Sunday, December 10, 2006

Sweet and Sour Party Meatballs and the Tree is up...

We had a fun time last night at the party and the meatballs turned out great.....

I used Zoey`s recipe for boiled meatballs at Perennial Passion blog
Thanks Zoey :)

Sweet and Sour Sauce

1 can pineapple juice (or juice from a 15-1/4 oz. Can pineapple chunks, drained)
1/4 cup ketchup
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup vinegar
1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic
1/4 teaspoon mustard powder
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce (or less)
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
Mix all together and cook over medium heat until thickened. May be prepared in microwave in microwave-safe bowl. Microwave about 4-1/2 minutes on high or until thick, stirring every minute. Add pineapple chunks.
*****Note: I doubled this recipe and put the pre-cooked meatballs in a crock pot then poured the sauce over top without the cornstarch added beforehand.
Left them on low all day and then drained the sauce out, put in a pot and added the cornstarch to thicken. Poured it back in over the meatballs, added the pineapple bits and carted it off to the party. Ended up with 80 small meatballs.

I also managed to get the tree done yesterday. Hanging the little ornaments that the kids made when they were small and remembering Ben dog`s last Christmas, makes me all sentimental. We`ll see how long the gold beads stay this way. The cats always have a field day with them, along with a ball or two swatted off. I`ll never forget the year I walked into the frontroom to see Angus actually sitting in the tree! Right smack in the middle of it. Of course he wasn`t quite a huge as he is now. Sure wish I`d gotten a picture of that one.


Anonymous said...

Your tree looks gorgeous TEA..!
Angus sounds like my kind of cat..LOL
I had a cat that thought he was a tree ornament too, and although he's been gone for four years, when I look under the tree I always expect to see Oscar curled up there, fast asleep like he always was.

Louche said...

Your tree is lovely, it's inspired me to go and get one now.

Zoey said...

Tea, what a surprise to come here and see my name! I am so glad the meatballs turned out good for you. I am planning to make them for my Christmas Eve party.

Your tree looks beautiful. It's such a nicely shaped tree.

Orange Blossom Goddess (aka Heather) said...

ooooooooooooo your tree is so lovely!!!!

RaNae said...

Your tree is beautiful.

Janet said...

The tree is beautiful. I had to laugh when you told about finding your cat in the tree. When I was a kid my cat tried to climb the Christmas tree and toppled the whole thing!