I stand at my kitchen sink (I love my kitchen) and look out into the front yard flowers in full bloom. I’m so thankful for what we have. Our house is not over-the-top, it’s practical, and it’s messy most of the time, because we’re a really busy family, but it’s a home that we love. The kids are in and out of the house, the dining table is the “dump-all” and often the same with the kitchen center island. Our kitchen allows more than cooking; it allows connection through conversation.

We have a really open floor plan that always brings the family together, whether upstairs in the loft, or downstairs in the kitchen, often around the kitchen counter perched on barstools.

I’d say we have a pretty casual feel to our home.

The bar area is often the place where food is either left out or set out.

It’s really about hanging together, being able to sit and talk, and eat – whether a full meal or just a snack.

This last week I made an easy snack that I prepared and left on the counter–Sweet and Sour Meatballs and a little stack of napkins.

Can’t wait to share this casual idea with you today!

Do you have an easy meatball appetizer that your family loves?

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Sweet and Sour Meatballs Appetizer

Use long wood skewers that you can break off to keep the food items together.


  • 1 lb. frozen meatballs, thawed
  • 1 large can of pineapple chunks, drained (save the juice for later)
  • 2 green or red peppers cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup vinegar


  • Bake the meatballs at 350 degrees for 30 minutes, until browned.
  • Remove from the oven and drain any grease or absorb with a paper towel.
  • Microwave the pepper pieces for 1-2 minutes until tender.
  • Thread one piece of pepper, one meatball, and one piece of pineapple onto a wood skewer. Break off at the end, making all kabobs the same length. Repeat until you’ve used all of the ingredients.
  • In a small bowl combine the pineapple juice, brown sugar and vinegar. Add more brown sugar if needed to thicken the sauce.
  • Lay the skewers on a platter and drizzle the sauce over the top. Serve.
  • Keeping Warm: Follow directions above and place on a cookie sheet or baking pan at 200 degrees to keep warm until serving. For smaller bites cut the meatball in 1/2 and use a smaller piece of pepper.
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