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Weekend update

DH was at a conference at church Friday night and nearly all day and evening on Saturday, so I puttered around the house. Here are a few things I worked on:

I made another batch of granola. This time I tried a tropical blend with chopped dried pineapple, coconut, banana chips, and chopped cashews. I didn't know if we would like this combination, but we've found it to be quite tasty.

picture of Tropical Granola

picture of Thomas Quilt

I worked on quilting another baby quilt. This one is made from a remnant of Thomas the train fabric and an old curtain from DS Mark's bedroom. I just need to add the borders and it will be finished. I adapted an idea from this book:

picture of Quilts for Baby

I had read about the book on a sewing blog and checked it out of the library. It was still in print and DH got it for me for Valentine's Day. All the quilts are simple without a lot of fussy piecing and are planned to go together quickly and easily.

I made a Ham Loaf for our Sunday dinner using some of the leftover Easter ham that I had ground up and frozen. My Aunt Nana used to make Ham Loaf and it had been years since I had eaten any. I made the loaf on Saturday and cooked it in the Crock Pot on Sunday.

picture of Raw Ham Loaf

DH got up at 5:30 AM to turn it on. 🙂 It was perfectly cooked by lunch time. I had read this tip about putting the strips of foil in the crock pot in one of those little Pillsbury cookbooklets.

picture of Foil Crockpot

This is all that was left when I remembered to take a picture!

picture of Cooked Ham Loaf

Here's the Ham Loaf recipe:

Ham Loaf

1 1/2 lbs. ground ham (about 3 cups) (I chopped it in the food processor)
1 lb. ground fresh pork
1 cup dry bread crumbs or cracker crumbs (can use graham cracker crumbs)
1 cup milk
2 eggs
dash pepper
1 Tbsp. finely chopped onion

Topping Sauce
1/4 cup catsup
2 Tbsps. brown sugar
1 Tbsp. Cider vinegar
1/4 tsp. dry mustard

Mix all ingredients well and form into a loaf. Top with some of the sauce. Bake at 350 degrees for about 1 1/2 hours or in crock pot for about 7 hours on low. (I added another portion of the sauce about 1/2 hour before the cooking time was up.)

I served the Ham Loaf with these green beans, which are also very tasty:
(note, I hadn't added the bacon in at this point.)

picture of Green Beans Tomatoes

Skillet Green Beans, Tomatoes, and Bacon

6 slices bacon
1 large onion, sliced or diced
1 bag frozen green beans or about 1 lb. fresh, cleaned and snipped
1/2 cup chicken broth
dash pepper
1 large tomato, chopped (in the winter I use about 3/4 cup drained, diced canned tomatoes)

Cook bacon until crisp. Drain and crumble. Set aside. Sauté onions until slightly browned. Add beans, broth, and pepper. Cook until beans are tender, about 10-15 mins. Add tomatoes and cook briefly. Add bacon and serve. These are very tasty and attractive.

I hope your weekend was equally full and blessed.


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A quick, easy meal

I have been fighting some kind of infection in my lungs for nearly a month now that has left me with a terrible cough and very little energy. I have taken some time off work and have been trying to get extra rest, drink plenty of fluids, etc. I finally went to the doctor this week and am now on antibiotics and have an inhaler. I'm feeling slightly better after a few doses of the antibiotic and hope to soon be feeling back to normal.

When one is not feeling well or having a busy day it's good to have an easy meal idea. One that I like is these little individual meat loaves and oven baked potatoes. Since it's just the two of us when I mix up a meat loaf mixture I divide it into individual loaves which I freeze on a tray and then slip into a freezer bag. This particular batch of meat loaves I made using a recipe from Kraft Food and Family magazine. It contains dried stuffing mix and barbecue sauce, but any meatloaf recipe will do. These small loaves easily thaw overnight or during the day in the refrigerator. To bake you just put them in a baking pan and top with catsup and bake at 350 degrees for 30 mins. Here they are ready to pop into the oven:

picture of raw meat loaves

A really good side dish for the little meat loaves are these oven baked potatoes. To make these you melt some margarine in the bottom of a baking pan (I use about 1 Tbsp. per potato). Sprinkle the melted margarine with paprika (you can also add garlic powder, chili powder, or other seasonings of your choice) and then place the potatoes which have been cut in half lengthwise, cut side down in the melted margarine. These also bake for 30 mins. Here are the potatoes ready for the oven:

picture of unbaked potatoes

While the meatloaves and potatoes are baking you can cook a vegetable or make a salad and set the table. This makes a nice, satisfying meal with very little effort. Keep this meal in mind when you are having a busy day or feeling a bit under the weather.

picture of meat and potatoes


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