Candy Cane Cheese Log

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I found this ceramic dish at Goodwill for $5 and decided to whip up this festive holiday cheese log to put in it to take to tonight’s Christmas gathering. The holiday platter makes a nice house warming gift as well!

Candy Cane Cheese Log

5 8 oz packages cream cheese (room temperature)

1 container of flavored yogurt. I used peach.

2 TBSP honey

1 1/4 cups chopped walnuts

2 apples peeled and chopped covered it a little lemon juice to prevent browning

1 3.5 oz bag if dried cranberries

In mixer, blend cream cheese, honey and yogurt until smooth. Stir in walnuts and apples. Lay a long piece of plastic wrap on counter and place mixture in the shape of a log. Roll up plastic wrap and cover completely. You may need to add more plastic wrap. Chill for 2 hours. Remove cheese log onto your platter and form it into a candy cane. Add dried cranberries to form stripes on your cheese log. Serve with crackers.

I’m Not Polish But…

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I can make a mean stuffed cabbage and it was a good day for it!  It’s an inexpensive dish that can feed the troops.  This recipe made an 9 x 12 casserole dish, as well as a dutch oven and a smaller casserole dish! It makes a great freezer dish too. It was the perfect rainy January day for this comfort food. Serve it with some homemade mashed potatoes and you’ll sleep like a baby!

Here’s the recipe…

Stuffed Cabbage

1 head cabbage
3 tbsp olive oil
3 onions chopped ( 1 cup will be used for filling)
3 cans (26 ounces) crushed tomatoes
1/4 cup white wine vinegar
1 tbsp minced garlic
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tbsp sea salt
3/4 tsp pepper

Filling:
3 1/2 lbs. ground beef plus 1 cup of the sauce
3 eggs, beaten
3/4 cup instant rice (brown or white)
3/4 cup breadcrumbs
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1 tsp thyme

Heat olive oil, then add onions. Cook about 10 minutes on medium until translucent. Remove from heat. In a large saucepan, combine crushed tomatoes, 1/2  of the cooked onions, brown sugar, garlic, vinegar, salt and pepper. Cook uncovered about 20-30 minutes on medium heat. In another large saucepan, boil a pot of water about 3/4 of the way full. Cut core out of cabbage and place in boiling water for a few minutes. Peel the leaves off one by one using two forks and set on a platter. Combine the ingredients for filling adding the other half of cooked onions. Roll your cabbage leaves starting with about a 1/4-1/3 of a cup of the filling. Roll the leaves folding the leaves in as you turn. Layer about a cup of sauce on a casserole dish or dutch oven. Lay cabbage rolls seam side down, the add some sauce to the top. Cook covered on 350 degrees for about an hour.

If They Could Be Back Home Again

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…a line taken from the new Elton John Song and it seems so appropriate for these homeless, helpless dogs at the Cuyahoga County Animal Shelter this week.

Mookie could be the love of your life.  She's spayed and ready to go home today!

Mookie could be the love of your life. She’s spayed and ready to go home today!

Captain Kirk is full of life at 7 and would love to be your pom-pom!

Captain Kirk is full of life at 7 and would love to be your pom-pom!

Take a look at this week’s video from the Cuyahoga County Animal Shelter in Valley View, Ohio! the video

Angels In Waiting

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Harvey is a mellow, loving guy that would love to share some time with you.

Harvey is a mellow, loving guy that would love to share some time with you.

Blush is a sweet and shy little pocket pit pooch waiting for some attention!

Blush is a sweet and shy little pocket pit pooch waiting for some attention!


There are so many different kinds of dogs that were found lost or abandoned in Cuyahoga County waiting for you at the Cuyahoga County Animal Shelter! Their previous owners never came to reclaim them and they don’t understand why. These angels deserve a second chance. Please take a look at this week’s video from the shelter and share it with family and friends! Here’s the video

Searching For A Home

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Take a look at this week’s video from the Cuyahoga County Animal Shelter in Valley View, Ohio.  These dogs are all lost or abandoned, waiting for another chance at love. Volunteer coordinator Cindi Breda picks a couple of her favorites at the shelter this week, then I take my video camera through the shelter to show you all the dogs waiting for homes!  Check out their facebook page and their website for more information.

He's got a heart as big as Texas and that's where he gets his name!

He’s got a heart as big as Texas and that’s where he gets his name!

Josephine is a well adjusted loving partner who loves long walks!

Josephine is a well adjusted loving partner who loves long walks!

this week’s video

All You Need Is Love

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Cricket is spayed, vaccinated and ready to go to a loving home!

Cricket is spayed, vaccinated and ready to go to a loving home!

Hera is a gorgeous and loving pitty waiting patiently!

Hera is a gorgeous and loving pitty waiting patiently!

There’s so much love to give at 9500 Sweet Valley Dr. in Valley View, Ohio, the home of the Cuyahoga County Animal Shelter. See how to volunteer, where the next “Pitty Party” will be and this week’s video to see ALL of the dogs waiting to go to a loving home! the video

So Tired Of Waiting…At The Cuyahoga County Animal Shelter

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Cupcake loves to cuddle!

Cupcake loves to cuddle!

Max sings like an angel!

Max sings like an angel!

As I walked the floor today filming the dogs at the Cuyahoga County Animal Shelter, I started to sing the Kinks song, “So tired, tired of waiting…” I saw some new faces and some that had been there quite a while. Looking in their eyes, I wondered why their owner chose to let them go. I wondered if See this week’s video