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Meat Loaf



I HATE meatloaf!

No, Seriously….You don’t understand.

My mother used to make meatloaf when I was a kid. I always wanted to gag AND it gives me heartburn like crazy. Now, I’ll eat it as an adult, but I don’t like it. I feel bad when people make it and in the back of my head I am thinking, OH NO PLEASE NOT MEATLOAF. Ugh….

Ok, let’s get serious. I’ve learned to accept the fact that others around me do like meatloaf. I don’t want my loved ones to miss out on something they like.  My husband loves it. He used to beg me to make it, but I don’t do it much anymore. Tonight I felt like it was a meatloaf night. I use Hunt’s Meatloaf Sauce. I just love it more than anything else I’ve tried. I used to use just tomato sauce, but this came along and I loved it so I kept using it. Enjoy this meal!


1 1/2 lbs ground beef

1 egg

1 onion, chopped and sauted

1/4-1/2 cup oatmeal

1 can of hunts meatloaf sauce mix

Salt and pepper to taste

Heinz 57 or Ketchup

Mix everything together.  Be careful about adding too much sauce and too much oatmeal. It should be wet, but not too wet. Put on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper or foil. Shape into a loaf. Swirl on ketchup or 57 sauce. Bake for 1 hour at 350 degrees. Let cool. Serve.

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Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry


My mother in law has been so helpful with our journey to help kids. She has watched Cooper while we attended classes, she’s came to events, she’s cheered, she’d totally stepped outside her comfort zone at some times. She has supported every decision we have made, even if she hasn’t always agreed with them. I’m thankful for all she’s done to help. She moved here from another state. She lived about 6 hours away. After her husband had passed, she eventually decided she was needed here. At the time I thought nah, we’re ok, but we’d love to have her…but over time I’ve seen how much I really did need her help and support. God knows what he’s doing, for sure.

While we’ve been on this journey there’s been days here and there we’ve needed her. I’ve had to call her last minute and ask her to drop everything to rush over to get Coop off the bus, or I needed her help to do something. The last 10 weeks I’ve had to ask her to come sit with Cooper one night during the week, in order to do our classes to work with kids. She’d come over and stay for hours and cook everyone dinner.

My mother is great too. She helps out when she can, but my mother has health issues and also works a full time job. I’ll say that while dealing with my own mother’s health issues, my other mother stepped in and did whatever she could do. She’s even offered to help with my mother while she was sick. I’m so lucky to have two great moms. I could never wish for more. God has blesses me.

This recipe is NOT mine. My mother in law made this recipe on her own, from different recipes she found. I’m pretty picky about my Chinese food…and this is a good homemade version. I really like it. Make it and serve with any kind of rice you’d like. It’s all good! Thanks for the recipe!!

1.5 lbs stir fry beef.

1/4 cup soy sauce

2 bags of baby broccoli florets

1/2 bag of shredded carrot

1 small onion, chopped

1/3 cup water

1/3 cup soy sauce

1/3 cup bbq sauce

1/2 teaspoon garlic

1 tablespoon ginger

1 tablespoon cornstarch

Mix soy and beef and sit aside. Saute onions, broccoli, and carrots in skillet or wok. Cook meat in about 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Set aside. Mix water, soy, bbq, garlic, ginger, and cornstarch together and add it to the wok. Add meat and veggies. Cook until sauce is thickened.

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Burger Revamp


My parents came over. Mom and I decided we would use some leftover cheese from the local grocery store and stuff our burgers. We decided to use the charcoal grill too. See the pretty smoke ring on that burger?? It was really good. We loved it. It’s hard to stuff burgers though. At least for me. I never can seem to get the cheese securely covered to prevent it melting out. This time it turned out pretty good though. I’m sure many of you guessed that I like to mix it up a lot. A while back I posted a rub for burgers, today I’m posting a stuffed burger. I think my motto is, use what ya got. Anyway there’s no recipe for this bad boy. Play with your food ya’ll!

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Swedish Meatballs


I found this recipe here.

It’s the best one I’ve tried yet- to date. I normally wouldn’t try this with pork, because I’m not a huge pork fan…but I decided to give it a go. I was so shocked at how good it is! I’ll definitely be keeping this recipe.

I’ve been sitting here waiting for the kid to get home. He’s really not going to be happy with me. The reason why is because he has to clean his bedroom and the game room. In addition he has to pick his clothes up out of the floor in the bathroom. It makes me laugh because he gets all cranky and whinny. He asks every single week, multiple times to get paid for chores, but we keep telling him no. First off, there are things he’s required to do, because it’s his space. I wont pay him to clean his room….However, I’d be willing to give him money if he did other things in the house in addition to cleaning his space. We had the idea of collecting cans, because we buy a lot of canned drinks. Well he refused to get out and do the work for them…so here we are back at square one….teaching a child responsibility and independence is hard work ya’ll!

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 onion, diced

1 lbs ground pork

1 lbs ground beef

1/2 cup panko

2 large egg yolks

1/4 teaspoon allspice

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

salt and pepper

1/4 cup butter

1/3 cup all purpose flour

4 cups beef broth

3/4 cups sour cream

2 tablespoons parsley

Heat oil in a pan. Add onions and cook until translucent. Combine the ground beef and pork. Add panko, egg yolks, allspice, nutmeg, cooked onion, and salt and pepper. Combine. Use a small cookie scoop to measure mix into even balls. Roll in hands. Add oil to skillet and brown meatballs in batches. Brown on all sides and transfer to a paper towel lined plate. Make the gravy by melting butter in a skillet. Whisk in flour in and cook until lightly browned. Whisk in broth. Once slightly thick. Stir in sour cream, salt and pepper. Stir in meatballs. Stir occasionally. Cook about 8-10 minutes.

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Corn Dog’s


My kid refuses to eat lunch at school. He absolutely will go without food, just to not eat at school. It’s funny that he does this, because this didn’t start until he was in the 3rd grade, I suppose. It’s been a struggle finding things that he can take for school lunch. I’ve learned to buy things like corn dogs, pizza rolls, chicken nuggets, sandwiches, mac and cheese and so forth. I have been working a lot lately to find things that are going to freeze well and hold up well in his thermos. These are amazing. They freeze well, they heat up well in the oven from a frozen state, and in addition they hold up well until he goes to lunch. I can make a huge batch of these very quickly. What I also like is that  it’s much cheaper than buying the mini corn dogs in the freezer section. I can choose the quality. I make a few batches of these about once a month. Try them ya’ll!

1 cup all purpose flour

1 cup self rising cornmeal

1 cup of milk (or buttermilk)

1/2 cup butter, melted

1/8 cup sugar

2 large eggs

6otdogs cut into inch pieces

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly coat mini muffin tin with nonstick spray, set aside.

In a large bowl, combine flour and cornmeal. In another bowl add milk, butter, sugar and eggs. Pour into dry and mix until just moist. Scoop 1 tablespoon of batter into each cup. Put a hot dog in the middle. Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until golden. Serve.

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Philly Cheesecake Cups


You know what I really hate? I hate it when I’m cooking something I see online and it doesn’t turn out to be as pretty as the picture the recipe maker has posted. How frustrating! It’s funny how that happens. It’s much like life…

Tonight I’ve been thinking about my friend Heidi. It’s funny I’ve known her for a really long time. Since we were in middle school, if not before. In high school we weren’t really friends. We tolerated each other, because our boyfriends were best friends. Eventually she and  I both left those relationships behind us and moved on to new relationships. We ended up unknowingly having children that ended up being the same age, same schools, some of the greatest friends. At some point, we became great friends. The best of friends. It’s like we had been best friends our whole lives. She’s like a sister to me.

I think it’s funny how things turn out. There are many things in this world beyond our control. Every once in a while we end up with a relationship that’s a diamond in the rough. Then you end up surprised by the brilliance of that relationship. It’s just important that we hang on and look at things beyond the wrapper. You’ll end up surprised by what you find.

1/2 pepper, chopped

1/2 small onion, chopped

1 lb steak (I use ribeye)

1/3 cup heavy cream

1/3 cup milk

salt, pepper, and garlic powder to taste

Puff pastry

olive oil

Saute in olive oil the onion and pepper in a skillet. Remove. Slice steak (or cube). Brown. Once browned add back the onion and pepper. Add salt, pepper, and garlic powder. I generally do the garlic like I do the salt and pepper, to taste. Add milk and heavy cream. Cook until the liquid is mostly absorbed. Lay out puff pastry. Cut into 3’s long ways and side ways. Should end up with 9 squares. Place each pastry in a sprayed muffin tin section and push into cup. Add spoonful’s of meat until evenly distributed. Bake 10-12 minutes until browned. Remove and add mozzarella cheese to the top of each puff pastry section. Bake again until cheese is bubbly.

Find the original here on Facebook from Tasty.


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Beef Stew Round 3


I don’t know why but different beef stew recipes leave me fascinated. I think they are so easy and hearty. They literally come in all different shapes, flavors, and countries. I’m particularly partial to Irish stews though. You’ll find I make them most whenever it’s St. Patrick’s Day. This particular recipe I had stuffed in my cookbook and I just hadn’t bothered to ever make it. I decided to pull it out and give it a try. I was pleasantly surprised at how much I liked it. I would change a few things though. Like for one, I’d cook the beef a little longer to make it even more tender.

5 cups of chicken broth

1 lb beef stew meat

1 onion, chopped

1 tablespoon canola oil

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon pepper

2 garlic cloves, minced

1/2 teaspoon dried thyme

3 tablespoons all purpose flour

2 teaspoons tomato paste

3/4 cup dry red wine

1 lb Yukon gold potatoes, cut into pieces

1 lb carrots

Combine beef, onions, oil, salt, and pepper ina  dutch oven. Over medium heat cook. Brown meat. Stir in garlic and thyme. Cook until fragrant. This is about 30 seconds. Stir in tomato paste and flour. Cook about 1 minute. Stir in wine. Stir out lumps. Stir in beef broth. Cover. Reduce to simmer for 30 minutes. Add potatoes and carrots and cook until tender.