Tuesday, September 21, 2010

In the Kitchen

Good friends last a lifetime. These wonderful three ladies-- Marge, Kathleen, and Pat took me under their wings back when I was in my early twenties and we have stayed in touch ever since. When I led a mother's group much like MOPS, Marge led up the childcare part of it and Kathleen and Pat were regular helpers. We attended an evening women's group together too, and they still occasionally ask me to come back and share what is happening with our family. It has been a blessing to have such wonderful role models in my life-- and my kids have been blessed by the extra grandma's that pray for them, send cards and bring goodies.
When they came over for a visit yesterday, I was in the midst of making meatballs. I had to rush off to pick up Adam and Dennis from school-- so they all made the meatballs for me. That is why I think they turned out so darn yummy!
Here is the recipe: So Good Meatballs-- enough to feed an army or freeze them after they are cooked for a quick and easy dinner on the go.
8 lbs ground beef
6 medium eggs
1 1/2 cup bread crumbs
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. pepper
3 tbsp. parsley
1 tsp. Poultry seasoning
2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp oregano
Mix all together and measure out with an ice-cream scoop. Lay out on a wire cooling rack placed inside a cookie sheet to catch the drippings. Bake at 360 degrees for one hour.
Drop into spaghetti sauce for a great Italian meal, or dump brown gravy on them next to a heap of mashed potatoes, or serve them on toasted french bread topped with spaghetti sauce and Mozzarella cheese.

As a side to the meatball sandwiches, we had strawberry jello mixed with bananas and cool whip.

Ever since I overloaded Adam on bananas as a baby, he has had an aversion to them-- so I let him scoop out some jello before I mixed in the bananas.

This salad/dessert is so easy yet it seems to satisfy all palates with its creamy, fruity, yet no too sweet balance of flavors.

P.S. Do you have a favorite jello recipe? Do you have any special ladies that have been inspirational in your life?