meatloaf monday

boy, i was wiped out.  i’m a night owl.  i am just programmed that way.  i have tried, in the past, to go to bed before midnight [ha!] – nope, never, ever happens.  so, regardless of what time i have to wake up in the morning; i will, guaranteed, go to bed between midnight and two o’clock in the morning.  over the week’s time frame, i will aggregate in the regulated amount of sleep that is recommended but on an everyday basis, it might be 3 hours to 12 {for reals…i really can sleep 12 hours straight! // no kiddies to wake me up!}.

anyhoo, i woke up with an agenda on the brain.  but as my day started out really, really late, i didn’t hop to it right away.  hubby charming called and said he was on his way home from work {yeah, you can only guess what time that might have been, although his schedule is erratic} and i was excited because that meant we could do errands together!


that’s not my name, that’s not my name…

in the above photo, that’s my starbuck’s name.  yes, with a unique name like mine, i must have an alias!  peeps around me find it comical, i find it pragmatic.

after our escapades around the city, we settled back into our abode to start a cookin’ {well, hubby charming did the cooking + i did a lot cleaning}.  on the menu – meatloaf!

the delish meal

the delish meal

setting the table

setting the table



some of his favorite sauces

some of his favorite sauces


1 1/2 pounds ground beef
1 1/4 teaspoons salt
1 egg
1 dash ground black pepper
1 cup soft bread crumbs
1/2 cup milk
1/3 cup steak sauce, (e.g. Heinz 57)
1 onion, chopped
1/2 cup diced green bell pepper


*Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease an 8 1/2 x 4 1/2 inch loaf pan.
*In a mixing bowl, combine the ground beef, salt, egg, black pepper and bread crumbs. Pour in the milk, 3 tablespoons of the steak sauce, onion and green bell pepper.
*Place the mixture into the prepared loaf pan and shape into a loaf. Brush the top with the remaining steak sauce.
*Bake in the preheated oven for 1 hour or until done. Allow to stand 5 minutes before slicing.

brown sugar glazed carrots
16 ounces baby carrots
2 tablespoons butter
1/3 cup brown sugar, packed
1 cup water
dash salt
pepper, to taste


In a medium saucepan, combine the baby carrots with remaining ingredients. Stir to blend ingredients. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium and continue boiling (uncovered) for about 20 to 25 minutes, or until carrots are tender and the liquid has evaporated.
rice pilaf
1 1/2 cups white rice ( I use jasmine, but any white rice will work)
2 cups chicken broth
1/4 cup slivered almonds
1 cup sliced mushrooms
1/2 small onions, diced
2 teaspoons margarine or 2 teaspoons butter
2 teaspoons minced garlic cloves


*In a small frying pan over medium heat, sautee the onion and garlic until onion is translucent. The garlic will cause the onion to scorch a bit, don’t worry, it gives it flavor.
*Add the rice, sauted onion and garlic, almonds, mushrooms, and chicken broth to a 4 cup capacity or larger rice cooker.
*Stir briefly to distribute ingredients.
*Set to cook. When done, let sit for 10 minutes.

there you go.  it was so good!

all in all, it was a very productive day.  one thing i pride myself on is getting things done {and a lot was done today!  sleep included.  yay!}.  errands complete, delicious food consumed, and relaxation ensued.

3 thoughts on “meatloaf monday

  1. Get the meatloaf in the oven first, then start the rice and finish with the carrots. Prepared individually and in this order they all finish right as the meatloaf hits the ten minute resting mark out of the oven.

    Logistics was once my biz…now it’s a hobby 😉

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