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Wish I invented that…

Ever think of something that would make your life better or easier and wish it existed? Ever kick yourself when you see that same idea in the store later? Enter “Leaf Scoops”.
Last year while raking leaves, I wished there was a better way to get the leaves into the bags. Guess what? There is now.
“Leaf Scoops. The perfect took for picking up: large piles of leaves, pine needles, sweet gum balls, grass clippings, hedge trimmings…”
Perfect is right. So easy that a 5 year old can use them. Makes cleaning up leaves faster and easier. Bummer that you still have to rake them though. And only $5 at your local Ace Hardware. 😉




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MMMMM….. Meatballs.

In case you haven’t realized yet, I love trying new recipes. I just don’t have the time to make anything super complicated since I have to basically prep during nap time because Zachary gets a little possessive when I am in the kitchen and wants my attention. I decided that I wanted to try to make meatballs the other day. I combined a recipe that I found on……Pinterest and from a fellow playgroup momma. They were very delicious. Emily kept telling me how much she loved them. She even ate leftovers the next night. Not that there were many left. I wanted to share the recipe as I made it. In parenthesis are the original ingredients and directions.

1 1/2 pounds ground turkey  (Lean ground Beef)
3/4 cup Panko ( Italian style breadcrumbs)
1/2 cup milk
1 egg
1 tsp. garlic powder
2 TBSP parsley flakes
1 tsp. salt
1/4 cup parmesan cheese
2 jars spaghetti sauce
2 sticks mozzarella string cheese, cut in chunks
Mix together & shape into golf ball size or little larger meatballs, put the mozzarella chunk in the middle. Put on cookie sheet & bake 350 degrees for 8 minutes then turnover for another 5 or until browned slightly. (Remove to strainer and rinse under water to remove excess grease. Squeeze each gently with paper towel to squeeze out grease and dry. I skipped this step because the turkey was so lean.) Can be frozen in ziplock bag or cook in spaghetti sauce. To cook in sauce…simmer on low 4 hours in the crockpot or on high for 2 or more hours. I followed the original directions and started it out on high for about 45 minutes and then turned down to low.

I served with spaghetti noodles but you can also serve as meatballs subs or just plain meatballs. The meatballs were so yummy with the melted cheese in the middle.

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