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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Hunk of Meat Monday: Simple Taco Salad

I have Everyday Simple Suppers to thank. It brought me back to a childhood favorite my mom would make. This recipe is like that old familiar hymn. You can’t believe how lived without it for so long. That is what making this simple taco salad was like for me.

simple taco salad

In typical Leah fashion, there are a few change ups in this recipe. To start, the taco meat isn’t your typical taco seasoning meat. Instead of ground beef, I used ground pork. I used taco seasoning. Yes, I did. But I also add Ranch seasoning. It gives the meat extra creaminess.

secret ingredient taco meatWhile the meat is cooking in the microwave. Yes, microwave thanks to the Pampered Chef Micro Cooker for Microwave, I prepped the lettuce salad. I used two hearts of romaine, cherry tomatoes, fresh sweet corn, black beans and onions. Substituted colby-jack cheese for the cheddar and then tossed with the Western Dressing.taco salad - lettuce baseTo serve, I crush nacho Doritos and put them down on the plate and add salad. Then I finish off with the meat. Especially if the meat is still hot. I don’t want the hot meat to wilt the salad.

taco salad

Taco Salad

Serves: 4-6 servings

This quick and easy taco salad will satisfy your family on a hot summer night.
  • 1 lb ground beef or pork
  • 1 taco seasoning pack
  • 1 tbs ranch seasoning mix
  • 1 head lettuce or 2 hearts of romaine, torn
  • ½ cup onion, diced*
  • 1 cup fresh sweet corn*
  • 12 cherry tomatoes, halved*
  • 1 cup black beans*
  • 1 cup olives*
  • 2 cups shredded colby jack cheese
  • 1 cup French dressing (I use Western)
  • Large bag of Nacho Cheese Doritos
  1. Prepare the ground beef with taco seasoning according to package directions. Stir in ranch seasoning mix.
  2. Toss salad, taco toppings, and cheese together. Add salad dressing. Add meat if you will be refrigerating till ready to serve. If eating immediately, keep meat out of salad if it is still warm.
  3. To serve, crush chips and place on plate. Add salad and meat to the top of chips. Mix well.
*Use the taco toppings your family enjoys eating.

What are you throwing together tonight?

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: Bubble Pizza Casserole

Sometimes life if just last minute. Ok, more than sometimes in my case. Which is why this bubble pizza casserole that is quick to assemble and bakes in under 30 minutes will be a new staple around here.

Bubble Pizza Casserole is an easy weeknight meal that and everyone will clean their plate.
I use my Pampered Chef micro cooker when I need browned meat in a hurry. I start by putting my frozen pound of ground pork in the cooker for 3 minutes on high. Remove it and begin to break away the softened and cooked pieces. At this point I throw in any veggies I want with my pizza toppings.

Microwaving ground pork and veggies for pizzaI put the meat in for another 3-4 minutes till the pork is completely cooked.

cooked pork sausage and veggies for pizzaWhile the meat was cooking, I opened a can of large refrigerator biscuits, the kind with 8 biscuits in a can. I proceeded to cut the biscuits in quarters.

refrigerator biscuits cut in quartersThen separate the biscuits and place them in a large bowl. Add any additional toppings you want on your pizza that doesn’t need precooking.

Bubble Pizza ToppingsAdd the cooked sausage to the biscuits and other toppings, stirring to combine. Then pour a 26 ounce jar of spaghetti sauce over top the toppings and biscuits.

Spaghetti Sauce for bubble pizzaMix the sauce in together with the all the toppings and biscuits and pour out into a 13 x 9 pan.

Bubble Pizza Casserole spread into pan
Cover the casserole with shredded cheese. Mozzarella, Italian blend, a little colby-jack. Whatever you have two cups of in the fridge.

Cheese topped Bubble Pizza CasseroleBake on 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until biscuits bubble up and are cooked and cheese melted. It really should resemble the top of a pizza.

Bubble Pizza Casserole is an easy weeknight meal that and everyone will clean their plate.

Let it rest a minute or two before serving, and then be ready for it to be devoured!

Bubble Pizza Casserole

Bubble Pizza Casserole
This bubble pizza casserole is an easy weeknight meal that will fill your families up and not be as tedious as homemade pizza!
  • 1 lb ground pork or beef
  • ½ bell pepper, diced
  • 1 cup diced ham
  • 4 green onions, sliced
  • 1 can large refrigerator biscuits
  • 1, 26 ounce jar of spaghetti sauce
  • 2 cups of shredded mozzarella, Italian blend or Colby-Jack cheese
  1. Brown ground meat seasoned with salt and pepper, adding bell peppers to the meat when it is about halfway done cooking.
  2. Remove the biscuits from the can and cut into quarters. Place in a large mixing bowl and add ham, onions or other toppings on top of biscuits.
  3. Drain cooked ground meat of any grease and pour into mixing bowl with other ingredients.
  4. Pour spaghetti sauce over top and mix to combine . Pour mixture into a 13 x 9 pan. Try to make sure your biscuits are somewhat evenly spread out over the entire pan.
  5. Top with cheese and bake on 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes.

What was cooking at your house this fine Hunk of Meat Monday??
Bubble Pizza Casserole is an easy weeknight meal that and everyone will clean their plate.

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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.

Hunk of Meat Monday: Crock Pot Last-Resort Chicken Legs

Anyone with kids knows that any meal that can be eaten with your fingers is a win. This why these crock pot chicken legs where a hit at our house the other night. This is by far one of our favorite recipes so far in the Gooseberry Patch Slow Cooking All Year ‘Round Cookbook.

Crock Pot Chicken LegsThe chicken legs were of course frozen and were frozen till about 10 minutes prior to me starting to make this recipe.

frozen chicken drumsticks

I did a partial defrost in the microwave and then placed them in a deep skillet. Hit with salt and pepper.

browning chicken legsCover the chicken with some water and let the drumsticks simmer until they are just cooked.

skillet fried chicken drumsticksTransfer the the drumsticks to the crock pot. chicken legs in crock potAnd add the flavor…cover the chicken with butter slices, onion salt or powder, garlic salt or powder, pepper, barbeque sauce and hot pepper sauce.

ingredients for spicy barbecue chicken legsThen cook on high for two hours or low for four hours. Stir once or twice, then transfer to low and cook for another two hours.

slow cooked chicken legsNow, my friend Cris who also made these chicken legs told me she popped the legs in the broiler to crisp up the skin. Which is brilliant because the skin was just pulled off by all of us and tossed. Crispy skin would make this a complete home run!

Crock Pot Chicken Legs

If you are looking for more slow cooking recipes, be sure to go register to win the Gooseberry Patch Slow Cooking All Year ‘Round cookbook.

Crock Pot Last-Resort Chicken Legs
If your family loves chicken legs, these crock pot barbeque chicken legs are sure to be a hit with a hint of spice.
  • 6-10 chicken leg
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup butter sliced
  • 1 T. onion salt or powder
  • 1 T. garlic salt or powder
  • 1 t. pepper
  • ¾ cup hot pepper sauce
  • ⅓ cup barbeque sauce
  1. Place chicken legs in a deep skillet, cover with water. Over high heat, simmer legs till just cooked. Drain and transfer to the crock pot. Add remaining ingredients. Cook on low for 4 hours or high for 2 hours. Stir once or twice and then transfer to low heat if you have been cooking on high. Cook for an additional 2 hours. Place chicken legs on a jelly roll pan and place under the oven broiler to crisp up skin.

Be sure to share your favorite recipes for Hunk of Meat Monday too!

Hunk of Meat Monday: Italian Steak Sandwiches

Over the next few weeks I will have a couple of brand new titles from Gooseberry Patchto give away on the blog. Both of which are working mom treasurers. This recipe for Joe’s Italian Steak Sandwiches come from page 117 of the Weeknight Dinners Cookbook.

Italian Steak SandwichIt was a quick sandwich to make, especially since we had some premade beef patties in the freezer. I seasoned them with gourmet hamburger seasoning and began frying them in a cast iron skillet.

Hamburger Patties FryingThe recipe called for a 4 oz can of mushrooms. I had none, so I just sliced up some button mushrooms and tossed them in with the hamburgers along with some Worcestershire sauce.

Patties and mushrooms fryingAs the beef patties cooked, I grabbed some hoagie buns. Sliced Italian bread would be ideal, but improvising any bread or bun will work. Spread butter on the bread and pop on a grill to brown. Or toss it under the broiler in the oven like I did.

buttered breadWhile you are watching your bread toast without burning…Start warming up a jar of spaghetti sauce.

Spaghetti SauceI doctor everything, so of course I doctored the sauce.

Italian Herb MixOnce the sauce is bubbling, you beef patties should be fully cooked.

cooked beef pattiesAnd the bread should be perfectly golden brown.

toasted buttered hoagie bunsSandwich building time!! Start by spreading sauce on the bottom piece of bread.

Sauce baseI cut my patties in half to fit on the hoagie style buns better. Not perfect, but it worked.

beef pattiesThen scrape some of the sauted mushrooms from the pan and add them to the patties.

Mushroom topped beef pattiesAnd now my favorite part…CHEESE. Recipe called for Muenster. I had provolone. Provolone it is!

Cheese covered steak sandwichAnd you have Italian steak pattie sandwiches.

Italian Steak Sandwich

Hunk of Meat Monday: Pizza Casserole

We love pizza. It is that staple go to, ready in 20 minutes, meal. And when it is eaten out of my kitchen, it many times comes out of the freezer in shrink wrapped plastic. But, now I have an easy casserole that I can make that is as quick as spaghetti to make and then just requires a little baking time to melt all the cheese together.

Pepperoni and Sausage Pizza CasseroleThis might look a lot like the chicken bacon ranch pizza casserole I made a while back. Well, it is much like that casserole, just the red pizza sauce version. Start with your ground meat of choice. I used ground pork and added a diced onion to skillet as I browned the meat.

browning ground pork and onionsGet a pound of pasta boiling while the meat is cooking. I used bow tie pasta because I think it is great at catching sauce. Then, when the meat is completely cooked, drain any excess grease and return to the pan. Then add the red sauce.

pizza sauce, spaghetti suace and diced tomatoesYou basically need two jars of spaghetti sauce. I can’t seem to keep anything simple or in stock. So, I compromised with a jar of pizza sauce and a can of diced tomatoes as a substitute for another jar of spaghetti sauce. I poured the sauces and tomatoes into the cooked meat, and simmered while I added a dash of balsamic vinegar, tablespoon of brown sugar and some pasta sprinkle or oregano. When the pasta is done, it is time to get assembling. Start by putting 1/3 of the red meat sauce in the bottom of a 13 x 9 pan followed by 1/3 of the pasta.

layers of pizza casseroleThen if you are wanting to add 1-1.5 cups of shredded mozzarella or pizza blend cheese.

cheese pizza casserole

Then you can add any additional “toppings” you would put on your pizza. We added pepperoni. But if you like mushrooms or peppers or onions or ham, add it all. The more the merrier. Then repeat the layers two more times. My casserole ended with pepperoni on top.

Pepperoni pizza casseroleThen bake time! Bake on 375 for 30-40 minutes till the casserole is bubbling.

Pepperoni & Sausage Pizza CasseroleThen, let it rest for a minutes and enjoy!

Pepperoni and Sausage Pizza Casserole

Pizza Casserole
A simple pasta recipe that embraces all of the things you love about pizza.
  • 1 lb bow tie pasta
  • 1 lb ground pork or beef
  • 1 large onion, medium size diced
  • 2 (26 ounce) jars spaghetti sauce or equivalent of pizza sauce and diced tomatoes
  • ½-1 lb of sliced pepperoni*
  • 4-5 cups of shredded mozzarella cheese
  • ⅓ cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon of balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon of brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pasta sprinkle dried oregano
  • *Any additional toppings can be used that you normally put on your pizza. You will need about a cup of each topping.
  1. Cook pasta till el dente while you begin browning meat.
  2. Brown ground meat with chopped onion. When completely cooked, drain grease and return meat to the pan.
  3. Add sauce to the meat and simmer as you add the balsamic, brown sugar and pasta sprinkle.
  4. In a lightly greased 9x13 pan, pour a small amount of meat sauce to lightly coat bottom.
  5. Begin layering with ⅓ of the pasta, 1-1.5 cups of mozzarella cheese, 2 Tablespoons parmesan cheese, pepperoni or any other toppings followed by ⅓ of the sauce.
  6. Repeat layers two more times. On the last layer, pour the sauce over the pasta instead of cheese and toppings.
  7. Cook on 375 for 30-40 minutes.

It was a big hit along side the chicken bacon ranch pizza casserole.

baked chicken bacon ranch pizza casseroleCan’t wait to see what everyone has prepared this week for Hunk of Meat Monday!

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