Meatloaf for the masses

Today’s adventures in cooking included chicken and wild rice chowder made with last night’s roast chicken carcass, a country oat artisan bread loaf, and meatloaf. I made my Mom’s light meatloaf recipe tonight. I was never a huge meatloaf fan, but I tried this on a recent trip home and it was pretty good (not heavy or greasy, like many a meatloaf). My son really likes it too (He’s just embarking on the journey into solid-food land. We’ve been doing, “Baby-Led Weaning” with him and this recipe is a fairly basic meatloaf perfect for little fingers to pick up). My husband is a meatloaf nut too, so I figured I was out voted by the boys in the house. It was good, but I think I may attempt a more adventurously flavoured meatloaf next, as this is fairly mild. Here’s the recipe if anyone’s interested:

1 lb extra-lean ground beef
1 c 1% cottage cheese strained
2 egg whites
2 tbsp flour
1/2 tsp parsley flakes
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp pepper
1/2 c bread crumbs
1/4 water
1 tbsp ketchup

Mix 1st 9 ingredients. Pack into a loaf pan, spread ketchup on top, bake uncovered in a 350F oven for 1 1/4 hours.

I think my next attempt will be this one:

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/the-best-meatloaf-ive-ever-made/detail.aspx

I’ll keep you posted!

8 months A.D.(After Delivery): A Good Time to enter the “Virtual World”

I’m officially a blogger. This has been a long time coming. Finlay, my first child, turned 8 months old today. This got me thinking about everything that has changed in my life in the last year. It has been a massive change. A rock you to the core kind of change. So much so that I’ve started thinking about my life in 2 segments; B.C. (Before Children) and A.D. (After Delivery). I really do feel like a new person. People tell you that having kids will change your life, and it’s a big change. HUGE. And until you take the plunge and dive into the deep end without your water-wings, you’ll never understand how life-altering having children really is. I’m not saying it’s been a bad thing. It’s been great! Amazing! Miraculous in fact. But it’s such a dramatic shift from who I was, that it’s a bit earth shattering too. Now that I’m 8 months into it, I feel like I’m finally getting used to the transition. I’ve hit my “groove” so to speak. So what better time to start blogging than now. I’ve contemplated blogging for an age, but thought, “Who’d ever want to read what I wrote.” But the more and more I ponder the idea the less I care about followers and the more I care about having a place to jot down my ideas, feelings and inspirations. A spot to store my day-to-day musings, creative ideas, photos, motherhood successes and failures, recipe successes and failures, life successes and failures. So here goes nothing….this plunge into the pool is a cinch!