Saturday, February 9, 2013

A Note to You, Funfetti, and Meatballs!

My reasons for starting and maintaining this blog are purely selfish...
I don't have too many 'vices' (though, Joey might think differently ;-)), and my schedule these days doesn't allow for sufficient time to exercise... But I have to do something to vent....
So I write.
Writing is such a release for me! I'm an emotional and introspective person by nature but have also learned that the best way for me to explore and understand my thoughts and feelings is to write them out.
When I started On Loan From Heaven, it was just for me. To be completely honest, I don't remember how people even started reading it! When I open blogger and see the hundreds of people who read each post, I'm completely overwhelmed that that many people find my thoughts good enough to take time out of their day to read!
I guess that means I think too much ;-)
I'm honored.... and completely humbled! Your comments and emails and messages mean more to me than you know! When you share your own story with me, I'm honored that you trust me with it... and I pray for each of you! When you share a status or post, we get excited that you're helping us tell the the story that God is writing for us.
Our family has grown exponentially through this blog.... and we are grateful for every one of you!
I realized the other day that I haven't posted any recipes lately and I have some super fun one's to share!!
We hosted our first Super Bowl party last weekend and since it fell on Joey's birthday, we had lots of reasons to celebrate and spend time with some amazing friends.... we had a blast!
In prepping for our party, I relied fully on Pinterest... doesn't everyone!?
What would I do without Pinterest?!
My clothes wouldn't match.
My haircut would be outdated.
Our house would be a disorganized mess (wait.... still have work to do on that one ;-)).
And my family would starve. For real.
I found two recipes, in particular, that people still comment on a week after the party! I thought I'd share them with you :-)
The first is Funfetti Chex-Mix. Yes... you read that right. Two of the most delicious snacks combined to make one super easy,  super addicting, and incredibly dangerous treat! Keep this in mind for ANY party.... and it would be especially fun for a class party for kids (I'm thinking Valentine's Day)!
Funfetti Chex-Mix
5 Cups Rice Chex cereal
10oz. (5 squares) white chocolate coating (aka; Almond Bark)
1.5 Cups Funfetti cake mix
1/2 Cup powdered sugar
1 tsp. vegetable shortening (I had this on hand but did not use it)
1) Melt coating (almond bark) according to package directions (add vegetable shortening to thin, if needed... I didn't need it).
2) Pour the cereal into a LARGE bowl and drizzle the melted coating over the cereal. Mix gently with a large spatula.
3) Dump cake mix and powdered sugar onto the cereal and mix gently until all cereal is evenly coated.
4) Optional (but highly suggested by me ;-)): While your Funfetti Chex-Mix is still damp from the coating, sprinkle your favorite, colorful sprinkles into the mixture to add some fun color!
Warning.... This treat is HIGHLY addicting!!
CrockPot Hawaiian Meatballs
32oz package of precooked, frozen meatballs (I used a Sam's Club size bag, tho)
13.5oz can of unsweetened pineapple chunks (save juice and set aside)
1 large green pepper, diced
1 cup brown sugar
2 Tbsp. cornstarch
2/3 cup white vinegar
2Tbsp. soy sauce
Place meatballs in crock pot and top with green pepper and drained pineapple chunks. In a separate bowl, mix reserved pineapple juice, brown sugar, cornstarch, vinegar and soy sauce. Pour sauce over meatballs, pineapple and green peppers. Cook on low for 3-4 hours or until heated through.
* Serve over rice or noodles or serve straight out of CrockPot with toothpicks!*
SO YUMMY and such a big hit!

1 comment:

  1. I find so much comfort and joy when I read your blog. Miracles happen everyday but to see them and witness them through your eyes is special.

    Pinterest is such a handy little thing. Where would the world be today without it and why could I not have thought up something so simple and be a gazillion aire.


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