Monday, June 4, 2012

Midnight Snack!

It was a rainy day around these parts.
SO what do you do on a rainy day with a toddler???

We sing "it's raining, it's pouring, the old man is snoring........"
over and over again.

We stay in our pjs for most the day...
(for some reason Mommy always has to run to the store for something..)

We color and play transformers....... more like Mommy and Daddy spend the majority of their time transforming these little toy robots.

We find a movie to snuggle up too!

And we make snacks!

(Now I say Midnight Snack because I'am writing this so late but after being a bum all day I'm a little wired....soo I'm eating this snack twice today)

I was in the mood for spinach dip and was not waiting until the next holiday to have it so I just gathered all the ingredients and went to town.

My Spinach Dip
(recipe on Knorr veggie packet)

Everytime I go to the store regardless of how many list I write I always forget something.
This time I forgot the bread for the dip.

Not to worry.

Homemade tortilla chips???

I had some soft tortillas I cut into wedges.

I then laid them all flat and brushed olive oil all over the wedges.
Sprinkled with salt and pepper.

Pop in the oven at 400 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes,
I preheated my oven at 400 and just put the pan in it only took ten minutes in my oven for the wedges to become Chips!

<<My dog Capone being a joneser!
Perfect Combination!


Sunday, June 3, 2012

Momma's Meatballs and Sausage!!

SO I callenged myself. I just did it one day.
I went to the store and bought all the ingredients to make my Mommas meatballs, sausage and gravy.
Yes it's gravy!!!....... not sauce!

A little history:.... Growing up in my household most Sundays was a meatball and sausage day. Mainly because it was the one day out of the week where my mom had the time to wait around for hours while the gravy simmered and cooked. The smell...O M G! I could smell dinner cooking before you even opened the front door and it's also the kinda smell that sticks to your clothes all day... everyone knows where you been! At Momma's house eating some great grub!
Nowadays my mom still picks Sundays to make a great pot of gravy. Only now she makes sure theres enough for EVERYONE to take home another nights dinner...  Ain't she so sweet.

So here it goes.... Mom I hope I make you proud!!

Ingredients to go into meatball mix.
Just know this recipe is one of those a lil of that and a lil of this kinda recipe.
measurements are in the form of "ok that looks good"
Use your own disgression!

 I had about a pound and a half of mixed ground meat (pork,veal,beef)
Put in a mixing bowl with
1 egg
1/2 cup bread crumbs
1/2 cup grated cheese
sprinkle of garlic powder
salt and pepper

 Mix it all together, using your hands is the best method. Then roll your balls!
I make them a deceit size.

 I got sweet itailian sausage.

Then fry up all your meat. So they get brown on all sides.
The meat will finish cooking in the tomato sauce.

I chopped up a small to medium size onion and about five garlic cloves.
Saute in the same pan you fried up the meat in.

After the onions and garlic look translucent I added a couple tablespoons of tomato paste.

Then I add everything to a huge stock pot. Make sure theres room for the meat to swim.
I then added three 28oz cans of tomato sauce and one 28 oz can of
  crushed plum tomatos. (side note: use one 28 oz can of tomato puree. I thought I could get away with not using it .Def. MUST use PUREE.) Let the pot of gravy simmer for at least 4 hours! Mucho importante.  Make sure to Stir the pot every now and then to keep the gravy from burning on the bottom.

End Result: Delicious and Scrumptious.

For my first attempt I did pretty good. Def. wasn't Moms but next time I won't try to improvise I will get the puree. It really made a big difference. Also be gentle when stirring your pot. I broke a few meatballs but it was all good I made a lot for our family so nobody noticed.
 My house smelled like my childhood. And I had a lot of fun putting this together myself.

I wonder if any of my sister's tried to attempt a pot of gravy. If so I want to know how it went.
If not ..... I'm challenging you Megan and Colleen!

Mommas gravy cookoff in the close future????