Monday, May 25, 2015

2015 Spring and Summer Crafts Blog Hop

Spring & Summer Craft Blog Hop
Welcome to the last installment of the four-part spring craft blog hop challenge for 2015! This hop will run from May 26th - June 20th. We're challenging each of you to create a craft project that reflects a general spring or summer theme, Father's Day, or Fourth of July. Please join us in this challenge and link-up your crafty creation at the bottom of this post and have it shared on 12 blogs!

To kick off the spectacular Spring & Summer Craft Blog Hop, I'm sharing a "how to" tutorial for Learn How to Hand Paint Wine Glasses!

How to Paint on Glass

Meet all 12 Wonderful Hosts of the Spring & Summer Craft Blog Hop 4!

Each host will be sharing their own special craft to kick off the Spring & Summer Craft Blog Hop challenge, so make sure you visit each host to see their fabulous creations!
*Please follow your hosts on at least one or more social media platforms of your choice. Let us know you're following from #SCBH2015*
Spring & Summer Craft Blog Hop Line 1
PicMonkey Collage

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Spring & Summer Craft Blog Hop 4 - General Spring & Summer crafts, Father's Day, and July 4th crafts


  1. Link-up your craft or DIY tutorial that fit the themes of the Spring & Summer Craft Blog Hop. Links that do not fit the themes will be deleted.
  2. DO NOT link-up food or recipes.
  3. DO NOT link-up round-ups unless all the craft posts are yours.
  4. DO NOT link-up Etsy items or things for sale
  5. DO NOT link-up posts you've shared on past Spring Craft Blog Hops for 2015.
  6. Link directly to your post and not your blog.
Show us what you've created and be seen on 12 blogs!
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Monday, May 04, 2015

Family Meatball Recipe That Kids Will Love Too

A week ago, I shared a picture of homemade Italian meatballs on Instagram that I had made for my kids. I see pictures of peoples food all the time on Instagram, so I thought I'd share one of my family favorites - Italian homemade meatballs that my mom taught me to make. 

After I shared it, someone asked for my recipe!  I was really surprised. I've always loved cooking, especially if someone enjoys eating what I've made. But I never thought of sharing my families recipes until now. 

So, here goes!

My Family Meatball Recipe:
Ingredients for meatballs:
  • 2 lbs of 93% lean ground beef. I've used 80% lean beef in the past, but have found that I'm constantly scooping out the fat oils that accumulate at the top of my homemade sauce, so now I usually buy 93% lean beef.
  • 1 2/3 cup of Progresso Italian Style Bread Crumbs. 
  • 2 eggs (1 egg per 1 lb of beef)
  • 1/4 cup of milk (1/8 cup per pound of beef)
Progresso Italian Bread Crumbs

Ingredients for my delicious easy homemade Italian sauce:
Classico Tomato & Basil Pasta Sauce

  • 3 jars of Traditional Tomato and Basil Pasta Sauce. I usually buy what is on sale. 
  • 4 cans of Diced Tomatoes with Basil, Oregano and Garlic. Hunts or Del Monte are my preferred brands.
  • 3 tablespoons of Olive Oil
Del Monte Diced Tomatoes

Steps for preparing meatballs:
  • In a large bowl, mix the 2 lbs of beef, eggs, milk and bread crumbs using your hands. 
  • Make sure everything is mixed in well.
Steps for preparing the sauce:
  • In a large pot, pour in the 3 jars of Traditional Tomato and Basil Pasta Sauce and 4 cans of Diced Tomatoes with Basil, Oregano and Garlic. 
  • Turn stove burner on high, stirring every so often. 
Final steps in making my families favorite Italian meatballs and pasta sauce:
  • Using your hands, begin making 1 1/2 - 2 " sized meatballs, rolling them in your hands into a ball shape. My kids like them bigger than smaller. I usually bring the bowl over to the pot on the stove, making the meatballs and then putting each into the pot.
  • As sauce is slowly coming to a boil, begin adding meatballs. Make sure your hands do not touch the sauce. 
  • Cook the meatballs in the sauce on high for 30 minutes, stirring carefully so meatballs don't break up. Sauce should be boiling.
  • After 30 minutes, lower sauce to a simmer and cook for another 2 - 3 hours, again stirring every so often so the sauce doesn't burn at the bottom of the pot.
I'm sure you could easily make this homemade meatball recipe in a Crock Pot. I've never tried, but I have cooked them by mistake for 3 - 4 hours on simmer and they still taste amazing.