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Slow cooker sausage & meatball recipe

Many titles for this post…..

Easiest thing you will ever make

So easy a 12 month old could make

Balls and links…(insert your own joke here…)

Yummy, meat….

Get your toothpick out and go to town…

I could go on….but I won’t bore you anymore.

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Get ready….follow along….many directions here…. Get out your crock pot and pour in a bottle of plum sauce and a bottle of a favorite barbeque sauce. Cut up some favorite sausage and some meatballs (you could make your own….but I was short on time..) Set on low for 5 hours. Yes, that is it….you are welcome.

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Just in time for a holiday party…am I right…:)

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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

Halloween Spider Cheese ball and Platter (appetizer)

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BOO! Halloween post are popping up all over the web…so I thought I would share this one with you. I was excited to participate over at eighteen25’s Spectacular September this year. I shared this spider web platter. In case you missed it…I have the directions below on how to create your own spider web platter. What could be cuter on a web platter then a cheesy spider?? I know….rolling cheese into the shape of a spider is ALWAYS fun ;) A simple and fun way to get spooky this October…..

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I find that you have to be super gently when you clean this platter….if you want to have something a bit more durable…I would use a black ceramic paint. Just fyi…..or if you would rather just use it once and dry it off…that is cool too. The  sharpie I have since found will wear off….even if you bake it.

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In a bowl, combine 8oz cream cheese, 2 T onion soup mix, 1/2 C shredded Monterey jack, 1 t horseradish, 3 chopped green onions. Mix well. Reserve a spoon full of cheese mixture. On wax paper, form mixture into one large ball and one small ball. Cover with poppy seeds and place on platter (head and body). Split pretzel sticks in half, use the cheese to act as the “joints” for the spider legs. Olive cut in half for the eyes.

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Here are the directions for the platter:

If you have been on pinterest for the past year or so…you have seen similar projects people are creating with sharpie markers. (just fyi this isn’t permanent….it has washed off….but it is still cute:)  I was inspired to try this technique out for myself. How fun to make a plain white platter into a spider web for Halloween!! This is so easy. All you need is a black sharpie marker, a white platter, and an oven. I printed an image of a spider web (off the web…he he he) to follow and use as my guide.

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I wanted mine to be “offset” of center….so I started by adding a small dot on the side of my platter. From there I drew lines going out from that dot (just as many as looks right to you…no wrong way to make a spider web….just have fun with it!) After I had the lines drawn….I started from the center and drew slightly curved lines to connect the web together…until my web looked complete. Let dry and go over the design again with the marker. Bake in a 350 oven for 30 minutes. Hand wash is best (very gently wash) ;)

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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

Grilled Stuffed Mushrooms (recipe)

grilled stuffed mushroom recipe (1) This is one of those crowd-pleasin-no-fuss-grillin-n-chillin recipes of summer. It is make ahead…pop on the grill while your enjoying a refreshing cocktail…good time food. It comes together easy. I love that.

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Pop off the mushroom stems and chop them up. Sauté them in a pan with some ground sausage. Meanwhile, cook the stuffing in the microwave. In a bowl, combine the cooked sausage mixture, stuffing, bar be que sauce, parmesan, along with a pinch of cayenne and one garlic clove minced. Salt and pepper to taste.

Fill the mushroom caps. Set in fridge until you are ready to grill. Heat grill to medium/high on one side. Place the mushrooms on the indirect side of the grill. Close the grill and cook for 12- 15 minutes. Nicely browned on the top.

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What have you grilled lately??

PS: if you don’t want to grill…feel free to pop in the oven instead. 400 or so for same amount of time ;)

Recipe for Grilled Stuffed Mushrooms

Makes 12 large mushrooms

  • 12 large button mushrooms
  • 1/2 pound Italian Sausage
  • 1 cup Stuffing Mix (prepared according to box directions)
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup Fresh Shredded Parmesan Cheese
  • 1/4 cup Barbecue Sauce
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • dash of cayenne
  • pinch salt and pepper

Stem mushrooms and chop well. Sauté with sausage until juices release and sausage is cooked. Combine in a bowl with cooked stuffing mix and all other ingredients. Place heaping tablespoon into each mushroom cap. Cover and place in fridge until ready to grill. Grill indirectly for 15 minutes on med high heat.

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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.
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