I love meatloaf and it is such a quick, easy meal to prepare. Growing up, meatloaf was my favorite food! My little eyes would light up when my mom told me meatloaf was for dinner. When I grew older and wanted to make it for my family, I just could not find a good recipe. Finally, I decided to try my own recipe and it turned out to be a big hit! My family loves this meatloaf and I hope yours does too!
2 pounds of ground beef or ground turkey
1 teaspoon Lawry’s season salt
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1/4 cup ketchup
1/2 large onion chopped
1/2 large green bell pepper chopped
1/2 cup bread crumbs
Preheat oven to 375° F.
In a large bowl, combine all ingredients and mix well with your hands.
Once well blended, add to loaf pan and shape into a loaf (you can use any pan you have)
Cover with foil and bake for 45 minutes.
Remove foil and continue to bake for 15 more minutes.
Check for doneness. Should be cooked through and still very moist.
Best served with mashed potatoes and vegetable of your choice. My family loves it topped with our favorite mushroom gravy!
There are many challenges that mommies face on a daily basis. My most challenging areas of life are:
Finances – Budgeting for a family of six and saving with one income.
Spiritual Food – I must have a prayer and devotional life.
Me Time – How can I care for my husband and nurture my children the right way when I don’t take of myself?
Task Management – I have so much to do, with so little time to do it.
Wifely Duties – After my relationship with God comes Shaun. As moms, we sometimes get so caught up with taking care of the little ones that our spouse’s needs get overlooked. Some may have issues with this notion, but your husband comes before your children.
After Ari was born and I got into the routine of being home, I began to realize what was most important in my life. My…
Having baby Rae was such an awesome experience! For my first three pregnancies and deliveries, I went the traditional route: Obstetrician, hospital, and pain medication (as soon as I arrived at the hospital). That is all I knew. I didn’t know there were tons of other options to help things go smoothly. After a not so fun labor and delivery with Arianna (3rd baby), I was determined to try something else. I felt that a midwife was the way to go, so the search was on. After an extensive interviewing process, I found a midwife that would best suit our family’s needs. I was elated with my decision. Besides the 3rd trimester aches and pains, my pregnancy was a smooth one.
At thirty-nine weeks, my discomfort level was at an all time high and I was ready to have my baby girl. I had an appointment with my midwife that week so I decided to ask her to strip my membranes. Stripping membranes is a procedure in which the doctor or midwife separates the amniotic sac from the wall of the uterus. This can be really uncomfortable, to some, or just feel like a regular cervical exam. Afterward, if your body and baby are ready, you will go into labor between 12-24 hours. After my appointment, I was in labor throughout the rest of the day. I simply continued with my daily activities, as planned, and timed my contractions once they became consistent. Around 9:30 pm I was in full labor. I told Shaun to take a nap while I continued to labor (I needed him fully rested for later). He woke up around 2 am and that’s when I started to feel my body transitioning. My contractions were about three to four minutes apart and I couldn’t speak through any of them. I realized then that it was time to make the necessary phone calls (to our moms and our midwife).
We arrived at the hospital at about 4 am, hoping that the majority of the labor was done at home. When the nurse checked me I was 8 cm! I thought to myself, “FINALLY”! It only took me three pregnancies to get laboring at home down packed [side note: make sure you find a hospital that is conducive to your birth plan]. Since I only had 2 more centimeters to go, I was able to labor on the birthing ball and in the birthing tub. All of which were a part of my birthing plan. I also planned to have a natural birth, with no epidural. As the contractions were back to back, Rae’s heart rate started to drop a bit. She wasn’t enjoying labor at all! After all, labor is hard work for both the mother and baby. My midwife Tina then informed me that she needed me in a position that would benefit the baby (which wasn’t one that was helping me through contractions). After laboring for three more hours, she checked me and I was still only 8 cm. With all that was going on, I finally remembered that it takes my body a long time to get from 7 to 10 cm. With that being said, I gave in and got an epidural. Being confined to a bed, in one position, I just couldn’t handle the pain anymore.
In a way, I felt defeated. I spent so much time researching and planning, only to give up when things got really tough. But then I began to think of how long I lasted without the epidural and that feeling of defeat slowly went away. I felt proud of myself because I had never gone that long without pain meds before. I promised myself that for baby #5 I’m going to carry my plan out to the letter.
I felt much better after getting the epidural and baby Rae’s heart rate normalized as well. It was all downhill after that. One hour later, I pushed three times and she was here! A big 9-pound, beautiful, healthy, and quiet (she didn’t cry) baby was now ours to see. Tina allowed me to bond with Rae before all the extra hospital stuff they do. We had skin-to-skin time and I breastfed her. When they performed the Apgar test she was laying on my chest. No need to whisk her away from her warm and loving momma and put her in a cold place with a bunch of bright lights.
Rae didn’t leave my side for our whole hospital stay. When I was ready to wash her, I did it right in our room and enjoyed every bit of it. I can’t wait to have that experience once more with our last baby. Everything didn’t turn out quite as planned, but it was, in fact, my best labor and birthing experience ever. I have God, my family and my birthing team to thank for that! Until next time…. Lady Ki
Aren’t babies such a blessing! God amazes me every time I begin to think about the miracle of life. People always ask me if we are finished having babies, I just laugh at it now. Truth is, we have so much love to give. With that being said, what’s one more? During my last pregnancy, I was constantly reminded how blessed I am. There are families out there that can’t conceive children, still, I could not believe I was about to have my fourth child. I was filled with such joy, knowing that God continues to trust me enough to raise his children.
I have grown and changed so much in the past 12 years (when I had my firstborn). I have learned to be very patient (still a work in progress) and I have learned to be an excellent teacher (slowly but surely). I strive to teach my children all about Christ every day, about loving others as Christ loved us, and just how to live as Christians. I learned that if you start teaching them while they are young it will become second nature to them when they’re older. For instance, I plan for my personal time with God to be in the morning but with an infant and sleep deprivation I sometimes won’t get up. That means I have to pick another time of the day to commune with Him. Lately, that has been awesome transition because the kids always want to join me in my devotion. The boys are always asking what I’m reading and of course I’m willing to read and teach them. I have learned to just turn that into the bible time that I have with them since there is always something going on. Oh, and let’s not forget about Arianna who loves to get on her knees and join me during my prayer time.
No matter how many children you have it is so important for us to be great role models for them. Now that there are four, I can’t wait to share Baby Rae’s birth story! It was the best experience and I am so grateful to God, Shaun (the most amazing husband), Tina (midwife), and the nurses that assisted! If you have any tips, please leave them in the comments. Until next time…Lady Ki