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I am a retired nurse and currently enjoying being a stay-at-home Mom and Wife.  I am the blessed mother of two and the proud grandmother of two. Cooking for me has always been a Love/Hate relationship.  I used to HATE to cook and anything to do with the kitchen yet I LOVED to eat good food.  A few years ago I got hooked on the Food Network channel.  The only thing that was wrong with that was, that I'd see all this amazing food and I can't cook like that.  My repertoire consisted of stuff like Sloppy Joe's and Hamburger Helper.  Well, one day, I had a crazy moment and decided I'd try one of the easy recipes from that Southern Queen of the kitchen, Paula Deen.  Now, to be honest, my first few forays into the unexplored territory of completely homemade recipes didn't always turn out as planned but most of them tasted pretty good.  As time went on, I got a little braver and started tweaking recipes to make them my own.  Sometimes they turned out beautifully and well, sometimes they didn't.  Sometimes I just had to shake my head and laugh...it was either that or cry (as a nurse, I can attest to the fact that laughter is the best medicine.)  Anyway, my Momma didn't raise a quitter so I keep trying and I even amaze myself sometimes when whatever I've cooked comes out amazing (like my Skillet Apple Pie).  Since my kitchen is not like the Food Network where you can have multiple "do overs" (and yours probably isn't either) I decided to share the fun on this blog.  I hope you enjoy sharing the journey with me, in the beauties that turn out, the blunders that don't and the bloopers that are just funny.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Redneck Hillbilly Meatloaf (Blunder)

Well, as most of you know my cooking doesn't always turn out like those wonderful recipes on The Food Network shows which is why I started this blog....to share in the triumphs and the blunders.   Last night was definitely a big time blunder.  I made a meatloaf that I've made LOTS AND LOTS of times and it always turns out perfect, but last night it couldn't even be called rustic.  Don't you love how on the food network shows, if something doesn't turn out exactly perfect and beautiful, they say "just look how rustic."  That is my new favorite expression when I'm cooking because, Hey! if it's good enough for Food Network chefs, it's good enough for me.  Anyway, I digress, back to the meatloaf.  I decided to be Miss Betty Crocker and make a meatloaf and homemade mashed potatoes for my sweet family.  I put all the ingredients together and mixed it all together in the bowl, stuck it in the oven and waited.  That's one of the things I love about making meatloaf is that you don't have to babysit it.  You can be doing other much more important things while it's cooking, like playing on Facebook and shopping on the internet (oops, did I say that?)  I meant to say stuff like cleaning, darning my husband's socks and weaving baskets (yeah, right...lol.)  So, after slaving away on the meatloaf, I did my important stuff that we talked about and the buzzer on the oven goes off and I get the meatloaf out of the oven and it was so far past rustic, I don't even know what you could call it.  Maybe hillbilly redneck?  My husband, bless his heart, ate it anyway and so did I.  The good news is that it still tasted good, especially with the homemade mashed potatoes, but it sure wasn't pretty.  It just goes to show, that even with recipes that are "tried and true," you can still have a blunder.   I still don't know why the meatloaf didn't stick together like it was supposed to (yes, I added the egg and bread crumbs), it was just one of those crazy cooking mishaps.  Oh well, Forest Gump said it best, "Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you're gonna get."   

So, until next time, enjoy the beauty around you and laugh at the blunders, life is so much better that way.