Monday, December 31, 2012

New Year's Party....Easy-Peasey Appetizers! YUM:0)

Four weeks ago I decided to have a Christmas Party. Two weeks ago I had the party and it was a hit. I made all the appetizers myself and made sure that they could be made a head of time. I had enough to do prior to my companies arrival. My menu was all finger foods. I started with Cranberry Meatballs in a wonderful Cranberry & Chili sauce than made the Deviled Eggs with Smoked Salmon & Cream Cheese, and last but not least Bacon Wrapped-Brown Sugared Smokies. Listed below are all the recipes. Enjoy!

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Cranberry Meatballs
2 pounds ground chuck
2 large eggs
1/3 cup dry breadcrumbs
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon thyme
1 (16-ounce) can cranberry sauce
1 (12-ounce) jar chili sauce
1/4 cup orange marmalade
1/4 cup water
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes


  1. Combine first 8 ingredients in a large bowl. Shape mixture into about 54 (1-inch) balls.
  2. Cook meatballs, in batches, in a large skillet over medium-high heat until browned (about 5 minutes); remove meatballs from pan, and drain well on paper towels.
  3. Stir together cranberry and chili sauces and next 5 ingredients in a large Crock Pot. Add meatballs; reduce heat to low, and cook, stirring occasionally, 20 to 25 minutes or until centers are no longer pink.
  4. Note: To make ahead, place cooked meatballs in a zip-top plastic freezer bag, and freeze up to 1 month. Thaw in refrigerator, and cook, stirring occasionally, until thoroughly heated.
Deviled Eggs with Smoked Salmon & Cream Cheese


6 large eggs
3 tablespoons minced smoked salmon (about 1 oz.)
3 tablespoons minced green onions
3 tablespoons softened cream cheese
1 tablespoon sour cream
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper
Garnishes: fresh dill, smoked salmon slivers, sweet paprika

Place eggs and enough water to cover in a saucepan over medium heat; bring to a boil. Cover, remove from heat, and let stand 15 minutes. Drain; return eggs to saucepan, and add enough cold water and ice to cover. Let cool. Remove shells from eggs, halve each egg lengthwise, and scrape yolks into a bowl. Reserve egg whites.
  1. Combine yolks, salmon, and next 7 ingredients, mashing with a fork until well blended. Spoon filling into reserved whites, cover loosely with plastic wrap, and refrigerate up to 2 days. Garnish, if desired.

Sugar Bacon - Wrapped Smokies

Nonstick cooking spray
1 - 16 oz. package small cooked smoked sausage links
15 - slices of bacon, each cut crosswise into thirds
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 15x10x1-inch baking pan with foil; lightly coat with cooking spray. Set aside.
 Wrap each sausage link with a bacon piece, overlapping the bacon piece at the end. Press the end of the bacon piece to seal or secure it with a wooden toothpick.
  Place brown sugar in a large plastic storage bag. Add several bacon-wrapped sausages to bag and seal. Shake bag gently to coat sausages with brown sugar; place sausages in prepared pan. Repeat with remaining bacon-wrapped sausages and brown sugar.
 Bake about 30 minutes or until the bacon is browned. Serve immediately. Makes about  45 appetizers.

Friday, December 28, 2012

Year End SALE Going On NOW at California Livin Home on ETSY!!!!

2013 is coming FAST! Don't miss out on my Year End SALE going on NOW at ETSY. ALL Stock items are 20% off!

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Sharon sig

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

Two day's before Christmas! Can you believe that 2012 is almost gone and 2013 is next week! I hope everyone who has read my blog this year has enjoyed it. Please come back in 2013 to read more fun & interesting articles, fun facts, great places to shop and all things beachy, nautical and California!

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year !
Vrolijke Kerstmis & Gelukkig Nieuwjaar! 
Feliz Navidad & Feliz Ano Nuevo !
Fröhliches Weihnachten & Glückliches Neuahr! 
Buon Natale & l'anno nuovo Felice! 
Lystig Jul & Glad Nytt År ! 
Munter jul & lyckligt nytt År! 

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Friday, December 7, 2012

Fantastic Finds Friday !*!*! It's a SHORE Thing !

Before you know it Christmas will be here. If you are still looking for that unique gift that no one else has for that special person who is so hard to buy for but loves all things Nautical........look no further! I found a few items that will make wonderful gifts and a few stocking stuffers to boot.
Take a look~ 

I know you are thinking, "what is she thinking!" Flatware? Why not? I know I could use some new flatware in my kitchen. I found these beauties at The line is called Vietri Aladdin Blue Flatware.
The elegance of mother-of-pearl, the strength of high-grade acrylic and 18/10 stainless steel, plus intricate latticed metalwork on the handles. Dishwasher safe. $82 (5-piece set)
Lattice design available in antique or brilliant.
or how about...................................
This wonderful Terracotta Starfish Cannister set from This Cottage Starfish Terracotta Canister Set creates a casually charming beach cottage look. Finely detailed starfish drape around the sides of each canister, with slightly distressed terracotta edges visible beneath the semi-transparent glaze. Metal knotted rope handles on each lid for easy access. Canisters are all 6"x6" wide, and 8", 9", and 10" tall. 3-pc set is $122.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012


California Livin Home on Etsy is having a Sale!

Take 15% off ALL Stock Items.
All Holiday, All Pillow Covers.

Get yours before they are ALL GONE!!!
thanks for taking a peek ~
Sharon sig
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