Homemade Italian Meatballs

I used to be able to get away with making spaghetti as a meatless dish.  Our homemade sauce was sufficient to make it a satisfying meal.  It was a dish I could get on the table with little work and no planning ahead.

Unfortunately for me, I decided one time that I was going to be fancy and make some homemade meatballs to go with it.  The next time I made spaghetti without them I was met with “Don’t you usually add some meat to this?”  So, now whenever I want to make spaghetti I have to make meatballs too.

If you have (or are) an Italian grandmother, you’ll probably want to stop reading now.  I’m not making any claims that these are authentic Italian meatballs. However, I wanted to make the distinction because you’re not going to want to slather them in barbecue sauce and serve them as an appetizer.

So, here’s how I make my meatballs… Feel free to adjust the amount of this or substitute for that.  I won’t be insulted, I promise.

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Apple Caramel Sauce (From Scratch)

I love caramel on my ice cream… second only to pineapple.  I’ve been making my caramel sauce from scratch for awhile now because it’s just so simple.  It’s hard to go wrong with plain caramel, but since it’s fall and I have a gallon of pressed apple cider in my fridge I decided to get a little creative, and the results turned out amazing.

It tastes like the inside of an apple pie – spoon some of this sauce over vanilla ice cream and it tastes like apple pie a la mode.Read More »

Homemade Chili

This is a super simple recipe that uses some of those tomatoes you worked so hard to put up at the peak of the summer canning season.  I love this recipe because I always have the base ingredients on hand, and you can add in whatever else you’d like.  A little minced garlic would be a nice addition, and I’ve added celery and bell peppers of every color if I’ve had to use them up.

If you like a spicy chili you can kick it up by adding in some hot peppers – jalapenos or something even hotter.  Before I had a toddler to feed I would add some cayenne.  Again, something I always have on hand.Read More »

Sausage and Cheese Egg Bake

This was breakfast this morning.

I don’t often make egg bake, but every time I do I always ask myself why I don’t make more egg bakes.  Maybe it’s because my grandma always made them for Easter brunch and they seem too fancy for just any weekend breakfast.  In fact, the first time I ever made an egg bake was for Easter brunch at my house last year.  An egg bake is a great recipe to have in your repertoire because it is quick and easy to put together.  The ingredients are inexpensive, so you don’t need to wait for a special occasion, yet it is still fancy enough to serve to guests for breakfast or brunch.Read More »

Mom Came to Visit – Part 2

This past week my mom came to visit and we cooked up some exciting recipes.  What we cooked on Monday and Tuesday can be found on Mom Came to Visit – Part 1.

Wednesday Breakfast: Bacon, Egg, and Cheese Breakfast Sandwiches.

No photo, no recipe.

The reason I’m including this:  We used those pretzel rolls we made on Tuesday to make bacon, egg, and Swiss cheese breakfast sandwiches!  I also tried the trick where you cook the eggs in a mason jar ring to keep them round – it worked!  Make sure you spray the rings with cooking spray first, and if you want to flip them you need to make sure they’re cooked almost all the way through then use a fork or something to lift off the ring before you flip.Read More »

Mom Came to Visit – Part 1

I’ve been largely absent from my blog this week because my mom came to visit!

My husband was out of town for work for 4 days.  So, my mom came to hang out with the kiddos and keep me from going crazy from 4 days without a break from them.  My dad and sister even spent a night after bringing her out.  All in all it was a fun week, and I didn’t lose my sanity, which is always a bonus.

I’ve been meaning to do another recipe post, and since we cooked up some fun stuff I’m going to share what we made.  I’m breaking it up into two parts so it doesn’t get too long and overwhelming.Read More »

My Blog Celebrates 1 Month (with Baked Beans)

It’s been one month since I officially started my blog!  Yes, I published one post in April, but I didn’t tell anyone about my blog until I published my second post on May 2nd, so I consider that the “official” start of my blog.  I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who has taken the time out of their day to read my posts.  I truly appreciate the all likes and the comments.  You may not know it, but you guys even pooled together and gave me a birthday present – my most views EVER on that day!  58!  If you all keep reading, I’ll keep writing!

If I had planned ahead, I would have shared some cupcakes with you to celebrate.  But I was busy in the garden and my mother-in-law sent a couple dozen cookies back with us after we helped with the storm cleanup on Sunday (so we don’t need any more baked goods for the time being).  How about a potluck?  Back when I was working there was a potluck for everything!  Birthdays, last days, holidays, babies, weddings… potluck!  I think a one-month blog anniversary qualifies as a good reason for a potluck!  I’ll bring some beans…Read More »

Grandma Mae Jule’s Fruit Salad

I typically only have fruit salad for special occasions.  And quite honestly, if I’m hosting and you ask what you can bring there’s a good chance it’ll be fruit salad.  It’s not that I don’t like it, I just have a hard time using up all the fresh fruit before it goes bad.  This recipe is a little different in that it is a creamy, fluffy fruit salad that uses canned fruit cocktail.

This one is a family recipe of my grandma Mae Jule’s, my mom’s mom.  A huge bowl of this fruit salad was on the table at every Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter that I can remember (and likely long before that).  Grandma was such a great cook, and everything on the table was so good!  Turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, homemade stuffing, green bean casserole, this fruit salad…. There was only one issue:  How to heap everything on your plate without the gravy invading everything!  Read More »

Potato Salad with Egg and Dill

A few years back I made potato salad for the first time.  I browsed through a number of recipes and couldn’t find quite the right one.  I had an idea of how I wanted it to taste, so I pieced together different components from a bunch of recipes and created my own.  As I made it more and more it evolved into the recipe I used today.

You can definitely make your own potato salad for cheaper than you can buy it from the deli counter and you probably have most, if not all, the ingredients on hand.  It will taste better too… the potatoes in those salads just never seem right, you know?

We like our potato salad to have lots of big chunks of egg.  We also like dill, especially when it is fresh dill from the garden (but dried dill will do – bonus points if you dehydrated it yourself!).  If you’re lucky enough to have some homemade pickle relish in your pantry it really works great in this.  Or, if a few years ago you planted 15 mounds of zucchini in the garden and have a whole bunch of zucchini relish in the pantry, this is a good opportunity to get rid of some of it.Read More »