Sunday, April 15, 2012

Back to school...

I go back to school tomorrow after being off for the Easter holiday and Spring Break.  While I most definitely didn't get everything I wanted to accomplish checked off of my list, it was a productive break!

On the upside...only 34 more days left of school, per my favorite school bud.

Lots to do this week!  Opening Day is Saturday!  

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Dinner Tonight - Pioneer Woman Meatloaf

I've been pretty good lately about trying new recipes, etc. Tonight I tried the Pioneer Woman's Meatloaf. Thumbs up! The only thing I did differently was use leftover cheesy garlic biscuits from Easter. I'm out of bread!

    1 cup Whole Milk
    6 slices White Bread
    2 pounds Ground Beef
    1 cup (heaping) Freshly Grated Parmesan Cheese
    1/4 teaspoon Seasoned Salt
    3/4 teaspoons Salt
    Freshly Ground Black Pepper
    1/3 cup Minced Flat-leaf Parsley
    4 whole Eggs Beaten
    10 slices Thin/regular Bacon
    1-1/2 cup Ketchup
    1/3 cup Brown Sugar
    1 teaspoon Dry Mustard
    Tabasco To Taste


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Pour milk over the bread slices. Allow it to soak in for several minutes.

Place the ground beef, milk-soaked bread, Parmesan, seasoned salt, salt, black pepper, and parsley in a large mixing bowl. Pour in beaten eggs.

With clean hands, mix the ingredients until well combined. Form the mixture into a loaf shape on a broiler pan, which will allow the fat to drain. (Line the bottom of the pan with foil to avoid a big mess!)

Lay bacon slices over the top, tucking them underneath the meatloaf.

Make the sauce: add ketchup, brown sugar, mustard, and hot sauce in a mixing bowl. Stir together. Pour 1/3 of the mixture over the top of the bacon. Spread with a spoon.

Bake for 45 minutes, then pour another 1/3 of the sauce over the top. Bake for another 15 minutes. Slice and serve with remaining sauce.

Serving Size: 8

Number of Servings: 8

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Review - Good Life Cafe

I had lunch with my chicas Tuesday at the newly opened Good Life Cafe'. It's nestled between Ridgewood Tap and Twisted Q on Ridge Road. It was a winner!

As soon as I walked in, I was welcomed from behind the counter. It's fresh and has a fun menu full of dishes that are named after special people close to the cafe'.

OK, and this is kind of geeky, but I felt sorta fancy with the glasses our drinks were served in. While they have a wide variety of libations, I hit the hard stuff out of the gate....Diet Pepsi! Come on, I'm on Spring Break! I'm allowed to live a little, right? Anyhooo, the glass reminded me of the ones we used in my house growing up.

Even was good ice! I'm a dork, I know. Fancy glasses and good ice??? I'm in love!

Two of us had the Spinach Salad with strawberries, pecans and a raspberry vinaigrette. Oh yeah, it had bleu cheese crumbles as well, but I tend to avoid bleu cheese at any cost. I try, really...but GAG! My other friend had the Spicy Chipotle Turkey Wrap. It was a nice size, but wasn't ginormous and awkward to handle. She gave it a thumbs up!

We talked to the Assistant Manager, Christina for a bit and she told us about all the fun things they have going on. The 3rd Sunday of the month, they have a wine tasting! Sounds like fun to me!

They're open early for the breakfast crowd and there was some decent seating. One of the things that caught my attention was the sandwich special they have. It's a half sandwich, drink and a bag of chips for $5. I immediately thought of beach days. I'm not a huge Subway fan and Jimmy Johns (Vito...YUMMMM!!) isn't typically open when we trek out to the beach in the morning. Guess where I'm picking my lunch from?? You guessed it!

So...give the place a try! It's definitely a fun place to grab lunch or a light dinner with friends!

The Good Life Cafe'

Harden Family Fire Fund

On April 9th, the Harden family lost everything when their home caught fire on the corner of 191st & Center Ave. Many of you know the Hardens because of their involvement in the community. Calvin Harden has been the president of Homewood Baseball & Softball Leagues for the past two years and gives countless hours to the organization and children in our community. The Hardens are also very involved in the music program in District 153.

The Harden Family Fire Fund has been established at Chase Bank (183rd & Dixie) and is accepting monetary donations at this time. You can also donate to the account via PayPal. If you would like to help, please use the link below or stop in at Chase Bank.