Meat Loaf & more coyote adventures.

I think I make meatloaf like everyone else does. I have been making it the same way forever and do not think about it often. But when the weather cools down and I get to feeling a little nostalgic, I whip up a batch. I had an interesting week, nothing more interesting then my youngest, again giving me a heart attack. His brother stayed after school, he was riding his bike and I was walking along side. About a block before we get to the green belt on our corner he takes off racing towards the green belt, drops his bike on the sidewalk and bolts out of site. I figure he will just run around in the grass, and honestly hope it wares him out a bit so we have a quiet night. In just a moment I realize all the parents across the other side of the street are staring into the green belt, one parent looks particularly concerned and starts to walk over, I see one of the Mom’s who I say Hi to everyday point me out, and I start to hustle towards them. When I get within yelling distance I just yell “Aiden, what are you doing?!?!?” knowing he is up to something terrible. The guy who was looking so concerned yells over, “He is chasing a coyote around!” Aiden knowing he is in for trouble appears from the bushes yelling about how nice the coyote is. I apologize to the guy, and thank him for letting me know. Then Aiden and I sit on the sidewalk and have a long talk about wild animals. (picture below) I want to say he heard me, but on the way home he asked me if anyone had ever caught a wild coyote. So needless to say we are on lock down coming around that corner from now on. I took a picture of the little coyote, poor thing looked worn out, much how I feel at the end of some days! Back to the meatloaf, it was great, a big hit with the kids and Steve, who is still somewhat upset about meatless Monday!

2 lbs ground beef
1 cup bread crumbs
1 cup Ketchup
1 egg
1/2 diced onion
1 package Lipton onion soup mix
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
Pinch of salt and pepper
1/2 tsp dried mustard

Mix all ingredients in a bowl, I use my hands to make sure all the ingredients smash together well, it takes a few minutes. Then what I do is put tin foil down on a large baking sheet, molding the meat into an oval shape. Not allowing any part of it to be more than 2 inches high.

Topping optional- I like to sprinkle the top of the meatloaf with a little brown sugar, then lay across strips of bacon, and drizzle Ketchup and Worcestershire sauce over the top.

Bake at 350 for 45 minutes to an hour, until bacon us crispy and the whole thing is golden brown. ~Enjoy!

We served with Mashed potatoes and corn! Yum!

Aiden’s coyote. Ugh!

Side note ~last night Aiden left rocks on my bathroom counter, he asked “Are these my rocks” and I said “they sure are” so he grabs them, smells them and says “Hmmm still fresh” and walks away. What does that mean??