Sunday, December 9, 2012

Meatball Sunday!

I finally broke my crock pot out of the box it came in when I bought it over three months ago and made those meatballs I told you about earlier this week. You remember, the meatballs I bought and then had to wait in traffic for hours before I could get them home to the freezer?

Well they made it home still frozen and today I tossed them into the crock pot along with a whole bottle of BBQ sauce and a jar of grape jelly (grape jelly is the secret ingredient that I didn't tell anyone about because I didn't think they would try them if they new grape jelly was in there).

I found the recipe at The County Cook and I followed it to the letter but they didn't look as pretty as hers, mine were a little bit darker. Maybe the BBQ sauce I used? Not sure.

I didn't take a photo of the ones I made and the results were mixed. Mom said they were ok, but she's not a big fan of ground beef. The son loved them! The daughter said she liked the flavor but not the texture of the meatballs. I'm kinda with the daughter, I liked the flavor but not the texture. Maybe next time I'll make my own meatballs.

I'm trying to make something new each Sunday. My kids keep asking for the same old tried and true recipes but I'm determined to benefit from the many hours each I day I spend pinning recipes from Pinterest!

Anyway, Friday was my company's holiday luncheon in Fresno which is about 2 hours north of Bakersfield. It was fun and I always love seeing my co-workers from our Fresno and San Jose offices, since we only see each other once a year but talk to each other almost every day. It was tough trying to gather everyone together for a photo. As you can see, I was camera ready but everyone else was too busy socializing!

And then when they are all ready, I decide to move my head so I'm a little out of focus...or maybe it was the wine?

But finally we get all the socialites and rabble-rousers out of the picture and get everyone to focus and pay attention and I think we came out great!
Each year they set up a luncheon for us at  Roger Rocka's Dinner Theater in Fresno. The cast there puts on an abbreviated portion of the show currently playing which this year was Beehive. It was so funny and they are such great singers. They also host a raffle where you can win prizes such as Kindles and Ipods and Ipads and bottles of wine and baskets of chocolate and stuffed animals and gift certificates. All the money goes to charity and sadly no one at my table won! But we still had a wonderful time!

Saturday my sister and I took my dad to breakfast. He had a good time and bought himself a little 1955 Chevy model car that they had for sale, so he was a happy camper to have had breakfast with his girls and a toy to play with later!
Then my sister and I took off for Valencia to do some Christmas shopping and share in a little sister-time. Sadly, I didn't get any pictures except the one of the Guacamole and Sparkling Pomegranate Margaritas we shared, but if I had gotten a picture, we would have been smiling because we had a great day.
So that was my weekend and tomorrow it's back to the salt mines. Have a good week everyone!


  1. We both want chicken and dumplings!

  2. Back before my wife turn vegetarian on me (which is actually OK because I was trying to reduce my red meat consumption anyhow) she made really great meatballs. The were a mistake. I think in her mind she turned two ingredients around and ended up doubling bread crumbs and halving the eggs. The result was a truly scrumptious meat ball. They were delicate due to the low egg content but otherwise just yummy and I liked them because they didn't end up with the consistency of a super ball. Another trick she had was to cook the meat balls in with kielbasa. The meat balls took on the flavor of the kielbasa and were far more pleasant to eat than the rubbery and gritty kielbasa (which we gave to the cat--he loved it.)

  3. It looks like you had an amazing weekend.

  4. You've been one busy lady. It sounds like you never have time to be bored. I hope the coming week treats youwell. Blessings...Mary

  5. The pictures say it all. You look lovely both with your co-workers and with your Dad.
    Many happy returns of the holiday luncheon!

  6. My mom use to make the most tasty sweet and sour meatballs. It wasn't until I was in my 20's that I found out she used grape jelly and chili sauce and poured them into the crock pot and let them cook all day. Yummo. One of my new favorite dishes I made was the Pioneer Woman's Chicken Spaghetti. I make a few changes if I don't have all the ingredients but it always comes out delicious.


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