Monday, March 17, 2014

Week 11 Monday (3/17/14)

Recipe Review  

Today’s Recipe and Location:  Meatball Sliders
         Found in: The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Food From my Frontier
                           Page: 103    Copyright:  2012  Harper Collins

I figured out that there are 554 calories per serving,  (Please note that the calorie counts vary depending on the specific brands of ingredients that you choose to use.)

         This recipe all began with a previous recipe of Ree’s that I already loved. Ree’s whiskey meatballs are great alone, but as a slider they are phenomenal! The melted cheese and sauce added the perfect topping. They are so flavorful. I had two sliders for dinner and was totally content for the whole night.  Try’em!

Craft Corner       

         Last winter I worked on a bright quilt top that just made me smile. The colors are bright and vibrant.  I love to make quilts. I finished the seams of this quilt with a decorative stitch that made this one more unique.
         One of my favorite quilting stores is in Hampshire, IL. The name of the store is Judy’s Quilt and Sew. I love the classes that they offer and the selection of materials and supplies.
         Here are some pictures of the quilt.  What do ya think?

Random Reflections              

         I love the Fox River. I used to live off of Route 25 and could walk my dogs down the bike path right on the river’s edge. The Fox divides all of the towns in the Fox Valley in half. When I was in downtown North Aurora and Batavia last week I took a few pictures of the mighty Fox.  In the next few weeks the Fox will rise as the snow melts and at times move extremely rapidly.
         I love to watch it flow and watch the ducks and geese swim against the current. When I lived near the river I frequently saw beavers, but only at night. They always surprised me because when they saw me they dove into the river. The trees have wire surrounds to protect them from the large beavers that make the Fox River their home.
         Whenever you need a moment of solitude, walk along the Fox River and enjoy the view.

The North Aurora dam

Winter Water

A view from the Batavia bridge

Wants and Wishes       

         I want to send out a big thank you to Donna Dowd for introducing me to these little beauties.  Every holiday, Donna sets a beautiful, festive table and I fell in love with the little salt and pepper shakers at each place setting.  There is just something fun about every person having their own set.  Donna was so thoughtful that she gave me my own sets for my home.  Every time I use these I smile and think of the joy they give me and how much I adore my best friend, Donna.

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