Meatballs – You will LOVE these!

Every single one of us in this house love these meatballs.   I always double this recipe and sometimes that still isn’t enough! Simple and Delicious!!



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1 slice of white bread
1/4 cup milk
1# ground beef
1/2# ground pork
1/2 cup of chopped red onion (you could use white onion too)
1 egg
1/2 cup grated parmesan
2 cloves garlic, minced
Salt and pepper to taste (I would use 1/2 teaspoon salt for this recipe)
2 Tablespoons olive oil

1.  I always double this recipe.  1# of meatballs is not enough for this family that is for sure!  In a bowl soak the bread in the milk.  This is called a panade and is a very important step.  This makes the meatballs moist and delish!October 035
2.  In a medium bowl, mix the ground beef, ground pork, bread and milk, onions, parsley, egg, cheese, and garlic.  Add salt and pepper to taste.  
3.  Form the mixture into about 12-15 meatballs, depending on the size you like (When I do 2# I get 30-32 meatballs)
4.  Put olive oil in non stick skillet.  Fry meatballs over medium to medium high heat until browned on each side.  When I make meatballs I usually am adding to a sauce to cook through.

Also, I fry 10-12 meatballs at a time in the skillet.  Don’t over fill the skillet or you will steam the meatballs and not get that golden crust.  Since I usually have more than 10-12 meatballs after each frying session, I wipe out the oil and start with a clean skillet and start all over.  That way they fry up perfect. 😉

If you are going to make the meatballs and not add to a sauce, brown them in the skillet then transfer to a foil lined baking sheet.  Place in a preheated 350 degree oven and bake for 10-15 minutes.  You could also cook them through in the frying pan.  I have done it both ways.



Random Thoughts – How to Stay Young

I saw this in my internet travels. When I was in Syracuse in July  my mom was in rehab for a fractured pelvis.  I would visit dad at their assisted living apartment.  (For some reason I can’t call that their home.  They left their home 6 years ago.)  Needless to say I saw a stack of papers in on her table and noticed one was a story Eric wrote long ago.  I knew in those papers there were probably articles she cherished.   Amongst the papers was #10.   However, as I read through these ways to “Stay Young” there are many more that mom has reminded me about over the years. Like #2, 4, 5 and 6 and all the rest.  So, enjoy the take a deep breath and enjoy the read.  I know my mom would.  August 044

“How to Stay Young”
(Author; unknown)

1. Throw out non-essential numbers. This includes age, weight and height. Let the doctor worry about them. That is why you pay him/her. (Well, I am not sure about this one but I will ignore the age part.)

 2. Keep only cheerful friends. The grouches pull you down. (This is so true.  Get that negativity out of your life.  Life is way too short to deal with it and it definitely brings you down.)

3. Keep learning. Learn more about the computer, crafts, gardening, whatever. Never let the brain idle. ” An idle mind is the devil’s workshop.” And the devil’s name is Alzheimer’s. (Since my dad has Alzheimer’s I think about this often.  My cooking hobby keeps me busy.  I am always doing something.  If you know me you know I am not idle…EVER.)August 017 66 years together this November!

4. Enjoy the simple things. (Need I say more.)

5. Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath. (One person who can make me laugh totally out of control is my brother Scott.  I just don’t see him enough.  When I do, watch out!)

6. The tears happen. Endure, grieve, and move on. The only person who is with us our entire life, is ourselves. Be ALIVE while you are alive. (Believe in yourself and nothing can stop you.)

7. Surround yourself with what you love, whether it’s family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants, hobbies, whatever. Your home is your refuge. (Your home is so important.  We are so fortunate to have that, aren’t we?)

8. Cherish your health: If it is good, preserve it. If it is unstable, improve it. If it is beyond what you can improve, get help. (Just take care of yourself, it is not that hard!)

9. Don’t take guilt trips. Take a trip to the mall, to the next county, to a foreign country, but NOT to where the guilt is. (I don’t know about this one.  My mom gave me lots of guilt trips to travel.  I try it with my kids every once in a while.  They just go to the mall :D)

10. Tell the people you love that you love them, at every opportunity. And always remember: Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away. (You can never tell them enough, can you?)

Take that deep breath, again!  Ciao!!

Apple Bread – Comfort food at it’s best!

I have been baking Apple Bread for a very long time.  I used to love late September, early October when we lived in Syracuse.  In the fall we used to go to the Apple Festival, pick our own apples at the apple orchards, and have a huge selection of the most delicious apples.  That seems like such a long time ago.  Yesterday was a cool, approaching end of the Summer day.  Why not bake apple bread? One of the best comfort foods, that is for sure.  I always bake the 2 loaves.  They never go to waste.  (If you want you could cut the recipe in half and bake 1 loaf.)  We ate half, Eric took half home with him, I brought some to work and will have some left over for the week!

Apple Bread

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3# bag of apples (10-12 apples)
2 cups sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
3 large eggs, slightly beaten
2 teaspoons vanilla
3 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans (We don’t use nuts)

1.  Peel and grate apples. (I grate you could finely chop)
2.  Stir together sugar and next 3 ingredients in a large bowl. (I hand mix.  No need to use mixer with this recipe.)
3.  Add flour, cinnamon, baking soda and salt.  Mix together.  The batter will be stiff.
4.  Add apples and fold into batter.
5.  Divide batter evenly between 2 greased 9×5 bread pans.August 019
6.  Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes to 1 hour.
7.  Remove from pans and let cool on wire racks

That is it!  In our family we all love this simple and delicious treat.  Hope you do too!!


Santa Fe Burgers – Simple and Delicious

I have been making these burgers forever!  I made them this evening along with fried Hoffman Hot Dogs (or German Brand Franks), Hinerwadels Salt Potatoes (a Syracuse treasure) and home made brownies.  Had some watermelon and oranges for fruit.  That was the healthy part of this meal. 😉 I wanted to make something easy for dinner because I had a very long week in Syracuse. Kent and I drove 14 hours back to Green Bay yesterday.  Today I wanted to have a simple and delicious meal.  Here is the recipe for those awesome burgers!

Santa Fe Burgers

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1 pound ground beef
1 cup Mexican blend grated cheese
1/4 cup salsa of choice
1/4 cup crushed tortilla chips (I used unsalted blue corn chips)
1/4 cup thinly sliced scallions
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon salt


1.  In medium bowl, combine ground beef, cheese, salsa, crushed tortilla  chips, scallions and spices.August 054
2.  Mix together lightly but thoroughly.  Shape into 4 patties, 1/2 inch thick.
3.  Grill or fry in heavy frying pan. (I fried in frying pan. I sprayed pan with cooking spray.)August 055
4.  Grill/fry 5 minutes each side.
5.  Grill or lightly toast hamburger buns in frying pan or broiler.  Place burgers on buns, top with cheese and salsa and serve.  These burgers are super simple and very delicious!!