MEATLOAF ANYONE?

This Meatloaf Recipe is my family’s FAVORITE dinner recipe! They really love it. It really is the Best Ever Meatloaf, and it is so easy to make!!

INGREDIENTS:
Meatloaf:
  • 2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1 onion, diced small (about ½ cup)
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ tsp. ground pepper
  • ¾ cup quick oats
  • 1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp. garlic salt
  • 1 tsp. onion salt
  • ½ cup tomato sauce
Glaze Topping:
  • ¼ cup ketchup
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 2 tsp. mustard

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF. Spray a 9×5″ loaf pan with cooking spray.
  2. Mix together ground beef, onion, eggs, pepper, oats, Worcestershire sauce, garlic salt, onion salt and tomato sauce in a large bowl, using your hands. Do not overmix.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the ketchup, sugar and mustard. Spread on top of meatloaf and place in oven. Bake for 1 hour and 15-30 minutes, or until meatloaf is cooked through. Let cool for a few minutes and then slice and serve. Enjoy!

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It’s what’s for dinner

Parmesan Crusted Chicken with Bacon Cream Sauce

I love to try new recipes. Especially if they are:

1. Delicious

2. Healthy

This dish fits both requirements. And best of all, my family loves it too!

Prep time: 10 mins

Cook time: 45 mins

INGREDIENTS FOR CHICKEN:

  • 1 lb boneless chicken breasts
  • 1 TBS mayo
  • 3 TBS shredded Parmasean cheese

INGREDIENTS FOR SAUCE:

  • 3 slices of bacon, fried and crumbled
  • 1/2 cup of heavy whipping cream
  • 1 TBS cream cheese
  • 1 TBS shredded Parmasean cheese
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 400°
  2. Rinse chicken and dry so mayo will stick to it
  3. Baste the mayo onto chicken
  4. Top with shredded cheese
  5. Place in baking dish
  6. Bake uncovered 40-50 minutes
  7. When chicken has 10 minutes left, start your sauce
  8. Combine heavy cream and cream cheese into warm skillet, whisk until mixed thoroughly
  9. Add Parmasean and garlic powder. Whisk until smooth.
  10. Add some bacon but leave some for garnishing chicken
  11. Place chicken on plate and drizzle sauce over it.
  12. Add bacon and enjoy!

Can not stop eating these!

A friend of mine told me about these and so naturally I had to try them.

OREO TRUFFLES

OMG!

These are so amazing it is hard to stop eating them.

Don’t believe me? Try them for yourself and you’ll see what I mean.😀

INGREDIENTS:

  • 14.3 oz package of Oreos
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 12 oz dipping chocolate or candy coating (milk chocolate or vanilla)
  • Additional 2 oz dipping chocolate for drizzling or sprinkle

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Pulse oreos in a food processor until they are fine crumbs. (No food processor? No problem. Use your hands to crush cookies into tiny bits). Add crumbs to large mixing bowl.
  2. Slice up cream cheese and drop slices into the mixing bowl. Use the back of a large spoon to smash the cream cheese into the crumbs, stirring and mushing until it has become a thick paste.
  3. Pinch off walnut-sized clumps of the filling and roll into balls. Place on a plate that will fit in your freezer. Roll all of dough and place balls in the freezer for 30-45 minutes.
  4. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  5. Place dipping chocolate in a small deep bowl. Microwave at 50% power for 1 minute, then stir. Continue microwaving at 50% power for 30 second intervals, stirring after each until chocolate is smooth.
  6. Remove oreo truffles from freezer and drop one-by-one into the dipping chocolate.
  7. Use a fork to scoop out the truffle, tapping the bottom of the fork on the edge of the bowl to remove excess chocolate. Tip the truffle onto the parchment paper. Allow chocolate to set.
  8. If desired, melt additional dipping chocolate using the same microwave method. Stir with a fork and drizzle over the truffles. Allow chocolate to set and store truffles in refrigerator.
  9. Enjoy!

Mouthwatering…

Are you looking for a simple, delicious, and different dinner idea?

Search no more. My family ADORES this dish. It combines a lot of their favorite foods and it is so incredibly easy to make.

And it doesn’t only have to be for dinner. It makes the perfect breakfast casserole too.

Sausage Hashbrown Breakfast Casserole

Prep time: 10 MINS

Cook time: 35 MINS

Total time: 45 mins

INGREDIENTS:
  • 2 lb hot breakfast sausage (my family prefers mild)
  • 2 (8-oz) packages cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 (30-32oz) bag frozen shredded hash browns
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 8 eggs
  • 2 cups milk
INSTRUCTIONS:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large skillet, cook sausage until no longer pink. Drain fat.
  3. Stir together cooked sausage and cream cheese. Set aside.
  4. Add hash browns to skillet and cook until lightly brown. Place hash browns in bottom of lightly greased 9×13-inch pan. Top with sausage/cream cheese mixture and shredded cheddar cheese.
  5. Whisk together eggs, salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder and milk. Pour over hash brown mixture.
  6. Bake, uncovered, for 35-40 minutes.
  7. Remove from oven and serve.
  8. ENJOY!


A parents worse nightmare….

Hi everybody. I know it’s been awhile since I’ve posted anything. You know, busy life and all. 😥

But I had to share an amazing movie with you. I rarely have time to watch them but this one is SO GOOD.

It’s called Kidnap and it stars the talented Halle Berry.

Curious? Check out the description below:

A typical afternoon in the park turns into a nightmare for single mother Karla Dyson when kidnappers snatch her young son Frankie.

With no cellphone and no time to wait for police, Dyson jumps into her car to follow the vehicle that holds Frankie.

As the pursuit turns into a frantic, high-speed chase, Karla must risk everything and push herself to the limit to save her beloved child.

This movie is truly a parents worst nightmare. Turning your back for just a moment and poof! your child is gone, taken by a stranger.

Luckily I have not had anything remotely like this happen to me and I would never wish this on my worst enemy. There have been a few times I have had a little scare but thankfully it turned out fine.

There are so many kids taken and kidnapped now that the very idea of losing your child is terrifying, crippling even. In most instances, the parent does not know they are missing until it’s too late but in this movie, Karla (Halle Berry) witnesses the kidnappers taking her child and is able to give chase.Despite everything that is thrown her way, Karla never gives up.

Halle Berry gives an excellent performance in this movie, making you feel her terror as her only son is ripped away and her frustration as time and time again, she is unable to stop the events from unfolding.

This movie has several highs and lows, stomach dropping scenes, and more than a few shocks. It was such a good movie that even my husband was on the edge of his seat the whole time.

But it definitely makes you think about the what-ifs. True, you can’t keep your child/children in your sight 24/7/365 but there are a few things to help you keep them safe.

  • PAY ATTENTION

It is so easy take your eyes off of them for just a minute because of distractions. While at the park, the store, ball games or wherever, pay attention to your kids. Watch them play or better yet, play with them.

  • SAFETY IN NUMBERS (ALWAYS make sure your kids are not alone. Have them play with friends, other family members, etc)
  • GIVE THEM A CURFEW

They may think it’s punishment or that you don’t trust them but it’s just a parents way of keeping them safe.

  • CHILD SAFETY KITS

These allow you to keep your child’s info all in one place and handy in case they do go missing (hair or fingernail clipping sample for DNA), latest picture, age, height, weight, birthmarks, characteristic, etc)

Here are just a few sites to get your free child safety kits:

https://www.childsafekit.com/

https://secure.pollyklaasaction.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=291

http://www.missingkids.com/ChildID

You can also check with your local police department for safety kits as well.

  • CELL PHONES

If you’re avle to buy one for your child/children, do so. Yes, they can play games, watch videos, etc on them but they are also a good way to stay in touch with your kids.

  • USE A LOCATOR APP

There are a ton of apps, free and not free, that allow you to keep track if your kids movements and locations.

  • COME UP WITH AN ALERT WORD

For example, perhaps there is a certain word or number they can text or speak in case of danger. Make it short, easy to remember, and confidential.

  • KNOW THEIR PEOPLE

Get to know their friends, boyfriends/girlfriends, etc. And know their friends’ parents, their addresses and phone numbers.

  • KEEP TRACK OF THEIR SOCIAL MEDIA ACTIVITY

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. I’m not saying stalk your kids. Just keep an eye out for them. Because unfortunately there are bad people that use these platforms to trick kids.

Hopefully these ideas will help in keeping your kids, and other kids, a little safer.

Thanks for stopping by.

Don’t worry, I’m still here…

Good evening everyone. I realize sp.e of you may have thought I disappeared. It has been over a month since I last posted on my blog. But nope, I’m still alive and kicking. The holidays were so hectic that I barely found time to sleep let alone write a post here.

But they are over. Well almost. We still have New Years Eve to get through. I know everyone makes New Years’ resolutions. Some even keep them.

I personally think the trick to keeping them is to have realistic goals. Things you can reach eith a little work. Nothing so far out of reach that to achieve them would be a miracle.

Also, it helps to have a support group or person to continue to drive you toward your goals. Someone that will boost you up and encourage you to do your best even when you start falling behind or dragging your feet.

And most importantly you have to WANT to fulfill your set goals. If you really don’t want to do something, you will find every excuse not to do it. Whether it be to lose weight, eat healthier, quit smoking, etc.

My personal goals are simple. We’ll maybe not simple but certainly achievable.

#1: Lose not only weight but inches. I am to do this by exercising and eating a little better. Already I’ve been working out at work on my breaks and not snacking as much. I’ve even but back on my pop intake.

#2: Finish book 3 in my Perfect Order Series and start on the 4th.  Possibly get it finished as well. I’m on chapter 6 but have hits standstill bc of the holidays and my own lack of motivation. But I plan to get back on track.

Whatever your goals, know you can achieve  them. You just have to have motivation and the want-to.

Until next time, enjoy!

 

My baby’s not a baby anymore….

Good morning all. I know its been awhile since I’ve posted here. Life tends to get pretty busy as the holidays approach. As many of you might know, Halloween is my favorite and this year my family and I did it up big since we finally bought our first house!! (You can check out all of my pics on my Facebook page).

And now Thanksgiving and Christmas are upon us. It’s going to be pretty crazy.

But before those much loved holidays, there is another important day I celebrate every year. November 11th.

Yes, it is Veteran’s Day. A great day to give thanks and show respect to those that have fought, do fight, and will fight for our freedoms. But it is special to me for another reason.

13 years ago, on this day, November 11, 2004, my son James was born. He was a gorgeous baby and has grown up into a handsome young man.

From a shy, quiet little boy into a outgoing, fun loving teenager, the years have passed much too quickly.

I don’t want to embarrass him too much but I love him more every day.

HAPPY 13TH BIRTHDAY JAMES!