Monday, April 27, 2009


This is a photo of our pond this morning.
In the 7 years since we've lived here, we have never seen it so high.
The dock is nearly totally under water, and the tree directly behind it is usually on the shore.
It started raining Saturday morning and rained hard for most of the day.
Sunday we had more rain.
And there is more on it's way for this afternoon.

So what do you do when you are itching to be outside working in the gardens, but instead are stuck in the house?
Meatball sandwiches, that's what!
I made homemade meatballs, then baked them on a sheet of foil in the oven till done.
No greasy stove to clean up!
Put meatballs in a pot with a jar of whatever spaghetti sauce you have on hand.
I think mine was Prego.
I added a bit of minced garlic to the sauce, and simmered for about an hour on low.
Just enough to thicken the sauce and tenderize the meatballs.
Split open a chunk of Italian or French bread.
I tore out a bunch of the bread...who needs all those carbs...
and put 4 meatballs with sauce on each chunk.
Sprinkle with a bit of mozzarella cheese, and wrap in foil.
Bake for just 5-10 minutes, or till cheese is melted.

Now THAT'S amore!
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Victoria said...

Mmm. Kind of does make you want to stay inside! Boo MI rain!

Pam said...

You just can't beat meatball sandwiches - yours looks tasty.

We are still getting a lot of rain in Oregon too.

katiez said...

That's what I can do! I spent Thursday working outside and it's rained every day since here as well...
Meatballs, great idea!

Calm Energy said...

I hope the tree doesn't mind such "wet feet."

I love meatballs...I love Italian food... Some of the best comfort food :)

Hope you see some sunshine soon! ~Maria

Farmchick said...

Sounds yummy! I love meatball sandwiches and I bake our meatballs too! :) I do the gravy like you were talking about on my blog when I make shredded beef enchildadas! Yum!! Hope you have a great week.

Anonymous said...

If possible Florida would take most of your rain. The water level is very low and our summer rains haven't started yet.

cityfarmer said...

we're at it again tonight, and tomorrow, and the next day, well almost all week.

FarmHouse Style said...

We have been getting quite a bit of rain here lately as well. But, since we are recovering from a sever drought, we welcome every drop.

Oooo, that meatball sandwich looks DELICIOUS!!


Anonymous said...

I would love to eat a meatball sandwich! Wish we lived near a pond.

Jeff said...

Funny you mention that because I had the same issue yesterday. Wanted to go out and plant some more stuff in the garden but to much rain. Instead I did meatballs too but mine were with a chili tomato sauce that I gave a little to much love to Mr. Chipotle.

Your dock reminds me of my buddy's dock right now. We can't fix it because the water is higher than the freaking waders.

kansasrose said...

I wish our pond was that full...our Lab does too!

kansasrose said...

Meatballs rock! If we were neighbors I'd be at your palce all the time, sampling and testing your cookin' hon! YUmmy!