Monday, October 6, 2008

12 week countdown!

I made it through September! We had out of town guests nearly every weekend, just when I was feeling like it was time to pull our lives back together with our homeschool and our budget. I love having guests, really I do, so I don't intend for what I have said to be taken as a complaint. It's not! But with the Fall season comes a renewing in our home. It is a time to turn our hearts home and focus on family and the upcoming holidays. With my sights set on the Thanksgiving and Christmas season, everything within me is screaming "Get a PLAN!" For me that means lists: lists for gifts, lists for groceries, lists for what needs to be done during which week. The countdown begins! Twelve weeks until Christmas! One of my favorite planning websites is www.organizedhome.com , with its free printables galore! Do you have a favorite holiday planning website? If so, leave a comment!

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

What's on the menu?

A group of fellow homeschoolers was discussing menu ideas this afternoon, and I thought of something that I hadn't made in quite some time. Here's my recipe:

Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

1 beaten egg
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup finely chopped onion
1 tsp. Worcestershire Sauce
3/4 tsp. salt
dash of pepper
1 pound of ground beef (or 1/2 lb ground pork and 1/2 pound ground beef)
3/4 cup cooked rice
6 large or 12 medium cabbage leaves
1 can of tomato soup
1 T. brown sugar
1 T. lemon juice

In a bowl, combine egg, milk , W-sauce, onion, salt and pepper. Mix well. Add meat and cooked rice. Mix well.

Remove center vein of cabbage leaves, keeping each leaf in one piece. Immerse leaves in boiling water for about three minutes or until limp. Drain. Place 1/2 cup of meat mixture on each large leaf or 1/4 meat mixture on each medium leaf. Fold in sides. Starting at unfolded edge, roll up each leaf, making sure that folded edges are included in the roll. Arrange in a 12X7X2 baking dish. Stir together the tomato soup, brown sugar and lemon juice. Pour sauce mixture over cabbage rolls. Bake, uncovered, in a 350 degree oven for 1 1/4 hours, basting once or twice with sauce. Makes 6 servings.