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Today focuses on deep cleaning the downstairs. Brittany also checks to see how long it takes to do a pickup from 3 different stores, and Chayton gets an impromptu first haircut at home and we finish with a Hello Fresh firecracker meatball dinner!
To prepare for Father’s Day, Brittany focuses cleaning on the mud room, bathroom and family room. Chayton gave an extra job by coloring with marker on our white bench. Note: don’t use a magic eraser on painted pressboard because it seems to remove the paint…
Chayton is very helpful with cleaning and takes the lead on dust busting the shoe racks and closet floor. With Chayton’s help we succeed in getting the foyer and bathroom completed including organizing all the shoes. Next step is to deep clean the family room including under the entertainment center and inside of the couch. It’s amazing how much garbage and how many toys you can find by deep cleaning a main play area…including Raven’s phone, a remote control and missing pacifiers. It is definitely back hurting work.
The store pickups were ready ahead of time, so Brittany heads out to grab our items. Target and Walmart were still easy with curbside pickup; however, Sam’s Club does not have outside item pickup – you need to do is go inside the main entrance where they have refrigerators and freezers to keep the cold/frozen items in and carts for the shelf stable items. Brittany is sporting her new mask from her friend Tanya with a slit for adding a filter for extra protection. The total trip for the stores was about 45 minutes.
Chayton gets a fruit snack caught in his hair, which leads to an impromptu home haircut, which is his first ever haircut. We bribe him with snacks and treats to keep him as still as we can keep a toddler during a haircut. It is definitely a two person job!
Dinner is finally started at 8 PM and is the Hello Fresh firecracker meatballs with sesame rice. This meal comes with scallions, ginger, mayonnaise, sour cream, honey, srircha sauce, Korean chili flakes, soy sauce, sesame seeds, jasmine rice, ground beef, panko bread crumbs and green beans.
We adjust the oven rack to the top position and set it to 425. We wash and dry all produce, trim and thinly slice the scallions separating whites from greens and mince the white part of the onion. Next we peel and mince the ginger.
Next up in the firecracker sauce. In a large bowl we combine the mayonnaise, sour cream, honey, 2 teaspoons of the soy sauce and sriracha to taste (which we use the whole thing).
We heat a drizzle of oil in a pot and add half of the sesame seeds, cook stirring constantly until golden brown, about 1-2 minutes. Then we add the rice, 3/4 cup of water and a pinch of salt. Bring to a boil then cover and reduce to a low simmer until tender, about 15-18 minutes.
Next we start on the meatballs! In a large bowl we combine the beef, panko bread crumbs, the ginger, scallion whites and the remaining soy sauce. Season with salt and pepper. We form the meatballs into 10-12 – 1-1/2″ balls. We want to roast the meatballs with the green beans, so we prepare the green beans by tossing them in olive oil with salt and pepper. We place the meatballs on one half of a lightly oiled baking sheet and add the green beans to the other half. We put these in the oven on the top rack until the meatballs are cooked through and the green beans are brown and tender, about 14-16 minutes.
One fantastic difference with our new oven is that instead of holding a button to have the temperature and timers to go up and down, this oven allows you to type in the numbers directly, so definitely a time saver!
Once everything has cooked through, we just need to finish and serve. We fluff the rice with a fork, season with salt and pepper and divide it between plates. We dip the meatballs in the firecracker sauce and toss to coat. Place meatballs on the plate and drizzle with remaining sauce. Divide green beans between plates. Garnish with scallion greens, sesame seeds and chili flakes to taste.
The meal smells wonderfully tasty! Kevin loves his spice so Brittany looks to him for his reaction to today’s meal. He notes that there isn’t much of a kick to this meal, and is looking for the heat. Brittany notes a warming sensation, but not the kick of spice that we were expecting out of a meal called “firecracker”.
Today was a very successful day, but we need to get some rest because the next episode is going out on our new boat! But until then, we’ll see you at the next Meyer Marker!
Music used this episode:
Milos by Eveningland
Cross cut nightmare by John Deley
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