Today is the day… the day my little girl really isn’t a little girl. She’s 6! Happy Birthday Ève. I can’t believe six years have flown by so quickly. I can’t believe how fast you’re growing up… and I can’t believe it all happened in the blink of an eye.
I think I’ve said this before, but before Hazel came, I knew the girls were growing up, and when I saw a baby I would reminisce a little over how fast they were growing up, but I always saw them as my ‘little girls’. Hazel came and BAM! Everything changed. Ève really surprised me, and it felt like overnight she REALLY grew up. I can’t believe it. She’s turning into this little lady. One who has a good head on her shoulders. She’s sassy, and determined. She’s thoughtful and playful. She’s this little person that I helped when she took her first steps, when she went to school for the first day… I just can’t believe she’s 6.
To my sweet baby girl, what can I say? You’re a beautiful and loving older sister. The way you have Audrey’s back at school, and take time for Hazel is touching. Today you’re 6. You are officially closer to 10 then you are to a baby… and that scares the snot of me. As I’m looking at you play outside right now in your bear hat and splash pants, I can’t help but think how incredibly proud of you I am. I love how confident you are and how sweet you are. I love that you always choose what matters to you more then what others say. I love how you love playing Star Wars, Legos, and Super Heroes all while wearing your dresses and jewelry. I love that every morning you wake up excited about something “special” happening today. I love how curious you are about what happens after high school and you still want to be a police officer. I love that you always seem to stay true to yourself, no matter who is around. That self-assurance is gold, keep it close. I want you to always remember this feeling of being completely content with yourself. Your hugs and kisses every morning before you catch the bus are so special to me, and always will be. You’re my first, my oldest, and you will always have a bigger influence on your sisters then I do… and I’m so lucky that both Audrey and Hazel look up to such a strong and level headed sister. I love you sweetheart and no matter what (or how old you get) you will always be my baby girl.
Ok now that i’m done crying… well ok now that I can seethe screen again, here it today’s easy (and delicious) recipe that Ève could eat every single night if i let her (along with chocolate – that kid loves her chocolate).
- 1 lb ground turkey
- 2 stalks of celery
- 2 carrots, peeled
- ⅓ cup fresh parsley
- ⅓ cup fresh thyme
- ½ cup whole wheat bread crumbs
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp onion powder
- salt & pepper to taste
- Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
- In a food processor add the celery and carrots. Pulse until they are no large chunks. It will be like a very thick purée.
- In a large bowl add everything and mix together well with you hands.
- Spray a baking sheet with olive oil spray. Form meatballs (about 1-inch in diameter) into balls and place on baking sheet.
- Bake for about 30 minutes, turning once half way through.
- Serve with your favourite dipping sauce, add a delicious Sweet & Smokey Barbecue Sauce, or use in spaghetti & meatballs.
I the left the flavours very simple in these meatballs since I wanted to be able to bake & freeze a batch for later (not quite sure If i will serve them alone or use them as a part of a recipe).