Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Sweet & Spicy Meat Loaf Sandwiches

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Sweet & Spicy Meat Loaf Sandwiches
Potato Bread
Horseradish Spread
Potato Salad (Store Bought)

Sweet & Spicy Meat Loaf

2 eggs beaten
2/3 cup seasoned fine dry bread crumbs
1 cup onion Рfinely chopped & saut̩ed
½ cup ketchup
¼ cup milk
½ cup raisins (I use golden)
½ tsp salt
¼ tsp ground cloves
1/8 tsp black pepper
1 ½ lbs ground sirloin

1/3 cup ketchup
3 TBSP brown sugar

Preheat oven to 350. Combine first set of ingredients and cook in 9x5x3 pan for 1 hour and 15 minutes. Mix ketchup and brown sugar together and spread over meat and bake for another 5 minutes. Let sit for 10 minutes before slicing. Serve on potato bread with horseradish spread.

Horseradish Spread

1/3 cup mayonnaise
1 TBSP horseradish
Mix together until well blended.

My Notes:
This meatloaf is the sweet (cloves and raisins) and the spread is the spicy. It goes GREAT together. Also is great for leftovers the next day, or to take with you to work for lunch.

Source: (with changes)

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Pinkalicious Drink


Pinkalicious is Hannah's favorite story right now and we have the perfect drink to go along with her book.

Pinkalicious Drink

7up (or other lemon-lime soda)
Raspberry or Strawberry Sherbet

Put 2 scoops into a large glass or 1 scoop into a small glass. Fill with 7up and let it sit for about 5 to 10 minutes. If you are making this for a crowd, put about 8 to 12 scoops of sherbet into a punch bowl. Add 4 cups of ice and a 2 liter of 7up. Serve and enjoy!

You could also make this with lime sherbet for a green drink on St. Patricks day.

You can see it gets pinker when you let it sit and allow the sherbet to mix into the 7up.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Our Gingerbread House

Home Sweet Home

Hannah saw the gingerbread house contest at Winterfest and decided we needed to make our own. For our first attempt (having never made a gingerbread house before) I decided to go with the store-bought pre-baked house. Everyone helped. Takeshi was our architect and laid out the plans for our house to be built. I constructed the house and frosted the roof. Hannah decorated the roof and the sides of the house. Ernest added the finishing touches with gumdrop rings on our rooftop.

Hannah made these doors and windows all by herself.

She also placed these gumdrops on the side of the house by herself.
I think it's a pretty good 1st attempt. We might even do it again next year :)

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Cinnamon Pull-Apart Bread

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Cinnamon Pull-Apart Bread (or Monkey Bread)

1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 cans (16.3 oz each) Pillsbury® Grands!® Homestyle refrigerated buttermilk biscuits
1 cup packed brown sugar
3/4 cup butter or margarine, melted

1. Heat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease 12-cup fluted tube cake pan.
2. In large plastic food-storage bag, mix granulated sugar and cinnamon. Separate dough into a total of 16 biscuits; cut each into quarters. Shake in bag to coat. Arrange in pan. Mix brown sugar and butter; pour over biscuit pieces.
3. Bake 28 to 32 minutes or until golden brown and no longer doughy in center. Cool in pan 10 minutes. Turn upside down onto serving plate; pull apart to serve. Serve warm.

This is perfect to serve on Christmas morning. It's sweet and easy to make!