Happy Birthday To Me lol! I am writing this post on Thursday so that I can take today off! I actually made this meatloaf on Wednesday and just a note, this recipe makes 2 meatloaves so if you don’t want to make the two rather large meatloaves cut the recipe in half. My freezer meals for the month of December are done… I technically do not have to cook for the whole month of December now but I decided to do a few more so that I won’t have to worry about it for the beginning of January as well lol… the after Christmas hangover season. Today (Thursday) I am going to make a couple of pans of everyone’s favourite “Baked Macaroni,” and that is it… no more cooking until sometime in January… thaw and reheat and that’s it…. woo hoo!
As with most meatloaf recipes, this is quick and easy to mix together and get in the pan and the glaze is just as easy to make and brush on the meatloaf part way through cooking and is absolutely delicious. It also freezes wonderfully so you too can have a freezer meal on hand for those days where you just don’t want to!
I apologize…. I had to take a weekend off, and I should have said something ahead of time. I just pushed myself too hard… again…. and had to unwind and get the voices out of my head (the mean ones anyway). Last week was supposed to be my “week off,” but as all of you crafters out there know… idle hands do not go over well in the crafting mind! I didn’t do anything major but I still didn’t do nothing. I got a pretty good head start on my December Make Ahead meals! (You can see some of our favourite Make Ahead Meals here!)
This is what I have prepared so far for December… fingers crossed I can get enough made while I start my Christmas projects/gifts!!!
Between preparing for the craft sale and preparing to get ready for Christmas my brain has been running at full speed and my head/brain finally said enough is enough and shut down. I had to wait for it to reboot… one of the joys of a head injury! This is why I like to/have to have meals prepared for pretty much every day leading up to Christmas so all that is required of me for dinner is to thaw and throw in the oven!
I honestly can’t remember which day it was, but I made a nice big pot of Crock Pot Chicken Stew! The “boys” love it and while it might take a little bit at the start to prepare the veggies and pre-brown the chicken… it is worth it in the end when you can just leave it for the day to cook and have a nice hot meal ready at the end of the day!
Here is my original post for my Crock Pot Chicken Stew… and it’s funny as I was reading it because we are expecting another sh*tload of snow today!!!
I hope you enjoy the recipe and again, I apologize for disappearing for the weekend and hope I am able to pace myself better while preparing for Christmas so that isn’t necessary again!
Yesterday we had a nasty winter storm forecasted. While we did get the storm it wasn’t as bad as they originally called for. Not to say we didn’t get a sh*tload of snow and very windy conditions, we didn’t get the almost foot of snow they said we would… thankfully. It is still a mess outside but at least we missed most of it.
With a storm coming, it seemed the perfect day for a pot of stew and a loaf of freshly baked bread. I prepared everything first thing in the morning…. just in case we ended up losing power. I figured it would be very easy to just switch the plug on the crock pot to the generator if needed and still be able to serve a nice hot, storm worthy dinner!
For a bit of a twist, I added a can of cheddar cheese soup to the stew to add a little bit of cheese flavour to the thick and hearty stew.
As I am sure you’ve gathered… in this house, they LOVE BBQ season… lol! Whether it be steaks, burgers or whatever, according to Chris everything tastes better cooked on the grill. Chicken is no different and using marinades can up your taste game like nothing else.
Here is a recipe for a quick to whip up marinade that tastes awesome… even when used in to cook the chicken in the oven… but is always better on the grill!
As I mentioned in my last post, I cut the lawn on Wednesday and it is a long process so I wanted to get some ready to cook in the crock pot so that when dinner came along all I had to do was to dish it out.
This is a very easy recipe to make and is full of flavour. It is also a great alternative for using leftover ham!
With yesterday being Cinco de Mayo we had a big Mexican feast for dinner. I forgot to buy any cheese sauce for the Nachos so I used the recipe below as a base for my own Nacho Cheese sauce. I added about 2 tbsp. of taco seasoning and 1 cup of salsa and we had a delicious cheese sauce to enjoy with our dinner!
When I was at the grocery store, they had some beautiful cauliflower. I couldn’t help myself, I had to buy one for Chris and I for dinner. It of course needed cheese sauce!
I started out with milk, flour, salt, margarine, parmesan and grated cheese, of course.
I melted the margarine in my microwave, in my large measuring cup then added the flour and salt and mixed it into a paste.
The milk was next. I whisked it until smooth.
I microwaved this for 3 minutes on high heat, in one minute increments until it started to thicken.
I added the grated cheese and the parmesan and mixed it up.
Then I microwaved it again on high heat for one more minute, until the cheese melted and it was smooth.
Now all I had to do was pour it over the prepared cauliflower!
Note: Because I had lots left over, I’m thinking about adding some taco seasoning and salsa and making some nacho cheese for a snack!
5 Minute Cheese Sauce
Preparation time : 2 minutes Cooking Time : 5 minutes
2 tbsp butter or margarine
2 tbsp flour
1 1/2 cups milk
1/2 tsp salt
2 1/2 cups grated cheese
1/4 cup grated parmesan
Melt margarine in microwave in a large measuring cup on high heat.
Add flour and salt and whisk into a paste.
Pour milk in measuring cup and whisk until smooth.
Microwave on high heat for 3 minutes, stirring every minute until it starts to thicken.
Add both cheeses and mix.
Microwave 1 additional minute until smooth and cheese is melted.
Let me start by saying that Chris LOVES steak lol… and I mean love! We don’t have our BBQ set up yet for this year because we haven’t decided if we are going to replace it or not. Until then, Chris has been craving steak. This seemed the perfect way to at least take the edge off of these cravings… at least for a little bit lol!
I personally think this always looks like high end dog food lol, but one, they love it and two, any sort of beef/meat looks like dog food to me because I can’t eat it!
There is nothing like throwing a few things in the crock pot and then going back hours later to a delicious meal. When I cook this, I almost wish I ate pork because it smells SO good when it’s cooking!
This recipe is quick and easy to prepare and tastes delicious covered in the sauce/gravy made while cooking!