Monday, November 29, 2010

Ultimate Party Meatballs

Hey y'all!  If you know me then you know I like to try to keep things simple and that means in the kitchen, too!  That's why I like this recipe; only three ingredients!  One of those ingredients is cranberry which makes these meatballs perfect for any Thanksgiving or Christmas event but these are so good that I think you could even get away with making them out of season!  I found this recipe in the Christmas issue of Southern Living Magazine and made them for Thanksgiving lunch.  They were a big hit!  With the leftover meatballs, I put them in hot dog buns to make meatball subs for my husband to take to work the next few days.  The recipe calls for specific brands, which is what I used since I didn't know quite how they would turn out, but you could probably use any generic version and they'd be just as tasty!  Here it is:

Ultimate Party Meatballs
  • 1 14-ounce can Ocean Spray® Jellied Cranberry Sauce
  • 1 12-ounce bottle Heinz® Chili Sauce
  • 1 2-pound bag frozen, pre-cooked, cocktail-size meatballs 
 Now, you can fix these two ways.  You can combine the cranberry and chili sauce in a deep sauce pan, add the meatballs, and cook over medium-high heat for about 15 minutes (or until meatballs are defrosted and sauce is warm).  But I didn't feel like standing over the pot for that long so I just mixed the sauces together in my crock pot, added the meatballs, and cooked on low for 4 hours.  You'll need to stir the meatballs at least once to make sure the meatballs are evenly coated.  To serve, I covered one of my fancy serving plates with clear plastic wrap and stacked the half of the meatballs on the plate.  I covered it in aluminum foil to keep them warm until I got to my mother's house.  Then, after the meatballs were gone I simply removed the plastic wrap and threw it in the trash and didn't have to scrub sauce off of my serving plate.  This recipe looked, and tasted, like I had spend a lot of time on them but they only took about 10 minutes total preparation time.  I've got the feeling that I will be getting request to make these for next year's Thanksgiving lunch, too!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Snowball Ornaments

Hey y'all! I thought I would get a head start this year by making some ornaments.  I found tubes of 8 glittered ornaments in Target's $1 section so I grabbed 3 tubes and another tube of 4 large silver ornaments.  That's 28 ornaments for $4.  I did splurge on the glitter though.  I had eyeing the Martha Stewart glitters for months waiting for an appropriate reason to buy some and I thought this was just the project. I used Brillo in the crystal course texture.  You could experiment by making different colored snow balls (I'd just stay away from yellow!).  The glitter cost $10 but I hardly used 1/10 of the bottle so I have plenty more for another project.  The rest of the supplies I already had on hand so the total project price was about $14. 

For this project you will need:
  • Ornaments (these can be new plain ornaments or old ornaments you want to recycle, just be sure to take off any previous decorations because it is better to have a smooth surface)
  • Glitter (I splurged on Martha Stewart brand glitter.  If you wanted to be more thrifty, use any generic brand glitter, the results will still be beautiful!)
  • Ribbon (about 9ft)
  • Washable school glue
  • Paint brushes
  • Toddler (optional)

We started with the large silver balls.  We used the brush to "paint" on the glue.  Be very generous with the glue and make sure that you cover the ball completely.  Then, sprinkle the glitter on top of the glue.  Again, be very generous and make sure that you cover the ball completely.  This is best done over a paper plate or news paper that so you can just fold it in half and pour the glitter back into it's container for easy cleanup.  Set aside to dry. 
With the smaller balls we did two different patterns.  For half we "painted" the glue on the tops to make them look as if they had been freshly dusted with snow.  With the others we did a swirl pattern on top with the glue.  For both, sprinkled the glitter on the glue just as you did for the Snow Balls and set aside to dry.
While the ornaments are drying, cut your ribbon into 5 or 6 inch strips.  Once the glue has set completely (about 1 or 2 hours), tie the ribbon onto the ornaments, leaving a loop to hang them onto the tree.  Voila!  You made Snow Balls and matching snow covered glitter ornaments!