"The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those
who are willing to work and give to those who would not."
--Thomas Jefferson

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Slow-Cooked Meatloaf

Slow Cooked Meatloaf Here is another yummy recipe out of the new Gooseberry Patch cookbook Slow-Cooker Christmas Favorites. (affiliate link)

I have to admit that when I first thought of trying this recipe I was a bit skeptical. I mean I’ve been making meatloaf the same way for many years now so it wasn’t easy for me to try something new. Because after all why fix what’s not broken right? But I gave it a shot and I was pleasantly surprised.

First off it had really good flavor. Totally different from my recipe and the convenience of the slow cooker made it even more appealing. Though I did make a note of something that I will do next time as I had one thing not turn out exactly right. One side of the meatloaf started to fall apart while the other side was intact. I think it was because the juices gathered on the one side. Next time I’ll take some of the juices out so it doesn’t rest in it. But I will be making it again so that tells you something. *smile* That and I wouldn’t be posting it if it weren’t good. Each recipe I make has to get the seal of approval from the family before I’ll post it on my blog.

Slow-Cooked MeatloafIMG_6991

2 eggs, beaten

3/4 c. milk

3 slices bread, torn into small pieces

1 t. salt

1/2 t. pepper

1 c. catsup, divided

2 lbs. ground beef

1/2 c. onion, diced

1 oz. pkg. ranch salad dressing mix

In a large bowl, mix eggs, milk, bread crumbs, salt and pepper; let stand for 20 minutes. Add 1/2 cup catsup and remaining ingredients. Mix gently; mound in a greased slow cooker. Spread remaining catsup over top. Cover and cook on high setting for 15 minutes. Turn to low setting and cook for 7 hours.

Serves 6 to 8.

Here’s what it looked like from the start.

IMG_6990 You just mound it in there and walk away. Easy peasy.

I hope you enjoy this one.


Monday, August 25, 2014

Make-Ahead Chipotle Burritos

Chipotle burritos

Right now I’m reviewing another great Gooseberry Patch cookbook called Slow-Cooker Christmas Favorites. (affiliate link) It’s pretty fabulous but I’ll wait until my giveaway to give you all the reasons why I love it.

But for now I’m going to be giving you an opportunity to check out a few recipes that I’ve tried from the book.

This first one was really good. It got thumbs up from the family.

Make-Ahead Chipotle Burritos

2 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breastschipotle burritos2

2 15-1/2 oz cans black beans, drained and rinsed

2 11-0z. cans corn, drained

20-oz. jar salsa (I used Tequila Lime Salsa)

1 canned chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, chopped

2 t. chili powder

2 t. ground cumin

2 t. dried oregano

1 T. salt

flour or corn tortillas

Garnish: sour cream, sliced avocado, shredded cheddar cheese

Divide chicken between 2 one-gallon plastic zipping freezer bags; set aside. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients except tortillas and garnish; divide between bags. Seal and flatten bags; freeze. To prepare, thaw one bag in refrigerator for 24 hours; place contents of bag in a slow cooker. Cover and cook on low setting for 8 hours, until chicken is very tender. Remove chicken and shred using 2 forks. Return chicken to slow cooker; stir to mix. Serve chicken mixture on tortillas, garnished as desired. Serves 6.

(I was in a rush this day so I didn’t freeze anything before hand and I cooked it on high for just 4 hours. I halved the recipe and put the ingredients into the crockpot and mixed it up. It turned out great. I used corn tortillas because we have to use gluten free stuff but we are probably going to use hard taco shells next time as the soft ones kinda fell apart. Flour tortillas would probably work really well too. And if you haven’t seen this trick to shredding chicken you’ll want to check it out. It’ll save you serious time and effort. Click HERE. )

Here’s what it looked like after I shredded the chicken and mixed it all together in the crockpot. YUM!




Monday, August 11, 2014

I’m Going Oilcloth Crazy!

So you all remember my simple transformation of my table using oilcloth right? If not check it out. I’ll wait for you to come back. Pinky promise.

Okay so now that you’re back I want to show you the next thing I made out of my oilcloth. I bought a lot of it so bare with me as I use it to cutesify practically everything in the next few weeks. Ha!

The other day I was going over to my bestest’s house and we wanted to do a craft together so I desperately searched my craft room for something easy to take and do. I ended up finding a plain wooden tray that I probably bought about 5 years ago and had been to scared to commit to doing anything to it in fear of not liking it. Anyone else weird like that? So basically it’s been sitting there, in a drawer, not being cute. But no longer. I show you today my transformed serving tray.

When I set out to do this I just grabbed stuff I thought I might use. I put this teaser picture on FB a couple days ago.

boring tray

Here’s the end result. It was so easy and I think it came out pretty cute. I chose to use the oilcloth on the bottom so it would be easy to wipe out if something got spilled on it.


Aerial view. Because everyone loves a good aerial view. IMG_6980

I painted it first. I’m sure you are not surprised with my color choices. *smile*

Then I used a mixture of glue and water to lay the oilcloth in the bottom.

Next I took my hot glue gun and trimmed around the inner edge with clothesline for a nice finished edge.IMG_6981

I used a decorative ribbon to put along the rim of the whole thing. I  used straight white glue to do that.


And now it sits all cute like in my dining area until I’m ready to use it.



Maybe this will inspire you to take the ordinary and make it extraordinary.

Have a lovely day my friends.



Saturday, August 9, 2014

Big News!!!

k and d and b

Yes, people I’m going to be a grandma. What? I know! I can’t wait to turn into some completely different human being. Cause apparently when you become a grandparent your original parenting skills go right out the window. I know this first hand because it happened to my parents. When they became grandparents I was like, “Who are you and what have you done with my parents?” LOL!

My only dilemma with this is the fact that I still have two boys at home who I need to keep parenting. Ha! I guess I’m going to have to learn to switch hats back and forth. *smile*.

Anyhoo, we are very excited and can’t wait to find out what it is.

Have a lovely day my friends.


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