Friday, July 6, 2012

Is it almost over??

At this moment, I'm referring to the heat.  It's HOT. But you probably know that. If you didn't, I apologize for interrupting your blissfully sweet ignorance.

The husband and I have been working on a project to help relieve some of the discomfort of being oustide.

Any guesses yet? How 'bout this...what needs a level surface??

Pics of finished project to come later. :-)

Projects are not easy.  (Especially when it's 105 outside...) Projects with other people are even harder.  Eighty-three differing opinions, and none of them even begin to cross paths. Whether it's building something or making life choices, there's really only one opinion that matters. 

Your wife's. 

Just kidding....well not

Seriously though, the only one that really matters is the Lord.  He knows how everything needs to work to accomplish all our goals. He has the blueprints. 

Doesn't it seem sometimes that He's trying to hide them from us?? I'm not the only one right? I think it's perfectly acceptable to say, "What's up, God? Am I just completely missing something???"

Chances are, yes.

Figuring out what that is takes patience, persistence, love, joy, peace,....sound familiar??  He has given us all that we need, but He isn't a magic genie in a bottle. Sometimes it takes time; and, yes, sometimes that really sucks. But don't give up!!  (I'm basically preaching to myself here.)

So when it's hot outside, and you just can't take it anymore, pull out the crockpot so you don't put anymore heat into the house.  Metaphorically speaking of course. *wink*

Don't give up.

Adapt. Live like you belong to the person who wrote the blueprints.  Or recipe in this next part.....


Did I mention it's hot?

I haven't turned the oven on in quite some time.

This morning I had to process some ground beef.  I pounded out several patties and froze them for burgers sometime later. I also decided to make some meatballs. :) I froze those too (uncooked - we'll see if that was wise).

But I had leftover meatball mixture....What to do?!?

Again the answer is...the crockpot.

Open a can of crushed tomatoes. Or whatever you have.

Add some spices so it doesn't taste really awful.

I used salt, pepper, a bit of sugar, garlic powder, crushed red pepper, dried oregano, and an Italian seasoning blend.  Nothing fancy, just stuff from my spice cabinet. :) 

This is my go-to spaghetti sauce recipe. I think it taste better than store bought. And cheaper too!  I usually dice a small onion and saute it with a few garlic cloves (chopped) before adding the tomatoes, spices and herbs. But you do whatever you want to do. Tonight, it's super quick, no extra heat in the kitchen, meatball night!!

Now stir everything up. Then plop in bits of the meat.  Yes, plop.  OK, you could roll them out and gently place in the pot. I plopped them.  In misshapen hunks of deliciosity. 

Now cover with sauce.

Put a lid on and enjoy! Well, I'd let it cook first. Just sayin'.

A few hours after I put this on I remember I had some mushrooms in the fridge. So again, I adapted my plan.  I sliced a few and through them in the pot too!

I wouldn't turn the heat on high for this dish, unless you were eating in a couple of hours. Slow and steady wins the race, right? Unless it's the hundred yard dash, err....  Once again (again), adapt.  Whatever you need.  :)

Now I have to head back home.  I'm thoroughly prepared to walk in the door and be greeted by not only the dog but the wonderful scent of supper! Yippy skippy!! (Think I should bring that back?)

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