Friday, February 1, 2013

My Go-To Meatloaf Recipe

I got this recipe off the back of a box of Uncle Ben's stuffing mix about 15 years ago.  I never looked at another meatloaf recipe again.

1 container ground beef approx 1lb (it's okay if it's more but not less)
1 box stuffing mix - the brand doesn't matter but I've found the varieties with separate spice packets are more flavourful.
Milk to soften the stuffing mix
1 egg
2 tsp (approx) Worcestershire Sauce
1 cup ketchup (anything tomato-y works...I've used salsa and BBQ sauce too)
Enough mustard to turn the ketchup orange.  Type of mustard doesn't matter...I've used regular, Dijon etc.
1/4 to 1/2 cup brown sugar

In a bowl combine the stuffing mix with enough milk to soften them.  Add the egg and Worcestershire Sauce.  Mix.  Either by hand or with a potato masher [sounds crazy I know, but it works] mix in the ground beef.

Press the mixture into a glass pie plate.

In a separate bowl, mix the ketchup, mustard and brown sugar.  Hubby likes it when I leave brown sugar lumps because it makes the sauce caramel-y.  Spread over the meatloaf.

Cook in a 350*F oven for 35 - 40 minutes. 

I'd post a picture, but there's never enough of it left to snap a picture of!!

Thursday, January 31, 2013

In the Still of the Night

During the day there is noise from the tv, noise from Renter Person's tv, and Brandy's collar jingling along with outside sounds and all sorts of other things.  Around midnight a certain stillness comes over the house.

It's quiet.

Electronics are turned off.  People and pets are sleeping while some are snoring.  

Not me.

I sit in bed with a mug of hot chocolate, usually candy cane hot chocolate from the nearest Bulk Barn, and I read.  

Sometimes I just listen.

When it's really really cold like it was last night.....the wind chill was -45 degrees can hear the crunch of the snow under the tires of an approaching vehicle so clearly you could swear they're coming right into the room.  The furnace pulses on and off.  The house gently creaks.  In the distance of the kitchen, the fridge hums.  It's a midnight symphony.

It's peaceful.

There are no worries after midnight.  The days stresses melt away like a marshmallow in the hot cocoa.  I sink into the story of the book I'm reading.  It isn't Claire and Jamie anymore, but Barnaby and Hooker.  It might be an adventure or romance or mystery and tomorrow it might be a different book entirely.

Brandy stirs on the bed and looks up to see if I'm still there.

I check the clock and yawn.  Time to sleep.  I set the book on the nightstand and turn off the light. 

I sink into the blankets and fall asleep to the still of the night.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

10 Thought Tuesday ~ End of January ~

Everyone says that they dread the month of January because it is so long.  It's 31 days.  There are a few other months with 31 days.  Like October.  No one ever says they can't wait for October to be over.

Then I guess at the end of October we are rewarded with candy.

1.  You have to wait until Valentine's Day for candy.  And pfft.  If you don't have a Valentine [it's over hyped anyway] go buy your own candy.  Why not?  I bet you love yourself!

2.  We are heading back into the deep freeze for a few days and then according to the long term forecast, February is looking about normal temps.  Over night we got more snow and roads are not good.  Travel isn't recommended for most parts of the province and I've heard to be very careful driving in the city.

3.  I must remember to take two pieces of music to work.  One is the Super Mario Theme and the other is a Twilight song.  I know you might be rolling your eyes.  I don't care.  It's called Jacob's Theme and is a nice little tune.

4.  I have my meatloaf in the oven.  It's the best meatloaf recipe I've ever tried.  If you are interested  I might be convinced (bribed) to do a blog post about it.

5.  Special K came out with two new flavours of Cracker Chips.  One is BBQ and the other Zesty Southwest.  I thought the southwest would be like nacho flavoured, but no, it's sort of like Ranch.  And by the way, what is a cracker chip?  Are you a cracker or a chip?  You can't be both.  Choose.

6.  It looks as though our New York return trip isn't happening.  I didn't nag my parents about dog sitting.  It just isn't worth the headache.  Instead, Hubby and I are spending the money and putting new windows in our house.  We have 1974 metal sliders.  We cover them in plastic every year but really....they need to be upgraded.  I am very pleased.

7.  Brandy has fully transitioned to the grain free doggie food.  She seems to like it.  She doesn't turn her nose up at it.  It's turkey and potatoes....who wouldn't love that?  It's like every day is Thanksgiving for dogs!

8.  I gave my piano students a writing assignment.  They were to write 4 bars of a song.  I provided the LH chords and they just had to come up with a melody.  They had to make it so it made sense...had rhythm etc...and had to be titled.  From the 6 I got back yesterday, only 1 student followed instructions.  The student who followed instructions is the one who I have problems with and wants to quit.  Go figure.

9.  This week I am sticking with my exercise routine [3 bike rides of 15 minutes each] and eating carefully and eating an apple on exercise days.  This week, I am adding 1 glass of milk to 1 meal a day.  I realized my calcium intake was low to non-existent.  I don't know if any of it is making a difference, but I feel better trying to be and do better.

10.  Biggest question ever:  Who do you have in the Superbowl?  I haven't chosen yet but I think the 49ers have the momentum to win.