Meatballs: Friend, or Foe?
Contributed by: Darlene Arechederra
We all have those moments, don't we? We're right in the middle of a project, and it's simply not going well.
Like me, you may find yourself becoming irritated, wishing
you could find an easier way to get the job done (or even
eliminate it completely.)
I'd settle for a tool that would make quick work of it. Life
is just too precious to spend time being irritated.
I found myself in this position a few weeks ago while making
Now, I grew up on a small farm out in the country. And on a
farm you learn to handle lots of things. Creatures. Animals.
Newborns. And occasionally, some not-so-nice things.
But, even wearing gloves, I absolutely can't stand my hands
mussing about in raw hamburger. It reminds me of the slimy
feel of a worm that's going on the hook for bait.
It leaves me with an uncomfortable, fluttery feeling in the
pit of my stomach. Not at all how I, as a woman, want to
Now, keep in mind, this journey into the Land of the
Meatball is only beginning. We've still got to scoop the
burger out of the bowl. Scrape it off the spoon. And only
then can we finally roll the critters into meatballs. Scoop.
Scrape. Roll. Over and over.
It's like waiting for that worm to do it's job of luring in
a tasty fish. It's a time thing. But, just as fresh catch is
always a nice treat, I know these meatballs will be worth
waiting for when the work's finished. They are serving a
Let me share it with you.
Because it's so flexible, I stir up several batches of
meatloaf mix every other month. I then convert them into
meatballs, cooking all the batches that day. Some go for
spaghetti. Others I'll freeze for meatball sandwiches or
Swedish Meatballs in cream sauce. If I'm feeling lazy
(smile) I simply make several meatloafs.
So why are these meatballs so important in the scheme of
things? Because they keep us from eating out. They can be
frozen after being cooked, which saves me huge amounts of
time. We make six to eight meals out of them.
We could easily spend a minimum of $18 per meal eating out.
So in money terms, it saves us an average of $126 each time
I make these meatballs in a batch. You see, it's part of how
I save money. It's just that important to me.
But surely there's an easier way to get the job done!
What Is It That Would *Really* Help?
I donned my thinking cap...
Now, I knew what I wanted. A scoop large enough to make it
worth digging into the bowl. Light enough to avoid
aggravation of a mild carpal tunnel problem. Something that
would automatically slide the mix out. And lastly, something
naturally round to alleviate the tedium of rolling into
I was on a Mission!
After several days of searching with no luck, I considered
inventing such a tool. I changed my mind after calculating
how many meatballs I'd need to make to earn my money back on
And then . . . it happened. The lightbulb clicked. The earth
moved (or was that me, jumping for joy?) But I digress.
I had found the perfect tool! And one that carries with it
such sweet memories: an ice cream scoop. You know the type.
As you squeeze the lever, a small piece of steel rotates
inside, scooping the food out along the way. Could it get
any easier than this?
Admittedly, I paid quite a price for this stainless steel
ice cream scoop. But what a relief!
And you know what? I realized I had been tolerating this
problem for way too long now!
Can you relate to what I'm talking about here? Have you
found your own tasks difficult due to lack of helpful tools?
Take Time to Consider
If you find yourself becoming irritated while doing a chore
or task, stop for a moment. Consider which part of it is
bothering you. Or what is more difficult than it needs to
Begin a tool list. As you think of items that would make
your life easier, jot them down.
Brainstorm ideas. Have friends or family members experienced
the same frustrations? Ask them to share with you their own
solutions or ideas.
Motivation Through Small Rewards
And, when you've completed a few tasks that aren't quite
your favorites, treat yourself to one of the smaller items
on your new tool list.
Life can be difficult. Some things you simply have no
control over. But why not find an easier way to do the
things you can control?
You'll save time and energy. Having helpful tools will even
save you money.
So go ahead. Start your tool list today. It's good for the
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