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Thanksgiving Thoughts: The Journal the Word Bible (Book Review) 

During Thanksgiving, it can be easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of holiday cooking, family visits, shopping, and making Christmas preparations, but I try to be extra intentional about taking time to just be thankful.

This usually means stealing away some quiet time for myself to journal and reflect on life and the events that have taken place since the previous year’s Thanksgiving.

This year, my process was aided by another  book review. This time, I had the pleasure of giving my initial impressions of The Journal the Word™ Bible, Large Print.

NKJV, Journal the Word Bible, Cloth over Board, Blue Floral, Red Letter Edition: Reflect, Journal, or Create Art Next to Your Favorite Verses

The cover is strikingly beautiful and made of a textured, fabric material.  It feels very durable, yet still somewhat delicate and looks as if it will hold up well to being used while on the go.

I was most excited about the size. This one is more compact than some of the other bibles I’ve received to review and that was a big plus for me.  I’ll be traveling a good bit and I  want to have a bible that can travel with me without adding to much weight to my carry-on bag.

If you’ve been following my posts, you’ll recall how much I love a book with a ribbon pagemarker! Needless to say, that was another small, but BIG win in my reviewer’s handbook! 😍😍😍

The text is also MUCH easier to read than the last coloring bible I reviewed. I’ve included a few side by side photos for a comparison.  This Bible is the text with the yellowish page tint (on the right in the first photo and on the left in the second photo).

More about the text (from the publisher):

The Journal the Word™ Bible, Large Print allows you to creatively express yourself every day with plenty of room for notes or verse art journaling next to your treasured verses. With unique and sophisticated covers, this single-column large print edition features thick cream-colored paper with lightly ruled lines in the extra-wide margins, perfect to reflect on God’s Word and enhance your study.

Excellent for a gift or for personal use, it can also be a cherished heirloom to pass on to future generations with your personal writings inside!

Features of this treasured Bible include:

• Lined, wide margins for notes, reflections and art
• Thicker cream paper for enduring note-taking
• Large print 10-pt font eliminates eye strain when reading • Words of Christ in red
• Lays flat in your hand or on your desk
• Ribbon marker

The only downside of this Bible, in my opinion, is that it doesn’t include and pre-dawn images like other creative/journaling bibles I have seen.

I was somewhat expecting a few images to color, so this was disappointing. Not a major flaw (my oversight, partially), but there is plenty of space to draw and take notes.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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I Need a Little Bit of Coffee….

…And a WHOLE lot of JESUS!

Seriously.  I received this cup from Consumer Associates to review and it could not have come at a better time.  I’ll tell you a little bit more about the cup later on in this post– First things first– UPDATES!!!!

A Few Updates

I’ve been missing you all.  I had every intention of blogging more during October and November, but “Life Happened” and as my social-worker-self often says, I had to “live life on life’s terms.”🙂

That meant dealing with a lot of hiccups that came my way over the past couple of weeks.

Nothing too horrible or detrimental really, challenging yes, but more often than not, it simply meant that I needed to complete a work project, attend a meeting, or focus on my family and self care time more than I needed to sit down and write another blog post.

I also realized that I developed the less than great habit of writing posts via my phone. That’s not a major issue, but, for the past few weeks, I’ve been very deliberate about minimizing my phone use– less reading, no checking Facebook, less checking email, less talking and texting.  Just less in general.  I take calls during the day and then I place my phone in “do not disturb” mode.

It has been good for my soul.

I’ve used that time to take care of things around my home (I had several projects that were going unattended), spend time reading and planning for 2017 (vision board/journaling in full swing), setting some new fitness goals, working on product reviews (that really has turned into a part time job, but I still enjoy it!) and most of all listening to some things that have been stirring in my spirit.

It’s been a blessing and I really do feel so grateful for this time.  I was never much of a coffee drinker in college, but now I look forward to making my morning cup of coffee and having my quiet devotional time.  As I am now talking on the phone less often, I also set aside afternoon time and try to steal away some time in the evening as well.  It’s allowed me to really examine myself and the things that I want to work on in 2017.  I really just need one cup of coffee a day (a little bit) but I understand that I need a WHOLE lot of Jesus! I can get by with just one cup of coffee a day, but I need as much time with Jesus as I can get!

Looking Forward to 2017…

As I was preparing for the week ahead, I also realized that 2017 is going to be VERY busy.  I have a trip coming up next week and I will, LITERALLY, be traveling at least once a month for the next 6 months.  That may not be major to some, but since I stopped doing full-time consulting work in 2015, I’d become accustomed to working from home and BEING AT HOME, so it made me pause for a moment.

At the same time, I’m grateful for the opportunities that I’ve been invited to participate in and I’m trusting God for nothing less than His best.

And in His usual fashion– the Lord continues to provide tools for the journey.
This cup from Consumer Associates has a built in, pour-over Stainless Steel dripper filter that saves you the hassle of using paper filters and is environmentally friendly.

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It can brew coffee or tea (or be used for cold drinks) and is perfect for travel, office, work, at home or even camping!

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I’m excited to use this and its larger companion model on my upcoming trips in place of those, in-room coffee makers (I never really trust the sanitation of those things!).  I’m going to be attending several conferences and they always have hot water on the buffet bar.  Having this cup will allow me to freshly brew my Godiva truffle coffee (another AMAZING clearance find) or my loose leaf ginger tea to my heart’s content!

I ALWAYS travel with a tumbler/reusable cup.  It’s one of those creature comforts that just makes life so much easier!  I may have to be away a bit more than I would like, but the Lord certainly did send me something to make the journey just a bit sweeter.  That’s because God cares, cares right down to the last detail (James 5:11).

Despite being on the go, I still plan on doing the November, “Jesus Always” Giveaway. I’ll post a link to the Facebook Live Video as soon as I record it.  I want to share the items with you, so you have an idea of what you can enter for a chance to win and the ways you can enter the giveaway drawing.

A Word of Encouragement

I’d like to close with something I said in one of my recent podcast recordings that I also want to share here to encourage you all.  I know we are about to go into 2017, but don’t ignore this last month of the year.  Yes, it’s almost December, and there may be dreams and prayers you have that have yet gone unanswered, but don’t forget that God still operates in miracles.

Christmas is really a special time of year for me.  Beyond the time with family and friends, there’s the celebration of the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  And while we may not know the exact day of His birth, if you are a born again believer, you have to understand that there’s something so powerful about the month that we are about to go into– that ONE single miracle changed the fate of THE WHOLE WORLD.

And it happened SUDDENLY and SWIFTLY.  The child who would be King of Kings was born in a lowly manger.  Even if you feel as if you are at the LOWEST POINT in your life, GOD CAN and WILL birth something MIRACULOUS if you can stretch your faith to believe Him.

I remember one year (maybe last year) I was talking to my mom about a revelation I received while listening to this rendition of “Mary Did You Know?”  I’ve always loved the song, but when I listened to it that particular day I was so struck by the series of questions.  I was even in tears as I shared it with my mom…

“She didn’t know!  Joseph didn’t know.  They were two young people that were afraid, but they were bold enough to believe God and their FAITH changed the fate of the whole world!”

Maybe you’re still waiting on your 2016 to become “sweet.” It might feel as if nothing can change the course that your year has been on, but I’m praying that you’ll trust God for something major in the last few days of this year.  Stretch your faith. Talk to Jesus about those things more than you talk to ANYONE ELSE and watch what God will do!  I’m praying for you.

Good things are in store for us in 2017, but 2016 isn’t over yet.

Scriptures to Meditate On:

Isaiah 40:28-31

Have you never heard? Have you never understood? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of all the earth. He never grows weak or weary. No one can measure the depths of his understanding.  He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless.  Even youths will become weak and tired, and young men will fall in exhaustion. But those who trust in the LORD will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.

Isaiah 41:10

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Psalm 33:4-6

For the word of the LORD is right and true; he is faithful in all he does.  The LORD loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of his unfailing love. By the word of the LORD the heavens were made, their starry host by the breath of his mouth

1 Peter 2:1-6

Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind. Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.

As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to him— you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.  As the Scriptures say,

“I am placing a cornerstone in Jerusalem,
chosen for great honor,
and anyone who trusts in him
will never be disgraced.”


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Book Review: Jesus Today


Reading is TRULY one of my favorite things to do. 

Despite my increasingly fast paced lifestyle, I still enjoy taking time out to read books, especially in hard copy form. 

I was blessed with the opportunity to review another book from Sarah Young, “Jesus Today.”

I didn’t know what to expect from the text, but it was just what I needed. 

I like having a daily devotional at my desk in my home office and this text provides a perfect morning meditation– just enough to digest before starting the day, but not so short that it leaves you feeling like you need to read an additional days devotion. 

Here’s a bit more about the book from the publisher:

Whether you need a lifeline to lift you out of discouragement or are simply longing for an encouraging boost in your day, this devotional—a sequel to the #1-bestselling Jesus Calling®—will speak powerful hope into your life. 

Based on truths in Scripture, it is written as if Jesus Himself is assuring you that He is in control, that He is good, and that a glorious future awaits all who anchor their hope in Him.

Reaching out with peace-filled reminders of Jesus’ Presence from the Word of God these devotions will intimately, quietly connect you with Jesus, the One who meets you right where you are.

Book Review: NIV Beautiful Word Coloring Bible

​No more exam preparation means I can do what I love, COLORING and reading my stack of book reviews. 📚🖍📚🖍📚🖍 

Book Description:

With hundreds of inspiring verses illustrated in detailed, ready-to-color line art, the NIV Beautiful Word™ Coloring Bible employs the proven stress-relieving benefits of adult coloring to help quiet your soul so you can reflect on the precious truths of Scripture. 

Perfect for all ages, the thick white paper with lightly ruled lines in the extra-wide margins, provides ample space for your own artistic expressions and journaling.
The NIV Beautiful Word™ Coloring Bible is a perfect gift that will become a cherished keepsake full of personalized creative expressions of faith.

Features of this treasured Bible include:

  • Hundreds of verses illustrated in ready-to-color line art 
  • Thicker white paper for enduring note-taking 
  • Lined, wide margins for notes, reflections and art 
  • Full text of the most read, most trusted modern-English Bible – the New International Version (NIV) 
  • Easy-to-read black letter text in single-column format
  • Lays flat in your hand or on your desk 
  • Ribbon marker.

Book Review: Initial Impressions of “Jesus Always”

I’m so excited to share my initial impressions of the soon to be released text, Jesus Always.  

First, let me start with a quick nod to the earlier text, Jesus Calling.

That book still speaks to my soul, DAILY. This really amazes me because I’ve been re-reading the book for years. I have it in a hard copy version; a Kindle e-book that I can access from my phone, laptop, and various Kindle apps and devices ; and a desktop calendar that sits in the guest bathroom (aka, “my bathroom”) in my home.  

Yet and still, every time I turn those familiar pages, the words fall fresh on my heart EACH and EVERY time and something will speak to the depth of my exact situation with THE EXACT encouragement I need. Long story short, I love that little book!

On top of all of this, Sarah Young has written SEVERAL BOOKS over the years, but this is her FIRST 356-day devotional since since Jesus Calling was released in 2004, so I am tooooo excited to add this new book to my devotional collection.  

Initial Impressions of Jesus Always:

The Cover:

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE (Did I mention, LOVE?) The purple cover! Purple is one of my FAVORITE colors!

The cover has an irredessecent sheen that is actually very subtle (I really only noticed this as I attempted to take a photo and caught a glimpse of the book aganst the light from my the flash on my phone). 

Photo of the Cover (Fresh Out of the Box)!

The Content:

While, Jesus Calling is a filled with uniquely inspired treasures from heaven for every day of the year written from Jesus’ point of view (thus the title Jesus Calling), Jesus Always invites the reader into a new way of living—a life of joy. 

The new 365-day devotional was written as part of Sarah Young’s exploration of the promises of joy in scripture. 

It continues in the style of Jesus Calling and is written as if Jesus, Himself is speaking directly to the reader with joy-filled reminders from the Word of God. 

Each devotion includes companion scriptures that will intimately and gently connect you with Jesus—the One who meets you where you are. 

Today’s Devotional Page (Note: the Ribbon Bookmark on the Left 😉🖒)

Other Things I Like! 

I’m a sucker for a book with a ribbon bookmark.  I’ve even started hot gluing my own ribbon bookmarks into books.

Little known fact about me: One of my first jobs at UNC was in the Walter Davis Library as Book Preservation Specialist. As a result, I can deconstruct and reconstruct a book in 30 minutes flat! 

That also means that I can be a stickler on book construction.  I really am a fan of the pocket-friendly size of Jesus Calling and I was happy to see that Jesus Always remained in that same vein (and had the bookmark ribbon 😁)!

The Inside Cover


You Can Reserve Your Copy, Now! 

The text will officially be released to the public on October 4, 2016. 

You can pre-order it now on Amazon.com and get their price guarantee!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook® book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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What the Cross Represents…

He personally carried our sins in his body on the cross so that we can be dead to sin
and live for what is right. By his wounds you are healed.

1 Peter 2:24 New Living Translation (NLT)

I received these earrings to review. I know I post a lot of reviews here… most of that is required for the product reviewing hobby I’ve developed (I hope you’ll continue to bear with me as I try to incorporate other content), but they help me to keep the content updated more frequently and usually lead to some deeper sort of reflection for me.

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When I looked at these, beyond the baguette stones and the solid construction, the lyrics to the song below came to mind.  This album came out when I was in middle school and my mom played it all the time.

I didn’t mind though. I loved it. This was one of the songs that was very personal for me. I think it was around this age that church became more than a “place to go” for me.  My salvation became VERY real and I would often reflect on the kind of love one had to have to sacrifice His “only begotten son” for a world of people.

At this point, my nephew had been born and I loved him with all of my heart– I didn’t know that a love like that could exist. To see a person that you’ve never known before and love them instantly– and want the best for them. It blew my mind.

So when I thought about that kind of love and asked myself if I would be able to give his life to save the world. I just cried. I’m crying now (I’m more of a softie than most people realize🙂 ).

It really IS a powerful question to ask yourself: Think about the person you love THE MOST in this whole world. Then ask yourself if you could give his/her life to save the fate of the rest of the world? Could you do it?

I sometimes think we can hear altar calls so often that we can become numb to what that sacrifice REALLY meant and just HOW personal it was.

He did it JUST FOR ME.

He did it JUST for YOU.

He did it with EACH  and EVERY one of US on His mind.

When I look at a cross– be it a pair of earrings, in a church, or a photo on a wall — That is what it means to me.

Just for Me ~ Donnie McClurkin
What does the cross of Jesus mean?
It’s more than songs we sing, yeah
Much more than that emblem on your chain
But it means I’m free, yes from the chains of slavery
And the blood that shed won’t let my sins remain, oh my
Upon the cross my Saviour died, the Lamb was crucified
Showed us love that this world had never known
Oh what love, divine so divine, true a love you’ll never find
So that we might live, love came and died alone, Hallelujah

Well the Cross will always represent the love God had for me
When the Lord of glory, Heaven sent gave all on Calvary
He did it just for me, just for me, Hallelujah

 

There are lots of different ways to pray the prayer of Salvation, but I wanted to leave one here if you’ve yet to accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior and feel a stirring in your heart after reading this post.  This is from one of my favorite prayer authors, of the book Prayers that Availeth Much.  You can reword this to make it more personal, but this is the general overview.

Prayer To Receive Jesus as Savior and Lord

Father, it is written in Your Word that if I confess with my mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in my heart that You have raised Him from the dead, I shall be saved. Therefore, Father, I confess that Jesus is my Lord. I make Him Lord of my life right now. I believe in my heart that You raised Jesus from the dead. I renounce my past life with Satan and close the door to any of his devices.

I thank You for forgiving me of all my sin. Jesus is my Lord, and I am a new creation. Old things have passed away; now all things become new in Jesus’ name. Amen

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Workout Recovery: Compression Therapy 

My husband and I have histories of joint pain. We also enjoy working out as one of our dating activities, but we have to be very intentional about our recovery methods. This is where compression therapy comes in.

 
What is Compression Therapy?

I was thrilled to see an article recently on one of my favorite fitness apps, MyFitnessPal explaining compression therapy and its benefits. Usually, when I mention compression therapy, I get confused looks or raised eyebrows from folks. I get it though, I was unfamiliar with it until I learned of it during my last round of physical therapy.

As the article states, compression as recovery is nothing new. Many athletes already rely on compression socks and shorts after a workout, and research identifies a link between compression garments and reduced muscle soreness after sprinting and plyometrics. You can read more about the method in the full article found here.

My Newest Workout Recovery Tool: The Wuju Fitness Knee Brace

This #WujuFitnessKneeBrace won’t make you young again or cure any joint issues, but it will help to lessen your joint pain and support your knee muscles and ligaments and aid you in bending your knee.

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It’s basically a knee brace used to compress the knee for sports or to solve aches and pains. It comes in 3 sizes, the color is silver/grey with a design in the knee cap. I like this more than other braces I’ve used it the past because it fits around my thigh without rolling down or bunching.  

I’ve used it for the past two weeks and will be purchasing more for continued use. The fabric is lightweight, but sturdy and it could be worn during my workouts, though I prefer to save it for my compression therapy which I complete after my workouts and at various times throughout the day if I experience any muscle discomfort.

If you workout frequently, I encourage you to try compression therapy if you haven’t already.  This is only one of many braces/compression sleeves to choose from, but it worked well for me!

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Pasta Possibilities!

I love making pasta.  I feel like the possibilities are almost endless.

Now, I know I said I try to limit the number of occasions that I make traditional pasta in one of my previous posts— but let’s be honest– there’s nothing like a good fettuccine!

I received a stainless steel colander to review and used it to make one of my favorite recipes.

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Here’s a bit of info about the colander:

  • The stable base allows you to safely strain hot liquids even in busy and wet kitchen environments.
  • Micro-perforations let the liquid quickly drain away while keeping the food safe in the bowl.
  • The entire colander is easy to carry.
  • Aside from straining, this is also a great solution for grease cooking, splatter control, frying, sautéing and other liquid-heavy cooking.

Anyone who loves to cook knows the importance of a high quality colander. The Pro Chef Kitchen Tools round colander is strong, stylish and efficient and I’m happy to have it in my collection.  When I’m not using it to cook, it also doubles as a great fruit/veggie holder on my counter top!

Now that you know a good bit about the colander, here’s the all important recipe and some photos of the colander in action!

We made this dish using another Blue Apron recipe.  (This isn’t a sponsored post — I just REALLY like Blue Apron and they post ALL of their recipes online, so you can use them even if you don’t subscribe.  I LOVE THAT!)

Spring Chicken Fettuccine

Ingredients:

  • 8 Chicken Tenders
  • 6 Ounces Fettuccine Pasta
  • 1 Bunch Kale
  • ½ Bunch Asparagus
  • 1 Bunch Rosemary
  • 2 Tablespoons Crème Fraîche
  • 2 Tablespoons Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • ⅛ Teaspoon Crushed Red Pepper Flakes

Directions:

  1. Prepare the ingredients:

    Wash and dry the fresh produce. Heat a medium pot of salted water to boiling on high. Snap off and discard the tough, woody ends of the asparagus; cut the asparagus into 1-inch pieces on an angle. Remove and discard the kale stems; finely chop the leaves. Pick the rosemary leaves off the stems; discard the stems and roughly chop the leaves. Pat the chicken dry with paper towels and chop into bite-sized pieces; transfer to a bowl. Season the chopped chicken with salt and pepper; toss to coat.

  2. Cook the chicken:
    In a large, high-sided pan, heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the seasoned chicken and cook, stirring occasionally, 4 to 6 minutes, or until lightly browned and cooked through.
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    While the chicken cooks, add the pasta to the pot of boiling water and cook 8 to 10 minutes, or until al dente (still slightly firm to the bite). Reserving ¾ cup of the pasta cooking water, drain thoroughly.
  4. Add the vegetables:
    While the pasta cooks, to the pan of chicken, add the asparagus, kale, rosemary, 2 tablespoons of water and as much of the red pepper flakes as you’d like, depending on how spicy you’d like the dish to be; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, 2 to 4 minutes, or until the asparagus is bright green and the kale has wilted.
  5. Finish the pasta:prochef_chicken_fettuccine2
    To the pan of chicken and vegetables, add the cooked pasta, crème fraîche and half to the reserved pasta cooking water; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring vigorously to coat the pasta, 2 to 3 minutes, or until thoroughly combined. (If the sauce seems dry, gradually add the remaining pasta cooking water to achieve your desired consistency.) Remove from heat and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Plate your dish:
    Divide the finished pasta between 2 dishes. Garnish with the cheese. Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

Book Review: Abundant Life

What do you think about when you think of an “Abundant Life?”

For me, I think about a life that is filled with peace and security.  Sure abundance may come with physical possessions, but more than that– I think of fulfillment and a heart and mind that is centered on the will of God.

As described by the author’s, 4 Abundant Life is a step-by-step guide to help you discover what it means to be an authentic man/woman/married person, develop your unique talents and gifts, and use them for His glory, and how reconciliation and redemption lead to transformation into life abundantly. 

This book is for anyone who wants more out of his or her life. The challenge is yours! Find your inheritance of abundance and discover why God sometimes says, “no” or “not yet,” and how to grow in the valley of life struggles and emerge victorious.

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Are You Ready For Some Football?

It’s Football Season, which means it’s that time when I get to make tailgating snacks.

See, I could care less about who is playing.  I’m a “Carolina Girl” living in Saints Country, so I’m really just here to make the food.  And tablescape.

I found some really cute yard-line print table cloths at Kroger on an extreme markdown (were talking 99% markdown) when I lived in Mississippi and I knew it was meant to be.

So I’m just here to cook the food and go with my party theme.  I’m a simple woman.😉

I received this Sriracha CHA! by Texas Pete® to review and my Carolina Girl, heart was sooo happy!

For those that don’t know, Texas Pete is a North Carolina Company.  If we know anything in North Carolina, we know our sports and we know our food!  Winston Salem is the home of hot sauce and Krispy Kreme Donuts… I could go on and on about how much I miss Carolina Style Barbecue, Hush Puppies, and Robert’s Famous Chicken Salad, but I’ll get to the point of this post– THE RECIPE!  

I used this item to add some kick to one of my favorite tailgating snacks: “Fran’s Famous Meatballs.”

 

Fran’s Famous Meatballs: 

Ingredients:

  • Frozen Meatballs (You can make these fresh if you have the time, we keep meatballs in the freezer since I make these on demand). I usually allow them to thaw before cooking.
    • This recipe makes 1, 16 oz bag of meatballs
  • 1/2 Cup of Grape Jelly (YES– JELLY!)
  • 1/4 Cup of CHA! by Texas Pete®
  • 1 Cup of Barbecue Sauce (I normally use Smokehouse Barbecue Sauce, but I tend to go with whatever brand is on sale or what we have available in our pantry)
  • 2 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp Minced Garlic (Can you tell that we like Garlic?😀 If you’re not a fan, just leave this out)

Directions:

(If you are making your meatballs from scratch, you will need to brown them first, before beginning these steps. You can do that in the oven or using the stovetop)

  1. Warm the jelly over medium-high heat (until it is dissolved). Be careful to stir continuously so that the gelatin does not burn.
  2. Mix in the remaining ingredients and the meatballs, stirring until the meatballs are coated on all sides.
  3. Allow meatballs to simmer in sauce for 5 minutes while covered.
  4. Then transfer meatballs to a crock pot or serving dish where they can remain warmed for serving.
  5. Stir occasionally to prevent meatballs from scorching.

This is really a simple recipe, and can spice it up by adding in a new item like I’ve done with the CHA! by Texas Pete® or changing the barbecue sauce that you use. Sometimes I even change the jelly– I’ve used apricot jelly, grape jelly, and blackberry jelly in the past. You can mix it up, but don’t leave it out.  The JELLY is key!