Monday, February 27, 2012

It really did snow!

On Friday in the grand saga of my life, the big question was if we should attempt to drive to Montana to visit our grandbabies.  We decided not to go, which I think was very wise.  The biggest reason however, wasn't because we were being smart at not attempting to drive through the blizzard, but was because hubby was detained at work.  That was very good for us though because look what we woke up to Saturday morning at home where snow was not even forecast!

When it was all over, hubby snowblowed about 9 inches of "flurries" off the driveway and sidewalk!  This wasn't even in the mountains!   There is another winter storm watch posted for tomorrow and Wednesday for just north of us.  (about 10 miles north and to the Canadian border is all)  We'll see how many "flurries" we get then. We've had such a mild winter until now.  That old groundhog was right after all.  Boo!

So, we stayed home and watched movies all day Saturday, snuggled in our cozy house with the fire going full blast.  I completed another blue baby set that I forgot to photograph.  After awhile they all look the same anyway, don't they?  I also started another baby blanket in a new pattern using Bernat "Pipsqueak" yarn.  I have never felt anythig so incredibly soft.  This is definitely going to be for one very special baby.

When we realized that we were going to be home for church yesterday, I came to the realization that I needed to make something for the potluck after services.  I had watched the "Pioneer Woman" on the food network on Saturday morning, so I decided to try out her meatball recipe.  Instead of her barbeque sauce, I just poured a jar of Prego over them and they were a hit!  Here are a few pictures.

First you brown them in a skillet with canola oil in batches of 8 or 9 meatballs, then...
You bake them for about 35 minutes in a 350 degree oven.
I ended up with 26 meatballs. My huge, enormous, stupid mistake?  I put them in the oven on cookie sheets-with NO SIDES!!!!  Can you guess what happened?  Yep.  Grease from the meatballs is now all over the bottom of the oven and the house filled up with smoke.  Yuck.  Yuck.  Yuck.  I need to wait for a halfway warm day when I can open the windows and clean the oven.  Soon.  Before I bake anything else in it.  I cannot believe I didn't even think about the fact that the grease that comes out of hamburger would have to go somewhere!   Oh well, live and learn and the meatballs were very good.  An ingredient that the Pioneer Woman used in the meatballs that I never would have thought of was milk.  It made them super moist.  Then they're dredged in flour before browning.  I think the recipe is on woman.  Not sure if I have that website correct but they did say the recipes from that show were available online.
Today I've vacummed, done laundry, caught up on my Bible reading and played with Chloe.  I have baby hats for the hospital in the washing machine to be delivered tomorrow.  I think I have about 45 hats done for this delivery.  This afternoon I'm going to work on my baby blanket with the wonderfully SOFT yarn.  I've got my chores done and now I can play.  A roast, potatoes, carrots and onions is bubbling away in the crock pot so my wifely chores are complete.  I love to find extra time to play with my yarn.

The skies are blue, blue, blue today so I may take my Chloe-baby for a walk in a little while.  She's been cooped up with no long walk since last Wednesday.  We could both use the exercise.

Have a wonderful Monday everyone!




  1. Hi Betsy, glad you didn't make that journey. What a lot of snow!
    It was very mild with some rain here today, forecast to become even warmer later in the week.
    The meatballs look wonderful but, oh dear, all that fat in your oven. I hate cleaning the oven! I have one of these and it saves a lot of work, you just wash it in the sink.
    Carol xx

  2. Hi Carol. I used to have one of those liners and I loved it. When we bought our new range I was told I couldn't use a liner because it is a dual fuel range with a convection oven. The stovetop is gas and the oven is electric. You can bake either normal bake or convection. It works great but I can't use a liner. I don't know why. What a mess!

    Thanks for writing. I don't get a lot of comments and I always look forward to yours.



  3. Betsy, i love your blog and your stories. thanks, mary in cincinnati

  4. Mary, Thank you for leaving a comment. I appreciate it very much and I'm glad you like my stories.



  5. Here it is late Tuesday night and I'm just getting around to reading about your weekend. Ugh. I've been a little busy, I guess.
    Actually, now that I think of it, it's because the hours of daylight are changing so dramatically right now, that the kids are waking earlier and earlier... The sky was a brilliant pink this morning. I've been getting up before the sun rise since well... mid September.
    It sure makes it feel like spring is around the corner even if the wind is whipping piles of snow around!
    I've been trying to find some time to write. Hopefully soon!
    Much love sent your way!