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I have spent a great deal of my life battling illness. I suffered from Crohn's Disease and eventually had abdominal surgery, thwarting the Crohn's and budding cancer cells. Since my surgery in 1995 I have been relatively free from Crohns', although I had several subsequent surgeries related to my ileostomy..When my disease was in remission, I don't think my husband realized how bad it could get, but he has stood by me. I also have suffered from various autoimmune disorders and am diagnosed with Stage IV Kidney Disease. Fortunately, I am maintaining and do not need dialysis at this point. We adopted our son and later found out he had cerebral palsy, so he became my career. Dan has had two surgeries and tons of therapy and is able to walk because of it. He is a college graduate and is employed as an Information Specialist. We are very proud of his accomplishements. I am now part of the retired generation and still getting used to the idea. I do enjoy crafting, traveling and being with family and friends. I am active in my church and feel that the hardships we endure are there to build our faith. I like to live life in the "now" as we never know how much time is left.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

What Will the Weekend Hold in Store?

Yesterday  I tried my hand at a new recipe.  I had almost a half of a meatloaf left from the other night so I searched for a recipe.
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 cup frozen sliced carrots
  • 2-3 cups leftover crumbled meat loaf
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons mustard
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon dried marjoram leaves
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 1 (20-ounce) package refrigerated mashed potatoes
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 65 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. In large skillet, melt 2 tablespoons butter over medium heat. Add onion and garlic; cook and stir 4-5 minutes until crisp-tender. Add carrots; cook and stir 4 minutes. Then add crumbled meatloaf; cook and stir 4-5 minutes until hot. Add flour; cook and stir for 3 minutes. Add broth, ketchup, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, marjoram, and salt and pepper to taste; simmer 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, heat potatoes as directed on package. Add peas and sour cream to beef mixture and pour into 2-1/2 quart casserole dish. Top with mashed potatoes and spread to cover, then run a fork over the potatoes to make shallow furrows. Bake for 25-35 minutes until filling is bubbly and potatoes are golden brown. Let cool 10 minutes, then serve.
I didn't have onions or carrots.  I did have onion in the meat loaf and mixed vegetables.  I didn't have beef broth, but had French onion soup mix.  It also called for ketchup and mustard.  I don't know if I liked that addition.  It was kind of too sweet for me.  I like more of a gravy mix.  Oh well...next time!  The family liked it!
Tonight I want to go the show.  A while back I had donated to a local theater who had to go digital.  In appreciation, I got a certificate for free admission to the show and a 12" pizza.  (It is a cinema/cafe).  
I want to see this.  I liked the movie with Charlton Heston way back when so I thought this would be good on the big screen.  I know, I'm weird.  My  son will go with me, cause no one else will. 
My husband has been working so hard and is so tired, but he will probably meet with the buddies for golf and cards this weekend.  Many are coming up from out of town.
Tomorrow is church and after I want to stop in on one our members who recently turned 94.  She is my church Mom.  She is not doing so well but will receive visitors in her home for a brief time.  It will probably be the last time I see her and will be difficult for me.  Such a beautiful, sweet lady!


Blackberry Lane said...

Thanks for the recipe.
Hope you and your son enjoy the movie.
It is a blessing that you can meet with your church mom. God bless you both.

Linda said...

Someday I am going to make Shepherds pie, glad your family liked it. Have fun at the movie...hope you enjoy it.

Cindy@NorthofWiarton said...

What a great idea to make Shepherd's Pie from leftover meatloaf. Never thought of it before as I always love eating leftover cold meatloaf sandwiches. Will be sharing your link with my Recipe Exchange on Facbeook, Deb. Thanks for sharing & hope your day has Sunshine in it soon.