Hot & Sweet Crock Pot Meatballs

End of another weekend, huh?  They go by way too fast :(  This weekend was especially fast because of how busy we were, but it was definitely worth it.

Friday, James and I spent the majority of the night cleaning and finishing unpacking.  The house is finally unpacked (still not filled with furniture), and it’s so nice to have everything in it’s place!

Saturday, James and I went for a run then got ready to host some of James’s co-workers and their significant others.  We had them over for a little game night, and I made a little spread of appetizers.

Apps for the evening

First, I made spinach and artichoke dip using this recipe.  I used plain greek yogurt instead of sour cream, and next time I think I will use some Laughing Cow cheese instead of cream cheese.  But it was absolutely delicious. We also had some salsa to got with the tortilla chips.

Chips, dip, and salsa

Next, after a little collaboration with my mom, I came up with a meatball recipe we loved (see below)!

Crock pot meatballs

Seriously, what recipe is complete without some mom collaboration?  :)  I definitely recommend making these — soo easy and flavorful.

We also included some pretzel crisps (buffalo and jalapeno) in our spread, as well as these DELICIOUS pumpkin chocolate chip cookies.

Pretzel and tortilla chips

New favorite cookie

These were a hit, and I would recommend them for any Thanksgiving function you are attending next week.

All in all, between the foods, games, and fun drinks, we had a great night.

Them, this morning, James and I got up bright and early for brunch, and it was well worth it!

We met Alysha and Brittney and their significant others at Blue’s Egg, which is supposed to be one of the bst brunch places in the Milwaukee area.  Alysha had been there before and there was an hour wait, so she suggested we met at 8 a.m.  It sounds early, but there definitely would have been a wait otherwise, and the food was wonderful!  There was such a variety of traditional and nontraditional options, and it didn’t disappoint!

Blue's Egg

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I know now why this place comes so highly recommended!  I got the hash browns with curry tofu, yogurt sauce, and a buttermilk pancake on the side.  James got a crab cake with toast and two poached eggs.  We were both extremely happy with our choices!

Unfortunately, no pictures (we joked about forgetting cameras), but we spent too much time talking to think about pictures.  In fact, we chatted for probably close to an hour after we finished eating!  It was so great getting to see Alysha again and hang out with Brittney!  I’m definitely looking forward to hanging out with them more.

After brunch, James watched the while Milo and I napped.

This is an old picture, but apparently this is what we looked like

Then we played in the backyard with Milo for a bit, watched more football, and relaxed.

Luckily, this is a short week, because I am a little tired still, but that’s ok because the weekend was definitely worth it.  Fun times with great friends and great food is always the perfect combo!

On that cheesy note, time to do a little reading then bed.  Have a great T-Giving week!

Hot & Sweet Crock Pot Meatballs

Ingredients:

- 1 large bag (or multiple small bags) of frozen, precooked homestyle meatballs

- 12 oz can of beeer (I used Miller Lite)

- 1 bottle plus 1/2 cup more of your favorite BBQ sauce

- 1/2 cup of ketchup

- 1/4 cup grape jelly

- 2 T of garlic

- 3 T hot sauce

- 3 generous T of brown sugar

Directions:

Thaw the meatballs to prevent your sauce from being too runny (I left them out overnight).  Add thawed meatballs and all the other ingredients to a crock pot and cook on low for 8 hours.

These were great on their own, and as a part of a meatball sandwich.  Definitely something I will be making again for a party or event.  Enjoy!

 

Comments

  1. Jessie says:

    Sounds like a busy, yet relaxing & fun weekend with friends & family! Your spread of food looks delicious & those meatballs.. mmmm!! :)

  2. Kat says:

    WHat a fun weekend!! And how adorable are you and your puppy?! I think its the best feeling in the world snuggling with my pups. Opie fits perfectly under my arm, so whenever my hubby isnt around she jumps right onto the couch and fits herself in there. Shes too precious :)

  3. I have never heard of meatballs like that. i have to say though, what I love about the holidays is having frequent gatherings like that

  4. Corrie Anne says:

    Crock pot meals are the best!

  5. Nicole says:

    I think I need to finally get a crock pot!

  6. Min says:

    HI Laurie! I’m so glad you had such a great weekend! I’m def going to bookmark this recipe! I’ve been so busy lately and crockpot has def been my life saver! So awesome that you meet up with fellow bloggers in your area! I know what you mean..when you’re in good company and so engrossed in the conversation, taking pictures of the food is the last thing on your mind! Your meals sounds absolutely delicious!

  7. Sun says:

    Sounds like an awesome spread and your meatball recipe looks great!

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