I could see the sparkle in Shawn’s eyes when Chunky blew out his birthday candles.
It wasn’t because he was 4.
It was because he could officially play hockey.
Hockey is a huge part of our Canadian culture. I guarantee you that if you were to rummage through any Canadian’s garage or basement, you will come across a pair of skates.
We bleed hockey.
Skating on slick ice isn’t easy. It took a while before Chunky could stand on the ice. He cried and cried out of frustration. “I can’t skate like the T.V,” he’d whine but never gave up.
We entered him in a hockey camp before his season actually started.. We watched Chunky graduate from holding “Ray’s” hands in a death grip, to a chair, and then on his own.
It was a thing of beauty.
Since that week, he’s been a skating machine. He puts everything he has at each practice. This past weekend was his final day of the season. He came in first every time they skated from one end to the other and he scored four goals.
They were in the wrong net, but we still beamed with pride.
At the end of the day, Chunky and the rest of the team recieved a trophy. He looked up at us and said, “This is because I try and try all of the days. I’m pretty good too.”
He sure is.
After working so hard like he did, he deserved a hot hearty meal.
I came across this recipe on Life Made Delicious and thought that I would give it a go.
250 g frozen cooked Italian-style meatballs
3 cans (10 FL oz/284 mL each) beef broth
1 can (28 FL oz/796 mL) diced tomatoes with Italian Herbs, undrained
1 cup (250 mL) chopped potato
1/2 cup (125 mL) chopped onion
1/4 tsp (1 mL) garlic
1/4 tsp (1 mL) pepper
- In 3 1/2- to 4-quart slow cooker, mix frozen meatballs, broth, tomatoes, potato, onion and garlic-pepper blend.
- Cover; cook on Low heat setting 9 to 11 hours or until vegetables are tender.
- Stir in frozen mixed vegetables. Cover; cook on High heat setting 1 hour.
It was a huge hit with Chunky. Chunky doesn’t like any green specks, green vegetables, onions or garlic, but the “medley” of ingredients blended really well together.
This recipe does make A LOT of stew and it is very hearty. I’m thinking that next time, I will probably freeze half of it (we are a family of three).
This stew is perfect for any blistery winter day…regardless if you’re Canadian or not.
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PS. No matter where your feet will skate, run, or walk to, you are going places my sweet babe. Just follow your smile. xoxo