Yesterday was my baby sister’s birthday and literally at the end of the day my middle sister text me and said let’s meet at PF Chang’s at 5. I don’t get off until 5 and I didn’t read the text until 12 minutes after she sent it. I snuck out of the office 15 minutes early, only to realize I had left my groceries in my office and had to run back in. I also didn’t have a gift, mind you, but I had Birthday cards in my desk drawer! Score! And as luck would have it, the traffic GODS were on my side because I got off the exit within 10 minutes of leaving work and that’s a record. I did a quick drive-thru of the ATM because we all love cash and made it to the restaurant with them having drinks. We realized it was Happy Hour and just opted to take part of that and ordered several appetizers.
Birthdays are so special and we have to embrace them and cherish time with family! A fun time was had by all!
Happy Hour Tapas!
I got all my Sisters with me! #wearefamily
I know it’s been a while, but I’m back with a new recipe and it’s something that I don’t normally eat. Just the thought of Meatloaf actually puts a frown on my face! I think the last time I ate Meatloaf, I was probably a little girl and I had to eat it for nourishment because you know you ate whatever Mama cooked lol. To me Meatloaf was just a dressed up hamburger cooked in a loaf pan, which by the way, I didn’t even own one lol, with tomato paste/sauce on it and sorry, that just didn’t appeal to me in the least. I think then was when I just developed an attitude against said Meatloaf. Well, that brings us to last week, I saw my girl, SmartNSassyMom’s tweet of an Everyday Meatloaf and I was so curious because it seemed so easy to make and was not like the traditional Meatloaf with Tomato Paste on top that I grew up eating. It actually seemed appetizing and appealing to my palette lol. Check out the recipe below:
- 1/3 cup reduced-sodium marinara sauce
- 1/3 cup panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)
- 2 tablespoons grated onion $
- 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1 pound ground sirloin $
- 1 large egg
- Cooking spray
- 2 ounces part-skim mozzarella cheese, shredded (about 1/2 cup)
- Combine first 8 ingredients (through egg) in a large bowl; stir gently to combine. Spread beef mixture evenly in a 9 1/2-inch microwave-safe loaf dish coated with cooking spray; do not pack beef mixture into dish. Loosely cover with a paper towel. Microwave at HIGH 8 minutes.
- Preheat broiler.
- Sprinkle meat loaf with cheese; broil 3 minutes or until browned.
Take a look at how my Everyday Meatloaf faired:
It was seriously, just that simple! My husband was curious how was I going to make Meatloaf that fast, but it was served to him in a jiffy. We try to eat low carb/clean during the week, so I just served it with steamed Squash, Zucchini and Onions.
Verdict: It was a hit in my house and I will definitely make it again.
Mods: I was too lazy to cut up any onions, so I just used the about 4 tablespoons of Tomato Trinity = Tomatoes, Onions and Bell Pepper.
If you like Meatloaf, you should definitely give it a whirl!
I Loves me some Target! So much so, that I got that Red card to save me an extra 5%! What I have a lot of luck in, is the the shoe department. My latest find was from Fashionistaover40. I had been eyeing these Birk’s before Essence, but didn’t want to pay that price, so I settled for some Sam & Libby’s that my BFF sent me a pic of, that were a fraction of the cost at $29.99. Here is a pic:
This shoe also came in a silver color as well, but is no longer sold online or in the store.
Now, back to the Birk look-a-like, I was actually in Houston, TX over the weekend when I read Fashionistaover4o’s blog and found the shoes were the topic of her blog post. I didn’t dare seek out a Target store there because we were already pressed for time, so I just looked online when I got home and it looked like I was in luck, I could find these in store and I did. So, on my lunch, I traveled on down the road to the closest location and score! They are beauties:
These also come in black and brown, the brown actually looks bronze, go figure:
And then, this happened:
As you can already tell, I Loves me an animal print too lol! This shoe is also available in black:
All of these latest finds are on sale this week for $19! Get you some!
I LOVE Salmon and found this recipe on Pinterest and gave it a whirl last night.
The Prep – mixed the seasoning and Salmon is ready to be dressed
Salmon is dressed and ready for the Oven
The finished product = Delicious!
Recipe is below:
- 2 lbs. wild caught whole salmon fillet
- 2 Tb. olive oil
- 1 lime, zest and juice
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 jalapeño, grated
- Salt and pepper
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper and lay the salmon fillet on it. Pat dry with a paper towel.
- Whisk the oil, lime zest, and garlic together. Grate the jalapeño and smell for spiciness. If it is very spicy (or you are sensitive to spice) add only half the grated pepper. Otherwise add it all to the oil mixture. Pour the mixture over the salmon fillet and salt the pepper liberally.
- Bake for 10-14 minutes, until just cooked through, but not dry. Squeeze lime juice over the top and serve warm.
Mods: I used Salmon Seasoning in lieu of salt and pepper. Also, I failed to buy Parchment paper, so I just used aluminum foil.
Verdict: I would definitely make this again!