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Pineapple Glazed Ham Balls with Cheesy Ranch Potatoes

Happy New Year!! This year my new year’s resolution is to get organized. To that end I spent 2 hours cleaning just the outside of my refrigerators (yes, we have more than one, that is how disorganized I am).

Before

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After

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Okay, it is not perfect but it is MUCH better. Tomorrow I tackle the inside.

In addition to organizing my home I am organizing my recipes. One of the ways that I am going to do this is by blogging the new recipes that I make. Good, bad or otherwise.

I didn’t have to work today so I was adventurous. I made Pineapple Glazed Ham Balls from the Simply Recipes website with Cheesy Ranch Potato Bake from the All Recipes website.

The ham balls, that really needs a better name, were pretty good. I don’t tend to make homemade meat balls of any kind but this one is triple pork. It calls for ground pork, ham and BACON!!! It is hard to go wrong with that trio. The glaze was good but next time I will use 1/4 cup cider vinegar instead of the 1/2 cup that it calls for and just 1 tsp of ground mustard.

The recipe made quite a few meatballs and there were few left over after dinner and five people eating them as appetizers during game night. I made about 3/4 of them in my Pampered Chef Rectangle Baker because I love cooking in my stoneware. I also used my small scoop to get uniform sized meatballs.

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The Cheesy Ranch Potatoes was very easy. The hardest part was dicing the potatoes. The recipe called for 2 teaspoons of chili powder and I was worried because I am married to a wimpy white boy. So I only put in 1 teaspoon but we both agreed that next time I will use the full 2 teaspoons.

Next, it called for a lot of butter. I will only put half the amount on the next time I make it. I also only used half the cheese and ranch that it called for. As you can see below it was kinda greasy.

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I served dinner with the pineapple glaze on the side.

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Overall, a decent dinner.

Menu – Week ending June 28, 2015

So I haven’t posted in a while but I am going to try to do better. Starting with posting this week’s menu so you know what to look forward to.

This is the last full week that T3 will be at home. He is leaving next Sunday for camp where he will be working in the kitchen for 7 weeks. I love that he gets to go to camp for several weeks for many reasons. It is a really good growth experience for him, he is learning new skills, he has a job all summer and I save a lot of money because I don’t have to feed him.

T3 loooooovvvvvveeeeeesssss pasta. He says “Pasta is life” whenever we have it. So when I was putting together the menu I decided to make it pasta heavy.

  • Sunday – Lasagna with Garlic Sugar Snap Peas
  • Monday – Grilled Chicken over Tomato Alfredo Pasta
  • Tuesday – Parmesan Garlic Noodles with Ranch Chicken
  • Wednesday – Best Ever Pulled Pork Sandwiches with Caprese Pasta Salad
  • Thursday – Daddy Burgers with Baked Beans
  • Friday – Pot Luck (need to figure out what to bring)
  • Saturday – Pork Chops with Bacon Cheddar Risotto
  • Sunday – Chicken Tender Wraps with Mexican Corn Salad

Today is Father’s day and my Humbly wanted to smoke some big meat but yesterday he spent all morning pouring concrete with the kids (for my outdoor pizza oven) and he took his father to the car races about an hour away from home. All of this means he was not going to be up to cooking.

Also, we had a new addition at our church and several of us decided to feed the new parents this week. All this together means I was making lasagna and the only difference between making one lasagna and making two is the cost of ingredients. It is no more work.

I have mentioned in the past that I get vegetables delivered to my work and that it is helping me to expand my vegetable repertoire. Last week we got Sugar Snap Peas in the bag. I made an awesome Beef with Pea Pods dish that I will have to show you some other time but it was way yummy.

That being said, I have made sugar snap peas three times this week. Today I took 1 1/2 cups of peas and fried it in about a tablespoon of bacon grease for about 5 minutes. Salt and pepper to taste and in the last minute add minced garlic being very careful not to burn it.

We finished the day off with Lemon Pie.