Monday, April 11, 2011

"Quick and Easy Autumn" Cookbook Review and GIVEWAWAY!

Good morning! Are you ready for another Early Bird Gooseberry Patch cookbook review? Well then let's get started! "Quick & Easy Autumn" is all about my favorite season! It's not available yet but you can pre-order it from the link.
Now don't worry, there are lots of recipes in here that can be made year-round. In addition, this book has a lot of wonderful little stories, cooking suggestions, and adorable illustrations. I like to curl up on the couch with a Gooseberry Patch cookbook and read it.
In "Quick & Easy Autumn," I was particularly drawn to the breakfast recipes. The first one that caught my eye was "Easy as 1-2-3 Cinnamon Rolls." I love a good dose of carbs first thing in the morning! These are so yummy that you could even serve them for dessert too.
You will need: 1/2 Cup chopped pecans
20-ct. pkg. frozen dinner rolls (un-risen)
4-oz. pkg. instant butterscotch pudding mix, divided
1/2 Cup brown sugar, packed
2 Tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 Cup butter, melted

Note: I changed this recipe a bit. I thought about not changing anything, for the purposes of the review, but I don't think my changes are too drastic. I cut the recipe in half and made the rolls in a 8-inch round cake pan. I substituted french vanilla pudding for the butterscotch. And finally, no nuts. I think you know my family's no-nuts policy. So I will show you pictures of my cooking but keep in mind the recipe is for the original ingredients/quantity.

Sprinkle pecans in the bottom of a greased and floured 13" x 9" baking pan. Arrange frozen dinner rolls on top of pecans; set aside.
Measure out 1/4 Cup dry pudding mix from package; reserve the remainder for a future use. In a bowl, combine 1/4 Cup pudding mix, sugars and cinnamon; mix well...
 ...and sprinkle over rolls. Pour melted butter evenly over pudding mixture.
Let rise for 8 hours or overnight, uncovered, on kitchen counter. Here's what they look like when you wake up:
 Bake at 325 degrees for 25 minutes. To serve, turn rolls out of pan onto a plate. Makes 20.

RECIPE REVIEW: Very tasty, and smelled delicious while baking. I love having breakfast all ready to go in the morning. And this was easily made for a school morning too. My family's used to cream cheese frosting on their cinnamon rolls, though, so next time I will add some when they come out of the oven. The cinnamon filling is fabulous.
In the breakfast spirit, I put this next recipe together one night and it was ready the next morning.

Overnight Maple & Fruit Oatmeal
You will need: 2 Cups milk
1/4 Cup maple syrup (the real stuff!)
1 Tablespoon butter, sliced
1 Cup long-cooking oats, uncooked (I used steel-cut oats)
1/2 Cup raisins
1 Cup apple, peeled, cored and chopped (two smallish apples)
1/2 Cup chopped walnuts or pecans (again, left these out)
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon salt

The night before, combine all ingredients in a slow cooker and mix well.
Cover and cook on low setting overnight for 8 to 9 hours. Stir before serving. Serves 8.
Recipe Review: Couldn't be simpler. The maple-cinnamon-apple flavor was very good. Some additional milk on top was delicious. Next time I will take the author's suggestion to use a plastic slow-cooker liner. I'm still trying to scrub mine out!

So would you like to win a copy of this book? Here's what you need to do: Leave a comment on this post by Tuesday, April 19th. I will use the Random Number Generator to pick a name. Do me a solid and make sure I have a way to contact you...no contact info, no entry. Okay? Okay! Good luck and I hope you enjoyed my review!

♥ Jen

67 comments:

  1. This looks like such a great cookbook! Those cinnamon rolls look SO yummy!

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  2. Such yummy recipes...thank you. I am going to try them for sure.

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  3. Jen,
    These recipes look delicious! I love anything "bread" and the rolls look yummy!!
    Hugs,
    Donna

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  4. I love fast easy recipes, thats is how I am teaching my daughter to feel more comfortable in the Kitchen cooking/baking by herself.

    Thank you!
    I LOVE Gooseberry Patch Cook Book's I own 36!

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  5. Gooseberry Patch always has such neat stuff.
    This recipe book appears to be no exception.

    slmartin at vtc dot net

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  6. I'll skip the oatmeal... can't stand that stuff BUT the cinnamon rolls... Oh yah. I'll be making those for sure! Thanks for posting and the review. I like the change from butterscotch to vanilla pudding. I'll be doing the same. :)

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  7. Looks delicious. I like oatmeal and I like cinnamon rolls. I would probably put an icing on the rolls too.

    I've admired the Gooseberry Patch cookbooks but do not have one!

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  8. Always looking for a good cookbook. Never can have enough from Gooseberry. I'd love to have a copy of this new one.

    jlpegram@vcu.edu

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  9. Leia and Erik are on an oatmeal kick. This sounds like a new twist on an old favorite!

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  10. Thanks for sharing these recipes. I will be trying them soon.

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  11. Oooh, those recipes look delicious. I think I might have to try out the oatmeal - I've been looking for a recipe for my steel cut oats! - www.delightfulcountrycookin.com

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  12. I have made those rolls too, and absolutely LOVE them!! I could eat them every day =) Love your blog - thanks for hosting the giveaway!

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  13. Oooo, cookbook, I love collecting recipes and would love to win a cookbook. contact me via:

    emforus@gmail.com

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  14. Sounds Yummmmy! Would love one of these awesome cookbooks.
    Linda Hill
    starrayhill@aol.com

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  15. This looks like a great book!

    Crystal
    randcbruns@kci.net

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  16. The cinnamon rolls have me DROOLING!! (I would substitute pecans for walnuts...or no nuts at all)

    The Oatmeal. Yah...I looooove me some oatmeal.

    pkinney@ptd.net

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  17. I am so making those rolls and thanks for the pics, Im not the best baker in the world and pics help me see if I'm doing it right

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  18. Thank you for sharing those delicious recipes! I love Gooseberry cookbooks!

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  19. I love Gooseberry Patch & would love to add this one to my collection!

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  20. Ohhhh... will have to try the Cinnamon Rolls recipe!!!

    Would LOVE to add this cookbook to my library!!!

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  21. Ruth cinnalady@yahoo.comApril 13, 2011 at 3:04 PM

    I would love to win this cookbook... these recipes sound soooo good!

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  22. The recipes look wonderful - always looking to add to my cookbook collection.
    kathyd58@juno.com

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  23. My goodness, but BOTH of these recipes sound so wonderful!! I love Gooseberry Patch so much, and I'm ALWAYS ready to add another to my collection! YUM!! pamelinac@yahoo.com

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  24. These recipe look great!

    misty-mouse@cox.net

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  25. Oh wow both of these recipes sound wonderful! Though I would leave out the nuts too! And a question...does oatmeal keep to be reheated? Since I'm the only one here that eats it that is kind of a lot for me to eat in one day!!
    Jenny in Florida

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  26. They both look warm and delicious! I bet they smell so good.

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  27. dajujing@eccwireless.com/JulieApril 13, 2011 at 3:58 PM

    Love Love Love it!!! I have every Autumn/Fall Cookbook from Gooseberry Patch and you just sold me on this one too.
    Thanks!

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  28. We make the overnite coffee cake a lot. Love the idea to cut the recipe in half. Will have to try the oatmeal - sounds yummy.

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  29. I can't wait to try both of these recipes. Thank you for posting. Having the pictures was great!

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  30. These both sound great and I love fall and the flavors associated with fall. I will have to buy this book...that is if I don't win a copy :-D Thanks for the great review and sneak peak.

    Jen (Jnco02@hotmail.com)

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  31. Those both sound wonderful, made even more so because there's next to no work in the morning! Instead of using the plastic liner in the slow cooker, would greasing it well keep it from sticking?
    Nancy
    nannyrae2003@yahoo.com

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  32. I almost passed over the cinnamon rolls... but went back... WOW looks really good. I did a Crock pot oatmeal, with grated apple (kinda on my own) now I have a recipe to try. Really easy when you have company for weekend to get up for church and everyone can help themselves when they want for a hot breakfast. Thanks
    cindyhannon@yahoo.com

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  33. Thanks for posting these recipes. They sound & look fabulous!

    texasmouse@sc.rr.com

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  34. The cinnamon rolls sound delish....I'll be fixing them for breakfast tomorrow! I love GBP & want this cookbook for my collection!!!

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  35. Those cinnamon rolls look easy and delicious. Love Gooseberry Patch books. kmgervais@nycap.rr.com

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  36. I love the cookbooks and recipes and would love to win!
    stef42678@cox.net

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  37. The cinnamon rolls look yummy! I have the hardest time making them from scratch. This looks totally do-able!

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  38. What a great cookbook. I love the oatmeal ... I will have to try it. Thanks for the opportunity to take part in the cookbook giveaway.....

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  39. Can't wait to try some of these recipes. Thanks for sharing!
    caseyandcrystal@yahoo.com

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  40. I can't wait to try the oatmeal recipe this weekend. It will be nice to have a hot breakfast ready before soccer!

    jenny_k@comcast.net

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  41. Gooseberry Patch recipes are FOOLPROOF! I always know I can count on them!

    mattdawn5@gmail.com

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  42. I {heart} Gooseberry Patch books!!!! LOVE the recipes, the stories and the illustrations!! They are like a warm fuzzy!!!!

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  43. I absolutely *LOVE* Gooseberry Patch Cookbooks. They are my go-to books for foolproof recipes. Thanks! :o)

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  44. Oh how I love Gooseberry Patch Cook books!!! And those recipes look amazing. I want to be in your kitchen ;)

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  45. Just printed out the crockpot oatmeal recipe...sounds delicious!

    Thanks for the review!

    ~Debbie C.

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  46. Everything looks so yummy. Thank you for sharing.

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  47. Thanks for sharing those recipes!!! I will have to try the oatmeal recipe tonight. I'd love to win the Quick & Easy Autumn Cookbook. :)
    lcdubbelman@telus.net

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  48. I love this! Thank you for the Review!!!

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  49. I love this cinnamon roll recipe!
    sunflower3free@yahoo.com

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  50. Thanks for sharing the recipes and getting my taste buds excited for some good food. I love these cookbooks. Fay S. fstamm@htc.net

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  51. those cinnamon rolls look very easy to do. I love easy and simple recipes. I will be looking at your website alot more. I want to check everything out and check out your recipes more.
    jclarkrbyc@yahoo.com 4/18/11

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  52. I would love to win this cookbook. I love Gooseberry Patch and those cinnamon rolls look delicious!

    Jennifer (bnjmorrill@hotmail.com)

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  53. I have made these in the past with my sister and we ate the first pan all by ourselves! These are sooo yummy you won't be able to eat just one. I highly recommend them...

    Debra (DrssngMssDsy@aol.com)

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  54. Yum! This recipe looks great! I can see already that this is a great book! But what GBP book isn't great?
    Enter me in your contest please! I'd love a chance to win!

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  55. I have made these rolls in the past and I lost my recipe. Thanks for posting it. I love this recipe. I frost mine with cream cheese frosting. These are so easy to make and so yummy to eat.

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  56. Sounds great! Thanks for the chance!

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  57. I would love to try the overnight coffeecake. Anything you don't have to work hard in the morning to make is A+ in my book! Thanks for the chance to win.

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  58. The oatmeal looks amazing to me. I would have to cut the recipe down because our kids have all moved out but my hubby and I love oatmeal.

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  59. I love Gooseberry Patch so much! This book looks fantastic!

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  60. We love steel cut oats. I will make this recipe this weekend. Thanks for sharing the recipes and the chance to win the cookbook.

    seputt@yahoo.com

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  61. What a great cookbook I would love to win!
    stef42678@cox.net

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  62. LOVE Gooseberry Patch !! Would be a great addition to my huge collection. Thanks for showing some of the YUMMY recipes!

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  63. Jen, Your site is wonderful. Kathleen just forwarded it to me, via Laura. You will be on my famorite list for sure! Keep up the creativity.

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  64. Eeeek!!! That oatmeal recipe is mine!!! I saw it linked in this month's "Feather Your Nest" and when I clicked it, it brought me here to your blog! Thank you so much for trying it!!!

    Yes, those plastic slow-cooker liners are one of the best things ever!!! :-)

    You have a great blog! I am going to check more of it out!!!

    Have a great day and thank you again!!!
    Kristen DeSimone

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  65. Oh! And I forgot to mention! I have an autumn recipe published in Homemade Harvest, too! I am also published in Quick & Easy Christmas (memory) and an upcoming book, Rush-Hour Recipes (minestrone soup)!

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  66. I'm following you now. I'm going to try your oatmeal recipe.

    God bless you!

    Laura Lane
    Follower of Jesus Christ

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