food

Crazy Good Super Easy Gluten Free Meatloaf (with rice!)

I haven’t made a meatloaf in a good long while for some completely unfathomable reason. Perhaps that’s why everyone thought this really easy meatloaf I kind of just threw together was so awesome. Everyone gobbled it up. Either that or we were all just really really hungry.

  • 1.25 lb package meat loaf mix (pork/veal/beef)
  • 1.5 cups cooked rice (leftover from last week)
  • 1 Tbsp Italian seasoning blend
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 1 Egg

Smush (yes, that is a technical term) all the above ingredients together and press into an 8×8 baking pan. Squirt (another highly technical cooking term) some (gourmet!) ketchup on top. Bake at 375Β° for one hour. Serve with mashed potatoes, caramelized onions, and a big green salad. Bask in accolades.

PS–> I just remembered that I posted another meatloaf recipe back in October of 2009. That’s probably the last time I made meatloaf! I wonder why I waited so long. Hrm. Anyway, I opted not to put in a bunch of veggies this time, but right now I can’t recall why.

 

life · TAS

Thoughts on a Death in the Family

So, my uncle, the younger of my father’s two brothers, died on Friday. Honestly, sadly, I’m not much affected by it; I barely knew him. I know that eight of my forty-five cousins are his children, and my heart hurts for them, but I can’t even remember the last time I saw him or anyone his family. I’m certain I was a young child, perhaps even as young as Isaac. I guess, for reasons I am only vaguely aware of, my dad didn’t have much of a relationship with him. It’s a shame, really, but it makes me realize how very lucky I am that I have a totally awesome sister whom I love, who is in my life, and whose company I enjoy very much.

Thanks mom and dad, for giving me such a great baby sister to love.

Knitting

No Rest For The Weary

Thanks for all the kind wishes on yesterday’s post! You guys really are the best. But don’t feel too badly about it. I honestly don’t have any problems ripping back a nearly (or fully) completed project and starting over if that’s what needs to be done. Even if it is a lace shawl that was totally kicking my ass anyway. Knit fearlessly and frog mercilessly until you are happy and satisfied with the finished product. Let “I *LOVE* knitting” be your mantra.

Plans are in the works to restart the Blue Blossom tomorrow, but for today, I finally got a start on my friend’s asswarmer.

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These will go nice and fast. I’ve already knitted both legs and just need to join them and knit the whole thing for about 4 inches. She likes her pants tiny.

And finally, as promised, Ruffled Baktus:

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It’s coming along quite nicely I think.

Knitting · Lace

THE FFFFFUUUUU…….

I sat down dutifully today with the Blue Blossom Shawl, a bunch of knitting tools, and my camera. The plan was to document my first attempt at lace surgery a la Romi.

Two problems were immediately apparent. One, the lace pattern shifts every 8 rows, making it difficult to see where the beginning of the round is supposed to be. And two, I didn’t know WHAT THE FUCK I was doing. Once I figured that out, I decided to go with my plan B and thread in a life line and frog back to before all those dropped stitches, only about one pattern repeat. There is no picture of this because, while it’s something that seems simple, it was not actually simple. I thought maybe it would be easier to do a life line if I took out the needles. It wasn’t. So at that point, laid it out on the couch and admired my handiwork:

And then I frogged the shit out of it.

Here’s the pile of stitch markers that fell out of it:

So yeah. That was my knitting day. I didn’t even get a chance to take pictures of Ruffled Baktus. Stupid axial tilt!

random

Random Thursday

1. I went out today, totally against my will, to purchase provisions for tomorrow’s impending FEARSOME WHITE FLAKES OF DEATH!

2. I did this because I am a grown up and that’s what grown ups do.

3. I would have much preferred to stay home and knit while streaming Firefly on Netflix.

4. Best quote I heard today: “If there’s stuff on Google, why would you need to stuff it into your head?”

5. Most amazing video I saw today:

6. I am nearly to the center of my Ruffled Baktus wherein I will begin the decreases.

7. Pictures tomorrow.

ravelry

Musings on the closing of Remnants

If you are a member of Ravelry, you know by now that the infamous forum Remnants has been retired for good. You can read, if you haven’t by now, Casey’s poignant announcement here. The loss of the Remnants forum makes me feel kind of sad, to be honest. I know and understand why it had to be this way, and I support the very tough decision TPTB had to make. But while Remnants had become this huge and unwieldy thing, it was also the kind of thing that was unique to Ravelry. At least it felt that way. I know in my heart of hearts that Ravelry itself, what Ravelry really IS, is not going to change that much, if at all. Already at least one group has sprung up to take its place. And even though I didn’t even spend a lot of time posting there, I did spend an inordinate amount of time reading it. I am really going to miss it. For realz.

Knitting · Lace

Upon Further Consideration

The more I’ve thought about it, the more I realize that I need to go back and fix those dropped stitches. Otherwise, this:

is going to bug the crap out of me.

At first I thought I would just put in a life line and rip the whole thing back, but I think I’m going to try Romi’s lace surgery method (LSM) before I do that. Nothing to lose, right? Hopefully it’ll save at least a tiny bit of my sanity.