Meatballs and a Chipmunk

Hi There.  I was a little surprised when I checked the blog and realized it’s been over a week since my last post.  Time goes by so quickly and I just can’t keep up!  There’s been a little sewing around here, but it’s not very exciting yet, so I’ll wait to show it to you next time.

In the meantime, I’ve been cooking over at MeMum and BigDaddy’s a lot more lately and I really love it when I can just get one of my recipes from my blog, rather than having to bring it from home.  So, I thought I’d add another one here, since I have it on their menu in a week or two.

Back in the dark ages when TheManoftheHouse and I were newlyweds, I subscribed to one of those recipe clubs where you could get a pack of recipe cards each month for some paltry sum.  The first month, they sent a recipe box along with the subscription and by the time I was done I had a box full of recipes.  I’ve long since thrown the box and it’s mostly worthless recipes away, but I did find one recipe that we’ve loved over the years.

Thimbleanna: Sweet and Sour Meatballs

Waikiki Meatballs.  Or as we call them Sweet and Sour Meatballs.  You can see I’ve spilled a lot of sauce on this card and used this recipe a lot.  These are quick and easy to make on a weeknight — especially if you use frozen meatballs or you’ve made your meatballs ahead of time.

Thimbleanna: Sweet and Sour Meatballs

Waikiki Meatballs

1 1/2 pounds ground beef
2/3 cup cracker crumbs
1/3 cup minced onion
1 egg
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/4 teaspoon ginger
1/4 cup milk
1 tablespoon shortening
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1/2 cup brown sugar (packed)
1 large can pineapple chunks, drained (reserve syrup)
1/3 cup vinegar
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1/3 cup chopped green pepper

Mix meat, crumbs, onion, egg, salt, ginger and milk. Shape mixture by rounded tablespoonfuls into balls. Melt shortening in large skillet; brown and cook meatballs. Remove meatballs; keep warm. Pour fat from skillet.

Mix cornstarch and sugar. Stir in reserved pineapple syrup, vinegar and soy sauce until smooth. Pour into skillet; cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens and boils. Boil and stir 1 minute. Add meatballs, pineapple chunks and green pepper; heat through.
6 servings

I’ll leave you with a shot of a local culprit we found this weekend. This is why our bird feeders are usually empty. I watched this little stinker climb the pole on the right side of the picture, and just before he reached the squirrel baffle, he leaped over to the seed tray. Look at those cheeks! You’d think the little pig was getting ready for winter.

Thimbleanna: Fat Little Chipmunk

Have a Chipmunk Bountiful week!


23 Thoughts on “Meatballs and a Chipmunk

  1. Yum! Those meatballs sound delicious, thank you for sharing the recipe. It’s always good to have some quick and easy recipes up your sleeve when you just want to get back to sewing :). I know he’s naughty for eating all the bird food but that chipmonk is so cute!!

  2. Sounds delish! And yes that chipmunk looks like he’s getting ready for winter not summer!

  3. What a cheeky chipmunk!! It is nice to have recipes like this to hand isn’t it, you know that they are lovely and will be a favourite hit and straightforward to make as well, what could be better! xx

  4. What a cheeky little chipmunk! Your meatballs look delicious! Our lazy-day meatball recipe is very simple ….. Swedish meatballs (like the ones from Ikea) and a packet of macaroni cheese. Put the meatballs in the oven to heat through, make the macaroni cheese, pour over meatballs, return to oven for a short time. You can make it fancier by stirring a small jar of pasta sauce through the meatballs.

  5. yummy! chipmunks around here look like that now too!
    wonder what you could put on the pole to keep him away……vaseline?

  6. OMG Anna that just brought back an almost 40 year old memory….one of my mom’s friend’s gave me the recipe a month club for a year for a shower gift…it sure was fun and there were a few good ones in it. Oh my, I’d forgotten all about that…thank you for the memory??

  7. Yummy meatballs. The stained recipe cards are always the bet recipes!
    those darn chipmunks they are great bird seed thieves!

  8. I’m a former member of that Recipes of the Month Club too! Like Carol said – that’s a 40 year old memory I had forgotten about! I don’t remember ever really using any of the recipes that much though :(

    Good luck with that pesky Chippy!

  9. i want a chipmunk… And a squirrel… And a racoon and and and …… can chipmunks be tamed? is that a stupid question?

  10. we don’t have chipmunks here but see them all the time when we travel – they are such a nuisance – they are cute – but hate camping when there are too many of them around and want to grab food right out of your hand

  11. brigita on June 10, 2014 at 10:04 am said:

    my mother had her sister come *watch* us for 3 weeks while she traveled Canada via train. it was horrific for more reasons than i can explain but let’s just suffice it to say that my JOB as assigned by my older brothers was to TRICK her as much as possible. I was six years old and took my responsibility very seriously. So i would do things like move her keys, her purse, just hiding things, telling her we told her things we hadn’t, feigning illness to go the doctor and freaking her out, hiding… just bugging the crap out of her so she would never come back – aaaannnyyyway – she never had kids and didn’t know what to cook for us so she cooked us the stuff from the dirty pages in the cook book and it would have worked out fine had she known how to cook. One time i smeared glue all over my legs and feet and let it dry and pretended my skin was falling off and i was screaming and she totally bought it. best week of my life. okay well…. i won’t ever make sweet and sour meatballs but the sweet and sour sauce looks interesting, i might try that out on some chicken or something. i made meatballs on sunday. we’re now cooking the same things at the same time. next thing you know, i’ll start quilting!!!!!
    have a good day anna.
    :waves madly

    p.s. can’t wait to see your sewing/fabric

  12. lol, the little chipmunk does look happy and well fed. it’s still better than finding out rats have been hitting the feeders(like us). we tried sooooo many things to keep the rats and squirrels out but they all failed. no feeders in our yard anymore. i miss the pretty goldfinch that came through at the beginning of spring. :(

  13. Chipmunk needs to go. We are overrun with them over here and they are doing damage i my husband’s garage. Chipmunk evacuation will be happening here soon. Recipe looks yummy but I’m not a sweet and sour fan. My tastebuds get too confused eating something like that. LOL.

  14. That recipe looks well-used, Anna. Thanks for sharing it. We don’t have chipmunks here – probably just as well if they steal the birdseed! :o)

  15. I would take a chipmunk any day over our culprit! We have a raccoon…and he sometimes brings his girlfriend with him.

  16. So glad you aren’t making chipmunk meatballs. I was worried when I saw the title of your post. Hahaha. We have a few chipmunks running about. I adore them. The big squirrels that kill the branches of my willow tree, not so much.

  17. Aw, but he’s so cute!!

  18. I love meatballs, and your recipe sounds really good.
    That chipmunk looks like he’s got meatballs in each cheek!

  19. Blarrrrr, Pineapple! should be illegal!, especially on pizza :) wonder what you could replace it with? is the Ginger the powdered kind or fresh?

  20. Mmmmhhh…. the meatballs look great and I love the vintage sauce-splashed look on your recipe card! Unlike your friend Simon above I LOVE pineapple LOL! It used to be my favorite on pizzas but now I substitude it with bananas because they don’t taste as sour.

    The squirrel sure looks cute and happy with his swag! We don’t have any squirrels in Iceland. I saw the first one in the Boston Public garden two years ago. It was probably for me (well almost!) like it was for you seeing the puffins ROFL!!!!!

    I can’t wait to see what you are creating in your dungeon… or are you working outsite in the sun? :)

  21. brigita on June 13, 2014 at 1:06 pm said:

    do you have a new friend named Simon that I need to worry about?
    i keep checking back here, thinking there will be fabric for sale soon… and i get this:
    i think that is one of your most bizarre headings – wouldn’t you agree?
    okay… post some fabric. we want to buy some, i SWEAR.

  22. This post brought back memories for I had the same box and recipe cards! Not sure what happened to it after all these years. Will definitely have to try the meatballs – they look delicious!

  23. sweet and sour sauce is a favorite around here … i dunno about using it on meatballs – mostly cuz Auntia never never EVER wants to try ANYthing new…

    all the little critters in our yard have been stuffing themselves on strawberries – pink bird poop everydamnwhere … i fill up the makeshift birdbath with fresh water every day, but they are on their on for seeds till wintertime (when the living isn’t so easy)…

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