May 15, 2012

Simple Shortcut Recipes Cookbook Review and Giveaway Plus Strawberry-Coconut Pound Cake

*This giveaway is now closed - thanks to everyone who entered.  Click Here to see the winner*
Simple Shortcut Recipes Cookbook
Gooseberry Patch's Simple Shortcut Recipes
(Giveaway information is at the very bottom of this post)

This cookbook is awesome.  I knew it was going to be a keeper, before I even had a copy, just from browsing through the sneak peak pages that you can see on Amazon.  I have so many things flagged to try and each time I flip through the book, I find something else that sounds good(like the rabbit scones that I found just now - a carrot cake scone with a cream cheese glaze - yum).  I have already made four of the recipes with two more planned this week.  Each recipe in this book contains at least one ingredient that is a "shortcut" ingredient, such as crescent rolls, cake mixes, canned/frozen vegetables and store-bought roasted chicken.

Not only does this book have 225 simplified recipes, but it is full of fun tips on the bottom of each page and I love the pages of "Common Ingredient Substitutions" and "Common Herb and Spice Substitutions" in the back of the book, like what to use in place of half-and-half, whipping cream and cream cheese and how to make your own cake flour or self-rising flour.  I am always searching the web for both ingredient and spice substitutions.  Now, I can just pull out this book and have a whole list right in front of me.
   This Strawberry-Coconut Pound Cake was delicious and my house smelled amazing while it was baking, plus you gotta love that bright pink color!  It is dense and moist, yet it feels light while you are eating it.  I served it with some coconut flavored whipped cream and fresh blueberries.  

I can't wait to share with you some of the other great recipes I have tried out of this cookbook. Make sure to come back throughout the week to check them out!
Strawberry-Coconut Pound Cake
adapted from: Gooseberry Patch's Simple Shortcut Recipes
recipe submitted by: Janice Woods
(Printable Recipe)

1 (18.25 oz.) pkg. strawberry cake mix
1 (3.5 oz) pkg. instant coconut pudding mix
1 (3 oz.) pkg. strawberry gelatin mix
4 eggs, beaten
1 c. water
1/3 c. oil

In a large bowl, combine all ingredients; beat with an electric mixer on medium speed for 2 minutes.  Pour batter into a greased and floured bundt pan.  Bake at 325 degrees for 55-60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the cake's center comes out clean.  Cool in pan for 20 minutes; invert onto cake plate.  Serve plain, with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or with a dollop of whipped topping and some fresh fruit on the side.  Serves 12.


Finally, onto the Giveaway
Would you like a chance to win a free copy of this amazing cookbook?

How to Enter:
(Sorry - Giveaway is open to U.S. Residents Only)

  • Mandatory Entry:  Leave me a comment letting me know what your favorite shortcut in the kitchen is!  


For additional entries:
(Leave me a separate comment for each one)


Giveaway will end Tuesday, May 22nd and I will announce the winner the next night!
**Winner must contact me within 72 hours or a new winner will be selected**

Gooseberry Patch provided me with a copy of this cookbook, but the opinions expressed here are my own.

115 comments:

  1. i Follow Gooseberry Patch on Twitter @gooseberrypatch

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  2. my favorite shortcut is to cook ahead in bulk on weekends.

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  3. My favorite shortcut is using canned beans in recipes, instead of making my own.

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  4. My favorite kitchen shortcut is lining my pan with tin foil when I make meatballs or other things that make a mess...easy clean-up! Another is to cook a whole chicken for Sunday dinner, then use the leftover chicken meat in meals the rest of the week!

    That cake looks delicious!

    MGM

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  5. Favorite short cuts...on the weekend I prepare all my lunches and breakfasts and prep vegtables for the week. We also use real bacon bits for flavor instead of having to cook/mess up the kitchen.

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  6. When I have a large salad to make, that I know will be served soon, I use a chefs knife on a cutting board and cut the lettuce rather than break it. It's a different look, but it passes on many occasions.

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  7. I love your blog! So many wonderful recipes and photos.

    My favorite shortcut in the kitchen is when making tuna salad, use a pastry blender to break up the canned tuna before adding your other ingredients...the tuna is ready in no time flat.

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  8. I like to buy store bought sugar cookies and then decorate with icing and fun sprinkles. Most people think I made them from scratch!

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  9. My favorite shortcut is picking up a roasted chicken from the store!

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  10. I follow Gooseberry Patch on Facebook. thanks!

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  11. I follow Eat Cake For Dinner via GFC!!

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  12. My favorite shortcut is shredding meat for recipes in my kitchen aid with the cookie paddle. Shreds a whole roast (or 4 chicken breasts) in less than 30 seconds. LOVE IT!

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  13. I follow Eat Cake For Dinner via GFC

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  14. I like Eat Cake For Dinner on Facebook

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  15. I like Gooseberry Patch on Facebook

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  16. I follow Gooseberry Patch on Twitter (GinnyLynn2)

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  17. and I commented on their blog. :)

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  18. I cant think of any shortcuts off the top of my head, which means I should really look into this book! :)

    Thanks!

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  19. My favorite shortcut is making dishes that can be used in multiple meals. Thanks for the awesome giveaway :)

    Renee
    fattybumpkins at yahoo dot com

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  20. I am a GFC Follower (missreneer)

    Renee
    fattybumpkins at yahoo dot com

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  21. One of my shortcuts is to cook meat ahead of time, like; chicken, hamburger or sausage and portion it for meals and freeze it.

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  22. I am a GFC follower. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  23. One of my favorite short cuts is too cook several pounds of ground beef, drain, and cool. Then separate into containers and freeze to use later for tacos, sloppy joes, etc.

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  24. My favorite short cut is to make cookies with just a cake mix, one egg, and one stick of butter (any kind of add-ins optional). Make into 3 huge cookies on pizza pans and bake. They make great gifts. Or just make into regular cookies.

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  25. I also "liked" Eat Cake for Dinner on Facebook.

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  26. My favorite short cut is making casseroles double and freezing one so I can just pull it out the following week when were short on time !

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  27. I like Eat Cake For Dinner on Facebook!!

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  28. I follow Eat Cake For Dinner by email...

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  29. I follow Gooseberry Patch on Facebook...

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  30. One of my shortcuts is to purchase precooked bacon. I hate frying it up or microwaving it because it is so messy. The precooked stuff is handy to slap on a chicken sandwich or a burger and you don't pay for all the fat you will be cooking off anyway.
    Karen in Breezy Point

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  31. I follow Eat Cake for Dinner via email

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  32. The shortcut I use the most is to make 2 of everything. One goes in the freezer for hectic days.

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  33. I follow Gooseberry Patch on Facebook
    Karen in Breezy Point

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  34. My favorite short cut is using dental floss to cut my cinnamon rolls.

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  35. I follow Eat Cake For Dinner on facebook.

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  36. I follow Gooseberry Patch on Facebook.

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  37. my shortcut is keeping things like diced peppers and onions in the fridge

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  38. My favorite shortcut is spraying my measuring cups with nonstick spray before measuring sticky ingredients like molasses, honey, corn syrup, etc. It makes for a much easier clean up and it comes out very easily!

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  39. My favorite shortcut besides cooking what you say is delicious on your blog is to use a ricer to drain cooked spinach. It's fast and easy to do.

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  40. I love your blog! One of my favorite shortcuts is freezing chopped green peppers and onions in the summer. (Out of cousins garden) chedeb5353@hotmail.com

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  41. I follow you on GFC. chedeb5353@hotmail.com

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  42. Liked Gooseberry Patch on FB chedeb5353@hotmail.com

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  43. I love shortcut cinnamon rolls, using crescent rolls for pastry.

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  44. My favorite shortcut is using a small paint brush to frost sugar cookies.

    nicoleg0 at hotmail.com

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  45. I like you on FB chedeb5353@hotmail.com

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  46. My favorite short cut in the kitchen is lining my pans
    with foil. That way after I can throw the foil away and
    just rinse the pan.Yeah!

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  47. I liked eat cake for dinner on facebook. If they had a LOVE IT option I would have picked it!

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  48. I love recipes that use crescent rolls as a shortcut.

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  49. The invention of non-stick foil is fantastic.
    Using it to tent turkey or chicken prevents that good crispy skin from sticking. I have it lining all my cookies sheets for sheet cakes, cookies, fish & chicken strips, frozen potatoes, etc. I even line my loaf pans with it for meatloaf and quick breads. And any recipe that calls for parchement paper...viola...you can use non-stick foil. And to top it off....it protcts pans and makes clean up a breeze.

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  50. My favorite shortcut is the PAM with flour spray for baking, just spray and bake!

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  51. I follow Eat Cake for Dinner via email, facebook, and GFC. sourdal@gmail.com

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  52. My favorite shortcut is to pop popcorn in the microwave using cheap kernels in a paper sandwich bag; then to quickly spray it with butter flavored PAM and salt; tastes just like movie theater popcorn and so delicious, also lo-fat!

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  53. My favorite shortcut is to cut up extras of things and put them in the fridge or freeze them. Like onions, if I need to cut up some onion for a recipe, I cut up the whole onion and put it in the fridge. I also will split out things like tomato paste and freeze them in 1 TB portions. Another favorite is chipolte peppers, they add such flavor to Mexican dishes! Open the can, use one or two and freeze the rest.

    PS...I liked you on Facebook!

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  54. My favorite kitchen shortcut is shredding chicken or pork in my kitchen aid! So easy!!

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  55. I "liked" Eat Cake for Dinner on Facebook! :)

    p.s. I love your blog!!

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  56. Shortcut in the kitchen, huh? I freeze leftover spaghetti sauce in Zip-loc bags and then defrost when I make individual pizzas. Perfect!
    kosec@sbcglobal.net

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  57. This looks delicious.

    Please check out my new blog at:
    http://sharingshmiles.wordpress.com/

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  58. I always try to prepare a double batch of meat (taco meat, chicken breasts) so that I can use it another time during the week for another meal.

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  59. My favorite shortcut is to use cake mix as a base for baking cookies.

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  60. I use frozen veggies all the time to save time and money and a trip to the grocery store.

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  61. My favorite shortcut is adding vinegar to milk for buttermilk instead of running to the store just for buttermilk!

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    1. MY shortcut is to cook up ground beef, drain , cool and freeze to use during the week
      Thanks for a chance at this cookbook

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  62. My favorite shortcut in the kitchen is to make extra pancakes on Saturday morning and freeze the extra ones for an easy and fast breakfast during the week! I take out the frozen pancakes and pop them in the microwave for a few seconds and breakfast si served in a snap
    keshakeke@aol.com

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  63. I follow eat cake for dinner on Facebook

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  64. I like gooseberry patch on Facebook

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  65. I Follow Gooseberry Patch on Twitter
    keshakeke@aol.com

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  66. My favorite short cut in the kitchen is lining my pans with foil before I cook something messy. Then I just rinse the pan out and put it away.

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  67. I'm already a subscriber to your emails.

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  68. I follow Gooseberry patch on facebook and in google reader

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  69. my fav shortcut is cooking up ground beef and freezing to have on hand later.

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  70. I am following your blog on my google reader
    thanks for great short cut recipes

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  71. My favorite (and healthy) shortcut is to use a box of cake mix and a can of pumpkin to make healthy and delicious and QUICK muffins!

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  72. My favorite shortcut is buying wholesale bags of carrots and broccoli, prewashed and cut, ready to steam with a meal. Saves tons of time and makes eating healthy a little easier.

    I follow ECFD via GFC. I also follow Gooseberry on Twitter and FB.

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  73. My favorite shortcut in the kitchen is using canned biscuit dough for dumplings.
    cindyskitchen@yahoo.com

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  74. My microwave has a cook fresh vegetable feature. It is great for sliced fresh squash, broccoli spears, etc. Just a little water in the bowl, cover, and nuke. There is even a beep to remind me to stir.

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  75. I follow Eat Cake For Dinner via GFC.
    cindyskitchen@yahoo.com

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  76. I follow Eat Cake For Dinner on Facebook.
    cindyskitchen@yahoo.com

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  77. I follow Gooseberry Patch on Twitter.
    cindyskitchen@yahoo.com

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  78. I like Gooseberry Patch on Facebook.
    cindyskitchen@yahoo.com

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  79. I comment on Gooseberry Patch's Blog.
    cindyskitchen@yahoo.com

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  80. My favorite short cut is to line my sheet pans with foil or parchment paper so that they are much easier to wash. This strawberry cake sounds yummy!

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  81. I keep menus from the best carryout places in town for those days when no other shortcut will do! I dress up the carryout with nice tablewear and candles.

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  82. My favorite shortcut has to do with salads. I buy bagged lettuce and tomatoes, but go and get a to-go order from Fresh Choice (Salad Bar) with all kinds of salad goodies in it and make a super good salad!
    Digicats {at} Sbcglobal {dot} Net

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  83. I follow Gooseberry Patch on Twitter as MsCarolsueA
    Digicats {at} Sbcglobal {dot} Net

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  84. I like Gooseberry Patch on Facebook (Carolsue Anderson)
    Digicats {at} Sbcglobal {dot} Net

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  85. I like Eat Cake For Dinner on Facebook and follow via GFC (don't want to miss a thing)!
    Blythe
    www.thedesperatecraftwives.blogspot.com

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  86. One of my favorite shortcuts to to mix up a batch of cookies and freeze the cookie dough in balls. When I have unexpected guests or just want fresh home made baked cookies I can just take a couple cookie dough balls out of the freezer and bake. mmmmm and the husband also loves this shortcut!

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  87. My shortcut is definitely to use frozen vegetables. I have so many in my freezer!

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  88. YUM, I'm just here to admire the recipe and invite you to my link party! http://meandmysweets.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/my-sweet-party-chocolate-cake-love.html. Link this up or a have meat-free recipe! Found you via Manic Monday, now following ;)

    -Jessica

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  89. Does using the microwave count as a short-cut? Because that's definitely my favorite thing to use.

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  90. I follow this blog via facebook.

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  91. And I posted a comment on Goosberry's blog

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  92. Honestly, my favorite shortcut is a boxed cake mix! It's so easy and such a great starting point :)

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  93. My favorite kitchen short cut when I don't feel like chopping an onion, is to substitute the canned french-fried onions. :) I love those things.

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  94. My favorite shortcut is to line my baking dishes with foil before baking. Especially with brownies, this way I don't get any of the cooked on mess. And my new favorite shortcut is to roast a chicken on the weekend and shred all the meat to use for mine and my little one's lunches all week!!!

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  95. My favorite shortcut is making 2 of the same dish. I make 2 dinners of the same thing on the same night and freeze the 2nd dinner. Then I can just go to the freezer and pull out dinner for the night. It is very convenient on nights that are schedules are tight.

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  96. I follow Gooseberry Patch on Facebook.

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  97. I also follow you through e-mail

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  98. My favorite shortcut is when in need of buttermilk I use regular milk with 1 T of lemon juice in it. Also instead of cake flour put 1 T of cornstarch in 1 cup of flour.

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  99. My favorite shortcut is to use parchment paper for baking cookies. Not only does it give a nice and even brown on the bottom but you don't have to wash the cookie sheets!
    Also, I use 7UP for making biscuits instead of water which makes them so fluffy and good and I also use a pizza cutter instead of a knife to cut them to bake. It doesn't tear them apart.

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  100. My favorite shortcut is Rotissere chicken ... pot pie, chicken salad, or chicken casserole. All within reach in just a few minutes. Thanks for the giveaway. I appreciate the opportunity.

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  101. My favorite shortcut i have in the kitchen is when I make chicken broccoli alfredo. the secret is to add the frozen broccoli to my noodles when they are boiling...everything gets cooked together. Then i just spoon the creamy chicken sauce over the whole thing and enjoy!!!

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  102. cntrygrlbhavn@gmail.com
    Country Girl Creations
    (Crafts, Crochet, & Paper Play)

    My favorite shortcut in the kitchen is to have little helpers. It a teaching time and cuts my prep time in half, they do the searching for me, I measure and put in cups, my kidlets or grandson pours (dumps) them into the big bowl and we mix, dance, and wiggle ((giggle))! Then I have lots of help cleaning up too!

    Thank you for all of your blogging, and delicious recipes. I have multiple friends that I have following your blog and we all compare desserts, recipes, and well...once again giggles.

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  103. I love frozen or canned buscuits, saves alot of time. Greatest shortcut ever.

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  104. My favorite shortcut is to cook up chicken ahead of time....then freeze in packages for dinner recipes....chicken tacos, chicken casserole...etc.

    Works for me :)

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  105. My favorite shortcut in the kitchen is to make my husband cook! ;)

    Another one of my favorites is using canned chicken for enchiladas. :)

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  106. I like Goosberry Patch on Facebook.

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