A Domestic Recipe – Tangy Sweet & Sour Meatballs

Since I was a kid, I always loved the dinner recipes that my mom would make from the classic cook book, Second Helpings. One dinner selection from the cook book that I always get excited for when my mom makes it is the famous Tangy Sweet and Sour Meatballs. My favourite pairing for the meatballs is a side of simple rice. However, this would be just as delicious with some roasted vegetables too.

For individuals focused on super healthy eating or are carefully counting their fat intake, you can trade in the ground beef for ground chicken or turkey – it is just as delicious yet leaner in the meat!

Below this yummy looking picture is the recipe. Test it out and make the meatballs. You won’t be sorry!




1 ½ pounds of Minced Meat
1 teaspoon of Salt
1/4 teaspoon of Pepper
1 clove of Garlic, minced
1 Egg
2 tablespoons of Matzah Meal
1 ½ cups of Ketchup
2 cups of Ginger Ale



1) Combine first 6 ingredients and form into small balls.

2) Combine ketchup and ginger ale in a large saucepan and bring to a boil.

3) Drop meatballs into sauce, cover and simmer for 2 hours.

4) Allow to cool for 10 minutes, serve and enjoy!

This recipe makes 6 servings as an appetizer, 4 servings as a main course, and is deliciously accompanied with white rice.

For the previous Domestic Recipe post on the Sweet Potato, Apple and Cranberry Casserole, CLICK HERE


Friday Flick – Ray

What:  Ray ray

When:  2004

Who:  Jamie Foxx, Kerry Washington, Clifton Powell, Harry Lennix, Terrence Howard, Larenz Tate, Richard Schiff and Regina King

What’s the story:  Ray is a biographical film focusing on 30 years of the life of the famous rhythm and blues musician Ray Charles.

Where:  The film begins in Northern Florida, where Ray Charles Robinson lived since his family moved from Georgia when he was an infant. Throughout the film, Ray Charles moves around the U.S. to tour and moves his family around with him.

Why it’s amazing:  Ray is a magical film that truly captures who Ray Charles was, how his talent developed and how his music became a treasure of the R&B realm, as well as a gift to the Pop tune circle later in his career. On top of Ray Charles’ incredible gift of music showcased in this film, it is amazing to see how someone is able to rise above adversity, racism and personal obstacles to become one of the world’s greatest entertainers in the music industry. On top of the story, Jamie Foxx gives an electrifying performance of Ray Charles – an incredible portrayal that earned him a well-deserved Academy Award for Best Actor in 2005.

What is bad about it:  The only thing I would have loved to have seen was a bit more about his life in the 1980s and 1990s. However, the movie is already over two hours long, so it would have been difficult to fit in those decades.

Wonderful scene in the movie: When Ray Charles performs his major hit “What I’d Say” for the first time and it is completely improvised by himself, his Raylette back-up singers and the band.

Fun Fact:  During filming, Jamie Foxx had to wear eye prosthetics that really did make him blind for up to 14 hours a day during shooting and played the piano in every scene himself.

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To see the previous Friday Flick feature on Now and Then, CLICK HERE.

Getting My Gardening on…

Since publishing my Gardening for Beginners post, I have been doing some gardening of my own (which was my goal after writing about how to start your garden).

With the weather getting warmer, the sun making a longer appearance during the day, with some rain mixed in, it is a great time to garden and to get your plants and flowers growing.

Here is a pretty preview of flowers I picked out for my latest gardening effort:



Call me Mellow Yellow

On a rainy spring day like today, nothing brightens up my mood (and I am sure some of your moods out there) better than the colour Yellow! This cheery shade is one I love to wear during the warmer months, the hue that encourages me to buy yellow roses or daffodils and reminds me of a refreshing glass of lemonade or delicious corn at a summer barbecue!