I think this whole back to school schedule is wearing me out. It’s bad enough that we have to get up when it’s still semi-dark outside, but I’ve also discovered it’s going to be easier to get out of the car and walk her to school as opposed to waiting in a car drop-off line that, as far as I can tell, is merely a labyrinth that leads to unbridled road rage. Which means that the days of dropping her off while I’m in some version of my pajamas are over and I’m going to need to invest in some more “work out” clothes so my messy ponytail and no makeup will convey a message of concern for “physical fitness” as opposed to “just rolled out of bed and made what I hope was a ham sandwich and, seriously, are we even at the right school?”.
Why am I using so many quotation marks today? I’m like Matt Foley living in a van down by the river.
I don’t really have much to say unless you want to hear about how I ate Quaker Oat Squares for breakfast yesterday morning because I have officially burned myself out on yogurt and granola. It was bound to happen considering that I ate it for about forty-five days straight. And then I went to Borders to buy The Message translation of the Bible because I’ve decided to read through it in a year.
Actually, I read the Bible in a year in 2008 but it was the NIV version so I want to throw caution to the wind and shake things up a bit. I’m going to officially start on September 1st and am reading in chronological order. If you want to join me, please feel free. This is the link that I use to know what to read each day. It won’t be a book club thing necessarily, but from time to time I may be all “How about those crazy laws in Leviticus?” or something along those profound lines.
Also I realize reading the Bible in a year is hardly some grand accomplishment considering there are people who read it in ninety days or thirty-five minutes, but those people are called overachievers. I like to read in amounts that my brain can actually process.
I didn’t really mean to get into all that. The original point of this post (if there ever was one) was to share the recipe for my meatball sandwiches. I can honestly say they have been one of the high points of our summer and I intend to carry them with us into the fall because they are just so easy and delicious.
In fact, I gave the recipe to Sophie last week and we both agreed that our husbands are normally picky about eating leftovers but have no problem eating these for four days straight or until it’s all gone, whichever comes first.
(I usually double this recipe because we like the leftovers and you can always turn it into spaghetti and meatballs if you get bored.)
1 pound ground beef
2 large eggs, beaten
1/2 cup Italian bread crumbs
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. onion powder
1 jar of your favorite spaghetti sauce or homemade if you’re into that sort of thing
1 package of french bread sandwich rolls
Sliced mozzarella cheese
In a large bowl, mix together the ground beef with the next 7 ingredients. Roll into meatballs approximately 3 inches or so in diameter and place on a cookie sheet. Bake for about 20 minutes at 350 degrees and then turn them and cook another five minutes.
Pour sauce into large pot on the stove. Add meatballs. Let simmer for about 30 minutes to 1 hour for extra flavor. (This totally isn’t necessary but my Me-Ma used to let her sauce simmer for about 5 hours on Sunday mornings and it makes it even more delicious.)
Place the sandwich rolls open and face up on a cookie sheet. Spread each one with plenty of butter. Broil them in the oven until they are slightly (SLIGHTLY) brown and then pull them out and cover them with as many mozzarella cheese slices as you feel are appropriate. (No one will judge you for superfluous mozzarella cheese) Place them back in the oven and broil them until the cheese is melted.
Slice the meatballs in half and place on the sandwich. You’ll use about 2 meatballs per sandwich. Pour a little bit of the sauce over the meatballs, close up your sandwich and eat until you’re slightly sick.
I wish I had some pictures to share but I just wasn’t that on the ball. It’s really all I can manage right now to be up and dressed in a presentable manner before 7:30 a.m.