Tuesday, December 26, 2023

Cranberry Meatballs

I hope that everyone had a wonderful Christmas!  I sure did! 

This most darling birdie teacup came from Mary at Home Is Where The Boat Is.  Isn't it so pretty and perfect for my wintertime tea?  Thank you so much, Mary!

My daughter made me this beautiful angel from folded book pages.  Isn't she stunning?

I made these meatballs for my family Christmas party and everyone loved them.  They'd be great for New Year's, too.  

The two pictures on the left are from my Christmas party!  In the top is Harper, Avery, Liz, Caiden's girlfriend, Caiden, Ella, Cissy and Hayden.  Bottom left is Tim, Julie, Mike, me, Eric, Kristen, Molly, and Kevin.  Riley came home from South Korea and in is in the top right photo with Molly, me, Caiden, and Cissy.  Bottom right is Connor with me.  

Yield: plenty for a crowd
Author: Kitty, but adapted from Southern Plate
Cranberry Meatballs

Cranberry Meatballs

These meatballs are so good for the holidays!


  • 1.5- 2 lbs. frozen fully cooked mini meatballs
  • 1 can whole berry cranberry sauce
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • ½ cup chili sauce
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Combine everything except meatballs in a dutch oven or a similar pot on the stovetop. Stirring constantly, bring just to a boil over medium-high heat. See NOTE
  2. Reduce heat to medium-low. Carefully add meatballs and stir to coat. Continue cooking until meatballs are heated through and the sauce is thickened (15-20 minutes).
  3. Serve on their own as an appetizer or over rice as a meal.


I actually put everything in my slow cooker and cooked on low all day.

Thank you for your visit and Happy 2024!  xo


  1. Oh yum! I love cranberry everything...this is a different recipe than what I've used and I'm sure it's luscious. The family pictures are so special.💙 How awesome to have Riley home! Enjoy a lovely week. XO

  2. Those look so delicious! I think you have a winner there! That angel is adorable for sure.

  3. What a festive gathering! The Christmas party looks like a wonderful time with family and friends. It's heartwarming to see everyone together, capturing those joyful moments. Riley's return from South Korea must have added extra warmth to the celebrations. Cherishing these memories with loved ones is truly special. Happy Boxing Day! Visit Melody Jacob blog.

  4. It's heartwarming to see your family's Christmas photos!

    The book angel is so pretty! What a crafty way to use old books.

  5. I love your photos, Kitty! What a wonderful gathering you had. The angels is so pretty and the meatballs im sure were a big hit!

  6. My hubby has been making those tasty meatballs for over 30 years! I love your photo collage, and what a wonderful gathering you had. That angel is the sweetest. xx

  7. Love the meatball recipe!!
    Glad you enjoyed the Day!

  8. happy new year, Kitty! i look forward to doing the online life with you again in the coming year. thanks for all the deliciousness, creativity, and beauty you bring to the table. literally. blessings!

  9. Kitty, these look so good. I pinned it, and even though we won't be partying here for the new year, I think my girls would love these, so I'll pass it along to them too. I'm so happy your holidays were blessed with family together. Mary's gift to you is perfect! Wishing you a very happy new year.♥

  10. Kitty, we love meatballs and this sounds so delicious. Your holidays are filled with so much love and precious family time. Happy New year dear Kitty. xo

  11. Happy January Kitty! Love seeing your beautiful family and so glad Riley made it home for the holidays. Your meatballs sound so good, I need to find a good brand of frozen meatballs. Trader Joe's are good but the nearest one is an hour's drive. What brand do you like? So glad you're enjoying your sweet teacup! Wishing you a happy and healthy New Year! ♥

  12. So many good things in this post. Glad your Christmas was fun. Meatballs are always a hit and yours look delicious! Happy New Year, Kitty.

  13. Happy New Year Kitty! Sounds like you had a family filled Christmas, the best kind! Love your pretty tea cup and book page angel~my mom used to make those meatballs for her parties and they were always a hit!

  14. Hi Kitty! Finally getting caught up in my reading!! Those meatballs sounds like something my hubs would love. Thanks for the recipe and great idea!!

    Your family looks so happy - especially you. Hope you had a fabulous Christmas and hope you are blessed with a truly happy and healthy new year, sweet friend. ♥

  15. Kitty, I am glad you had a nice Christmas. The meatballs look so good and I love that angel. Wishing you a happy new year 2024.

  16. So pleased you had a wonderful Christmas.
    I do like that angel made from folded book pages.

    Happy New Year Wishes.

    All the best Jan

  17. Glad to hear you had a lovely Christmas, Kitty! I wish you a lovely new year and can't wait to see what delicious treats you have to share with us in 2024!

  18. So lovely! I hope you have a blessed wonderful 2024.


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