Reuben Cabbage Soup


After St. Patrick’s Day, Mom made a delicious Reuben cabbage soup to use up the corn beef that was left from sandwiches. It was amazing soup, and definitely one of our favorites now. I want to share the recipe with you even though it has been two months since St. Patrick’s Day! But you don’t need to wait until next year to make this soup, especially if you are of Irish heritage 😉

We have only made the soup once so the ingredient list isn’t perfect. At least it will give you a faint idea of how we made it though.


Reuben Cabbage Soup

1 small cabbage, chopped

1/2 pound corned beef, chopped

4 red potatoes, quartered

Chopped green-tail onion

Add chicken broth until you reach a soupy consistency (maybe 6 cups)

Season to taste with salt and pepper


Mix together and cook until the potatoes are tender.  Serve with crackers and swiss cheese.



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St. Patrick’s Day Cake and Spinach Frosting


I always get excited about a holiday the day it is here.  Although this week I knew I wanted to make something for St. Patrick’s  Day, I didn’t decide what to make until yesterday afternoon 🙂 I made a white cake from our cookbook, and the spinach frosting I found on Pinterest, of course!  The spinach juice was really easy to make, but I used our own cream cheese frosting recipe instead of using Sally’s. You know how it is, everyone has their frosting recipe!

I did add too much spinach juice to the frosting, so it turned out to be a glaze. You really can’t tell that there is spinach in the frosting, and it makes such a pretty green color.


Dinette Cake

2 ½ cups flour

2 cups sugar

3 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

1 ½ cups milk

2/3 cup shortening

2 eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla

In large mixing bowl, blend all ingredients on low speed for 30 seconds, scraping bowl constantly. Beat 3 minutes high speed. Pour into greased and floured 13”x 9” pan. Bake for 35-40 minutes at 350º or until tests done.

Cream Cheese Frosting

1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened

1 Tablespoon soft butter

2-3 Tablespoons of spinach juice

2 cups powdered sugar

Combine cream cheese, and 2 tablespoons of juice.  Mix well; stir in powdered sugar and add extra juice if necessary.


The spring chevron napkins used in this photoshoot are available on our Etsy shop, the Country Bluebird!


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Cranberry Jello Salad


Cranberry Jello Salad is one our favorite side dish or dessert. Mom makes it for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and any time we have guests! Although usually she puts the salad in a glass serving dish to set up, this time she put it in a Bundt mold. It turned out beautifully!

Mom got this recipe out off a little cookbook she purchased long ago. We thought we’d share it with you, and we hope you enjoy it!


Spiced Cranberry-Orange Jell-O Salad


1 bag (12 oz.) cranberries (1 16-oz. can whole-berry cranberry sauce may be used; omit sugar and reduce water to ½ cup)

½ cup sugar

2 packages (4 serving size) Jell-O, orange or lemon flavor

1 ½ cups boiling water

½ cup cold water

1 Tablespoon lemon juice

¼ teaspoon cinnamon

⅛ teaspoon cloves

1 orange, diced (or a can of pineapple tidbits)

½ cup chopped walnuts


Using blender or food processor, chop cranberries until very fine, but not mashed. Mix with sugar; set aside. Dissolve gelatin in boiling water. Add cold water, lemon juice, and spices. Chill until slightly thickened. Fold in cranberry mixture, orange sections, and walnuts. Spoon into a 5-cup serving bowl or mold. Chill until firm, about 4 hours.

If releasing from a mold: Gently take a knife around the edges. Turn upside down onto the serving platter. Set hot wet cloths on top of it to loosen the jello, and after a few minutes it should fall out!

Note, if using a Bundt cake pan: Double the recipe! Also, grease the bundt pan and let it sit so that you can wipe out any excess oil.


Happy Holidays!


Molasses Cookies

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There was molasses cookie dough in the fridge this week; and every time I went to open the fridge, I’d see it there, and I so badly wanted to take it out and roll it into gingerbread boys and girls. I didn’t get time to do this until last evening though. The dough wasn’t quite the right consistency for rolling, but I persevered and cut out three or four pans of gingerbread kids before I decided to make the rest into molasses cookies!

We really didn’t want to frost the cookies, so Gabrielle and I cut raisins and put them on the some of the cookies for eyes. I love the simple old-fashioned look of them!


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Holiday Sale


Our shop, The Country Bluebird, is having a sale this week. We should have told y’all about this earlier!  Anyhow, use coupon code COZYCHRISTMAS10 to get 10% off your order; the coupon expires Saturday.

Below is a selection of the items we sell in our shop.


Christmas dishcloths and scrubby set. Since we wash all our dishes by hand, there is always a good supply of seasonal dishcloths on hand 🙂 The scrubbies are a new item in our shop, and we plan on adding more!


No matter what time of year, hair flowers are a lovely accessory. Red for Christmas, pink for Valentine’s day, green for St. Patrick’s Day, yellow and purple for spring, orange for late summer.


The hot pads and dishcloth set is also new to our shop. Hot pad sets are available too.


Hunting season may be over, but this blaze orange outfit would still be fun to buy for your little one. They will show up pretty easily in it!


You don’t want any ole napkin lining your breadbasket at your breakfast table, do you? Why not invest in a few seasonal breadbasket napkins that will not only keep the bread warm while the guests gather around the table, but it will also be a festive decoration!


These notebooks are so much fun to use. Imagine writing your to-do list in this coffee jotter! It will make that to-do list exciting!


These snowman napkins are the perfect size to tuck into your sweetie’s lunch box. Or if you want something for your Christmas brunch, why not poinsettia napkins and a tablecloth?!

The coupon code runs until the end of the week, which gives you time to think it over and procrastinate a bit 😉


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~ the Country Bluebird