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Hawaiian Meatballs

Positively Angel: Hawaiian Meatballs

One of our favorite appetizers is Hawaiian Meatballs.  Through the years we’ve nibbled on meatballs made many different ways but this kind is the best.  Each time I bring it to a party I get asked about it because the sauce is very unique.

Positively Angel: Hawaiian Meatballs

These are perfect party snacks because they hold well in heat and as the night goes on the sauce gets thicker and yummier:)As a matter of fact, when I make a plate of these I always like to scoop on a little extra sauce to dip the meatball in as I’m eating it.

Ingredients

    1. 3 pounds frozen Italian meatballs
    2. 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
    3. 1/2 teaspoon salt
    4. 5 tablespoons cornstarch
    5. 2/3 cup water
    6. 1 tablespoon soy sauce
    7. 1 cup packed brown sugar
    8. 1 (15 ounce) can pineapple chunks
    9. 1 (15 ounce) can pineapple crushed

Directions

      1. Heat meatballs in pan, drain excess fat.
      2. In a small bowl, combine the cornstarch, ginger, salt, water, and soy sauce.  Mix until smooth, then add brown sugar and both cans of pineapple.  Pour into skillet with meatballs.
      3. Cook, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens and boils, about 5 minutes.  Heat through.  Best if simmered or heated in crock pot for 30-60 minutes.
September 25, 2014 - 7:46 am

Katie @ On the Banks of Squaw Creek - I have a bag of the turkey meatballs in my freezer! I’ll have to try this!

September 26, 2014 - 10:15 am

ajepsen@live.com - Katie that’s a great idea! I’m sure it will taste great :)

Pan Fried Chicken & Gravy

Positively Angel: Pan Fried Chicken

Well, it’s been a while, but I promised to post our recipe for pan fried chicken. This is always a favorite meal in our house when we get around to making it, which is usually on a Saturday when we have more time.  I found this recipe in my favorite Better Home & Gardens Cookbook, I love all of their plaid cookbooks. The recipe calls for a blend of seasonings but we really like the poultry blend in the photo above. Once you get your flour mix ready it needs to be patted onto the meat.

When we first started making this recipe I would do the chicken, mashed potatoes, and gravy by myself but it seemed that no matter what I did everything would be in need of attention at exactly the same moment so Jim started helping me out and now he does the chicken by himself most of the time.

You fry the chicken on each side long enough to give it that brown crispy coating, then you turn it down and cover it while the chicken finishes cooking.

While the chicken is frying your mouth will water just waiting until you can pull a piece off.  After the chicken has cooked you will need to save some of the drippings for gravy.  There is no store bought gravy that can compare to homemade chicken gravy made from pan drippings. Mmmm!

 

Positively Angel: Pan Fried ChickenPan Fried Chicken is always served best with mashed potatoes and gravy and it’s so filling.  The leftover chicken tastes great cold the next day too!

Pan Fried Chicken

Adapted from BHG

Ingredients

For the Chicken:

  • 1/3 cup Flour
  • 3 teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cut up frying chicken
  • Cooking oil

For the Creamy Gravy:

  • 3 tablespoons reserved drippings in skillet
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon poultry seasoning or instant chicken bouillon granules
  • 1-3/4 cups milk, separated

Instructions

For the Chicken:

  1. Combine flour, poultry seasoning, salt, and pepper.  Add chicken pieces, a few at a time, coat with mixture.
  2. Add oil to a large heavy skillet to a depth of 1/4 to 1/2 inch.  Heat over medium-high heat until it’s hot enough to sizzle a drop of water.  Reduce heat.  Add chicken to the skillet.
  3. Cook, uncovered, over medium heat for 15 minutes, turning to brown evenly.
  4. Reduce heat; cover tightly.  Cook for 15 minutes.  Uncover and cook for 5 to 10 minutes more or until chicken is no longer pink (170 degrees F for breasts; 180 degrees F for thighs and drumsticks).
  5. Drain on paper towels, reserving drippings for gravy.
  6. Transfer chicken to serving platter; keep warm.

For the Creamy Gravy:

  1. Reserve 3 tablespoons of the drippings in skillet at medium heat.  In a separate bowl mix flour, salt, black pepper, and poultry seasoning, stir in 3/4 cup of milk.  Pour milk mixture into skillet, stir in an additional 1 cup of milk.  Cook and stir over medium heat until thickened and bubbly.  Cook and stir for 1minute more.  (If desired thin with additional milk.) Makes 1-2/3 cups gravy, sometimes I make a double batch of the gravy.

Radio City Christmas Spectacular Starring The Rockettes in Omaha

Watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has been a holiday tradition for our family for as long as I can remember.  The TV is always going while food is baking for our Thanksgiving meal but all activity stops when it’s time to watch the Radio City Rockettes.  This year those of us in the midwest can actually go see the Rockettes without hopping on a plane, they will be performing at Omaha’s Orpheum Theater November 13 through the 30th, including Thanksgiving Day!Radio City Rockettes 1The Radio City Christmas Spectacular Starring The Rockettes, will make its Omaha debut this year.  Recently I had the opportunity to interview two of the Rockettes who are both from the Midwest!  Karilyn Surratt from St. Louis, MO and Rachel Borgam who is from Norfolk, NE.  We spoke about what it takes to be a Rockette and what some of their favorite parts of the show are.  I was surprised to learn that when the Rockettes are in the kick line they don’t actually touch each other, instead they do what they call a “fabric touch”.Rockettes at Omaha Performing Arts

The Rockettes have kicked their way into hearts for years and are well-known for their outstanding dancing and dazzling choreography.  I enjoyed learning about what it takes to create create such an amazing show.  Rachel and Karilyn were very encouraging and said to never give up on your dream.  There are auditions twice a year to become a Rockette and all Rockettes must re-audition each year, Rachel auditioned four times before she became a Rockette each time it just made her practice more.  To become a Rockette you must be between 5’6″-5’10”, be at least 18 years old, do ballet and tap, and have an awesome high-kick.  As a matter of fact, you can continue to be a Rockette as long as you can get the high kicks, there are dancers who’ve been in the show for 26 years.Radio City Rockettes 4

One of their favorite things about being a Rockette is the sense of sisterhood that they create with fellow dancers.  They work together as a team 6 hours a day, 6 days a week, and often doing 4 shows a day through the dance season.   In total there are 120 Rockettes who make up four separate casts.  Somehow on top of all of that practice they still manage to find time to do their own hair and make up for each show.  Just like any other sports team they have a physical trainer who travels with them and they line up for ice baths at the end of the day. Rockettes at Omaha Performing Arts

There are 47 cast members in each show and the dancers will change outfits 7 times through the show which means there are more than 300 costumes to be worn at each show.  We were told that their favorite costume is for the Shine performance.  They will sparkle from the stage as each Rockette costume is crystallized with more than 3,000 Austrian crystals.  Their least favorite is the Reindeer because the hat is so heavy and tall.  Radio City Rockettes 2

The costume for The Wooden Soldier includes a 24″ tall hat and pants that are so heavily starched that it can stand up on its own – with no person inside to support it.

Radio City Rockettes 3

There have been many years that I watched the Rockettes and wondered how they stayed warm enough to perform during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade.  Karilyn said that most years the excitement of the performance is so high that they don’t even notice the cold, but that there have been years where they have worn two pairs of tights and the costume crew has basted a thermal liner to the inside of the costume.  Rockettes at Omaha Performing ArtsBecause Lizzie’s birthday has fallen on Thanksgiving several times she frequently tells us that for her birthday someday she’d like us to bring her to New York City to see the parade in real life.  I think she might have to wait a few years for that to happen, but it is pretty awesome that we can go to Omaha this year to see them.  Rockettes at Omaha Performing ArtsJust in case you can’t wait that long to see them here’s a sneak peek!

The Radio City Christmas Spectacular Starring The Rockettes will be at Omaha’s Orpheum Theater. Tickets start at $35 and can be purchased here.  The show will run from Thursday, Nov 13, through Sunday, Nov 30.

September 17, 2014 - 8:01 am

Katie @ On the Banks of Squaw Creek - You got to meet them? So cool!

September 17, 2014 - 11:09 am

ajepsen@live.com - Yes, it was really cool meeting them Katie! I was super excited and the costume they wore was my favorite costume! It always looks neat on TV during “the” parade and was more beautiful in person :)

Omaha Bloggers @ Hiro 88 With Sushi and Cupcakes Omaha

Last week I had the opportunity to meet up with fellow Omaha Bloggers to celebrate the 1 year anniversary of Omaha Bloggers.

Positively Angel: Blog OmahaOur meet-up was hosted by Hiro 88 in the Old Market one block east of Hyatt Place, they served lots of delicious food.  Hiro 88 has three locations in Omaha to choose from.  As you would expect from any restaurant in the Old Market they also had outdoor seating that looked clean and comfortable.

The Crab Rangoon was the best I’ve had, so light and flaky with an excellent creamy flavor.  This was my first time to try Edamame and it was great as well.  The Fried Gyoza looked like a pot sticker and was delicious.  All of the rich colors made a feast for the eyes.

Positively Angel: Hiro 88

We were also treated to a selection of 15 different types of sushi.  I have only had sushi a few times in the past and wasn’t sure what I would like but was pleasantly surprised to find that everything I tried was delicious.  My favorite was the Hero’s Crunch Roll that had crab, avocado, cucumber, tempura fried, topped with hot sauce.  It was closely followed by the Golden Gate Roll made of crab, avocado, cucumber, with shrimp and avocado on the outside.
Positively Angel: Hiro 88

Sunday is happy hour all day long at Hiro 88, I had a refreshing Mojito, yum!  Several of the gals around me all had different types of drinks and they all looked really good.

Positively Angel: Cupcake Omaha

Cupcake Omaha, also in the Old Market, provided decadent cupcakes for our celebration.  I had a triple chocolate cupcake that was moist and yummy.

Disclaimer: Thank you to Hiro 88 and Cupcake Omaha for helping us celebrate by providing the delicious treats. However, all opinions and views are my own.

 

Lizzie’s 4H Project

Positively Angel: Lizzie

This year for 4H Lizzie wanted to find something different to use for her nightstand.  She has decided her matching bedroom set is a little too immature for a teenager so slowly she has been moving furniture out and finding things that she likes instead.

Positively Angel: LizzieMy Uncle David has built camp tables for each of us and Lizzie really liked the style of it so she used his table as a template.  David’s tables are so neat and we love to use them, he paints an environmental portrait for one side of each table and on the other side he customizes it with our name and Bible verses.  Each table is different and he has made one for many of my aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Positively Angel: Lizzie

After getting help from Dad Lizzie sanded all of the pieces of wood.

Positively Angel: LizzieThen she stained them and taped off the area she wanted to paint.  We found a wide Chevron painter’s tape that was perfect for the design she had in mind and spray painted the stripes.  Lizzie sealed the table with polyurethane sanding in between coats..

Positively Angel: Lizzie

The table turned into the perfect nightstand for Lizzie and matches her room well.  She really likes her nightstand and that she did the work to make it.

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