Smashed Meatball Sandwiches

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A delicious, you’re gonna wanna make it, smashed meatball sandwich. I’ve gotta share this with you and I’m sorry for not sharing it sooner.

Ingredients:

Simple Amish White Bread Shape it like a french loaf and bake on a cookie sheet.

Butter

Garlic Powder

Easy Pizza Sauce (made ahead of time)

Ground Pork/Beef

Cavender’s All Purpose Greek Seasoning

Salt & Pepper

Bell Peppers

Onions

Melty Cheese (Provolone/Monterey Jack/Mozzarella)

Split loaf in half and spread with butter, sprinkle on garlic powder and salt to taste. Make your favorite meatball recipe, flatten out to desired shape and cook. (I use salt, pepper, and cavender’s to season, then I soak a piece of white bread in a little milk and add that with a beaten egg to my seasoned meat before cooking). Saute Onions and Peppers and prepare cheese. Next layer everything to your liking. Bread, meat, sauce, cheese, peppers/onions and warm in oven until cheese is bubbly. I like to brown the top half of the bread at the same time. Serve with extra pizza sauce and a fork. It can get messy, but it’s so worth it.

Adjust the ingredients to your liking and to what you have time to make. I would have no problem subbing out the bread for store bought if I were pressed for time, but I have no desire to ever buy another jar of spaghetti or pizza sauce. The homemade tastes so much better and is easy. My daughter often makes it for us because it’s fun.

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Sweet Ones

28 sweet little peeping chicks arrived today. We all traipsed into the post office to retrieve our darlings. It was a field trip of sorts complete with checking out all the mail boxes (because we came too early), but the hearing of their sweet little chirps for the first time was the most thrilling part of our trip. Of course we’re so excited to have them, but the 24 hour suggested wait time to handle them is a little much for the kids. They’re choosing to keep themselves busy with other things until the restriction is lifted. As you can see in the pictures they loved their first, very short, time of holding. Now onto checking them throughout the day and making sure they have plenty of water and not too hot, but not too cold temperatures.

Love Dwells Here

If going to Grandma’s house is fun, then going to Great Grandma’s house must be amazing. This sweet lady in particular has the most joyful home, the incredible ability to turn the simplest of meals into a delicious feast, and the mellowness that comes with time. She is calm, patient, and willing to play a very long game of life with her grand kids. I hope they always remember the love she has for them.

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Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;  it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth.  Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.  Love never ends.

-Ephesians 13:4-8

Making and Breaking Bread With My Daughters

My kids love being in the kitchen most likely because I love being in the kitchen. They have watched me bake and cook and clean from the time they were itty bitty. {I use to put on “cooking shows” for them and narrate each step as I cooked while they would sit in their baby swing or watch from their bouncy on the counter next to me.}

Of course, they love it when I teach them new things to make. They love it so much that my youngest daughter told me on the day that they made their very first bread items from start to finish with only guidance from me that it was her “best day ever”. That impacted me, I don’t remember her ever saying that before. It struck me that on such an ordinary day she would find so much joy that it would be the best. I recently read a quote that said something about how our kids won’t remember their best day of watching tv.

So, this week I decided that the girls are old enough and patient enough to make bread with only my guidance and their own hard work making it happen. We decided that we would halve the recipe so they could each make one loaf of bread and have less dough to work with. I was mindful of kneading and how laborious that can become.

{I remember sweating over the very first loaf of bread I ever made trying to get it to the point that the cookbook I was using had described. I was newly married and wanted my husband to say it was the best he had ever had. I don’t recall him saying it was the best, but he did eat it and he liked it and that encouraged me to keep making.}

We talked about each ingredient and purpose in the recipe and went slowly through each step and technique, like measuring flour. They loved every single step and did it all with such care that I wondered why I hadn’t taught them sooner. Cora decided to make a braided loaf and Alice went with cinnamon rolls. We enjoyed some of each that night with supper and for dessert. I made spaghetti with meat sauce and green beans and we turned half of Cora’s loaf into garlic bread. They loved contributing to the meal in such a big way. It also seemed to be eye opening for them as far as how hard we work to produce an item and then how quickly it is consumed. They took such joy in the work and their final product that they were already planning to do it again the next day. We didn’t, but are planning to again very soon. Perhaps this weekend.

“Blessed be the Lord, who daily loads us with benefits, the God of our salvation.”

-Psalm 68:19

Butchering Time

Fall has come and along with it cooler temperatures, which for us this year meant that it was time to butcher the two pigs we got in the spring. While I suggested the names Pork Chop and Ham Hock the kids picked out the names Spot and Piglet. Spot was the girl and the bigger of the two. She was very bossy and pushy and Piglet was the boy and a runt. He had his bossy and pushy moments too, but was simply outweighed. We were often entertained with their barking and watching their games of chase. It was a wonderful experience to share with the kids. From making sure they were fed and watered, kept cool in the summer, and then finally the butchering process.

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Behind the Scenes

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Sitting out on the front porch in the beautiful sunshine knitting a new animal puppet. This little guy has big dreams of becoming a deer.

In other news a deer was kind enough to leave this imprint on our truck before it died… and that is my inspiration for wanting to make a deer puppet. And now you know the rest of the story.

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The Lord will guard your going out and your coming in
From this time forth and forever.

Psalm 121:8

Camping

We decided Saturday afternoon to go camping. Once we told the kids we were in full motion until every last item we needed was packed in. It was wonderful and for all the effort we were fully rewarded with a quiet, restful time.

It was joy to… watch the kids play on the hay bale, take a walk with the two littlest to the pond and listen to their chatter the entire way, watch everyone roast their marshmallows and then devour their s’mores, tuck the kiddies in and then sit with Seth by the fire, sleep under the stars, wake in the morning and watch the sunrise, cook over an open fire with my well seasoned cast iron.

The fear of the Lord leads to life,
So that one may sleep satisfied, untouched by evil.

Proverbs 19:23

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