Monday, August 27, 2012

Italian Style

Hi there again! I apologize, yet again, for my absence on here. Between finishing up summer courses, working extra hours, and just the general daily happenings I haven't even thought about blogging. On a more positive note though I am officially the first day into my FINAL semester (woo hoo)!! I couldn't be more excited or ready to be done with my Bachelors in just a few short months. I've certainly travelled down a much different path than most to get to this point, but in the end I'm just excited to almost be done and have that diploma to hang on the wall :)

In other news, Mitchell is almost two months into Phase III, and I can't believe it. He soloed the T-38 last week, so exciting, of which I was only able to snap a few photos before I had to leave. Hopefully when he solos again here in a few more weeks I'll be able to stay longer and can actually get some proper photos like the other spouses ;) I also can't believe that in only 5 short months we will be dropping, graduating, and getting ready for our next great adventure.

Life here in Texas is going just fine for the Etheridges, and we are still enjoying our time together as a little family in the slow moving town of Del Rio. I can't really complain any more about the town, I've actually come to really enjoy the slow pace of life, but not necessarily the lack of good food. Being from the south I think we were engrained with a desire for culinary greatness wherever we live...

Little Winston is not a fan of bath time...

We've actually gotten a little bit of rain here...

Drop night for our sweet neighbors...I sure am going
to miss them a lot! 
Speaking of food, I wanted to share a recipe I found last week. I was able to host the lovely ladies I have bible study with each week and had to figure out something to feed a larger group than I'm used to preparing food for! Naturally I went straight for an Italian dish and researched a meatball reciepe. Mitchell isn't generally a huge fan of them, so I didn't have one on hand to whip up. Long story short, I found this delicious recipe from a fellow blogger and gave it a was delectable and very easy to make. Enjoy!

4 eggs, slightly beaten
1/4 cup water
1 cup buttermilk
1-1/2 cup unseasoned bread crumbs (I use whole wheat)
4 teaspoons minced garlic
1 medium onion, finely minced or grated
1 cup fresh Italian parsley, chopped
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon dried leaf oregano
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 tablespoon ground black pepper
1-1/2 lbs. ground pork
3 lbs. ground beef

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Combine eggs, water, buttermilk, and breadcrumbs in a bowl; let rest for 10 minutes. The mixture will thicken as the bread crumbs absorb the liquid. To this thickened mixture, add garlic, onion, parsley, cheese, oregano, salt, and pepper; stir until combined. In separate large bowl, combine ground pork and beef. Mix meats with fingers or a large fork using a light touch until 2 meats are combined throughout. Add bread crumb mixture to meats. Mix these together, again using a light touch with fingers or large fork. Combine ingredients well, but do not overmix. Form meatballs with hands, or use a scoop. For larger meatballs, use 1/4 cup meat per meatball or use a generous 2" scoop. For mini meatballs, use 1 to 1-1/2 tablespoons per meatball or a generous 1-1/4" scoop. Place meatballs on baking sheets. Bake large meatballs for 30 minutes and mini meatballs for 15 minutes, until no longer pink in center.

The Etheridges

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