I love balls.

Turns out winter doesn’t quite want to loosen it’s grip on us just yet.  I seriously cannot remember a worse winter, and I lived through the Blizzard of 78!


I found this picture online for Tony.  He said in the blizzard of 1978 he would be driving down a road and it was a wall of snow on either side and a narrow path for you to drive though.  While he was 18, I was only 10, so I only remember school being closed for the first time in my life because of snow.

Yesterday morning?  12 degrees, but it felt like 4 degrees.   I guess Mother Nature doesn’t realize that the first day of spring is next week?


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Since I had leftover taco meat, I decided to make breakfast nachos!  One ounce of meat scrambled with egg whites and shredded zucchini, topped with fresh jalapeno and cilantro and cheese.  Yum and yum.

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Raise your hand if you a Pinterest whore like me!  Gah.  I don’t pin nearly as much stuff as I used to, but it’s my go to for ideas.  Yesterday I knew I wanted to do a treadmill interval and found this one – I ended up doing this routine 4 times for a total of 40 minutes – it actually went by pretty fast!

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The night before last when I was cleaning out my fridge, I realized that I had both ground beef and Italian sausage, so I decided to make meatballs!  Um, those are the kind of balls I love.  This is a family friendly blog, so get your mind out of the gutters about my blog title.  I hardly ever get meatballs when I eat out because of the onion factor.  Just ew.

[amd-zlrecipe-recipe:28]  At work I toasted a hot dog bun with a little bit of mozzarella cheese.  Then heated up my balls and sauce and had a delicious meatball sub with grapes on the side.

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Holy balls this was good.  The above recipe made 25 just bigger than marble size balls – 5 balls are 279 calories.  I sent this picture to Tony and he replied “Yuuuuuuucccck.”  Turns out Tony doesn’t like balls!

I give you another episode of texting with Tony:

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I literally could have tacos every day and never get sick of it.  I ended up making burgers on the grill with green bean “fries.”  Well, I kind of made a beer batter for the green beans – so good dipped in ranch dressing!

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I didn’t care that it was only 32 degrees out – once the snow melted around the grill, it’s grill time in my book!

So I have a busy weekend!  My birthday is next week and my Mom got tickets for me and my sister and her to see the new Riverdance – Heartbeat of Home.


We are seeing a matinee, so afterwards I am finally going to Eataly!!



Then Sunday we are celebrating March birthdays at a brunch at my Mom’s house.  Speaking of birthdays – my niece Sarah is 21 today!  Her roommate in college bought her a bottle of Moonshine and a cheesecake.  Hum, that will be an interesting birthday!  I love you Sarah!  Sarah is on the left and Rachel is on the right – these are my brother Charlie’s girls.

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Alright, time to get this show on the road.  It’s my double day, but I can’t complain since it’s my only night at the restaurant this week.  Happy Friday – make it a great day!

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  • Lynne
    March 14, 2014 at 7:00 am The balls look yummy! I could eat tacos everyday too (or maybe nachos or pizza for a little variety:) I remember all that snow in 78 too - heavy snow was worse back then, they used less salt and the rwd cars couldn't move through it. Snow tires, chains, pushing cars through intersections...those were the days:) Have fun at the show - can't wait to hear about it and that Eataly!! That looks awesome! Have a good day:)
  • Kim of Mo'Betta
    March 14, 2014 at 7:14 am Happy Birthday early and I love your balls. hahahaha
  • Helen
    March 14, 2014 at 7:38 am I love onions but never put them in meatballs. I don't like chunks of anything in my meatballs. I do put onions in my sauce though ;) Eataly! I'm jealous and can't wait to hear all about it.
  • thekitchwitch
    March 14, 2014 at 8:25 am You had me at balls! :) I seriously don't know how you guys in Illinois, Ohio and Michigan survived this winter. And that's coming from a Colorado/North Dakota girl! Happy early birthday!
  • Melanie
    March 14, 2014 at 8:34 am Yep. I could eat tacos every night, too, and happily fill the other meals with breakfast burritos and taco salad, but like Tony, Mr. B frowns on such a scenario. I didn't get a chance to comment yesterday, but you're post really got me thinking. I'm embarrassed to tell you how much I spent on groceries (and wine/booze) for two people last year, but let's just say that it was way, way, way too much money. You've inspired me to give the $35 a week per person a shot!
  • Shelley B
    March 14, 2014 at 8:45 am Have a great weekend!!
  • SuziCate
    March 14, 2014 at 8:46 am Riverdance...YAY! You guys will have a blast. Happy Birthday, start celebrating now!
  • Marcia@Frugal Healthy Simple
    March 14, 2014 at 9:12 am That looks yummy!
  • Sam
    March 14, 2014 at 10:21 am I could live on Tacos, taco salads, nachos...basically anything Mexican. Michael can handle Mexican once a week, I think we need to work on that. Ha! Your birthday celebration sounds like it will be very fun!
  • Sherry Werth
    March 14, 2014 at 10:29 am We should be up around 60 today. Heat wave!! Hopefully Mother Nature looks at her calendar & realizes she's running behind! I made baked tacos last night & they were yummy. Yep, I'm a taco girl too. Oh...and raising hand on being a Pinterest Hoe!! lol Sounds like you have a fun filled weekend coming up. Enjoy!! :-D
  • Lori
    March 14, 2014 at 10:33 am I love Pintrest! Major whore, here :D
  • Aimee
    March 14, 2014 at 10:46 am Happy early birthday! What a fun birthday celebration. Have a great time! I could absolutely eat Mexican everyday. In fact if this winter doesn't end soon I might consider moving to Mexico. That was just about the most perfect weather I have ever encountered. For 6 months it was sunny, warm and dry almost every day when I lived there.
  • Kim
    March 14, 2014 at 11:21 am I hope that is an old picture of your nieces because is she is 21 then I feel even older than normal!! Funny how young people look so young!!!
  • Joy
    March 14, 2014 at 12:15 pm Have a great time at river dance! I am a Pinterest queen - I don't think I can do anything without checking there first :-)
  • Louise
    March 14, 2014 at 12:21 pm Well that is a twist, weather wise...for once it was nice in Wisconsin. the temps are 45degrees here and the snow is melting. Hooray! But I know, we could have snow in April yet....sooooo! Your balls sound delish...shall have to try. JP is suffering through vegie marinara sauce and tortellinis for dinner last night. Pizza today....poor, poor man, he is so abused when it comes to my cooking ;) Have a great week end...enjoy the dance and out to eat...sounds fun!! Early Birthday wishes to you!!!
  • A Life From Scratch
    March 14, 2014 at 12:50 pm you had me at beer battered green beans dipped in ranch. LOVE.
  • Courtney @ Don't Blink. Just Run.
    March 14, 2014 at 2:20 pm This weather has been absolutely redonk. It was in 40s and 50s for 4 days, then we had freezing temps and snow squalls, then tomorrow is back up to 55 with another chance of snow on Monday!! What the frack?!?! Haha, balls. Tee hee.
  • Stacie
    March 14, 2014 at 6:01 pm WAIT - are you going to be in NYC? You have to tell me about these things! We always knew you liked (amaze)balls. And? I want those b-fast nachos. For dinner right now.
  • Erin
    March 14, 2014 at 9:52 pm Fellow PINWHORE here! I just can't resist looking and looking and looking... I used to make meatballs on Sunday and then add my homemade bbq sauce for my son to take in his school lunches. I'll have to remember to toast up a hot dog bun the next time I'm feeling meatball sub-by! :-)
  • Abbe@This is How I Cook
    March 14, 2014 at 10:59 pm They look to young to be 21! And those nachos look like ST Patty's Day nachos! And happy early birthday so I don't miss it! Have fun!
  • Kym
    March 15, 2014 at 6:39 am I have never tried beer battered green beans. I love them all natural. I don't need to find anything else fried that I can't seem to be without. :) Sarah is 21 really???? She looks so young. Your family has good genes.
  • sara
    March 15, 2014 at 12:04 pm Mmmmm, that meatball sub looks INCREDIBLE!
  • Fran
    March 17, 2014 at 3:32 am Hope you like the show. I've seen 2 Riverdance shows, my best friend was totally in love with it couple of years ago. I liked it a lot. And here's wishing to a Spring day on your birthday this week!