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I never used to call them cabbage rolls, growing up, my mom always called them pigs in a blanket.
So once i got married i decided to share one of my favorite winter meals.  My hubby was so excited when he heard what I was making for dinner…..
And he was just as disappointed when what i served was not little sausages wrapped in pancakes.  Lol

1 head of cabbage boiled until flexible.
2-3 cloves of garlic minced
1 onion minced
1/4 cup of parmesan cheese
1lb ground pork (i used pork sausage this time)
1 lb ground beef
Grated cheese
Roasted tomatoes,  a can of sauce or left over Spaghetti sauce.                                       Grated cheese.


Boil cabbage, core and separate leaves
Set aside
In a bowl mix spices (oregano, basil, salt, pepper, fennel, crushed red pepper), Parmesan cheese, and meats together.
In the old days we would add rice to stretch
Mix well
Pull out a couple of baking dishes.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Spoon meat into cabbage leave and roll tight.  Place roll in pan.
Fill pan, top with sauce or roasted tomatoes and sprinkle lightly with cheese.
Bake for 1.5 to 2 hours and test a small roll


Often served with mashed potatoes or mashed cauliflower.


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2015, what a year!

I have decided to stop labeling them as good or bad. No matter what, each year will be filled with good and bad, happy and sad, anger and relief. What you focus on, determines how you feel about this particular passage of time and how you will remember it.

2015 held a lot of losses; People and animals passing away, friendships broken, and plenty of tears cried.
On the same note, it also held a lot of joy; my brother’s sobriety, my son’s graduation,my niece’s marriage, and the births of TWO grand nephews!

I have a lot to be grateful for in 2015 and that is what I choose to focus on. I love you all, and I wish a bright and positive 2016.

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Happy Birthday Dad,
I know that where you are, you are enjoying a good hot cup of coffee without interruption, eating a piece of rhubarb pie and your ankle no longer hurts.

It’s not about regrets or things left unsaid. It’s not about needs not being met, it’s just that, selfishly, I miss your laughter, your advice and being able to hear your voice.

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A friend called me over (oh so many years ago) and for some reason I was feeling nostalgic and had to go find it.

She said it reminded her of me… 😉 (fits of laughter)

Remember that Deb?

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Songs for Grandma

King of the Road

Shine on Harvest Moon

Show me the way to go home

Mack the Knife

Hit the road Jack

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So for some reason this weekend I have been missing my grandmother. Not that I really need a reason to miss her, but it came on suddenly and with extreme force. To counter this feeling I picked up Genoa salami (sliced thin of course), Provolone cheese and some italian bread. IF it wasn’t so hot I”d have made creasha (Foccacia) I find that embracing the things she liked or did, eases my pain. Like she’s there with me cutting an apple into slices for the grandchildren, or at the door while I water the tomatoes, etc. It makes the loss that much bearable.

So I make myself a sandwich and suddenly I am surrounded by dogs. THey are all sitting pretty, dancing in circles and otherwise performing for me. Now don’t get me wrong, my dogs do have a tendency to beg for tidbits – but NOT like this.
I Look up and see the bag of pup-peroni above me and start to laugh.
The smell of the salami must be similar to their dog treats.. LOL Poor things were wondering why I was eating their treats.

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I’ve gotten quite addicted to the game of Batheo. It reminds me of my Genghis Khan/Romance of the three kingdom days playing along side my best friends.
You build up troops, equip them, go to war with other factions, Levy taxes, enhance skills and more. The whole family is playing and its been fun.

I miss those all nighters trying to take over the world. It was great seeing the different strategies from the different players. I’m going to have to see about getting those games up and running again.

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