Thursday, November 19, 2009

Sassy, you say??????

Oh, how fun is that???? I've been awarded such a prestigious award, I just had to share. Somebody thinks I'm SASSY!!! Wahoo! I love being called Sassy and Southern! Thanks to my friend at the Sweet TN biscuits blog, I am blessed with such an award and hopefully some new friends. If you are visiting I hope you will find a cozy little spot here and visit for a while. I don't blog about any one thing in particular.....but I sure do love blogging! Thanks so much for the inspiration and the award! Go check out her cute, cute blog and see the silhouette header she has that is just adorable!

On to other things......what do you have going on this week? I suggest we all make our grocery lists and get there asap......who wants to shop with EVERYONE on the planet? Let alone, before all the cranberry and pumpkin is gone!!!!
What about you? Do you prefer to shop in a relatively quiet store or do you love the hubbub of the holiday season joining everyone else shopping? I just do better when I can think about what I need to buy, so I do better in a relatively quiet environment.

Remember my post about turning my to-do's into TA-DAs???? Well, this morning I was playing around in Google and guess what I found?? A place to help make your ta-da list......ok, so apparently, I wasn't the only clever individual that thought of this....so I'll share.....but click here for a place to find a way to make your lists.....it's up to you to do the checking it TWICE, though....I don't think they will do it for you.

And what about Black Friday, which I heard they were going to rename GREEN Friday....I guess because so much money is spent on that day???? Or to get away from the darkness idea?? Will YOU be up at 4:30 with the die hard shoppers waiting in line? Um, not me........I may do some online shopping, but I just don't think I'll be among them.....

And lastly, I'll leave you with a few more recipes for the upcoming holidays......it's always nice to have options for company coming over, isn't it? Or for the guys that will be watching the football games endlessly....keep those men happy by feeding them......and they won't mind you blogging all the day while the games are on!! ;).......hey did someone call me SASSY??????


Cranberry Meat Balls

2 c. bread crumbs
1/2 c. milk
1 T. soy sauce
1/2 t. garlic salt
1/4 t. onion salt
1 pound ground beef
1 can water chestnuts, drained, finely chopped
1 16 oz. can cranberry sauce
1 12 oz. jar chili sauce
2 T brown sugar
1 T. lemon juice

Combine bread crumbs, milk, soy sauce, garlic salt and onion salt in a bowl and mix well. Add the ground beef and water chestnuts and mix well. Shape into 1 inch meatballs. Place on a 10x15 inch baking pan.
Bake at 350 for 18 to 20 minutes or until cooked through.
Combine the cranberry sauce, chili sauce, brown sugar and lemon juice in a large saucepan. Cook until the mixture is smooth and the cranberry sauce is melted, stirred frequently. Add the meatballs, stirring to coat. Spoon into a chafing dish or crock pot. Serve with wooden picks.

This sauce is also good with premade meatballs you buy frozen. Easy and good!



Smoked Gouda and Apple Stuffed Mushrooms

The flavor blend of apple, pecans, and Gouda cheese is wonderful in these mushroom caps. Serve them as an appetizer or a side dish.

2 lbs. very large fresh mushrooms (about 30)
2 T. butter
1/4 c. finely chopped onion
1 garlic clove, minced
2 c. shredded smoked Gouda cheese
1/4 c. soft bread crumbs
1 Granny Smith apple, chopped
1/4 t. salt
1/4 t. freshly ground pepper
3 T. ground pecans
1 T. butter, melted

Remove and chop mushroom stems; set caps aside.
Melt 2 T. butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add mushroom stems, onion, and garlic; saute for 3 to 5 minutes or until tender. Remove from heat. Stir in cheese and next four ingredients. Spoon evenly into mushroom caps; place caps on a rack in a broiler pan.
Combine pecans and 1 T. melted butter. Sprinkle evenly over each filled mushroom cap.
Bake at 350 for 15 to 17 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Change oven setting to broil, and broil mushrooms 1 to 2 minutes or just until browned on top. Yield: 30 appetizers

10 comments:

jenjen said...

Yummy Suzanne. I am craving meat balls now.

I will have to check out that link to make my ta-da list. I love that!

XOXO
Jen

kimmcl said...

Heck yeah! You are on Sassy Southern Lady!!!

Sandy said...

Congratulations on your award! I just started blogging, so I love to see how different the blogs are.
The cranberry meatballs sound so good!
No, I won't be shopping on black/green Friday... we always go cut our Christmas tree the day after Thanksgiving with our daughter, son-in-love, & 3 grandchildren in the mountains of NC.
I like to shop for groceries when there is almost no one else in the store. I avoid going on Sat. or Sun. if at all possible!
I do like to get my Christmas shopping all done, then go out a few days before Christmas in all the hub-bub with nothing to find. One year I worked in gift wrap at a local department store on Christmas Eve... now that was an experience! The worst part of it was that I saw the GREAT bargains people were getting, & I was working until closing so I couldn't take advantage of any of them. It was mostly men shopping that late & it was hysterical to see what they were buying!

Bill said...

Hey, Sassy ... er, I mean Suzanne!
Your recipes sound fantastic! I'd love to try them both ... do you do home deliveries for blogging buddies???

Thank you for the very nice comment(s) you left for me. I appreciate your support and your kindness.

Hope your weekend goes well!

Bill

Nancy said...

You sassy girl you.

Sweet TN Biscuits said...

Thanks my dear. I want to try these meatballs. We aren't doing turkey day at our house this year but I may try them for a christmas party! yummy

April said...

Yay to you for your away...way to go, my friend! Oh, my goodness, Suzanne...I feel like I've just put on 10 lbs. after reading those recipes! Sound delish!:)

Tara said...

Hey Sassy!
Thanks for all the tips, ideas, and yummy looking recipes!

I don't like to shop at all anymore. So if I have to shop, I would prefer quiet with small crowds.

Going to check the new blog.

Walking on Sunshine... said...

I do think you're sassy! And no, I don't do Black Friday. I use to have to work it for years and want nothing to do with all that craziness! But I do love a good bargain, so who knows, maybe one year I'll take the plunge again! I'm going to check out the Google list maker! Thanks for finding it!

Beverly said...

Congratulations on your award and thanks for the recipes and the link to make a TaDa List. I wasn't reading your blog when you told about it before. Can't wait to try those meatballs. Oh, and I never leave the house on Black Friday (even if it starts being called Green Friday)