Porcupine Meatballs

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Ok, really I fancy myself as someone who knows alot about all sorts of comfort food and I have to say I had NEVER heard of Porcupine Meatballs until I read Dinner, A Love Story (highly recommend!) and like Jenny says improvising is half the fun! I was truly inspired and here is what I did:

1 lb ground turkey

1/2 cup uncooked rice

1/2 small Vidalia onion, chopped

1/2 small bell pepper, diced

3 shakes of Worcestershire sauce

2 T  parmesan cheese

splash of V8

mix everything together, I did that first thing in the morning, as prep time was going to be short at dinner. I used a small ice cream scoop (cookie size) to make all the meatballs the same size (I  know, anal) then put the following in a deep sauté pan.


3 cups of V8

1 cup chicken broth

1/2 t cinnamon

1 T sugar

Bring to a simmer add meatballs, cover cook for 30 mins on med/low flipping half way through. I also took Jenny’s suggestion and made a yummy mixed greens and tomato salad with balsamic and olive oil.

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My family loved the meatballs. It was a quick easy dinner that we all enjoyed and will definitely be adding to my monthly meal plan. Jack espically loved how they looked cooking! See the spikes of the rice?  This was a fun meal to cook and isn’t that what it’s all about making life fun? Cause dinner friends is here to stay, might as well enjoy it!!

xoxo, Bird

Chocolate Espresso Red Wine Meatballs {Crock-pot}


My dear friend Jen is such a great cook. She comes up with some fun combinations that are sure to please! This one is a keeper!
frozen or fresh meat balls (I use the HT fresh Turkey Meatballs)
Good Food brand espresso red wine steak sauce 
1/2 bottle red wine
8 oz of chicken or beef stock
4 to 8 oz sour cream
1/2 bar dark chocolate, good quality
cook all day. when you come home pull some of the sauce out and put into a pot. add chocolate, stir to melt, add a little corn starch or flour, then add sour cream. (however creamy you like it.)   Serve with rice or egg noodles. good luck girls.


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It’s Monday morning and I am wearing my thinking cap and scanning the freezer and pantry for meal ideas this week. I feel like I am getting sick as thinking of food this morning is making me fell worse. UCK!! Please say prayers that I am NOT getting the bug as I can’t, I have way to much to do!! If you are looking for more Menu Planning ideas check out Org Junkie!!

Wed~ Hotdogs & Tater Tots (Boys alone!)
Thurs~ Broccoli & Cheese Soup & sammies ~ Thanks Debbie!!
Fri~ Pizza
Sat/HALLOWEEN~ Pumpkin Chili (featured chef tues recipe)