on the Harvest Table {Gooseberry Patch giveaway!}

There’s pumpkin loaf cooling on the countertop. A vanilla candle is flickering downstairs, while I pour a cup of apple cider. James Taylors October Road is playing, and oooh, the coziness.

No, it’s not November – it’s what I’m doing right now! I am a sucker for autumn any time of year, and when given the chance to review the new Gooseberry Patch The Harvest Table cookbook, the warmth and cozy started spreading in my heart! Gooseberry Patch is the epitome of the cozy, country living that I love, and anything harvest-y is icing. Let’s take a peek inside!

The chapters speak for themselves – Hearty Autumn Brunch, Soup Supper with Friends, Simple Harvest Supper, Thanksgiving with All the Trimmings, Festive Fall Flavors, and Save Room for Dessert. In true GBP style, the pages are chock full of sweet illustrations and helpful tips & tricks. A few favorite tidbits from the pages:
 Serve your favorite yummy hot or cold dip spooned into crisp wonton cups!
Coat a muffin tin with a non-stick vegetable spray, then press a wonton wrapper gently into each cup. Spritz with a little more spray and bake at 350*  for 8 minutes, then fill.
Drop unpeeled cloves of garlic into a cup of cold water for a few minutes…
the garlic will pop right out of its skin.

As always, there are a zillion recipes I want to try. I’ll be sharing a few of the ones that I did make, but know that there are SO many more. Honest to pete. But even better than the recipes are the stories behind them. Each one belonged to a grandma or auntie, was a long-standing family tradition, kept friendships close, and filled kitchens and homes with aromas of autumn. Can’t you just picture a farmhouse kitchen, warm and welcoming, bursting with the smell of Country Harvest Pie, Brown Sugar Bacon Squash, Creamy Turkey Soup, Slow Cooked Stadium Beans, Parmesan Potatoes, Harvest Cider, Cranberry Orange Drops… mmmm.

The first thing I made from the Harvest Table was Brown Sugar Muffins. They were super tasty and super crumbly. But it was a good excuse to just eat the tops, since that was the only part that came out of the pan {wink}
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Brown Sugar Muffins
from the Harvest Table
Gooseberry Patch

1 c. quick cooking oats, uncooked
1/2 c. milk
3/4 c. brown sugar, packed
1/4 c. butter, melted and slightly cooled
1 egg, beaten
1 c. all purpose flour
1/2 c. chopped walnuts (I left these out)
2 t. baking powder
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Mix oats, milk and brown sugar in a large bowl; let stand for 5 minutes.

Smooch those cheekers.
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Add butter and egg; blend well. Stir in remaining ingredients just until moistened. Fill greased muffin cups 2/3 full.

Make at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center comes clean.

Makes one dozen.
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The sweet ladies at Gooseberry Patch sent me a copy of the Harvest Table to give to one of YOU! Hooray! Entry is easy:

  • MANDATORY ENTRY: leave a comment on this post sharing one of your favorite things about Harvest season! I can’t wait to hear about your favorite autumn traditions, stories, smells and foods!

Optional extra entries (leave an additional comment for each):

  • Subscribe to Girl with Blog via google friend connect or feedburner (available in the sidebar)
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  • Follow me (@anna_r) on Twitter
That’s a total of 4 possible entries. Be sure to leave your email in your comment(s) so I can contact you. The giveaway will be open until Friday, June 8th. I’ll use random.org to select a winner from the comments. I’ll email the winner, who then has 48 hours to reply before drawing another winner. Giveaway only open to US residents.

I’ll be posting several more recipes from this new book, and keep your eyes open for another Early Bird Review soon! Like next week soon. Seriously soon. =)
-anna
{girlwithblog}

*I received free product from Gooseberry Patch for review purposes – as always, opinions are my own.

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13333202812452350816 Sarah Avila

    I just love the weather! I also love apple season…mmm apple crisp! Every year we go to a local farm where they have hayrides, corn mazes and all that fun stuff! Oh, and apple cider and apple cider donuts!!

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  • Melissa

    Just as spring is a rebirth after the frozen winter, autumn has the same feel to me. After a hot, humid MN summer spent swatting mosquitoes, I love the cool, crisp air of fall, the beautiful colors on the trees, the soups and stews warming up the kitchen after a season of salads and grilling. Autumn is my favorite season!
    bromen@iw.net

  • http://passingitontoyou.blogspot.com/ Sarah

    I love the pumpkin patches, apple picking, smells of autumn and the amazing colors God paints across the horizons!!!

    And….i love sweatshirt weather :-P

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12131583638921856224 Sarah's Flowers & Gifts

    I pretty much start my fall celebrating in August! I’m a sucker for Pumpkin Patches and Leaf looking tours…and anything pumpkin I can bake!! Particularly Crustless Pumpkin Pie from GP!!

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    I follow on FB :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07166340365607117445 Thoughts for the day

    Our fall tradition is going out to Hood River Oregon for apples…then making homemade applesauce. IT smells so good and is so yummy.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09654863686415808006 Unknown

    When I lived in Texas I loved that cooler weather had arrived. But now that I am back in my home State of Tennessee, I must say my favorite Fall tradition is the carving of the pumpkin. My kids draw a picture of what they want the pumpkin to look like. Then their dad does his best to carve that face into the pumpkin. This has been our tradition since my daughter was little. My part is baking the pumpkin seeds. They make a delicious treat and my son loves them.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12094662150428102194 windycindy

    The Harvest Season/Fall has always been my favorite
    season. The cooler weather, the color of fall foliage,
    hayrides and bonfires…Also, raking leaves into a huge
    pile and then jumping in, is fun with my family!
    Many thanks, Cindi
    jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12094662150428102194 windycindy

    I now follow your blog via GFC (cmh512).
    Also, I subscribed to your email newsletter~
    Again, many thanks for this fabulous
    giveaway.
    Cindi
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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12094662150428102194 windycindy

    I “Like” you on Facebook!
    Merci, Cindi
    Cindi Hoppes
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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12094662150428102194 windycindy

    Also, I follow you on Twitter…
    Thanks bunches!
    Cindi
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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09654863686415808006 Melanie

    When I lived in Texas I loved that cooler weather had arrived. But now that I am back in my home State of Tennessee, I must say my favorite Fall tradition is the carving of the pumpkin. My kids draw a picture of what they want the pumpkin to look like. Then their dad does his best to carve that face into the pumpkin. This has been our tradition since my daughter was little. My part is baking the pumpkin seeds. They make a delicious treat and my son loves them.

  • Kayla Solinger

    My favorite part of fall is watching the leaves change colors , stomping on the crackly leaves and making delicious apple crisp! :)

    I follow you on twitter (both girl with blog & anna_r) and have ‘liked’ girl with blog on facebook :)

    Fall is the best season ever because my birthday falls at the beginning of October!

  • Anonymous

    yummy recipe—-beautiful baby!!!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16405063753972082642 Renee G

    I look forward to caramel apples at the fair each year.
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  • http://abis-scrapsoflife.blogspot.com/ apple blossom

    caramel apples are a fun fall surprise

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02597396513424389268 Cara Sexton

    Autumn is my favorite time of year. I love everything about it, it’s way of inspiring coziness, gratitude, and family-focused moments.

    My autumn tradition is gawking at all the beautiful Oregon trees changing colors and the fall splendor… and lots of sweet apple cider. Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13446790158344835677 carpediem5790

    Hi Anna, so glad you are hosting this Gooseberry Patch giveaway, The Harvest Table. It looks so neat. My favorite harvest memory is the smell of freshly picked corn. I live near Brentwood, CA and when they harvest the corn, it is sweet sweet sweet white Brentwood corn. When i smell that corn, in the fields, my mouth just starts to water. It also means the roadside stand is open!! and omg, all the great fruits and vegies that will be coming in!! I need this book!!!! arlene Marie Pitts

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    Sara, i already follow you on google friend connect and I am glad to, you, your baby, enrich my life! arlene Marie Pitts

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    I liked you on facebook, because there was no ‘love’ button! arlene Marie Pitts

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    I follow anna_r on twitter!!! Love following you and all your news arlene Marie Pitts

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05452414814708771208 Rhonda

    I love the fall foilage, pumpkin patches & hot apple cider.

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16404025696782599896 BrownE

    Hmmmm….hard to pick just one thing…I would have to say the weather because I love being able to wear sweaters and vests and scarves but it’s not freezing cold yet!

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    I like/LOVE you on facebook as well, friend!

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    And, I now follow you via google friend connect! <3

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17334381585683324912 Laura Lane

    I like going to the Maple Leaf Festival in Carthage.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01256822236126412994 RW1010

    I love everything about fall…colors, crispness, smells, fresh apples, my birthday! ;-)
    Beautiful time of year!!!
    Robin in NC
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  • Anonymous

    I like warm weather best, but really enjoy seeing all of the beautiful fall colors as the leaves change.
    Jennie
    rmc18mom@gmail.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11512538110236411673 Emily

    I think I love the crispness of the air most – and it’s what I miss most about it when I have to spend the fall in California :-/

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  • Anonymous

    Fall is my absolute favorite season! I love the crisp air,falling leaves, wearing sweaters, making fires, picking apples, baking pumpkin pies and decorating the house with beautiful leaves, winter squashes, “indian” corn, and the like! Can’t wait! :)
    davidandlauried1@verizon.net

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11752331296281355096 Monica

    Just found your blog via Pinterest …. and to my surprise a giveaway is in progress :) My favorite part about fall is probably the cool crisp air on a sunny day and hot apple cider.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11752331296281355096 Monica

    …. and I just started following your blog. First I looked through your “about me” to see if you were someone I wanted to follow. You look so nice, and it is nice to see that you are a sister in the Lord :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11752331296281355096 Monica

    …. and I went ahead and “liked” you on Facebook too :) I don’t do twitter so I will be happy with three entries. Have a nice day, and I look forward to getting to “know” you.

  • Anonymous

    Fall is my most favorite time of year. I love the cooler weather (I love wearing my sweatshirts) and it’s my most favorite time for all sorts of baking/cooking. There’s so much to pick from with the fall harvests, from apples, to zuchinni.

  • Sharon Sallee

    I love fall the most! Pumpkins, leaves turning and the air is cool. Love to make Pumpkin bread and oie. Also, apples are great. Pies, caramel dip and fresh sliced apples aways yummy! Comfort food weather, too.

  • Anonymous

    Love cooking and I love these books. I have been reading your posts with some interest and they are a breath of fresh air

  • Connie Bolick Lee

    I love the taste of new crisp apples, cool weather after a hot summer, the smell of smoke from burning leaves, and baking something good in the kitchen.

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  • Anonymous

    I love to cook and I love cook books and finding new ideas and recipes. mountains3@whidbey.com

  • Connie Bolick Lee

    I follow you on twitter

  • Anonymous

    I love this site!

  • Anonymous

    I “liked” you on Facebook.

  • Debbie Donaldson

    I love all of the Gooseberry Patch cookbooks!

  • Pat Kampmeyer

    Liked you on FB ! FAll was Harvest season when we farmed -loved cooking big meals to enjoy after long days in the field and barn.The smells of the season,fresh apple pie,warm apple crisp,mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm
    raking leaves,kids jumping in piles,,harvest moon love all about FALL

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01485491652026856654 Rosebud

    October is our time to go to apple country to sample fresh cider to bring home, sample aples to bring home, and eat all the deep dish apple pie we can get our hands on!
    Then once home we make apple cider stew, apple butter, apple crisp, apple pie, applesauce….(get the picture?)WE LOVE APPLES!!!!

  • Barb

    My fav thing about fall is spending time outside in the cool weather, refreshing after a long hot & humid summer in southern Illinois!

  • Anonymous

    I love the season Autumn because it’s a season of change. We change our clothes out, we change what we cook and bake (more inside comfy foods), I change the decor in my house. I love to change things up and try new things, including my cookbooks. Autumn has that fresh clean smell in the air during the day and the bonfires at night. I just love the colors, foods available that time of year, activities you can do!

  • Donna Applebaum

    Aww! Autumn! It’s the best season of all. Why? Because you get to cool off from the hot summer. You get beautiful colors all across the countrysides and mountains. You are anticipating the holidays (Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas). And, you get some of the best foods are during this time (chili, stews, apple pies, carmel corn, pumpkin pies, turkey, stuffing, etc.). And, you get to wear sweaters. I have family who make homemade molasses and applebutter in the fall (outdoors in huge kettles). There’s no better smell. And, don’t forget that you get to jump in piles of leaves. Yep, Fall is the best. ;)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04179754309176175354 smiling daisy

    Autumn is a beautiful season !!! … Cool weather, Campfires, Leaves changing colors, Walking on the crunchy leaves !!! Also, I love making big pots of soup, baking just about anything apple or pumpkin…. The smell is wonderful … and having our home lit by candles !!! I just love the season !!! jennirae04@hotmail.com

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00980545177553889975 angies rambles

    Anna I follow your blog and on facebook…caby16145@aol.com
    these recipes look awesome…I have one gooseberry patch book…nook edition…love it…