Homemade Meatballs & Pasta Sauce

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Fresh food is something that really appeals to me.  Knowing that I have made something from scratch makes meals taste even better.  Sometimes, I opt for the easy option; jarred sauces, cans and pre-cooked meals…but I am trying to make the most of using the ingredients we already have in our cupboards.  This way I know exactly what has gone into my dish.

The following recipe is for easy homemade meatballs and pasta sauce.  This isn’t out of a book or from a website.  I just put a few ingredients together that we already had and it tasted lovely!

Our Very First “Talented Tuesday Link Party”

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Welcome to our very first Talented Tuesday Link Party!

If you have a passion for DIY, sewing, baking, crafting, cooking, up cycling….basically anything to do with making… then this is the place for you!

We want to see your posts that showcase your amazing talents.

I am so excited to be co-hosting this fantastic link party with the lovely ladies above.  Every Tuesday @ 9am Central, we will come together to give you a chance to link up your posts and have a look at what we have been up to.  We will also feature a post that we loved from the posts that were linked up during the previous party.  We will even make a big deal out of the post that has the most clicks 🙂

Have a read through, click a few links and share your post at the bottom of the page!

Beautiful Brownies

When we arrived in the USA (10 weeks ago!), I was getting frustrated with shopping for food, especially baking items.  I had been confused in the baking aisle many times as I just couldn’t find what I wanted and then gave up 🙁  I made some buns using a ready mix but they didn’t taste like my baking so I didn’t like them!

I came home and took to the internet to find the US equivalents to icing sugar, caster sugar and the flours that are used in baking. I felt much better once I had made a list and was ready to tackle the baking aisle again.  Success…woohoo!  I came home with ALL of the ingredients that I wanted.

The first thing I wanted to bake were these Peppermint frosted fudge brownies.  The recipe appeared to be straight forward and it was!  The brownie mixture came together perfectly and it was lovely to smell a homemade mixture.  Yes, there is a difference between homemade and shop bought mixture smells!

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Sunday Sevens #6

It’s that time of the week again people! Sunday Sevens – seven photos taken daily, of my week.  Bits of my life that I would like to share with whoever reads this post!

I’ve really enjoyed my week this week.  I spent a couple of days focused on some paperwork that needed to be done, but I had been putting it off for a while.  Once I had completed it, I felt like a weight had been lifted…so a craft filled week was had!

 

1.  Easy access cocoa powder.  Cocoa powder in the UK tends to come in a cardboard cylinder shaped container and has a very awkward foil seal on it, which I have never managed to open without a puff of cocoa entering the air!  It was a joy to open this stuff!

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First 5 Tried & Tested

I wanted to share 5 recipes with you that we have tried over the last couple of weeks.  After starting a ‘meal ideas’ board on Pinterest I thought that I had better start working through some of them.

We quite like trying new things but both Adam and I can be a little fussy.  He doesn’t really like any vegetables apart from carrots and peas.  I can’t eat prawns or a lot of peppers because it upsets my tummy!  Recently we have just been recycling the same recipes over and over because we like them.  But, we had decided that we wanted a bit more variety.

These are the ones that we have tried, loved and will be eating again!  They all made enough portions for 2-3 meals so we still have some left to eat in our freezer.

I would love to know if you have tried these already or are going to try them.

1.  Tex Mex Chicken Casserole from Bites of Bri.

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