mighty meatballs & national spaghetti day

— January 04, 2017

Happy New Year!

Happy National Spaghetti Day!

I love January and the freshness of a new year before me with all of the promises I can dream up. A full clean slate before me is so exciting and so precious.

(I also love spaghetti…)

Have you made any promises to yourself or someone for 2017?

My biggest promise to myself and my family this year is to regain balance in my daily life so that I can capture and participate in many moments. It’s never easy because each year throws me new twists and turns, but it’s a promise that I value and crave.

“Drop everything and BE with me” is a phrase that I play in my head when I am busy and wanting one more moment to work on my own hobbies or projects. I created it to remind myself that while my interests are important and there needs to be some time for me and my dreams in this thing called Life, there are people I want to spend time with and if I continue to let days pass, I am letting precious moments drift away that I will regret. There will always be time for me because it is a necessary part of my well-being but it is too easy to pass up a moment to sit and chat for a bit or to keep working in the early morning hours when the wee ones wake up early during “momma time”. Will I care that I stuck to my guns and kept my “momma time” when they are no longer interested in snuggling with me? I know my answer to that question.

I also promised myself that I was going to begin my dream of creating a cookbook “plus”. My plan to begin working on it last fall was put off while I worked on other “dreams” as I created gift items to sell in two craft fairs as my foray into my own little gift shoppe. As I get organized to begin this project that I have no clue how to even begin, I looked back at the notes that I have been saving. One of the ideas that fascinates me is the “Little Known Holidays” schedule each year. What a fun way to add impromptu moments to your day!

To begin my project, my year and my promise for balance, I share with you the first little known holiday of interest to me in 2017…National Spaghetti Day.

Enter…Mighty Meatballs.

No, they are not a sports team but it would make a great name for one don’t ya think?!!

“And on this side of the court is the Mightttyyyyyyy Meatballllllllsssssss…!!”

The Mighty Meatball is in my folders for my cookbook plans, and makes a great companion to National Spaghetti Day. I love the Mighty Meatball. You cannot take things too seriously around a Mighty Meatball. It laughs in the face of a crazy day. It rolls it’s eyes at the salad that I should be eating. It’s like a big jolly friend that you can’t help but smile at when you see it.

(They look like a meat snowman…or snow woman…or snow person.)

The Mighty Meatball came about because my husband was wishing he had a meatball with some girth. I had been making them small for a while, bite-size is my fave, and he was hankering a man-sized meatball. Always up for a challenge, I set about to make him a meatball that would satisfy his needs. The beauty of a meatball for me, a non-Italian, is that there are so many ways to make a meatball it’s hard to go wrong. I prefer a meatier meatball over one with too much filling like bread, but you can make your Mighty Meatball any way that you like. Using some ground meat, some binding ingredients like bread crumbs, egg and a bit of milk, and a whole variety of spices and add-ins gives you endless possibilities for your Mighty Meatball. I never use a recipe to make a meatball, I just wing it. But if you have never made a meatball or meatloaf before, see the “recipe” below for some guidelines.

In this Mighty Meatball, I use shredded Parmesan cheese and some fresh oregano to give flavor to my Mighty Meatball.

So, celebrate a moment on National Spaghetti Day with a Mighty Meatball. Leftovers make a great meatball sandwich.

Laugh at your first week back to work or back to a routine. Roll your eyes at your holiday diets.

And smile away when your big jolly meatball friend greets you.

Yea…that’s a little awkward…

Ok, then…here’s your recipe

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