Pierogi Grandma’s Recipe

Grandma would make cabbage and potato pierogi. Excellent with keilbasa.  Considered a Polish Dumpling. We would have them every Christmas.

Fried Peirogi
Fried Peirogi

Dough:

  • 4 c. flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 6 Tbsp cottage cheese (dry large curd)
  • 1 stick butter (softened)
  • 1 c. milk

Mix all ingredients until rolled into ball. Knead dough for 5 minutes.  or until dough is smooth and elastic. Pull off 1 inch pieces then flatten into circles about 1/8 inch thick, then fill. Boil in water for about 10-12 minutes. Drain. Fry in butter. Top with sour cream or lots of melted butter with sauteed onions.

Cabbage filling
Cabbage filling

Filling various types:

1. Mashed potatoes and cottage cheese with a little butter.

2. Mashed potatoes with American cheese and some grated onion.

3. Sauerkraut with sauteed onions and bacon.

4. Cabbage (soak in water over night in the fridge) finely diced.

Setting Goals, Trick your mind

Instead of stating goals in years research has found by breaking down the time to days makes it easier to do. Or if you break it down to months, weeks, or minutes.
Take exercise for example. If you state I’ll do 5 minutes of exercise each day, it seems easier and doable. Then because you’ve done your 5 minutes and it didn’t seem long at all you may find yourself feeling like doing more! Just because you set an easy and reasonable expectation down.

Flower garden
Flower garden

You might surprise yourself by accomplishing more easier. And we all like easy! Studies show that by looking at time in smaller units help us achieve our goals. Long term goals seem closer and appear to be more urgent.

Owl
Owl

By accomplishing our goals we improve our sense of self. We improve our lives and make things easier. I like to make things simple. Sometimes it’s the little things that make the biggest difference.

What things have you accomplished? Or what do you need to?

Easy Raspberry Dessert

Easy and simple to make.

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Use graham cracker crust.  Or make your own: Mix :

  • 1 1/4 c. graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/4 c. sugar
  • 1/3 c. melted butter

Lightly toast in oven @375 degrees x 6-8 minutes

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Mix:

  • 2 c. raspberries
  • 2 tsp. sugar (optional)
  • 1/2 c. yogurt (plain works with sugar or any flavor.)

Top with whipped cream.  Refrigerate leftovers. I think any kind of berry would work in this recipe.  What would you try?

Hazardous Lighters- Fire Risk

Be aware as the hotter weather comes around to make sure lighters are stored properly.  This lighter blew up and could have caused a lot of damage. Not everyone gets a second chance. 

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Lighters left in cars can often over heat with temperatures exceeding 120 degrees. With BBQ season coming around it’s easy to see matches and lighters being left out by the grill. They should be stored out of the sun and in an area free from any flammable material.

Camping season has already started for some and with Memorial Day right around the corner the fire risk increases.  Take the Smokey the Bear pledge to help prevent forest fires. There’s already been more than  half a million acres burned this year.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission has a lot of grill safety tips.

Please check on your elderly neighbors as they can often be forgetful and not realize the danger. You just might save lives! Young children are often fascinated with fires, make sure they understand the risk.

Above all enjoy the grilling, camping season.

Easy Egg Noodles

Homemade noodles are really easy to make.  Only 2 ingredients!

  • 1 c. flour
  • 1 egg

Mix until dough. May need to add a little water if too dry.  Flour surface and roll flat. Cut into strips.  May dry for use later.

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finished egg noodle ready for drying
Cutting egg noodle dough
Cutting egg noodle dough

Great for soups, impress your family and friends. Easy, simple and delicious!