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Recipe: Crock Pot Party Meatballs

Crock Pot Party Meatballs

I made these meatballs for little man’s first birthday party and everyone loved them! It was easy to throw it all in the crock pot in the morning and continue on with party preparations. By the time the party started, they were done and delicious!

Ingredients:Chili Sauce

32 oz. Frozen Meatballs
16 oz. Chili Sauce
10 oz. Grape Jelly (low sugar)


Dump everything into your crock pot. Stir it around to coat the meatballs. Cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 2-3. Stir once more before serving.

Recipe: Layered Dip


Layered Dip

I served this layered dip with tortilla chips at little man’s birthday party. Everyone loved it and we loved what little leftovers we had.


Black beans
Sour cream
Shredded cheddar cheese


Simple really, just layer on everything in order starting with the black beans and ending with the cheese. It’s great to make ahead and store in the fridge.

How to Plan a Party?

BalloonsI’ve never thrown a party by myself before. But I’ve sent out the invitations now and in a week, I’ll have people over for little man’s first birthday party! I’m so nervous. I’m sure everything will go just fine. Later today I plan on heading to the dollar store for some crepe paper rolls for decoration and the must have “1” birthday candle. I’ll also get some balloons for inside and out at the mailbox.

I’m still at a loss for what to do about party favors. I wasn’t all that thrilled about doing them but it seems so expected. My parents will be getting into to town the night before the party so I really am on my own for this one. Well, my husband is a big help and has supported all the things I’ve figured out so far. I know I want a nearly sugar free “cupcake” for little man. It will be more like muffins really. I hate the idea of giving a one year old a complete sugar shock for the sake of celebration.

We are still narrowing down what we will give our son for his birthday present but thanks to Amazon Prime and their 2 day shipping, we can procrastinate a little longer. And thanks to a grocery store that’s walking distance, I have a little more time to figure out what appetizers / snacks to serve at the party.

What have you done for your kid’s birthday party? Did you give out party favors? How did you decorate? Any advice on planning a party would be very appreciated!

Office Potluck


Pretzel Cheese SauceMy husband had a potluck at his work today. We signed up to bring homemade soft pretzels. They were a huge hit! We paired them with pretzel cheese sauce, made with Vermont and regular cheddar this time, and horseradish mustard. Horseradish MustardMany of the guys in the office went back for a second pretzel. I’m so glad they all liked them. I got to taste some really great food that other people brought too. I expect we will have another pot luck since it was such a hit. So, how can I top my pretzels? Maybe I’ll make burgers next time. Any suggestions?

I’m going to some more Blog Parties! Come Along!


Hello friends, I’ll be participating in a few blog parties coming up. One of them is with Muffins&Mocha. She is hosting the Polar Bear Plunge Blog Party. If you’d like to join in on the fun, head on over to her site and see all the details. The more the merrier.

Also, I’ll be joining in with Atlantamomofthree where we’re bringing Simple and Sweet Desserts. The deadline for this one is March 15th! So don’t delay in submitting your dessert. More details can be found on her site.

I’m Going to Another Blog Party!


Hi everyone, I’m going to another blog party. This one is hosted by jgann22. We are all bringing along our most viewed post from our blog. I will be bringing Recipe: Sweet Potato Casserole. If you’d like to participate in the blog party too, the materials must be submitted before January 28th. For more information on this party, head on over to the original post.