I know from my past childhood that meatloaf was nasty!! I hated it when my mom would announce through the whole house that we would be having meatloaf!
To me meatloaf was bland, it had no flavor, and well even the smell of it cooking in the oven made me want to barf.
Yes that's right I said barf. Not that I was trying to disrespectful to my mom, but for pete's sake women QUIT MAKING MEATLOAF, for the long of humanity!!
Then one day while perusing through Pintrest I found this recipe for meatloaf and it intrigued me. I read through the ingredients and thought well this can't be bad at all.
2 lbs Ground beef
1/2 c bread crumbs
1/2 t of dried basil
1/2 t of Thyme
1/2 t of dried Oregano
1-2 minced garlic
1 small grated onion or chopped fine
1/2 t salt
1/4 t pepper
1/2 c of Grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 c of Marinara sauce ( I made my own)
1/2 c of shredded cheese
Mix all the ingredients expect the sauce and the cheese
Make into a loaf, place on pan, preheat 350. lightly cover with sauce, but leave some sauce for the cheese blend.
Bake for 45 min to 1 hour
About 7-5 min before done cove the rest of the sauce mixed with the cheese over the meatloaf and place back in for the remainder of time.
I have had it store bought cereal, even when you think it is good for you, read the ingredients. It is totally frustrating. I want to give my family good real food, but sometimes convenient is the way to go, not that I always want to resort to that.
Each week I prepare a menu and for breakfast I try to just keep it simple.
Tue-Grits, Eggs, and Bacon
Wed-Cereal and Toast
Fri- It varies
Sat- Egg Casserole
So, as you can see we eat cereal at least twice a week. It is a simple meal that can be prepared in just a matter of, well however long it takes you to get a bowl and some milk. Nothing really on my end either except maybe getting the bowl out of the cabinet.
I fished around for some different idea about homemade cereal and found none that sounded good to me. But, I remembered long time ago I asked a dear friend from Blooming with Blessings for her granola recipe.
Here it is.
1/2 c butter
1/2 c honey
4 c rolled oats
Nuts, raisins, coconut as desired
Melt the honey and butter. Pour over oats and other goodies. Mix well. Bake at 400 for 10. Stir and bake for an additional 5 if you want too.
The extras that I add in are dried cranberries, chopped almonds, and flax seed.
However, there are 3 other smaller people in the home that do not like this for cereal. I had to improvise. So, I replaced the butter with peanut butter, and left out the cranberries.
Made like the recipe instructed and poof I now have a peanut butter cereal that is well liked.
But, let me tell ya granola cereal can get a little old and so again the search continued and low and behold I found one that my two oldest just love. Grape nuts (homemade) This was perfect.
I found the recipe at Heavenly Homemakers. I just love Laura. She has great recipes that I make very often. However sometime I must tweak them to make the my family friendly .
On the Grape nut recipe I add a 1 T of nutmeg. I and my older two feel it gives it that something special.
There ya have it. It is super possible to get rid of all the Store bought cereal in your home. It just takes time to make.
What are some wonderful homemade breakfast foods you like to eat???
Well this little project really ended up being a family event (all except me). My hubby had all the kids involved some way or another. Which is great! From the wise words of Gil Bates ( a family I adore) "The kids need to have a skill." And, I totally agree with that, so any opportunity that my hubby and I have we want to teach our children a new skill to acquire.
So, without farther Ado......
So as you can see all the kiddos got to lend a helping hand!!!
So, I am going to just take a moment to say I have a very talented hubby. I believe that God has given this wonderful man a great talent to do ANYTHING he puts his mind to.