Saturday, 5 January 2019

Swedish Meatballs! A FLASH BACK!!




 This is for Ross, our son-in-law. He said his Grandma used to make Swedish meatballs, I had a flashback!!! I used to make these little yummy balls for my family when I was in high school and continued making them after I was working in the 1970's. They are quick and yummy! I am not sure where my recipe came from, as I was in Home Economics in high school, and think possibly it came from class handouts?? I remembered a lot of the ingredients and tweeked it, to bring it into this decade!! 

Swedish Meatballs
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 C. minute rice
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 T. minced onion 
  • 1 T. chopped parsley
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 T Worcestershire sauce
  • Dash of pepper
  • 1/2 C. milk
 Sauce:



  • 2 T. butter
  • olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons flour (any kind)
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup sour cream


  • 1. Combine egg, beef, rice, onion, parsley, salt, nutmeg, pepper and milk, mixing lightly but thoroughly. Shape into 24 small balls. Place in a skillet.
    2. Place olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Brown the meatballs for about 10 minutes.
    3. Remove them and most of the fat. Stir the flour and the butter into the pan. Cook the flour for a minute...this prevents lumps.
    4. Slowly while stirring add the broth. Simmer until it thickens, about 2 minutes.
    5. Strain it with a sieve to remove any clumps. Return it to the pan.
    6. Reduce heat to low; stir in the sour cream.
    7. Return the meatballs to the pan for 1 minute. 


    Here is just a very few photo's from our Christmas holiday! So much fun! 

     Above- My daughters home for a Christmas party. Some natural beauty on Sugarloaf mountain/Leavenworth. A Snowmobiler's dinner party at my home with my nieces, nephews, son and daughter-in-law in a crazy pose. Sledding in Leavenworth, Washington with grands top photo - Payton, 2nd photo- Everett, 3rd photo is me snowmobiling and Cooper in the last photo.


     Christmas dinner at my son's home, Sticky Toffee Pudding(I made), I gave the chickens their Christmas Breakfast, watermelon, and my daughter Holly and grandchildren Madison and Mackenzie.

    Below is my niece Cierra and I on Sugarloaf Mountain near Leavenworth.




    Tuesday, 18 December 2018

    Cutout cookies that do not spread!


    We have 7 days! These are fast and good!
    What I wanted was a cookie that didn't spread!!! I was making Giant ginger bread men cutouts for the kiddo's to decorate after the turkey dinner on Thanksgiving. I didn't want the baked cookie to spread or be soft. I researched on the internet and found many recipes that looked promising, but.....when I baked them, it was a no go!  Finally, I figured out a tasty, quick method!

    Sunday, 25 November 2018

    Instant Pot Turkey or Chicken Bone Broth


    Whether you’re following SCD, AIP, GAPS, or just a healthy gut diet, you should be doing one thing: making and drinking bone broth regularly. 

    Tuesday, 20 November 2018

    Instant Pot Butternut Squash Soup- Jean George


    This Butternut Squash Soup is Jean George's recipe, that I was privileged to observe in a cooking demo, years ago. Ten plus years later, I went to the famous Jean George's in New York, (Trump Hotel Central Park, first floor) and had this very soup!! Ever since then, I’ve fallen in love with Jean George's Butternut Squash Soup. I love the kick of the cayenne pepper!

    Friday, 2 November 2018

    Flemish Veal Stew




    Hello! It's been a while! I took a month and a half break ....something I havent done in over 6 years! During my break, Wee Bear and I went to Nashville and Memphis ....LOVE! then we boarded a newly built paddle boat down the Mississippi River....I highly recommend this trip aboard the Duchess on American cruise line, we had the owners suite, however, all the suites and rooms or lovely on this boat. (not a ship) We met lots of fun people and ended the cruise in New Orleans. After arriving home in Seattle, we had five days to pack up and start our commute to our Winter home in Scottsdale. We took our time visiting family and friends the entire way, also, spending 4 nights in Laguna Beach(one of my favorite places). I'll post a couple photo's below.

    Monday, 17 September 2018

    Pear, Proscuitto and Brie Tart


    This is so easy and and quick to make at the last minute, providing you have the ingredients on hand!

    Thursday, 6 September 2018

    Rhubarb and Peach Crostata


    There is something about the look of this rustic tart that really wins, hands down for me!  To me rustic means unsophisticated, ragged and unpretentious. So often it is so much tastier as the dish is made from the heart with a special ingredient.......LOVE. Where the focus is sharing the love you have for people through the food you make for them, not through what it looks like.  Quote by Cesar Chavez