Archives- Losing a Little Wisdom

Original Post- February 24, 2012

When you make a decision to re-do all your eating habits, you should consult your schedule first. I had an appointment to get one of my wisdom teeth pulled yesterday. I’ve never had a problem with having a tooth pulled, but for some reason this one knocked me on my butt. Last night, I could have easily gotten the kids some fast food and all, but Russ volunteered to cook. Here’s a brief run through of what I remember between the fog of a caffeine migraine and a throbbing mouth that would not stop bleeding:

Russ got home at 8:20ish. Um, yeah…my kids eat between 6:30 and 7 (usually) and I think that’s late as it is. But 8:20? Considering they go to bed at 8:30 on a normal night, I wasn’t sure exactly what Russ planned on making. I had some meatballs from my freezer meals that he decided to use. He grabbed the bag and popped some of the meatballs into the microwave. I originally made enough for three meals. He used half the bag last night. So now I have enough for one more meal. Grrr…

I had intended for him to cook the meatballs and make a sauce to put on them and prepare some vegetables as side dishes. I figured that was easy enough and we had recently had spaghetti anyway so I didn’t think they would want it again so soon.

I walked in to find him wiping out a pot.

Me: What are you doing?
R: Go sit down. You are supposed to be resting. You used this pot last night for angel hair, right? (as you can tell I hadn’t done the big dishes yet..)
M: Um..yeah. And?
R: I’m going to make spaghetti tonight with angel hair pasta.
M: (As I show disgust at the idea of not washing the pot) I kinda want them in bed sometime tonight ya know…
R: It will be quick I promise…Go sit down. I got this. Oh and by the way, this reminds me of when we got married. The only thing you cooked was spaghetti and I had to show you how. (laughs hysterically)

The laughing hyena got a VERY dirty look.

5 minutes later
R: (from the kitchen, yelling) What is this?
M: (aggravated at having to yell back) WHAT?
R: This Prego in the fridge…is it old?
M: What Prego?
R: On the door.
M: Again…what Prego?
Russ proceeds to take it out of the door and bring it to me.
R: This Prego. How old is it?
M: Um, well considering I wasn’t aware I had Prego in the fridge door,  I’m gonna have to assume it’s not a good idea to eat it.

Russ gives me a look and walks out.

This goes on for the next 10 minutes. A question here, a question there, a kid screaming for food, another refusing to eat the meatballs… I’ve never been so happy to see bedtime.

Even though I didn’t eat the meatballs, they were evidently a big hit. I would like to try them with something other than spaghetti sauce and noodles, but I’m just glad Russ made the kids food and let me rest- sort of.

Here is the recipe for freezer meatballs:
Tip: I read on a different website that after the meatballs cool completely, put them on a cookie sheet (or whatever will fit in your freezer) but place them so they are not touching. Leave them in at least 30 minutes. Then take them out and put them in the bag. This way, you can thaw out as many as you want and you don’t get them all stuck together like they would be if frozen in the bag all at one time. It worked great for us!

Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients except beef.
  2. Mix in beef well, and shape into meatballs.
  3. Place all on single layer in pan.
  4. Bake 20 minutes at 350.
  5. Remove and drain on paper towels, and let cool 15 minutes.
  6. Put in freezer bag or freezer container or use immediately.

Read more: http://www.food.com/recipe/make-ahead-freezer-meatballs-274047#ixzz1nHDk4oWf