Jackson begged me to get him this "angry teddy bear" mask at target. I think he will thank me one day, ya know?
It's that time of year! The Westside Nut Club's Annual Fall Festival is underway and although it really isn't a place I like to take my kids (think crowded and expensive street festival) I knew the older boys really wanted to go. I found free parking on a side street (miracle!) and walked to where the festival started. I always pick out a place as soon as we go anywhere crowded and tell the boys if we get separated from each other, you go directly to our spot. I don't worry about the older boys finding how to get there, but for the younger ones I tell them to find a police officer or an employee of whatever place we are in and tell them to get you to whatever spot we chose. Of course, the older boys know this, too. In this case, police officers are everywhere. Do other moms do this? I just want my kids to be prepared and know how to handle themselves if something were to happen. Yikes. I hate thinking of "what if" scenarios, but like I said...it's better to be prepared. Thank goodness we've never had to experience anything too serious.
We grabbed a "munchy map" and I let the boys choose what they wanted and to remember the corresponding booth number. We found the booths and dug in! Prime Rib Sandwiches, Funnel Cakes, a cheeseburger, root beer, and a corn dog and we were good to go! We walked around just a little more then headed home. Bryce was at school, so we grabbed him a bag of cotton candy.
Festival food is so good, but it's not hard to make your own at home! Tonight I made meatball subs. Super delish and super easy. My boys LOVE these.
1 package Frozen Italian Meatballs, prepared as directed on package
1 onion, sliced
2 T butter, plus more for toasting your rolls
Garlic salt or powder
Aluminum Foil - this is important!
After cooking your meatballs as directed, set aside to cool. If they are greasy, drain. Set oven to 350 and spread a thin layer of butter on each side of the hoagie roll. Sprinkle inside with garlic salt or powder and open them up so that the oven heat can toast them.
While the rolls are toasting, in a small skillet, saute the onions in the butter until soft and golden brown. Set aside.
When the rolls are slightly toasted, pull them out of the oven and fill each one with however much pizza sauce you like. I add about a tablespoon in each roll. It's enough sauce that it is wet and tasty, but not too much that it's overpowering the sandwich and leaking out everywhere. After the desired amount of sauce, fill roll with about 5 meatballs, side to side. Next, top with sauteed onions and finally, top with cheese. I prefer to use slices of Mozzarella as opposed to shredded because I feel like it holds the roll together better, but any type is fine.
Wrap each roll with aluminum foil and place back into oven for an additional 10-15 minutes. This helps meld all the ingredients together so when you unwrap it, you have a soft, yet slightly crunchy roll.
It's seriously delicious! I make Philly cheese steak rolls much the same way, with different ingredients of course, and it always turns out amazing. Perfect for a weeknight meal!