You make look at the title and think is Meagan having some kind of kid flashback!  Yes, I grew up in the late 80’s and the 90’s and loved my cabbage patch dolls.  I even had a set of twin dolls that I took everywhere with me.

If I wanted to jump on the trampoline you better believe that they were right there jumping too.

Now I go into toy stores and I’m overwhelmed at the amount of toys kids have to choose.  My niece has an American Girl doll and I remember going to the store a couple of years ago and let me tell you, it was quite the experience.  You could eat with your doll in the store and they even had a doll salon where they could change up the hairstyles.
 Do girls even play with barbies anymore???

You may ask why I am rambling on and on about my childhood and dolls these days, but when I think of this recipe all I can think of are my cabbage patch dolls.

I found a similar recipe the other day in an OLD paper cookbook with 4-H recipes.  After checking out most of the ingredients I knew I had to make the stew even though the hot weather came back to Houston.


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Cabbage Patch Stew

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 4 hours and 45 minutes


1 lb ground beef 93/7
1 cup onions, diced
1 cup celery, chopped
1 cup carrots, diced
1 14.5oz. can stewed tomatoes
1 15oz. can ranch style beans
1 8oz. can tomato sauce
1/2 head of cabbage, chopped
1 tsp garlic salt
1/2 tsp dried oregano
3 cups water
salt to taste


Brown the meat in a large skillet over medium heat. When meat is no longer pink drain and place in crock pot.

Add the carrots, onions and celery to the skillet and saute for 5-7 minutes. Then place them into the crock pot.

Add the rest of the ingredients to the crock pot and stir. Cover and cook on low for 4 1/2 hours.

inspired by an old 4-H recipe


  1. Cabbage Patch, love it, I had one of the dolls an uncle gave me. Funny.

  2. I made this soup for dinner tonite and it was delish. I sorta tweaked a bit, I added 1 cubed zucchini, 1 med cubed potato, 1 cup sml pieces of broccoli, and a handful of sml shell pasta. Also I used a can of pinto beans instead of the beans in your original recipe. I turned out so darn good. Thank you for your recipe. I hope you don’t mind that I tweaked it. Ta da!

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