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Have you ever made that meatballs with grape jelly recipe?  I’ve used it several times when I need something quick and easy for potlucks.  They are always good but I’m not completely happy with the ordinary-ness of the taste.

Today it was a funeral that made me run to the store, when I should have still been in my pj’s, for a 3-4 lb bag of frozen meatballs.  I ran out of the store forgetting the rest of the ingredients.  (I hate it when that happens!)

I got home and realized my fatal error.  I stood in front of the refriderator, all that cold air escaping, snorting something about how to figure out how to makeshift the recipe, (good thing no one else was up yet) since I only had 30 minutes to get these puppies up to speed and be at the church on time for sound check. (I was singing in said funeral too)

So what does any self respecting pastor’s wife who cooks for all the potlucks do in a pinch? She gets out the raspberry chipotle sauce and some “famous” peppers and onion relish from the “famous chain store” and gets cooking!

Mission accomplished!  They were a big hit, my recipe made the requests list and I was relieved.

And a beautiful funeral I might add.  We miss you Roy!…  Looking forward to our heavenly reunion, minus crock pots and meatballs. 🙂

For those of  you who asked.. here’s the recipe in all it’s glory….

The Amazing Meatballs Recipe:


  1. Place bag of meatballs in the micowave to defrost for 8 minutes.
  2. After 90 seconds take bag out of the microwave (because there’s not enough room for them to turn on the lazy susan) and pour meatballs out into a large plastic (micro safe) bowl.
  3. Now put the bowl in the microwave on defrost… on second thought, maybe just set to high for 8 minutes.
  4. Stir meatballs every few minutes and repeat the process, (no! don’t put them back in the bag! just repeat step 3 on high at 8 min.) Stir and continue on high as needed, until heated through.
  5. Pour meatballs into your 25 year old crock pot.
  6. Now mix together the sauces, relish and catsup in a bowl or measuring cup of your choice.  (I didn’t mix first… mistake!) Pour over the meatballs stir and and run out the door!
  7. Wait, don’t forget the crock pot!!!
  8. After the emotional flogging of getting a speeding ticket, arrive at the church and unload your amazing meatballs, find the right place for them and plug them in.  Set heat level on high.

XO and Enjoy!

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 2 Timothy 4:7


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Mexican Chorizo Sausage is a wonderful thing!   The flavors of chili, oregano and garlic, a hint of acidity that compliments your breakfast eggs and it’s so versatile too.  I’ve used chorizo with shrimp, chicken, potatoes and eggs.  I’ve served it for breakfast, lunch and dinner and it never disappoints. As you know my freezer is stoked with wild game, some of which isn’t cut out for BBQ or stew.  When you bring home the deer it’s not all prime cuts, you know.  So what do you do with that round steak that really isn’t so fun to chew on?  I make sausage.  In this case, Chorizo Sausage.   So this morning I got busy and turned some out using the following recipe.  We enjoyed it fried up in the pan and scrambled some eggs into it.  I sauteed some mushrooms and bell peppers on the side and served it with flour tortillas and hot tea topped off the morning.


  • 1 lb ground venison (any lean ground meat will do)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 Tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 Tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano ( I used menudo seasoning)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced fine
  • 2 Tablespoons vinegar


Mix all ingredients in a food processor to bring the meat into a finer grind (not too fine) and allow all the spices to blend well.   Marinate overnight in the refrigerator.   There are so many uses for Chorizo and easy recipes too!  Like Shrimp and Chorizo in terra cotta on the BBQ for an appetizer, or Chorizo and egg burritos for breakfast.  Use the sausage in your tacos instead of ground beef, YUM! Leave me a comment and tell me how you like your Chorizo?


  Ecclesiastes 3:13 and also that every man should eat and drink and enjoy the good of all his labor—it is the gift of God.

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I don’t know about you but I’ve seen that infomercial about the “better blender”… and I always wondered if it really was better.   I kept thinking, “I like that jar concept” and “they make it look so easy.”  But, I just couldn’t get out there and buy another blender when the one I got was just fine.  The only thing it didn’t do was the jar thingy.

So….. I’m surfing the web today looking at pincushions, of all things, and come across a post and low and behold the blogger tells me I can use a mason jar with my blender!!! Well, I never!

I just had to drop everything and run to my kitchen and pull out that old blender and see for myself.  I proceeded to make some strong coffee.  While it was fixin’ in my moka pot I got out a wide-mouthed mason jar and filled it half way with crushed ice from my handy “in door ice dispenser” and added half and half and two teaspoons of sugar.  Gotta use the real stuff for such a drink as this.

By now the moka pot was all done doin’ it’s thing and I poured it into the ice mixture in my wide-mouthed jar and stuck the blender attachment to the jar.  Inverted it onto the blender, gave it a twist and away we go!  I got a nice, fast, and delicious iced-blended coffee served up in a handy old fashioned jar on a hot day in Southern California.

The only thing that would make it better would be some good old fashioned vacation time on the Merced River in Yosemite, my feet in the water, my behind in a lawn chair, and holdin’ hands with my hunny,…. uh, with that other hand I’m not usin’ to hold my iced-blended coffee with right now.  🙂

visit: Simply Recipes to see the original post with pictures.  They’re chopping some walnuts for ya.

also visit: my husbands flicker photos for more of the beautiful Yosemite Valley and some other great places we’ve been.

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I hate my bread machine. It was such a disappointment that I almost stopped baking bread alltogether. I’d tried everything and after years of failure after failure I was ready to give up. Then out of the blue I got this itch to make a crusty bread and couldn’t shake it.

So I surfed the web and found some good possibilities. Then the other day I found Bakers Banter. decided to make their gruyere stuffed bread. This cheesy bread was AMAZING!!!! It took about 20 hours to complete but it was so worth it. Bakers Banter has made baking bread like this easy too. Be sure to check out their very practical baking instructions that go with the recipe. I’ve also included a video that highlights this recipe (with just a few minor differences)


Isaiah 49:1-7 God knew who, what and when about us before there was time, yet you were chosen from the womb to serve Him.

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