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Lessons On My 40th Birthday

Me and the Fam! I have news. A few weeks ago I celebrated my 40th birthday. It was my second COVID/lockdown birthday and I wasn't even sad about it. I'm not a huge birthday bash kind of girl, so not having to break the news to everyone that there would be no crazy party felt sooooooo good.  I've thought a lot about this post. About turning 40. What do I want to share here to help document this milestone birthday? When my kids look back and read this online journal so to speak, what do I want them to know about what I was thinking on May 11, 2021? And here's what I came up with: On celebrating my special day: COVID birthdays aren't so bad as an adult. Sure they suck shit for kids (can't have a party, can't see their family and friends, hardly any presents because said parties are a no-no). But for me, as an adult, I understand why I can't party it up with like 50 of my closest friends and family members. I understand that a Vegas trip is out of the questi

Turkey Meatballs: Jessica Alba Style

I'm not much of a recipe follower, reviewer, or step-by-step shower. But my cousin got me hooked to this healthy turkey recipe and guys...I can't even tell you how good it is. Even my kids and husband liked these. I served it with zucchini noodles and roasted potatoes, but I've also made it with rice or mashed potatoes as the side...all options are great.


The recipe is from Jessica Alba. Yup. I used a celebrity tried and true creation. It didn't disappoint. Here's the link if you want to try.

I had to modify the recipe a bit because I didn't have panko bread crumbs, and I added more carrots and zucchini than the recipe called for - but only because I chopped up too many and didn't want to throw out any food!

I added the ground turkey, seasoned bread crumbs, carrots, zucchini, red onion, egg, and dried herbs to a bow and mixed it up. Next time I might try fresh herbs to kick it up a notch, but these dried herbs were still good.


It didn't take too long to roll these bad boys up.


Then it was time to fry these babies up. I was skeptical about this part...I'm Italian...we cook our meatballs in sauce, and sauce only. But it worked...only a few casualties while I tried to turn them over (who knew ground turkey was so effing soft...some got deformed when I tried to turn them over).


My perfectly cute little round meatballs looks a little sad all deformed, but they still tasted amazing.


I forgot to take a picture of the final masterpiece but here's a glimpse of my lunch the next day...4 itty bitty - but hearty - meatballs with zucchini noodles (lightly sautéed in olive oil and garlic).


I was too lazy to figure out how many calories each meatball was, but considering its lean meat, and full of veggies, and they're so small, I don't think they're that much.

Have you tried any celebrity inspired dished lately?

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