Grandma’s Cabbage Rolls {& Papa update}

  Sorry to keep hi-jacking these posts to update you on Papa, they are already scheduled and ready to go, and since these recipes are kinda Seasonal, I figured this was the best route……just leave them be and add a note!

Paxton loves Papa


The days at Hospice House, are catching up with the Ferguson kids. Lots of tears and tantrums tonight, normal, I know….but unusual for this crew. We are all exhausted, we are all on an emotional roller coaster, and we all feel so helpless.

The above photo is 4 days old, Papa can no longer open his eyes like this, or focus when you speak to him. He looks so very peaceful when it rests, it makes my heart glad.

It’s funny, you beg God for over a year, to heal somebody here on Earth. Someone who is working so hard to FIGHT cancer and win!  A man who didn’t miss work unless they made him go home, all during chemo!

Then, a turn for the worse.  You change your prayer and began asking God to just take someone home, to heal them by taking them to Heaven. Just so they can be themselves again, just so you don’t have to spend another day watching them waste away…..

Death is hard. It is emotional. It is messy at times. But when you have Jesus, death holds no victory!


2 Corinthians 4:16-18
“That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day. For our present troubles are quite small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us an immeasurably great glory that will last forever! So we don’t look at the troubles we can see right now; rather we look forward to what we have not yet seen. For the troubles we have will soon be over, but the joys to come will last forever.”

 Pax and Papa

  On to the previously scheduled recipe:


Today is St. Paddy’s day!  I am not Irish, but I am all about eating to match the holidays.  Seems I NEVER remember to wear green, so I spend the day getting pinched.

This is some Old Fashioned cooking right here!  My Grandma and mom, were both telling me about these delicious Cabbage Rolls they had all the time when they were young.  It piqued my interest, so here we are.

  I am proud to say my children and Dale ate this wonderfully! Especially Avery!!!!  They just said they wouldn’t get hungry for it often.  Understandable.  It has a wonderful and unique taste and a really cool presentation if you ask me!

  History needs to be preserved, so now it lives on, at this blog!  🙂 

Grandma’s Cabbage Rolls

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Grandma's Cabbage Rolls  (1)


  • 1 whole Head Of Cabbage
  • 1 pound Uncooked Ground Beef
  • 1 cup Cooked Brown Rice
  • 15 ounces, fluid Tomato Sauce, Divided Use
  • ½ teaspoons Salt
  • ¼ teaspoons Fresh Cracked Pepper
  • ½ cups Chopped Onion
  • 1 clove Garlic, Pressed
  • 4 ounces, weight Canned Mushrooms, Undrained
  • 2 Tablespoons Dry Onion Soup Mix
  • 1 teaspoon Sugar
  • ½ teaspoons Lemon Juice
  • 1 Tablespoon Cornstarch
  • 1 Tablespoon Water

Soak cored cabbage in a sink full of COLD water to easily separate the leaves. Drain sink. Then cover leaves in boiling water. Let stand about 10 minutes, or until they go limp. Drain.
Heat oven to 350* while mixing uncooked beef with cooked rice, 1/2 cup of tomato sauce, salt, pepper, onion, garlic and mushrooms. Stir in dry onion soup mix.
Divide beef and rice mixture between cabbage leaves. Roll and place seam sides down in an ungreased, square baking dish, about 8×8.
Mix remaining tomato sauce with sugar and lemon juice, pour over cabbage rolls.
Cover and bake until meat is no longer pink, about 45 minutes.
Remove cabbage leaves to a platter and pour off liquid into a saucepan. Mix cornstarch into cold water and stir into liquid. Heat to boiling, stirring constantly for about a minute, or until thickened nicely.
Drizzle over platter of Cabbage Leaves. Serve piping hot for best results

A blast from the past!



5 thoughts on “Grandma’s Cabbage Rolls {& Papa update}

  1. Tonya, blessings to Papa and all of you as you share final gifts together. We lift you all in prayer and know that God is good and has you in His hands as you enter this final phase of Papa’s journey home. Celebrate that Papa will no longer hurt and be in pain. May your strength and comfort be renewed with the knowledge and faith that His mercies and grace surround you every moment.

  2. Having walked through those same steps of praying and praying and praying for healing….and then praying for God to please just take a loved one Home to heal them…I can relate to your pain. Praying for you and your husband for strength during these days, and praying for comfort for your childrens’ hearts as they watch their Papa slip away.

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