Thursday, February 7, 2013

Slow Cooker Meatloaf Recipe, Busy Life & Saying Goodbye


I made this meatloaf on Sunday for lunch. I put it in my slow cooker before church and came home to a house smelling divine. It is an easy recipe to make and was moist and delicious. It heated up nicely the following day for sandwiches.

Slow Cooker Meatloaf Recipe

Ingredients:
1 1/2 pounds of ground beef - I used extra lean
2 eggs
3/4 cup milk
1 cup bread crumbs - I used seasoned Italian
2 teaspoons fresh, chopped onion

Mix all together. I used my KitchenAid mixer with the dough hook and it mixed easily.

Place in a sprayed slow cooker crock. 

Ingredients for glaze:
1/4 cup ketchup
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon yellow mustard
1 teaspoon Worcestershire

Wisk all together and spread on the top of the meatloaf.

Cook on low for 6 hours.  
I served mine with scalloped potatoes and a salad. Enjoy!

Life has been hectic over the last month. Stan's sister and her husband were here for three weeks for a visit and we had a wonderful time. One of the Saturdays we took them on a Carolina country exploration. Here are some of the photos from that day. 

Isn't this a beautiful covered bridge? It is Campbell's Covered Bridge and was built in 1909. It is the last extant covered bridge in SC. It is no longer used as part of a road but instead has walking trails and a picnic park in the area. It is always so peaceful. 

Is not hard to tell that these two are siblings, is it? 
Their mom walks the exact same way. :)

Stan and I
We visited another favorite bridge, it was built in 1820 and was on the state road from Greenville, SC to Asheville, NC. It cuts through the woods and over the mountain, as the song goes.  The bottom architecture is so beautiful, we always climb down to the creek.

Donna and Eddie

We saw our first snow that same day. Only a dusting.

We adopted a rescue beagle. Her name is Pearl and Stan calls her our Honeybeagle! She just doesn't care. ;)  Almost two months later, she is finally feeling secure in our home and instead of hiding/hoarding all her toys and bones, she is now bringing them to share. She is so sweet and is a joy to us both.

I am in the process of hanging a gallery wall of my precious niece, Jordan. It's not quiet done but I love how it is turning out.

On January 29, my son turned 26! I am way too young to have a child that is now closer to 30 than 20! After he left work, he and his dad went to meet the Atlanta Braves caravan players and coaches that were in the area. Then they got all manly and went to the firing range. I got a called to meet them for dinner at a Japanese restaurant Cody had chosen. We went home for birthday dessert. He chose The Better Baker's Peanut Butter Delight recipe instead of a traditional cake. He loved it. 

I attended our church women's conference in Charleston, SC at Seacoast Church. Pastor Greg is in the center with our ladies from Greenville. I was blessed to be there.

I took this photo of my mom and grandmother at Christmas. We said goodbye to my grandmother this week. I shared the following words on FB the morning following her death.

I loved my tiny grandmother, all 4 feet and 9 inches. She was feisty, fun and oh, so creative, before her strokes stole most of that 5 years ago. I am blessed in so many ways to be her granddaughter. Maggie taught me to cook, sew and quilt. She instilled in me a desire to stay busy with my hands. My grandmother loved hymns and didn't miss church unless she was extremely ill. She was well known for her cooking, gardening, sewing and quilting. She was the first to make food for a friend or a family in need and loved having her large family together. She was the proud mother to 4 daughters, 9 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great grandchildren. Her legacy will live on for many years. I had the great privilege, along with my sister, Angie, and my mom, Linda, to be with her as she left this life and passed in to one far grander than we can imagine. I have a joy and peace in knowing her broken body and mind is now healed and she is rejoicing once again.

God's timing always amazes me. As I was sitting with my grandmother her last morning, I received an email from Marsha at Better Baker blog. She had noticed I had not posted recently and was checking to make sure I was okay. She told me she was praying for me that day. Isn't that amazing? I am so blessed to call many people friends and am so thankful for the ones I have never met face to face but share our daily lives through our blogs. What a comfort to know that God knew my needs before I did and had placed me on Marsha's heart. We serve a great God.

We lay my grandmother to rest on Saturday in MS. She took her very first plane ride last night, as her body was being sent to the local funeral home. My first cousin and my husband will be leading the service and 4 grandsons, one grandson-in-law and three great grandsons will serve as pall bearers. What an honor for her family to do this one last act of service for my mammaw. 

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12 comments:

  1. Oh what a sweet post...I'm wiping the tears as I type. I have been praying for you, as I know the grieving days ahead can be tough. How very blessed you were for sure to have such an awesome grandmother, and to have your heart so full of precious memories. May our Lord keep the sweetest memories of her alive in your heart for all your days. Sounds like she's the kind of person to leave sweet footprints on your heart. How special. And that you got to be with her as the angels took her to heaven! Incredible. So tickled to know of the fun things you've gotten to do with family recently. Loved all the photos. Thanks for the privilege of getting to pray for you, and for mentioning me (twice!) in this lovely post. :-* Hugs to you today! It's amazing to me how blogging has given me a new family. We are a community and I know every one of my blogging buds by their faces. Take good care Dear. XO

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  2. P.S. - Oh - and I LOVE MEATLOAF TOO! Can't wait to try your recipe. Thanks for sharing.

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  3. Oh, Pam. I'm so sorry for your loss. I can tell from that photo that your Grandma was a lovely soul. You'll be in my thoughts. Hugs.

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  4. I'm sorry for your loss. :(

    It's great that you adopted a dog. So many are waiting for good homes.

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    1. Thank you, Robin. We are loving our sweet girl and am thankful we were able to take a dog that needed someone to love her. :)

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  5. I am so sorry for your loss. Memories last forever and whenever you think of your grandmother she will be right there with you. It sounds like she was an amazing woman. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    The meatloaf- I never thought about cooking a meatloaf in the crock pot...what a great idea:) Thank you so much for sharing.

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    1. Hi Shannon, thanks for stopping by my little blog and for your kind words.

      This was my first time to try meatloaf in a slow cooker but it will definitely not be my last. It was so good and so easy.

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