Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Family Recipes

Here are a few of my favorite family recipes.  The first, Grandma Goodson's Meatloaf, is a hit every time I make it!

Grandma Goodson's Meatloaf

1 1/2 lbs ground beef
1/2 lb sausage
1 cup uncooked oats
1 cup tomato juice
1 small onion, chopped
1/2 tsp pepper
1 tsp salt
1 clove garlic, minced
4 eggs

Mix all ingredients well and form into a loaf in a 9"x13" pan.  Bake for 15 minutes at 350 degrees, than pour cream of mushroom soup mixed with 1/3 can milk over and bake for 45 minutes.  Serve with potatoes and the mushroom gravy.

I am named after my grandma, and as such, I made up my own meatloaf recipe!!

Turkey Noodle Meatloaf

1 1/2 lbs ground turkey
1 can of Campbell's Double Noodle soup
1 clove minced garlic
1/4 cup bread crumbs
salt and pepper to taste

Form into a loaf and bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes.  **Bake the first 15 minutes, then pull out and cover with 1 can of cream of mushroom soup mixed with 1/2 cup milk.  Finish baking for 15 minutes more.  Let sit in oven for 10 more minutes with oven turned off.  Serve with rice pilaf.

The next recipe is a sweet, yummy treat my mom would make.

Apple Hill Cake

1 cup sugar
1/4 cup oil
1 egg

2 cups diced green apples

Sift together:
1 cup flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp baking soda

Add to apple mixture and mix well.  Spread in a 8" or 9" square pan.  Bake for one hour at 350 degrees.
(This can be doubled and put into a 9"x13" pan)

Each Christmas my mom would make this next cake as our Birthday cake for Baby Jesus.  The recipe came from my Aunt Ann, my mothers sister.

Sunrise Cake

2 cups self rising flour
2 cups sugar
1 cup oil
6 whole eggs
1 tsp almond extract

Sift flour and sugar, set aside.  In a large bowl, beat oil and eggs with a mixer.  Add sugar and flour, then the extract.  Beat for 10 minutes on medium speed.  Bake in a greased tube pan for 1 hour at 325 degrees.  Cool for half an hour before removing.  Drizzle with a powdered sugar icing.  Place a small nativity ornament on top and sing "Happy Birthday" to Jesus.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Family Traditions...Part One

We have set up several family traditions over our marriage.  One that I ready love is one that I brought into our family from my parents.  We hold an annual ICE CREAM PIG-OUT!!!  This is always in the summer and we invite several friends to come 'Pig-Out' with us.  Everyone brings their favorite ice cream and we have all the toppings and sauces.  The goal is the be the person who eats the most ice cream in the set time period.  I have prizes for the top three 'PIGS'.  I am looking forward to this this coming summer!!

Another tradition we have is to go visit our dear friends in Defiance, Ohio for the Halloween Parade.  The first year we dressed up as Ketchup, Mustard and Relish.  We like to go for the candy, friends and the small town charm.

We host a Valentine Couples Dinner each February at our home.  We eat, play games and talk.  We have had some great times getting to know our friends better and enjoy good food.  We feel lucky to be together as a couple and value our dear friends example of being a great husband or wife.  Really every day can be Valentine's Day if you let it be!!  XOXO.

One of our more silly traditions is to jump on hotel beds.  This started when we took a trip together while we were engaged.  We have to check the ceiling heights before jumping, as not all hotels have tall ceilings!!  It is more fun if there are two beds in the room, so one can jump from bed to bed!!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Garage Sale

So I couldn't resist going garage sale shopping last weekend.  There were some great deals on baby clothes.  I know we will get a lot of clothes as gifts once the baby is here, but these were so cute.  At one I got a whole grocery bag full for $5.00, in which I stuffed 8 pairs of girl infant shoes and about 40 pieces of girl clothes!!  At another I got some super cute boy clothes for a quarter each!!  This baby will have a very stylist wardrobe!!