Oct 28, 2013

Delicious Bridal Shower Meatballs

Meatballs - everyone's favorite party food.  And if you like to swap out ground turkey for ground beef in many of your main dishes, you might want to try Italian Turkey Meatballs.  Even your non-Italian friends will love these lean meatballs filled with the flavors of fresh herbs, parmesan cheese, and seasoned bread crumbs.  Here are meatballs made from scratch - with a yummy blend of barbeque sauce and fresh pineapple preserves - and also a much quicker and no less delicious slow cooker meatball recipe below.  Only 3 ingredients and you're done.  Don't forget to include them at your next bridal shower, baby shower or just because.  I always lean on this simple recipe and it never fails to impress!

Sweet and Sour Meatballs
  • 2 pounds ground round
  • 2 cups dry bread crumbs (I always use Italian Style)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 2 T finely chopped parsley
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup barbeque sauce
  • 1 1/2 cup pineapple preserves
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a medium-size bowl, mix barbecue sauce and pineapple preserves together.
  3. In another bowl, combine meat, breadcrumbs, eggs, onions, salt, and parsley. Mix well and form into bite-size balls. Arrange the balls in a single layer in a 9x13 inch baking dish. Pour the barbecue sauce mixture evenly over the meatballs.
  4. Bake for 30 to 45 minutes, until the meat is cooked.

Ultimate Party Meatballs

  • 2 pounds of frozen meatballs (again, I prefer Italian)
  • 1 16 oz. can of jellied cranberry sauce
  • 1 12 oz. bottle of Heinz Chili Sauce
Combine sauces in a large pan over medium-low heat and stir until smooth.  Add meatballs and cook 15 minutes or until meatballs are heated through.  So easy and they always come out perfect.
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Oct 26, 2013

5 Breathtakingly Beautiful Wedding Vows

Writing your own wedding vows - don't leave it to the last minute!  Would you believe these took all day to write?  When writing your own vows, consider using beautiful descriptive words like cherished, devoted, adored and blessed.  Please feel free to use mine, combine or rearrange them or make them more personal.

wedding vows

What a beautiful day to be married to my best friend.  A friend that comforts and cares for me, and wants to spend a lifetime loving me.  All my dreams have come true today.  Here you stand before me with a warm heart and open hands, ready to commit to our everlasting love.  I am happy, I am humbled.  We stand here in the presence of our loving family and friends, anticipating the joy of our new life together.  From this day forward, may my constant love and devotion nourish and sustain you always.

I thank God for the day you walked into my life.  Because of you, my days and nights are filled with hope and happiness.  Take my hand, as we begin this journey together and take my heart, so that I may love you deeply and with abandon.  Your joys are my joys and your sorrows are mine too.  The days of being alone are gone.  Let us cherish this day, this golden moment, this sacred celebration with beloved family and friends.  I give you my heart.  Together we are one. 

Today I offer myself to you as husband/wife.  With my whole heart, I embrace our future together - the joys as well as the sorrows - and stand beside you today and every day.  You are my friend.  You are my one true love.  I see hope and happiness in your eyes.  I thank God he brought you into my life, to love and to cherish, to comfort and encourage.  You are a greater gift than I ever dreamed of, and I promise to walk beside you, care for you, respect you and love you always.

From the day we met, I knew you were the one.  You understood what was cute and what was quirky and you loved me for it anyway.  I saw in your eyes that I was loved, loved in a way I had never been before.  By your many kindnesses I saw that you adored your family and mine.  By your tender devotion to your father and mother, I knew your love knew no bounds.  You are unselfish, loving, loyal, tender and trustworthy.  Your deep love is as solid as the earth beneath my feet.  Let us go forth, living and loving together - now and forever.

Today we are blessed.  Blessed to come from our loving families and under the eyes of God, pledge our love and devotion for each other.  Your love has been a gift that came unexpectedly and changed my life forever.  Always a great friend and listener, something deep in my heart said you were the one.  I promise to love you and protect you, accept and cherish your family as my own.  Let us walk together, side by side, and I promise to be faithful and true to you forevermore.  

Oct 3, 2013

Red Winter Wedding Centerpieces

The perfect winter wedding centerpiece for less than $10 - is it possible?  It is if you consider three of my favorite budget friendly winter decorations - candles, cranberries and brightly colored Christmas ornaments.  Tart red cranberries in 12 oz. bags are always available in the months from October through December.  At about two dollars per pound, you can keep fresh cranberries in your refrigerator for 3 to 4 weeks.  Plenty of time to experiment and create a visual masterpiece.  Paired with white candles and nestled in glass bowls or apothecary jars, these bright red berries may be just be perfect for your winter themed wedding.

candle centerpiece with cranberries 

 cranberry wedding centerpiece 
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