The McCoy family zoo grows again (not including the baby cows: two here, one to go). Because we are crazy and despite the fact that some family members are allergic, we decided to make all Luke’s dreams come true. Oh Lukey, such an animal lover, he’s been begging for a cat for almost two years.
Meet Bella, the sweetest little rescue kitten from the Humane Society. To say we are all a little smitten would be an understatement. Luke cried fat tears of happiness two days in a row so I figure my parent-of-the-year award should be showing up any day now in the mail.
And speaking of parenting, can we talk about basketball tournaments for 8-year-olds (6 games!) on the same weekend as daylight savings? And cruddy colds? And soccer practice in gusting wind and pouring rain? Did I mention daylight savings? Gah.
One kid might be crying tears of joy but I can assure you the rest of us were not. So maybe no parenting award anytime soon.
How about a meatloaf recipe? Because sometimes (well most of the time really) dinner just needs to be simple and quick and healthy-ish. I usually make roasted potatoes on the side and maybe a few carrot sticks for kids or a basic salad. Leftovers freeze well which comes in handy on busy crazy nights.
- 2 pounds ground beef
- 1 onion, diced
- 2 medium carrots, grated
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 cup seasoned (Italian) bread crumbs
- 1 cup ketchup
- 1 teaspoon deli mustard
- 1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce
- 2 eggs
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1 teaspoon ground pepper
- barbecue sauce
In a medium sauté pan, heat olive oil over medium-low heat. Cook onion and carrot for 3 to 4 minutes until the vegetables are soft. Take off heat and set aside. In a large bowl mix together beef, vegetables, bread crumbs, ketchup, mustard, Worcestershire, eggs and salt and pepper. Spray muffin tin with cooking spray. Scoop meat mixture into muffin tins. Top with barbecue sauce. Bake in a 350 degree oven for about 30 minutes. Baking time will vary slightly based on how big your ‘muffins’ are.