First off, I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving :) Please excuse my couple days of leave, I was enjoying all of my extended family. It was an absolute blast! I love good company and good food. The biggest reason I love Thanksgiving, is it reminds us all to reflect on all we have to be grateful for. I have had so much to be thankful for this year, but specifically, I am most grateful for the miracles that took place to save my husbands life earlier in the year and that I get the to have my hubby here with me today. Some of you remember the scary events that transpired starting in mid-March of this year, but I never fully posted the details of the event. I think I might finally get the courage to post it on my blog sooner or later. Needless to say, Thanksgiving really was special for me and my family. I am so grateful for my husband. He is my best friend and the love of my life and I can’t imagine what life would be like without him by my side. I am also grateful for you wonderful people and the support you lend me. My blog would not be where it is today without you. You mean so much to me. Your emails and kind comments always brighten my day. So, thank-you!
Now, let’s switch gears to today’s recipe.
A fact about me: I hate raw meat. I know, I know. I have a food blog, I should be used to dealing with it by now. Truth is, it still freaks me out.
I am a huge germaphob. Anyone that knows me on a personal level can attest to this statement. I wash my hands WAY more than necessary, sometimes 3 times on the same wash. You can imagine the anxiety I get when I have to pull out raw meat to cook.
Let me paint a picture for you.
Before I get out the meat, I lay down a tarp over my counter top. This can be a clean garbage bag laid flat or something of that nature. Next, I bring out the meat. Carefully, I trim it or cut it or do whatever needs to be done. Once my meat is ready for the specific meal and placed in the pan/crockpot, I roll up the tarp carefully so that nothing splatters or touches anything. I open the garbage with my foot and carefully throw the rolled tarp away. I wash my hands profusely. Then, I 409 and clorox wipe my entire counter top. I finish by washing my hands one last time.
You may think I have a little OCD, and that may as well be true. My close friends and family laugh at me and ask me how the clean up went whenever I serve them dinner.
When working with meat, I usually chose cuts that are whole and don’t require a lot of handling.
My husband and I were watching TV a few weeks ago. The show we were watching had a family at the dinner table eating meatloaf.
Second fact about me: I have never cooked meatloaf before in my life because the thought of having to squish and form the meat sends this raw-meat hater into a nervous fit.
Back to the TV show. As we are watching this, my husband turns to me and says, “I wish I could have a meatloaf for dinner. My mouth is watering at the site of this dinner. Do you think you could make me a meatloaf sometime?” I ignored his question and pretended as if not to hear it. Not to be mean, but because I could feel the anxiety creeping in.
A couple days later my husband called me from work. He told me it had been a stressful day and that he wouldn’t be home until late because there was a lot he still needed to get done. There is nothing I love more that to have a meal ready for my husband when he has had a long day. Food is a source of comfort and sometimes can bring a smile to any stressed face. As I pondered what special meal I wanted to cook him, a little voice in my head kept saying, “MEATLOAF! MEATLOAF! MEATLOAF!” Fighting away my nerves, I decided to tackle this meal that I had been so afraid to attempt in the past.
Guess what?!… I survived. I had conquered one of my biggest fears in the kitchen. I made a meatloaf. Not just any meatloaf… no. This meatloaf is INCREDIBLE! I am so glad I got passed my fear because it was SO worth it. My house smelled amazing the entire time it cooked and every bite was mouthwatering delicious.
My husband got home from work and just stopped, starred and grinned. After eating it, he told me it may be the best meatloaf he has ever eaten in his life. I felt pretty proud :)
One of the best parts about this meatloaf- its a slow cooker meal! SUPER easy!
- 3 lbs. ground beef
- 1 lb. sausage
- ½ cup bread crumbs
- 3 eggs
- 1 packet dry powdered ranch mix
- ¼ cup BBQ sauce, plus more for topping after it is cooked
- ½ medium onion, chopped finely
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 Tbsp. garlic
- In a large bowl, mix beef, sausage, bread crumbs, eggs, ranch packet, ¼ cup of BBQ sauce, onion, salt and garlic together by hand in large bowl.
- Add to slow cooker and form into a loaf shape.
- Add desired amount of BBQ sauce on top of loaf to glaze and cook on LOW for 6 hours.
- Once cooked and ready to serve, top with more BBQ sauce if needed.
(recipe adapted from: Recipe4Living)