Honey Garlic Slow-Cooker Meatballs

It is always a good feeling to see your adult children being successful out in the world. It is an especially good feeling for those of us who were home schooling moms! I remember the anxiety I felt when my children graduated from our home school and began their college careers. Would they do well in their classes? Would they participate in class discussions? How would they manage having a schedule of 6 different classes and 20-hours of part time work? Seriously, I was a nervous wreck while my kids were going to college. However, my worries were ridiculous! I have 2 that have graduated and gone on to their chosen career fields. They did well in school, even making the dean’s list several semesters. And they have done fantastic in their fields of work! I have 2 that have started college and are not yet finished, but have taken up other careers (military included) and plan to finish college at a later date. Whew! Big sigh of relief here!

Ben has recently taken up his military career and has his own apartment on base. A good friend of ours sent him off with a brand new crock pot and a pack of recipes. Ben always enjoyed fiddling around in the kitchen while he was at home, so I had no doubt that he would manage well by himself. After he moved into his apartment, he took some of the recipe cards and went grocery shopping on base. He got the ingredients for this recipe that he said is amazing. It sounds really good to me, too, so I will have to give it a try myself! It’s definitely not a THM recipe, but with a little tweaking, I could probably make it one!

1/4 cup brown sugar,

1/3 cup honey,

1/2 cup ketchup,

2 tablespoons soy sauce,

3 garlic cloves; peeled and minced,

1 (28oz.) bag of fully cooked, frozen meatballs.

In medium bowl, mix brown sugar, honey, ketchup, soy sauce, and garlic.Place frozen meatballs in crockpot and pour sauce on top. Cook on low for 4 hrs. stirring every 45 min. Serve with rice or in a sandwich.

Italian Wedding Soup

I am one excited mother! In just 6 days I get to see my youngest son for the first time in over 8 weeks! He has been working very hard in basic training, and our contact with him has been limited to snail-mail and only 2 short phone calls. I’ve never been so out of touch with him in his entire life, so this has been a rough 8-1/2 weeks. I must say, that Sam has been fairly good at letter writing.  He averaged sending us one letter a week. I am impressed!  We ordered a banner for him which we will hold during the Airmen’s Run…the first time we will get to see him next week!

Proof

In addition to writing Sam every day…yes, every day, I have been crocheting for our new grandgirl scheduled to arrive in about 6 weeks! We had a shower for my DIL last night, and this is what I made for her.

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The hubby watched one of the late night cooking shows a few weeks ago and saw this recipe for Italian Wedding Soup. He doesn’t remember which show it was, but apparently there are many recipes for Italian Wedding Soup. Just do an internet search for it, and you will see what I mean!  Here is how my hubby made it. Amounts are approximations since he doesn’t remember exactly how much he used!

1 lb. ground beef, turkey or pork (or a combination of them)

1/2 c. dry rice (he said a handful!)

1/2 c. diced onions

3/4 tsp. fennel seeds

salt and pepper to taste

several gloves garlic, minced

1/2 c. Panko bread crumbs

olive oil

3-4 c. tomato sauce

3-4 c. chicken broth

2 medium tomatoes, peeled and cut up

1 can black, red or white beans, drained (more if you really like beans)

Combine the meat with the rice, onions, fennel seeds, salt, pepper, garlic and bread crumbs. Shape into about a dozen or so meatballs.  Heat olive oil in a large skillet. Brown meatballs, turning as needed. They do not need to cook completely. Once all are browned, add the remaining ingredients to the skillet. Stir and bring to a boil. Simmer gently for about an hour, or until meatballs are thoroughly cooked and rice is tender. Serves 8.