Meatball Sliders

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One of my favorite shows on TV is The Pioneer Woman on FoodNetwork. An episode I happened to catch, had PW making mini-meatball sandwiches. I thought that that would be a great food item to go on a Super Bowl menu. Do you know that I don’t really watch Super Bowl? Most times, I don’t even know who’s playing. I’m just in it for the food and the commercials.

Shall we proceed.

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I pulled out about 2lbs of ground beef and threw in the items I had in my pantry. Using your hand, just get right in there and mix it all up.

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Roll out your meatballs on the large side, about 1 1/2 inches, slightly bigger than a golf ball.

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Normally, I just put all my meatballs in a baking dish and just cook them all that way. I decided that it would be better to have a little bit of a crust on the meatballs, so I cooked them in my pan, just browning the outside. Once the were brown on all sides, I put them in a baking dish and put them in the oven for about 20 minutes to cook all the way through. Make sure to cut a couple meatballs down the middle to make sure the middles aren’t pink.

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After the meatballs are cooked, I put my meatballs back in the pan, and threw in my favorite marinara sauce (mine is Hunts, because it cost me $1.10 a can). Is that bad?

Anyways. I turned the pan on low and let them simmer. While that’s going on, I got crazy and added some cheese —- pepperjack. You could add whatever cheese you want or have on hand. Or you could leave the cheese out all together.

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Throw on the lid and let the cheese melt.

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Ta-Da!!! Doesn’t that look yummy!!!!

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I had Hawaiian Sweet Rolls in my pantry, but let me suggest a hardier roll. These sliders can get quite saucy. You need a roll that can handle that and not get mushy. Let me just say that the slider was still DELICIOUS!!!

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There you have it. Meatball Sliders!! Add that to your Super Bowl menu, or weekday menu, or whatever menu you want.

Enjoy and may all your Super Bowl dreams come true.

MEATBALL SLIDERS

2 lbs. ground beef

1 cup bread crumbs

1 egg

2 Tbsp worcestershire sauce

1 packet dry onion soup mix

1/2 cup milk

1 can/jar of marinara sauce

2 dozen rolls

Mix all these ingredients, except the marinara sauce and rolls, together. If the mixture seems to dry, add a little more milk. If it’s too wet, add a little more bread crumbs.

Roll out ground beef mixture into 1 1/2 inch balls. Heat up 2 Tbsp of oil and brown meatball on all sides. After browning the meatballs, throw the meatballs in a baking dish and bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes. Check one or two meatballs when done to make sure insides are not pink.

After meatballs are cooked, put them back in the pan and simmer with favorite marinara sauce. This is when you can add in your cheese. Put lid on pan to let cheese melt. Once cheese is melted, serve meatballs on your favorite roll.

Holiday Pretzels

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Need a last minute gift idea? Need something that you can whip up real fast? Holiday Pretzels!!I kind of made up that name, but I think it works. I of course found this idea on the beloved Pinterest website.

So here goes. Pay attention now, it gets complicated . . . just kidding.

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Grab a bag of white chocolate chips, white candy melts, whatever is white that’s sweet and will melt. I threw my whole bag of white chips in a microwave safe bowl and melted the chips 30 seconds at a time until all the chips were melted.

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Add in your holiday pretzels. I picked up mine at Sam’s Club. I’m sure they have a Costco version. I love that have these cute Christmas shapes: tree, star, and bell.

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Gently submerge your pretzels under the melted white chips. You can use a fork to remove the pretzels. I tried to let the white chocolate drip off, that way you could see the shapes of the pretzels better.

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I placed the pretzels down and then sprinkled them with some Christmas sprinkles. Walmart was selling the Christmas sprinkles before the chocolate cooled. You will know if your chocolate has cooled down too much. The sprinkles will just bounce off the pretzels. LOL.

Now, I thought I was being clever by placing the pretzels on the cooling rack.I did that thinking that the chocolate would drip off better but it didn’t really.In fact, it stuck more to the rack when it dried, so it was a little harder to remove.

My recommendation is to place them on a piece of wax or parchment paper, then you can easily peel them off once the chocolate has dried.

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TA-DA!!

They are really good, so don’t make them when you are hungry because you probably won’t have enough to give away.

I made a batch and gave them away to some friends. I created some gift tags to attach to whatever plate of goodies you are giving away. Just click gift tags to download and print.

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MERRY CHRISTMAS!!

 

Easy Navajo Tacos

 

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My mouth is watering just looking at this picture. I was trying to make use of my Pinterest board, and came across a recipe for Navajo Tacos. I love, love, love Navajo tacos, BUT the thought of making the dough and then frying it up did not appeal to me. You will still need to fry up the dough, but you do cut out dough making part. When I found this recipe, I was soon on my to Wal-mart.

It’s so simple, that I don’t know if I would even call it a recipe. It’s more like a suggestion. The dough is just fried up Pillsbury Grand’s Biscuits.

First things first. Prep all the ingredients that will go on top of the fry bread.

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May I suggest some tomatoes, avocados, olives and lettuce.

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I just brown my ground beef and use my favorite taco seasoning. I suggest Lawry’s.

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Take one biscuit and roll it out to whatever thick or thinness that you want. When your oil is hot enough, drop it in carefully and let it brown on each side. It will cook fast so I suggest you don’t step away from the stove.

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Grab your toppings and put whatever you want. You really do need to eat these Navajo tacos when they’re nice and warm. That’s when they’re MOST delicious.

Just a suggestion ; )

School Lunch Round-Up #1

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When you have five kids like me, paying for school lunches can become pretty expensive, but when you have five kids like me, preparing five lunches makes paying for five lunches look good. Well, in my effort to try to cut back on the school lunch buying, I tried looking up ideas for school lunches from home. Let’s be honest, you can only eat so much sandwiches in a week, let a lone a school year. I don’t blame my kids for not wanting to take home lunch all the time.

So I have a goal to try (as much as possible) to make school lunches for my kids to take that are fun and different. So here’s my first successful week I want to share to give you ideas, in case you’re in the same boat.

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Chicken Nuggets with dipping sauce. One kid picked ketchup, the other with her sophisticated taste pallet went with thai chili sauce. I cut up strawberries and added a brownie.

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I bought some mini ciabatta rolls and made ham and cheese panini. I know, it’s just a fancy grilled ham and cheese, but my kids thought it was great. I added some orange slices and goldfish on the side.

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Tuna salad (I had a lid for the little container in there), with crackers. It’s one of my favorite lunches. Sliced up apples with some lemon juice to prevent brownness. I added a blueberry muffin. Please don’t think that I am baking away for hours in my kitchen. True ,I do like to bake from scratch, but when it comes to school and quick meals, I just bought those muffin packets that you just add water to and baked them. Then I put them in the freezer for later.

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Pigs-in-a-blanket. I just used those Pillsbury rolls in a can, wrapped half a hot dog in each one and baked for 10 mins, froze the rest for later. Fruit of choice for this day was grapes, and added another blueberry muffin to this one.

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So this last lunch, you may not be familiar with, and may not like it. It was Spam Musubi. Basically, I take a slice of spam, cook it on the stove in some teriyaki sauce, lay it one some rice that I molded into a rectangle, and wrapped it in seaweed (nori). It’s like a spam sushi. We added apple slices, pretzels and a fruit snack because it’s Friday.

There you have it, my round up of lunches from last week. What made making lunches really easy as well, were these containers that I ordered online from easylunchboxes.com. Love them! I don’t have to go looking for containers or blow through boxes of plastic bags.

Happy Lunch making!!

Peach Cobbler Bars – Scrumptiousness

 

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I have found my new favorite dessert. I was browsing through my pinterest page and saw this yummy looking thing. Peach cobbler bars. I broke my diet for these bars. In fact, I came home from work, rushed to the fridge and had one for breakfast.

Please don’t judge.

Never mind. Judge all you want. These bars were DE-LISH!!! And worth every calorie.

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I’ve decided not to make this post long-winded, especially when the pictures are making your mouth water. I won’t delay the agony any longer and just let you have the recipe.

Enjoy.

 PEACH COBBLER BARS

Ingredients
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp almond extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 (21 ounce) peach pie filling*
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ½ tsp cinnamon

Glaze

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp almond extract
  • 2 Tbs milk
 Instructions
Soften your butter then add in some sugar and cream them. Throw in your eggs and incorporate. Add your two extracts. I didn’t have almond extract, but it still tasted delicious! Grab another bowl and dump in your peach pie filling, cinnamon and brown sugar.  Have a greased 15x10x1 pan on standby. Use 3 cups of batter and spread it onto your greased pan. Grab your pie filling and spread that on top of the batter. Last but not least, drop the rest of the batter on top of all that delicious goodness. Crank your oven on to 350 degrees and bake that pan of peach heaven for 25 to 30 minutes. When it’s done, let it cool, then drizzle glaze over the bars. Make sure to save some for the morning . . . they’re good for breakfast ; )

Sweet-Sour Meatballs – Meatballs with an Island Flair

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So here’s a dish that I don’t make too often. It’s one of those that everyone loves, but because I don’t make it every month, no one is sick of it. You gotta have a stash of those kinds of recipes to pull out to shake things up a bit. First of all, I love meatballs. I’ll eat pretty much any kind of meatball that there is. So when I saw a few recipes for sweet sour meatballs, I decided to tackle this dish and make it my own. So here’s my version of Sweet Sour Meatballs.

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First up, start with the meatballs. You’ll need a bunch of ingredients, including meat. Very important. Don’t forget the meat. I usually just buy whatever is on sale, it’s totally up to you.

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Here are some other ingredients I throw in my meatball recipe. Once you have all these ingredients in one bowl, get your hands in there and start mixing it up.

P.S. Just realized I misspelled “worcestershire sauce”. Please don’t judge.

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Make sure you have a cute assistant to help you. They make whatever you are cooking taste better . . . or at least cuter (?) That totally doesn’t make sense, but you get what I’m saying.

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I use my cookie scooper and to get the amount I want for my meatballs, about 1 1/2 to 2 Tbsp of meat. Roll it out and cook. Some people like to cook it up on the stove in a skillet, which works. I choose to put my feet up and catch up on a show, so I put my meatballs in the oven. I bake it at 350 degrees for 40 mins. See. Enough time to catch up on the most recent episode of DWTS.

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While those are cooking, let’s work on the yummy sauce. Slice up some bell peppers and onions. Pour a little oil in a med size pan, about 2 Tbsp and cook up the onions and peppers for a few minutes. Your kitchen will smell delicious!! It doesn’t matter what color bell peppers you choose. I picked red because I thought the color would make my food at least look yummy ; ), because if all else fails with this recipe, at least it looked good. Lucky for you, I tried it and lived to tell the tale. Not only will the meatballs look good, but will taste just as good.

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After your veggies are done cooking, set them aside. Take some cornstarch and brown sugar and mix them in your skillet. Next add in your pineapple, juice and all, vinegar and soy sauce. A little note about the pineapples. It’s best to buy the pineapple tidbits. I only had pineapple chunks in my pantry. It doesn’t mess with the taste, just with the minds of a 9 year old.

Turn up the heat, and when your sauce starts boiling, it will begin to take on a clear look. Turn your heat down to low and add in your meatballs and veggies. Mix it all in there and then it is ready to serve.

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Sweet Sour Meatballs goes perfect with some nice hot rice. Have a green salad on the side and just crown yourself queen of the kitchen. Enjoy!!

 

SWEET SOUR MEATBALLS

Meatballs

1 1/2 lb of ground beef

2 Tbsp parsley

1 1/2 tsp salt

1/4 tsp pepper

1 egg

1/4 cup milk

2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce

1 cup breadcrumbs

Mix all these ingredients together and roll out into 1 inch balls. Place on a greased pan to bake. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bake meatballs for 40 mins. While meatballs are cooking, get sauce ready.

Sweet Sour Sauce

2 Tbsp oil

1 cup of sliced bell pepper

1/2  cup sliced onion

2 Tbsp cornstarch

3/4 cup brown sugar

2 (15 oz) cans of pineapple tidbits, include juice

1/3 cup vinegar

2 Tbsp soy sauce

Heat skillet with oil. Throw in bell peppers and onions and cook for a few minutes. Once veggies are semi-cooked, set on the side for later. Mix together cornstarch and brown sugar in heated skillet. Add in your 2 cans of pineapples with its juice, vinegar and soy sauce. Turn heat up to get sauce to boil. Once the sauce starts to boil, it will take on a clear look.  Add in your veggies and meatballs. Turn heat down to low and let everything simmer for a a few minutes.

Serve it on a plate of hot rice and enjoy!!