Friday, December 30, 2011

January 13 Meeting

I'm getting excited about our first meeting in 2012! 

I've asked the pastor's wife from Fellowship Baptist Church in Emlenton, PA, to speak.  She will be doing a word study from God's Word on Diligence vs. Slothfulness.  We also spend a little time on Women's Health.  Both of which I think will be a great help to start the new year.

We will be meeting on January 13th at Natalie Pflueger's house from 6:30 - 9:00 pm.  Food is welcome.  Beverage will be provided by the hostess.

Since we are in the winter months, not only will it be helpful to the hostess for you to write your name on the sign up sheet, but that will be our list of contacts should we need to notify everyone of a postponement due to bad weather.

I am looking for ideas regarding the weekly recipes -- monthly topics, requests, submissions.  Please feel free to share your ideas!

PS:  You may have noticed, but I have divided the Main Dish category into specifics like Chicken, Beef, Pork, etc.  I hope this will be a help to you when searching for recipes.

World's Yummiest Cheeseball

This recipe comes from a lady in the church I grew up in.  Times have changed and the same cheeses aren't always available, so it's more like a cheese spread when you use alternatives.  Regardless, it is highly requested and a must-have at Christmas in our family.  The Roko Blue cheese is definitely seasonal.  So if you want to try this before next Christmas, you might want to look for it in stores quickly.

{I don't have a picture of the Cheese Ball since it gets eaten so fast!  Hoping to make another one before the season ends.  Maybe I'll remember to take a picture.}

Cheese Ball

1 - 8 oz cream cheese *
1 small jar Kraft Roko Blue cheese spread
1 small jar Kraft Old English Sharp Cheddar
1 cube beef bullion
1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
chopped nuts

* Set out cheese for a couple hours to soften

Dissolve bullion in 1 tablespoon of hot water in a medum bowl.  Add garlic powder.  Mix in cheeses.  Shape into a ball and refrigerate until hardened.  Roll in nuts.  (Alternately, scoop into a serving bowl and sprinkle with nuts.)  Serve room temperature with crackers. 

We like to serve it with Aldi brand "Ritz" and "Club" crackers.  I will sometimes use a cheddar cheese (comes in mild and sharp) that starts with a K.  It comes in a plastic cup with a blue lid.  Will try to remember to write the name down.  I have never tried to make the cheese ball with an alternative blue cheese because it's a spread and I haven't found any other spreads.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

BLT Chicken Salad

One of my favorite flavor combos is Bacon - Chicken - Ranch.  Adding Salad makes me think it's a healthy combination.  Proabably not, but I will keep telling myself it is.

My friend shared this recipe with me.  Unfortunately, I never got around to making it, but my Mother-in-Law did.  She's made it a couple times, and it's YUMMY!  (Speaking of yummy, have you ever had warm bacon dressing?  Talk about to die for! Oh, my.  I'd love to have a recipe to make it myself; although, again, I'm sure it wouldn't be healthy.)

BLT Chicken Salad

1/2 cup mayonnaise
4 tablespoons barbecue sauce
2 tablespoons finely chopped onion
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon pepper
8 cups torn salad greens
2 large tomatoes, chopped
1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts, cooked and cubed
10 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
2 hard-cooked eggs, sliced

1. In a small bowl, combine the first five ingredients; mix well.

2. Cover and refrigerate until serving.

3. Place salad greens on a large serving platter. Sprinkle with tomatoes, chicken and bacon; garnish with eggs. Drizzle with dressing.
Recipe came from and photo was found online also.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Cheesy Corn Chowder

I've kinda stolen this recipe.  My mother-in-law asked for the recipe after tasting this chowder at a gathering of friends.  My MIL made it last week.  I LOVED it and wanted to share it with all of you!  Oh, and PS:  IT MAKES A LOT!

Cheesy Corn Chowder

1 lb bacon, cut small
6 c chopped onions
1/2 c flour
salt and pepper, to taste
12 c chicken broth (3 qts)
6 c cubed potatoes (or more)
1 bag of frozen corn
1 lb American cheese

In a LARGE soup pot, brown bacon until crisp.  Remove from pan and add onions -- cook about 10 minutes, stir until clear and slightly brown.  Stir in flour, salt and pepper.  Cook for several minutes, stirring to make a roux.  Add chickent broth slowly, stirring to blend.  Add potatoes and corn.  Cook 15 to 20 minutes until potatoes are tender.  Stir in cheese a few slices at a time to melt.


* I made this chowder Thursday.  I cut the onions in half (still lots of flavor).  I cut back to 3/4 lb of cheese (at $5.99/lb I just couldn't put in a whole pound).  Albeit my company didn't have lunch, but everyone ate at least two bowls and their teenage son ate four bowls.  I'd say it was a big hit!  PS:  We season with Lawry's and Mrs. Dash instead of salt and pepper.  Mmm, mm!

Monday, November 28, 2011

Teriyaki Chicken (or Steak)

This recipe was shared by one of the ladies in our church.  (However, I borrowed the picture from  I LOVE crock-pot recipes.  Will probably end up making this very soon as long as I remember to pick up some soy sauce!  Thanks for sharing, M!


2 to 2 1/2 lbs. boneless chicken breasts or chuck steak
1 tsp. ground ginger
1 Tbsp. sugar
2 Tbsp. oil
1/2 c. soy sauce
1 clove garlic, crushed

Cut chicken or steak into 1/8-inch thick slices or bite-sized cubes. Combine remaining ingredients in small bowl. Place meat in slowcooker. Pour sauce over. Cover and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours. Serve over rice.

Makes 5 to 6 servings.

NOTE:  The recipe contributor suggests making double of the "sauce" as this recipe does not make very much.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Turkey Leftovers

Here's a link to some great turkey leftover recipes!  (For those of you that know her, this is Tami Neal's blog -- Niki Lott's Mom.)  I'll be looking back at this later this week when we have a bunch of leftover turkey!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Caramel Pecan Cheese Dip

At the November meeting, one of our ladies brought this delightful dip!  I asked her to share the recipe with me.  After I saw this picture, I was SO glad I tasted it before I came across the recipe.  I most likely wouldn't have been impressed enough to make it.  But Let. Me. Tell. You.  It was awesome!  The flavors blend well and the bits of fresh apple are unbelieveably good!

Thanks for the great recipe (and devotional)!

Caramel Pecan Cheese Dip

1 package (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened*
1/4 cup caramel ice cream topping
1/2 cup chopped pecans, toasted**, divided
1 cup chopped apple
1 cup frozen non-dairy whipped topping, thawed
Keebler® Wheatables® Original Golden Wheat crackers

1. In medium bowl stir together cream cheese and ice cream topping. Stir in pecans. Fold in apple and whipped topping.

2. Garnish as desired. Serve with crackers.

*NOTE: Soften cream cheese in microwave at high for 15 to 20 seconds.

**NOTE: To toast pecans, spread evenly on baking sheet. Bake at 350°F for 5 to 10 minutes or until light golden brown, stirring once or twice.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Cranberry Delight Spread

With the holidays approaching, I thought I'd share a couple recipes that you may use during the holidays.  

Our previous pastor's wife, Maggie, shared this recipe with me.

Cranberry Delight Spread

1 package (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened*
2 tablespoons frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed
1 tablespoon sugar
2 teaspoons grated orange peel
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 cup finely chopped dried cranberries
1/4 cup finely chopped pecans
Keebler® Town House® Original crackers

1. In small mixing bowl beat cream cheese, orange juice concentrate, sugar, orange peel and cinnamon on medium speed of electric mixer until fluffy. 2. Stir in cranberries and pecans. Refrigerate at least 1 hour. Garnish as desired. Serve with crackers.

YIELD: 12 servings

*NOTE: Soften cream cheese in microwave at high for 15 to 20 seconds.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

BLT Paninis

This isn't anything special -- just something we've come to love!  I created it after eating a BLT Wedge from a local eatery.  At six-something a piece, I had to recreate it since I couldn't afford to keep buying it.  Tried making the wedge first.  Don't know that I'll ever master pizza dough without a pizza oven (or at least that's my excuse), so I thought of making it into a panini.  All the ingredients, bread exluded, are from Aldi -- another reason I love this recipe!

Typically, I pull out my George Forman grill to make these, but I didn't feel like adding one more thing to my kitchen to clean!  So we used a flat griddle on the stove that can be cleaned in the dishwasher.  I'm willing to sacrifice those special panini marks on my sandwich to have one less thing to clean.

BLT Paninis

You will need:

Bread (we like fresh Italian sliced bread from the deli)
Bacon bits
Cheese (we like munster)
Tomatoes (we use cherry tomatoes since they taste a little better this time of year), sliced
Lettuce (picutured is Romaine, but Iceburg is better -- I think), broken up into bite-sized pieces
Ranch dressing

1.  Heat griddle and butter outsides of bread.

2.  Lay half of your bread, butter side down on heated griddle.

3.  Sprinkle about 1 - 2 Tbs of bacon bits on top of each sandwich.  (You may not think the order of bacon & cheese is important, but it is VERY important unless you want bacon bits all over the griddle when you flip the sandwich which I have proven by trial and error.)

4.  Layer sliced cheese next. Place remaining bread, butter-side up on top.

5.  Allow bread on the bottom to brown to desired level.  Flip sandwich and brown on the other side.

6. (This step is time sensitive as cheese will cease up if it cools down.) Remove sandwich from griddle.  Open sandwich.  Add lettuce, tomato and ranch dressing while cheese is still warm.  Close sandwich and serve warm.


Saturday, October 8, 2011

New Potatoes with {AwEsOmE} Sauce

Found this in my draft folder -- oops!  Guess I never posted it.  Enjoy!

This recipe is going to come with a disclaimer!  You will have to excuse my ignorance because I don't know exactly what kind of potatoes to tell you I used when making this dish. 

We have a local farmer that brings his leftover produce to church on Sunday for everyone to take what they'd like.  A couple weeks ago, I picked up this small container of tiny potatoes -- all smaller than golf balls.  They looked like these:

To say my hubby loves potatoes is a understatement.  I thought it would be nice to try something new.  So I searched on for a new recipe.  Here's what I found.  I didn't have or use capers, hence the new name.

New Potatoes with {AwEsOmE} Sauce
(to search for it on Allrecipes, look for New Potatoes with Caper Sauce)
12 small new potatoes, scrubbed
1/2 cup butter, softened
2 tablespoons capers, chopped
1 tablespoon minced green onion
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
1 teaspoon white wine vinegar
salt and pepper to taste


1.Combine the softened butter, capers, green onion, Parmesan cheese, parsley and vinegar in a bowl. Set aside.

2.Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. If potatoes are large, cut into halves or quarters. Add potatoes and cook until tender but still firm, 15 to 20 minutes. Drain.

3.Add the caper sauce to the pot of drained potatoes and toss gently to coat. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Yield: 4 servings

Trying to remember back, but I think someone mentioned in a review that they used red potatoes and just quartered them.  I'm going to make this again soon.  My family asked a couple times if there were leftovers.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Black Bean Salsa

We always seem to be making food to eat while watching the Steelers games.  I get tired of the same ole, so I'm going to start making new recipes.  This week I made Black Bean Salsa.  As usual, I'm going to make some changes.  I will drain at least one of the cans of tomatoes if not both to make the salsa less runny.  (I also chopped them up a little as we don't like big chunks of tomato.)  I did not add jalapenos, but probably would add a little (we're "mild" people around here but a little kick would be good).  This time I used a can of diced tomato with green peppers.  Think 8 oz of Italian dressing is a bit much also.  Love the sweetness that the shoepeg corn gives!

Black Bean Salsa

1 can Bush's Seasoned Recipe Black Beans, drained but not rinsed
1 can white shoepeg corn, drained
1 can diced tomatoes with basil, garlic, oregano flavoring
1 can diced tomatoes
8 oz Italian dressing
Chopped onion to taste
Chopped jalapeno to taste
Tortilla chips

Mix all ingredients together and marinate in refrigerator for at least 1 1/2 hours.  Serve with tortilla chips.

Would guess this recipe makes about 5 cups.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

September Meeting

We will most likely be postponing the September Meeting a couple weeks.  With school starting for most people after Labor Day, hopefully it will make scheduling easier for ladies to attend.

The topic for this month's meeting will be Family.  We will be focusing on what God wants for a family and how to build a loving, close-knit family.

There is still a need for a Fun Feature topic.  If you have any ideas, please contact Janelle Lott.

Check back later for more details on September's meeting.

Pot Roast (Cola-style)

Pot Roast has to be one of my all-time favorite comfort foods.  It all began when I was a child.  Some wonderful ladies at our church used to make pot roast for church activities and wedding receptions.  I've since gotten the recipe but just don't have the touch to make it taste the same.

Recently, I came across this recipe on my favorite recipe source!  The secret ingredient -- cola!  Since I'm unlearned, I'm guessing it's the carbonation that makes the meat so tender.  Hands down.  I will NEVER make another type of roast again!  I will however try to make it with Diet Coke next time since that's what we have on hand.  Bought a Coke at a vending machine last time.  This is a great meal to throw in a crock pot.  Just follow the directions for the size roast you have and your choice of a low or high setting.

Cola Pot Roast II

4 pounds beef sirloin roast
3 carrots, chopped
3 stalks celery, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 (.75 ounce) packet dry brown gravy mix
2 tablespoons water
1 (1 ounce) package dry onion soup mix
1 (10.75 ounce) can condensed cream of mushroom soup
10 fluid ounces cola-flavored carbonated beverage

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

2.  Place meat in a roasting pan. Sprinkle carrots, celery and minced garlic around roast.

3.  In a small bowl, combine the brown gravy mix and water, mixing into a smooth paste. Add onion soup mix, cream of mushroom soup and cola-flavored carbonated beverage. Pour over the roast.

4.  Cover pan, and cook 1 hour in the preheated oven.

5.  Reduce oven temperature to 225 degrees F (110 degrees C), and continue cooking 2 hours. Remove from oven, and turn roast over so that the top is now covered with the gravy. Cover pan, and return to oven for a minimum of 2 hours.

6.  Remove from oven, and let meat rest for 10 minutes before slicing.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Ho-Ho Cake

Don't have time for much chit-chat, so I'll get right to the point.  This recipe is good!  It's been requested that I share this recipe, so I will happily do that.  ENJOY!

Oh, and PS.  This isn't healthy, just yummy!! =D

Ho-Ho Cake

1 box Devil's Food cake mix
1 sm box instant pudding
4 eggs
1 1/4 c water
1/2 c oil

Baked in greased and floured 10x15-inch pan at 350 degress for 30 minutes.

(I used chocolate pudding since I had it on hand. If you'd like a little less chocolatey flavor, use vanilla pudding.)

Cream Filling

1/2 c Crisco
1/2 c butter
1/2 c milk
1 tsp vanilla

Mix well then add 3 c powdered sugar.  Beat 10 minutes.  Spread icing on cake.  Refrigerate 1 - 2 hours.


1/2 c cocoa
1/2 c butter, melted
1/2 tsp vanilla
3 c powdered sugar

Notes:  I have seen this recipe with two 9-inch round cakes with the Cream Filling layed on thick in the middle.  Eh. That would lose the Ho-Ho-ness of the cake.  LOVE the sheet cake idea way better.  Secondly, I've heard you can also soften a can of chocolate frosting in the microwave instead of the Frosting recipe listed above.  I messed up my first frosting (forgot to melt the butter), so I can't really say it is fool-proof.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Setting Time Aside

Life. Is. Busy.  It just is.  I'm beginning to think there is no way around that either.  However, I do believe that we have time for what is important to us.

Lately, I've been studying child rearing resources (which I hope to do a post on soon).  And all that has got me thinking.  In order to be a good parent, I first have to start with a good relationship with my Heavenly Father AND have a solid relationship with my husband.  Seems like in recent months, I've been flailing around like a fish out of water when it comes to handling motherhood.  I've got my priorities all out of whack!

I'd like take a minute to focus on the husband/wife relationship . . . We need to purposefully set aside some time with our spouse.  Whether it's a few minutes each evening to share a bowl of ice cream together after the kids go to bed or getting away for a date night every once in a while if you are so blessed to have the opportunity.  Make the time -- pick one night a week to start if that's all the time you can take.  It won't happen on it's own.  You have to do it deliberately.  Sometimes it may not be something you can plan ahead for.  You may need to be spontaneous!

I'm only just learning how important this is.  And it's not always easy to get time alone.  For example the other night,  I had just driven back from Indiana (the state, not county).  The kids were going to VBS that evening, and it occurred to me that my hubby and I might have a little "free" time just the two of us.  So I took a few extra minutes while readying the kids for VBS to set a nice table outside (in case he got home before I return from dropping off the kids).  No sooner had I gotten the table set, it started to sprinkle outside.  I just prayed our dinner wouldn't be rained out and headed over to church with the kids.  It seemed to rain harder the further from home I got.  I kept praying it would stop at least by the time I was back home.  I wasn't going to let it ruffle my feathers (which is difficult for me -- I'm a planner)!  I wasn't very far down the road and got a text from my hubby saying he was going to be 45 minutes later than he had originally thought.  My first thought was, "Our time together is dwindling away!"  But again, I calmed myself down and wouldn't let it bother me.

In the end, it all worked out -- Praise the Lord!  I had put a Post-It note on the front door directing him to the back deck which he commented on and seemed to like.  The rain was just a quick sprinkle passing through.  It actually started sprinkling again just as we needed to head back inside to retrieve the kids.

It was nice to connect a little in the middle of a busy week.  It was so nice to calmly eat dinner and not have to listen to the chaos that is sometimes present when children are around or cut food for three other people before sitting down to eat my cold dinner -- you know how that is, I'm sure.  I'm so glad the Lord brought the idea to mind and that He allowed it to come together.  Times like this make me feel better, and make me feel like I can face another day with my kids (which sometimes can become discouraging).

All that to say, daily work on your relationship with the Lord.  Think of little things that will be a boost to your marriage relationship.  But remember, you'll have to purpose in your heart and mind to set aside the time.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Slow-Cooked Mac & Cheese

Hope no one minds that this is a second Mac & Cheese recipe.  This recipe is equally as good (probably better), and it's made in the crockpot.  Who doesn't love that?!?  My mom needed a "comfort food" recipe, so I thought since I was sharing it with her, I'd share it with you.

Slow-Cooked Mac & Cheese

8 oz pkg elbow macaroni, cooked
2 eggs, beaten
12 oz can evaporated milk
1 1/2 c milk
3 c shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
1/2 c butter, melted
1 tsp salt
pepper and garlic powder to taste

Mix all ingredients together and pour into a lightly greased slow cooker.  Cover and cook on low setting for 3 to 4 hours.  Makes 6 to 8 servings.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

July Meeting

This Friday, July 15th, is our Titus Two Meeting for July.  It will be held at the home of Monica Gordley (38 Hunt Drive, Grove City) from 6:30 - 9:00 pm.  As always, food is welcome.  Beverage will be provided by host.

Niki Lott will be bringing our lesson on Hot/Cold: Spiritual Temperature.  Our Fun Feature will be on canning.  Please come prepared to share tips you've learned or favorite recipes or just come to learn about the "lost art" of canning!

Hope to see you there!

Monday, June 27, 2011

Sour Cream Pancakes (& A Little July 4th Fun)

I've shared this pancake recipe with a couple friends, and they have never used another pancake recipe since.  I intended to post it a couple weeks ago, but didn't get to it.  God must have had a plan because this week I came across a cute recipe for the 4th of July -- Red, White & Blue pancakes!

The blogger suggests using red food coloring rather than the Red Velvet pancake recipe listed below because it's basically a cake recipe.  I'd suggest blueberry pancakes for the blue rather than finding blueberry syrup (although its a favorite of mine when we go to a breakfast place like IHOP).  Without further ado . . .

Sour Cream Pancakes

2 c all-purpose flour
1/4 c sugar
4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 eggs
1 1/2 c milk
1 c (8 oz) sour cream
1/3 c butter, melted
1 c fresh or frozen blueberries

1.  Combine first four pancake ingredients in a bowl.  In another bowl, beat the eggs.  Add milk, sour cream and butter; mix well.  Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened.  Fold in the blueberries.

2.  Pour batter by 1/4 cupfuls onto a greased, hot griddle; turn when bubbles formon top of pancakes.  Cook until the second side is golden brown.

Yield:  about 20 pancakes

Red Velvet Pancakes

1 cup flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
3 tablespoons white sugar
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1 large egg
3/4 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup sour cream
1/8 tsp red gel food coloring
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Combine all dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, sugar, cocoa powder) in large bowl and set aside. In a separate bowl, whisk together egg, buttermilk, sour cream, food coloring, and vanilla. Add wet ingredients to dry, and mix until just combined.

Pour about 1/3 cup onto med. high griddle and lightly brown on both sides.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Easy Cheese Garlic Biscuits

Don't think I've added this recipe.  It's a quick recipe and something you might have all the ingredients laying around to make at the last minute.  (For those of you that have been to the well-known seafood restaurant, these are very similar and will usually ease your cravings!)

Easy Cheese Garlic Biscuits

2 cups Bisquick Original baking mix
2/3 cup milk
1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese (2 ounces)
1/4 cup margarine or butter, melted
1/4 tsp + garlic powder

1.  Heat oven to 450 degrees F.  Stir baking mix, milk and cheese (and I've started adding approx 1/4 tsp garlic powder to mix) until soft dough forms; beat vigorously 30 strokes.

2.  Drop dough by 10 to 12 spoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheet.

3.  Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until golden brown.  Mix margarine and garlic powder; brush on warm biscuits before removing from cookie sheet.  Serve warm.

Yield: 10-12 biscuits

Monday, May 16, 2011

May Titus Two Meeting

This month's meeting will be at Carmen's house.  It will be Friday, May 20th from 6:30 - 9:00 pm.  As always, feel free to bring appetizers or desserts.  (Please see Carmen or myself for address/directions.)

We will have an open forum format, so you can share something that has been on your mind or heart or bring up questions/topics for discussion.

On a side note, I apologize for not being more on top of this.  With homeschooling and the Mother's Day Luncheon, most of my extra time has been focused on those areas.  Thank you for understanding.

Salisbury Steak

Here's a recipe shared by one of our ladies:

Salisbury Steak

2 lbs ground beef
2 eggs
1 pkg dry onion soup mix
3/4 c dry bread crumbs

Mix above ingredients together.  Form into patties and cook in a large skillet.  Remove from pan and add following ingredients.

2-3 cups water (or more if needed)
1/4 c ketchup
1 tsp worchestershire sauce
1/2 tsp mustard
2 pkg dry onion soup mix

Mix together in skillet.  Add steak patties. Simmer for 15 minutes.

Combine 2 tbs cold water and 1 tbs flour.  Pour into skillet.  Simmer until thickened.

Serve with egg noodle or mashed potatoes.

Makes 16 - 18 steak patties.

Thanks, T!

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Thank You!

Working on the SRBC Mother's Day Luncheon this week . . . so I won't be posting a recipe this week.  Hope to see you there.

Thank you for understanding!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

WOW Post - Stuck In A Rut?

This comes from a friend of a friend, Missionary Lisa Ritche:

Are there days where you simply feel like a robot working, cooking, cleaning, grocery shopping, keeping your husband and kids happy. Your husband comes home, you talk, eat and go to bed. The same thing every day, or so it seems. You just ......are not content with the way things are in your marriage. Then, one day, you have a breakdown. It's the same breakdown that happens every few months where you ask yourself, "What am I doing here? This is not the man I thought I married. What happened to those dreams I had about our life together? Why doesn’t my husband ever listen to me? He is never home and I never get to go anywhere. I can’t take these kids anymore." You question, you doubt, and your flesh gets the best of you. Really ladies, aren’t you being just a little selfish.

Let me give you a reminder of how awesome a calling it is to be a wife. God created us to be help-meets, but what really does that mean? Does that mean we simply do his laundry and provide intimacy when he needs it? I don't think so. I think many times, as wives, we do not really take the time to truly understand the role we play in the lives of our husbands. God did not put the man at the head because He thought less of the woman. He did so because He needed to create an atmosphere of order in the home. So, He chose the man to lead and the woman to submit and follow. However, with the role we have as wives, there is an incredible responsibility that in most cases is missed. It is often missed because as wome, we can not get past the word "submit," and the annoyance that word brings! Look at this Scripture though.
Proverbs 12:4 - A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband: but she that maketh ashamed is as rottenness in his bones.

Hmmm... First, let us look deeper into some of the key words in this verse.

Virtuous - means; a force, an army, strength, able, substance, worthy, honorable.
Crown - means; encircle, crown, compass, to put the finishing touch to
Ashamed - means; to make disappointed, put to shame, confound, become dry, to contradict or refute, to bring ruin.

We are a force and a HUGE influence in our husband's life. And, when we do not step into our roles as wives properly, we are a hindrance to our husbands, we are a bad influence in their lives. When we argue, fight, refuse to submit, boss, verbally bash privately or publicly, disrespect, and treat our husband in any way that is out of alignment with God's Word, we are hurting them. We are ROTTING THEIR BONES! God made sure through His word that we all know everything we need to live happy, peaceful, and joy-filled lives. His Word does not adapt itself with the times. His Word does not change to fit our needs or the culture. It just IS. We all have choices...we can obey and be blessed or we can disobey and bring ruin to ourselves, our children and our husbands.

What are some of the benefits of obedience to God’s word:
- blessings
- allows God to WORK in our husband's life and heart
- helps our husband BE what God created him to be
- trains our children to be God obeyers NOT the cultures lackey

What does the fruit of Disobedience Bring?
- a ruined husband with rotten bones
- hindrance of our husbands spiritual walk
- trains our children to life selfish worldly lives

To put it bluntly, we need to stop waiting for our husband's to fulfill OUR dreams and needs and simply OBEY what God wants US to do as wives. We need to DO what God says to do BECAUSE God SAID it and HE knows best! When we let go of what we want and do what God wants, then and ONLY then will we truly have all that God wants us to have. Then and ONLY then will God actually have the room and ability to WORK in our husbands hearts. Then and ONLY then will you be content in your marriage.

During my quiet time a few days ago, I sat down and listed personal ways I could serve and be a better wife to my husband. I want to share with you ladies some of the things on my list and to encourage you to do the same.

-Pray for him daily.
-Random touches and kisses
-Letting him relax when he gets home from work. (don’t toss him the kids and run out the door.)
-Giving him time alone to relax or spend with the Lord. (very important).

-Leave love notes and scriptures of encouragement.
-Pack his lunch/breakfast and leave XXOO’s on his napkin.
-Keeping intimacy on the forefront of your mind rather than on the back burner.
-In conversation, maintain eye contact and provide physical touch (like holding his hand) to let him know you're with him.
-Show interest in his ideas, ambitions and dreams and be an advocate for them.
-Even if you don’t agree, the final decision is his to make. Be sincere about how you feel, but stray away from negativity.
-Instead of dwelling on his short comings (we all have them) focus on everything you absolutely love about him.
-Compliment him on how he looks. (men are aware of their appearance too!)
-Always speak positively about him to others. (especially in front of the kids)

If you're feeling a little stuck in the wife/homemaker routine, I encourage you to make a list like this that is specific to your husband. Think of his specific desires, needs, dreams, and passions. What really means a lot to him? What topics have come up in conversation recently that he wishes he could do/have more of? For example, has he been saying, "I really want to spend more time with God, but I'm having trouble finding time." So as his help-meet, you have to try to help him make that happen. Also, think of things you use to do while you were dating/engaged that really blessed him. For example, did you use to leave notes of love and encouragement all the time and he loved it. Once you make a list like this and tangibly see some of the ways you can make a difference in your husband's life, tackle it with passion. It is an honor and an immense calling to run, work and love beside our husbands. And, oh how desperately the world around us needs to see the light of Jesus shining bright through the window of a godly marriage. Let us be challenged!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Chicken & Bowtie Dinner

This is a comfort food type meal in the crock pot -- what could be better?  It won't knock your socks off, but it's something a little different to help you change things up a little.  My MIL made it first, and then we changed it up a little because it was way too salty.

Chicken & Bowtie Dinner

1/2 c butter, sliced
4 to 5 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
2 - .6 oz pkgs zesty Italian salad dressing mix (I used one)
2 Tbs minced onion (I just sprinkled some on -- 1 tsp maybe)
8 oz pkg cream cheese, cubed
2 - 10 3/4 oz cans cream of chicken soup
12 oz pkg bowtie pasta, cooked
Optional: 10 oz pkg frozen baby peas, thawed

Place butter in the bottom of a slow cooker.  Layer chicken breasts over butter; sprinkle with dressing mix and onion.  Cover and cook on low setting for 4 to 5 hours.  Remove chicken from slow cooker; dice into bite-size pieces and set aside.  Add cream cheese and soup to slow cooker; stir together.  Stir in chicken; cover and cook on high setting for 15 minutes, until sauce is warmed through.  Add cooked pasta and peas, if desired, to slow cooker and toss to mix well.  Cover and let stand for several minutes until warmed through.  Can serve with shredded or grated parmesan cheese on top.  Serves 6 to 8.

Recipe from Gooseberry Patch "Slow Cookers, Casseroles & Skillets" cookbook.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

New Twist on Grilled Cheese

Back many ages ago in Jr. High Home Ec class, we made this recipe.  It came to mind this week.  Unfortunately, my kids aren't big fans, but most kids are.  As an adult, I enjoy them once in a while -- Pizza Grilled Cheese!  The photo isn't great, but it illustrates how to make them.  I intended to put a photo of the final product on here also, but alas, I burnt the sandwich while getting lunch for my family.  I wanted to make another sandwich, but that would have required me to thaw bread from the freezer and to eat two sandwhiches!

Pizza Grilled Cheese

Sliced Bread
Oregano or Pizza Seasoning

Butter one side each of two slices of bread.  Lay one slice of bread butter side down on griddle.  Add American cheese slices (or cheese of your choice), a squirt of ketchup and a sprinkle of oregano or pizza seasoning before adding other slice of bread butter side up.  Grill on one side, then turn over and grill on the other side.

NOTE:  The amount of ketchup pictured may be a bit much.  The ketchup dripped out a little.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Books / Books on CD

The following are books I have that I am willing to lend out. Most are parenting books. Some are books geared towards women, your relationship with Christ and your relationship with your spouse.

Hard copy books:
40 Ways to Teach Your Child Values by Paul Lewis
Aaron's Way: The Journey of a Strong-Willed Child by Kendra Smiley
A Wife After God's Own Heart by Elizabeth George
A Woman After God's Own Heart by Elizabeth George Christian
Child-Rearing and Personality Development by Paul D. Meier, M.D.
How to Really Love Your Child by Ross Campbell, M.D.
How to Really Love Your Teenager by Ross Campbell, M.D.
How to Rear Teenagers by Dr. Jack Hyles
Kids Who Follow, Kids Who Don't by Ross Campbell, M.D.
Parenting Isn't For Cowards by Dr. James Dobson
Preparing for Adolenscence by Dr. James Dobson
The Christian Family by Larry Christenson
To Train Up a Child by Michael & Debi Pearl
What Do I Know About My God by Mardi Collier

Books on CD:
Have a New Kid By Friday by Dr. Kevin Leman
Lies Women Believe by Nancy Leigh DeMoss
Love and Respect by Emerson Eggerichs
Making Children Mind Without Losing Yours by Dr. Kevin Leman
The Birth Order Book by Dr. Kevin Leman

Please note these books are not necessarily approved by Slippery Rock Baptist Church, but I do believe they all follow the guidelines of it's teaching. Honestly, I have not read them all. Most of the hard copy books are from my parents and were purchased by them eons ago before/when I was a child. Even though an author may not be someone I would recommend currently, a book they wrote a few decades ago is more along the lines of what we still believe / follow today.

 If you have any questions about any of these books or would like to borrow them, ask me or send me an email at

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Oven Fresh Seasoned Potato Wedges

Oven Fresh Seasoned Potato Wedges

1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 russet potatoes, scrubbed and cut into eighths


1.Preheat an oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).

2.Place Parmesan cheese, olive oil, onion powder, garlic powder, pepper, salt, and potatoes into a resealable plastic bag. Seal the bag, then shake to coat the potatoes with the seasoning. Spread the potatoes over a baking sheet.

3.Bake in the preheated oven until the potatoes are easily pierced with a fork, about 25 minutes.
This recipe and photo were from Thanks for passing it along, M!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Cream Cheese Crock Pot Chicken

Cream Cheese Crock Pot Chicken

4 chicken breasts
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 (8oz) pkg cream cheese
1 packet dry Italian seasoning
4.5 oz can green chiles (We like rotel and used half a can)
1 cup milk

In large bowl, mix together soup, cream cheese, seasoning, chiles, and milk. Place chicken in crock pot, add sauce, cook 4-5 hours on low or 2 on high.

Serve with rice or noodles!

Thanks for the recipe, A. Sorry it took so long to post -- got lost in my email! (Photo found on

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Beef and Bean Burritos

I have a love for Mexican food that my family does not share at least in intensity. I like making enchilladas for company sometimes because I have a great Mexican Salad and Cornbread Casserole recipe that makes a nicely rounded meal. I even have a Mexican Fried Ice Cream recipe although I rarely make it because there is a lot of work involved. But I do love the flavors, textures and smells of Mexican food. I've struggled finding a good recipe for moist beef burritos -- until today!

Beef & Bean Burritos
1/4 cup oil
2 onions, chopped
4 lbs ground beef
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 Tsp chili powder
2 tsp ground cumin
salt and pepper to taste
16 oz can tomato sauce
62 oz can refried beans
24 - 10 in flour tortillas

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat; cook onions until tender. Add ground beef and garlic; cook until browned. Drain; add seasonings and mix well. Stir in sauce; simmer for 5 minutes. Add beans; cook and stir until well blended. Cool slightly. Spread mixture down centers of tortillas; roll up burrito-style and arrange seam-side down on a greased baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes and serve immediately, or let cool and freeze on baking sheet. When frozen, wrap individually or in paris and store in plastic zipping freezer bags. Makes 2 dozen.

Heat & Eat Intructions: Thaw desired number of burritos. Reheat on a baking sheet at 350 degrees for 15 to 25 minutes.

Notes: I chose to add some shredded cheddar cheese on top of the beef/bean mixture before closing up the burrito. I also smeared some salsa on top of the burritos and sprinkled them with more cheese before baking them in the oven. I only made a partial recipe because I wasn't sure how they would turn out. I will definitely make a full recipe next time and freeze some for a quick lunch or dinner later!
If anyone has a good mole sauce, I'd love to get a copy!!

Photo was found online -- Bing images.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

March Meeting CANCELLED

UPDATE: March Meeting has been cancelled. Next meeting will be May 20th. Hope to see you there!


Ok, so I will be upfront and honest and tell you right of the bat -- I FORGOT ABOUT THIS MEETING!! I just remember a couple days ago that March 11 was the next meeting and that it happens to be A WEEK FROM THIS FRIDAY!?!

Carmen has graciously agreed to host our meeting. She will be making Chili with all the fixins. If you would like to bring something, a fruit, veggie or dessert would be helpful.

This will be a discussion-style meeting and the topic will be Family. So start thinking about your family -- what you like about it/what you don't -- that you're close knit, that you can talk openly among parent/child -- or what you wish you family could be like. If you could write down some specifics or at least topics, that will help get the discussion started.
I'd also like to do a fun feature on gardening! Spring IS coming!! (I hope!) Any tips you have on starting plants inside to what things are good to plant (from flowers to veggies) are welcome. Even tips on how much or what to plant keeping canning in mind!
I'm excited and praying the Lord will bless this meeting inspite of my forgetfulness! Hope to see you Friday, March 11 from 6:30 - 9:00 pm!

The Blessing of Children

Someone shared this song with me while riding in their car. Another friend posted a link to it online today. Thought it might be an encouragement to some of you young mothers.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Lysa TerKeurst - Focus On The Family

Ten minutes into this broadcast, I knew I had to share this with every mom I know. I was comforted. I laughed. I cried. I hope you have a few minutes to listen to this!

Author Lysa TerKeurst offers advice to moms who struggle with a sense of failure, encouraging them to relax, relinquish their guilt and rely on God for guidance.

(I cannot get the direct link to work.) Go to Focus On The Family. Click on "Today's Broadcast: Listen Now". Go to the Date tab. Search for 2/15/11. Look for Mommy Stress: Finding Peace in Your Parenting Journey.

A couple quotes that stuck with me:

"You're not a bad mom. You might have had a bad moment, but you're not a bad mom."

"We moms sometimes build the stability of our identity on the fragile choices of our children."

"Be courageous enough to let me [God] write their [your child's] testimony."

Lysa has also written books. One book they mention in the broadcast is "Am I Messing Up My Kids . . . and Other Questions Every Mom Asks." Available here:

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Mini Pancake Muffins

Quite a few months ago, a friend of mine shared this recipe with me. I made them, took photos and . . . they never made it on the blog. I'll spare you the computer issue details and just give you the information you need to make these tasty delights. This recipe can be found on Bakerella's website. You can choose to make them with or without chocolate chips -- might even add bits of apple or other ingredients to personalize them to your family's taste.

Mini Chocolate Chip Pancake Muffins
1 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons sugar
2/3 cup buttermilk
1 egg
2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
2 tablespoons melted butter
1/2 cup milk chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Generously grease a 24 cup mini muffin pan with non-stick spray.

Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and sugar in a medium bowl. Sift together with a wire whisk.

In another bowl, stir buttermilk, egg, maple syrup and melted butter until just combined.

Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and stir with a spoon until combined.
Stir in chocolate chips. Reserve a few chips to sprinkle on the tops. Bake for 8-9 minutes.

Makes 24 mini pancake muffins.

Let cool slightly and remove from the pan. You may need to use a toothpick around the edges to separate the pancake muffins from the pan.

Serve immediately with warmed butter if you like or even just with maple syrup.

I experimented with our favorite pancake recipe and we liked how it turned out. I can also say I would eat a lot of these little babies without syrup. They are sweet enough without it. It was nice to pop a few in baggies and have them for a quick breakfast on the go.

Photos taken from This is also the source for the cake pops I have previously shared.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

WOW Post - Growing Grandchidren

A while ago, I had a few people ask if I would have someone write posts, Words of Wisdom (WOW), for the Titus Two blog. Today, our posting guest will be Mrs. Red Lott. We're not sure how often WOW will be posted, but I'm sure you will enjoy them when we do post them!


Growing grandchidren is like going on a road trip, and you are in the passenger seat. The driver (parent) has all the responsibility making the necessary adjustments to keep us on the road, avoiding dangerous situations, and staying ever alert to that which surrounds the vehicle. (When I learned to drive 50 years ago, it was surprising to me that one had to be constantly making corrections with the steering wheel, and soon it became clear that driving was more than simply "aiming" in the direction one wanted to go!)

If you want to be a useful passenger you can watch for road signs or help with the map (of fidde with that GPS thingy) or be watchful for the errant deer. However, it's best to not suddenly suck in air between your teeth, or critically apply the phantom brake pedal. Remember, your role is passenger! No, you don't love your grands more than you love your own, but as a passenger you can relax & enjoy the trip a little more than the driver who is in charge. You can pray, pray, pray and pass out treats to the little ones who are riding in the back seat, completely oblivious to all that's happening here.

(Photo found on BING images.)

Monday, January 24, 2011

Baby Steps

This may replace the recipe this week since I have to work with my husband tomorrow and that schedule wrecks havoc with almost everything . . .

This year the Lord has given me a verse as a theme in my personal life. Isaiah 26:3 ~ Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee. My thoughts on this are that if I stay focused on Him even if bad days happen or circumstances aren't what I had planned, I can still have perfect peace and be happy in the midst of it.

Last week, my husband had offered to take all three kids to Chuck E. Cheese on a Saturday! Half kidding I told him he could take my grocery list and do the shopping too! He said, "No problem!" As you can imagine, this would make any wife/mother's day!! Long story short, I had to go along. Still thought things would work out as he would go to Chuck E. Cheese, and I would do the grocery shopping. We ended up leaving way later than planned due to circumstances out of our control. We decided to eat out with a gift card we received for Christmas. The wait was 45 minutes so we ran a couple errands and arrived back at the restaurant 15 minutes before our wait should have been up. We ended up waiting 30 minutes extra for a total of 1 hour and 15 minutes -- way past our usual eating time. This further delayed our schedule. The hubby's contact acted up. He wasn't able to see out of that eye and had a headache from that and lack of eating. I ended up grabbing a couple things I needed from the store and drove us home -- sans Chuck E. Cheese. The kids were good sports and were fairly understanding. Later before bed, I could tell my oldest was a little down. I asked her what was bothering her. She said she was disappointed they didn't get to go to Chuck E. Cheese. I told her what my plans were supposed to be for the day and asked how she thought I would feel. Because I kept my cool and didn't have a bad attitude (which wouldn't be my usual response), I was able to teach her the right way to deal with that situation. I was so thankful and praised the Lord!

Another instance where God helped me . . . Sunday mornings are hectic to say the least. My husband has started driving separately to set up his Sunday School class. Sometimes that isn't the best scenario for me, and I end up yelling and frustrated. So here I was clench-jawed, murmuring, driving to church! A couple miles into my drive, I remembered reading about someone that had woken up a couple days ago to find their 20-month old child had died in the night. The Lord immeditely began to melt my hardened heart, and I began thanking Him for my children and almost every other blessing in my life. Right there in the van, I began apologizing to my kids and to my husband. I felt so much better, lighter and happy!

Baby steps are how I'm going to have to do this. I've never been one to do anything cold turkey. Take for instance this:

These are cookies I made, let the girls ice and served to company! For those of you that know the perfectionist in me, you know this is a big deal. Can't say I didn't encourage the girls to let everyone know they had part by icing them though! I'm learning to let go and give my kids more experiences. It does take more time, effort and clean up! It's exciting and sad at the same time to see how proud the kids are when the do something. My oldest had earned herself a couple days of total supervision last week and was to stay with me at all times. I had her help with dinner. All the poor girl did was cut the kielbasa into slices and set the table, but you should have heard her telling everyone, "Guess who cut the kielbasa?" "I cut the kielbasa!" Wish I would have learned this lesson a long time ago for my kids sake. Makes me pretty happy and proud too!

I'm still a work in progress. Praying daily I can live by this verse! Hope this gives encouragement to you as you read this!

(Rescheduled) January Meeting

The January Titus Two Meeting has been rescheduled . . .

Maggie's house
117 Burns Lane, Harrisville
*I will be running a shuttle from the bank parking lot on the corner of Route 8 & West Praire Street to Maggie's house if you'd like to avoid attempting her driveway.

Friday, January 28th

6:30 - 9:00 pm


Maggie Barnhouse - Inner Beauty

Fun Feature
Jessica Lechner - Outer Beauty
Jessica will be giving tips on what colors suit you best. Please bring or wear something that you think is a good color for you!

Feel free to bring an appetizer or dessert. Drinks will be provided by host. Please sign up at church on the bulletin board if you plan to attend to give our host an idea of how many to prepare for. Thank you for your consideration of our host.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Mom's Survival Kit

Recently a friend led me to this website. This website is a ministry of Lancaster Baptist Church and West Coast Baptist College in California. I have heard the vice president of the college speak at a marriage enrichment conference in the area. I was excited to see they had a section of their website dedicated to Ladies Ministry.

While browsing this weekend, I came across this post on the Mom's Survival Kit: Making Your Home Peaceful Place. I hope it is a help to you!

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Chocolate Banana Bread

I found this recipe a couple years ago on I love it because it's moist -- doesn't hurt that it's also DeLiCiOuS! Both the banana and chocolate flavors come out and blend nicely. Today, I made it with mini chocolate chips as a reviewer had suggested since I had them in the cupboard. I liked the smaller amounts of chocolate distributed throughout, but if you are a chocolate lover, you may want to use regular chocolate chips or chunks! I wanted to make it in a budnt pan as another reviewer had suggested, but it took too long to bake for the amount of time I had available. However, I will definitely try it some day! (Bundt cake takes an additional 15 minutes.)

Chocolate Banana Bread

1 cup margarine, softened
2 cups white sugar (optional 1 1/2 cups)
4 eggs
6 bananas, mashed
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup lite sour cream
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease two 9x5 inch loaf pans.

2. In a large bowl, cream together margarine, sugar and eggs. Stir in bananas and vanilla. Sift in flour, baking soda and cocoa; mix well. Blend in sour cream and chocolate chips. Pour batter into prepared pans.

3. Bake in preheated oven for 60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into center of a loaf comes out clean.

Recipe from Photo shows mini chocolate chips.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Meeting Postponed

We will be postponing the January 15th meeting -- NO MEETING JANUARY 15 . . . depending on the weather we may have it next week. Maggie's driveway is a little treacherous, but she'd really like to have the meeting at her house. We are working on details and will update when plans are finalized.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Baked Potato Soup

My husband's and my idea of potato soup greatly differ. In efforts to find a middle ground, I found this recipe on I think we've found a compromise -- I had to make more the next day he like it so much.

Baked Potato Soup

3 bacon strips, diced
1 small onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon pepper
3 cups chicken broth
2 large baked potatoes, peeled and cubed
1 cup half-and-half cream
1/2 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
Shredded Cheddar cheese
Minced fresh parsley

In a large saucepan, cook bacon until crisp. Drain, reserving 1 tablespoon drippings. Set bacon aside. Saute onion and garlic in the drippings until tender. Stir in flour, salt, basil and pepper; mix well. Gradually add broth. Bring to boil; boil and stir for 2 minutes. Add the potatoes, cream and hot pepper sauce; heat through but do not boil. Garnish with bacon, cheese and parsley.

Note: I didn't use basil or hot sauce because we don't care for those flavors, but I did add some chives in place of the basil. I also used precooked bacon and used a little oil to saute the onion and garlic. Pretty sure I upped the amount of potatoes and it was still "soupy" enough.

Monday, January 3, 2011

January 2011 Meeting

Here's the scoop for January's meeting:

Maggie Barnhouse's residence
*Email me @ for address/directions
Friday, January 14th
6:30 - 9:00 pm
Maggie Barnhouse - Inner Beauty
Fun Feature
Jessica Lechner - Outer Beauty
(giving tips on what colors suit you best, etc.)

Feel free to bring an appetizer or dessert. Drinks will be provided by host. Please sign up at church on the bulletin board if you plan to attend to give our host an idea of how many to prepare for. Thank you for your consideration.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Cocktail Meatball Sauce

This is a family-favorite around our house. Chances are, if you go to SRBC, that you've had these. At lease once a month we have an "appetizer meal" which usually includes cocktail meatballs, wings, veggie or fruit tray and motzarella sticks. I love that this recipe feeds an army or a little army at least 3 times. ALDI meatballs taste good and are very inexpensive. Just noticed last week ALDI now carries cocktail sauce, so you could get all the ingredients there!

Cocktail Meatball Sauce

1 can jellied cranberry sauce
1 - 12 oz jar chili sauce
2 tbs brown sugar
1 tbs lemon juice

You can add a little garlic powder, horseradish or tabasco to taste. (For those of you that have eaten my version, I use about 1 tsp horseradish sauce.)

Stir over medium heat until cranberry sauce is melted. (I break mine up with a whisk in the can to help speed up the melting process.) Pour over meatballs and heat through.

This recipe cover 3-4 bags of meatballs or approximately 100! This can be used on cocktail weiners or keilbasa slices as well. The sauce freezes well, so you can use it for multiple occassions. The photo shows the meatballs in a crockpot. I have thrown the meatballs in frozen and cooked for a couple hours or if I'm in a hurry have baked them in the oven and thrown them in a crockpot to keep them warm while serving.