Jan 4, 2012

Santa finish! Stuffed cabbage!

Hello!  I've finally removed all the Christmas decorations and have them boxed and bagged, ready to go back into storage.  Well, except for the new teeny light strings that I searched high and low for and can't find.  I'm still trying to find a shipping box for the new 3' tree, but no luck so far.  I quit working on re-charting the sampler because it requires concentration which is difficult with crap everywhere.  I should be able to work on it tomorrow and in the mean time, I'm back to Lucy.

 So today I completed the finishing on BOAF's Red Santa, brother of Green Santa who is mysteriously larger.   ????  The Santas in this series are the same stitch count so what happened here?  Well, I measured from the stitched edge for the seams but didn't realize that the linen stored with these charts and cut to size are not the same.  After measuring, Green is 28 count and Red is 30.  I opened the bottom on Green and ran new seams to size him equivalent to Red.    I used the envelope method on Red and added a small piece of quilt batting between the two front facing pieces.  Machine sewed with the linen side down and flat, the batting lifting the back fabric slightly to create a little excess.  I prefer the stiff and interfaced linen front to appear flatter and thought this might help.  It did, but I added a little too much so next time it will be less.  If I remember.  I so wanted to win a bid on Ebay for Overshot Heart (Carriage House/Barrick) and completely forgot this morning.   Just another instance of my memory being a real problem for me.
Something else I forgot - I'm offering the 1994 magazines for the Bargello Sewing Case and there are 3 issues, not 2.  I didn't remember that!  Where's the third?  Gone.  WHERE???  I found one online and ordered it so there will be three complete issues offered for post 100. 

Today, my posts number 96, but dashboard shows 97, yesterday it was 98.  Does Blogger have no sympathy for menobrains?  As soon as I get the magazine, we'll be close enough.  Here's the inside of the bag. 



And now the stuffed cabbage.  It was outstanding!  Boiling the cabbage heads are the worst part.  You have to core the head, simmer and remove outer leaves as they soften.  Cut down the thick center rib.  The filling is easy easy - roll in the leaves, and bake.  I chop extra cabbage to line the bottom and top of the roaster, pour my mom's recipe for the sauce/juice (tomato soup and tomato juice with water), and bake covered for 4 hours.   Sliced or slab bacon can be added on top but.....I forgot to get it.
 Our local grocery's deli has the cabbage stuffed and rolled, ready for sauce and baking, so I freeze some of the sauce for those.


The cabbage flavored water after boiling had carrots, onion, crushed tomatoes, basil, and Italian sausage added, along with the unused cabbage and extra rice for a great soup.  For dessert, after a week of cookies, I made 2 boxes of sugar free jello and let it set, but not gel.  An 8 oz. Cool Whip Lite beat with 3 - 4 oz. cream cheese was whipped into the Jello and made a very refreshing and light dessert.
My husband's grandmother had a remedy for bland beef or cabbage based soups - a squirt of ketchup.  That's all it takes and it makes such a difference.  I added a squirt (1 Tbsp?) to this one too. 
I'm done.  I'll be posting the Bargello Sewing Case magazines offering as soon as I get the missing issue in hand.  Until then, stay safe, enjoy the first week of 2012, and thank you for visiting!
  

31 comments:

Krista said...

Love your newest Santas! :)

Kaisievic said...

Hi Marly, how nice for Santa to have a big brother.

Hugs Kaye xoxox

Laurie in Iowa said...

I love both your Santas. Congrats on a great finish.

Pam at Antique or Not said...

Your Santas look fab, Marly!

Hugs,
Pam

Gabi said...

Gorgeous Santas. Who cares that the green one is a tad larger. (exept may be the red Santa). Both look fantastic. Congrats on the great finishes.

Shirlee said...

Love your Santas & I'm jonesing for those stuffed cabbage rolls! I never make them because my husband won't eat them but I think I will make a small bit soon. Can I freeze some of the rolls for another time? Blessings, Shirlee

Mouse said...

ohhh didn't notice till you pointed out .. but still... very cute santas :) ... and sorry you missed out on ebay ... and that food looks yummy :) love mouse xxxx

Rowyn said...

Your Santas are gorgeous. The colours really pop from the fabric.

Solstitches said...

What a shame your lovely Santa collection is packed away for another year.
I love the two BOAF finishes and I'm sure it doesn't matter a bit if one is slightly bigger than the other.
Hope you manage to find the chart you are looking for eventually.
That looks like a great winter comfort food recipe. I am feeling hungry!
Happy New Year Marly.
Margaret

Siobhan said...

Both of the Santas look great, even if one turned out a bit bigger than the other. Stuffed cabbage--definitely an acquired taste. Irish people LOVE their cabbage--and turnips. I have yet to understand this. LOL

Oh, btw, I use www.auctionsniper.com when bidding on ebay. No affiliation but I've found it very helpful as it can be set to bid automatically within 5 seconds of the time the bid is closing. With the time difference between here & there, it's worked out well for me.

Margaret said...

Your Santas are wonderful! Who cares if the linens turned out to be different counts? I hate the putting away of Christmas stuff -- I think that's one reason I can't make myself go all out on the decorating. lol! Loved reading about your stuffed cabbage and soup. They look soooooo good!!

mainely stitching said...

As much as I adore cabbage, I've never tried stuffing the leaves. I think you just solved my 'what's for dinner tonight' dilemma!

LOVE the BOAF santas!! :)

Angie said...

Love the santas~the cabbage sounds yummy!

Rita said...

I love your BOAF Santas.

Sweet Sue said...

For your 3ft shipping box, maybe try your local florist who might have boxes ready to recycle (free). Sometimes their wholesale flowers come in longer boxes ~ dunno for sure, just a thought. I've also been experimenting w/diff weights of iron-on stabilizer to achieve a flatter ornie look, I do quite like the reults:)

Cabbage is screaming my name, my DFIL/Ukrainian (91) would pledge his allegiance to you for eternity if he saw this:)

Elizabeth Ann said...

You did a great job on your Santa's and I love the design as well! How many patterns are there with this group?

The Inspired Stitcher said...

The santas turned out really nice. I've never had cabbage fixed like that it looks good.

Loraine said...

Your Santa's are darling. So sorry that the stitch count was different, but I think it looks good to have one slightly larger. If he is in front, it gives it perspective.
I have to say that I have been dreaming of your Christmas decorations since I discovered your blog last month. I love the way you displayed your PS Santa's and now I'm on the hunt for the patterns. Thanks for sharing your beautiful home and stitching. Love it!

Bertie said...

The Santa's are great Marly!!

Looking at the cabbage, no not for me I'm afraid, but Cavolo Nero is a cabbage I can recommend, better than Curly Kale:)

Carol Roll said...

Love you Santas and now i'm absolutely craving your stuffed cabbage!

Joy said...

The santas look great!

Penny said...

I love your Santas! You did a wonderful job finishing both.
The cabbage sounds delicious. I'm the only one in my house who eats cabbage though, so I guess I will have to settle for looking at your pictures. :)

cucki said...

Aww very cute Santa:)
Love cucki xx

Keeper of the Crowes said...

Yum! My mouth is watering!
Linda

Susan At Glen Oaks Primitives said...

Beautiful finishes. My mom makes awesome stuffed cabbage. Thanks for sharing.

Deb said...

Your Santas are just wonderful. Now you're making me want to pull my old patterns out and start stitching. And stuffed cabbage - my husband just made a huge - and I mean huge pot of it! I think we're going to be eating those things for weeks! LOL

Mindi said...

Both santas are adorable! Just consider the different sizes rustic charm :)

The stuffed cabbage sounds yummy. I love just plain steamed cabbage.

Anonymous said...

mmmmm cabbage rolls....my mom used to freeze the cabbage and then she didn't have to blanch it...just a tip to try!!

Wanda

Lyn said...

Catching up on my blog reading and I couldn't resist commenting on the stuffed cabbage...My mom's stuffed cabbage also uses the tomato soup/tomato sauce/water mixture, but as she got older (she's in her 80s) she decided to make 'lazy cabbage'...rough cut the cabbage into 1" (or larger strips, and layer small meatballs with the cabbage and sauce in a large pot and cook on the stove... tastes great!

Jenny said...

The Santas turned out great and you really can't tell from the pic that they are not the same size. Are you planning on stitching the other Santas in this series too? They look adorable!

Suzanne said...

Love your new santa, he looks great! Yum on the cabbage rolls, I haven't had them in a long, long time.

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