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Superbowl Sunday

Today is Superbowl Sunday! Although my team is not in it, I still love watching. I have a few boxes in some little pools so I am more concerned with the scores each quarter than I am with the winner – although I am rooting for Atlanta.

There was a photo challenge for today, SOMETHING YOU SMELLED. Perfect for today as we are making what all of my friends jokingly call, “Dave’s Balls.” Mostly because it is funny to say, “are you bringing Dave’s balls to the party?” Truthfully, these famous meatballs were my mom’s recipe. The only difference in the two recipes are that she never made them in a crockpot and we do.

It is the easiest recipe in the world and although the ingredients don’t sound like they’d work well together, they turn into a magically sweet, salty and tangy delicacy that are asked for over and over again! They are simmering in the crockpot now and the whole house smells so good!

My brother has held a Superbowl party for years now and it has become a tradition that we bring Dave’s Balls.  He and Drew went into the city this morning to pick up the Italian sub from Manganaro’s. Another tradition. Sure we have places closer than NYC that we could get a 6 foot sub, but our family, vested in tradition, doesn’t change their ways! The only change this year was to make it a 3 footer rather than the 6, which often goes to waste.

There is so much more food – all appetizer style, my favorite – so we will be nibbling all evening long. Tim and his girlfriend Gina will make most of the food. Everyone else brings along something to share. There is nothing like a little football and party food to bring together family and friends.

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Recipe for “Dave’s Balls”

4 Jars of Heinz Chili Sauce

1 Jar Grape Jelly

1 package of frozen meatballs

Add all ingredients in the crockpot.

Set on high for 4 hours.

Stir once or twice while cooking.

Serve with toothpicks.

 

Rock of Ages

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My cousin Aimee and her boys are visiting from Nevada.  My boys have been so excited because the boys are 15 and love sports as much as mine do.  They are here for a few lacrosse tournaments on the East Coast and since so many of us live here, they turned it into a visit with us as well.  One of their tournaments was in Pennsylvania and DJ went for the ride to watch a game and to do the “East Coast College Tour” with them.  One of the schools the boys are very interested in is Princeton so they stopped there on the way back from the tournament.  Villanova and Haverford were also stops along their way.  They have some down time before their next tournament in Boston, so the boys have been spending a lot of time together.

One of my other cousins, Jason, who lives here in New Jersey is a professional drummer.  Along with teaching drums, one of his jobs is a fill-in for the drummer in the Broadway show, “Rock of Ages.”  In the few years he’s been doing it, I haven’t gotten to see him play.  Because it is not a permanent spot, we don’t know when he will be playing until last minute and often it didn’t work with our schedules.  Plus, one of the reasons I rarely get to a Broadway show is because of how expensive it is. Over the weekend, Aimee had mentioned that she hoped he’d get called to play while she was here so that she could see him.  Chances seemed pretty slim since there was such a small time frame, but on Sunday, he sent us a message that he was called to play.  My aunt Dale, (his mom) and another cousin Lisa, (his sister) wanted to go too.  Trying to get four tickets all together for the show with such short notice wasn’t easy!  We decided to splurge and grab the only four seats that were left together and go!

And so, we headed into the city last night.  My aunt drove.  Aimee is not used to NYC traffic.  Neither am I actually.  Despite living less than thirty minutes from the city, I never do the drive in.  I hate traffic and will find another way to get there if I can and having the train right in our town gives us that choice.  We chose to drive last night because it was a late show and we didn’t want to have to worry about train schedules coming home.  Well, Aimee sure got her share of traffic last night!  The Lincoln Tunnel seemed to moving pretty smoothly until we jinxed it by stating how well it was moving along, and what should have taken three minutes to get into the tunnel, took more like forty.  At least being stuck in a car together gave us plenty of time to catch up with each other.

Once we were in the city, the pedestrian traffic was worse than the cars!  I have driven in the city once.  ONCE!  I will not do it again if I don’t have to, but Dale did a great job.  She got us to a parking lot right next to the theater and we even had enough time to grab something to eat at Junior’s before the show.

The show was playing at The Helen Hayes Theater.  We sat in the mezzanine because in order to see Jason, we needed to be up high.  The show was amazing!  We laughed, sang and clapped through it all.  For an 80’s music fan like myself, hearing and singing along with songs from Styx, Journey, Bon Jovi, Whitesnake, Asia, Twisted Sister and so many more, was “like totally rad!” The costumes were great and I can’t wait to go and see it again and bring Dave back with me.  He’s as much of an 80’s fan as I am and I am sure he will agree that it is “totally bitchin’.”

A Day in the City

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Today was my annual trip into New York City for my eye doctor appointment.  Nine years ago I had Lasik eye surgery, (the best money I EVER spent) and now I continue to go to the same practice, even though it means going into the city for the appointment.  I don’t mind.  It actually gives me an excuse to go to the city.  There is so much to do in New York and we live so close yet we rarely take the opportunity to go there!

Last year, for my appointment,  I took the boys with me and while we were there, we did the All Star Game tour of the city.  This year, the boys were spending the day with our cousins so it was just Dave and me.  A date day! They boys left early this morning and still aren’t home.  Rarely is there a day where Dave and I are alone.  It is kind of a strange feeling!  A whole day with no work, no kids and no responsibilities!  I wasn’t exactly sure what to do or how to feel!!

My morning was so different than usual!  I took a morning Barre Class, came home, showered and ate breakfast before heading into the city. It felt so leisurely! I kept thinking there was somewhere I should be or something I needed to be doing!

Driving in NYC is not for the faint of heart!  Neither is walking on some days!!  Whenever we go, we prefer to take the forty minute train ride.  Then a quick subway trip uptown to 61st and Fifth which is right in the heart of the fashion district.  There is so much to see there!  I can’t afford to shop in any of the stores but browsing and people watching is almost as much fun!

Once again, I was overwhelmed by the city.  I love it so much but the homelessness leaves a pit in my stomach and the crowds tend to make me a bit claustrophobic!  Despite that, it was a gorgeous day so we walked around, just the two of us, (and a million strangers) and found a cute restaurant that our boys would NEVER agree to eat at, and had a nice, quiet lunch.

Since we weren’t on any time schedule, we walked the thirty blocks back to Penn Station.  We hopped back on a train to Maplewood and were back home before five o’clock.  Just a few hours away, but it almost felt like a vacation!  My summer job begins Monday so it was the perfect way to spend the day off!