Crockpot Meatball Recipe: Hickory & Brown Sugar BBQ Sauce

crockpot meatball recipe

I have come to love crockpot recipes. Tuesdays and Thursdays are days that I prepare quick, easy meals in my home.  Placing the main course in the crockpot allows me to focus on other things besides dinner throughout the day.

 

crockpot meatball recipe

 

Meatballs are a favorite in my house, so my crockpot meatball recipe is a go to.  I’ve been making these meatballs for years and they never fail me.  These meatballs are great for making ahead and freezing too.  Divide and place the meatballs in freezer bags until you’re ready to use them.  I make a large amount to ensure there’s leftovers.  The first day they serve as the main course along with a salad, rice or potatoes.  Leftovers are delicious on crusty rolls with fruit and chips or oven fried potatoes.

They are also great for family gatherings or office potlucks.  Moist, juicy, and bursting with flavor.  Everyone devours them, including kids and kids at heart.  Personally, I can’t stop eating them either.

I like using fresh ground beef with an 85 – 15% lean ratio for this recipe.  Grape jelly (your choice), 2 eggs, Lipton Onion Soup Mix and Sweet Baby Ray’s Hickory and Brown Sugar BBQ Sauce are the ingredients for this creation.  Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ Sauce is a staple in my home, but feel free to use your favorite.

 

crockpot meal ball recipe

 

After the ingredients have been mixed and shaped into meatballs, place them in the oven for 10 minutes.  I like for the meatballs to be pre-cooked, so I can drain them and eliminate as much oil as possible before placing them in the crockpot.   

I pair these meatballs with a salad and mashed potatoes most days.  Create meatball subs the next day with the left overs. However, you decide to use them they will be yummy.  Get the ingredients together and start rolling out these tasty treats.  They are delicious!   

 

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Crockpot Meatballs: Hickory & Brown Sugar BBQ Sauce
crockpot meatball recipe
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 2 - 3 hours
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Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 2 - 3 hours
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crockpot meatball recipe
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat oven to 370 degrees. Set crockpot to low.
  2. Mix the ground beef, 2 eggs and packets of onion soup in a large bowl.
  3. After thoroughly mixing the ingredients, shape mixture into meatballs. Heat for 10 minutes in oven. Drain thoroughly.
  4. Add meatballs, sauce and 1/4 of the jelly to crockpot. Mix thoroughly. Cook on low for 2 - 3 hours stirring occasionally. Add more sauce and jelly if necessary throughout the cooking process.
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Quick and Easy Potato Soup Recipe

 

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Winter is around the corner, and that means soup and comfort food in my home.  Potato soup is one of my favorite soups.  It’s thick, creamy and hearty.  I especially love it on cold, snowy days.  The fireplace is blazing, the curtains are open displaying nature’s beauty and  I’m wrapped in sweats, flannel and socks.  Yep, that’s how I roll on cold snowy days.

My recipe is simple, but so delicious.  Here’s what you need:

  • 2.5 pounds of Yukon Gold potatoes
  • 1 can of evaporated milk
  • 1 pint of heavy whipping cream
  • flour
  • butter
  • small onion
  • pepper
  • Salad Supreme
  • Lawry’s season salt

 

potato soup recipe

 

First, cut the potatoes into large cubes.  Dice the onion into small pieces.

Next, rinse the potatoes and add them along with the diced onion into a bowl.

Add three – four tablespoons of flour to the potatoes and onions.  Mix and coat the potatoes thoroughly.  Add salt and pepper to the mixture to taste.   Set the potatoes aside for 10 – 15 minutes.

 

potato soup recipe

 

Melt 2 – 3  tablespoons of butter in a large pot.  Once the butter has melted, toss the potatoes and onions with the melted butter as shown below.

 

potato soup recipe

 

Add water to the pot until the potatoes are barely covered.

Next, add the can of Evaporated milk and the pint of heavy whipping cream to the pot.

 

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Mix the potatoes, milk, and cream thoroughly in the pot.

Slowly add the Lawry’s Season Salt and Salad Supreme throughout the cooking process until you reach the desired taste.  (I also use Salad Supreme in my mashed potatoes and stuffing recipes too).  I love the stuff, lol.

Simmer for 30  – 45 minutes or until the potatoes are tender.

 

potato soup

 

This potato soup recipe is a rich and decadent dish.  Personally, I think this dish tastes better after sitting for several hours or as leftovers the next day.  The flavors seem to melt together when it sits for awhile, creating a bowl of deliciousness.  Top with favorites like shredded cheese, chives, or bacon.  Hot buttered biscuits or rolls are the icing on the cake for potato soup recipe.  I hope you enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Water Infused Drinks You and Your Kids Will Love

water infused drinks

 

Staying hydrated is super-important for adults and our kids.  Ensuring the family enjoys a healthy diet and exercise regularly can be a struggle.  Many drinks that are on the market are bad news for our health.   We feel guilty about giving them to our children.  However, when you’re on the move it can be easier to grab a soda or a sugary juice drink.  We think creating healthy drinks takes time and energy. 

However, putting together a tasty, nutritious and water infused drink can be quick and cheap.  Furthermore, having a pitcher already made in the fridge will save time.  Most importantly, it will always be on hand in a thirst emergency.  There are so many exciting water infused drinks you can create with fruit and spices.   As a result, every recipe you create will have its own hidden benefits.  Check out the water infused drinks in the infographic.  The next time you head to the grocery store, throw one or two extra items in your shopping basket.  Planning is key. 

How To Pimp Up a Glass Of Water

For example, adding a handful of fresh mint, a slice of lemon and a chamomile teabag into to a pitcher of cold water.  You will have a refreshing drink by afternoon.  By the evening it will be a calming treat to help prepare you for bed.   Next, watermelon and rosemary will help you rehydrate.  Also, this drink is great after a tough morning or afternoon workout.

Next, whatever the requirement or time of day there’s a recipe for you.  Get creative and try a few recipes.  Before you know it, you will be creating drinks that your kids will love.   Have a look at the recipes in this new infographic.  You’ll get an idea of what your family enjoys and what you enjoy., and you’ll be on your way to flavorsome rehydration today.  You may also like Water Infused Pitcher to help create healthy drinks that your kids will love.

[Infographic] from Budget Direct

30 Minute Meals For Busy Moms

30 minutes meals

Planning meals is not always doable.  Time gets away from us, especially when school is back in session.  Kids need to be chauffeured to activities, home work needs to be checked, and baths given before bed.  Somewhere in between we need to fix a hot, healthy and delicious meal.

The solution is 30 minute meals.  I use them on days that I have my grandchildren after school.  They’re also great on days that I pick my mom up from dialysis.  I feed her dinner on those days, and she likes to eat immediately after she gets home.

First, every family has picky eaters.  My granddaughter more so than my grandson, but both are picky.  Furthermore, fixing meals that everyone will enjoy is key.  So, I look for dishes where I can fix a salad and offer bread to make it filling.  As a result, this roundup offers a variety of dishes that include chicken, sausage, pasta, and ground beef.  These items are staples in my pantry and freezer.  I know that I can always find a recipe that calls for these ingredients. Place these items in your freezer and pantry for those days that times just happens to get away from you too.

Here’s a list of 30 minute meals in our roundup:

  • Baked Ziti – First, one pan is all that is needed for this recipe. My kind of meal.  Serve with a salad or green vegetable.
  • Tuna Melt – Next, perfect for days when the kids have afterschool activities.
  • Chicken Parmesan – Skinless chicken breasts are the star in this recipe.
  • Grilled Cheese Rollup – Additionally, this is a nice twist on a grilled cheese sandwich.  Serve with tomato soup.
  • Chicken Rollups –  Perfect meal with a salad or green vegetables.
  • Easy Stromboli – Put this recipe together and cook it within 30 minutes.  My grandchildren love Pepperoni Stromboli.
  • Creamy Ground Beef and Noodles –   I think this recipe will be approved by kids.
  • Garlic Broiled Drum Sticks – Drum sticks are one my grandchildren’s favorites.
  • Pizza Casserole – Who doesn’t love pizza?  This one just happens to be in a casserole dish.

30 minute meals

 

30 minute meals

Finally, these recipes will become you go to.  So, when you need a healthy and delicious meal go to your Pinterest Board and retrieve a recipe.  I’m going to try the grilled cheese roll-ups first.  How about you?

You may also like Fall Snack Ideas For Kids

 

Guest Post – Cheesy Garlic Pizza Sticks Recipe

 

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Are you looking for a delicious snack recipe that will save you hours in the kitchen? Cheesy Garlic Pizza Sticks make an interesting and tasty snack for your kids and/or your guests. They are very easy to make and are a true crowd-pleaser.

I love to make them, because they go great with beer. Unfortunately right now I am on this interesting 3 week diet plan, that doesn’t allow me to drink beer during this period, but that means more for my dear friends, for whom I cook very often.

There probably isn’t a living person that is not a fan of pizza and there are a lot of reasons for that. Pizza is yummy, you can order it in a lot of amazing restaurants around the world or you can decide to stay inside your cozy home and order in. The best part about pizza is that the ingredients can be altered to fit anyone’s dietary needs. That means that if you change the ingredients in our recipe shown below you can easily make vegetarian or gluten free pizza sticks that are equally tasty. You can place on top of the pizza crust literally anything you prefer!

On the plus side, you can always save some extra sticks for your next meal. Keep in mind that you shouldn’t eat pizza leftovers that have been in your refrigerator for more than 3-4 days or that has been left out for more than 2 hours.
What you’ll need:

  • 1 pizza crust
  • 3.5 ounce feta cheese
  • 3.5 ounce of parmesan or your favorite cheese
  • 1 tbsp oregano
  • olive oil
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 tbsp sesame with sea salt

Directions:

  1. Pure a little bit of olive oil on top of the crust and spread it equally all over it.
  2. Sprinkle a little bit salt and pepper .
  3. Cut the feta cheese into squares and grind it.
  4. Spread the cheese on the crust
  5. Sprinkle garlic powder and sesame with sea salt on top.
  6. Bake the crust in a preheated oven at 425 degrees for 15 minutes.
  7. Cut it into thin pieces. 

These pizza sticks are best to be eaten as soon as you take them out of the oven, but I personally don’t mind eating them after few hours when they are already cold, too.

I hope you enjoy making this easy and fun Cheesy Garlic Pizza Sticks. This recipe will save you a lot of prep time in the kitchen and you kids and guests will love it.

 

Viktor Milevski is a perfectionist by nature, big enthusiast, great chef, blogger and a beer lover. Find out more about him on his blog Fashion Corner!

Brownie Trifle Recipe

brownie trifle reipe

Are you a dessert person?  Normally I am not, but when I entertain I like to have a fabulous dessert on hand. I’ve come to love trifles. They’re easy to assemble and look great in Trifle dishes. This dessert ended differently from the way I originally planned.  Normally I use chocolate pudding, but time was not on my side so I skipped it.  Needless to say, I was actually worried about how it would turn out, but no worries it was delicious.  I’m going to by-pass the pudding from this point on. 
 
Here’s what you need:

  • 1 Trifle Bowl
  • 2 boxes of fudge style brownie mix
  • 2 containers of Cool Whip
  • Sliced Strawberries
Bake brownies according to directions on the box.  However, you will need to allow them to cool completely.  Next, cut brownies into bite size squares. Layering is key to this dish. Place a layer of brownies around the bottom of the dish. Add a tablespoon of Cool Whip to the center of the brownies. Repeat this process.  Carefully spread the Cool Whip toward the edges.
Be careful with this step.  If the cool whip splashes against the sides of the dish it will affect the presentation.  Add more Cool Whip and spread to the edges. Be generous with the Cool Whip. You want guest to have plenty with the brownies and strawberries.  Add sliced strawberries around the entire dish. 
 
Add another layer of brownies, another layer of Cool Whip and strawberries. Top the dish off with Cool Whip and fresh strawberries as shown. 
 
This dish was devoured. I even had one guest say “you can keep the food, just pass me that dessert.” Make this Brownie Trifle your go to dessert. You won’t regret it. Do you have a favorite dessert that you like to serve when entertaining or take to an office party?  








9 Kid’s Easter Breakfast Ideas

kids Easter Breakfast ideas

 

Easter is around the corner! My grandchildren will be visiting, and I wanted to celebrate Easter Sunday with a fun breakfast. I decided to search out Easter Bunny breakfast ideas and thought I would share my roundup.

I’m not the most artistic person, so I searched for ideas that I could create without too much of a struggle. Here’s what I found: 

1.  Pancake Bunny 1 – First, I found this adorable little guy at Crafty Morning. Simple to make, 3 pancakes of various sizes and a little whipped cream.

2.  Pancake Bunny 2 – Found this bunny on I Heart Publix. Number 2 and Number 8 are the same bunny, except different ingredients were used. Be creative, use what your family will eat.

3.  Pancake Bunny 3 – Next, I found this bunny on Fun Kitchen and My Three Sons. This is a crafty blogger who loves to bake. If baking is your thing, you should connect with her.

4.  Peeping Chicks – Found this chick on Fun Kitchen and My Three Sons. My grandchildren love scrambled eggs, so this is perfect. You will need kitchen shears to shape the pancakes.

5.  Pancake Bunny 4 – In addition to the other great ideas, I found this bunny on Taste of Home. I love this bunny. It’s at the top of my list to make during the Easter holiday minus the coconut. Don’t think I can get the grandchildren to eat it.

6.  Bunny Bread – Also, I found this idea on Sweet and Salty.   Adorable, but you will have to translate the blog to English or create your own vision. The bunny was so cute, I just had to share.

7. Flower Pot Pancakes –  Amazingly, I found this adorable flowerpot and flowers on Jim’s Pancakes. This site is amazing. The blogger specializes in kid’s pancake ideas.  Amazingly, there’s turtles, crabs, pancakes shaped like bacon and eggs and the list goes on.  So, be sure to check out this blog for creative ideas.

8. Pancake Bunny 5 –  So, this is the same bunny as number 2.  However, the ingredients have been changed.

9. Bunny Biscuits My grandson loves biscuits for breakfast.  I found the image on Pinterest, but I’m unable to locate it now to give you the URL to the site.  However, it uses refrigerated biscuits, half of a cherry, raisins, and slivered almonds.

Also, use a whole biscuit for the head and another cut in half for the ears. I’m going to just use raisins with the slivered almonds, I think chocolate chips will work too.  Bake according to the directions.

Finally, I hope you enjoyed my kids Easter breakfast ideas.  We hope you found an Easter breakfast idea that has inspired you.  Additionally, my grandchildren love fun breakfast treats, and I love making them smile.  Dishes like this create wonderful memories.

 

Crockpot Recipe: Pork Chops

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Looking for a delicious crockpot recipe for pork chops?  I have an easy, but delicious one for you.  And it only uses 3 ingredients.  Delicious and simple!  So, how can you not want to try this crockpot recipe.  Furthermore, it uses 3 ingredients.  And the end result is a moist, tender chop that is perfect for dinner.  Also, it’s a perfect recipe to pair with rice, potatoes, or a salad and crusty bread.  Go ahead, wipe the sweat off your brow.  Oh right, this one didn’t require you to work up a sweat.

And crockpot recipes are a great go to turn to when your time is limited.  Put the ingredients in the crock and head off to run errands or do other chores around the house.

This is a simple recipe.  Here’s the ingredients that you will need for this recipe:

  • 1 can of Cream of Chicken Soup
  • 1 packet of Ranch Salad Dressing mix (The picture actually shows 2)
  • 3 – 4 thick cut pork chops

First, spray your crock with PAM to keep the ingredients from sticking.  Next, layer the pork chops on the bottom of the crockpot.  Spread the Cream of Chicken soup over the chops. Be generous, you want the pork chops to be thoroughly covered.  Be sure to lift the chops and spread the soup over the bottom of the chop too.  You may have to place a part of one chop onto the next chop.  If so, that will fine.  They will all cook thoroughly.  Pour 1 packet of the Ranch Dressing over the soup.  Cook on low for 6 hours or high for 4.  I prefer to cook mine for 6 hours.  The chops practically fall off the bone.

Last, the end result is a moist, juicy and delicious chop.  As a result, be sure to Pin this crockpot recipe.  Because you will want to make them again and again.  So, serve this dish with your favorite sides and vegetable.  Enjoy!  

Christmas White Trash Recipe

 White Trash Recipe

Today I’m sharing my favorite snack during the holidays.  Christmas White Trash recipe is one of the items that I place in my Christmas Gift Baskets or give as tokens of appreciation for attending my holiday gatherings.  I’ve been making this recipe for several years, and I munching on it during the holidays. I’ve seen several different names for it, White Trash or Christmas Crunch. Whatever you decide to call it just make it. It’s a great mixture of salty and sweet, it’s so easy to make and delicious to eat

What you will need:

  • 9 cups of unsweetened cereal (I use Rice Chex and Cheerios)
  • 3 cups of salted party nuts (I use peanuts with sea salt)
  • 2 – 2 1/2 cups of stick pretzels
  • 1 – 2 cups of Christmas M&Ms (Optional)  
  • 2-12 oz. bags of White Chocolate  (I use about 1/4 of a bag more when I add the M&Ms)
  • Wax or Parchment Paper

 

white trash recipe

Mix dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl.  Next, melt chocolate slowly in the microwave.  First, start the melting process for 1 minute and than 50 second increments until it’s melted.  Stir the chocolate thoroughly after each 50 second increment.

I do not recommend using a plastic container to melt your chocolate. From my experience, it won’t sustain the heat and the chocolate tends to scorch in them.  I recommend using Corning Ware Bowls for the job.  However, if you don’t have Corning Ware make sure that your bowl is microwavable and it will sustain the heat.

This step is important, use small bowls to mix the dry ingredients and chocolate together. I’ve found that the smaller ingredients (Cheerios and peanuts) tend to fall to the bottom of the bowl.  Mixing in smaller batches allows you to control the ingredients and ensures a more even coverage of chocolate.

 

Christmas White Trash Recipe

Once your ingredients have been covered with the white chocolate, spread it on the wax or parchment paper to dry and set.  I allow mine to set for at least an hour.  Once it is set, break into pieces and place in a festive bowl or airtight container.  Finally, if you are making the Christmas White Trash recipe as a gift, place it in a plastic or cellophane bag and tie with a pretty ribbon.   Also, if you’re having a holiday gathering or office party, place this mix in a festive bowl.  Sit back and enjoy your family and co-workers devouring this festive treat.  

How To Make Homemade Tomato Sauce

how to make homemade tomato sauce
It’s homemade tomato sauce making time!  Last week-end I made my first batch of tomato sauce for the season. It was delicious I must admit.  I canned 7 quarts of the best homemade tomato sauce on the east coast.  My sauce is versatile, I use for pasta dishes in as chili sauce. The chili was my best pot to date.
I was able to use my garlic and fresh herbs from the garden.  See those white pieces in the sauce below, that’s my home grown garlic.  I used the following ingredients to make 8 quarts of the homemade tomato sauce:
  • 30 lbs of tomatoes (I used a combination of Roma and regular beefsteak)
  • 15 gloves of garlic
  • 1 cup of white onions  (2 medium onions)
  • fresh basil, parsley, and other seasonings to taste
  • 2 cups of sugar or more to taste
  • 2 small cans of tomato paste to help thicken the sauce

 

homemade tomato sauce

 

Step 1 – First, remove the skin from the tomatoes. If you have a sauce maker, now is the time to use it.  I don’t have a sauce maker, so I make my sauce like my grandmother. I remove the skin from the tomatoes by blanching them, and immediately placing them in a large bowl of ice water.  Click here for instructions on how to Blanche Tomatoes.

Step 2 – Next, place the skinless tomatoes into a large bowl.  Squeeze the tomatoes into small pieces. Seeds and all. Yep, that’s my clean hands in the bowl (below) squeezing those tomatoes into pieces.  Most importantly, wear gloves if you’re allergic or feel more comfortable.  However, I mix my sauce and potato salad in this manner.

Breaking the tomatoes into pieces helps the sauce to cook down faster.  Secondly, it keeps the sauce from getting too thick. I like a little movement with my sauce. I can always thicken it later with paste depending on what dish I am preparing.  I’ll show you how to make your own paste in a later post.

Step 3 If you have a sauce maker, you can skip these steps.  The sauce maker removes the skin and seeds from the tomatoes.  If you don’t have a sauce maker, you can follow my steps and remove them by hand. In my opinion, they’re really not that noticeable once the sauce cooks down.

Place a colander into a large bowl or pan.  Place cups of the sauce mixture into the colander and press the sauce down with a spoon until the seeds and juice run out into the bowl.  The holes in the colander will be large enough for it to pass through.

To remove the seeds from the juice you will need a fine wire strainer or sieve. The strainer should allow the juice to run through, but small enough to hold the seeds.  Pour the juice into the strainer to remove the seeds.  Once you get a rhyme going, it doesn’t take long.

Now, add the juice back into the tomato meat and repeat until you have the majority of the seeds removed from the juice and meat of the tomatoes.  You won’t be able to remove 100% of the seeds, but that’s okay,  The seeds enhance the flavor and you won’t even know they’re in the sauce. That’s why I don’t have a sauce maker, I am the sauce maker as grandma used to say!


Step 4 –  Your next step, chop the garlic and onion into fine pieces. If you have a chopper use it, it will save you time. (You can also prepare the garlic and onion ahead of time.)  Cover the bottom of the stock pot with Extra Virgin Olive Oil and heat until it’s hot.  Add the garlic and onion, cook until tender, 2 -3 minutes.  Be careful not to burn it, it will ruin your sauce. Stir it constantly.  In my opinion, homemade sauce is about the garlic, onions and fresh herbs. Besides the love that goes into it.  These ingredients are what separates it from the grocery store sauces.

Step 5 – Pour in the tomato mixture and bring to a boil.

Once it reaching the boiling point, lower the heat.  Next, gradually add in your paste.  I only add 1.5 cans of paste to my sauce with 2 cups of sugar.  You may like the taste of 2 cans and less sugar.  Add your ingredients gradually until you reach desired taste.  Add lots of fresh basil.

Finally, cover your pot and simmer for 5 hours. Be sure to stir it constantly.  You want to make sure the tomato pieces, garlic and herbs don’t fall to the bottom of the pot and stick. The longer you cook it, the thicker the sauce will become. You will want to taste the sauce throughout the cooking process to determine if you want to add more herbs, sugar or additional paste to thicken it.

Also, you can freeze the sauce or can it.  Because I don’t have room in my freezer I choose to can my sauce. I prepared my jars and can the sauce according the directions included with my canner.  I placed 2 tablespoons of lemon juice and 1 teaspoon of Himalayan pink or canning salt in the bottom of my quart jars.

Next, I hot pack quart jars with the sauce and water bath them for 45 minutes.  Or, you can freeze the sauce in quart size freezer bag.  Allow the jar to sit overnight to ensure the jars seal. Once they are sealed, they are ready for the pantry.

Last, save money by freezing or canning homemade tomato sauce for the winter.  Noteworthy,  the sauce takes time so enjoy a glass of wine or play with the kids while you’re preparing.  It’s worth the work and wait.  As a result, the sauce is kid approved.  My grandchildren love it.  Do you make home made sauces?  What’s your favorite sauce?