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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! I’m posting these menus for myself, mostly, just so I can keep track of them. I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday season!

Saturday night
Grape Jelly Meatballs
Cream Cheese Rollups

Sunday night
Bloomin Onion Bread
Sausage Party Bread
Cake Batter Rice Krispie Treats

Monday morning
Greek Yogurt Banana Bread

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Manhattan Meatballs

Source: Lemons and Love

Holiday Party #2: check.
Meatball recipe #2: check.

As I mentioned in my previous post, last week I had two holiday parties to attend. The second one was my company holiday party, and I decided to contribute these Manhattan meatballs to the festivities.

These meatballs were a hit! My boss’s boss told me TWICE that he really liked them, and another person carried on about them as well. That made me feel pretty good (although, honestly, there’s not much to this recipe. But they don’t need to know that.)

So, what’s the verdict? Between the Manhattan Meatballs and the Party Meatballs, which recipe wound up on top? Well, Rick and I both agree that these Manhattan Meatballs are the stronger of the two. The biggest advantage, in my opinion, is that the sauce is thicker in these meatballs. But, try them both for yourself and see which one you like better!

Manhattan Meatballs

2 lb. frozen meatballs
10 oz. jar apricot preserves (I used about 5 oz.)
1/2 cup bbq sauce (I used abut 3/4 cup)

Place frozen meatballs in your crockpot. Add the apricot preserves and the bbq, stirring gently to combine as best you can. Cook on high for 2 hours or low for 4 hours until heated through. Enjoy!

Shared eat Eat at Home Cook’s Ingredient Spotlight: Jams and Jellies

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Party Meatballs


As the holiday season approaches, so do the holiday get togethers. Already last week, I had two parties to attend! The first party was book club, so that’s not holiday related, but the second was my company’s holiday luncheon. I decided, to make things easy on myself, I would buy a big bag of frozen meatballs (shhh!), find two different party meatball recipes, and call it a day.

I decided to make this recipe for my book club girls, and to save the Manhattan Meatball recipe for my holiday party at work, so look for that recipe coming soon (along with a comparison between the two)!

Party Meatballs

2 lb. frozen meatballs
1/2 cup white grape juice
1/2 cup apple jelly
1/2 cup ketchup
4 oz. tomato sauce

Place meatballs in the crockpot. In a small saucepan, heat the grape juice, jelly, ketchup, and tomato sauce over medium heat until jelly is melted. Pour over the meatballs in your crockpot and gently stir to combine. Cook on high for 2 hours or low for 4 hours until heated through. Enjoy!

Shared eat Eat at Home Cook’s Ingredient Spotlight: Jams and Jellies

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Cranberry sauce

Believe it or not, this is the only Thanksgiving dish I cooked in the crockpot this year. You could do mashed potatoes, stuffing, and even turkey in your crockpot, but seeing as how this is my first time making a Thanksgiving dinner, I wanted to go the more traditional route. 

I got this recipe from the Crockpot Lady. I made it the day before Thanksgiving, and it was so easy to just toss in the crockpot and forget about while I was busy preparing for all our guests the next day!

This recipe was a huge hit. My mom said it was the dish that she was most impressed with! It’s so easy, I definitely recommend it for your holiday celebration.


12 oz. cranberries, fresh or frozen
1/2 cup orange juice
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon

Rinse cranberries and place in your crockpot. Add the water and orange juice. Add the sugars and cinnamon, and stir to combine.

Cover and cook on high, stirring every hour or so. After about 2 or 2.5 hours, your cranberries will be soft enough to smoosh against the side of the crockpot with the back of a spoon.

Smoosh all the cranberries and stir well. At this point, continue cooking, uncovered, for about 30 to 45 minutes.

Refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving, in order to get the right consistency.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Thanksgiving menu

I’m hosting my very first Thanksgiving dinner this year! Well, I’m starting small — just 7 people will be attending — but I figure that I have to start somewhere! I’m really excited about it. My mom is coming up early in the morning to help me cook, and here’s what we have planned. (You may notice I don’t have any desserts listed, but that’s because my mother-in-law is in charge of those.) Wish me luck that everything turns out ok!

Baked brie w/crackers, apple slices
Veggie tray

Mashed potatoes
Cranberry sauce
French bread rolls

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