Wednesday, December 17, 2008

CHRISTMAS WITH ANJIE & BUTCH

The GOODIES! WE have the goods!
PRESENTS / GOODIES / DECOR etc..........
We have been working round the clock and here
are some of our accomplishments........
NOTE THE FLAT SCREEN TV IN BOX......... that was FREE from using a SEARS CREDIT CARD for 2 years (THE DH DID THIS and we finally cashed it in........ this along with a blue ray as our gift to each other!)


THE DH & I baked DESSERTS getting ready for the Holidays
and filling 2 of the SNOWMAN COOKIE JARS that we got last year on MAJOR CLEARANCE (GDA) for $7.50 Shipped Each (retail $35+)
  • Peanut Butter Blossoms (FREE PETER PAN PEANUT BUTTER and FREE HERSHEY KISSES earlier Savvy Shopping tips)
  • Magic Cookie Bars (NESTLE CHOCOLATIER FREEBIE from last year)
  • Sugar Cookies
  • Chocolate Chip Cookies (NESTLE CHOCOLATIER FREEBIE from last year)
  • Chocolate Dipped Pretzels (thanks Mariah for helping us with this one!)
  • Special K Candies (ingredients included FREE PETER PAN (earlier Shopping savvy deal) AND Free Special K (walgreens special combined with GC rebate + $10 rebate mail in)
  • Sugar/Cinnamon Pumpkin Seeds (upcycled from our Outdoor Fall Decor)
  • Salted Pumpkin Seeds (upcycled from our Outdoor Fall Decor)
  • Whitman Candies (FREE AFTER ECB REBATE CVS PURCHASE)
  • Hershey Kisses
  • Pecan Pie
  • Key Lime Pie
NOW we have moved on to the APPETIZERS: meatballs & Spinach / Artichoke Dip
THANK GOODNESS for MOM CENTRAL choosing our blog to "tour" for the MEATBALL RECIPE from HEINZ AND OCEAN SPRAY!



ULTIMATE PARTY MEATBALLS: (EVEN A GUY CAN MAKE THEM DELICIOUSLY AND EASILY............ THIS BLOG IS PROOF!)
1 - 16 oz can of Ocean Spray Jellied Cranberry Sauce (something I would rarely buy)
1 12 - ounce bottle of Heinz Chili Sauce (another item I would rarely buy)
2 -lbs of precooked frozen meatballs We used MAMA MIA fully cooked frozen Meatballs for this but we should call them PAPA MIA for this recipe!
HERE ARE THE HOW TO DIRECTIONS ON THEIR WEBSITE / stovetop or slow cooker
as you can see there are only 3 ingredients listed above how easy is that? click on the pic to enlarge if you like and you can see my handsome santa with the ingredients, HE IS GOING TO TACKLE the MEATBALLS FOR US! :) FIRST let me start by saying that the DH took one look at the ingredients and immediately said "ICK!"


WATCH MY DH has he whips up this batch
#1 He Poured in the HEINZ & OCEAN SPRAY
#2 Cook over medium heat and Stir until Smooth (this is where we decided to break out the trusty WHISK for this task.........






This is where the DH couldn't stand it any longer........ he decided to taste the concoction that he had whipped up! YEP with his finger (I guess this counts as adding a bit of sweetness to the recipe......... so if your DH isn't sweet ...... maybe a pinch of sugar
should be added as a substitution! :)



The DH added the meatballs, 1 & 1/2 bags of meatballs , as the recipe calls for 2 lbs and our bags were 28 oz.......... we improvised...... THIS IS THE POINT that "mama" couldn't just let things "be") I grabbed one of my favorite Italian Herbs (oregano) and a tiny bit of water (we had more "meatballs" than 30) and added them both to the mixture that the DH had gotten so smooth!


We covered the mixture with a lid to keep in the flavor, aroma ect......... and let her go for 15-20 minutes over med. low heat stirring 2x............ and then we tasted them OMG they are delicious! WE LOVE THEM! NOT Only do we want to make them again, but next time we will double the recipe! OINK OINK! :)


WOW! WHO WOULD'VE THOUGHT ? WE ALL LOVE THEM AND THEY WERE SO EASY
so guess what I am making for NEW YEARS? yep you got it!

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