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Patience

Patience Nonna's Italian Slow Cooked Meatballs and Tomato Sauce and Family Secret Tomato SauceRecipe and Photography by amormilagre.com Organic Recipes, Paleo, Healthy. Artwork, Stationery, Organic Apparel, and Custom Gifts. Parenting Tips for Patience and a Peaceful Home and Family Life. Healthy positive inner voice.

Sun waits the night.  Moon waits the day.  Plants wait for Spring.  She waits 9 months+.  We wait days and days.  Screw by nail, a home is built.  She waits for lunch.  We wait in line.  He waits at the light.  Seeds wait to dry, fly, and grow anew.  We wait, patiently.  Whether slow cooking meatballs or while waiting for something, patience is practiced well with deep, slow breaths and calm smiles of kindness.  What wonderful things can you think of and do while waiting?  Untangle a mess, in your closet or thoughts.  Wrap a gift in your mind today, your hands deliver it tomorrow.  Plan your dreams out for the week, month, year, life.  Design your health and happiness while you wait in life’s pauses.

Patience Nonna's Italian Slow Cooked Meatballs and Tomato Sauce and Family Secret Tomato SauceRecipe and Photography by amormilagre.com Organic Recipes, Paleo, Healthy. Artwork, Stationery, Organic Apparel, and Custom Gifts. Parenting Tips for Patience and a Peaceful Home and Family Life. Healthy positive inner voice.

Sauce

My favourite scent from childhood is my Italian Nonna’s tomato sauce simmering away on the stove all day.  I’ve changed this one a little for health and personal spice preference additions.

Non-GMO, organic, local, free range, grass-fed ingredients:

Plum Tomatoes, Garlic Cloves, Shallots, Olive Oil/Coconut Oil

Dashes of:  Ras el Hanout, Cinnamon, Salt & Pepper

Start with a large sauce pan and saute some minced garlic and shallots on low, with seasonings in a few tbsp of olive oil until soft.  Add in tomatoes.  Heat up on med-high until a low boil (closed lid), then turn down to low and simmer (tipped lid) until smooth and scents your home, about 35-45 minutes or cook a large batch and simmer for hours on the lowest setting.

Patience Nonna's Italian Slow Cooked Meatballs and Tomato Sauce and Family Secret Tomato SauceRecipe and Photography by amormilagre.com Organic Recipes, Paleo, Healthy. Artwork, Stationery, Organic Apparel, and Custom Gifts. Parenting Tips for Patience and a Peaceful Home and Family Life. Healthy positive inner voice.

Meatballs

Oh so soft, such a distinct scent, flavour, and texture, these signature meatballs are our secret family recipe, slightly tweaked in spices, but oh so amazing, there is nothing else like it, I cannot form a proper sentence about them.  A tiny thing as a child, I could still manage as many of these as allowed.  Babies here love them, too.  Every spec of the sauce is eaten with great attachment and dreamy fondness.

The recipe was never properly written down, so this is close, but when not taught how in person, each generation loses more of the recipes, techniques, and authenticity.  I’ve figured this out by the memory of my senses and by what small amount of illegible scribblings I could find in my Nonna’s recipe book.  They never wanted anyone to be able to replace their role in the kitchen, so they didn’t share it or show how to do it.  Please, if you have relatives that have incredible family recipes, demand the real recipes before they are lost forever.  It is very important to teach your family & friends about things that you’ve learned or created that are truly good and your favourite.  Why not?  No one can ever replace what is unique.  We are all unique and loved.  Sharing does not make us smaller.  If anything, it grows hearts, smiles, and love even bigger!

*Most importantly for this recipe, the meat must have fat in it, otherwise don’t make them.  If too lean, the meatballs are spongy in texture, and not what they’re remembered to be.  Meat used to be sold with more fat and therefore was delicious, moist, and soft.  Ask your butcher for advice for the best options.

Patience Nonna's Italian Slow Cooked Meatballs and Tomato Sauce and Family Secret Tomato SauceRecipe and Photography by amormilagre.com Organic Recipes, Paleo, Healthy. Artwork, Stationery, Organic Apparel, and Custom Gifts. Parenting Tips for Patience and a Peaceful Home and Family Life. Healthy positive inner voice.

Non-GMO, organic, local, free range, grass-fed ingredients:

7 eggs, 4 lbs meat (mostly sirloin beef, some pork, some veal), salt & pepper, 2 C day old bread breadcrumbs, 1 C chopped celery, a few dashes of Ras el Hanout and Cinnamon, 1.5 C Zested Parmigiano Reggiano Cheese.

Mix ingredients all together by hand in a large bowl.  Form large meatballs with hands.  In a large frying pan, add a few tbsp of olive oil and brown the meatballs on all sides lightly.  Place in the sauce (either in a large pot on the stove as usual, or this time we put the sauce in a crock pot.)  Cook on low for several hours until cooked and tenderly soft.

Patience Nonna's Italian Slow Cooked Meatballs and Tomato Sauce and Family Secret Tomato SauceRecipe and Photography by amormilagre.com Organic Recipes, Paleo, Healthy. Artwork, Stationery, Organic Apparel, and Custom Gifts. Parenting Tips for Patience and a Peaceful Home and Family Life. Healthy positive inner voice.

Serve with parmigiano reggiano cheese beside salads and vegetables.  Traditionally served with pasta, but we’re experimenting with some healthier veggie-egg pasta recipes to share with you soon.

Patience Nonna's Italian Slow Cooked Meatballs and Tomato Sauce and Family Secret Tomato SauceRecipe and Photography by amormilagre.com Organic Recipes, Paleo, Healthy. Artwork, Stationery, Organic Apparel, and Custom Gifts. Parenting Tips for Patience and a Peaceful Home and Family Life. Healthy positive inner voice.

Pause for Patience  (Upcoming Amor Milagre Book Excerpt)

Taking time to lovingly and repetitively teach a baby/child good, healthy habits is extremely important.  This not only teaches them how to take care of themselves now and forever, but sets the example for healthy future generations and touches everyone they reach in their life.

If you get frustrated easily with yourself or others or are overtired, pause and take 3+ deep breaths to release anger and fear.  Calm yourself to the core, fill up with love and patience.

For children, come down to eye level, allow them to calm down, gently touch their hand and say simply in a loving, neutral, yet firm tone what you want them to do, and the most important part, the why.  Use real words.  Smile, make a game of the task.  Fun is fun!

Although babies understand perfectly that the universe is simply all about love, they fuss when confused over the contents and rules of this world.  Teach them calmly, and they will show interest and progress, surprising you by how quick they are in mind.  Watch how proud they are to show you what they’ve learned.  Build a foundation, feeling that learning is fun and important.

Infinite acts of kindness are possible for everyone to show patience and peace toward one another.

More information for helping individuals and families live a happy life is included in my upcoming book.  Check back for updates and book releases.  ~Amor

 

Music of the Moment:  ‘This is Dedicated to the One I Love’, Version by The Mamas & the Papas, but dig the original by The Shirelles too!

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