seal edges. Cook burgers on the grill for 5-8 minutes on each side. Do not flip more than once to prevent the burger from falling apart. Add cheese to burgers with a minute of grill time left.

Gooseberry Patch Game-Day Fan Fare Cookbook Giveaway

I love the seasons. Football Season. Basketball Season. Soccer Season. Swimming Season. All the seasons. With every sports season comes specific sports food. And Game-Day Fan Fare, the latest book from Gooseberry Patch, is the perfect book for your favorite season.

game day fan fareYesterday, you got introduced to the Ooey-Gooey Popcorn that I am addicted to now.

ooey gooey popcornI also noticed while flipping through the cookbook that my 3-Cheese Baked Spaghetti is featured in the Mains & Sides chapter.

3 cheese baked spaghettiSo, naturally I believe this is one of the best books Gooseberry Patch has ever published. The cookbook is chalk full of tons of recipes I want try.  I have made one of the variations of Wings 4-Ways.

wingsI have also made a version of crustless pizza. Chicago style with the sauce on top even!!

crustless pizza

Want some more peaks at some great recipes?

On a girls night I had a piece of my gal pap Liz’s Peanut Butter Fudge Pie she made for a recent girl’s night in. Cris over at Goodeness Gracious made the perfect pizza for an early game. Then there are these Pepperoni Roll-Ups that Brandi made and highlighted over on the Country Cook. And looking for a bit more of a sweet treat for game time? Check out these Strawberry-Lemon Shortbread Bars over on a Well-Seasoned Life.

And there are even recipes similar to a few other recipes I already know I love, like S’mores Bars.

S'mores barsOr my black bean salsa

black bean salsaOr guacamole.

guacamoleREADY TO WIN IT?

Then what are you waiting for? It is as easy as leaving a comment below.

  1. What is your favorite thing to eat while watching sports? Let me know in the comments below.
  2. Do you love some of these recipes in the pictures above? Pin one on one of your Pinterest boards. Leave a comment and let me know what you pinned with a link to your board so I can follow you!! (You can do this once a day.)
  3. Share this post on your Facebook page and make sure you tag Beyer Beware when you share it so I know you did! Be sure to leave a comment letting me know!

If you don’t leave a comment letting me know you did one of the above three things, well then, you simply will not be entered. The comments will be how the winner is randomly selected. You have till Midnight on May 6 to enter, so enter early and often!!

Other Places to Win

Want more chances to win this cookbook? Head on over to a few of my fellow Early Bird Reviewers for a chance to win!

SusieQTPies Cafe

Delightful Country Cookin’

 Game-Day Fan Fare, the latest book from Gooseberry Patch was given to me as well as an additional one to giveaway. Opinions are my own. Affiliate links were used.


Ooey-Gooey Popcorn

Raise your hand if you like sweet and salty. Come on, raise them up. It is like yin and yang meet in your mouth. This popcorn, this ooey-gooey popcorn defines addictive food. ooey gooey popcorn
Of course if I am going to be unhealthy, I can’t just be a little unhealthy. I have to go extra butter unhealthy popcorn.

extra butter popcornAnd this recipe doesn’t lack for butter. The ooey-gooey goodness has 1/4 cup of butter too. Plus marshmallow. Plus brown sugar. Oh, be still my taste buds.

butter, brown sugar and mini marshmallow gooeynessMelt, stirring constantly until marshmallows are melted and the sauce is nice and smooth.

ooey-gooey saucePour your popcorn into a large bowl that you will be able to stir the popcorn. Then, pour the ooey-gooey sweetness over top.

ooey gooey sweetness poured over popcornPeople, this is a hot, gooey mess. Do not put your finger under the pouring sauce. Please. It will blister your finger. I may or may not have a blister to prove it.

ooey-gooey popcornExpect children to devour it. Expect adults with no self restraint to eat this till their guts hurt. Literally. Holy goodness.

Ooey-Gooey Popcorn
This is sticky and sweet and salt and in no way fits into any weight loss diet. Ooey-Gooey Popcorn will satisfy your sweet and salty cravings though!
  • 3 qts popped popcorn
  • ¼ cup butter
  • ⅓ cup brown sugar, packed
  • 2 cups mini marshmallows
  1. Put popcorn in a large heat-proof bowl and set aside.
  2. In a sauce pan over medium heat, melt butter, brown sugar and mini marshmallows. Stir constantly until the marshmallows are melted and the sauce is smooth.
  3. Pour butter mixture over popcorn and toss or stir to coat.

If you love this recipe, you will love many more that are in the latest cookbook I am giving away, Game-Day Fan Fare from Gooseberry Patch. This post was done courtesy of a free cookbook from Gooseberry Patch. Thoughts and opinions are all Leah:) Affiliate links were also used.

Hunk of Meat Monday: Cheeseburger Macaroni

You may have noticed this little giveaway going on thanks to Gooseberry Patch. Well, this might be my favorite cookbook yet from the gals over at Gooseberry Patch. This cheeseburger macaroni recipe is one of the reasons.

cheeseburger macaroniFor any of you hamburger helper lovers, this is a great knock-off without the box. Start by browning up a pound of hamburger. Then grab your three main ingredients.

cheeseburger macaroni ingredientsAdd 2 1/4 cup of water, 1/2 cup of ketchup, and 1 t. mustard to the cooked ground beef.

ground beef, ketchup, mustardBring to a boil and add 2 cups

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of uncooked macaroni.

uncooked macaroni to ground beef mixtureReduce heat, cover and simmer for 8-10 minutes until macaroni is tender.

cooked ground beef with pasta and cheeseOnce the macaroni is tender, add 12 ounces of Velveeta, cubed to the mixture. Stir until the cheese is melted.

cheeseburger macaroni skilletI love pickles on my cheeseburgers, so I of course added a pickle to the top of this dish.

cheeseburger macaroni

Hunk of Meat Monday: Cheeseburger Macaroni
This recipe is a quick and easy hamburger helper knock-off without the box that is sure to please cheeseburger and macaroni and cheese lovers.
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 2-1/4 c. water
  • ½ c. ketchup
  • 1 t. mustard
  • 2 c. elbow macaroni, uncooked
  • 12 ounces of Velveeta
  1. Brown beef in a large skillet.
  2. Drain any grease and then add water, ketchup and mustard.
  3. Bring to a boil and then stir in uncooked macaroni. Reduce heat to medium-low heat, cover and cook 8-10 minutes till macaroni is tender.
  4. Add cheese in cubes. Stir until melted.

What do you have cooking this week? Any good valentine’s day dinners? Be sure to share your inspirational dishes.

The cookbook was supplied by Gooseberry Patch. Affiliate links were used.

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