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Bierocks (Sausage & Beef Stuffed Pastry)

Bierocks (also called Runza) are meat-filled pocket pastries originating in Germany or Russia.  The recipe was brought to the United States in the 1880s by German Russian Mennonite immigrants.  They are filled with cooked and seasoned ground beef, shredded cabbage and onions, then oven baked until the dough is golden brown.
I make these every year at Christmas time and usually once or twice during the year as a meal with a side salad.  They are hearty and delish!   They are good with a little ranch, sour cream or salsa on the side but equally good as stand alone hor'douvres or sandwiches.

Sometimes I make them as individual, appetizer sized rolls and top them with a little parsley. and sometimes I make them into a huge loaf and slice into sandwich sized servings.

Bierocks (also called Runza)

1 lb Ground chuck
1 lb Hot Pork Sausage (I usually use Owens)
1 lb Shredded Cabbage ( I use a bag of coleslaw that has carrots and red cabbage)
2 cups sharp Cheddar Cheese
2 tsp Season All or Lawr…

Spode Copeland Duncan Rural Scenes Brown & White Tablescape

I love talking about this particular Spode pattern as not only am I drawn to the rural scenes each piece depicts but it has an interesting story behind it.  It is called Duncan Scenes, Duncan Scenes Brown, Rural Scenes (most common) or Priscilla Alden.  

In 1849 W. T. Copeland (Spode Copeland) commissioned Edward Duncan to paint a series of sepia watercolors, depicting English country life, which would extensively inspire a full range of tablewares.  The design was registered in 1850.

 In 1878 production grew limited.  Duncan scenes was printed in brown on a cream body earthenware.  The shape was called Amien Embossed which featured Gadroon rims.   A service was retained by the Copeland family as part of their private collection / dinner service and later passed to descendant Robert Copeland. 
I have some of these same pieces in my collection and shop.   I've set a table for two using dinner plates, soup plates, dessert plates and small bowls.  Each piece features a different scene.


Christmas All Year Long ~ Home Tour

A quick look around the house before I start to put all the Christmas decorations away, which I'm not quite ready to do.  I feel like I just got it all put up.

Dining Room
 Transferware Teacup Tree(full post HERE)

Breakfast Nook


 Family Room