Merry Meet everyone! Hope that all of you are safe and sound….there is some bad weather hitting some of the states tonight. I’m in a watch area myself. But so far..it’s just pea-soup foggy out there. I have been a very busy Witch! My Imbolc cleaning is going on strong! I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. I cleaned like a crazy person for 3 days…did some cupboard organizing today but I took it easier and relaxed more today. I’d say about 2 more partial days of cleaning and I’ll be all done. The house feels and looks great! The great thing is that our weather is warming up a bit too..so I’ll be able to open windows and air out things before I give the house a good smudging! Then I can relax the rest of Winter and just snuggle in and enjoy it!
So as I was so busy working all week, we ate quick meals and picked up carry out a bit too many times this week. I was in the mood for a good hot meal for me and my family. So I turned to my very favorite comfort food…my meatloaf. Which not to toot my own horn….is the best meatloaf and really the only meatloaf I like 🙂 I grew up on this meatloaf..though I have tweaked the recipe a bit from what my mom used to make. There is no catsup in this recipe..at all! That’s why I think it’s the best. It makes it’s own gravy while cooking..a tomato gravy..that is made very simply with a can of tomato soup. 🙂 Now don’t wrinkle up your nose..give it a try. I promise you will love it! My hubby and I have a joke..about if you were going to have your last meal..what would you choose. Well for me..this would be it..hands down!
Autumn’s Best Meatloaf with Tomato Gravy
2 lbs ground chuck
1 package of meat loaf seasoning..doesn’t matter which one..I use Krogers
1 cup quick cooking oatmeal
1/2 cup milk
1 Large can tomato soup
Preheat oven to 350* Mix all ingredients except tomato soup together well. (I use my hands!) Form into a loaf and place in a casserole dish. You can use an oval deep casserole dish or a 9″ x 13″ dish. Pour the can of tomato soup over the loaf. Bake in oven at 350* for 2 hours. The last 30 mins or so I cover it loosely with foil to keep the soup from burning. When you take it out of the oven, you may have to skim a bit of the soup that will have hardened during cooking. Underneath there will be a delicious gravy that is made from the soup and the meat juices.
I always make this with mashed potatoes (the gravy is delish on the potatoes too!), corn or green beans and whole wheat bread or rolls. Obviously this is not a healthy dish..it is fattening, full of carbs and so so good! Comfort food all the way. Also, the meatloaf, if you have any left over, warms up wonderfully or makes great meatloaf sandwiches!
Comfort food…such lovely words. It brings to mind cozy Sun days at home, by the fire, with a good movie or music or football game on. It reminds me of my grandma’s house at dinner time and the love she spread at her table. It makes me think all is right with the world. It soothes..it comforts 🙂 I have many other comfort food recipes too..I’ll post them her and there over the Winter 🙂 Try this recipe and let me know if you like it! Oh and for you health nuts..you might be able to do 1/2 ground turkey and 1/2 ground chuck. I’ve not tried it that way but I’m sure it’d be great! 🙂
“A recipe has no soul. You, as the cook, must bring soul to the recipe.”
I’ll be back in a day or two with pics of my altar and a bit more about Imbolc. I must say too..I’ve heard from many that they just don’t have the energy or the gumption or the will to do their Imbolc cleaning. You know what….don’t worry one bit about that at all. I have had that happen to me too..just couldn’t get into the cleaning until Spring actually got here. That is perfectly ok..perfectly fine. Celebrate Imbolc however you see fit. Maybe all you want to do is smudge the house, light some candles and incense, or go out and eat. Maybe you just spend some time meditating, some altar work, or go outside and breathe in the fresh, cold air. That is just fine! Do what is right for you! Always listen to what is in your heart and your mind. You’ll never be wrong! Have a good night..be safe..stay warm…and have comfort food!
Blessings and Love, Autumn