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We're cooking up all kinds of GOODe things with a side of life! Come on in and check out our recipes, freezer cooking, super mommy secrets and common sense commentary on the GOODe life.


Come chill with me, baby, as we cook up a month's worth of family meals in just one day. So come on into my kitchen. We'll give you all the freezer cooking tips, tricks and recipes.

Goode and Gooseberry Patch Project

Join me as I cook my way through Gooseberry Patch's Cookbook--Mom's Favorite Recipes a la the Julie/Julia project.

Super Mommy Secrets

The world is full of Super Moms just like you that make the world go round. From play rooms to board rooms, check out how my Super Mommy friends make it all happen.

It's a GOODe Life

Life is made up of moments. The funny. The ordinary. The frustrating. Join us as we share a few of ours while we live the GOODe life in the hills of Indiana.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Goode & Gooseberry Project: Favorite Corn Casserole

This Goode & Gooseberry Patch Project Recipe-- Favorite Corn Casserole-- made its debut at the Benefiel Thanksgiving table this year, begrudgingly replacing Cris' Spoon Bread, an all time favorite recipe of my own.

Committed to my goal of cooking through Gooseberry Patch's Mom's Favorite Recipes, I decided it didn't make since NOT to use the Gooseberry Patch recipe and check it off my list since it was similar to my tried and true recipe.

Dear Reader, I am soooo glad I did--as was the family. This version is creamier and yummier and let's just say Cris' Spoon Bread will likely not be heard from again... she pales in comparison and knows it. She is off hangin' her head in shame...just sayin'

This gem of a recipe has all of the ingredients of the predecessor, except one (which I added). However, the amount of some of the ingredients is a little different... and that dear reader, made all the difference!

This is one of those awesome dump it in and mix it up recipes. You start with our pal Jiffy Mix

1 Can Creamed Corn and 1 Can Corn (drained)

1 Egg

1 Cup Sour Cream

1/4 Cup Melted Butter

1/4 Cup Sugar

Now mix'er up and pour into a greased 9 x 13 pan.

Bake at 350 degrees until golden and a toothpick comes out clean.

Depending on your oven this could take anywhere from 30 minutes to 1 hour. Don't over-bake or under-bake... I know, I know.... the pressure. It will be worth it... promise!

Psst... That piggie sign in the background says "I think I ate my will power"... ;)


Tools used in this dish:
Mainstays Mixing Bowl
Pyrex Fluted Glass 9 x13 Baking Dish

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Post linked to:

  • Tempt My Tummy Tuesday

  • Tuesdays at the Table

  • It's a Blog Party

  • Tasty Tuesdays

  • Works For Me Wednesday

  • What's Cooking Wednesday

  • Life As Mom's Ultimate Recipe Swap


    Monday, November 29, 2010

    It's a GOODe Life: I am still alive ;)

    Hello there Dear Readers!

    I haven't forgot about ya'all. I have been missin' ya like crazy.

    I was lost in the land of dial-up for a little while, but I am back to my hi-speed connection and boy do I have some treats for you!

    All that disconnection allowed me plenty of time for cookin'

    Like my Sausage Mac and Cheese... yummy!

    Goode & Gooseberry Patch Project Recipe:  Favorite Corn Casserole...

    OH. MY. WORD. I thought my recipe was killer, but this recipe beats it hands down. We will forever-more use this recipe. (Will share soon)

    Goode & Gooseberry Patch Project Recipe: Cheesecake Tarts

    Another major fav!

    My family's tried and true Banana Split Cake

    Aunt Lou even gave a Goode & Gooseberry Patch Project Recipe a try-- Sweet Potato Crunch.

    Puddie LOVED this dish.

    She also whipped up some of her signature Apple and Peach Dumplings!

    Stay tuned for all these great recipes and more!

    What was your favorite Thanksgiving treat this year?

    Wednesday, November 24, 2010

    Thankful GOODEness

    So, I started off the month with the best of intentions... I was going to post a thankful thought each day. I started out strong, but somewhere around Day 11--I think-- I fell way off the bandwagon and life just kept happening and I kept forgetting and excuse here and here and here.

    Now, I promise I am not a thankless soul that isn't grateful for all these amazing blessings that the Good Lord has given me.

    Once I realized I was so far behind, I decided to just wait until Thanksgiving to post a post full of thanks...

    So here goes:

    I am thankful for Jesus.

    I am thankful for my Goode Crew. This year's Georgia separation has made all three of us VERY thankful that the Goodes are back in one spot--all together.

    I am thankful for my mama's yeast rolls.

    I am thankful for the amazing people I work with everyday.

    I am thankful for the farmers that fill my grocery store with all of the ingredients I need to make my next culinary challenge.

    I am thankful for the entertainment that The Littlest Pet Shop brings to Miss Add.

    I am thankful for the roof over my head and the floor under my feet... even if it is ripped up right now due to water damage.

    I am thankful that the guy who wrecked in my yard today did not get hurt.

    I am thankful for the eye drops that seem to be giving Miss Ima some relief.

    I am thankful for the heater that is keeping me warm.

    I am thankful for my parents.

    I am thankful that Cracker Barrel makes amazing pecan pies so that I don't have to.

    I am thankful for my crockpot.

    I'm thankful for Black Friday Deals

    I am thankful for food fun...

    and family time...

    I am thankful for my bloggy buds and Facebook peeps.

    And, I am thankful for you dear reader... just sayin'

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours! Now go on and enjoy some Turkey Time!


    Wordless Wednesday: Sleeping Beauty

    I have been informed that Miss Ima Too Goode is changing her name to...

    Ima Bee Goode

    You have now been informed.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    Linked to:  Wordless WednesdayA Beautiful MessLive and Love Out Loud My Life in Jenga and 5 Minutes for Mom


    Tuesday, November 23, 2010

    Happy Birthday Liz!

    And the Winner of the magnificent Pampered Chef Microcooker is my fellow FREEZE-O-RAMA buddy, Miss Liz of Two Maids a Milking...

    And it just happens to be Miss Liz's birthday today!

    Happy Birthday to you,
    Happy Birthday to you
    Happy Birthday Dear Liz
    I have a MicroCooker for you!

    Congrats Liz!!!


    Monday, November 22, 2010

    Super Mommy Secrets: Put a sock in it... er on it

    As some of you may know, I have had this incredible pain in my neck for the last couple days... and, I ain't talkin' about Puddie ;)

    I think I slept on it wrong, whatever that means... seriously, why doesn't our body wake us up and say yo... sleepin' beauty, roll over or you are going to be sorrrrrryyyyy.

    Nope. Instead, I haven't been able to sleep for the past two nights because of this little kink that has morphed into everything from a headache to a whole body ache. Tylenol doesn't help. Motrin doesn't help.

    And, what do I do? Whine.

    It hurts.

    I'm a busy mom of a three-year-old with deadlines, house repairs and holidays.

    It hurts.

    I'm busy.

    It HURTS!

    I'm tired.

    You get the point.

    So, after all that, I did find a little relief... What helps, you ask?

    My Super Mommy Secret is simply to put a sock in on it.

    I don't have a heating pad... don't ask me why... I have been asking myself that question a lot until I pulled this little trick out of my hat.

    You need 1 old sock, 2 cups rice and an optional jar or glass.

    Place the sock in the jar and fold over the lip of the jar to make filling it easier.

    Add rice

    Now tie a knot in the sock and pop 'er in the microwave for 1 minute.

    Carefully --think McDonalds hot coffee careful-- remove the heat sock from the microwave and apply to muscle ache.

    Tah Dah... relief.

    Repeat heating as necessary.

    All is finally well... except that now I smell like rice...just sayin'

    Works for me Wednesdays

    Sunday, November 21, 2010

    Oh Dear...

    Dear Camera-
    I really need to take the time to learn how to use you properly. I know I am totally holding you back. I apologize. - The Shutterbug

    Dear Indianapolis Star-
    It is a joke that you want to increase my subscription rate for the month of November because you sold too many ads for the Thanksgiving issue and therefore made the paper "over-sized" and so called "increased" your costs for delivery. Um... shouldn't all that advertiser dough go to covering your issue (pun-intended)? Seriously... I have seen what you are charging advertisers for placement this year... Truth be told, if you send this customer a similar letter regarding December consider my subscription cancelled--then you won't have to worry about the burden of delivering to my home. - Annoyed.

    Dear Ima & Upta-
    Thank you for the delight you bring to our home. -Addie's Mom

    Dear Puddie-
    Thank you for taking care of the tires that all those Georgia trips ran the rubber off of... -Your Girl

    Dear House-
    Glad you finally decided to let us know that you have had a water leak for like ages... Really-- if you needed to go, we would have let you use the potty... just ask Miss Add. Santa is going to be soo disappointed. -The Former Owner of Undamaged Hardwood Floors

    Dear Kink in My Neck-
    What the heck?!? Where did you come from? I do not have time for you or the head-ache/body-ache/ all-over-ache you have created. Go. Away. -The Management

    Dear Target-
    The ads. Lose them.You aren't funny. - Black Friday Shopper.

    Dear Gal-
    Puddie says your Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins rival my famous Peanut Butter Cookies... He has requested that I do a bake off at home between the two so he can taste test... I think he is in it for the muffins and cookies... I say the world is made better by both ;) On the other hand... Miss Add keeps requesting that we go see "the girl that makes the muffins". -Sorry that My Family is Stalking You

    Dear Mail Carrier Sub-
    I realize I am on the outskirts of your route... but, unless something changed, I do believe mail is supposed to run 6 days a week. I miss you when you don't visit me. I thought we were friends. It's no fun to be stood-up with the flag up. -Stampless in Indiana

    Dear PW-
    Way to throwdown with our man Bobby. You go girl.- Team Ree

    Dear To Do List-
    Can we work on a partial payment plan?- Woman with 24 hrs to Spend

    Dear Gilmore Girls-
    Thank you for always making me laugh when I come to visit.- Wants to Move to Stars Hollow

    Dear Road Construction Dudes-
    Thank you for being so friendly as we all get through this road closure. It can't be any easier on you than it is on us. -Appreciates You

    Dear Walmart-
    Many of us want to donate food on a regular basis. Can you come up with a standard way for us to do so? I love that we can donate directly at your store, but the method to do so seems to be ever-changing. I wouldn't complain except that the last few times it has been very unclear how to do so. I clearly saw the glossy sign advertising a politician supporting the food drive, but had no direction on how to participate. Can we skip the politics from here on out and just have an easy way to donate?- Confused Donor

    Dear Ghirardelli Milk Chocolate, Semi-Chocolate, White Chocolate and 60% Cacao Chocolate Chips-
    I may or may not have a real problem with you. You make my cookies gooey-er, my brownies oozey-er and my thighs biggie-er. -Chip Up and Shape Out

    Dear Cooking Channel- I really like that you came to town. It is so much fun to watch and TiVo Julia Child. Now you got some weird stuff on there too...but no biggie. I do gots one question for you... that tagline of yours... "The Cooking Channel- Stay Hungry". Really? Stay Hungry? Not feelin' it.- Still Hungry

    Dear Pyrex-
    I am in love with your mixing bowls with lids. Loving a lot of your new products actually... and, your tagline works... "Pyrex: Cooking Solved"...is as brilliant as your new line!- Returning Customer


    Goode & Gooseberry Project: Pecan Wrapped Blue Cheese Ball

    I wasn't sure if I was going to like this Goode & Gooseberry Patch Project Recipe, but I REALLY liked this Pecan-Wrapped Blue Cheese Ball.

    I whipped up a couple of these (one with blue cheese and one without) for my big bloggy FREEZE-O-RAMA day. (Psst... the Pampered Chef giveaway is ending soon...)

    Start with 2 blocks cream cheese- softened...

    With 2 cups shredded cheddar and 1 stick of butter-softened

    Throw in 1 1/2 t garlic powder

    2 T "shire" sauce-blurry

    2 T dry minced onion

    Now toss in the blue cheese or do what I did and split in half and only add the blue cheese to half.

    Now take out your frustrations on a small bag of pecans...


    Pulverized perfection ;)

    And roll...

    Now mark the blue cheese one with a pecan.

    A great way to offer up a cheese ball two ways-- to accommodate any picky eaters in holiday crowds.


    Visit our Goode & Gooseberry Patch Project Index for more great recipes!

    Tools Used in This Recipe:
    Gooseberry Patch's Mom's Favorite Recipes Cookbook
    Pyrex 2 Quart Mixing Bowl
    Paula Deen French Pin
    Paula Deen 15 x15 End Grain Chopping Board
    Pfaltzgraff Naturewood Saucers


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