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2016 Vegetable Garden Totals in Pounds
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Cream Cheese Christmas Sugar Cookies
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Must Have Gifts for the Cat Lady In Your Life
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2016 Christmas Tree & New Ornaments
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Slow Cooker Cabbage Roll Casserole

2016 Vegetable Garden Totals in Pounds

How we grew over 1,100 pounds of vegetables in one Summer! Learn how to grow your own food to last you all year long! Start your own vegetable garden now!

Well 2016 is almost over and it’s been a good year for gardening and growing vegetables. This year we started a new adventure that included building a garden in Upstate New York and then growing our hearts out.  
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Every year we keep a weight chart to track how many pounds of vegetables we grow.    Every harvest weekend we visit the garden, lug pounds of vegetables home in the car and into the apartment and then weigh each vegetable.    It’s a fun way to keep track of what vegetable grew good, or not so great and is a easy way to compare year to year.  

Last year’s totals were: 458 pounds
This year’s totals were (drum roll please): 1147 lb 6 oz

OMG.  That’s over half a ton of vegetables!

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Cream Cheese Christmas Sugar Cookies

CREAM CHEESE Christmas Sugar Cookies! These easy to make holiday cookies are so soft because they’re made with cream cheese! Dip each cookie into vanilla sugar glaze and top with red and white sprinkles! Recipe makes 48 cookies.

I should have made more of these cookies because after taking some to work and keeping some at home, they were all gone pretty quick!  This is a classic sugar cookie recipe, but we’re updating it by adding cream cheese which is going to make the cookies even more soft and delicious.  

CREAM CHEESE Christmas Sugar Cookies! These easy to make holiday cookies are so soft because they're made with cream cheese! Dip each cookie into vanilla sugar glaze and top with red and white sprinkles! Recipe makes 48 cookies.

Cream Cheese Cookies!

Have you ever added cream cheese to your cookies before? If not, your cookie loving brain is going to love it!  The cream cheese makes the cookies soft, moist and so good!    If you’re looking for new Christmas Cookies recipes to try, you need to give this recipe a shot! 

Because I love taking cookies to the next step, I mixed some powdered sugar and milk together to make a light vanilla glaze frosting to dip each cookie in. Finally, add holiday colored sprinkles or chopped up candy canes on top of each cookie and they’re ready to go!   If you’re sharing these with others, make sure to keep a few for yourself because they won’t last!

These Christmas Sugar Cookies are so soft because they are made with cream cheese! Dip each cookie into vanilla glaze and then top with festive sprinkles! Recipe makes 48 cookies.

This recipe makes 48 Cream Cheese Christmas Sugar Cookies, which I think will last you a few days during the holidays, with a few more to spare for Santa!  If you want to be someone’s best friend, make a extra batch for them as a holiday gift.  Trust me, everyone will be asking you for this Christmas Cookies Recipe! 

These Christmas Sugar Cookies are so soft because they are made with cream cheese! Dip each cookie into vanilla glaze and then top with festive sprinkles! Recipe makes 48 cookies.

This will be my final post for the week, so I want to wish you and your family a happy holiday.  I hope you get some time to relax, drink some hot chocolate, listen to the Original Chipmunks Christmas album and eat these Cream Cheese Christmas Sugar Cookies!  See you guys next week!

These Christmas Sugar Cookies are so soft because they are made with cream cheese! Dip each cookie into vanilla glaze and then top with festive sprinkles! Recipe makes 48 cookies.

These Christmas Sugar Cookies are so soft because they are made with cream cheese! Dip each cookie into vanilla glaze and then top with festive sprinkles! Recipe makes 48 cookies.

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Christmas Cream Cheese Sugar Cookies

CREAM CHEESE Christmas Sugar Cookies! These easy to make holiday cookies are so soft because they're made with cream cheese! Dip each cookie into vanilla sugar glaze and top with red and white sprinkles! Recipe makes 48 cookies.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword christmas cookies recipes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 hours
Total Time 10 hours 10 minutes
Servings 48
Calories 116 kcal

Ingredients

For the Cookies

  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup of butter softened
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 1/4 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

For the Frosting

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk

Additional

  • Sprinkles Decorative Sugar, Crushed Candy Canes

Instructions

For the cookies

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl cream together the sugar, butter, cream cheese, egg and vanilla. Add salt, flour and baking powder and continue to mix until combined.
  3. On a nonstick cookie sheet or silicone baking mats, add tablespoons of dough for each cookie. With the back of a spoon gently press down each cookie to slightly flatten.
  4. Bake for 9-11 minutes.
  5. Let cool before frosting.

For the frosting

  1. Mix powdered sugar and milk together in bowl with a spoon.
  2. Once cookies are cool, dip each one into the glaze. Add additional sprinkles or chopped up candy canes on top.

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Recipe Notes

Makes 48 cookies.
NOTE: If you are using cookie cutters, you must chill this dough overnight before rolling it out and baking it.

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Must Have Gifts for the Cat Lady In Your Life

Must Have Gift Ideas under $20 for the Cat Lady In Your Life! Bonus – all the gifts are available on Amazon Prime!

We all know the lady, that one who loves cats.  She’s the one who shows you cat photos on her phone.  She’s the one who tells you the cutest cat stories.  She’s the one who wears beautiful dresses with cat prints on them.  She’s the one who bakes cookies that cat faces on it.  She’s the one who can be found in a empty bedroom on the ground during a party trying to lure a cat out from under the bed.   Ok, that cat lady is me.  Is it you too?

(me and my best buddy Goblin, making some cat garland)
Must Have Gift Ideas under $20 for the Cat Lady In Your Life! Bonus - all the gifts are available on Amazon Prime!

Because the countdown is on until Christmas I wanted to share with you some of my favorite gift ideas for the cat-loving hostess in your life.

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2016 Christmas Tree & New Ornaments

Well, Christmas is almost here.  Are the cookies baked?  Is the tree decorated? Are the gifts wrapped?  I have at least 1 of those done… the tree is decorated!

2016 Christmas Tree & New Ornaments

Sticking with our tradition we started last year, we bought a live Norway Spruce tree that we will be planting on the land in January to live next to his Brother. The tree is about 3 feet tall, but one day it might grow up to 100 feet! Can you imagine?  Eventually I want the land to be a forest of trees with year plaques on them that we can walk through and tell stories of each holiday.   
2016 Christmas Tree & New Ornaments

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Slow Cooker Cabbage Roll Casserole

EASY, SLOW COOKER Cabbage Roll Casserole! This easy recipe is made in the crockpot and ready in 4 hours! This is a Polish family recipe called Halupkie!

Slow Cooker Cabbage Roll Casserole

Cabbage Rolls were a big deal in my house.  My Mother is Polish, so the recipe was passed down from generation to generation and ended up being one of my favorite meals she would make.  Just like my Stuffed Pepper Casserole, this is another one of Mom’s famous recipes that my family loves!   And even better is that this Slow Cooker Cabbage Roll Casserole only takes 4 hours in the Crockpot! 

Slow Cooker Cabbage Roll Casserole

How to Make Cabbage Rolls in Slow Cooker (Video)

My Mom would add ground beef, rice and tomato sauce into a big piece of cabbage, roll it up, throw it in the fridge overnight to sit and then we would have them for Sunday dinner.  Just the smell of cabbage takes me back to my childhood!

This Cabbage Roll Casserole is a direct spin off my Mother’s Halupkies recipe, but we’re making this in casserole form in the slow cooker instead.

SLOW COOKER Cabbage Roll Casserole! This easy recipe is made in the crockpot and ready in 3 hours! This is a Polish family recipe called Halupkie!

Ingredients for Slow Cooker Cabbage Roll Casserole

  • 1 pound raw ground beef
  • 1 medium size head of cabbage chopped
  • 1 medium sized green pepper chopped
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 1 15 Oz can of diced or stewed tomatoes undrained
  • 2 15 Oz cans of tomato sauce
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon beef bouillon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup uncooked white rice (not instant)

 

SLOW COOKER Cabbage Roll Casserole! This easy recipe is made in the crockpot and ready in 3 hours! This is a Polish family recipe called Halupkie!

How to Make Slow Cooker Cabbage Rolls

All you need to do is add all the ingredients (except the white rice) in the slow cooker and cook on high for 1 hour. Add rice, stir and cook on high for 3 more hours. 

Some people call this recipe “lazy cabbage rolls” but I just call it delicious!  A nice warm bowl of cabbage roll casserole is the perfect dinner for a cold Winter night.  

SLOW COOKER Cabbage Roll Casserole! This easy recipe is made in the crockpot and ready in 3 hours! This is a Polish family recipe called Halupkie!

Enjoy this Slow Cooker Cabbage Roll Casserole!  And if you like it try my Baked Cabbage Roll Casserole!

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SLOW COOKER Cabbage Roll Casserole! This easy recipe is made in the crockpot and ready in 3 hours! This is a Polish family recipe called Halupkie!

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SLOW COOKER Cabbage Roll Casserole! This easy recipe is made in the crockpot and ready in 4 hours! This is a Polish family recipe called Halupkie!  

Slow Cooker Cabbage Roll Casserole

SLOW COOKER Cabbage Roll Casserole! This easy recipe is made in the crockpot and ready in 4 hours! This is a Polish family recipe called Halupkie!

Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Polish
Keyword cabbage roll casserole, polish recipe, slow cooker cabbage rolls
Prep Time 0 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours
Servings 8
Calories 263 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 pound raw ground beef
  • 1 medium size head of cabbage chopped
  • 1 medium sized green pepper chopped
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 1 15 Oz can of diced or stewed tomatoes undrained
  • 2 15 Oz cans of tomato sauce
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon beef bouillon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup uncooked white rice (not instant)

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients except white rice in slow cooker. Stir good to combine. Cook on high for 1 hour. Add rice, stir, and cook on high for 3 more hours. Serve in bowls.

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