‘Wedding’ Meatballs

One of my family’s favorite meals is my parents’ ‘Wedding’ Meatballs. As the story goes, my grandparents worked day in and day out making hundreds of ‘Wedding’ Meatballs for my parents’ wedding and they were a hit. EVERYONE loved them. The recipe was requested and it shocked people just how easy it was.

My grandma even has requests for these meatballs still to this day. They really are that good. I think they are even better the next day for lunch!

Of course, back then my grandparents had to hand roll the meatballs, but today you can grab a bag of precooked meatballs and voila, you’ve cut the meal time down to 20 minutes.

What you need:

Bag of meatballs (I always buy and make a large bag and have the leftovers for lunch the next day)
Small jar Apricot Preserves
1/2 cup BBQ sauce

Directions:

Cook meatballs according to package (oven directions)
Mix apricot preserves and BBQ sauce in small bowl; set aside
During last 10-15 minutes take meatballs out of the oven and pour sauce mixture on top, making sure to get all of the meatballs covered and coated.
Place back in oven for 10-15 more minutes or until golden brown

Super easy and super yummy!
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Pulled Pork

This is a repeat from last year, but I just had to share again because it is one of my most favorite recipes ever. It’s super easy and super yummy and it makes your house smell like you’ve been working hard in the kitchen all day when you haven’t.

You just need 3 ingredients: Pork Loin or Shoulder 1-2lbs (I get whatever is on sale), a bottle of BBQ sauce (your choice) and a can of Root Beer, Dr. Pepper or Diet Dr. Pepper. (I’m sure you could use others, but these are the ones I’ve tried.)
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Directions:

Place pork in crock pot. Add can of soda. Cook on low 8 to 10 hours. Drain. (I leave a little juice, personally.) Shred with fork. Add bottle of BBQ sauce. Serve.
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See, I told you it was easy! And everyone loves it.

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The Easiest Pumpkin Muffins Ever

While I know the pumpkin season has ended for most, there are still some of us who love all things pumpkin all year long and so I say to heck with pumpkin season!

Actually, I don’t say that, what I do say is ‘that’s okay America, I’ll make my own Pumpkin stuff.’ Yeah, that’s definitely more me. :)

Thankfully my friend gave me the easiest pumpkin muffin recipe ever. Seriously, it’s so easy and they are so good.

They are a little heavier than cupcakes or cake, but they are super moist and they go great with a cup of coffee.

What you’ll need:

1 box Spice or Carrot Cake Mix
1 can Pumpkin

Directions:

Mix cake mix and can of pumpkin together. Place heaping spoonfuls into cupcake liners. Bake according to cake mix. That’s it.

Yep, that’s it.

Don’t forget if you have a favorite recipe, send it this way so I can check it out. Who knows? It might be featured next!
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Apricot Biscuits

I grew up on these biscuits my whole life. They are so good. We always had these on the holidays, but I would get so excited when my dad would make these for breakfast before school. (Actually, I got excited any time my dad would make these!)

You will need:
butter
brown sugar
canned apricot halves
canned biscuits
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First, add a spoonful or pad of butter into muffin pan
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Then, add a spoonful of brown sugar on top of butter. Don’t skimp yourself, go a little heavy.
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Next, place 1 apricot half on top of butter and brown sugar.
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Finally, place canned biscuit on top and place in oven. Bake according to biscuits. Allow to cool for a few minutes before flipping pan onto plate, drizzle the juice on top of the biscuits and serve.
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My Take on North Carolina Moravian Chicken Pie

First, I should let you know right from the beginning that this recipe is nowhere near as good as a true North Carolina Moravian Chicken Pie and if ever given the opportunity to eat said pie, you should. There will be no regrets, I promise.

But if you aren’t anywhere near NC then this recipe will do, and it’s not bad at all, I promise.

What you’ll need:

1lb chicken breasts
12oz Chicken Broth
1 onion
1 stalk celery
Butter
Flour
Pie Crust
Salt and Pepper

Directions:

Add Chicken, broth, celery, onion, salt, and pepper to crock pot. Cook on low for 8 hours. When done shred chicken with fork. If you are using frozen pie crusts you’ll need to take out one and thaw for about 15-20 minutes. This is going to be the top of your pie. Next you’ll add the chicken into your frozen pie crust. Pour the broth from the crock pot over the chicken until moist. Discard the onion and the celery. Then add a few spoonfuls of butter on top of the chicken. Be generous. Sprinkle a little bit of flour on top and finally lay your thawed pie crust over the chicken. Press the edges. Get fancy with a fork if you want. Paint top with melted butter. Add a few holes into the center of the pie and bake at 350 degrees until golden brown (usually 15-20 minutes).
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Brussels Sprouts

So I’ve been doing pretty well with my new ‘diet’. I cut out soda, diet and regular. And I’ve only had 2 cookies this week, which is a BIG DEAL in this house. I love all things sweet. I’ve also been more aware of what I’m eating and I’ve been cutting down on my portion sizes.

We have been cleaning out the cabinets and we are pretty much done with the junk food in the house. I really am trying my best to stay away from processed foods. And so far, everyone has been handling pretty well.

I have been loving brussels sprouts this week! What about y’all? What can’t you get enough of? DinnerPlateupclosebrussels
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Super simple dinner too. Just added Olive Oil and Salt and Pepper to everything.

I’m not a fan of cooking at all. The husband is the one who enjoys that. So when I have to be in the kitchen, I like simple and easy.

Don’t forget to share some of your favorite recipes with me!

Crockpot Chicken and Dumplings

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It has finally turned cool in Texas. We actually had to turn our heat on. And we tend to stay snuggled on the couch as long as we can. And even though I’m not a huge fan of the cold weather, I do love a nice, hearty, Chicken and Dumplings meal. I love it even more when it’s super easy to make and doesn’t cost a lot to make.

This was such a yummy and EASY recipe. Husband and kids loved it and we made it for less than $10!

Ingredients
64oz Chicken Broth
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1-2 (10 Count) can of refrigerated biscuits

Instructions
1.Turn Crockpot on High and pour in chicken broth.
2. Cut chicken into small bite-size pieces
3. Add chicken to Crockpot and let cook on High for 2 hours
4. Once chicken is done, open can of biscuits and tear each biscuit into 2 to 3 pieces and add to the Crockpot
5. The biscuits will float to the top. After 30 minutes stir and push biscuits down into broth. Allow to cook another 20-30 minutes on High
6. Serve warm

Crockpot Tacos

What you will need:

4 Chicken Breasts
1 Can of Corn
1 Can of Black Beans
1 Jar of Salsa

Directions:

Lay chicken on bottom of Crockpot. Add corn, beans, and salsa. Cook on high 4-6 hours or on low 8-10. Shred with fork, serve on tortillas. Enjoy!
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**This dinner was so yummy and so easy. The husband approved. I think we have found a new favorite!**

Send me your favorite Crockpot recipes! I’d love to try them!

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Quick Snack

One of my favorite snacks!

I love ripe bananas. You know, the ones everyone leaves behind. The ‘misfits’ of the banana community.

Well, not me. I love ripe bananas. And I love them paired with graham crackers and peanut butter.

I also like swapping the banana out for apple slices!

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What’s your favorite go-to snack?

Pulled Pork, a Personal Fave!

Since we are talking about Crock Pot recipes let me share my most favorite recipe! It’s so easy and so delicious!

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I use 1-2lb pork. I usually get what’s on sale, i.e. Shoulder, Loin, Roast. You put that baby in the Crock Pot, add 1 can of Root Beer, 2 if your pork is big! And set for 8 hours on low. After it’s cooked I drain the root beer, leaving just a little in the Crock Pot. I shred the pork, and then you add 1 bottle of your choice BBQ sauce. Again, if your pork is large add more. And that’s it. Grab a pack of hamburger buns, and you’ve got BBQ sandwiches!

This recipe is so easy and you can make it your own by adding or taking away! Play around with it and enjoy!