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Tuesday, April 2, 2013


I grew up eating halupkies, as my family called them.  Many say cabbage rolls, blind pigeons, etc.  I wanted a taste of the past, so I found this recipe on the coal region web site.  I changed it up with a little cajun seasoning and a can of ro-tel. 
Halupkies - Stuffed cabbage rolls 1 head of cabbage (about 3 lbs)
1 lb ground pork
1 lb ground beef
1 Tbsp salt
1/2 tspn pepper
1 can stewed tomatoes (or substitute Campbell's tomato soup)
3/4 cup uncooked rice
1 onion, chopped
1 Tbsp shortening
Cut cabbage deeply around core to loosen leaves. Boil the cabbage leaves about 5 minutes and set aside to drain. In a skillet, add ground meats, onions, shortening, salt and pepper, and fry slowly for about 15 minutes. Wash rice, drain, add to meat and mix well.Place a tablespoon of the meat mixture in the center of a cabbage leaf and roll. Place rolls side by side in pot. Pour tomatoes over top and add enough water to cover. Add another tbsp salt and pepper. Cook 1 and 1/2 hours.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

DIY Basement Bar Top/Area

I know I usually only post about food, but I wanted to share the transformation of my unfinished basement.  I especially wanted to share my DIY bar top. 
I started with a cheap piece of wood from Lowe's, trimmed the ends with 1 x 3's.  Once completed, I stained the wood with a Golden Oak stain.  Once stained, I coated the top and sides with 5 layers of poly. 
Now it was time to mount the bar top to the wall.  I decided to use steel conduit for the legs, was not impressed.  I decided to box it in with wood, a window frame appearance.  I hit hobby lobby and purchased some burlap.  Once the burlap was mounted to the back, it was time to stencil.  I printed out some outlines of pictures in relation to Louisiana life and cut the stencils.  Placed the stencils in the squares and dabbed with acrylic paint.  I think it turned out nice, different.  Next, the kegerator, and base boards.  :))))

Added the additional cabinets.  Stained in golden oak, ready for some poly...