Tuesday, May 22, 2007


Today is my wedding anniversary. We have been married for 8 years. Boy has that gone fast. I was thinking this morning as I absorbed my caffine that in 8 years we have moved 3 times (including the most current one overseas!) DH has changed cars once, me twice and his son 5 times...(Ishould hear a big thank-you from Detroit on that one....) We have visited 8 countries (seems like that should have been more but there it is....) To celebrate we are going to a local Pub restaurant, The Hobnail, for dinner later this week. Tonight I am making him Youvarlakia Avgolemono (Meatballs with Rice in a lemon sauce) and Greek Salad. He is not a big dessert person so I am making some biscotti with pistachios, cranberries, and apricots.

Thanks to Calico Cat for the fun link that I made the photo at the top on...so easy even I was able to work it and that is saying something!

The photo above is another of the bed uncoverings...it is a 1930-ish crazy quilt. There are some fun fabrics in there with lots of peach and blue. It is hand quilted with a very thin batting. It came from the eastern shore of Maryland. Makes me think of the crumb blocks!

We are trying to think of places to visit over the long weekend coming up. Since I am a huge Cadfael fan we may go to up there for a day. I'd like to take a long walk around Broadway if the weather holds up.

I am at sort of a stalling point on my quilting. Too many projects at awkward phases. I just need to put them all on pieces of paper, toss it in a hat, and pull on out. Not very scientific but it may work!

Here is the recipe for the Meatballs.....

1 pound ground beef

1/3 cup rice

1 egg, beaten

1 clove garlic, minced

2 Tablespoons parsley, chopped

2 Tablespoons fresh dill, chopped (or 2 teaspoons dried)

salt and pepper

1/2 cup flour


1 cup boiling chicken broth

2 eggs, beaten

juice of 1 lemon

Combne meat, rice, egg, garlic, pasley, and dill. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Knead well. Shape into walnut size balls. Roll lightlyin flour. Shake off eny excess flour.

Place the meatball in a large skillet, pot or casserole dish that can be used on the stove top. (you want the meatballs to all be on one level) Pour in enough boiling chicken broth to cover. Simmer covered for 45 minutes. Add more broth or water is there is less than 1 cup of liquid left. Increase heat and boil a few minutes more, then remove pot from heat.

Beat the 2 eggs until frothy. Slowly add the joice of one lemon, beating continuously. Remove one cup of the hot liquid used to cook the meatballs. Slowly add this to the egg and lemon - beting continuously. (If you add it too quickly you will cook the egg and the sauce seperates.) Pour the avgolemono sauce into the pot of meatballs. Stir gently. Serve hot with lots of crusty bread! (makes about 24 meatballs. It should serve 4 but my DH and stepson could finish off the pot in very little time...)


Connie said...

Congrats on the anniversary. You have a lovely quilt there.

The Calico Cat said...

Glad you had fun with the "sign"
Those meat balls sound delish & I think we have some frozen ground beef...

I like Greek food, but usually stick to the vegeterian/fish options aka a platter of starters... & I have to have baklava

cindyquiltsOR said...

Happy Anni!

I think first hubby and I had 22 addresses in our 5 years together, thank you Uncle Sam. I like moving around but suitcase living is for the young!

As for now ... why does life get in the way of quilting?!

anne bebbington said...

Happy Anniversary to the two of you - where are you thinking of going for Cadfael - I understand it was based in Shrewsbury, Shropshire where my husband was born and lived up to 9yo, still has family there - a lovely town and Ironbridge (the birth of the Industrial Revolution) is nearby - (fab museums) Have a good weekend break wherever you go :o)

Dawn said...

Happy Anniversary (late I know)! And I love that crumb quilt - you have some wonderful treasures.

atet said...

Lovely quilt -- and that recipe sounds scrumptious!

Congrats on 8 years, here's to plenty more!

Kim said...

The lemon in the meatball sauce sounds intriguing--I've never tried anything like that. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

Great post... recipe and quilts combined, what could be better? Please send me the link for the sign creation, my anniversary is tomorrow! Hope yours was a happy one!

Bonnie said...

Happy Anniversary!! I love the marquis sign...too fun! The recipe sounds delicious too. Of course, you know I love that string quilt! What size are the blocks? I need to do something with bigger strips, bigger blocks, instead of trying to always use my smallest bits.... :cD


Clare said...

Belated anniversary wishes. Have you decided where you are going for the long weekend yet? If you do go up to Shropshire you *must* see Stokesay Castle. You really must.


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Tonya R said...

Congrats! Ooh, that meal sounds delicious. When we were at the base the other day I brought dried cranberries and apricots so that I could make some biscotti too.

Fiona said...

Belated congratulations - and I love the quilt.