Saturday, April 20, 2019

Something Saturdays (4/20/19)

Michael and I had a lovely brunch together last week, thanks for asking. The rest of the week was pretty cool but the big event was: JAMES HAD ICE CREAM FOR THE FIRST TIME. We took him to a local-ish ice cream place that has a location near us that we like (Handel's, in case you were curious) and he was a big fan. Super happy and pleasant and playful. He had his own baby vanilla cone that he definitely enjoyed but clearly he preferred taking bites of mommy and daddy's chocolate peanut butter ripple ice creams. It was a great time and I loved his little voice exclaiming "ice creaam!"

But let's talk about what we all want to know right now: what are we doing for Easter (if you celebrate--or if you celebrate a different holiday what did you do/are you doing?) Today we're dyeing eggs (I used this methodology for homemade dye). Michael and I loved how Christmas went so much we're replicating the same model for this holiday. We're hosting an open house at our place and our parents will stop in whenever is convenient for them/when James isn't sleeping lol. We're serving:
I'm really looking forward to it! What are your plans?

Posts from this week 

Recipes from the blog that I made this week
Garlic Parmesan Chicken Lasagna

Recent links bookmarked (visit my Pinterest for more)
Small Batch Homemade Whipped Cream (Homemade in the Kitchen)

Movies/TV Talk (assume there'll be spoilers)
Jane the Virgin-Hi my heart is broken over this whole love triangle. That is all.

Instagram Lately (a few highlights from this week on Instagram)

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Slow Cooker Swedish Meatballs

Slow Cooker Swedish Meatballs
I made dinner. It was daylight so I quickly snapped some photos while my toddler sat there angrily smacking his lips at me.

Hi. This is my life.

My son is a hungry little hippo who insists upon eating any and all food he sees, especially meatballs because he loves them. So I decided speedy photos were better than none and took these because GOSH DARN IT I OWE YOU ALL A RECIPE. And it's a good one, guys. You're gonna love it.
Slow Cooker Swedish Meatballs
They're yummy. They're flavorful. They're pretty darn easy (thanks to our lovely friend the slow cooker--I know pressure cookers are like the big thing but don't even talk to me about them because I am TERRIFIED of them so I'll just live with the sweet torture that is the low and slow cooking machine. Luckily-this recipe only cooks for like 2.5 hours!). The meatballs are super tender and delicious and the gravy is creamy and has sour cream in it so you know that equals pure YUM. Just serve them over mashed potatoes or egg noodles and enjoy pure comfort food.

Slow Cooker Swedish Meatballs

Adapted from Girl vs. Dough

Slow Cooker Swedish Meatballs
Makes about 36 meatballs.
Ingredients:
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • Optional (I omitted)-1 tbsp. plus 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce, divided 
  • 1 and 1/2 lbs. lean ground beef
  • 3/4 cup breadcrumbs (preferably plain but I used Italian)
  • 1 and 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 and 1/4 tsp. onion powder
  • 1/8 tsp. pepper
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tbsp. butter, softened
  • 3 tbsp. all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
Preparation:
  • Pour broth and 1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce (if using) into 6 quart slow cooker.
  • In a large bowl stir remaining 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce (if using), ground beef, breadcrumbs, salt, onion powder, pepper, milk and egg together until well mixed. 
  • Use hands to shape into small 1 inch balls (about the size of a walnut) and place in slow cooker in single layer (fill the bottom then, if needed, do a second layer around the edges of the cooker). Cover and cook on high for 2 hours.
  • Use a slotted spoon to remove cooked meatballs. Whisk butter, flour, and sour cream into the cooking liquid in cooker until combined. Cook uncovered on high for 30 minutes, or until thickened.
  • Put cooked meatballs into the gravy and stir to coat. 
  • Serve warm over mashed potatoes or noodles! Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
  • To freeze for later: After cooking the meatballs, use a slotted spoon to move them to a freezer safe airtight container. Let them cool completely at room temperature-then freeze. If you want to save the cooking liquid for making gravy-let it cool to room temperature then pour into a freezer safe airtight container. Should keep in the freezer for up to 3 months.
Slow Cooker Swedish Meatballs
As you gaze at these, just imagine the cutest boy in the world happily exclaiming "MEA-BAWLL!"

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Something Saturdays (4/13/19)

This week has been so lovely-the weather has gotten nice so Michael and I took James to the park twice (his first time!) We're lucky and there's a park across the street from our neighborhood allotment so we're able to just walk over with the stroller and he can swing or we can help him go down the slide. Little man loooves it, and we've been playing outside a lot in general. It's been so so nice. I worked today but tomorrow Michael and I are going to get some brunch together and maybe run an errand while James naps. I can't wait!

PS-I'm planning on having a new recipe for you guys this week! Cross your fingers that I'm able to actually get it written and posted!

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