Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Merry, Merry, Merry, Meatballs

Hi Everyone!

I just couldn’t let the Christmas season slip on by without taking a moment to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Safe and Healthy New Year:)

Things have been going rather well around here. I’ve adjusted comfortably to married life, which believe it or not, I find a bit surprising, lol…(Marion and I both lived single lives for longer than we liked to remember:)

Mike and I had a glorious time traveling across our great country in the camper, although, we did have a few “mishaps” along the way. (a flat, canopy problems while driving along the interstate, a blizzard and even a carbon monoxide scare. Thank goodness my sister Maria was with us. She was a HUGE help to Mike!) Thankfully we made it to Idaho safely and in time for Tabitha’s birthday and Thanksgiving!!! As it turned out, we left the camper in Idaho and will need to return in the Spring to pick it up and continue our southern route back to PA. (good Lord willing and the creek don’t freeze:) As many of you know, I usually go out to Idaho in the Spring for Tabi and Noah’s recital. Next Spring Mike will be coming with me!!! As you can see, Mike as been officially "christened" into the family:) (He's the one with the Mickey ears:)

As for my health, I’m doing really, really, really well. I do believe even the doctors are a bit baffled! I’m not questioning anything and just enjoying every single solitary memory! I suggest all of you do the same:) If there is one thing I have learned through-out this whole experience, it is, #everydayisagiftfromGod and I thank him every day for it! I won’t be returning to blogging. I'm undecided but I was thinking of taking this blog private sometime in January. To be perfectly honest, I don't know what to do! I am on Facebook and Instagram as (Louise.Vee.) You can also find me Pinning. I don’t post very often but I sure would love to see how you “guys” are doing:)

I guess you could say these Merry, Merry, Merry Meatballs harvested from the Christmas Memories Cookbook published by the Mystic Seaport Museum Store in Mystic CT, ©1983 are going to be the last recipe I will be sharing with you all on this blog. I have oh so many cookbooks and recipes I would still love to share with you but I'm not sure how to go about it on the other social media sites such as Facebook and Instagram. Maybe I'll figure it out, lol...

Thank you all again for all the wonderful memories and kinship. I'm going to try and drop by your blogs in "person" one more time before the year is done. Just in case, I don't make it, Happy Holidays to you all and a very Happy and Healthy New Year to you and yours, Louise:)


  1. Oh Louise, I am sad that you will no longer be blogging - but happy that this is the right thing for you at this time. I understand and yes I agree, every day is a blessing and we do often forget. I Thank you for your warm and kind words, I feel though in the last year I have become more selfish a result of my work environment and I am unhappy about it, I hope to remedy that now that I recognise it in myself - I am not that person. Coming to your blog has always kept me honest and grounded and got me to reflect x I will miss your blogging. I don't do FB, but I do have Pitnerest and Instagram, so if i am not following you yet, I will follow you there - though like you - I don't post there regular. I want to wish you and your family a Happy and Healthy New Year too x PS may have to give a vegetarian twist to the Merry Meatballs recipes you share, though I did not participate as often as i wanted to I loved those cookbook posts you intro'd me to new cookbooks and recipes. Much fondness x Shaheen

  2. I just friended you on Facebook! Glad we can still keep in touch. Good luck and wishes for many blesssings ahead in this new chapter!! Merry Christmas, too!! xoxo

  3. What a lovely surprise to click on your link and see you updated. Merry Christmas, my friend, and I hope the new year is filled with many wonderful times, good good health and family time. That's the important thing, enjoying our time and letting those we love know what they mean to us.

    I am occasionally on Instagram ( had to make my account private after some harassment) but I am not on FB. Yes, one of the last holdouts on Facebook, LOL. Take care and have a lovely holiday with your family!

  4. Lovely to hear from your and hear you are so happy - have a great christmas and good luck for the new year. I miss your blogging but am happy to hear you are doing well, which is far more important than blogging :-)

  5. Hello Louise ! It's so great to hear from you again! Yes, cherish every moment and "#everydayisagiftfromGod". I thank God for the wonderful experience in my baking/cooking journey that has connected me with some wonderful friends across the globe and you are definitely one of them.
    Here's wishing you and Mike a blessed Christmas and a very Happy & Healthy New Year !

  6. Dear Louise,

    So glad to hear that you are well and enjoying life with Mike. What adventures you’ve been having!

    Every so often it’s good to change things up a bit. I’ve decided to cut back on my blogging. We’ve had a few health scares this year and I’d like to do a few other things on my bucket list. You’re so right - every day is a blessing and there’s no guarantee of how many of them we’ll have.

    I do pages on FB that link to my blogs. I’m also on twitter and linked in. I now follow you on twitter. I tried to find you on FB - there are quite a few Louise.Vee. Please friend me!

    Wishing a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year to you, Mike and your family!

  7. Happy Holidays! Your blogging will be missed, but I'm glad you are enjoying your new adventures. Best wishes for a new year full of adventures with your families!

  8. Hi Louise, so glad to catch up with you! Sounds like you've been having a wonderful time. Sorry to hear about your decision to stop blogging, but really understand. I wonder sometimes why I do it! I'm not a huge Facebook person, but will certainly make an effort to stay in touch there. Great recipe -- who doesn't love meatballs? That Merry Sherry Sauce looks like fun! :-) And speaking of merry, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year's! --John

  9. So happy to see that you're doing well and Mike is now a well loved member of the family. Leaving the RV in Idaho was genius; you will "have" to go back to get it in the spring time! I'm glad your health is improving and that you are so happy. I will try to find you on Facebook (which I just recently joined). Merry Christmas, and a happy and healthy New Year to you and Mike!

  10. So glad you are doing better!!! Even though I will miss your blogging, I find it so much easier to keep in touch with people on Instagram and Facebook. I hope that you have a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful healthy and happy New Year!

  11. Woo hoo, Louise! I just friended you on Facebook and am so glad we can keep in contact! So glad to hear your doing well and enjoying married life. Here's wishing you and Mike a very Merry Christmas and the best to you both in 2017! Take care. BTW, the meatballs sound delicious!

  12. Louise, go glad to hear that you're in the pink of health! Tried looking in vain for you in Facebook; there're quite a handful of Louise Vee. Hahaha! How about finding me instead, under Shirley Tay? My FB pic is my side profile holding a rose. Not sure if that helps. Can't wait to get connected with there, dear. Take care & let me how it goes, yah? Merry Christmas! xoxo

  13. Have a wonderful Christmas and Happy New Year!

    best... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

  14. So great to see you here and learn about your adventures. You're right...every day is a blessing, and we need to appreciate. Wishing you and Mike and the family a wonderful new year and happy holiday! So glad you're in my life--even if it's only virtually.

  15. Dear Louise, I was thinking of you and I was wondering how you were getting on with your travelling. I am pleased to hear you are doing well with your health.
    I wish you a fab Christmas and a fantastic new year. Ciao!

  16. Hi Louise, So happy to hear you are doing well with your health. No worries, we can always keep in touch on Facebook and Instagram.
    Hope you have a blessed Christmas and all the best in the year 2017!


  17. Hi Louise, I am so happy to hear that your health has been much better and that life in general has taken a wonderful upward turn. I will miss your cheery presence on this blog, but I will seek you out on Facebook. Merry Christmas to you and Mike, and wishing you all the very best for the future.

  18. Hi Louise, so glad that you are doing well and that married life is good. I sorry to hear that you are going to end your blog, I have always enjoyed reading your post. Wishing you and Mike a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!! I am happy that we can keep in touch on Facebook. Take care, Dawn

  19. Hi Louise, glad to know that your health is in tip top now. That's a blessing. Enjoy every moment of it. Secondly sad to read that you going to stop blogging but sometimes due to unforeseen circumstances can't be help, we understand that. Blogging can be quite a handful job too.

    Anyway we can still keep in touch thru email or facebook.
    My facebook is AmeliaTlp.
    Wishing you and family a very Merry Christmas with abundance of good health, joy, love and laughter. God Blessed.


    P/S: Thanks for your concern and message in my blog. I'd fully recovered and return to blogging.

  20. My dearest Louise, God blessed you and you wonderful family! I am so so happy that you're doing well and I'm sure things will always get better! I finally saw your beautiful grandchildren!Many many wishes for health and happiness to you and your dear ones my friend!
    Sending much love your way,

  21. I have been checking back here periodically to see if you had posted. I was so glad to see your comment this morning. It was so good to hear from you AND on Christmas Eve. I'm so very glad your are doing so well. I will selfishly miss your posts but hope, wish, and pray for you and your health and happiness. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!,,

  22. Louise, I have been checking back here periodically to see if you had posted so I was so happy today to see a comment from you at my blog. And, it's Christmas Eve! I will selfishly miss your posts but am sending well wishes and good thoughts your way. I'll miss your nostalgic posts. Please keep amazing those doctors!!!! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!!

  23. Hi Louise,
    So nice to hear from you! I was wondering about you. Both Tabitha and Noah has grown up! Noah has grown so much taller, and Tabitha has grown into a pretty young lady! I remember the post you did on Tabitha going to Tiffany's!
    Happy to hear that you are doing great, both in health and your married life with Mike. And you made me smile reading that Mike has been officially "christened" into the family!
    Decision to stop blogging is not an easy one, I know. I have at times thought about this myself too. I will definitely miss your interesting and very informative posts, learning so much about so many things from you. And I shall certainly miss your beautiful garden! And the picnic game too! Glad to have "known" you and Marion, through blogging world.
    Thank you for sharing the merry meatballs recipe. It sounds delicious!
    I could not find you in facebook, perhaps you could look up for me, as Kitchen Flavours.
    Keep well my friend, may both you and Mike have a beautiful healthy life together, stay happy and safe.
    Wish you and Mike, A Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Hugs!!!

  24. Hi ~~louise~~....
    So very nice to see your lovely comment over at mine♥️
    I wish you all the best..."Happy Trails To you"...
    I am on Instagram @lindakeaveney...send me a request!! We can stay in touch over there...
    Cheers! and a very Merry Christmas to you all!!
    Linda :o)

  25. I'm happy that you have left us knowing that you are happy and healthy and with one last recipe. Take care of yourself and I look forward to perhaps hearing from you from time to time. Thank you for your friendship, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

  26. Merry Christmas to you and your family! Seems like you had a very busy year, Did I read it right, you got married? Wonderful! I hope you will continue blogging. I really enjoy your posts, I am going to look for you on Facebook and Instagram.


  27. Merry, merry Christmas for you my dear friend, Im glad you are happy (I can feel) only I know I will miss yours posts, so fun always. anyway is nice see you in facebook. Mike look really nice !!
    Send you hugs and love and dont forget me, I miss you !!!

  28. happy holidays, louise! you're a true gem, and mike sounds like a keeper. i do hope you pop in from time to time, you're one of my favorite bloggers. :)

  29. Happy Holidays and congratulations! I do hope to see on one platform or another in the new year. Happy 2017!

  30. So pleased to read about your marriage, Louise! Congratulations to both of you. Also pleased you are doing well health-wise. Keep it up! I'm sad about your decision to stop blogging, but understand completely. I'll miss you (and the picnic game LOL) and hope you check in with us once in a while to keep us up on your news.
    My best to you...and Happy New Year!

  31. Merry Christmas and a Hapoy New Year Louise! Wish you a joyful and good health years ahead 💖

  32. I am so happy you are happy & feeling healthy! Mike looks like a keeper and I am so glad you had a fun road trip to see your family in Idaho. I sure hope you visit from time to time...it's sad to see you stop blogging! xoxo

  33. Hi Louise, wow! so much has happened. So sorry to hear about Marion, must of broke your heart. So happy that you are happy and found love, that is wonderful. Mike looks like a sweetheart with the "ears" on. Wishing you a wonderful 2017.

  34. Looks like there are lots of things happening previous days. looks good. best electric griddle

  35. How did I miss this blog post?! Congratulations on your marriage. I know from personal experience that Mike is a good name for a husband! I will be sure to follow you on social media, though I'm going to miss your monthly calendars...I printed it out each month! Take care, my blogging friend.


Through this wide opened gate,
none came too early,
none returned too late.

Thanks for dropping in...Louise