Yet those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, They will run and not get tired, They will walk and not become weary.
Isaiah 40: 31
I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas. The holidays are awesome – spending time with family, focusing on the reason (Christ’s birth), seeing kids light up with excitement of what is to come. But it is also a time of year that shines a light on the difficulties in peoples life. Lost loved ones, financial difficulties, broken homes or just having to be away from loved ones. I think most us of have some burden or hardship that is highlighted by the Christmas season. People were really heavy on my heart this Christmas season but remembering Joy, that is where it is at. You can have all the presents under the tree, you can be surrounded by loved ones, or you can be sitting at a soup kitchen, but without the Joy of Christ it is all for naught. OK, I will step off my soap box, moving on…
Whelp, this is it, sayonara 2015! How do you feel about this year? Was it a good one for you? Or are you ready to be moving onto 2016? I’m excited for the Summer Olympics, woot, woot!! I know… pretty random, but I. LOVE. THE. OLYMPICS.
I have had some personal growth this year (Lord knows I needed it, LOL). All because I have started to spend daily time in reading my bible and praying. Definitely need more, though. But there is always room for growth, right? My word for 2016 is DISCIPLINE.
Speaking of discipline, Mr. Mead is the definition of discipline or ridiculousness. I will let you decide. For Christmas he was able to get a new television. I was excited for him, he very rarely buys anything for himself. Well, lets just say six days later, three TV’s later, and hours upon hours of intensive reading on trying to decide on the absolute best TV he could get for the amount of money he had. We are now proud owner’s of a Vizio television. You guys it was exhausting just watching him. P.S. if you have had a bad experience with Vizio, please do not tell me or him.
Let’s move onto the the Belle of the Ball, Lebanese Meatball Sandwich with Cucumber Yogurt Sauce. This is a fun and easy recipe that is a good gateway into Eastern cuisine. It is very simple to make, incorporating some different flavors not normal in American foods. But it is not overly so. It reminds me of some Beef Schwarma I have had in the past without the need of a vertical spit.
Mr. Mead was very impressed as well and that ain’t no easy thing. Give this yumminess a try and tell me what you think.
P.S. This is recipe is called a sandwich because it is Americanized. The meatballs are an authentic eastern European recipe. However it is not served on Naan (Indian bread) or Pita bread (Greek bread), it would be served with rice or a Lebanese flat bread.
- 1 lb ground beef
- 1 lb ground lamb
- 2 eggs, beaten
- ½ cup bread crumbs
- 1 cup finely crumbled Feta cheese
- ½ cup finely chopped scallions
- ¼ cup chopped parsley
- ¼ cup chopped mint
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- 1 tsp ground cardamom (or cinnamon)
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp pepper
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 cups Greek plain yogurt
- 1 cup cucumber - pureed
- Juice of 1 lemon
- ⅛ cup fresh parsley
- 1 clove garlic - grated
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- ½ teaspoon pepper
- In a large mixing bowl mix together eggs, bread crumbs, cheese, scallions, parsley, mint, and spices. Add beef and lamb and work mixture together.
- Heat a heavy bottomed skillet, over medium heat, pour olive oil into pan.
- Place part of the meatballs into skillet, and brown (they should not be cooked thru).
- Removed browned meatballs and place on a paper towel lined plate.
- Once all meatballs are browned, place into a 13 x 9 dish. Cover with Aluminum foil.
- Place in oven and cook for 20 minutes.
- Remove from oven, check internal temperature of meatball, should be 160 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Mix all ingredients together in food processor and serve.