We met the other Van at the library, which we sufficiently inflicted our noise on. But once home, there was silence. Happy is the home that has a new load of 30+ library books, for it is exceedingly quiet. While I prepped dinner, all three were reading. Ahhhhhhh. Speaking of dinner, I made my children's favorite. Paula Deen's barbecue meat loaf. I have made it dozens of times and it never gets old. It's what Jack's requests on birthdays and such. My changes are as follows:
- I use 2 pounds of ground beef. BTW, Draper Harmon's has local grass-fed beef right now from a ranch in Springville. We have used it a few times and it has such great beefy flavor. I highly recommend it.
- I only use half an onion and I saute it in olive oil before adding it to the mix.
- I cook it for 10-15 minutes extra to get to the right internal temp.
With the meat loaf, we also had steamed cauliflower and Violet was a big fan. Who knew she would like cauliflower so much?
I just finished "Brother and Sisters" last night. Seasons 4 and 5 were.... eh.... okay. It seemed that the writing got a little lazy after the third season. But I did enjoy the huge drama of Michelle lying about the miscarriage and keeping the baby! SHOCKER! Overall, it was a good show to fold laundry too. Any suggestions for the next show I should get into? My criteria goes as follows:
- It has to be streaming on Netflix.
- It can't be slutty. Like no "Gossip Girl".
- I hate shows with lots of cheating. I just tried the first episode of "Mad Men" and was totally turned off by all the infidelity in just the first episode. Blah.
- It can't be one of those 20 minute comedies like "Parks and Rec" or "The Office". I can't watch those without Ethan. I feel like if I am laughing that hard and he isn't here to laugh with me, I am basically cheating on him.
So knowing my criteria, I would love some show suggestions. I need to watch something while I fold the everlasting hills of laundry I have.