Friday, November 11, 2011

Cocktail Meatballs

Every Christmas Eve, since the kids were small, included on our dinner menu are...
Cocktail Meatballs
It's an easy recipe that has been around for years.
The meatballs can be made ahead, (baked and cooled) placed in plastic freezer bags and frozen.
When ready to serve, heat sauce ingredients and add thawed meatballs; heat through.
They are nice served at baby or bridal showers and a must each Christmas Eve at our home.
My family likes the large sized and makes little sandwiches on
my dinner rolls (shaped regular ~ not animal shape)
Cocktail Meatballs
From my old Betty Crocker Cookbook

1 lb. ground beef
1/2 cup dry bread crumbs
1/3 cup finely chopped onion
1/4 cup milk
1 T. parsley
1 t. salt
1/2 t. Worcestershire sauce
1/8 t. pepper
1 egg
1/4 cup shortening
1 jar (10 oz) grape jelly
1 bottle chili sauce

Mix ground beef, bread crumbs, onion, milk, parsley, salt, Worcestershire sauce, pepper and egg. Shape into 1 inch balls ( make bigger meatballs, if desired)

Melt shortening in large skillet; brown meatballs.  Remove meatballs from skillet; pour off fat. ( I bake 2-inch size in a 425 oven for 15 minutes)

Heat chili sauce and jelly in skillet; stirring constantly, until jelly is melted. Add meatballs and stir until thoroughly coated.  Simmer uncovered 30 minutes.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Morning & Afternoon

When the view from your kitchen window looks like this...

You have to do two things.
Praise God for the breathtaking work of his hands
then grab your camera and run outside.
still roses on the Knock-Out bush 
Psalm 8
For the director of music. A psalm of David.
LORD, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!
You have set your glory
above the heavens.
From the lips of children and infants
you have ordained praise
because of your enemies,
to silence the foe and the avenger.
When I consider your heavens,
the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars,
which you have set in place,
what is man that you are mindful of him,
the son of man that you care for him?
You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings
and crowned him with glory and honor.
You made him ruler over the works of your hands;
you put everything under his feet:
all flocks and herds,
and the beasts of the field,
the birds of the air,
and the fish of the sea,
all that swim the paths of the seas.
LORD, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!
{italicize mine}

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Baked Cider Doughnuts

A third attempt at baked doughnuts and we really like these!
Apple butter and apple cider along with Maple Syrup make a delicious doughnut.
I will be whipping these up frequently.
Baked Cider Doughnuts
slightly adapted from this recipe: Lemon Drop

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 large egg, lightly beaten
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup apple butter
1/3 cup pure maple syrup
1/3 cup apple cider
1/3 cup sour cream (I used fat-free)

Preheat oven to 400F
Spray doughnut pan with cooking spray

In medium bowl, whisk together first 5 ingredients.

In large bowl, whisk together remaining ingredients
Fold wet ingredients into dry ingredients blending just until combined

Spoon about 2 1/2 Tbs. batter into pan cavities or use a piping bag, fitted with large round open tip to pipe into pan.

Bake 10 minutes.  Cool several minutes.

Run a knife around edges of donuts and flip out onto a cooling rack

Brush melted butter onto each doughnut and roll in cinnamon sugar.

Cool pan and re-spray before proceeding with each batch.

Recipe yielded 14 doughnuts.
Previous Baked Doughnut post click photo:
Linking to:
Countdown to 2012 @Finding Joy in My Kitchen
Foodie Friday @Designs by Gollum
Whatever You Want Wednesday @Pretty Things for You
Look What I Made @Creations by Kara
Tuesdays at the Table @All the Small Stuff
Get Your Craft on Tuesday @ Today's Creative Blog
Wow Us Wednesday @ Savvy Southern Style
Home Decor and Organizing Link Party @Organize and Decorate Everything
Wednesday’s World of Work @ The Good Steward

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Autumn Days

And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight
Genesis 2:9

almost time to take the gold fish from our tiny pond to the lake and prepare for winter.

Linking to Mary@Little Red House for Mosaic Monday


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