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Putting things up, for the future.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

I and my mom, have been making a greater effort than in the past, to put up foods for future use.
All summer we froze foods from our garden, and all fall we have been canning and baking things to store up. All month, we were busy making pickles, preserved fruits, preserved vegetables, and jams. We have our cupboards filled with all sorts of preserves.

Today we got busy, and made a huge batch of cabbage rolls. We love cabbage rolls, and we will be happy to take these out from our deep freezer, and enjoy them for our meals. It will be especially nice, to pull out a pan of them, when we are too tired to make something from scratch for our meal.

Mom has been perfecting this recipe for years. Because of all that making them involves, we always make a huge batch so we can freeze some.

Mom's Cabbage Rolls:


1 pound ground beef
1 pound ground pork
2/3 pound sliced bacon, diced and fried
2 large onions, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 cups dry rice
1+1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
2 large heads cabbage (boiled. and leaves separated)


2 cans tomato soup
2 cans water
1/3 pound sliced bacon, diced and fried
1 large onion, diced and fried
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tablespoon brown sugar
2 tablespoons vinegar
1/4 teaspoon pepper
pinch salt


1) Cook the rice till about 2/3 of the way cooked. Put aside to cool. Fry the bacon and onions in a bit of oil until transparent, and set aside. Mix the ground meats together, and add the cooled rice, bacon, onion, salt, pepper, and garlic. Mix it all together well, and set aside.

2) Mix all the ingredients together for the sauce, and set aside.

3) Remove the cores from the cabbage, and set them aside. Boil water to cook the cabbage in. Place a good tablespoon of salt in the water. Once the water is boiling, carefully lower the cabbage into the water. Boil the cabbage for about 15 minutes, and then remove the cabbage from the water, and start removing the leaves from the head. When they start getting difficult to remove, return the cabbage to the water, and continue to boil. Repeat, until all the leaves are removed. As you remove them, place the leaves into a cool water bath, to await rolling.

4) Take a cabbage leaf and carefully trim the thick stem part. Place a good sized spoon-full of the meat mixture on the thicker part of the leaf, and begin to roll the leaf. After the first turn, fold the sides in to help hold things together, and continue to roll the leaf. Place the roll into a prepared roaster. (a bit of sauce is placed on the bottom, to help keep things from sticking.)

5) Repeat making rolls with the remainder of the cabbage and filling, to make a layer. Pour a bit of sauce over the layer of rolls. Keep making layers of rolls until your casserole or roaster is filled, or until all your filling is used up, pouring sauce over each layer. For the top, place any unused cabbage leaves to cover the rolls and protect them from scorching, and pour over any remaining sauce.

6) Bake at a low temperature (around 325'F) for around 4 hours, or until nicely done.
These can then be portioned into meal size containers, and frozen for future use.

7) Dig in, and enjoy!
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I am editing this to add these photos of the finished cabbage rolls.

They turned out fantastic! emoticon

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TESTYCATLADYP 10/22/2014 6:28PM

    Mom got to the cabbage rolls before I could get a good photo of the finished product. I tried to straiten them out a bit, to give an idea of how they looked. LOL emoticon

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GEMINI-SKY 10/22/2014 5:38PM

    When's Dinner ???
Looking Good !!!

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MARTYLYNN1 10/22/2014 5:08PM

    They look great!

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DEBBIEANNE1124 10/22/2014 4:02PM

    Yummers! I'm on my way!

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A nice evening out, to help the critters.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Well, last night we attended the fundraiser for Second Chance Pet Network. It was their Spay-ghetti and no balls dinner, and silent auction. It was a fun event, and looks to have made the group a good chunk of cash to help them with their charity work.
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Here are some photos that I took at the event.

My Mom and my friend Natalie.

One of the friendly servers.

Some of the hungry crowd.

Friendly greeters at the door.

Some of the stuff on auction.

More auctioned stuff.

and more stuff...

All in all, it was an enjoyable event. emoticon

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TESTYCATLADYP 10/19/2014 3:32PM

    We had fun with it. I hope the organization has more events like it, in the future. It is nice to be able to be involved in an affordable activity to help charities, that is family friendly.

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SHARJOPAUL 10/19/2014 10:18AM

I like their humor in what they named the dinner.

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Excellent Linda emoticon

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DEBBIEANNE1124 10/18/2014 2:09PM

    It looks like a fun event.

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WORKOUTWITHPAM 10/18/2014 1:54PM

    Great Fundraiser. I am glad that it was successful. We need to have something like that in our community.

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Busy with my favourite charity.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Well... tis the time of year, that I usually get involved with helping my favourite charities. This year, my all time favourite charity, Second Chance Pet Network (a local no kill animal shelter) is hosting a spaghetti and no balls fundraising dinner and silent auction. Mom and I are donating a basket with a few of the canned preserves that we made in it. I made some jam swirl coffee cakes for the desert table at the dinner. Mom is making some chocolate crinkle cookies for the desert table as well. I am praying that the group is able to raise a good amount of money for the critters, through this event. Here are a few photos of what is being donated.

Basket of goodies:

Jam Swirl Coffee Cakes:

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PATRICIA441 10/16/2014 5:22PM

  Great Job helping out our furry friends! All looks yummy too! Way To Go!

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Linda, what a fantastic response for such a worthy cause!!

I'd say anyone getting any one of these little bundles would be very happy people indeed

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BEFIT014 10/15/2014 7:30PM

    emoticon The name is ADORABLE!! And it's a great charity. I volunteer at our City Animal Shelter. Very sad there!

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GEMINI-SKY 10/15/2014 4:29PM

    Hi Linda...What a Great Charity and I love the name of the Event !!!
It's so great that you and your mom are getting involved...
Thanks for emailing me the link to your blog...
You Make Me Smile !!!
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Spending Time At A Local Event.

Monday, September 01, 2014

For many years, I did not participate or attend local events. Mostly, while I was a kid, it was because we did not have the money for admission. Also, my dad often scoffed at the events that were available in our area, calling them low brow or redneck entertainment. He came from Europe, and had a rather higher idea of what was acceptable as entertainment.

Later on... since I never went in my youth, I never developed the desire to attend such events as a young adult. It wasn't until later in my adult life... after moving and spending almost 10 years away from Dryden, that I developed the desire to spread my wings and attend local events. I credit my neighbor for that. She helped me get out of my insecure shell, and try new things.

These days, it is almost difficult to keep me indoors. The only thing that seems to do that these days, is seriously ill health, and extremely bad or cold weather... and even then, I will often sneak outside for short times. LOL

Recently, I attended a local event in Dryden. Last week our town hosted its annual fall fair. Here are some pictures from the event. I had an incredibly good time at it, and am glad that I attended it.

My Mom and friend Natalie, goofing off in the main building at the fall fair.

Some of the birds that were on display at the fall fair.

Some of the cows and horsies that were shown. emoticon

Animals at the petting zoo. emoticon

Friendly animals on display. emoticon

Yummy food at the fall fair. emoticon

Some of the competition entries, in the main building at the fall fair. emoticon

Some of the booths at the fall fair, with information or stuff for sale. emoticon

Out and about, on the fair grounds. emoticon

Entertainment at the fall fair. emoticon

Family and friends at the fall fair. emoticon

All in all, I had a lot of fun, and had an enjoyable and busy day at the fall fair. Hopefully, I will be able to enjoy many more to come.
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JUDITH316 10/2/2014 9:11PM

    Oh my, you have brought back a host of emoticon childhood memories, it has been years since I visited Dryden, Ontario, I almost forgot the name, as a young girl my grandparents often took me to Dryden, it wasn't a quick trip as we lived south of Toronto...I didn't realize you lived in the area. emoticon for sharing these photo's, yes great memories have been stirred up... emoticon

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POLSKARENIA 9/1/2014 12:41PM

    Looks like a great day out. I like to do the same over here in the UK and also from our house in France...

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GARDENCHRIS 9/1/2014 10:02AM

    i like to go to State Fairs.... it is where the real people are who made this country great are.

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Economical Gardening Ideas And Fixes.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

I like gardening. I like doing as much as I can, to garden using organic methods.
Here are some useful links to help with your own garden.

How top make your own seed tape.

Blight- How to Spot it & Cure it.

How to Control Powdery Mildew.

Companion plants for tomatoes. These are the best plants to grow next to tomatoes.

Good things for the garden: Composting 101.

What plants grow well together.

Growing your garden in containers.

My favourite part of gardening, is planing how I shall plant my garden, and what I shall put in it, at the beginning of the year. It brings me many hours of enjoyment and relaxation, and once the vegetables and fruits are harvested, you have wonderful healthy food to supplement your meals with.

My garden also provides me with a nice place to relax in.

I love how my garden helps me mentally and physically.

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RHONDAWI 7/27/2014 10:11PM

  It looks great!! I love seeing other peoples gardens!! you made my day!!

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I love to spend time in the garden. It's good for the soul and the body. Your garden looks full of love

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LITTLEWIND53 7/26/2014 4:37PM

    All your hard work certainly pays off. Looks like a lovely oasis to ralax in....

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