Summer Fun: Eat Spaghetti and Meatballs while Watching Lady and the Tramp – Recipe: Spaghetti and Meatballs

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One of the things that I saw on someone else’s (sorry, I cannot remember whose!) summer fun list was to watch Lady and the Tramp while eating spaghetti and meatballs.  What a great idea!  Given how much we love pizza and movie night, I new that adapting it to movie and spaghetti and meatballs night would be perfect. So, on Monday, that is exactly what we did.

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We ate the spaghetti and meatballs picnic style on the floor, while watching a truly adorable movie. Everyone loved it.

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It was a perfect way to begin another summer fun week.

Spaghetti and Meatballs

Spaghetti and Meatballs

Ingredients

Meatballs

2 pounds ground beef

1 egg

1 cup bread crumbs

1/2 cup parmesan cheese

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon ground pepper

1 teaspoon onion powder

2 teaspoons Italian seasoning

1 tablespoon olive oil

Sauce

28 ounce can tomato sauce

6 ounce can tomato paste

2 gloves garlic, minced

1 teaspoon salt (or more, to taste)

1 teaspoon pepper (or more, to taste)

2 teaspoons Italian seasoning

1 teaspoon sugar

1 teaspoon onion powder

*Note - adjust seasoning according to taste preference

Instructions

    Meatballs
  1. Add the hamburger meat to a large bowl.
  2. Pour in the eggs, bread crumbs, parmesan cheese, and all seasonings.
  3. Using your clean hands or a spoon, mix together.
  4. Form into 2 inch balls.
  5. Add olive oil to a large cooking pan, and heat over medium to medium high heat.
  6. Once the burner is hot, add the meatballs to the pan.
  7. Cook for about 5 minutes, and then turn.
  8. Cook for another 5 minutes or until no longer pink. *Note - the cooking time might be more or less, depending on your stove, how comfortable you are with the cooking time of your beef, etc.
  9. Sauce
  10. Leave the meatballs in the pan and reduce the heat to medium low.
  11. Add the tomato sauce and tomato paste to the pan and mix it together.
  12. Add the garlic and all of the seasonings.
  13. Cook over low heat for at least 15 minutes.
  14. Serve over cooked spaghetti.
http://cookingformykids.com/2012/06/13/summer-fun-eat-spaghetti-and-meatballs-while-watching-lady-and-the-tramp-recipe-spaghetti-and-meatballs/

A Crafty Birthday Party – Recipe: Asian Meatballs

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As I have mentioned before, I am not very crafty.  I try, but things do not always turn out as pretty for me as they do in the pictures.

But, because of Pinterest, I am trying to put together a handmade party for my sweet oldest boy, who is turning 9 this week.  He loves to read, so we are having him a Book-Themed party.  I knew what I wanted to do, and Pinterest answered the call.

I will let you know how it all turns out.

While trying new things is definitely good, sometimes it is nice to know in advance how something will turn out.  Last week when my sister requested Asian meatballs for her birthday, I knew exactly what she wanted.  I had made these Game Day Meatballs by Dine & Dish for her three years ago.  They were delicious then, and I knew that they would be perfect again.  And, we were not disappointed.  We did not have a single meatball leftover.

Asian Meatballs

Asian Meatballs

Ingredients

2 pounds ground beef

1 cup dry bread crumbs

3/4 cup milk

2 eggs

2 teaspoon Kosher salt

1 tablespoon oil

3 cloves garlic

1 1/2 cup ketchup

1 cup honey

1/2 cup soy sauce

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Put meat in a bowl and break it up. Add in the bread crumbs, milk, eggs, and salt, and blend it together with your hands.
  3. Shape meat mixture into one inch balls.
  4. Place in a single layer on a jelly roll pan and bake about 10-12 minutes.
  5. Remove from oven, and drain any extra grease off the meatballs.
  6. Add oil to saucepan and sauté garlic until soft.
  7. Add the ketchup, honey, brown sugar and soy sauce.
  8. Bring to boil, stirring constantly.
  9. Reduce heat, cover and simmer about ten minutes.
  10. Add the meatballs to your sauce bring back to a boil and simmer uncovered for about 5 minutes, until sauce glazes meatballs.
  11. Serve over/with rice.
http://cookingformykids.com/2012/02/28/a-crafty-birthday-party-recipe-asian-meatballs/

Enjoy!

The Things That Matter – Recipe: Meatball Sliders

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As I sit here with my littles playing in the other room, I cannot help but think of the things that really matter in life.  Yes, we often get caught up with the details, especially at this time of the year, planning how to make each day special and memorable.  And, believe me, I do the same thing…because it does matter.

But, in reality, what always matters the most to me are my children, my family.  I have known the fear of watching a child suffer, not knowing what the outcome would be.  And, while we are not exactly at that same place right now, there are still a lot of unknowns that cause our hearts to sink at times.

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As I was pulling up to Dell Children’s Hospital this morning, with Ethan smiling happily in the back seat, my heart automatically started racing.   In the past, when I have pulled into the same parking lot, it has not been for good reasons – surgery, a trip to the emergency room post-surgery, genetic specialists, and possible seizure evaluation. And, to make matters worse, the last time I was there, my van got broken into while we were inside.  Nope, the memories are not exactly good ones….hence the reason for the racing heart.

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But, you know what?  Today went smoothly, and Ethan was a champ.  Ethan’s swallow study went great, and it showed that he is not having any problems swallowing.  The great news is that we can rule swallowing out as a reason for his choking.  Yes, it still leaves us with unknowns, but that is okay.  Because, it is something else that we were able to check off of our list.

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And, to top it all off, we met a wonderful speech therapist who truly did go above and beyond her call of duty for that moment.  She spent an extra 15-20 minutes with us, doing a brief evaluation of Ethan.  She was impressed with his receptive verbal skills, and she had fun getting Ethan to do little activities for her.  She was charmed by his smile…just as we all are.  She recommended some additional things that got our wheels turning.  We definitely do not have all…or probably even half…of the answers yet. But, we have another place to look.  And, for that, we are thankful.

Yes, I went through a moment of brief frustration that we had not been given some of this information sooner.  But, then I decided that I simply had to see the unicorns and rainbows in it all.  That speech therapist was placed in our path today for a reason.  She spent the extra time with us for a reason.  And, I choose to believe that the reasons are some form of divine intervention, where these people, these events, are put into our path to help us know which directions to take.  Because, even though the journey is sometimes rocky with a lot of twists and turns, we have always found the signs that point us in the right direction.

There are so many things that matter, and that list of things is different for each person, for each family.  For me, today, the things that really matter are health, happiness, and family.  But, there are things that go along with that – food, celebrations, holidays, and memories.  They all go together to create the big, happy family picture.

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I made these meatball sliders this weekend, and they were a hit.  I wanted to have something ready when we got home from our soccer game so that we could sit down as a family and watch the football game.  I loved that my backdoor was a revolving door of children, nieces, and parents.  I have always wanted our house to be a home, a place where everyone feels welcome, because, to me, that is one of the things that really matters.

Meatball Sliders

Ingredients

3 pounds hamburger meat

2 15 ounce cans tomato sauce

1 6 ounce can tomato paste

8 ounces shredded mozzarella cheese

3 cloves garlic, minced

2 teaspoons Italian seasoning

2 teaspoons salt, divided

2 teaspoons ground black pepper, divided

1 teaspoon onion powder

1 teaspoon sugar

Slider rolls

Pepperoncini peppers

Parmesan cheese, optional

Instructions

  1. Mix together the hamburger meat, cheese, 1 teaspoon of salt, and 1 teaspoon of pepper. Form into 2-inch balls.
  2. Heat large frying pan over medium heat. Add the meatballs, one at a time.
  3. Fry for about 6-8 minutes, and then turn to fry on the other side for 6-8 minutes.
  4. Drain grease and reduce heat to low.
  5. In a separate bowl, mix together the tomato sauce, tomato paste, sugar, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon pepper, onion powder and Italian seasoning.
  6. Pour the sauce mixture over the meatballs, and simmer on low for 15-20 minutes.
  7. Place 1 meatball inside of a slider roll, and top with pepperoncini peppers and Parmesan cheese.
http://cookingformykids.com/2011/10/18/recipe-meatball-sliders/

Enjoy!

I have shared this recipe at Miz Helen’s Country Cottage and  The King’s Court.