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Week 2: BBQ Turkey Meatballs

I bought a huge bag of frozen turkey meatballs at Costco. They seemed like a good choice for a quick and easy protein, different from our usual roasted chicken or pot roast. The obvious choice is to heat these up with some marinara and serve with pasta and tons of parmesan cheese. But the crockpot looked like it needed some love so I searched for recipes and found No-Fuss Beer BBQ Meatballs.

These would be perfect for a party (Superbowl is coming!) or pot luck. They’re a little big for a toothpick, but you could probably serve them from the crockpot with those fancy mini forks. I ate mine with in a toasted pita with cucumber salad. The cool, crisp cucumber was a nice compliment the sweet BBQ sauce and tenderness of the meat. These would be great on a toasted hoagie with coleslaw on top – yum!

I modified the original recipe a bit:

  • 1 1/2 – 2 pounds frozen meatballs (I counted out about 30 meatballs)
  • 1 medium onion, sliced thin (I used the mandolin, one of my favorite gadgets!)
  • 6-8 ounces beer, (I used blue moon…and drank the other half)
  • 3/4 cups ketchup
  • 1 tbs. white wine vinegar (I didn’t have red)
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic salt (I decreased the other ingredients but left the spices the same, combining garlic and salt)
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  • 2 tbs. brown sugar

Put everything but the meatballs in the crockpot and stir to combine. Add the meatballs (frozen) and coat them in sauce. Turn on low and cook for 8 hours. Your house is going to smell delicious!

I made this earlier in the week and forgot to take pictures, next time! Leia enjoyed these and they were great as leftovers the next day. Obviously 30 meatballs is too many for Leia and myself so I sent most of them home with my Mom and got great reviews from her and my Uncle.


Birthday Festivities

Last weekend I celebrated my 30th birthday with a BBQ at Mission Bay. It was a wonderfully special day, I am blessed with amazing friends and family.

My Mom ran around all day making sure I didn't have to do anything besides relax, sip wine, and have a good time.

My Uncle drove down to the bay early to set up. He brought his own BBQ and cooked all the food

Showing off her sand castle skills.

The best $1 I've spent recently - on the ball, not the baby. She cost $2.

Lovable Joey the horse. I mean dog. You decide.

Friends for over half our lives! We make 30 look good.

Aunt Callie and Uncle Grant. They (Callie, I'm looking at you) made me a photo book of Leia's first year - I definitely shed a tear or two.

Who loved being the center of attention? She also loved Cady, Jackie and Trevor's furry new addition.

Love my girls (Rachel we missed you!).

Leia and her new friend Jacob.

Can't decide if she was trying to kiss him or play peekaboo. Maybe both.