While my mom was here a local friend of ours showed us how to make köfte (meatballs).
I was starting to type up the directions for her and thought,
hey I'll post it on the blog in case any one else is interested.
There are many different varieties of köfte here,
and they can be fried, grilled, boiled, or oven baked.
These directions are for oven baked as you see below.
*Nothing is really measured here, and everybody makes things differently, so these are just guesses.
1 to 1.5lbs ground beef
1 onion, grated
1 bunch of chopped parsley
1 Tbs Cumin
1 Tbs Thyme
1 tsp Black Pepper
Salt to taste
Other possible additions: Bread crumbs, oil, red pepper flakes
*All these ingredients are optional, just put in what you have
1. Put all ingredients in a bowl
4. Cut veggies and layer over meatballs,
pour olive oil over and salt to taste
5. Put in oven at 350ish until done (Maybe 20 minutes?)
6. Mix sauce: 2Tbs tomato paste, 1.5 Tbs olive oil, 1.5 cups water
Jo and some friends had an egg hunt on Easter this year.
Last Sunday we went to the park for a bit and
took in the animals at our little "zoo".
Here we see the peacock,
which I was recently informed by my dad is the male member of the peafowl,
the female is a peahen.
Hence, there is no such thing as a girl peacock.
In case you were wondering.
Here we see Joanna a little scared of the birds in this cage,
which her father warned her could bite her.
And finally Leyla soaking in the rays on her 1 month birthday!
I started making this blanket a while back for the girl's room,
and had no hopes of finishing it by the time Leyla was born.
However, to my pleasant surprise it came together quicker than I
thought and I got it all put together around two weeks after she was born.
Now I am left with the loose ends.
A lot of them.
They are such a pain to weave back into the blanket,
but I am so nervous to clip them.
Joanna has been slowly learning to be a good big sister to Leyla.
At first she had trouble with being gentle.
For example, when she would give Leyla a paci she more
applied it than put it gently in her mouth
(as in she put one hand on Leyla's forehead to stabilize herself while leaning over
and stuffing the paci in her mouth with the other hand).
She also had trouble with patting her gently.
She would give more of a whap than a pat.
But, with time she is learning, and it has been fun to see her love her little sister.
She is a big help to go get diapers and wipes , give Leyla her paci,
and just talk to her when she is feeling sad.
It is the sweetest thing to hear her lean over and say
"What's wrong baby Leyla?"
in a little singsong voice whenever Leyla lets out a cry.
I hope and pray that they will have a sweet friendship as the years roll on!
The other day Granna ventured to dye eggs with Joanna.
I documented the proccess as Leyla looked on.
This is the filling of the cups with dye and Joanna's cheesy smile.
Leyla watched eagerly.
Joanna and Granna preparing and playing the matching game
that came in the egg dye package. Those packages are stock full of fun!
Dying the eggs
Leyla is thrilled at the results!