Giveaway: Simple Shortcut Recipes

gooseberry patch cookbook

Dear Reader-

I was recently at a conference and the speaker said the number one concern of American women was “more time”.

And, dude I can so relate.

Truth be told, most days I don’t know if I am coming or going.

But, I do find that when I take the time to get in the kitchen, I do feel better about my day and about what my family is eating.

Simple Shortcut Recipes

That is why I am super stoked about the next yet-to-be released Gooseberry Patch cookbook- Simple Shortcut Recipes.

Well that and we all know that I am a uber-super fan of all things GP 😉

Don’t believe me? Check out our little song about it… (Email subscribers will need to visit the site to view the video)

Anyhoo, this book is chock-full of tons of recipes to save me time in the kitchen that leaves me feeling good with minutes to spare.

And, I so heart the quick tricks that help me prepare to save time later- like how to freeze  my enormous basil harvest now that I can FINALLY grow it (post coming soon).

Beat the Clock Breakfasts

The book starts with a breakfast section that is just full of recipes that are perfect for helping me get Miss Add out the door for preschool in the morning.

We quickly found a family favorite that can be altered to fit our family’s different tastes: Smoked Sausage Breakfast Burritos…

We used the recipe to make a batch of smoked sausage soft shell tacos and a batch of turkey sausage soft shell tacos (recipes coming soon)…

I say it all the time, but that is just one of the reasons I heart GP’s cookbooks.

They totally get me. They use ingredients I am familiar with while giving me creative ideas.

I just love the flexibility to feed everyone in the family (and keep them happy).


Now, where was I… oh yeah… breakfast. From smoothies to pumpkin muffins (YUM!) to homemade granola bars, it has ya covered… with a breakfast bake or two for GOODe measure 😉

Simple Soups, Salads and Sandwiches

This section dives right in to simple and quick ways to whip up something yummy for the fam. We can’t wait to try recipes like Yummy Quick Taco Soup,Asian Slaw, Brenda’s Italian Rice Salad, Hawaiian Ham Sandwiches, Spinach Cheeseburgers and Creamy Crab and Shrimp Bisque… to name just a few 😉

Fast Fix Sides and Breads

The sides section runs the spectrum of about every yummy thing imaginable! We cannot wait to try dishes like: Easy Rice Pilaf, Broccoli Corn Casserole, Vickie’s Favorite Lima Beans, Slow Cooker Broasted  Potatoes, Pinch-Me Bread and Sweet Sugar Rolls… Oh my word!

And, in case you are new to GP, the book also has tons of handy-dandy tips and charts…

Dinner Express

My family’s favorite pizza (from my childhood) makes a debut in the Dinner Express chapter.


I remember the first time I made this deep dish delight for my best friend. She commented on how she couldn’t believe that something so good could be whipped up so fast 😉 I am tickled pink that I got the chance to share it with Gooseberry Patch fans in this cookbook!

Other dinner dishes I am looking forward to?

How about Easy Slow Cooker Burritos made with lean pork loin or Lazy Lasagna, Glorious Pork Chops, Homemade Barbecue Chicken Pizza, Busy Day Beef or Easy Chicken and Couscous.

Oh and we also have already whipped up the Refried Bean Burritos (recipe coming soon) which were super easy to substitute in low fat and high fiber ingredients if we wanted.

Oh-So-Easy Entertaining

The appetizer section is filled with treats that come together in a flash and leave your guests with a wow. We have already whipped up some Easy Texas Caviar and all I can say is we didn’t even need the chips because it was so good on it’s own.

We added a little avocado and made it the perfect side to our burritos. (Recipe coming soon)

Can you tell we have been on a Mexican food kick lately? 😉

Other dishes that are currently candidates for my small group gathering at church this Sunday are: White Pizza Dip, Fruit Cheese Ball, Amazing Cheese Dip, Jezebel Sauce (TeeHee… get it… Jezebel Sauce to a church group… a little OT humor for ya 😉 )

Oh and Add’s next preschool snack day may see an appearance of Pool Party Crunch… just sayin’

Piece of Cake Desserts

Last but NOT least is the dessert section. My Heavenly Pumpkin Cake makes an appearance in this chapter too.

Other sweets I’d love to try?

Sunshine State Citrus Cupcakes… Banana Pudding Shortcakes… Cookies and Cream Delights, Taffy Apple Bars, Peaches and Cream Cheese Crustless Pie.

Enter to Win

So… enough tempting you with yummy treats before the book is even available… How about a chance to win it BEFORE you can buy it in stores?

Ya see, I have the GREAT privileged as serving as one of GP’s Early Bird Reviewers and THAT means that I get an advanced copy for me and one of you too 😉

See, I told you they were swell…

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Disclosure: Gooseberry Patch gave me two copies of their latest cookbook. All opinions are my own and completely biased because I love them so! All Amazon links are affiliate links as always.

About Cris
I am the mama behind GOODEness Gracious and the owner of Cris Goode Solutions. Here at GOODEness Gracious, we like to keep it light and fun as we cook up family meals, share our super mommy secrets and chat it up about the GOODe life:) So come on in and sit a spell.

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  • LillianJ

    Even though I am retired, I like to save time in the kitchen, so I often double a recipe so that I can either freeze the leftovers or have it again the next day.

    • Cris Goode

      One of my favorite tricks too!

  • Bethany Richter

    I use my toaster oven a lot ~ it heats stuff through like the oven in a shorter amount of time [like the microwave]. Thanks for this great giveaway!!

    • Cris Goode

      My mom LOVES her toaster oven. I need to look into this!

  • jane houin

    Aren’t you the GP rockstar! 🙂

    • Cris Goode


  • Kathy

    Cris I loved the video! And the song! That’s how most of us Gooseberry Patch fans feel. I would love to win this book and add it to my collection. I love Gooseberry Patch and I love your blog. You do an awesome job on the early-bird reviews. Keep up the good work :). Kathy

    • Cris Goode

      Thank you so much and I am glad you loved the video 🙂

  • Oh! What  a great giveaway!!

  • When I have to chop veggies like onions or green peppers, I chop some extra to put in freezer bags and keep in the freezer whenever I need some in a hurry or need a spoonful in the morning to sprinkle in an omelet.

  • Any ideas or suggestions of how to organize every room in the house and/or tricks and shortcuts to clean it and keep it that way.  I hate spending my whole weekend cleaning house just to do it all over again the next weekend.

    • Cris Goode

      Oh my… I wish. Sounds like a great question to ask the folks who visit my facebook community. Sounds like you could teach me a thing or two 🙂

  • caseyandcrystal

    When chopping onions and I start to tear up, I slip the onion into the freezer for about 5 minutes and it’s good to go, no more tears! 🙂

    • Cris Goode


  • Shannon Smith

    Ooo Another Gooseberry Giveaway, from one of my favorite blogs too! My day can’t get better 😀

    • Cris Goode

      Aw, happy to be of service 🙂

  • caseyandcrystal

    I would love to see more GP cookbook giveaways….thank you for this opportunity!

    • Cris Goode

      You are welcome 🙂

  • Love your blog and Gooseberry Patch . . . well, who doesn’t!  I have a plastic wrap dispenser.  No more search for the end of the wrap and no more twisting and sticking to itself.  It just sticks to the bowl/pan.  Woot!  What a find!!!

  • Carolyn Miller

    Favorite kitchen shortcut-that’s a tough one.. I probably have lots of shortcuts lazy as I am in the kitchen -but I can’t think of any. Ok maybe one…microwaving sweet potatoes to remove their skins. EAsy peasy.

  • Carolyn Miller

    How about a post on essential kitchen tools? And what you can do without.

    • Cris Goode

      I have one of these in draft… sounds like I need to tweak it and get it out to you guys 🙂

  • My favorite kitchen tip is to remove the smell of onions from your hands~Simply wash your hands with soap rubbing a stainless steel spoon between your hands as you wash them.  No more smell!

    • Cris Goode


  • How about  a kitchen chart such as measurements or substitutions that can be made if you don’t have something in your pantry.

    • Cris Goode

      LOVE this idea!

  • rhondaree

    I spend a day each week doing prep work for our meals for the following week. I prepare & freeze so all I have to do is pop in the oven or crockpot. I also keep seasoned cooked ground beef and chicken in the freeer ready to use. Also, I have chopped veggies (onions, bell peppers, celery) frozen in the freezer ready to use.

    • Cris Goode

      When I am organized, this is the way I like to do things too. (Right now I have 6 lbs of ground beef in my fridge waiting to be cooked up and frozen 🙂

  • rhondaree

    You do an amazing job with your blog and I love it! Just keep doing what you are doing.

    • Cris Goode

      Aw… Thanks so much!

  • Gina Blank

    Love your blog and GBP!  I love making more than one of the same meal and freezing  it for easy meals later.

    • Cris Goode

      Freezer cooking- yay!

  • kswggds

    Anything you can get pre-chopped, crumbed, etc. is a time saver.

    • Cris Goode

      Amen sister-friend! I love those steam-able veggie bags too! Now when I am ahead of the game I like to chop/freeze my own. But those convenience packs really do come in handy when I need something quick.

  • Take out ~ the only shortcut I have!  I need to win =)

    • Cris Goode

      TeeHee! Love it!

  • I heart Gooseberry Patch in a BIG way!!!  As a single working woman who is also very involved in her church, I have little time to make recipes with tons of ingredients and numerous steps….pick me please!!!!!!

    • Cris Goode

      GOODe luck in the random drawing 🙂

  • Multipurp0sem0m

    Love that you share your simple recipes ideas…Thank you!

  • ehatch

    My tip is to always cook lots of a dish so we can eat leftovers. Thankfully we love leftovers … even look forward to eating something good over again. That means less in the kitchen cooking time for me. :).

    • Cris Goode

      Love this tip! We try to do that as much as possible.

  • ehatch

    I love your site as is. You always have great recipes and giveaways. And I just loved the video. More easy quick recipes will be great. Thanks.

    • Cris Goode

      Aw thank you.

  • I’ve yet to find a Gooseberry Patch cookbook that didn’t have great recipes in it.  I like the fact they use simple everyday items in their recipes.  Most of the items you’ll find on your kitchen shelves.  Thanks to these two great ladies who thought to put out these cookbooks.

    • Cris Goode

      I completely agree! The first thing that made me fall in love with their cookbooks was that I could ALWAYS find a keeper in each book.

  • 1appleblossom

    Leftovers make good quick lunches.  Heat N Go!!! 


    • Cris Goode

      What we had today for lunch 🙂

  • 1appleblossom

    love DIY tips and posts; crafts, beautifying the home ect.  

  • kykitty

    my short cut to all my cooking is my crockpot

  • kykitty

    I can’t think of anything more to suggest for the future.  I love Goodness gracious and look forward to reading each post.

  • I love my food mill. I don’t have to peel my potatoes for mashed potatoes. And with my food mill there are no lumps in my mashed potatoes. I would love to win this cookbook. XOXO

  • Love the easy ideas :   )

  • I love trying new recipes and these ones always look so yummy!!!

  • Ladonna Mohler

    I like to pre-cook ground beef, chicken, etc. and freeze in meal size portion so that I can quickly add it to recipes when I am cooking the main meal.

  • Ladonna Mohler

    I’d like to see more giveaways, especially GP cookbooks. 🙂

  • BeverleyW

    I could sure use some simple breakfast ideas. The cookbook looks great

  • These look like useful easy recipes.  Hope I win.

  • At 52,I still say that I dont cook.  Could my new favorite recipe, instead of -r.e.s.e.r.v.a.t.i.o.n.s  – be in this book??  To find out, send me one free! ;^)

  • wifeofcop83

    My simple shortcut tip is to make many different kinds of muffins using the mini muffin tins all in one day then freeze. Pop out a few at a time and microwave for 20 sec. for a quick and simple breakfast!

  • Can’t wait to try some of these recipes.

  • KassyD

    I really like the sound of this cookbook, if I don’t win one I’ll have to buy one.

  • I love to prep and chop veggies and fruit at the beginning of the week so I have they ready for the busy week ahead

  • Crockpot Cheese Potatoes! 

  • cinnalady

    These recipes all sound soooo good!!

  • RNinNM

    I love the step by step pictures.  Great site for beginners, as well as those of us who are looking for something different to fix.

  • RNinNM

    I fry a whole pkg of bacon up at once in the oven to cut down on the mess.

  • RNinNM

    Love more crockpot recipes

  • I would love home decor posts and entertaining ideas.

  • Use a pizza cutter to cut pancakes and trim crusts off of bread.

  • Teri Brian

    Saw your Gooseberry Patch Cookbook Video.  Loved it!   Love Gooseberry Patch.  Please enter me in your drawing.  Thanks.  Teri

  • Tip – Pick one day per week to have a “clean up the left-overs” dinner.  Example: Left over chicken, rice/potatoes and vegetables make great soup with some broth or fried rice with some scrambled egg and soy sauce, or frittata with some eggs and herbs.

  • Kimberly B.

    My tip is to try and do as much of the prep work ahead of time.

  • I like to fix breakfast for supper once a week or so since it is often faster to fix than traditional supper meals (and besides, I love breakfast)

  • I would like to see: more links to creative people and sites

  • Shiney Aim

    My biggest shortcut is to brown a lot of hamburger at once and freeze in bags so one step is complete when cooking.  🙂

  • Shiney Aim

    Gooseberry always has wonderful ideas and recipes!

  • I also love all things GBP and would love the oppotunity to win this sweet little gem.

  • Shortcut… using my food processor for chopping vegetables neededfor recipes.

  • What more would I like to see on your blog, more slow cooker recipes. 

  • mommalin

    My shortcut and it makes cooking even more fun is that my husband and now my daughter get in the kitchen with me and we cook together!  Great times are usually had by all!!!!  Plus, what a way to hand down all my recipes and secrets to my child!

  • l lindsay

    What a great giveaway.  Please pick me.

  • loves2stitch

    My favorite kitchen shortcut is to prepare things ahead. On the weekend (every other weekend or so) I make a batch of 20 breakfast burritos, wrap in plastic wrap, put in a ziploc and pop in the freezer. We unwrap one, wrap in a paper towel and microwave approx. 1 minute. I also make individual servings of oatmeal. In small ziplocs put 1/2 cup quick cook oats, some raisins, cranberries or whatever dried fruit you want and 1-2 tsp cinnamon sugar. When we make it we just add 1 cup of milk or water and microwave according to quick cook oats directions. 

  • I LOVE GOOSEBERRY PATCH RECIPES, they are a sure thing and sure like, i know that i am not taking  chance with GP, it is going to be a hit with my family. I am always excited about GBP, but I am especially excited about this book and Cris, you made it so!!! so hoping to win!!! arlene  Marie Pitts email  carpediem5790@yahoo.com

  • i would love to see more of how you decorate your home

  • My kitchen tip is to first use an apple slicer to do most of the work for you when chopping onions.

  • One thing I’d like to see on Goodeness Gracious is tutorials on taking great pictures.

  • I do alot of baking and use walnuts and cinnamon. So when I am pulverizing walnuts I usually do extra and freeze.Also some with cinnamon and sugar. I also do this with toppings for muffins.

  • One thing would be to see more casserole recipes. 

  • I pinned taco squares casserole here…. http://pinterest.com/pin/150518812516024184/

  • I have to say that you are my all time favorite! I love your site, your facebook and enjoy seeing your family (yes that includes Puddie too 😉 I really look forward to your postings! GP is bomb!! I love love GP,in fact they will be publishing one of my recipes in a up coming cookbook.

    • crisgoode

      Aw… Thanks Penny! And CONGRATS! Which book? If I review that book, I will try to do your recipe as one of the recipes I feature 🙂

      •  Thanks Cris! Red Top Jello Salad will be in The Christmas Table cookbook. Its easy & yummy 🙂

  • I need kitchen short-cuts!I always make full blown meals.I want to learn different,and save some time.My short-cut is that I microwave garlic.It comes out of the skin real easy…but only do this for a few seconds.

  • Caroline Grossman

    My favorite shortcut is to make ahead and either freeze another complete meal when making one or marinade meat during the day to cut down on prep.  Also, I heart my crockpot on those crazy days!

  • ok2bnvs

    Microwaving potatoes and then putting them on the grill and then end up just like baked in the oven for an hour!

  • Stef Querin

    Have my husband help out.

  • I love your page and Gooseberry patch. Pick me

  • Just what I need..a new cookbook..and I mean I NEED it!! I have this hoarder thing with cookbooks. Get ’em, read ’em, use ’em and the (eventually) share them. PLEASE PICK ME!!!

  • Gooseberry Patch is my all time fav!  Anything to cut down the amount of time it takes to eat healthy and happy is good!

  • ok..my favorite shortcut tip in the kitchen is when I am using my food processor to mix bread or cookie dough and have to add flour or sugar..to save time and a mess I turn my funnel upside down OVER the center spindle. That way it all goes into the bowl and at a fairly even spread also.

  • Cannot wait to try some of the recipes you’ve shared above!!!!

  • Dolly Sarrio

    Please enter me! I like the fact that after years of cooking I can measure tsp. of something in palm of my hand…Now I know where Grandma got the pinch of this and pinch of that recipe..lol. Thanks for the giveaway.

  • Susie22321

    My favorite short-cut is using the Vidalia Onion Chopper for salad ingredients, soups, chopping eggs for egg salad and many others!

  • You can’t go wrong with a GP cookbook! I love the ones I have! 

  • My favorite tip in the kitchen is to clean as you go. I always have a bowl or empty box to fill with trash & the sink is always full of soapy water for the dishes. Makes a lot less clean up after you are done eating 🙂

  • Just found your page and I’m loving the recipes … thanks 🙂

  • Susie22321

    Love Gooseberry Patch — would love to see more casseroles!

  • I have started dicing extra onion while I am chopping some and putting it in baggies and putting them in the freezer for easy access later. Always labeling how much is in there of course!

  • I would like to see more fast and easy recipes! YUM!

  • Chrystal Maneval

    My favorite shortcut is cooking up a couple pounds of hamburger and splitting it up in Ziploc freezer bags to be able to pull out for a quick meal.  Spaghetti, casseroles, tacos etc…

  • I love gooseberry patch!

  • My greatest Shortcut is my chef knife. I use it instead of peelers and scissors!

  • teacher45

    I love the Gooseberry Patch books.  I recently retired from teaching.  Several of my students knew how much I enjoyed these books, so I often got copies of them as gifts!

  • Emily Griffes

    I would love to see more wonderful and healthy recipes! 🙂

  • teacher45

    I especially enjoy the Christmas edition of GB.  I really enjoy the fact that it has crafts, as well as, recipes.  I get one every year!
         Probably one of my favorite short cuts is to be able to thaw frozen meat in the microwave before cooking it!

  • Love your recipes!

  • teacher45

      I think your new book sounds awesome!

  • Emily Griffes

    One of my favorite shortcut tips is to chop up veggies ahead of time so that when I need them for a recipe they’re all ready to go!

  • I love that you contribute recipes to your page from Gooseberry Patch.  They are such great recipes using things that you can find around your pantry. 

  • I like to cook once and freeze for 3 extra meals…cook once serve four meals.. do this every week and you always have a freezer full of homemade meals.

  • Dawn Tunis

    I love to google shortcuts on my cell phone when in the kitchen ad in a BIG hurry

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