Monday, November 7, 2011

Gooseberry Patch and Prairie Flower Farm Party!!!!!!!

Hello sweet ladies,

Another review for Gooseberry Patch!!!!

Gooseberry Patch is at it again....adorableness!!!!!!!!  I can't wait to do this review so you all can see what they have that is new. They sent me two little books to review.
They are my favorite books for now.........well for the time being right? Every new one is a favorite!!! They are little, sweet, easy to carry in your purse.......stick on the shelf close by you in your kitchen or craft room. I take them with me in my purse so I can read when we go on short trips from our farm. They are full of wonderful tips.......crafty ideas........ simple, fast and quick ideas for all your needs!!!!!!!!!! 

Hope you enjoy this review and if you are interested in buying these sweet books you can go and order from them! The first one is...........

Tiny Tips for Gifts to Make & Give

Clever ideas for creating and sharing heartfelt gifts. 
Inside this sweet little book it is just packed with precious ideas!!!!!!! Here are just a few 
tips so you can see what is in the inside of this book! 

Tie a sprig of rosemary, for remembrance, to jars of jams & jellies before giving. 

Fill a large pickle jar with a pillar candle, then surround it with an assortment of colorful buttons. A whimsical present for a crafty friend! 

Fill delicate flowered vintage teacups with scented wax crystals and slip in a wick. These sweet candles are nice to have on hand for special visitors!

Whip up a new tablecloth or runner and matching napkins from sewing needed! To add a fringe, just pull away threads, one row at a time. A cheery gift!
That is just a few ideas. There are 98 pages to this 5” x 5” idea book!
Here is another review of the second little book I recieved! 

Tiny Tips for the Kitchen
Simple shortcuts & helpful hints for the heart of the home. 

You are going to find this one sooooo sooooo helpful in your kitchen! I couldn’t believe some of the tips I found in this fun little book. Here are a few!

A quick substitution for corn syrup combine 1 -1/4 cups sugar and 1/3 cup water in a saucepan. Cook and stir over medium heat and mixture thickens and becomes syrupy.
We do this at the bakery all the time! Works great!

Does a recipe call for toasted nuts or coconut? Toast your own by spreading in a shallow pan and baking at 350 degrees for 7 to 12 minutes stirring frequently until golden. 

Parchment paper is a baker’s best friend! Pace it on a baking sheet to keep cookies from spreading and sticking...clean-up is a breeze too. Look for rolls of parchment paper at groceries and bakery supply stores.
This is a must at the bakery!!!!!!!!!

Chopped or crushed candy bars make a fast &; easy topping for frosted cakes. Try using toffee, carmel or nougat bars........mmm! 
We make brownies frosted with peanut butter frosting!!!!  Then we chop Reese's peanut buttercups and sprinkle on the top. 

Sooooooo aren't these the sweetest books? One person could win one of these books of their choice!!!!!!! All you have to do is...
sign up for the party.........2 votes!

First vote is.........
What is your favorite thing you look for at 
Prairie Flower Farm blog?

Second Vote
If you could tell Gooseberry Patch one thing what 
would it be about their books that you like best?

The party begins tonight and will end 
Saturday November 12 at noon. 

Tell your friends please! If you don't have a me (found at the top right of my sidebar) and put Gooseberry Patch Party in the subject line! Overseas excepted!!!!!!

Let the party begin!!!!!!

Here is what we made at work today. I used Hershey's Kisses Cordial Candies for a nummy cupcake!  They were delicious and most important the kids thought so too!

Okay the pic doesn't look that good........sorry, but they are so tasty!

Super easy cupcakes to make!!!!!! Make up your favorite chocolate cake recipe........make it into cupcakes. Start taking off the foil of each Hershey's Cordial Cherry Kiss while they are cooking. Cut each candy in half while cupcakes are baking. Take cooked cupcakes out of the oven and be ready to push into the top middle of cupcake a 1/2 of a Hershey's cordial kiss.  Make a butter cream frosting and add cherry pie filling to your taste. For a regular 2 cups of powdered sugar recipe I would use about 2-3 tablespoons, beat good. Frost cupcakes after they cool! This was the best tasting cupcake ever!!!!!!! Not kidding! Tasted like a huge cordial candy cupcake! You must try.

Hope you enjoy the party.......I will be waiting to see who comes. 

Hugs and blessings to all you precious ladies that make
my life so special each day!

P.S. There are two more to the Tiny Tips collection

Tiny Tips for Cozy Home
Tiny Tips for Get Togethers


  1. Hi Linda,
    Now those 2 freebie votes were a doozy but the

    first vote weeeellll-there are several: the Scripture-thanks for keeping it before me :), what's cooking in the kitchen ;) and any crafts

    2nd vote--I like their practical downright goodness and the drawings

    Thanks for the opportunity and blessings on your day :)

  2. first of all i Love he love u share with the WORD and craft ideas. second of all im pretty new to Goseberry ijust got the Holiday bok along with some ebooks the thing I wish i could find them close by.

  3. Waouh Linda, what a great party.
    first vote for What I love on prairie farm is the inspiring words you use!!!!! I'm always happy to read you and to discover the scripture in your words.
    Second vote: for me gooseberry patch's book brings some american foods in my french home and I love their little advice for make our home warmer and cozy.
    Thank you for this party (and for the recipe you give!! lol!!)
    Be blessed my dear Linda.
    Sandra from France

  4. Hi Linda,
    Yay!! Another party!!
    The first thing I look for with your blog is that it has been updated, I feel that I am having a conversation with a friend when I read it, and if there are farm photo's then all the better.
    Second, I would tell Gooseberry Patch that they need to be in Australia!! And that their books are sooo pretty and to keep up the prettiness.
    Have a lovely week,

  5. I love the recipes and projects. @

  6. OOOOOOOOOOOOOO. I'll bet that "Cozy House" book would be great, too!

    1. I look for KS news. Having lived there long ago, this is a link to my past & most pleasant memories.

    2. It would have been worth buying the book for that white corn syrup substitute! I can't tell you how many times I've passed on a recipe 'cause I didn't have it on hand.

  7. I love the cutesy art and ideas at the bottom of their pages. at

  8. My favorite part of your blog? All the encouragement you give! You hold us in prayer and keep us moving forward. Thanks, Linda. This is one of my favorite blogs, and I know you are always posting, encouraging, and praying. Thanks so much.

  9. HI Linda
    1st vote I love how you share all your ideas and how god is touching you and your family and the recipes and crafts.

    2nd vote Goosberry patch has some wonderfull recipes and love trying new ones


  10. Hi Linda, I always look to see what photo and scripture you have in your header, sometimes I feel it is there just for ME.

    I love the down home goodness of Gooseberry Patch..I would love to win!


  11. Wow! Great idea.
    I love your idea.
    Thanks for sharing.

  12. I love everything about your blog...but especially how spiritually uplifting you are. Your words always cheer me up and make my day. I look forward to reading all your posts. And those cupcakes sound yummy!!

  13. I love Gooseberry Patch books. They are always so pretty on the outside and the recipes are all so simple and good.

  14. Hmmm so many things I love about your blog.Love the simple farmgirl style and definatly the warmth that comes from you.Always feel special when I visit.Warm Blessings!~Amy

  15. Vote #2 I've always loved the illustrations and little tips on the pages.I also love that most recipes have simple everyday ingrediants so you normally have the stuff on had to go to the pantry when it inspires you.Warm Blessings!~Amy

  16. I thought this would be easy, but it's not!!!

    1: I love how you share your love of God, and life on your beautiful farm. You make me feel like I'm in Kansas spending the day with family and friends.

    2: I really like the recipes, they are tried and true, made by people who cook with a love of food and family.

    Thank you for sharing some of the tips, I'll have to keep some in the back of my mind for the future

  17. On your blog I love that you always point to God! Whether it be in your speech or our beautiful pictures with scripture. I also love your yummy recipes!

  18. As far as Gooseberry Patch, I've been a fan for years and years! Love their recipes, the personal notes and cute crafts!

  19. Oh Linda everything looks & sounds amazing! Those books sound like they would be so handy! When I come to your website I love to read about your belief in God and the goings the farm! Gooseberry Patch books..I enjoy all the little tips they insert!


    PS I I'll share

  20. I love the photographs you include---especially the ones with Bible verses on them.

  21. The new little books look wonderful! I love the little drawings that Gooseberry Patch includes in their books!

  22. 1. I read your blog to keep up with your life since I know feel like we are old friends, and I like your recipes and especially your idea of making things and patterns.
    2. I like Gooseberry patch because everything they do is just so darn cute and I love cute!!!

  23. yummy recipes it what I look for at Prairie Flower Farm also craft ideas

    ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

  24. I love Gooseberry patches cookbooks because the recipes are so quick and easy and yummy

    ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

  25. What a fun party!
    1. I just love the way you share your faith. Look forward to seeing what new recipes you have tried.

    2. I love the Gooseberry Patch cookbooks, the recipes are great and the books are so cute and such great tips.

  26. Vote 1- Can I pick two, lol? I love your parties and crafts. I was blessed to win a copy of Create and Decorate along with the featured craft (an Americana needle punch ornament, which was B-E-A-T-I-F-U-L!!).
    Vote 2-I love the warm and cozy feeling that comes with Gooseberry Patch publications!
    Thank you Linda for uplifting spirit. God has truly blessed you to be an encourager to those of us who tend to look at the down side of things!

  27. I love sitting and reading your blog everyday! It's always so uplifting and always contains a special message. It's a great way to stay in touch with a new friend! I love hearing about your life on the farm and reading your receipes and craft ideas!!

    I love Gooseberry Patch!!! They are my favorite cookbooks! The contain great easy receipes along with great craft and entertaining tips!

  28. I love how you love your family and how you encourage me with my faith. I love the Gooseberry Patch books because they are filled with so many creative ideas and recipes. I just love stopping by here. Hugs Anne

  29. I love how you love your husband and number 2- I love the hominess of the Gooseberry Patch books. I wish they still sold other things! Angela

  30. I like how you share your faith and your family and farm news. I also love the recipes and craft ideas.

  31. I like Gooseberry Patch because of the delicious recipes and the themes of their books.

  32. This is the first time for me to do this and join in on your party.
    1. I follow enjoy the way you share your faith and testimony.
    2. I love Gooseberry Patch's colorful books and whimsical drawings and great tips. It is so hard to choose one thing.

  33. I love everything about your blog. I am an old Kansas girl myself and I love your inspirational words!

  34. Vote Two - I would tell Gooseberry Patch that I love all they wonderful tips, ideas, stories, and illustrations in all of their books. I have collected them sincethey began and love them just as much then as I do now.

  35. Hi Linda,
    I like lots of things about your blog--recipes, hearing about your new grandson and the refuge cabin, and crafts. The craft ideas are probably my favorite.

    I like Gooseberry Patch because they have down-to-earth recipes that don't require lots of ingredients and they aren't too complex.

    Thanks for another fun giveaway!

  36. I just found your blog thru Gooseberry Patch - I love Gooseberry patch books just to sit and read - their so cute aren't they?? I like your blog for the scripture and the crafts are just beautiful - Kris -

  37. I love everything about your blog; so inspirational! I love the way the GBP books have the little tips at the bottom of the pages and that now they have books with all of them. I also love the memories is some of them.

  38. Hello Dear Linda
    Another Party !!!! YAY & this time I'm actually visiting in time to enter!!!
    1. I love visiting here because of you ~ it's like visiting a dear friend & you are so welcoming!! Thank you! So when I come I come looking for you ( sorry I don't get to visit as regularly as I would like though).

    2. OK I love looking at their books & recipes online, I love reading their blog & I subscribe to their youtube channel, but I have never held a book in flesh ~ so to the Gooseberry Patch ladies ~ Please, please could you please come to Australia (or at least do you have a distributor here ~ would you like a distributor here??? ~ or a reviewer here?? ~ I'd sign up in a second!)

    What a fun giveaway ~ have a beautiful day


  39. Hi Linda ~ Love, love, gooseberry patch cookbooks and now tip books!!! Wonderful... Thanks for all your uplifting words of faith ~ there are days you say just the right words to "me" through your blog! Blessings, and thank you for inviting me to your party....

    Sandy DeCoux

  40. Hello, Friend!
    I appreciate your Christian insight and caring for your readers.
    I look for recipes and easy sewing/craft/gift projects at Prairie Flower Farm.
    I appreciate Gooseberry Patch's books (they've included a recipe of mine in each of 2 books!) for their fun and practical, easy and friendly recipes and projects. They're great!

  41. Hi Linda, I love how you include all your animals in your blog, right down to the tiny baby chicks. I am an animal lover and have many on the farm here and love to relate to yours as well.
    If I had to say one word about Gooseberry Patch's books that I love that would have to be how easy they are, I love them!
    Thanks for the chance in the drawing,

  42. Hello sweeties!!!!!! Thank you for signing up for the giveaway! This last week was a busy time at the bakery! I am home for the weekend and it feels so good!!!!!!!! Can't wait to see who wins!!!!!

    Hugs to you all, Linda

  43. I like everything about Gooseberry and Prairie Flower Farm. May the best woMAN win!

  44. Well, I am new here to your blog and so for vote # 1 - I'm just enjoying all the news things I'm gleaning here and look forward to even more.

    The 2nd vote - I love Gooseberry Patch and have for many years. I love the drawings and the special tidbits that you get. I love to read the stories that accompany the recipes or ideas.

    Thanks for a chance to win one of these books.

    Nancy at

  45. Hi Linda!
    I always look for the Scripture you share in your posts and also checking for your new blog posts.

    I would tell them at Gooseberry Patch that I LOVE that they do not repeat recipes in their books and that I enjoy their tips and crafts and the adorable art work in them!


  46. Hello, love your pouring of Christian love and encouragement in the most difficult times and an inspiration to homemakers and families, we are special. Your sincerity overflows and kindness abounds. Thank you.

  47. I love Gooseberry Patch since my children were tiny! The illustrations and stories of family and traditions are part of my holiday memories now. Thank you for this opportunity,Blessings, Emelia.

  48. Linda,

    I love that you are always so cheerful and pleasant. "Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the bones." Prov 16:24 . . . and that is YOU! That is why I love to come to your blog. I enjoy the crafty ideas you share, the recipes, the fun from your days in the kitchen, the love you share from your farm, the Word you so freely give...etc! Pleasant, I tell ya!

    Kelly Y.
    kelly *at* dkcountryarts *dot* com

  49. How spiritual your blog is...very important to

  50. What I like best about G.P. cookbooks is that it is full of recipes and tips for us average american mothers. All home town

  51. I am not very familiar with Gooseberry Patch, though what I do know, they are very 'down to earth' and 'tried and true'. Thank you for the chance to win one of their books.

    Kelly Y.
    kelly *at* dkcountryarts *dot* com

  52. I love Gooseberry books and have been with them a LONG time. I have cookbooks and so many others things I bought from the catalog. Does that gives a guess as to how long I have trusted their honesty and down to earth way of doing things . I also love your Blog for same reason.
    God's Blessings,

  53. Good Morning Linda,
    What I look forward to most when I visit your blog is the inspiration you provide through sharing our Saviors love and Word.

  54. What I would tell Gooseberry Patch about their cookbooks is how much I love that it has such a community feel about it since they look to their fans for what fills the pages of their books.

  55. Oh my, I simply cannot narrow down what I look for at your blog ~ it is such an encouragement to me as a keeper at home ~ from your sharing of God's words to your ideas about making our homes havens for our families. I enjoy every little bit of it!

    And Gooseberry ... well I have delighted in them for years. I have this little method of enjoying their books. When I get a new one, I first go through and look at all the sketches and getting idea for a cozy home, then I read through the suggestions and finally I get to the recipes! LOL

    Delinda Lea

  56. First- I love your word and the daily use of our LORD in all you write!! (if I miss my daily devotional- I know I can get alittle fix from you!!) Second Gooseberry... I love their design of the cookbooks! So country feeling with all the sketches and drawings!

  57. Wow Linda, what to pick about PFF (It's almost BFF!).

    Your blog is beautiful which draws me in but the best thing is the scripture and how you keep the Lord present in your writing and family life.

    Gooseberry Patch books are a joy to look at. The cuteness draws me in again but the substance keeps the books useful.


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