Wednesday, February 2, 2011


so we had a blizzard last night, about 16-20 inches of snow overnight, blowing, drifting, etc.

that is the indent where TJ's car was...

that's looking down my street

that's my neighbors car

that's my snowed-in car

So because I couldn't go anywhere today, i decided to make a nice dinner, and then something sweet. Well, TJ got called in early to his second job, delivering pizza, so his dinner will be waiting for him when he gets off work. so my "nice dinner" didn't exactly work the way i wanted it to....putting me into a depression, but hey. i'll work though it, i think :P

I made meatloaf, a modified recipe from the pioneer woman. :) LOVE her recipes, but since i was only making for two people, not C and D, just TJ and I, i decided to half the recipe, hence the modifications :)

I also made cookie bars, but cuz i don't have a jelly roll pan, i halved the recipe (a bit of a theme here...) and put them in an 8x8 pan...they took a lil longer to bake, cuz they're thicker, but they still look good :)

the recipe for the cookie bars is:

Cookie Bars

1 c butter/marg
3/4 c sugar
3/4 c brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
2 1/4 c flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
12 oz bag choc chips

Mix together as for cookies. Spread batter in a
greased 10x15 jelly roll pan. Bake at 375*F for
15-20 min or until golden brown.

Thats the full recipe, obviously.

and the meatballs:

1 cup Whole Milk
6 slices White Bread
2 pounds Ground Beef
1 cup (heaping) Freshly Grated Parmesan Cheese
¼ teaspoons Seasoned Salt
¾ teaspoons Salt
Freshly Ground Black Pepper
⅓ cups Minced Flat-leaf Parsley
4 whole Eggs Beaten
10 slices Thin/regular Bacon
1-½ cup Ketchup
⅓ cups Brown Sugar
1 teaspoon Dry Mustard
Tabasco To Taste

Preparation Instructions

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.

Because i halved the recipe, i used half strips of bacon, then fried the rest of the bacon up...YUMMY bacon covered meatloaf is amazing. I made this recipe the first week i moved into this house...its still yummy! now i'm just waiting to get hungry so i can eat it!!!! :P


  1. All that snow looks like so much fun to me, but I'm sure it's a huge hassle!

  2. my boyfriend, TJ/zero dug my car out for me...what a sweetheart :)