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Dairy-Free Meatloaf; Being Cozy



Ground beef and breadcrumbs, some onions and an egg
My mouth is watering so please don’t make me beg
I know everybody’s got their tastes and that’s just fine
But if you say that you don’t like it, then you’ve never tasted mine
I’m talkin’ ’bout meatloaf (meatloaf)

Have you seen the episode of Phineas and Ferb with the band Tiny Cowboy singing their song “Meatloaf”? Tiny Cowboy, awesomely voiced by Peter Noone and the late Davy Jones, a band that bears more than a passing resemblance to Oasis? Seriously, listen to the song and see if you don’t spend the rest of the day singing a Meatloaf/Wonderwall mashup.

I’m talkin’ ’bout meatloaf, I’m a meatloaf lover
I’ll tell your brother, yeah, don’t need no other
Talkin’ ’bout (meatloaf) meatloaf, meatloaf lover
Warms you from the inside like it’s made by your mother

This simple meatloaf is adapted from my neighbor’s recipe. My kids prefer it to “fancier” meatloaves we’ve tried, which is fine with me. I don’t even pull out the recipe card to make it. I do double the original so we have leftovers for sandwiches.

So moist and savory, it’s beef that’s shaped like bread
Don’t know what that aroma’s doing in my head
Whatever we don’t eat we’ll discreetly put away
But never fear, my meatloaf, we’ll eat again someday



Dairy-Free Meatloaf
An easy, tasty dairy-free meatloaf. Optionally gluten free.
  1. 2 pounds ground beef or turkey
  2. 2 eggs
  3. 2 handfuls quick cooking oats (gluten free if desired)
  4. 1/4 cup homemade dairy-free onion soup mix, made with gluten-free bouillon, or one packet of dairy-free onion soup mix
  1. Mix all of the ingredients together thoroughly.
  2. Place in a greased loaf pan.
  3. Pat down evenly and smooth the top.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees, covered, for one hour.
  5. Uncover and bake for 10-15 more minutes, or until cooked through.
No Whey, Mama
 On a completely unrelated topic, last month I took The Nester’s Cozy Minimalist course, thinking it might help me freshen up our living room on my budget of negative zero dollars. It did, but it also inspired me to clean out our basement I can’t even explain the magic this woman works, but the end result is that I am happier and more content in our home than I’ve been in awhile. And that is priceless.

If you sign up for a slightly abbreviated (and cheaper!) version of the class I took and enter my name (my real name), you get $10 off the cost of the course. I can’t recommend it enough. Then we can get together and talk about the creative things we’ve done in our homes. 

Non-alcoholic Mint Julep



The Kentucky Derby was this weekend! Did you watch? We did because we have an enormous, ugly antenna on the top of our chimney now! It can be seen for blocks! My dad keeps teasing me about how shiny and visible it is because he knows I hate love it so!

But, it does enable us to be able to see live sporting events for free since we haven’t had cable for years. And no one was killed installing it. Double bonus.

So we watched the Derby, placed our imaginary bets, and had fancy drinks. Three of our children picked three of the top four winners, so maybe we should have placed real bets.

There’s no way to make a faux Mint Julep taste like a real one, but the kids and I did enjoy our virgin Mint Juleps very much. They are based on several recipes I found online. The syrup is my Aunt Marian’s recipe with added lemon juice. I especially found the combination of mint and ginger soothing as I’d been struck down by the stomach virus the kids have been passing around.  I know how to party.

Non-alcoholic Mint Julep
A refreshing ginger ale-based beverage for the Kentucky Derby or any celebration.
  1. 1 cup sugar
  2. 1 cup water
  3. 1/4 cup lemon juice
  4. 14 mint sprigs, crushed
  5. ice
  6. ginger ale
  7. additional mint sprigs for garnish
  1. Boil the water and sugar together until the sugar is dissolved.
  2. Remove from the heat.
  3. Add the lemon juice and mint sprigs.
  4. Let steep for ten minutes.
  5. Remove the mint.
  6. Pour ginger ale over ice in a glass.
  7. Add 1-2 tablespoons of the lemon mint syrup.
  8. Garnish with an additional mint sprig.
  1. Refrigerate any leftover syrup in a glass jar. It can also be used in tea or other drinks.
No Whey, Mama