21 April 2009

No. 1 dinner.

...making skillet lasagna again tonight. Seriously, if you haven't made it yet, what the heck is your deal? :) My appetite has been really weird again lately -- hungry, then nauseated by the time I go to eat... things I normally like taste weird. When will it end? Sigh. :) That being said, this lasagna is so delicious, I'm actually looking forward to eating. Brad's belly will be happy, too -- his meals suffer when my guts are in a funk. But today I think I shall redeem myself!

16 April 2009

Mad and crotchety.

Hooray! I have my laptop back! Woohoo!

I'm still getting all my crap sorted out, but, in the meantime, check out this awesome site (and share it with all your friends!):


It's my dearest Jessica's very own Etsy shop, which she is sharing with her very crafty family. She's just getting started, so check back often for new wares (the girl can crotch-it up a shawl overnight!). Good luck to Jessica and the other Ryans!

02 April 2009

Everyone loves a good 'loaf.

Just a quick loafy post in case anyone is looking for an easy turkey meatloaf recipe that actually doesn't taste like blah. I've had this old Cooking Light recipe for skinny turkey-spinach meatloaf laying around for years, and I finally tried it out last night. 1 lb packages of (Italian-seasoned) ground turkey were on sale, so I used all turkey and no beef (but I can only imagine adding the 1/2 lb of beef adds to the flavor, so I might try it next time). I was also feeling particularly lazy and didn't saute the onions, just put 'em in raw.

I've never tried out the pan-less loaf method before, so I was a little nervous... Especially since I SUCK at numbers... 12 inches? 5 inches? Who the hell knows! Ha! So I estimated... I think I got the length right but made it a little too thick -- excuse the poor-quality photo, but you get the gist:

The recipe estimates a cooking time of 45 minutes, but for whatever reason(s), mine took a little longer to get to 160 degrees -- I'd guess pretty close to an hour. But it came out lookin' tasty! Ok, it's not pretty. But I knew it would be tasty, right?

...that's a little puddle of fat you'd usually eat because it'd get cooked right into the loaf. Yum!

It was a big hit (especially with a big ole pile of mashed potatoes) -- even my dad liked it, and he is BEEF BEEF BEEF to the core. Super flavorful, light-ish, and hey, it's got spinach, so it's double the healthy. So, like I said, if you're lookin... I'm recommending!