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mama’s meatloaf

As most of y’all know, I was on vacation last week. But, now I’m back- I’ll have a vacation highlight post coming up as well, along with some lime recipes..because I have a ton of Key Lime juice to use. (Yum) I also accidentally “stole” some utensils from a restaurant we visited. I’m not sure how that happened, but I’m thinking I need to take a trip back down to return them.

For today, there are two things: the OXO giveaway winner and meatloaf.

annnnd… the winner is Maureen!


About those kale chips…..love them, but my house smelled like the entire high school football team put all their sweaty clothes in a trash bag for a year and then dumped them in my house. Any suggestions on how to make them without ending up with a stinky house? As always, love your blog, Maureen

As for ideas to de-stinkify kale chips? Garlic powder helps a lot & tastes pretty darn good with the chips.

Congrats Maureen!!! 🙂

Meatloaf time.

How do you like my retro Pyrex dish? It was a thrift store score that screamed meatloaf to me. Well, not literally, of course….

My dishes don’t talk.

I know there are a million meatloaf recipes, and as much as I’d like to say that there is some never before done secret twist in this recipe- there isn’t. At least I think so… wait! I do have a magic secret. Ranch dressing (the liquid) has that been done before? Saltines? Shredded onion?  I probably should google it~ but, that means opening up another page and, to be honest I’m having fun just typing away chatting with you.

Hey…. wanna hear how cheap thrifty I was on vacation? Sure you do.

I usually buy a cookbook on vay-cay. However, this was my first vay-cay with my iPhone. And, I have this amazon app on it where you can scan whatever & see if it’s on Amazon. So, I found my $16.95 cookbook for $4.63 (including shipping) Ch-ching! And, I have a little excitement everyday waiting on my package. Yes, that’s fun for me. I’m weird like that. I love expecting packages.

And, I’m not picky about used cookbooks. Heck, I’m going to stain them up anyway…

You know it’s a good cookbook if  it’s stained. Just FYI. 😉

Meatloaf, meatloaf…. I put shredded cheese, carrots, and onions in mine. Along with crushed saltine crackers, ranch dressing and eggs and ketchup. Come to think of it… maybe it is “not you grandma’s meatloaf” The shredded veggies work great with the kids, one of my girls will dissect a meatloaf if there’s too many veggie chunks.

mama's meatloaf


  • 2 pounds lean ground beef or turkey
  • 1 egg
  • 1 small onion grated
  • 1 carrot grated
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 3 Tablespoons ranch dressing liquid
  • 16 32 squares saltine crackers, crushed
  • 3 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic either powder or fresh
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano


  • Preheat oven to 350
  • In a bowl, combine all ingredients. You may need to add more or less saltines- depending on how lean your meat is & how large you egg was.
  • Shape into a loaf
  • Place in a greased ovenproof pan
  • Bake for 1 hour, allow to sit at room temperature for 15 minutes before slicing.


Now… do you have any unusual “add-ins” in your meatloaf?

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