Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Today Is National Toasted Marshmallow Day

Yesterday I thought it was Toasted Marshmallow Day~ but I was wrong. It is today. I sent a text to My Brian and asked him to stop and get some on his way home from work last night so we could toast them over a fire by the pond. And guess what? ~He did. I really did not think he would! Now that is love. I just love a reason to celebrate~ ask my family. Last night we sat by the pond and enjoyed toasting marshmallows. With Summer almost over it is a perfect time for some old fashioned marshmallow toasting.

The history of marshmallows goes back to ancient Egypt. The Pharaohs would squeeze the mallow plants and eat the sweet extract that came out of the plant. Later in the 19th century marshmallows evolved to be the delicious treats we know and love today.

Gooey and sugary, marshmallows are just a good way to end summer. So today grab a bag and head outside to toast  marshmallows and celebrate! Summer won't be here much longer!

Psalm 34:8

King James Version (KJV)

 8O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.

I like toasted marshmallows in my hot chocolate~ what is your favorite way to eat marshmallows?

And while we are being all sugary why not spread some sweet ~sugary ~ kind words to those we meet today.

"Kind words do not cost much. They never blister the tongue or lips. Though they do not cost much, the accomplish much. They make other people good-natured. They also produce their own image in 
other men's souls, and a beautiful image it is." - Blaise Pascal

Proverbs 15:23

A man hath joy by the answer of his mouth: and a word spoken in due season, how good is it!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Need A Little Dose Of Autumn?

*Turn off my music play list at the bottom before playing~

Just watch this and see if it doesn't put you in the baking and nesting mood. I love all the seasons ~ I just could never tell you one of them was my favorite. But right now I am excited to see Fall. The temperatures are cool today which like you all~ I am so ready for. This cool ~ Autumn looking morning has me in the baking mood. SO I am off to light my Autumn Magic candle and see what I can bake up this morning. 

The three little kittens are all doing well. They appear to be living in our Pole Barn. They did not come to eat yesterday so I was worried but they all came to eat breakfast this morning. They let me pet them a little. I was so glad to see them safe and sound after they seemed to have disappeared for a day. They are spooked easily and are wild for sure.

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” Psalm 46:1 

These little birds are outside my closet window. They are friendly little guys who are not bothered by me at all. They look right at me through the window. They sing to me~ I have so enjoyed watching them. Do you know what they are?

I am off to bake~ have a wonderful morning?

What is your favorite thing about Fall?

Friday, August 5, 2011

Cabbage Rolls~ Stuffed Peppers

  • 12 cabbage leaves
  • Filling:
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 3/4 cup cooked rice
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • Sauce:
  • 1 cans (8 ounces ) tomato sauce
  • 1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch mixed with 1/4 cup cold water

Preparation: Drop cabbage leaves into boiling salted water; cover and cook for 3 minutes. Drain well. For filling, combine ground beef, rice, onion, egg, and salt, pepper, and milk. Mix well and divide into 12 portions. Place a portion into the center of each cabbage leaf. Roll leaf around filling; fasten with toothpick. Place in a baking dish. For sauce, combine tomato sauce, tomatoes, sugar, vinegar, and 1/2 cup of water and pour over cabbage rolls. Bake covered in a preheated 350° oven 40 to 45 minutes. Remove rolls and discard toothpicks. Place pan with juices over medium heat or transfer the juices to a saucepan and place over heat; stir cornstarch and water mixture into the sauce; bring to a boil and cook until thickened. Recipe for cabbage rolls serves 6.

*I made up 10 pounds of hamburger and stuffed my cabbage and placed them in freezer bags so I could use up my cabbage.

* I also made this same recipe and stuffed peppers and placed them in the freezer.

My favorite recipe books~



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