Oct 28, 2013

Delicious Bridal Shower Meatballs

These delicious bridal shower meatballs can be made with ground round, ground turkey or a combination of both. Everyone will love the taste and convenience of these party meatballs filled with the flavors of finely chopped parsley, parmesan cheese, and Italian seasoned bread crumbs. These easy-to-make meatballs are made from scratch, with a mouthwatering blend of barbeque sauce and fresh pineapple preserves. I also included a much quicker and no less delicious slow cooker meatball recipe below. Only three easy ingredients and you're done! Don't forget to include them at birthdays, bridal showers, church potlucks and family reunions.

  • 2 pounds ground round
  • 2 cups dry bread crumbs (I always use Italian Style)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 2 T finely chopped parsley
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup barbeque sauce
  • 1 1/2 cup pineapple preserves
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a medium-size bowl, mix barbecue sauce and pineapple preserves together.
  3. In another bowl, combine meat, breadcrumbs, eggs, onions, salt, and parsley. Mix well and form into bite-size balls. Arrange the balls in a single layer in a 9x13 inch baking dish. Pour the barbecue sauce mixture evenly over the meatballs.
  4. Bake for 30 to 45 minutes, until the meat is cooked.
Slow Cooker Meatballs

  • 2 pounds of frozen meatballs (again, I prefer Italian)
  • 1 16 - 18 oz. jar of grape jelly
  • 1 12 oz. bottle of Heinz Chili Sauce
Spray your slow cooker with Pam non-stick cooking spray.  Stir grape jelly and chili sauce together in slow cooker until smooth and creamy.  Add frozen meatballs and cook 2 to 5 hours on low.
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Oct 26, 2013

5 Breathtakingly Beautiful Wedding Vows

Beautiful wedding vows like these - would you believe they took all day to write? All describe how I felt (and still do) about the blue eyed Italian American man I married on that warm December day in San Pedro many years ago. When writing your own vows, consider using beautiful descriptive words like cherished, devoted, adored and blessed. Please feel free to use mine, combine or rearrange them to suit your needs.

wedding vows

What a beautiful day to be married to my best friend.  A friend that comforts and cares for me, and wants to spend a lifetime loving me.  All my dreams have come true today.  Here you stand before me with a warm heart and open hands, ready to commit to our everlasting love.  I am happy, I am humbled.  We stand here in the presence of our loving family and friends, anticipating the joy of our new life together.  From this day forward, may my constant love and devotion nourish and sustain you always.

I thank God for the day you walked into my life.  Because of you, my days and nights are filled with hope and happiness.  Take my hand, as we begin this journey together and take my heart, so that I may love you deeply and with abandon.  Your joys are my joys and your sorrows are mine too.  The days of being alone are gone.  Let us cherish this day, this golden moment, this sacred celebration with beloved family and friends.  I give you my heart.  Together we are one. 

Today I offer myself to you as husband/wife.  With my whole heart, I embrace our future together - the joys as well as the sorrows - and stand beside you today and every day.  You are my friend.  You are my one true love.  I see hope and happiness in your eyes.  I thank God he brought you into my life, to love and to cherish, to comfort and encourage.  You are a greater gift than I ever dreamed of, and I promise to walk beside you, care for you, respect you and love you always.

From the day we met, I knew you were the one.  You understood what was cute and what was quirky and you loved me for it anyway.  I saw in your eyes that I was loved, loved in a way I had never been before.  By your many kindnesses I saw that you adored your family and mine.  By your tender devotion to your father and mother, I knew your love knew no bounds.  You are unselfish, loving, loyal, tender and trustworthy.  Your deep love is as solid as the earth beneath my feet.  Let us go forth, living and loving together - now and forever.

Today we are blessed.  Blessed to come from our loving families and under the eyes of God, pledge our love and devotion for each other.  Your love has been a gift that came unexpectedly and changed my life forever.  Always a great friend and listener, something deep in my heart said you were the one.  I promise to love you and protect you, accept and cherish your family as my own.  Let us walk together, side by side, and I promise to be faithful and true to you forevermore.  

Oct 3, 2013

DIY Winter Wedding Centerpieces

Elegant and easy winter wedding centerpieces for less than ten dollars - is it still possible? It is if you consider these budget friendly winter decorations - candles, holly, cranberries and brightly colored Christmas ornaments. Have you ever been inside of any thrift shop that didn't sell ornaments, even in the middle of July? Tart red cranberries in twelve ounce bags are always available in the months from October through December. Use them at the base of your candles or string them through the center one at a time with a needle using waxed dental floss. Secure ends with a large knot.

candle centerpiece with cranberries 

 cranberry wedding centerpiece 
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