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Friday, October 17, 2008

Italian Style Meatball Recipe

This is a great recipe for meatballs. My kids love them and I take the leftovers, slice or crumble them and put them on pizza! Yummy -

About 3 pounds ground meat (I use a mixture of beef and pork or beef and ground sausage)
2 eggs
1 good sized onion, chopped into tiny pieces (this really keeps themeat tender after cooking)
2-3 garlic cloves, chopped into tiny pieces
very small palmful of salt
pepper to taste
medium-sized palmful of grated parmesian cheese
a few dashes of worcestershire sauce or chili sauce
about 1 1/2 palmfuls of breadcrumbs or cracker crumbs (if you use italian style breadcrumbs, you add more flavor)

Mix everything together well with your hands. Make into balls and drop into some tomato sauce or tomato juice. I never use spaghetti sauce to cook them in because it's got too many other flavors - just plain sauce or tomato juice is good enough.

Cook at a medium temperature for about 3 hours and keep the lid on the pot between stirrings. This helps keep the steam in and if youfind that a medium temp might burn them, just turn down the heat a little. You can also crockpot them overnight.

When I serve it, I do heat up some spaghetti sauce separately and don't really use the juice I cooked the meatballs in.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

I'm certified in PA

This is not to be confused with certifiable - ha ha......

I finally got my PA emergency certification which allows me to substitute in the public schools. It almost took an act of congress because PA requires official training, in school training, approval by the school board, FBI finger print checks, child abuse clearances and state criminal records checks. Whew! It all takes some time, but I hope it's worth it.

I've also received my first phone call for substitution. It's not for a few weeks, but it's in the local high school substitution for the business classes. Should be fun! LOL.....

Photo Contest

A good friend of mine takes terrific pictures - she has a great eye and the results are truly beautiful!

She's in a contest at! You can sign up for free and if you don't click the box, you won't get email filling up your inbox. Check out her pictures and vote for them!

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Football Season Winding Down

We played the Scotland School for Veterans Children. We did lose the game, but the patriotism from the Scotland children was overwhelming. I don't know if these kids simply have parents in the military, are orphans or something else, but the military forces presence was not only very obvious but a a pleasure to watch and participate with.

My oldest son and his team hasn't won a game so far. But - no one on the team is discouraged. They are a very young team with new coaches and new plays. Lucas told me that last year, they won half of their games because their coach's defensive philosophy was simpy to "HIT SOMEONE and knock them out". This year, they actually have a strategy. Their strategy is a little more complex than simply hitting someone, but does require an older, larger and heavier team. We're with them to the end, though.


My youngest son and his team are the newest teams in their league. Yet, they've won two games and may even be in the playoffs. They had only 3 players that ever played before, so most of the kids are newbies. One mother told me that she has three boys and a husband and only one bathroom. She told me that her kids are good at football simply because they're used to fighting over the bathroom every morning. She wakes to
the sounds of scuffling and position jockeying. ha ha ha...
I just got a paper this morning about basketball. Boy -the sports seasons never seem to end.