Monday, December 9, 2013

Paper Plate and Cotton Ball Santa

Harper and I made this craft last Christmas, but I never got around to posting it. I saw the picture the other day, and realized that it was too cute of an idea not to share.

To make the Santa decoration, cut a triangle out of red construction paper and glue a cotton ball at the tip for the hat. Stick this onto a paper plate, and glue cotton balls all around the bottom of the plate for the beard and a few at the top for hair. Cut out two small red circles out of the construction paper for the cheeks, and draw on a face. Hang your Santa up somewhere prominent to show off to everyone during Christmas time.

goat cheese stuffed meatballs (1)
These meatballs were inspired by a recipe in the Food Network Magazine for mozzarella stuffed meatballs. I figured that swapping out chevre for the mozzarella would make them even more delicious. After that, it was simple to throw together some meatballs, stuff them with cheese, and enjoy a delicious savory treat. They are best straight out of the oven while the cheese is still hot and gooey.
 
goat cheese stuffed meatballs (5)

    
Goat Cheese Stuffed Meatballs
makes 20 meatballs
1 ½ pounds ground turkey
2 eggs
¾ cup Italian breadcrumbs
2 tbsp Italian seasonings
6 ounces of chevre cheese
 
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Mix the eggs, seasonings, and ground turkey together. Divide the mixture into 20 small balls, about an inch big. Take about ½ a tablespoon of the chevre and roll it into a ball. Take one of the meatballs, press it flat into a circle, place the cheese in the center, and fold the edges up. Seal it up, and place it seam side down onto a nonstick baking stone. Repeat the process with the remaining meatballs. Bake for 20 minutes, or until the meatballs reach 165 degrees. Enjoy!
 

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