Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Monday moanin'

I woke up late on Monday. I grabbed a cup of coffee and watched what was left of the local news.

Another cup of coffee later, I finally got the Blog up to date. Whew!

I made soft boiled eggs for breakfast. I called the Nissan dealer about the scratch in my hood. They suggested I bring it in to see if it could be rubbed out before I use any touch-up paint.

I shaved, showered and got dressed around noon. I had a lunch date and two errands to run. At least it wasn't raining.

Sidebar: We were talking about soup at Bingo. Both Amanda and her mother said the best soup they ever had was the Canadian Cheese soup at Big Boy's (Six Mile and Newburgh). I said I'd been going there for years and never heard of it. They said it's only served on Monday, so Amanda volunteered to meet me there after her work shift.

So, that's what we did. She ordered a bowl of the stuff! I ordered the "Pick Two" and got a cup and a Caesar side salad.

I wouldn't say it was the best soup I ever ate (I love too many different kinds of soup), but it was definitely the best cheese-based soup I've tasted.

We split up after eating, both having errands to run.

I went to my bank and cancelled a savings account. Why? Well, it was only fed by my paycheck (gone now) and the balance was $62.00. That meant they started taking out $5.00 per month since it was below some baseline dollar amount. So, I thought I'd close it while there was still some money in it.

It took a while, but I was seated at the bank lady's desk, so I didn't mind. Plus I walked away with $62.00!

Then I went to Target and exchanged the two flannel shirts I bought for the right size. That meant standing in several lines, so not a good as the bank.

I got home around 3:00 p.m. My legs were tired and I didn't feel  like painting the damn crib. So, I took a nap instead.

When I woke up, I started on dinner. I wanted to make a mushroom meatloaf. I couldn't find a recipe I liked, so I mashed together three recipes, LOL!

First I diced a medium-sized onion. The I fine diced an eight ounce box of sliced button mushroom (the real recipe called for a pound, but that seemed excessive).

Then I ripped three pieces of soft while bread into tiny bits. I topped them with 1/2 cup of V8 juice. Note: only the oldest recipe (and it was older than dirt) called for adding tomato juice, instead of milk. That sounded interesting, but all I had on hand was V8 juice (I like to drink it). I also added two eggs after I whisked them.

I added in 1 1/2 pounds of ground chuck and mixed the mess together with my hands. I shaped it into a loaf in my Pyrex glass pan.

I let that bake for 45 minutes (at 350 degrees) while I prepared the acorn squash.

I stuck the squash in, cut side down when the timer went off. I reset the timer for 30 minutes. When that went off, I took the squash out, turned them over and added butter and fresh herbs to the cavity.

That went back in the oven with the timer set for another 30 minutes.

I warmed up some jarred beef gravy (the mushroom meatloaf recipe recommended that that as a topping, rather than a ketchup-brown sugar one)

The timer went off and I pulled everything from the oven. I drained the grease off the meatloaf.

I cut off two slices of meatloaf, but it just fell apart (maybe I should have added more ground chuck?). I cleaned the herbs out of one half of the squash and plated it, topping the meatloaf with a drizzle of gravy.

The meatloaf was excellent. I think the squash wasn't ripe when they picked it, though. It tasted too bland.

I had a third slice of meatloaf and then put away the leftovers.

I put water in the pans I'd used so they could soak overnight.

I read in the living room until bedtime.

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