Holiday Meat Balls

For a very tasty appetizer during the holidays, try this recipe for meatballs with cranberries in the sauce. I used seasoned bread crumbs, which added some nice flavor to the meatballs, and then baked them on a broiler tray, which allowed the fat to run off while they were baking. One recipe is enough to fill one of the small 1 to 2 quart crock pots.

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Burlap, Lace & Birds Holiday Table

Holiday tables can range from your everyday china to pieces decorated with Santas, Snowmen, and Christmas trees. When I was a child, my mother always used a lace tablecloth, her good china, and silverware for holidays and special occasions. I like to vary what I use but honestly, who has room for dozens of china patterns? I certainly don’t. When I downsized for retirement a few years ago, I gave my nephew my mother’s china and her silverware.  I have three sets of  four for everyday china and a few pieces of other patterns from thrift stores.    My tables are simple with a centerpiece or flowers and either a tablecloth, runner,  or place mats. Your home can be warm and festive without owning a department store full of china or spending a lot of money. You can’t beat a good set of white china or a burlap runner for any occasion. Read More