Monday, March 19, 2012

Early Bird Review - Meals in Minutes

Meals in Minutes is such an awesome cookbook!
Why?... you ask.
With my busy schedule lately,
I don't know whether I'm coming or going!
But, what I do know is...when I get home 
and I don't have time to prepare a big meal, 
this is one of the cookbooks I turn to.
Homemade goodness hot off the stove 
or out of the oven, in no time at all!
printed a special celebration cover in honor of this cookbooks 10th Anniversary!

And what's even better than that? 
You have a chance to win a copy of this cookbook!
Gooseberry Patch and the sweet, generous selves that they are, sent a copy of Meals in Minutes for me to review, 
and one to give away to you! 
That's heard me right!
So, how do you enter for your three chances to win?

1. Leave a comment on this page...but PLEASE (if you are not a blogger) leave your name and/or your email address so I know how to reach you if you win.
2. Head over to the Gooseberry Patch facebook page and 'like' their page and tell them Gramma sent you, then come back and let me know.
3. Leave a comment on my facebook page also..PLEASE leave your comment under the post about this giveaway.

Would you like to order this cookbook now?
You can check out the Gooseberry Patch website
or Amazon!

Because this book is so 'refreshing' I decided to begin the review with a 'refreshing' drink!
Homemade Lemonade!

But first, you must prepare the recipe for 
Homemade Lemonade Syrup
 2 cups sugar
1 cup water
1 cup lemon juice

Bring sugar and water to a boil in a small saucepan over high heat; boil for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Remove from heat; stir in lemon juice.

Set aside to cool; cover and refrigerate.
I poured mine in to a canning jar with a lid.

To serve, stir 2 TBSP syrup 
(or more if you'd like) 
into 3/4 cup cold water; add ice.
Makes 20 servings.

Not too tangy, not too sweet. 
And yes, very refreshing!

Be sure to stop back by tomorrow for another recipe from
Meals in Minutes!


  1. Thanks so much for this recipe .... definitely going to be giving it a try (we love lemonade at our house).

    Would also love to have my name put in the draw for this cookbook. ˚Ü˚

  2. I "liked" Gooseberry on Facebook, commented on Gramma's Facebook, and now leaving a comment. Also, I must thank Nikki at Bundles of Blossoms for telling me about you a while back. You're pretty cool Gramma!
    Margaret Gilbert

  3. Sounds easier, well quicker than the recipe I've used for years. I shall try it, for sure. I would like to be entered in the contest for the Gooseberry Patch book. Thank you.

  4. Excited for chance to win. And the lemonade looks so refreshing. elaine1255(at)yahoo(dot)com

  5. Hello Tina :). I'm a Gooseberry Patch "Super Fan", and a follower of Gooseberry Patch and a follower of your blog. I would love to win this book and add it to my collection. All your recipes are great! Thank you. Kathy=

  6. I left a comment on Gooseberry Patch's FB wall.

  7. I commented on your FB giveaway post. (Susan Brown Hatcher). elaine1255(at)yahoo(dot)com

  8. Going to give this a try! My boys love lemonade!


  9. Connie Bolick LeeMarch 19, 2012 at 8:39 PM

    The lemonade recipe looks so refreshing!

  10. Connie Bolick LeeMarch 19, 2012 at 8:44 PM

    I already liked Gooseberry Patch facebook page, but I went for a visit anyway and told them you had sent me over.

  11. I'm gonna have to try this recipe now that the temps are warming up. This sounds like a great cookbook too.

  12. "2. Head over to the Gooseberry Patch facebook page and 'like' their page and tell them Gramma sent you, then come back and let me know."

    I did this, and am now letting you know. ˚Ü˚

  13. I'm excited to try this recipe. Thank you for sharing it.
    Also I have liked Gooseberry on Facebook.

    nculver at centurylink dot net

  14. This would be a great cookbook to add to my collection. I'm already a fan of Gooseberry Patch on Facebook and just started following you on Pinterest!

  15. I already LOVE Gooseberry Patch, but I will head over and tell them you sent me anyway. Now I will head over to your facebook page and tell you I like you, too. You sound like a really cool grandma! Thanks, Nancy B.

  16. this sounds good and please enter me
    vajames at

  17. I like to give myself a break from being in the kitchen for hours, this cookbook would be wonderful to have! That lemonade syrup looks wonderful, too!


  18. love Goosberry Patch. Am sure going to try the lemonade recipe. For one person this will really be good. Please enter me in the contest.

  19. Thanks for this wonderful recipe, love me some lemonaid on a hot spring/summer day. And would love to win a cookbook. Thanks

  20. Thank you for the recipe! You can contact me at! Amanda

  21. I liked the Gooseberry Patch facebook page!

  22. I also liked you on facebook! Thanks for the opprotunity to win!


  23. Thanks for the opportunity to win. I have been a Gooseberry Patch fan for years. I miss the old catalogs and the variety of gift items you used to offer, but still love your cookbooks


  24. Would love to win this cookbook. Love all the Gooseberry cookbooks. Just found your blog and love it too!

  25. I love this will definetly use this instead of instant lemonade. Love, love, love this blog. Love gooseberry patch too, just started my collection up to 5.

  26. I love this recipe! I must try it this week! Thanks for the Gooseberry Patch giveaway opportunity! Love G.P. and love your blog! Been following awhile! :)

  27. Would love to win the Meals in Minutes. You can bet I will make up the Lemonade Syrup and keep it on hand all summer long. Thank you.

  28. I love Gooseberry Patch and their cookbooks! Thank you for sharing the lemonade syrup recipe! I would love to win the Meals in Minutes cookbook. I also love your blog site and fb page!

    Beverly Elliott

  29. Tina,
    The lemonade sounds delicious. :) Please enter me in your drawing. Teri

  30. I like Gooseberry Patch and told them Gramma sent me. :) Teri

  31. thank you for all the wonderful yummy recipes and tips! please enter me in the contest- thanks again Anita

  32. This lemonade looks so good and love to win this Gooseberry Patch cookbook pinning on Pinterest and Facebook too Linda Davison @Dutchbrosluv twitter!


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