"The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those
who are willing to work and give to those who would not."
--Thomas Jefferson

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Because Life is Too Short Not to Use My Fiesta Ware!

I’m sure by the end of this post you are either going to completely relate to what I’m going through or you’re going to call someone in to intervene. I’m good with either. *smile*

Let me start off by saying, I know I have a problem. So admitting my problem is the first step in getting help right? Sure it is.

Can I back story for a sec? Thanks. You see back in our old house, back when ivy was really in, I decorated my kitchen in ivy and had ivy pot holders, an ivy tea kettle, containers and dishes. I LOVED the ivy dish set that my mom got me. It was huge and had everything from bowls to plates to cups to serving plates and serving bowls. I mean it was a nice set.

Somewhere in the middle of all that I fell in love with Fiesta Ware. My hubby blessed me with 4 sets that next Christmas and I quickly washed it and put it in my hutch. And then never ever used it. My excuse? Well there was 5 of us in the family so it just didn’t make sense for 4 of us to use it and then one of us not too. So years went by with it sitting in my hutch undisturbed.

We then moved off the beach and into our new home. My kitchen theme drastically changed from an ivy theme, to a coffee theme to my new retro, 50’s style theme. With that I figured I needed new plates. Red and white plates. Because red and white runs through my veins. So my wonderful hubby got me a set of Corelle red and white plates with the intention of me getting rid of my ivy plate set.

This is where it gets interesting. Are you still with me? I loved the bowls with my new set but not so much the plates. I liked the size of the the plates of the ivy set for every day and I like the bowls of the ivy set for salads but not so much for cereal or soup. So what do you think happened? Yeah, I ended up keeping both sets.

Let me show you exhibit A. See all those plates? That’s both sets of Corelle dishes. Yes we do have guests over quite a bit but on a daily basis there is only 4 of us now.


Time passed and my hubby started inquiring about the Fiesta sets he had purchased me and I told him that I really needed 4 more sets to make it practical to use. So what did he do 2 Christmas’ ago? Yup, you guessed it, he bought me 4 more sets. I didn’t even bother washing them this time I just put them in my hutch and walked away.  For another 2 years. *hangs head in shame*

That is until today. Today I washed and dried every piece of Fiesta ware I owned and made room in my cupboard for them. We even used them today. I love them. Here’s the proof.

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But I’m still having trouble letting any of the other plate sets go. Did I mention that each set came with matching coffee cups, so I have a total of 24 coffee mugs that I don’t use because I like to use my “special” coffee mugs.

I also have a silverware problem. He didn’t buy me 4 more sets of silverware to go with the other 4 sets of dishes. But we won’t go there.

It’s alright to laugh at me. I laugh at myself all the time. I’ve got issues people. Deep rooted plate associated issues.

Help me out here. What’s a gal to do?

Friday, March 20, 2015

Mom Knows Best: Gooseberry Patch Cookbook Giveaway!

This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to Connie for winning the cookbook.

Who loves Gooseberry Patch? Who loves to cook? Who loves a giveaway combining the two? Hopefully that’s you!

Today I have another wonderfully delicious cookbook to give away to you from Gooseberry Patch. If you are familiar with Gooseberry Patch then you know that they produce some pretty spectacular cookbooks, chock full of recipes from people like you and me. Yummy, guaranteed to tempt your taste buds recipes. Today I’ll be giving away this one. Mom Knows Best Cookbook (affiliate link).

B104_MomKnowsBest I’ve made several recipes in this cookbook already and they have all been hits. Check them out. (Click the picture to take you to the recipe.)

Tina's Simple Shepherd's Pie

Garden Sloppy Joes

Balsamic Chicken and Penne

I love the contents of this cookbook.

MKB TOC  The “Kids in the Kitchen” section has some fun recipes to make with the kids. You know, ones they will actually eat. *smile* 

I also love the the variety of recipes in this one. So many quick and easy on the go recipes for when you’re in a hurry. Which seems to be me these days.

And as always they have all those lovely hints and tips on almost every page.  Make sure you take the time to read those because some of them are life changing, like totally. MKS Open1

You know where you can find more recipes from this cookbook? Well I’ll tell you. Head on over to the Mom Knows Best Pinterest board. And while you’re at it go ahead and follow Gooseberry Patch and ME if you so choose.  

So would you like to know how you could win your very own copy of the Mom Knows Best Cookbook (affiliate link)?

All you have to do is answer this question.

What was one of your favorite recipes that your mom made when you were growing up?

 Please leave your comment on this post. Replying to email or leaving a comment on my FB page won’t count. I need them all in one place.

Also please make sure you leave me an email to contact you if you were to win.

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only. Sorry, but shipping is CRAZY outside the U.S. The giveaway is open starting today, March 20, 2015 until Sunday March 29th, 2015 @12:00pm EST. Winner will be picked by Random.org

A great way to stay connected is through our FB pages. Here is Gooseberry Patch’s and mine Homesteader’s Heart. Make sure you click to get our notifications so you don’t miss out on any of the fun. :-)

*Gooseberry Patch has blessed me with a copy of this cookbook to review and give away. All opinions are my own. *

Have a lovely day,


Tuesday, March 17, 2015

I’m a Grammy!

Okay okay you win. I made the mistake of posting some recipes for a cookbook I’m reviewing instead of talking about me becoming a grandma and I got yelled at lovingly by a few of you. LOL! I guess sometimes I don’t think any reads my blog any more so I kind of stopped posting as much personal stuff on here but if you are still interested I’m all about sharing the love. *smile*

On Saturday, March 14 I became a grandma for the very first time. My first had her first and I can not begin to tell you how proud of her I am. I know many of you were telling me that becoming a grandmother is one of the best things ever and you are soooo right.

My daughter and son-in-love allowed me to be there the whole time. I arrived at the hospital right after they broke her water and she was about 3cm. Did I mention she was 2 weeks over due? Yeah, that’s the reason for the whole induction thing. Anyhoo, they of course were hoping that she would dilate quickly but that didn’t happen. She was given pitocin to help with contractions and they would come every 2 or so minutes. She labored this way for hours without much improvement. By the time she was 5.5cm she was completely exhausted and in  extreme pain. They finally opted for the epidural and she was able to rest and regain some energy. This in turn allowed her body to do its thing and before we knew it in less then 2 hours she went from 6cm to fully dilated and ready to push.

All the nurses flowed in and I honestly felt like this was my chance to do a stand up routine because there was quite an audience. But I resisted. Ha! My daughter did awesome. She pushed hard when she had too and made great progress each time. I believe some of that had to do with the fact that my son in love and I did some pushing right along with her. Hee! Hee! For some reason you can’t help it. Speaking of my son-in-love, he did awesome. For a first time daddy he did great. He was so strong for her and supported her so well. He did a great job!!

I don’t know if you’ve ever got to witness a birth before but it is one of the most beautiful things on the planet. Such a complete miracle. I pretty much had a front row seat by her knee caps and as soon as baby’s head was out I lost it and started to cry. He came out kickin’ and screamin’ just like he was supposed to. All 7lbs 4oz of him.

He was so aware right away. Eyes wide open and ready to take on the world. I on the other hand could barely keep my eyes open and had been up for almost 20 hours by then, but it’s not about me is it. LOL!

Here are a few pictures.

Mom and baby. She was so tired but so happy.

baby and mom

Sweet baby boy lookin’ at his Grammy.


Me (Grammy) and the sweetest grandbaby ever. Me and baby 


grandpa with baby

Sorry, I didn’t get a decent picture of them altogether yet. It’s been kind of a whirlwind and the one I got of dad and baby was blurry, so yeah. *smile*

It’s kind of weird being a grandparent yet still have young ones at home. I’m sure I’ll adapt. Ha!

Well there you have it, my Grammy birth story.



Monday, March 16, 2015

Tina’s Simple Shepherd’s Pie

And yet another recipe from the new Gooseberry Patch cookbook, Mom Knows Best (affiliate link). So many yummy recipes in this one. A review and giveaway coming soon.

Tina's Simple Shepherd's Pie It’s no secret that I love shepherd’s pie. It’s comfort food at its best. So when I saw this recipe in there which was a bit different from the one I make I knew I had to try it. And guess what? I LOVED it. I think it is my new go to shepherd’s pie recipe.

Go on, give it a try.

Tina’s Simple Shepherd’s Pie


2 T. extra-virgin olive oilIMG_7318

1 c. carrots, peeled and chopped

1 c. pearl onions (Here is a You Tube video showing and easy way to peel these babies. You’ll thank me later.)

1 lb. lean ground turkey

1 T. all-purpose flour

3/4 c. low-sodium chicken broth

1 c. frozen peas

1-1/2 t. fresh rosemary, chopped

salt and pepper to taste

3 c. mashed potatoes


In a large saucepan, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add carrots and onions; cook until soft, about 5 minutes. Add turkey and cook until browned, about 6 minutes; break up turkey with a wooden spoon. Add your flour and stir to coat. Stir in broth, peas and rosemary; season with salt and pepper. Bring to a simmer. cook until slightly thickened, about 5 minutes. Season with more salt and pepper, if desired. Spoon mixture into an ungreased 9” deep-dish pie plate. Spread mashed potatoes over top. Bake, uncovered, at 400 degrees for about 25 minutes, until heated through and golden.

Makes 8 servings.

Bon Appetite’

You can find this recipe on page 110 of the Mom Knows Best cookbook (affiliate link).

You can also find more yummy recipes if you check out the Gooseberry Patch Pinterest board for this cookbook HERE.




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