Foodie Friday {Meatloaf}…

My mom makes the best cornbread … until I met Trader Joes.

My mom makes the best meat loaf … until I met Paula Deen.

I refuse to eat meatloaf at a restaurant because I have no idea what kind of meat they use.  I refuse to eat other people’s meat loaf because my mom always made the best.  ♥ You Mom! 🙂

Raymond & I were watching the Food Network a few months back.  Paula and her son, Boobbbbyyy *nasal southern voice* were cooking up a meat loaf.  It looked easy and delicious, which are my two qualifiers for trying a new recipe.  Off to the computer I went to print the recipe.  It is now a household staple! 🙂

Thanks Paula! 😉


*Modified from this recipe*

  • 1 lb lean ground beef
    • I prefer 96/4
  • (6 oz) can tomato paste
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 green pepper, chopped
  • 4 oz mushrooms, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 cup quick-cooking steel cut oats
    • Quick-cooking oats would work as well
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 tsp
    • Italian seasoning
    • Salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the above ingredients.
  3. Shape mixture into a loaf pan.
  • 1/3 cup ketchup
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard
  1. In a small bowl, whisk together above ingredients.
  2. Slather mixture on top of meat loaf.
  3. Bake 50-60 minutes.  Until meat loaf is firm and cooked all the way through.
  4. Serve with mashed potatoes.

We consider this our heart healthy meat loaf.  It is delicious!

Note:  there will be some water/liquid that cooks out.  This is from the vegetables.  

Until next time…

Super Bowl Sunday {Recipes}…

I usually dont blog on the weekends, but I wanted to share a delicious {and original} recipe for this weekend’s football game. 🙂  To say that I love to cook might be an understatement.  However, I had hit a plateau with my recipe inspiration {thank you Pinterest for reviving my inspiration}.  You see, I need recipes to cook up great things.  There are only a hand full of dishes that I make without them … you know the kind that comes from your head.  Well chili happens to be one of them.  I made the most delicious pot of chili today and I finally documented it!  I thought I would share with you!


  • 2 lbs Ground Beef
  • (15.5 oz) Can of Light Red Kidney Beans, rinsed & drained
  • (15.5 oz) Can of Dark Red Kidney Beans, rinsed & drained
  • (15.5 oz) Can of Pinto Beans, rinsed & drained
  • (15.25 oz) Can of Corn, rinsed & drained
  • (2) (14.5 oz) Cans of Stewed Tomatoes, chopped
  • (15 oz) Can of Tomato Sauce
  • (8 oz) Can of Tomato Paste
  • Medium Onions, chopped
  • Large Green Pepper, chopped
  • (8 oz) Package of Mushrooms, chopped (any variety)
  • Cloves of Garlic, minced
  • (1-2) Jalapeños, chopped
  • (2) (12 oz) Beer (any variety)
  • Palmful – Paprika
  • Palmful – Oregano
  • One packet of Chili Mix
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Palmfuls of Sugar (to taste)
  • Ketchup (to taste)
  1. Brown beef in a non-stick skillet.  Pour in large stockpot
  2. Drain & Rinse beans and corn.  Add to stockpot.
  3. Add tomato sauce and paste.
  4. Add onions, green pepper, mushrooms, garlic, and jalapeño.
  5. Chop stewed tomatoes.  Pour sauce from can and tomatoes into stockpot.
  6. Add beers and packet of chili mix.
  7. Simmer on low to medium for 20 minutes.
  8. Taste and add spices, sugar, and ketchup to taste.
  9. Simmer on low for up to an hour.  The longer it simmers the better the flavor — just make sure it doesnt burn.
  10. Serve with cornbread muffins (I prefer Trader Joes variety).
Raymond and I are heading to his brother’s house for the game.  I havent seen Raymond this excited about driving to Dallas (North Carolina) in awhile.  His brother and wife just had  their first baby, which is causing the anticipation I believe.  We also plan to make:
Paula Deen’s Mini Burgers   (with a twist — mushrooms & smoked gouda)
I prefer to bake up cupcakes or Reese Cup Brownie Bites — but since his family has a lot of health problems, Raymond asked me to keep it fairly healthy.  Fine — Ill save the really yummy stuff for another day!
What are you making for the big game?
Go Patriots…Go Giants….I am honestly pulling for them both.  What can I say, I think they are both great!
Until next time…


Savannah, GA – Planning a Trip to the Low Country

Hello!  I’ve been MIA for awhile…sorry about that!  Just spent a few days in the low country — Savannah, GA.  Really interesting place to visit.

Savannah GA 2 Savannah

If you are planning a trip to the lowcountry — a few words of advice:

 1. Stay downtown in the Historic District.  (you can walk to anything and everything you need.)

We stayed at the Planters Inn.  Highly recommend if you are looking for the B&B feel without the B&B ‘charm’ (aka shared bathrooms and community breakfast).

Planters Inn


Planters Inn Christmas

A few others: Hilton Garden Inn, Double Tree, Ballastone Inn, & Bohemian Hotel.

2.  Visit the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist.  (gorgeous Catholic cathedral that offers free visitations during the day except during Mass)

Cathedral of St. John the Baptist


Inside of Cathedral of St. John the Baptist Inside of Cathedral of St. John the Baptist 2

3. To see the town, A) take a jogging tour — get in your exercise and cover more territory, B) rent bicycles, C) take a horse and carriage ride, or D) ride around on the trolley.

Running in Savannah

Running in Savannah

4. Eat at The Olde Pink House for dinner — exceptional service and food.  I mean exceptional!

Jennifer & Raymond in Savannah

5.  Visit several historic homes throughout the district ($10/adult)

Savannah GA

 6.  Eat at The Lady & Sons Restaurant (Paula Deen’s restaurant) — they offer the typical southern fried food options.  I was hoping to run into Paula herself!

Jennifer at Lady & Sons Restaurant

7.  Walk down to Forsyth Park (huge park that is stunning, full of oaks and moss)

8.  Take a walk along the river.  The shops, bars, and restaurants have a very different feel about them.  I thought I was in a Pirates of the Caribbean movie.

9.  Watch the sunset at the rooftop bar of the Bohemian Hotel.  Beautiful view of the river, bridge, and sunset.  And they make a mean Bloody Mary!

Bohemian Restaurant Savannah

And last but certainly not least, have fun!  We sure did!  It’s hard to believe that Christmas is next week!  Watch for a few fun Christmas surprises for next week’s posts. 🙂

As Paula Deen says, “From my kitchen to yours…”  Enormous respect for a woman who built an empire on Southern cooking and charm! 🙂