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Sweet and Sour Meatballs

These Sweet and Sour Meatballs were a big hit with my husband!  I still remember my mom making Sweet and Sour Meatballs when I was younger and I would literally fight with my parents not to eat dinner.
It is really hard coming  up with dinner ideas to make each night.   One night when I stopped by parents after work my mom was making this for dinner and I thought I should give it another try and make it for us.  My husband loved it and wanted to know why I waited 6 years to make it!
Sweet and sour meatballs

I made the meatballs from scratch but I’m sure the pre-made meat balls would work just fine.  I think next time I’m going to double my meatballs and freeze them for a quick dinner in the future.

I loved the smell of sweetness this brought into the house!  Even simmering it looks so good.

 sweet and sour meatballs

Did I mention I have the worlds pickiest eaters!!   Well one of them actually tasted this and said  “mom this is good”  I just about fell out of my chair.

sweet and sour meatballs

Sweet & Sour Meatballs
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Have a yummy dinner on the table in no time with this easy and tasty Sweet and Sour Meatballs
  • Meatballs
  • 1 pound hamburger
  • ½ dried bread crumbs-mine were Italian flavored
  • ¼ milk
  • 2 Tbsp finely chopped onion
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 egg
  • Sweet & Sour
  • ½ cup brown sugar-packed
  • 1 Tbsp Corn Starch
  • 1 Can Pineapple chunks-the bigger can with syrup
  • ⅓ cup Vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 1 small green pepper-cut into chunks
  • 2-3 cups white rice
  1. Meatballs:
  2. Mix all together in a bowl. Shape into the size ball you want. Cook in a sauce pan for twenty minutes. Occasionally flipping them over. Place on separate plate and drain the fat.
  3. In the same pan you used for the meat balls, mix brown sugar and cornstarch.
  4. Stir in the pineapple with syrup, vinegar and soy sauce. Heat to a boil, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat and add in cooked meatballs.
  5. Cover and simmer for 10 min stirring occasionally.
  6. Next add in the green peppers and cook additional 5 minutes.
  7. Serve over white rice

How big is to big to celebrate a1st birthday!

My little mans birthday is starting to creep up on us.  He will be turning 1 years old….tear!  Where has the time gone? 
My parents always made us feel so special on our birthdays and I want to carry that tradition on and create some new traditions.  My hardest decision right now is deciding on how I want to celebrate? Do we keep it small with just family (grandparents, our siblings and great grandparents)  or do we go all out and invite a lot more (our extended families and close friends).  Do we have a theme party?  Because honestly how can I plan for a theme party when he doesn’t watch tv shows or know who certain characters are.  Or do I have a color theme with blues, greens, yellows, and reds. 
I know its not that hard of a decision but I want his first birthday to be great and memorable.  I see insane birthday party for baby’s 1st birthday. Which I think are a little to excessive by the way. I still remember some of my birthdays from when I was younger. My mom turned our entire front porch into a princess castle, is my most memorable birthday, I think I was turning 6 or 7.  I know he is not going to remember his birthday but the p

ictures do and I want it to be epic!

So my question is what did you do for your kids 1st birthday?  Any traditions that you do every year for each birthday?

Chicken Avocado Sandwiches!

We love avocado’s at our house.  I only wish I was able to grow them where I live.  So I was wanting to make some chicken salad sandwiches for some work lunches and I had a few avocado’s that needed to be used. So I decided to make an avocado chicken salad.  At first it was just going to be some slices but in the end I decided to mash them up instead.

Avocado Chicken Salad

2-3 Chicken breasts, boiled and shredded
2 medium ripe avocado’s
1/4 red onion, diced to your liking
1/4 cup Mayo
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
2 dashes of pepper
Squirt of lime juice

Mix the last 9 ingredients together and taste to see if you need add anything else.  Then mix in chicken and spread over bread of your choice.  I lightly toasted a ciabatta bun and it was delicious

My notes:
I thought it needed a little more flavor, so I added a little bit of taco seasoning in and it tasted alot better.

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I was nominated the Liebster blog award

I was nominated for the Liebster Blog award, from the Non-martha mamma.  Its a great away to get to know some of the smaller bloggers and get to know each other.

1. I’m terrified of Ants
2. I love being outdoors
3. I enjoy yard work, which my husband loves.  I would even mow the lawn when I was 8 months pregnant
4. I don’t like reality TV but I watch soap operas
5. I married my high school sweetheart, 10 years strong woot woot!!
6. I’m way to organized
7. I don’t like swimming in open waters
8. I don’t know how to change a tire
9. I have a purse obsession
10. I have never tasted seafood

My Questions:

What do you do for a living (or are you a SAHM)? If you could do anything else at all, what would it be?
I work full time in the ER.  I have always wanted to be a checker at grocery store.  I find it fascinating the things people buy.
Favorite ice cream flavor?
Cake batter from Cold Stone
What’s your hair color? Is it your natural color? If you were to dye it another color what color would it be?
Right now its brown, I dyed it few years ago to match my natural and haven’t dyed it since.  I’m thinking of adding some highlights this summer for a new look
If you were an animal, what would you be and why?
I would be a monkey,  I like how spontaneous they are.
Do you sleep with socks on or off? (I know…weird question, but my husband thinks I’m weird for always sleeping with socks, even in the dead of summer, so just curious)
I hate socks.  I only wear them when I have to, then they are immediately off when I take of my shoes
Do you like board games? If so what are some of your favorites?
I like card games, like Phase 10, Skip-bo
What time do you normally go to bed and what time do you normally wake up?
I go to bed between 9-10. On the days I work im up at 4 am and on the days I get to “sleep in” its when my baby gets up and that’s around 6:30
Are you having a hard time answering my questions, coming up with 11 random facts about you, and asking 11 questions to your nominees?
Not yet!
Do you have a lucky number?
Do you have any children? If so, how many and what ages? How many children (or how many more children) do you plan/want to have?
I have 1 little boy who just turned 9 months.   I’m hoping to have at least 2 more kids hopefully another boy and a girl 
Favorite season?
Right now I would say Spring, this Winter has sucked and im ready for Spring

My questions for my nominees:
1.What is your favorite snack?
2.What kind of music do you like?
3.Windows up or down?
4.Where do you like to go on vacation?
5.What would be your dream job?
6. Favorite activity with your family?
7.What is the craziest thing you have done?
8. Have you ever broken a bone? How?
9. What is your secret confession that know one knows?
10. Your least favorite food?

My nominees:

4. Hair of the dog
5. Ravens organic Life
6. Juggling Real food and Real Life
7. Restoration Beauty
8. Your Crafy Friend
9. Feeding your Giant
10. Epic Mommy adventures

I have never chatted with any of these ladies, but I have came across the blogs and I look forward to reading future posts from them.  Follow the links to these ladies blogs and show them some love.  After all we are blogging moms!

Nominees, If you choose to accept this award please remember to nominate 11 other bloggers with less then 200 followers.

Spicy Queso Dip

I have a major addiction to tortilla chips!  I think know they are my favorite chip!  So when I came across this recipe I knew I needed to make it.  This queso sauce is cheesy and spicy all together. 

1 lb hamburger or spicy sausage
1 1/2 cups salsa-medium heat
1 can diced chilies
1 cup sour cream
1 8oz cream cheese
dash of cumin

Cook meat until done and drain grease.  Add in salsa, green chilies and cumin, cook on medium heat for about 5 minutes or until tender.  You can puree your salsa if wanted it will just be a little more runny dip.  Add in cream cheese and cook until melted.  Add in sour cream right before you are about to dive into the dip.

This dip stays good in the fridge for 3 days if you add the meat and about a week with out the meat….but honestly you wont have any leftovers.

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Gooey Caramel Corn

Bright and early tomorrow morning we are headed to my Mother-in-Laws house.  Its my little Sister In-Law’s birthday on St. Patrick’s Day.  What  an awesome day to have your birthday on!  So we are headed down with my other Sister-In-Law.  Its about a 4 hour drive to get there.  I strongly believe any kind of long road trip deserves to have snacks.  I have been wanting to be Caramel Corn for awhile but I knew I would just eat it all to my self so this way I have to share it!
I’m sure my thighs will thank me later!
The first step is to pop your pop corn.  I popped about 2 cups of seeds.  I divided the popped popcorn into 2 separate bowls.  I found this way easier for stirring in the caramel
Next you add butter, sugar and syrup and bring to a boil.  After it boils add in the sweetened condensed milk and boil on medium heat.  You will need to use a candy thermometer, to get to soft ball stage or about 230 degrees (about 17 minutes on medium heat)  Make sure you  continue to stir so it doesn’t burn
When it reaches soft ball stage, take off the heat and add in vanilla.  Now you get pour the yummy goodness all over the popcorn.  Stir in until all the popcorn is covered in caramel
Now you get to enjoy eating it all!

Caramel Corn

1/2 butter
2 1/4 packet brown sugar
1 cup corn syrup
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups popped popcorn

Combine butter, sugar and syrup.  Stir well, boil over medium heat.  Stir in milk and simmer.  Stir constantly until soft ball stage.  Take off heat, add vanilla and then pour over popcorn.

Santa Fe Chicken

I was at work the other day and I could smell this wonderful aroma from one of my co-workers heating up their lunch.  It smelled and looked fantastic.  So I of course had to have the recipe.  The best part is she cooked all in her crock pot .  I love cooking in my crock pot!!

3-4 Chicken breast-I used frozen
1 can corn-rinsed
1 can black beans-rinsed
1 can tomato sauce
1/2 cup water
1 1/2 cups salsa
1 Tbsp Garlic powder

Mix everything together in the crock pot.  Add the chicken on top and kind of push down a little so some of the sauce is covering the chicken.  Cook on low and cook 6-8 hours.  Serve over rice.

My Notes:
I think the frozen chicken was perfect, my chicken never dried out from over cooking.   I think this recipe was lacking some flavor so I think next time I will add a little bit of taco seasoning.  Maybe use mexi-corn instead of regular corn.  My husband suggested shredding the chicken.

As seen on Pinterest- DIY eye makeup remover

I love Pinterest!  Im always trying new recipes, crafts and DIY.   So I decided im going to try things on Pinterest and blog about it tell you if it really does work or not.  I think it will be fun to experiment with all these pins to see if it really works or not.  So im going to call this segment AS SEEN ON PINTEREST.  Come back every week to see what I have tried.

For my first segment, I thought I would try eye makeup remover.  I recently ran out on im not in the mood to go to the store.  So I got on Pinterest!  There were lots of recipes for this and they were all pretty much the same.  Lucky for me I recently had a baby so I had everything in the house.

To make this you will need:
1 cup water
1 Tsp baby oil
1/2 tsp tear free baby soap
Mix all together and store in tight container.

I think it turned out pretty well.  I did add a little extra soap and I think it works alot better. Shake before each use.

Total cost: $0.00 I had everything at home

If there is anything you find on Pinterest and want me to try please email me!

Refried beans

I don’t know why it never occurred to me to never try and make my own refried beans.   I have never really enjoyed beans until lately and the canned version of refried beans don’t taste very good to me.  I like to make my own cause I know exactly what is in them, plus I don’t have the slimmy film the can version has.  Did I mention you can just throw it in the crock pot and forget about it!

Crockpot refried beans

3 cups hard pinto beans.
1/2 onion cut into big chunks
3 chicken bouillon cubes
1 Tbsp garlic powder
1 Tbsp onion salt

I first rinsed my beans.  Dump into crock pot and fill with water all the way to the top.  Add in seasonings and onion.  Set the crock pot on high and walk away.   Its that easy
I let mine cook on high for about 8 hours.  I never stirred it but I did check it to make sure there was always water inside.  If it gets low then add a little bit.
When done I strained the beans, keeping the liquid.  I dumped into a bowl and with my hand mixer and pureed it all together. Now you add the liquid to the beans to the desire consistency you want.

You can add green chilies if wanted.  I also made some bean and cheese burritos and froze them.  I also froze the refried beans in the freezer to pull out at anytime.  They are just as good as the first day I made them.