Tooting My Own School Horn

School is somehow still kicking my butt.  This week I got a test score back on my first test in Modern American History.  I got a low B, I was disappointed with myself but it was a hard test.  The teacher then began rhetorically asking why the grades were so low.  He said that the highest score was in the 80s, and only one person was in the 8os range. Me! Now because of it holds this person “in high regard”.  I am still terrified of his class, but hopefully if he knows me and knows I am a hard worker he might not lump me in with the misbehaving football players.  Ah, it’s like high school all over again.

My PE teachers have also been kicking my butt, more physically than mentally.  It seems as though everything has gotten kicked up in high gear.  In my step class I finally started to understand what move she is asking for and learning the order, though she changes the routine every class.

It’s standard right, tap, tap,round-a-bout, corner, corner, combo, pivot, mambo, pivot, walk, combo, dip, dip, and kick.

Not

standard right, tap, tap, round-a-bout, corner, corner, standard (what foot), pivot, combo, walk…..wait what foot am I on?

I’ll get it someday…I think.

 

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…The Meat Loaf

It’s Sunday Night again, which means I am making a meal that will not only feed us tonight but also tomorrow night (and possibly lunch).  This is so Honey and I have food waiting for us when we get home Monday night.  Tomorrow I have my step aerobic, jogging, and weight training classes and  don’t get home until later.  He has offered to cook on the nights I have school, but I declined.  It is nice not having the pressure of rushing home and showering so I am at the table at a certain time.  He can eat whenever he wants to and so can I. All kinds of WIN.

I have been shamefully tardy on posting this recipe but I wanted to supply pictures as I made it.  I attempted it a few times, but never found the right “angles”.  Then I realized that while this particular meal is delicious it is not pretty to look at it.  I am speaking of course of the loved, the feared, the American Staple of the dinner table…the Meat Loaf.

I got the base of this recipe out of Better Homes and Gardens Cook Book.  There is a little icon next to the recipe that says “Best Loved” =O.  Um yeah, I don’t know how the votes were tallied on this one, but the people that love it must love themselves some bland food.  I will write the original measurements but put my portions of seasonings next to it.  So here we go.

Prep: 20 minutes Bake: 1 hour 20 minutes Stand: 10 minutes Oven: 350° F

Ingredients:

2 Beaten Eggs

3/4 cup of Milk

2/3 cup fine dry bread crumbs

1/4 cup finely chopped onion (I use an over flowing cup of chopped, not finely, onion)

2 tbsp snipped fresh parsley (optional in my opinion)

1 tsp Salt (I agree)

1/2 tsp dried Sage Leaf, Basil or Oregano, crushed (I prefer basil on red meat, and I use at least a full tsp)

1.5 lbs Ground Beef

1/4 cup catsup (I use almost 1/2 cup because my loaf is a little larger and I like to make sure it’s covered)

2 tbsp Brown Sugar (I don’t add anymore, that is plenty-besides there is enough sugar in catsup)

1 tsp dry mustard

1/8 tsp Black Pepper (WTF?!? is that even a measurement, I’ll tell you how much later)

(I also use Garlic Powder, amount is up to you)

1. In a bowl combine (beaten)eggs and milk; stir in bread crumbs, onion, parsley, salt, sage/basil/or oregano (try the basil, trust me), and …(now eye that mixture and grind up as much pepper as you think that mixture can take).  Stir it all together.

2. Now put in the ground beef.  IF YOU WANT TO USE GARLIC POWDER, DO NOT MIX IN MEAT YET.  With the ground meat laying on top of the mixture sprinkle garlic powder directly onto the meat (I think it will season the meat more than putting it in the mixture).  Now mix the meat in.

3. Lightly pat mixture into an 8x4x2 inch loaf pan.  If you do not have a loaf pan, put aluminum foil on a large (cookie sheet size) baking pan with raised sides and mold the mixture into a loaf shape (that’s what I do).

4. Bake at 350º for 1 to 1 1/4 hours or until eternal temperature registers 160º.  Spoon off any fat.

5. In a bowl mix catsup, mustard, and brown sugar.  Spread over meat and cook for ten more minutes.

6. Let stand for ten minutes before serving.

I found I do this recipe a little different each time.  Play with the measurements, find out what tastes good to you in this ugly, yet delicious meat dish.  And don’t forget 1/8 tsp is NOT a measurement.  (Unless we’re talking arsenic, and in that case you found the wrong blog.)

Enjoy!

Opinions, Everyone Has One

This week two ladies I know were offered jobs that provide new opportunities and adventures, but both are hesitant.  One has accepted the position but she is leery of what this job will cost her current way of life and what she has spent years building.  On the other hand it is a fun field and reflects her interests.  Luckily she has options, so if she hates it she’s not stuck.  I wish her the best of luck and hope she has more fun than she can possibly imagine.

The other Lady has the weekend to make her decision, her job opportunity would require her to move to Oregon from Northern California.  Portland to be exact.  There are a lot of things for her to consider before accepting or declining this job, and I have a feeling they have been gnawing on her for the last 48 hours.  I spoke to her yesterday and she brought up some concerns she would have with moving that I was not aware of.  But I still think she should take it.  I always “try” (please note the quotes and underline-that is a strong try-but an imperfect one) to be a good listener and get a good sense of their feelings on a subject before I offer my advice.  I have known this person for nine-ish years and we were extremely close for awhile so I know how her brain use to work-but now that we don’t see or speak to each other as often, I am a little clueless in how it works currently.  I gently pressed my opinion while we were on the phone but I think, as per usual, I did not truly express how I felt on the matter.  I have that issue…even here.  So I did something that I am still happy I did, but at the same time a little regretful about it.  I sent an email with my “balls out on the table” opinion.

I don’t normally do things like that, I am opinionated, but I often to not convey those opinions to others-especially if it concerns their life.  Which no matter how close I am to them, is not mine to delegate.  It was not a “you must do this” email. It was meant to be a rallying email, to get her more excited about the possibility of the changes the move could make, so she wouldn’t focus on all the  scary things that the move could make.  In the end I said as long it is what SHE wants, not anyone else, that all the people that love her will support whatever decision she makes.  I haven’t heard back from her, which does not mean anything.  But I worry when I speak up to much how others will react, especially if they are not use to it.  I hope what I said did not hurt her in any way.

Regardless of what happens with both of these ladies and their new opportunities, I am so happy for them!  They both had the courage to step out of their comfort zone and try for something new.  Their talents (which they both underestimate) are being recognized and rewarded, they are an example to those of us who have a problem just even throwing our name in the hat.

Good luck to both of you Lovely Ladies.