My Sweet Marie

Archive for April 2011

This is definitely one of those dishes that you make a big batch and freeze some! I use freezer zip bags and bag them in 4’s as that’s all we need for one supper! I freeze them without the tomato sauce but it can be done either way! Good luck, what will be your twist to this recipe?

Ingredients

  • 24 leaves cabbage
  • 1 cup cooked white rice
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 minced onion
  • 2 pounds extra-lean ground beef ( or half pork, lamb or turkey)
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground black pepper
  • 2 (8 ounce) cans tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 can of tomato soup not diluted (or small can tomato juice if the soup has wheat in it, just omit if it does)
  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Boil cabbage leaves 2 minutes; drain. Peeling them gently, one at a time.
  2. In large bowl, combine 1 cup cooked rice, eggs, onion, ground beef, salt, and pepper. Place about 1/4 cup of meat mixture in center of each cabbage leaf, and roll up, tucking in ends. Place rolls in slow cooker or roasting pan.
  3. In a small bowl, mix together tomato sauce, brown sugar and soup. Pour over cabbage rolls.
  4. Cover, and cook on Low 8 to 9 hours in crock pot or at 350 for 2-3 hours till cabbage is tender and meat cooked through.

My girlfriend Paulette makes a great pulled pork! Paulette is not one for spending a whole lot of time in the kitchen so I asked her to share her secret, are you ready? It’s root beer! It’s great for pot-lucks because once the roast is cooked, the rest is easy!

Here’s what you need:

  • Pork roast butt approx. 3 lbs or so
  • onion chopped
  • celery,one rib chopped
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic
  • salt and pepper
  • root beer 1-2 cans depending on size of roast, one for 3 lbs
  • bbq sauce

Directions:

  1. Place your roast in a large roasting pan with the onions,garlic and celery. Season the roast
  2. Roast till well done at 350 degrees. Depending on size, should be 2-3 hours.
  3. Once cooked, using two forks, shred the meat and place in crock pot with a bottle of your favourite bbq sauce.
  4. leave on low for 4-6 hours or high for 2-3 hours depending on your function!
  5. Serve on any type or size of bun you like.

This is an easy recipe that you can throw together in the morning and come home to a great smelling kitchen!

You’ll need:

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 (3 pound) whole chicken
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 lemons
  • 1 onion, coarsely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 1 teaspoon crushed garlic or 2-3 cloves of garlic

Directions

  1. Rub the chicken with olive oil.
  2. Chop one of the lemons into chunks and place into a slow cooker along with the onion, thyme, white wine and garlic. Cut the remaining lemon into quarters and stuff into the cavity of the chicken. Place the chicken into the slow cooker breast side down on top of the onion and lemon mixture. Cover and cook on Low for 6 hours, or for 3 hours on High. Chicken is done when the legs move easily in their sockets and the internal temperature of the breast has reached 160 degrees F (70 degrees C).

Enjoy!

This morning I was up bright and early to catch the pre-wedding shows! Yes, I needed to be  a part of it all, I sat with my english breakfast tea and my homemade scones(check the recipes area for my easy recipe!) and caught as much as possible from my family room! I felt like I was there and likely had a better view than most people there! They never did say how many were there but there were a lot of guesses, most said it was likely in the hundreds of thousands! That’s a lot of people, not to mention the millions watching world-wide! I PVR’d the tv to start at 3am and when I got up I just forwarded through the commercials and some of the chit-chat. I really don’t get into all that fashion talk!

I thought the bride looked smashing! She was elegant, understated, feminine, pretty and simply a natural beauty! I didn’t notice a pile of make-up, some brides make that mistake, they wear very little make-up in real life then on the biggest day of their life they pile it on!!Why??? I digress, Kate did not do this, she wore very little make-up or at least very natural colors and looked just simply beautiful!

The men looked dashing in their uniforms didn’t they? I love to see a man in uniform and there were several there at the wedding in their uniforms, how nice. The Queen herself looked grand in her yellow gown and hat. One might say she looked like the Queen bee! Oh I crack myself up! I heard someone say they were hoping that Prince Philip might make one of his cracks, I guess he often makes goofy retorts and they were hoping for one! But alas they did not get it! Did you know the odds makers were setting odds 10-1 that he’d fall asleep in the service! How awful, well nobody made money on that one, he managed to stay awake! The Queen probably gave him no-dos!

I loved the wedding party, how cute were those kids? The little girls with their mini brides dresses and the boys in their soldier suits, how cute was that? I loved it! I loved that there was one bridesmaid, her sister Pica and one groomsmen, Prince Harry, who by the way, looked like he was ready to party! I hear there’s an all night bash he’s holding tonight for 300 of their closest friends! It’s to go till 6am!

I also think that it is amazing that Will and Kate have asked people to not bring gifts but to make a donation to one of their 25 favourite charities! Did you know the Canadian Coast guard is one of them? Yes, Canada is making a $50,000 donation to them in their name! I don’t know what the other royal couples did in the past, I don’t remember it being discussed but I do like this idea very much, good for you Kate and William!

Now that they are married, Prince William and Catherine Middleton will be called The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Imagine the feeling her parents feel right now? Her father was an air traffic controller and her mother a stewardess and their daughter just became a princess! I’m sure in their eyes, she was always a princess, having two daughters, I can relate to that, our daughters will always be our princesses. And now we have two grand-daughters who are our little princesses!

I sure would love to hear your stories and how you celebrated the nuptials of Kate and William. Please comment and share with us all!

My sweetest regards,

Sweet Marie

This is a family favourite and so easy! I like to use roma tomatoes in the winter but in the summer, local tomatoes work really well!! In our house we like to have our bruschetta cold and the bread warm! We don’ t put cheese on it but that’s your call. If you do, I recommend a mix of real parmesan and mozza.

You need:

Ingredients

  • 10 slices Italian bread
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 4 vine-ripened tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh basil
  • 1/2 red onion minced
  • 2-3 garlic cloves

Directions

  1. Mix the tomatoes,onions, basil and oil together. let sit for 15 minutes or so.
  2. Cut an italian or french bread into servings. brush with olive oil and rub with a garlic clove.
  3. Toast the bread under the broiler till golden. Watch carefully.
  4. top with the tomato mix or serve separately and let people top their own! I find some people like a little, soma a lot!!

I cannot be the only one baking scones for tomorrow’s breakfast! Here’s a simple recipe for you, now go get baking!!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup of butter or margerine
  • 1/2 cup raisins (or dried currants)
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 large egg
 

Directions

  1. Adjust oven rack to lower-middle position and preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix flour, 1/3 cup sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add butter into flour mixture ; use your fingers to work in butter (mixture should resemble coarse meal), then stir in raisins.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk sour cream and egg until smooth.
  4. Using a fork, stir sour cream mixture into flour mixture until large dough clumps form. Use your hands to press the dough against the bowl into a ball. (The dough will be sticky in places, and there may not seem to be enough liquid at first, but as you press, the dough will come together.)
  5. Place on a lightly floured surface and pat into a 7- to 8-inch circle about 3/4-inch thick. Sprinkle with remaining 1 tsp. of sugar. Use a sharp knife to cut into 8 triangles; place on a cookie sheet (preferably lined with parchment paper), about 1 inch apart. Bake until golden, about 15 to 17 minutes. Cool for 5 minutes and serve warm or at room temperature.

Enjoy while watching the royal wedding!

I know I go on a lot about the grand-kids, and who can blame me, they are adorable! Most days I get giggles and smiles all day long, today I got puke and diarrhea! Oh Lord, it was a long day! Today was not my regular day to have the kids, Heidi and Blake, but I got the frantic all at 7:45, Melissa asking for help and Blake gagging in the background! She was in the driveway of her regular day care when Blake started to vomit, he’s only 17 months and you get no warning, he just starts to toss his cookies!! Oh my! I told her to bring them over, I’d take care of them. I jumped in the shower and made the fastest bowl of oatmeal ever as I knew I had 20 minutes and I made to most of those 20 minutes!

When Melissa arrived, she looked worn out and her day had not yet started! On the way over, Heidi had also thrown up and Blake did again as well. Heidi had a bag and for the most part, she got most of it in the bag. I got Heidi in the house, Melissa brought in Blake. I started the bath and that’s where my day started! While I was bathing them, Melissa tried to get the car seats clean and all their clothes in the wash! Oh My!!

Is it just me or do a lot of people have the flu lately? I have spoken to sooo many people who’ve had the flu. Poor Heidi has been sick since Sunday night. Blake only started today so I don’t know what’s in store for him. I just pray they are better soon as I don’t like to see any kids down like this.

I was to go visit Holly girl today but obviously that got put off and I won’t go tomorrow as I don’t want to bring any germs, in case I am carrying them! My visit with Holly will just have to wait till next week. We have planned a belated party for Heidi for Tuesday, I hope we are all in good health and can do that on Tuesday! Poor girl was sick on her birthday! That is just not fair!

Well, I won’t bore you with anymore details of my grand-kids’ sickness but I will say, wash your hands and if you’re shopping, wipe off the grocery cart handle! I’m just saying…be careful out there!

Sincerest regards,

Sweet Marie