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Jason’s Favorite Meatloaf

A post from Kelli–

No matter what time of day, if you ask Jason what he would like to eat, chances are if you suggest some combination of meat and potatoes, he will happily agree.  And if you add green bean casserole to the mix, he’ll probably love you forever!

With the lovely weather that we’ve been having here in Iowa–ya know…windchills up to -60 below–and the accompanying wind with that, travel on gravel roads and other secondary roads is going to be minimal….unless you have a plow or skid loader!  To make things even better, they have pulled all of the plows from secondary roads in our little 4 county area.  This literally means that there is no way I’ll be getting home anytime soon!

Luckily, Mom lives much closer to a state highway than I do!

I was got up on Tuesday morning and realized all of these happenings…so I decided that I probably should pack up stuff to be gone for a few days.  I made myself a batch of salsa soup with a few alterations–here’s the link–

I usually make mine with a pound of sausage.  I also didn’t have any good canned salsa on hand, so I used a jar of Walmart’s store brand with black beans and corn.  It usually turns out pretty good–especially on a cold day like the ones we are having.

Then I got to thinking and feeling bad for Jason.  On Monday, he put in a 19 hour day trying to get things done up ahead of time as much as he could so that all of the critters would be bedded and so that he could minimize the amount of time he would be out in the cold over the next few days.  He ended up coming in at 1 in the morning and was up and out the door again by 6.  I honestly don’t know how he does it day in and day out, but he does and he’s happy doing it…And that’s the important part!

I realized that one of the only things worse that being cold and tired, was being cold, tired, and hungry.  I couldn’t do much to help with the first two, but I sure could help with the third one!

I grabbed one of my favorite church cookbooks and flipped to my favorite–and Jason’s favorite–meatloaf recipe.  As you can tell again, I don’t do well with keeping the cookbook away from where I’m cooking at…or I’m just a messy cooker….or possibly (actually, definitely) both!

Our favorite is the middle recipe.  It’s a bit blurry in the picture, but I like it because you just mix it all together, throw it in a pan, cook it and its done.

Here is the recipe–

2 pounds hamburger, 1 cup oatmeal, 1 small diced onion (optional), 2 beaten eggs, 1 cup milk, and Greek Seasoning to taste.  You mix that all up, put it in a pan and top it with the sauce–1/2 cup brown sugar, 1 cup ketchup, 1/4 tsp nutmeg, and 1 tsp dry mustard.  Slather that on top, cook it at 350 for 45 to 60 minutes….and that’s it!

I was running a bit behind and knew I didn’t have a full cup of ketchup, so I ended up just adding some BBQ sauce on top.  It didn’t have time to cool before I had to leave for a meeting, so this is how I left it for Jason–

For some reason, he actually likes instant mashed potatoes.  I don’t know why.  I used to try to convert him, but in the past year or so, I just decided to go with it!  If he likes it and will eat it, I’m all for it…especially if it means less work for me.  And he even had a choice of what flavor….hwo fancy right?!?!?!

Note–I knew he would be home for a quick lunch not long after I left, so I felt okay leaving it out to cool off for him before we put in in the fridge.  After he eats his lunch, he’ll put it in the refrigerator and all will be well.

It worked out perfect for me today too because I made it and popped it in the oven, did a few things around the house, jumped in the shower and by the time I was done, the timer on my Echo just started going off.  I’ll tell you in another post how much I love that Echo!

I love when I’m able to get my adult skills together to get a meal made and get other things done at the same time!  Hopefully I am able to hone in on that skill a bit more in the coming days….because you know….baby!



Ground Beef Grand Style

I had some veggies in the freezer.  It’s my own blend of mixed vegetables.  I use frozen veggies for the childcare kids when fresh are out of season or I on those days when I’m needing to get to the grocery store.  Rarely do the kids eat a whole package so I take the leftovers and throw them into a bag and put them in the freezer.  A few days later we have a different veggie and again there are leftovers so I throw them in the same bag.

I tried to think of a recipe I could make so I could use up the veggies.  I thought of this recipe.  I started making it by memory only to realize that it didn’t actually have veggies in it.   Well…it’s time a for a change up!

Here I have the hamburger (I used 2 pounds), the onion, cream cheese, Cream of Chicken soup (I was out of mushroom)  I didn’t end up using the ketchup or the milk as this time in my “veggie bag” I had put leftover tomato soup.  (Yes…this is how I cook all the time)

From there is was time time for biscuits.  I always make mine from scratch….
Find the recipe for them HERE.
Into the oven it went.  I raised my temperature to 400.  I kept it in th oven for the same amount of time.

It came out looking like this…. Continue reading

THE BEST Chocolate Chip Cookies EVER

Growing up I remember my brother Jay often baking something on Sunday afternoons.  One of the things he made was cookies.  I thought they were the best.

After I was out on my own I remember going home and getting mom’s cookie recipe which at the time I called Jay’s cookie recipe.  Over the years I’ve taken the recipe.  I’ve doubled it and tweaked it.

I don’t even remember what the original recipe was but at our house we still call it Uncle Jay’s Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe.

All of the kids love these.  The cookies are soft and chewy…I personally believe all cookies should be soft and chewy.

Here’s the recipe: Continue reading

THE Kramer Burger

I often invite Craig and Kalissa along with Carver over for supper…or sometimes Kalissa is working so Craig and Carver eat with us.  It gives Craig and Hubby a chance to talk farming and it’s good for me as I feel like I’m helping them out.  I love feeling needed.  Besides, Craig is great at helping cleaning up supper dishes so it’s not much extra work for me.

One of Craig’s favorites is what he calls “a Kramer burger”.  He claims I make about the best hamburgers….Hubby agrees and to be truthful I do too.

One of my favorites is the mushroom and swiss version.

Here’s what you need to make your own.  Good hamburger is key.  Ours comes from the cattle raised at the farm so it’s the highest percentage of meat vs fat.  I also use the ingredients you see below:
Worcestershire Sauce
Greek Seasoning

This day I used pretzel buns.  We are on a pretzel roll bun kick lately….any bun you like will do.

I started with two pounds of hamburger.  I was feeding just Hubby and I BUT the extra burgers were going to be used the next couple days in Hubby’s lunch.  He gets tired of lunch meat and doesn’t have access to a microwave at work so it’s some type of cold meat sandwich…he likes cold burgers.

I add the ingrients listed above.  I don’t have any exact measurements…I’d guess…
several shakes of pepper
2 Tablespoons of Worcestershire Sauce
1/4 teaspoon Greek seasoning

I mix it up and form into patties.  Try to keep patties as flat as possible without a hump in the middle.  Here are my burgers…. Continue reading