Friday, November 25, 2011

30 Days of Handmade Gift Giving Blog Hop ~ Day 25

Happy Black Friday! For those brave (or crazy) enough to go out and shop hope you survived and found the deals you wanted. I did Black Friday once and it was too crazy for me, but I'm not much of a shopper. I use to be super good about being done all my Christmas shopping by Halloween, I'd find the deals throughout the year. The past few years being out of work, Christmas has been much smaller and more Handmade stuff. Though we have always taught our children that Christmas is about Jesus (as that is its purpose) and being with family and giving than receiving. I've been proud of them the last few years because they still want to give to the charities cause they say we know we have it bad but they know others still have it worse.They were willing to get less gifts to be able to give, my heart just melts every year that they say that and including this year I've told them that there may be very little under the tree. I am doing everything I can to figure out things to make for them. My daughters are easy but my son is the hardest, he really isn't into much besides football especially the Saints and his xbox that he saved for years to buy himself. In any case, today I will have a few post of different stuff for a Handmade Christmas/Holiday Gifts.

My first one today is a delicious Meatball Soup Recipe. This is great for appetizer Or for that busy or lonely friend, neighbor, family or co-worker.

2 medium carrots
2 stalks celery
1 small onion
2 tbsp tomato paste
4 garlic cloves, pressed
1 tbsp Italian Seasoning Mix
1 can (28 oz) crushed tomatoes in puree
2 cups beef broth
1 1/2 cups water
16 frozen fully cooked meatballs
Salt and coarsely ground black pepper

1. Peel carrots with Vegetable Peeler. Finely chop carrots, celery and onion with food chopper
2. Lightly spray  ( 4qt./4L) casserole with oil and add carrots, celery and onion. Cook over medium heat 4-5 min. or until vegetables begin to brown, stirring occasionally.
3. Push vegetables to one side of casserole.  Add tomato paste; cook and stir 1-2 minutes or until tomato paste begins caramelize.
4. Add pressed garlic and seasoning mix: mix will. Stir in tomatoes, broth and water: bring to a simmer
5. Cut meatballs in half using Chef's Knife add to soup. Simmer an additional 10-12 minutes; season to taste with salt and black pepper. Serve hot and garnish with Croutons. if desired.

Yields: 4 Servings

Check Back later for another Project or recipe.

If your just joining us below are the past days of the hop.

Simply Click their names to go to their blogs

Day  1 ~ The Scrapoholic ~ Countdown Calendar 
Day  2 ~ Jessica The Creative Stamper ~ Wreath
Day  3 ~ Debbie DD's Crafts ~ Notepad
Day  4 ~ Sarah Pink Cricut ~ Scarf
Day  5 ~ The Scrapoholic ~ Alterted Paper Mache Book
Day  6 ~ Crafty Queen ~ Calendar
Day  7 ~ Playing with Paper ~ Candle
Day  8 ~ The Scrapoholic ~ Recycled Jars/Containers
Day  9 ~ The Scrapoholic ~ Altered Clipboard
Day 10 ~ Thatz Uneek ~ Altered File Album
Day 11 ~ Kinderstampo ~ table setting 
Day 12 ~ The Scrapoholic ~ Candle
Day 13 ~ The Scrapoholic ~ Altered Candles
Day 14 ~ Funky Cards ~ Wall hanging
Day 15 ~ Creations With Gill ~ Treat Box
Day 16 ~ The Scrapoholic ~ Sweet Treat Cups
Day 17 ~ Cardstock and Coffee ~ Recipe, Box, n Ornament
Day 18 ~ The Cropping Canuck ~ Mini Album
Day 19 ~ The Scrapoholic ~ Altered Tin
Day 20 ~ The Scrapoholic ~ Home Decor
Day 21 ~ Playing With Paper ~ Recipe
Day 22 ~ Scrap n Today ~ Sweet Treat
Day 23 ~ Simple Sarah ~ Ornament
Day 24 ~ The Scrapoholic ~ 3 Projects

Don't Forget to check out my 30 Days of Christmas Cards too. 
(Cards and Sketches are posted later in the day)

Until Tomorrow...
Happy Crafting!
TTFN Jill (aka The Scrapoholic)

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