The Past Five Days…

…And a bit of today. Warning, this has quite a few images through it. It’s obvious from my blog lately that I have been just a tad busy. This month is a little more scheduled than the past few months.

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I know the calendar seems empty now, but my husbands demands are on a completely different calendar.

Last week, on Monday, my cat, which we thought was spayed when be adopted her gave birth to five beautiful kittens.

Today, at a week old, they are starting to get chunky and I’m starting to consider possibly keeping one. They’re just too adorable not to think about it.

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On Thursday, after my husband got home from a very long day on the range (the field in Ft. Stewart) we went and adopted our new, and also extremely cute 5 week old rats. The tan and white is Andromeda; Kevin named her, and the black cutie is Ari.

I know you’re probably thinking ‘this couple is crazy. One adult cat, five kittens, one 4 month old, and now two rats. What are they thinking?’ I think it’s pretty clear my husband and I adore animals. Before the rats we had two ferrets. But I have to admit, we weren’t the best ferrents- ferret parents. Thankfully, I sort of grew up with pet rats. My mom would buy the feeder rats from a pet store that isn’t around anymore. We had Beth first then Buffy; keeping them both the full length of their life. Rats are amazing animals and extremely smart. Andromeda and Ari have an awesome cage, thanks to my amazing husband and my wonderful crocheting skills. I’m so happy that I have rats again. My little cuties.

Saturday, my friend Anna and I went to a children’s clothing swap so I could find some bigger clothing along with some summer stuff for Lydia. I found an amazing amount of clothing for her. Going to this swap inspired me to start hosting swaps. I haven’t exactly figure it all out yet, but I know where I could host it, and I know that I would like to have the clothing that is getting swapped dropped off at least three days before so I can try and get any stains out and make sure everything is clean. I’ll work out the details on a day I don’t have anything going on.

Today, I went through my list of daily tasks and have just one load of laundry left for me to put away. But I know I won’t have enough hangars to hang everything up, which means I have to go through all my clothes again because I have so much. I also made the dough for my tantalizing Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies but this time without the dark chocolate and substituting the egg for 1/4 cup of applesauce. Let me just say, if you make peanut butter cookies a lot, DO NOT make them with an egg. I know generally when you substitute applesauce you should use unsweetened applesauce, but I don’t eat it unless it has cinnamon in it, and it made the cookie dough amazing! At least I know because it’s made with applesauce, peanut butter, and sugar I can eat it without the chance of salmonella. Has anyone actually been diagnosed with salmonella from eating raw cookie dough? I think it’s a lie. I have yet to bake the cookies because I put the dough into the freezer (in hopes I wouldn’t want to eat anymore of the dough.) Who am I kidding? The other day I made sugar cookie dough and instead of baking cookies, over 3 days I snacked on the dough. Stay at home mom problems.

Well, I don’t want to bore you all any longer with my boring past week. I’ll hopefully have some recipes for everyone to try next week, after we grocery shop. Until then, I have kittens, rats, and an upset baby to tend to. Oh my gosh, she’s four months old tomorrow!

Talk to everyone soon!

Bacon Wrapped Mini Meatloaf

These little delectables were amazing and easy to put together. It would work as a quick recipe for a stay at home mom and even for someone who works from home. I prepped all the ingredients while my daughter napped. Taking less than 20 minutes to get it all whipped up.

Bacon Wrapped Mini Meatloaf

Ingredients:

  • Approximately 2lbs Ground Beef
  • 1 Egg
  • 6 Slices of Bacon
  • 1/4 Cup Milk
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Sweet Baby Ray’s Barbeque Sauce
  • Ketchup
  • Swiss Cheese
  • Aluminum Foil

Please note that any of these ingredients can be substituted for just about anything. Normally when I make meatloaf I use my aunt’s recipe and use unsweetened applesauce instead of an egg and milk. Sounds weird, I know; trust me it’s great. I love cheese with anything, so I just absolutely had to add some to the tops of these mini loaves.

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Using a large mixing bowl combine all ingredients except the Sweet Baby Rays, Ketchup, and cheese (although you can add shredded cheese here if you wanted.)
  3. Make about 6 mini loaves and place on Aluminum Foil lined baking pan spacing then out evenly.
  4. Wrap each loaf using one Slice of Bacon then use a Toothpick to secure the strip of bacon to the loaf.
  5. If you didn’t mix cheese into the beef mixture here is where you should add the cheese onto the tops of the loaves.
  6. Mix together about 1/2 Cup of Ketchup and 1/4 Cup of SBR BBQ Sauce and put a spoonful onto the tops of each Bacon Wrapped Mini Meatloaf. You can add more or less or completely nix this step if you’d like.
  7. Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes.

These ended up being so good that I ate 4, yes 4 (as I walk away shamelessly) and my husband ate the other 2. I just couldn’t stand to put them into the refrigerator as leftovers.

If you have any baking or cooking ideas you would like me to test out on my husband feel free to drop a line in the comments or send me an email at snp.memiors@outlook.com. I adore trying out new things and would love to add some new recipes to my memory.
Thanks for reading and I hope you all join me next time!