Thursday, July 16, 2009

Me? A New Wife? Must Be.

I don't know what my problem has been ever since we got married...but I canNOT for the life of me read and follow a simple recipe. SIMPLE, I said.

It started with Monday's Sunshine Chicken. The recipe said to bake COVERED for 30 min and then UNcovered for 15. Guess what Dawna did...yep...UNcovered the whole time. Seriously...I felt like such a doof cuz the chicken didn't come out crispy like it should have and it simply told me what to do. duuuhhhh Dawna.

It's a good thing we ate out Tuesday night on our way to Harry Potter cuz it would have turned out a mess just as Wednesday ended up turning out.

So Wednesday comes along and I get home from work. I have 2 hours to get dinner made and then go pick up Nik from his job. I wanted to actually make something good rather than the norm - Mac & Cheese or Hamburger Helper. An idea popped in my head - CHILI! Yeah, baby! We got all the stuff for it, I just need to thaw out the ground beef. I go stick the frozen meat in the microwave and it starts heating up. Then I realized and figured the chili would taste much better with more time to I decided I would make the chili another day and instead made some last minute recipe searches and came across Mini Meatloaves. All we needed was ground beef, onion, salsa, cheese, bread crumbs, and egg...oh and a muffin pan. Had all that! It cooks for 20-25 minutes, plenty of time before Nik gets off work. "Okay, Dawna...let's do this."

I take the thawed ground beef out of the microwave and chop up the onions. I decide - "Oh, ground beef and must brown them together. Okay I got time for this still." So I put them in a pan and turn the stove on. "Brown the meat and onions together...smells good. Can't forget the salt and pepper for taste. Yum!"

Once I am done with that, I put it in a mixing bowl so I can add the rest of the ingredients. Then I stick my hands in the bowl to mix it up and I think "hmmm...I don't remember it being THIS hot when I would make it with Mom and Carrot. I'll get a spoon." So I mixed away. Forgot the egg, but didn't realize that til after the fact.

I spray the muffin tin and think to myself, again, "I wonder why I have to spray the tin. The meat isn't going to stick. Oh well...I'll follow the instructions (or rather destructions) like I should." The meat mix goes in each hole and I place it in the 400degree oven. I wash the dishes during that 20minutes and then I take the meatloaf out.

"Hmmm...they are a little dark. I must have cooked them too long even though that was the shortest time possible. Oh well, gotta go pick up Nik."

I leave the house and I kid you not...1/2 mile into the drive I realize "IDIOT!!! You aren't suppose to BROWN the GROUND BEEF! DERRRRR" I laugh the whole way to Nik's office and on the way I call my Mom to share with her my funny new episode of "New Wife-ness" and we share a good HARDCORE laugh...but she tries to make me feel better and tell me that she is laughing WITH me and not AT me. Well truth be told...this ONE time...she was right. She was laughing with me. I couldn't believe myself.

Nik jumps in the car and I am still laughing. I told him everything and we were gonna eat it anyways cuz that was our dinner. He was laughing pretty hard too. He was happy I was laughing at myself too instead of crying over it. I must say I am very proud of myself for that reason.

We get home and eat it along with mashed 'tatoes and corn...I tried to not screw those up too much. Turned out good. I checked the recipe for the meatloaf and NO WHERE on the card does it say to BROWN the meat. No Where. I was just thinking "Onions and beef...must brown." I was also still in the mindset of CHILI!!!

Needless to say we are still alive and kickin'...comforting feeling, right? Twice Baked Meatloaf is a new Berry recipe!!! You should try it! NOT! hahah. But I will give you the recipe below of Cheesy Salsa Mini Meatloaves. How you choose to make it is up to you...and as you see from my example...browning the meat is not a good route to take. :D Enjoy!

Cheesy Salsa Mini Meatloaves
1lb Ground Beef
1/2 c. Finely chopped onions
1 egg
12 Saltine crackers or 1/2 c. Bread crumbs
1 1/2 c. Mexican Four Cheese
1 c. Salsa

1) Heat oven to 400degrees
2) Mix first 4 ingredients with 1 c. cheese and 1/2 c. salsa
3) Press evenly into 12 muffin cups sprayed with cooking spray. Use back of spoon to make indentation in center of each. Place muffin pan on foil-covered baking sheet.
4) Bake 20-25 minutes. Top with salsa and cheese and bake 3 more minutes until cheese melts.

Did you see any browning to do?? Nope...but you are more than welcome to do so! Twice Baked Meatloaf. YUM! I a new wife?? Must be!

Monday, July 13, 2009

The Beginning of a Beautiful Thing

As Nik and I have spent almost 4 years together, the most recent verse of our song began on June 10th of 2009, so we decided it would be fun to share a blog as we write out this song ourselves.

Now let me explain why our blogger is ~CuzItsUAndMe~...because that song, 'You and Me' by Lifehouse is what Nik and I consider 'our song' and what we danced to as Husband and Wife for the very first time. It is a song with special meaning to us.

So give us time right now as we try to figure out this blogging thing.

We are excited to be able to connect and keep in touch with our family and friends this way.

Love you all!