6. our thanksGIVING tree
7. food to provide sustenance to my family
8. goat cheese covered with apples
9. churches who provide alternatives to halloween craziness
10. my dear husband who always encourages, always encourages, always encourages

…and a recipe
stuffed meatballs (kibbeh in armenia)
first we’ll make the mixed spice blend (called baharat, arab cooks use this by the bagful:
2 Tb freshly ground pepper
1 Tb ground corriander
2 TB ground cumin
1 Tb ground cloves
1/2 tsp ground cardamom
1 TB nutmeg
pinch of ground cinnamon
combine all ingredients in a jar with a tight fitting lid. may be stored up to one year, makes about 1/2 cup of amazing seasoning

next we will make the filling for our kibbeh
2 TB coconut oil
w onions, finely chopped
1 lb ground beef (preferrably grass fed)
1/2 tsp. mixed spice
heat oil, add onions and saute until tender. add beef, cook until browned and crumbly. add mixed spice. cook one minute longer to incorporate flavors.
set aside to cool and…
now we make the meat balls!
2 lbs ground beef
coconut oil for frying
get your oil heating so you’re ready to fry these once they are made. pinch off pieces of beef 2 inches in diameter, shape into balls. make a 1 inch well in each ball of meat and fill it with the meat mixture we just made. reseal the meat around the filling and carefully put them into the hot oil. fry on all sides to desired doneness.
let them cool a bit before you eat them, i tell you from experience they will burn your mouth and you won’t be able to taste anything for a week!