Archive | August, 2011

A bit of an update

19 Aug

I haven’t been updating very well in the last couple weeks.  I have been working my butt off (gotta make that monies, as Buggy would say) preparing for our 3 day mini vacation to the beach, and now that we are back, to make up some of the $ we spent.  So here is a bit of an update on what’s been going on!

We all had an amazing time on our vacay!  It was Pookie’s first time, and he had a blast, even though he just couldn’t let go of me at all, the whole time we were there.  He wanted me to hold him or be near him for EVERYTHING.  I wanted a mama’s boy when I was pregnant with him, and I sure did get my wish!  Buggy and our Princess could have stayed on the beach ALL day if we (read: Pookie) would have let them.  They went in the water and played in the waves, dug in the sand and wreaked havoc with some birds.  Really the only mishap we had in three days was losing Pookie for a couple of minutes when he ran off chasing the seagulls and disappeared into the crowd on the beach.  It was a horrifying few minutes.  None of the kids got sunburnt (go me), although even with multiple additions of sunscreen, I most certainly did.  I think the sunscreen companies are doing something wrong!! Damn liars, the lot of ’em!

My favorite pic from the beach!

 

I had a couple extra days off after the beach and I did a whole lot of NOTHING with them, and now I have been back to working.  I’ve put in close to 26 hours in the last 2 days.  I feel like I should be proud of that. Or exhausted….you can guess which feeling is winning. Thankfully no more 12 hour days (this week), just 3 more 6 hour ones to go!

That’s really about all that’s been going on!  If I get some free time, I will do a better post about our trip 🙂

Meatloaf…done right!

2 Aug

My mom makes the BEST meatloaf. The recipe was passed down from her mother (my Grammie) to her, and now on to me. No one really thinks that meatloaf can be that good, but they are so wrong! Try this with your family!!

How to make the best meatloaf you will ever eat:

Ingredients:

Loaf:
Your favorite variety of hamburger (I used 3.4 lbs for 5 people*)
2 eggs
2 slices of bread
1 clove garlic
1/2 large sweet onion
salt
pepper
garlic powder
onion powder
ground mustard

Sauce:
1-29oz can tomato sauce
1/2 small can of tomato paste
1/2 cup brown sugar (or more if you like it!)
1 tbsp yellow mustard
pinch of nutmeg

*I fed 2 big guys, 2 little boys and myself off of the 3 lbs. Everyone went back for seconds, so there were no leftovers! Even if you use less hamburger than I did, make the same amount of sauce. Trust me you will want it! My mom even suggests making 2 loafs, so you have the left overs for sandwiches.

I let my son help me with the whole process 🙂 Super fun to include your kids in the making of your meals! He was so proud of himself that he wanted to eat everything, and we have trouble getting him to eat. If you have a picky eater, this would be the perfect dish to hide some extra veggies in! Just make sure you chop them fine.

Steps:

1. Gather all of you ingredients before you start. This is a huge time saver!

2. Put your meat in a large bowl, set aside.

3. Crack the eggs into a bowl and beat.

 

 

4. Tear the bread into small pieces and let soak in the eggs.  Mush them down well!

 

5. While the bread soaks, chop the garlic and the dice the onion. I diced my onion a bit large. I wanted to get it over fast, so Buggy’s eyes didn’t burn.

 

 

6. Add the onion, garlic and egg/bread mixture to the meat.

 

7. Add your spices to the meat. I don’t actually measure these, but guessing, I would say I put about a tbsp each salt & pepper. 1 tsp garlic/onion powder and 1/2 tsp ground mustard. Go with what looks right for the amount of meat you are using.

8. Then it’s time to get your hands dirty! Take any rings/jewelry you don’t want covered in meat, off! I knead the mixture almost like bread until everything is mixed well. Buggy had a blast doing this!

 

 

9. Put the mixture into your dish of choice to cook. I usually use a large bread pan, but since I was making so much, I used this large casserole dish. Once in the pan, cover with tin foil and bake for approx 1 hour at 400 degrees.

 

10. Once the loaf is in the oven, you can start making the sauce. Add all of the ingredients into a pan (make sure to pack your brown sugar down well!) & stir it until it is incorporated with a whisk. Then let it simmer on low the whole time the loaf is cooking!

 

 

 

 

11. When there are 20 minutes left on the cooking time, open the oven and drain the pan. Then, coat the meat in a layer of sauce and place back in oven uncovered (I don’t have pictures of this part…it was getting late and HOT in my kitchen!) Let that cook for 10 minutes and then pour more sauce onto the meat (just enough to cover it). Allow it to cook for 10 more minutes. Make sure you check the internal temperature of your meatloaf! If you use more meat, like I did, you will need to cook it longer. I made sure mine was at least 176 degrees inside before removing for the oven. Even with the temperature, I always cut into it and check the doneness visually! I never, never, eat any pink meat! If it is pink, place it back in the oven and allow to cook longer.

I served my meat loaf with cream cheese mashed potatoes and peas! Once the meat loaf is sliced, you can add spoonfuls of the sauce over top! It is SO good 🙂 If you have left overs, slice the meatloaf and cover with sauce for a hot or cold sandwich! I hope you all enjoy 🙂