Blueberry Syrup, a Giveaway and a winner!

by Melanie on April 27, 2011

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Delicious Blueberry Syrup from Gathering of Friends Volume 3…recipe below:)

First of all, I wanted to tell our Utah readers that we will be sharing a recipe on KUTV channel 2 Fresh Living show at noon on Wednesday! We are excited and a little nervous! I am so happy to be going to Utah this week for BYU Women’s Conference and to visit my family and friends! I can’t wait:) I have been so busy getting my family all set to be Mom-less for a few days. I tell you it is a lot of work to leave 5 boys:)

Now for the winner of last weeks giveaway of volume #2 is…

“Steve O” who said…

“I love making dinner for my family. It has always been a way that I express my love for them. But, with three little ones and another one on the way I am always on the hunt for ways to make it easier for me and more memorable for us all.
Thank so much for your blog. I use it often and it alone makes my life easier!!”

Steve-o please email me at [email protected] so I can get your new cookbook mailed to you!
This is the final week of ‘The Gathering Friends’ Cookbook giveaways and I am excited to announce that for the ‘grand finale’ we are offering the full set—all 3 of the beautiful cookbooks to one of our readers!

To enter just leave us a comment on this post. For additional entries 1) Become a Sisters Cafe follower 2) Blog, tweet or facebook about this giveaway and leave us the link in the comments.

Also this is the last week of the Gatorade Sports Mom giveaway at Melandboys. Be sure to enter here for a chance to win $100 to Dicks Sporting Goods!

And I posted some of my favorite books here and would love to hear what your favorites are–I am on the lookout for some good summer reads!

**Don’t forget the Buy 3 get one free deal going on now at The Gathering of Friends website. Perfect for the upcoming Mothers Day, wedding gifts, birthdays etc. Trust me any woman would love these gorgeous books. Even if they don’t love to cook these books just look beautiful as part of a home’s decor:)

Now for the delicious Bleuberry Syrup pictured above. Mmmm this was so yummy! The only note for this recipe that I would add is…you could adjust the sugar depending upon how sweet or tart your blueberries are. I used some wild blueberries that were very sweet and I think I should have cut down the sugar a little. Although I have to say my boys loved it sweet! We served it on homemade waffles with whipped cream and strawberries. Oh yeah!!

Blueberry Syrup

submitted by Melanie from The Gathering of Friends

2 cups sugar

4 Tbsp corn starch

2 cups water

2 cups fresh blueberries

2 Tbsp butter

In a heavy pot, combine sugar, corn starch and water. Cook about 5 minutes or until thickened. Stir in blueberries. Simmer for 10 minutes or until blueberries burst. Add the butter and stir until melted. Serve warm. Keeps in the refrigerator for up to 30 days!

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1 Angie-Bigbearswife April 27, 2011 at 11:08 am

the Blueberry Syrup looks wonderful! thanks for the recipe!


2 Marcie April 27, 2011 at 11:22 am

I’d love to win a cookbook! Love your site and recipes. And Brittany! lol :)


3 Brooke Hill April 27, 2011 at 11:45 am

Love the blog, I would love to have these books!


4 Brooke Hill April 27, 2011 at 11:46 am

I follow your blog


5 Andria April 27, 2011 at 12:35 pm

This syrup looks wonderful! I love your site because it helps me get out of the cooking rut where I make the same things over and over.


6 ashley harper April 27, 2011 at 12:41 pm

pick me! Love this blog, love cooking.


7 Tammy April 27, 2011 at 12:42 pm

Mmm! This looks so yummy. I want to win the cookbooks! I’m already a follower. :)


8 Lesa Pollock April 27, 2011 at 1:18 pm

I just watched you on fresh living! I immediately went right to your blog and I can’t wait to try your recipes. Thanks for sharing!!


9 Lesa Pollock April 27, 2011 at 1:20 pm

I’m now a follower!


10 Jenifer T. April 27, 2011 at 1:29 pm

Love using the recipes off your blog. The recipe books look fantastic!


11 Sharon M. April 27, 2011 at 1:58 pm

I really enjoyed seeing you on KUTV today, and we will be trying the enchiladas in a couple of days. My family loves all of the recipes that we have fixed so far. I would love to win the cook books because I am always looking for ideas for our Relief Society meetings and for our family dinners. We need something to spark our imagination! Thanks for all of your great ideas.


12 Sarah Sherman April 27, 2011 at 2:46 pm

you guys are the best!!! thanks for the opportunity!!


13 Sarah Sherman April 27, 2011 at 2:47 pm

i am a follower of your blog!


14 Carolyn April 27, 2011 at 4:33 pm

I come to your blog often for new recipes to try. I’d love to try some from this cookbook too.
Thanks for the giveaway!


15 Deborah Rosen April 27, 2011 at 4:36 pm

Finishing the syrup with butter is a masterful move! Thanks for the chance to win these cookbooks.


16 Deborah Rosen April 27, 2011 at 4:38 pm

I followed your blog with Google Friend Connect (Deborah).


17 Alicia April 27, 2011 at 4:54 pm

My family LOVES, LOVES, LOVES your honey-lime enchiladas. Big time.

As for the blueberry syrup, I’m excited to try this recipe. I’ve been to 2 stores in the last few weeks looking for “flavored” (non-maple) syrups, and they don’t carry them here. Strange, huh? Anyway, this is on my must-make list.

I would love this set of books. I’m in a recipe group with friends, and I would love to share the books at our monthly “tastings”. We have a great time sharing recipes and ideas to bring our families and friends together over food. You could join us at our next group if I win! :)


18 ALee Blake April 28, 2011 at 9:02 am

How do you organize your recipe group, is there a format that you have for your tastings?


19 aeroflot April 27, 2011 at 6:09 pm

I’ve followed your blog for sometime and enjoy the new recipes. Thanks for the new ideas and the giveaway!


20 Ann C April 27, 2011 at 6:20 pm

YUM! We love blueberry anything! Thanks!


21 Sarah April 27, 2011 at 8:22 pm

I would love these amazing books!


22 heidi myers April 27, 2011 at 8:32 pm

I would love to win this, I desperately need new recipes in my life


23 heidi myers April 27, 2011 at 8:32 pm

I am already a follower


24 Amber Burt April 27, 2011 at 11:10 pm

I have loved your blog, and will continue to keep up with your website. I love the cupcakes that you featured today, they are yummy!!! I would love these cookbooks!


25 ALee Blake April 28, 2011 at 1:03 am

I absolutely loved seeing you on fresh living today. I have never heard of you ladies before and I think you are all so beautiful, elegant, and everything I want to be. I can’t wait to try some of your recipes!


26 ALee Blake April 28, 2011 at 6:39 am
this is my link to posting on facebook


27 Janelle April 28, 2011 at 11:21 am

Would love to win these gorgeous books!!


28 Julie April 28, 2011 at 1:23 pm

Would love a set of the cookbooks! Enjoy reading your site and making the recipes.


29 Jeanette Beadle April 28, 2011 at 1:34 pm

I love all the great recipes on this blog. Thank you for everything you do.


30 Sarah April 28, 2011 at 9:34 pm

I am now a follower : )


31 Mary Lynn M. April 29, 2011 at 8:12 am

I would love to add the cookbooks to my small collection.


32 Amber April 29, 2011 at 8:13 am

Would love to have this cookbook!:)


33 Nancy April 29, 2011 at 10:46 am

What a great Mother’s Day Gift — your cookbooks.
Can’t wait to win!!!!


34 nik April 29, 2011 at 11:05 am

Thank you for the Blueberry Syrup recipe…it will be perfect on my lemon poundcake! Thank you for the giveaway…cheers!


35 Paola April 29, 2011 at 11:20 am

Keeping my fingers crossed for a cookbook!! I L.O.V.E your blog! Your Honey Lime Chicken ENchiladas have saved me numerous times!!


36 Kim Wilson April 29, 2011 at 11:20 am

Just started following your blog. It all looks delicious!


37 kandi April 29, 2011 at 11:58 am

I LOVE your blog and recipes!


38 kandi April 29, 2011 at 11:59 am

i’m a follower


39 sophia April 29, 2011 at 1:40 pm

cook books… i love them. who says i don’t read enough!


40 sophia April 29, 2011 at 1:41 pm

i follow as well!


41 Kristin Wade April 29, 2011 at 1:53 pm

Just found this blog–I love it!


42 Kara April 29, 2011 at 9:20 pm

Oh, how I would love to have these cookbooks!


43 Kara April 29, 2011 at 9:21 pm

Follower on fb :)


44 Amie April 29, 2011 at 10:39 pm

love your recipies. always looking for great ideas to make homemade meals. thanks for all your hard work and great advice.


45 Karen P. Mayo April 30, 2011 at 12:31 am

Ever since I came across your website; I’ve been planning lots of our meals with your recipe. I would really appreciate getting a copy of your wonderful cookbook. Thanks so much!


46 Cindy April 30, 2011 at 7:04 am

I just love your blog. I love the variety of recipes that you girls offer. I’ve used it often, with great results! Thanks!


47 Cindy April 30, 2011 at 7:05 am

I’m also a long time follower


48 Tenille K April 30, 2011 at 7:27 am

I would love a chance to win a cookbook!!


49 Tenille K April 30, 2011 at 7:28 am

I am a follower of your blog. I love all your recipes and can’t wait for you girls to make a cookbook!!


50 Linda April 30, 2011 at 9:01 am

Pick me! ;-) I am a regular follower of your blog and a regular user of many of your recipes…you all make me look great! haha! I would seriously love these cookbooks. Just the title alone brings to mind one of life’s greatest pleasures for me, that of a gathering of good friends and family, good food and good conversation. These books will help me plan my gatherings of friends and family and since I just moved, what better way to get to know my neighbors than inviting a few of them for a lunch or dinner!


51 Sarah Romer April 30, 2011 at 5:32 pm

I would LOVE to win the complete set of cookbooks. Heaven knows I can use all the help cooking and “gathering friends” I can get. :)


52 Sarah Romer April 30, 2011 at 5:33 pm

I follow sisters cafe :)


53 Sarah Romer April 30, 2011 at 5:34 pm

And I facebooked about the giveaway here.


54 Jamie April 30, 2011 at 7:31 pm

I am already a follower and am always sending your link to friends! My family loves the recipes we have tried and they love them even more when they are made by Erin :) Thanks for having such a great site to visit for quick dinner ideas :)


55 Becky May 1, 2011 at 1:36 pm

These cookbooks look awesome!


56 Becky May 1, 2011 at 1:37 pm

I follow Sisters Cafe :)


57 Rachel S. May 1, 2011 at 5:26 pm

Can’t wait to try the blueberry syrup. Thanks for the giveaways!


58 Carol Atkinson May 1, 2011 at 9:21 pm

A friend referred me to your website. What a friend indeed! Thanks for the wonderful recipes. You certainly are a talented family. Your cookbooks would be a welcomed addition to my kitchen and to share with my daughters (who love making new recipes).


59 Mary May 2, 2011 at 2:18 pm

How fun! I’d love to win!


60 Mary May 2, 2011 at 2:19 pm

I’ve been a subscriber for a very long time, but just started “following” today.

Mary J
(same person as comment above)


61 Cindy Mullins May 2, 2011 at 3:10 pm

I made the Tuxado Brownies for Easter and everyone loved them. I have not one, but TWO sons getting married…so you can guess how many showers I will be attending. These cookbooks would make great gifts for my future daughter=in-laws.


62 Jenna Davis May 8, 2011 at 9:43 pm

The kitchen is the heart of our home. We love to make food together and have really put an emphasis on sitting down to eat together. Life goes so fast and we want to take in all the opportunities we can to enjoy every moment (and even to help it slow down a little). I would love some help from good cook books to improve these moments! Love your site and all that you strong women stand for!!


63 Mary Chapman April 26, 2012 at 8:30 pm

4/29/Will be my birthday. I will be 71 years old. WOW! I would love to have your wonderful
cookbooks. God Bless


64 maggie strickland June 13, 2012 at 7:58 pm

hey sisters, i saw this name and saw my dream before my eyes. I have 2 sisters also and we all love to bake . Our dear mom was from Austria so I still BEAT the dough to make her cinnamon rolls! I have 5 boys and 2 girls who are all just about grown now. I wish I had these cookbooks a few years ago but i do have grandchildren coming in for Nana’s Goodies. I am out of ideas and need a fresh start so i will be on your website often. I wish you the best.


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