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Dinner anyone?

January 30th, 2008 at 08:34 pm

I've been enjoying 10 days off from my "office" job, but that's all about to change as I head back to the stage Saturday, and will be gone just about every night next week and part of the week after that. This doesn't bode well for the spending plan since I tend to blow off cooking when I'm working both jobs (or all four if you consider caring for the family and volunteering two additional jobs).

So this afternoon, I made enough homemade pasta sauce for dinner and two more meals. The recipe requires simmering the sauce on the stove for hours on end, but it's definitely worth the effort and beats anything that comes out of a jar.

I also plan on pulling out the crock pot and seeing if Broken Arrow will share some of his recipes with me so I can get stuff going in the mornings next week. (I've still got 6 pounds of ground beef in the freezer, BA, so send me a recipe for crock pot meatloaf -- no pressure though....)

I'm also going to put my husband to work on nights I'm not going to be eating with the fam. He's actually a baker, so he knows his way around the kitchen. But he tends not to cook when it's just him and Mini Me. However, if I can get him to make some real meals on nights I'm gone then we can eat leftovers the next day and it'll take the pressure off me.

Our anniversary is coming up in the next two weeks as well, so one of the few nights I'm free we're going to treat each other to an over-priced but delicious dinner out. Mini Me's been uninvited since she's taken to wearing her winter gloves at the dinner table and whining about how cold the house is. Plus her first-grade humor has deteriorated to farting jokes and burping so no need to embarrass anyone outside the family....

2 Responses to “Dinner anyone?”

  1. DeniseNTexas Says:

    I'm not BA but this is an excellent meat loaf! It's my favorite one, in fact.

    Magic Meat Loaf

    2 lbs ground beef or turkey or a mixture
    2 eggs
    2/3 cup quick-cooking oats
    1 pkg dry onion soup mix
    1/2 cup ketchup (I often use Country Bob's instead)

    Reserve 2 tablespoons ketchup, set aside.
    Combine the meat, eggs, oats, soup mix, and remaining ketchup.
    Shape into a loaf and put into the slow cooker.
    Top with remaining ketchup.
    Cover and cook on LOW 8 to 10 hours (HIGH: 4 to 6 hours).

  2. compulsive debtor Says:

    Thanks, Denise. I think I'll try it.

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