All American Meatloaf

8 07 2011

I wonder what people from other countries think about the fact that we grind up perfectly good meat, form it into a loaf, top it with ketchup and then bake it.

And, we think it is delicious.

It is sort of weird if you think about it.

There were a number of years during which I didn’t eat or even enjoy meatloaf. I pretty much felt like the two words shouldn’t be used together. Meat. Loaf. I think it was the loaf part that got to me.

This guy didn’t help matters much either.

Yeah. Sorry about that.

Anyway, it wasn’t until Tim and I began cohabiting that I rediscovered meatloaf. It started with a turkey meatloaf. I still make this recipe from time to time. It is a healthy recipe and helps balance out the mashed potatoes.

More recently, Olivia’s Nana, made her more traditional meatloaf recipe on their last visit here to Colorado. Then, when we last visited Illinois, she gave me a whole booklet of recipes to use with ground beef, including the meatloaf recipe. She has graciously allowed me to share it with you here. Thanks, Nana Rosellen!

This is a very simple recipe that requires only 6 ingredients. Ground beef, onion, bread, egg, ketchup, and salt.

The bread should be dry. Just leave a couple slices out on the counter in the morning and the bread should be good to go by dinner time. Tear the bread into small pieces and chop your onion.

In a large bowl, mix together the beef, onion, egg, bread, and salt. It is easiest to use your hands to accomplish this, but be sure to wash up thoroughly afterwards. E. coli sucks, man.

Form the meat into a loaf in an ungreased casserole pan. When I did this, I thought the chunks of bread and onion looked rather large and I wondered if I should have chopped them more finely. We didn’t notice them in the final product though. Your loaf should also have a well down the middle to hold the ketchup.

Fill the well with ketchup. I’m not sure how much I used. I just squirted it in there until it appeared full.

Bake in a 350 degree preheated oven for one hour. This is a classic meatloaf. It is dense, but moist. We love to enjoy it with mashed potato and steamed veggies.

Here’s the complete recipe:

1 lb. Ground beef

2 slices dry bread, torn in pieces

1 egg

1 medium onion, chopped

1 teaspoon salt


Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Use hands to combine first five ingredients thoroughly. Shape in a loaf with a lengthwise depression, filling with ketchup and sprinkle with black pepper. Bake in an ungreased casserole dish for one hour.


33. Go on the Celestial Seasonings Factory Tour

7 07 2011

We’re making progress on the summer fun list, people!

Tim’s mom and her husband are visiting, so we decided to go on the Celestial Seasonings Factory Tour today.

If you like the show How It’s Made, you would love this tour. The tour actually takes you onto the factory floor with belts of tea whizzing by.

Here are some things you should know about the tour:

-Free tea! Samples and a packet to take home. I love free.

-Kiddos have to be 5 or over to go on the full tour. Olivia and Grammy perused the shop while Grandpa Craig and I went on the tour.

-No photos on the factory floor. You can take pictures in the tour lobby and tea shop. I only had my iPhone with me, so the tour sign is all you get. I wish I could have taken a picture of the mint room. It was cool.

-You will smell fabulous aromas throughout the tour. We smelled fresh blackberries, hibiscus, peppermint, spearmint, and tea, of course!

-You will wear a hair net. You will look silly, but the guys wearing beard nets will look sillier.

-Go in the mint room. It’s the best aromatherapy ever.

-This is an excellent activity anytime of year, but I think it is an ideal thing to do if it is rainy, snowy, or really hot.

-Our tour guide said their busy season is November to March, I think. Maybe that would the ideal time to visit to see the factory in its full tea making glory.

I’m going to go drink some tea now! Up next…maybe some tennis with Tim.

1,000 Word Wednesday

6 07 2011

Olivia and Bubbles

5 07 2011

When our friends showed up for a July 4th BBQ today, I was totally psyched. Not just because they are awesome people and I love hanging out with them, but also because they brought a bubble machine for their little boy and our little girl to play with.

I thought, “Yes!! Introducing O to bubbles is totally on my list of summer fun!”

Except, um, it’s not. I had thought about it and then came up with a ton of other ideas and forgot about it.

Still, the pictures are too cute not to post. Enjoy!

Watching B, a bubble pro, chase bubbles.

Hey! Where are they going?

Oooooh! I want some.

You’re mine, Bubble!

We did get to see fireworks from the path in the open space behind our house. It was lovely to watch the display with a cool breeze blowing. I didn’t sweat, not even once. So, crossing #14 off my list. 

Happy Fourth of July!!

Weekend Reading

2 07 2011

I have it on good authority that Grammy is bringing her both toys and cookies when she arrives on Sunday.


One of my favorite PBS shows is American Experience. Their latest production is Freedom Riders. While watching this documentary, I had chills the whole time. For reasons both good and bad. If you are interested in America, you should watch this. You can watch it for free on the PBS iPhone app.

So everyone has probably eaten Mickey Mouse shaped pancakes, but this guy is taking pancakes to the next level.

If you live in Austin, home of Whole Foods, you’re about to get a new form of grocery store. I’d love to see more of these.

I saw this on Dooce this week. I’m really not sure what is funnier, the animals or the narration. It’s probably the narration.

I would imagine this might be what photographs in The Daily Prophet would look like.

My undergraduate degree is in English Literature and Composition. It has been years since I’ve written any fiction. I’m trying to summon up the courage to participate in a weekly writing challenge.

#13 Bake a Peach Pie

1 07 2011

Technically, it’s a galette, but I’m going to call it close enough and cross off #13. Recipe can be found at Two Peas and Their Pod.


Summer Fun List

1 07 2011

Tomorrow is July 1. Can someone please explain how this happened and where June went? As usual time is slipping away before my very eyes. Add to this time warp the fact that I’m hoping to go back to work in the fall and I am grasping at the remaining days of summer.

Amanda, who writes one of the blogs I regularly read, Last Mom on Earth, posted her summer bucket list a couple of days ago and I was inspired to write my own. Nothing like a list to keep me accountable for the valuable time I have left in the summer. Especially the time with Olivia. She is in this list A LOT. I wouldn’t have it any other way.

1. Finish my own version of a Daydream project with Olivia. I have a couple done already, but need to do a few more.

2. Have a family swim day at the public pool.

3. Hike in RMNP with Tim. No babies allowed. Olivia can’t come either.

4. Sew new pillow covers for living room pillows.

5. Make homemade ice cream.

6. Play tennis with Tim.

7. Plan and celebrate O’s first birthday!

8. Read a magazine while lounging on the deck with no interruptions.

9. Go to the drive in.

10. Hike Heil Valley Ranch.

11. Bake homemade English Muffins.

12. Sew Olivia some bibs.

13. Bake a peach pie.

14. Attend fireworks for the Fourth of July. This is new for me after living in Arizona where it is too scorching hot to sit outside and watch fireworks.

15. Go to a U-pick farm.

16. Get together with friends here in Colorado that I haven’t met up with since we moved here. Amy V. and Kuby that means you.

17. Call and visit with friends in AZ that I haven’t spoken to since we moved here. Hopefully, they are still speaking to me.

18. Teach Olivia how to blow kisses.

19. Go to the Farmer’s Market and make one meal completely from ingredients purchased there.

20. Redecorate the guest room.

21. Get into a workout routine.

22. Find a playgroup and start going.

23. Go to this Makerie meetup.

24. Convince Tim to take me fly fishing.

25. Migrate blog to a new platform and do a redesign. Continue to tell myself I can do this on my own. Even though I have no idea what I’m doing.

26. Sew a crib sheet for Olivia.

27. Hike Bear Lake. Finally.

28. Go to a concert at Red Rocks. Amos Lee. Kings of Leon. DCFC. How does a girl choose?

29. Teach Olivia to “gimme five.”

30. Go to Steamboat Springs for the weekend.

31. Sew a crib rail cover for O.

32. Take Olivia to the splash pad on Pearl Street Mall once she is walking. (Any day now.)

33. Go on the Celestial Seasonings Factory tour.

34. Open O’s college savings account.

35. Take Tim on a date to see the last Harry Potter movie ever. Then, cry myself to sleep over the fact that there will be no more Harry Potter books or movies.

36. Read. A lot. (See what’s on my list.)

37. Visit the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.

38. Attend a Colorado Rockies game.

39. Tour around Boulder on a Boulder B-cycle.

40. Have a family picnic at Chautauqua.

41. Pajama day! Laze around all day in our jammies. This will also involve naptime cinema and maybe a little Yo Gabba Gabba!

42. Hike Caribou Ranch

43. Go on a brewery tour.

44. Take O to story time at the library.

45. Dinner with the ladies in Denver.

46. Play board games. Often.

47. Yoga in the park.

48. Take a nap.

49. Have a garage sale.

50. Volunteer once a month.

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