I've been doing just that with the chore routine for the boys. After a bit of practice for all of us, it becomes the new normal. The older two boys are doing cat litters three times a week, emptying the dishwasher every morning, cleaning the bathroom sink and mirror every Friday, folding / putting away their own laundry, doing regular clean-ups throughout the day, getting the table ready to eat, after-meal clean-up and now after-breakfast chores: Diego clears and wipes the table, then puts the dishes into the dishwasher while Truen sweeps.
After just a few days, it absorbed into their system. I generally don't even have to remind them and they almost 'whistle while they work'. It is an especially sweet outcome for me, since both boys turned into dark clouds after I made the initial announcement of their new after-breakfast chores, and then accused by an angst-filled Diego who wailed, "Why are you ruining our lives??"
Right. I had to turn my face aside and chuckle over that one. It was so preposterous it wasn't even worth getting mad about. And that same morning, both of them followed-up with a "That wasn't so bad" and "I actually like putting dishes in the dishwasher / sweeping". Seriously.
But this post isn't about chores, it is about meatloaf. Scrumptious, mouth-watering meatloaf.
I lahv meatloaf.
New at our house is "Meatloaf Monday". It is so simple and such a great kick-off for the week. I never have to wonder what I'm going to make that night or what I should pull out of the freezer that weekend. It is already scripted into my weekly routine.
In addition, I've hit the sweet-spot where I don't even need to look at a recipe. I've got it down pat. It's my own creation too, grain-free and loaded with vegetables.
- 2 lbs ground beef
- 1 large onion
- 1-2 carrots
- 1 parsnip
- 4-5 mushrooms
- 3-4 cloves garlic
- 1-2 cups cooked squash
- 1 egg
- 2 tsp sea salt
- parsley, sage
- home-rendered tallow
:: Preheat oven to 350
:: Chop the vegetables and saute them in beef fat, adding the garlic toward the end
:: Put the cooked squash and egg into a large bowl, then beat the egg
:: Once the vegetables are soft and sweet and slightly brown, add it to the bowl along with the meat
:: Add salt, pepper, parsley, sage
:: Mix well, then put back into the 12" cast-iron skillet
:: Bake for 40 minutes
Oooo-la-la, it is amazing.
I love it with baked sweet potatoes, cabbage salad, and a pickle on the side.