Saturday, March 8, 2008

Blogger Weirdness

For some reason, my photos (in the posts below) haven't been showing up consistently today. They were working when Mimi was here, but they weren't when Ben looked, or when Other Heather looked, and now they're not working again. I have a feeling that Blogger is experiencing technical difficulties. Bummer.

Come back later, when it's fixed, for the fully integrated media experience that is the Pretty Babies Blog.

Updated to add: Oops, it was just me. I'm a tool. Blogger's fine. We now return you to your regularly scheduled blog...

Claire is at that point where she can walk if you let her hold your fingers in her two hands, and she is really not happy with any alternatives. Would it be wrong to teach MG to hold her up that way? After all, MG is much closer to the ground than the rest of us are, and walking Claire around all the time that way is really hard on the back.

BJ's at an Astronomy Club meeting tonight. Only a bunch of geeks would have a meeting at 7 pm on a Saturday.

I made a really good meatloaf for dinner.

See, this kind of fascinating journalism is why you keep coming back. What, you want the recipe? Here you go...

Really Good Meatloaf

1 lb. lean ground beef
1 egg, beaten (or two egg whites, if you're going all healthy)
1/2 cup bread crumbs
2 T milk
1 cup of frozen mixed peppers and onions, chopped, or the fresh equivalent
brown sugar
Italian seasoning

If you're using the frozen "3 Pepper and Onion blend" from Kroger (which is awesome), thaw it and chop the pieces up a little more than they already are. If you've got a bell pepper and some onion lying around, chop them up small and then sauté them in a little bit of fat (oil, butter, cooking spray if you're healthy) until they're soft. Set aside.

Beat your egg in a mixing bowl. Add the milk, the meat, and the bread crumbs. Add the veggies to that. Add some pepper and dried Italian Seasoning (like a half tsp. of pepper and a tsp. of Italian herbs - I don't measure). Smash it all up until it's all good and blended.

Form into a loaf (some say to use a bread pan, but I just sculpt it with my own hands), and put into a cooking-sprayed (unless you forget and have to scrape burnt-on crud off your pan like I did) pan and bake at 350 for 30 minutes. Take it out of the oven and spread some ketchup on it and then sprinkle on a little brown sugar. Stick the oven thermometer in it and wait until it hits 160 (about 20 more minutes) and then, BAM! Meatloaf, baby.

This isn't a food blog. I promise to try to restrain myself in the future.

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