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The Best Meatloaf Recipe

I love meatloaf..but I never really loved how it turned out whenever I would make it.
But the other day, I was watching a show on Food Network called The Kitchen, and they shared
a meatloaf recipe that I thought I would give a try. It was AMAZING!
I told ben it might be my favorite thing I’ve ever made. Soo…now you have to try it!

I tweaked the original recipe (that you can find here)
to make it a little easier and to the flavors I like. (I didn’t do the hot sauce or barbecue sauce.)
One thing I did try that they suggested, was the mixture of meats!
I always used ground beef..but I actually found at my walmart grocery section..a pack of “meat loaf mix”
which had the ground pork and ground veal. So I just got a small 1 pound pack of ground beef to go
with it and mixed it all together. The other part that made this meatloaf amazing..
the glaze! I used to always just do ketchup on top but this kicked it up a notch!
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1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 small Spanish onion, cut into small dice
Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper
Garlic Powder – a few good shakes? lol.
1/2 cup milk
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
2 large eggs
1 pound ground chuck
8 ounces ground pork
8 ounces ground veal
1 cup coarsely crushed saltine crackers (about 24)
1/3 cup minced fresh parsley

1/2 cup ketchup
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
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+Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
+Instead of using a loaf pan, line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
+For the Meatloaf: In a large bowl, whisk together the milk, mustard, Worcestershire,
and eggs, then season with salt, pepper and garlic.
+Add the beef, pork and veal along with the crackers, parsley and diced onion.
+Use your hands to mix until everything is evenly combined.
+Place the meat mixture on the prepared baking sheet and use your hands to gently form into a rustic loaf shape.
The shorter you make it the quicker it will cook…
So I made mine pretty short and round so I could get it on the table quicker!

+For the glaze: In a small bowl, combine the ketchup, brown sugar and apple cider vinegar.
+Spoon and spread the glaze all over the meatloaf, then bake about 1 hour.
+Let rest for 10 minutes before serving.
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This would be sooo good with sweet potatoes. That glaze is nice and sweet..with the brown sugar in it.
We had cornbread with it at dinner. The next day we had meatloaf sandwiches for lunch!
ENJOY! (and if you aren’t watching The Kitchen, you should check it out!)

Savory + Sweet Nacho Bar: Recipes + Inspiration

I love a Nacho Bar! It’s such a fun food theme for summer nights when you have friends over, or even family nights at home that you want to make extra special!
June is National Dairy Month! The National Frozen & Refrigerated Foods Association (NFRA) is igniting a healthy passion for refrigerated dairy foods, showing the delicious goodness that can come from the refrigerated dairy aisle. I’m joined in and shopped my refrigerated aisle to pull together my Nacho Bar! Enjoy the video!

I have a thing for white dishes haha. It’s my happy place. ;) Pulled out all my favorite pieces!
I used foil cake pans for the plates, the kids loved it. It’s fun and festive feeling.
You can use fresh produce to feed your family, but also to decorate the table!
I had a burlap runner and mini chalkboard easels from past parties that I threw on the table.
Layering different textures always makes the table come together…
so I used my woven placemats for more layers! Grab those succulents
from the kitchen counter and back patio table, and done!

Avocado Dip
(Avocado Mixed with Greek Yogurt)

2 Avocados
1/4 cup Cilantro, packed fresh leaves – finely chopped
1 Jalapeno – finely chopped (Optional)
1 tbsp Lime juice
1/2 tsp Salt, coarse
1 (6-oz) container Greek yogurt, non-fat plain

Blend/Stir Together
Queso Dip
(Soft American Cheese and milk)
1 Package of Velveeta Cheese
Can of Rotelle chopped tomatoes and chiles
Splash of milk for consistency
Pulled Pork
Crock pot.. barbecue sauce. amazingness.
(you could add in a can of chopped pineapple too!) from the amazing barbecue place a block away from your house.
because you are craving it. haha.


Cinnamon Sugar Tortilla Chips
I just cut into fourths corn tortillas, pan fried briefly in canola oil
and then immediately dropped in cinnamon sugar and tossed around. super easy!
Maple Cream Cheese Topping
4 oz Package Softened or Whipped Cream Cheese
2 Tbsp Maple Syrup
1 Tbsp Milk
Blend/Stir Together
Caramel Sauce (this is supposed to be super easy)

2 tablespoons salted butter
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
1/4 cup Coffee Mate Vanilla Natural Bliss Creamer
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
Store bought chocolate Sauce.

In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, whisk together
butter, brown sugar, creamer, and salt.
Bring to a boil (should take about 1 minute), then reduce heat.
Simmer for 5 minutes, whisking frequently.
Whisk in bourbon if using, stir, then remove from heat.
Pour caramel into a heatproof jar. Allow it to cool a few minutes before using.
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Fruit Party! – A New Start of Summer Tradition!

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Yesterday afternoon we had to run to the grocery store for the basics. I am just getting over the worst part of a cold and was wanting all the healthy things! plus we had ZERO toilet paper. It was kind of a forced outing. ;) We were getting strawberries, when the girls started pointing out all these “cool fruits” we hadn’t had in forever. specifically the kiwi. or bikini as sienna kept calling them??
So I decided that we should have our very own FRUIT PARTY! The girls were FREAKING.
Include party.. and a food in the same sentence.. and they are pumped.
I think the produce guy restocking, thought we were ridiculous. haha. Party time!
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Things were busy as soon as we got home so the fruit party didn’t happen till after dinner. Sophia said it could be our dessert. Micah was a part of the fruit party..but spent most of it eating in his high chair. otherwise it would have been turned into a fruit throwing party aka timeout party. He’s wild and too many of these fruits look like balls. in his defense.
I put out our trusty tablecloth I got at target a few years back (it’s vinyl?? or something easy to clean up.) Then we put out the new crayons and “crayon holder” we snagged at target earlier that day. The tin is in the dollar bin ($3) and perfect for the kids craft time! I love to color…so we just colored away together looking at the fruits and trying to draw them. I’m not an artist..but I realized I said that once or twice and sophia corrected me like mom are you kidding me you’re amazing.. so.. note to self… never saying I’m not good at coloring in front of the kids again.
a little sophia life lesson in the middle of our fruit party. ;)
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And now for the main event of the FRUIT PARTY…
Cutting open the fruit. This was hilarious because every slice brought a “oooooo what’s going to be insideeeee ahhh!!” commentarty from my girls. every. single. fruit. haha.
They loved seeing the insides and I thought they were all so pretty.
I loved seeing the girls inspect the fruits and seeds and comparing and picking their favorites.
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Next up we served up a few slices of each fruit for the girls!
(.75 plates from target. ps not a target post I just don’t shop anywhere else these days.)
They LOVED sampling the fruits.. even though they’ve had all of these before at one point… they haven’t had them all together before and it was like an explosion of fruit amazingness to them.
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It was an after dinner thing. nothing too fancy. but too them, it was epic.
They said it was the best party idea ever. and that they wished daddy was here for it but that he could eat the fruit when he got home for work. hehe cuties.
When I tucked them in bed last night they both said we had to do this every year…
Mophia: “what day is it?? we need to remember to do this next year!!”
Me: “Why don’t we just do it at the start of summer.. it can be our little tradition”
Girls: “YESSSSSS.”
So it’s decided. A Fruit Party officially kicks off summer now.
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Coloring time continued… and I was surprised with this little masterpiece.
heart bursting. insert all the heart emojis here.
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I just fed the crew breakfast..and now my husband is braiding the girls’ hair while I post this… Hubby of the year. I think the girls love it even more when he does
it because they know how hard he tries. haha.
Hope you have a wonderful morning and consider
throwing your own FRUIT PARTY as we kick off summer! It’s a fun + tasty tradition.