The Campers

Chad was on vacation and they went camping. Addie loves camping in the tent and with the cooler weather, the timing was great so almost as soon as I left, they loaded up the camping supplies and found a place to camp. This time, they took Speck.

Speck

Speck

Speck is such a good dog!

Fishing

Fishing

Nicole said all Addie wanted to do was fish!

Fishing

Fishing

That girl never gets tired of fishing.

George

George

Of course, Georgie went on vacation too!

Vacation

Vacation

Wonder if they’re looking for a home closer so Granny and Grumps can move to MO?  ๐Ÿ™‚

Addie

Addie

Not sure what she was doing here but there’s nothing that girl won’t try!

The End!

The End!

And when the camping trip was over, and it was time to head home, looks like everyone in the back seat was worn completely out! That means it was a great trip!

 

Losses in my Kitchen

I have been on a roll lately. I mentioned yesterday that I had ordered a new SCOBY for the kombucha. All the things that need motherly love have died. At least the pets are still alive

First, it was my sourdough starter. I should be charged with murder on that one. I totally neglected her. When I’m making bread and rolls and sourdough everything, I keep the starter out and feed it every day. During the summer, when I don’t have time to make bread almost every day and it’s too hot in the kitchen to think about baking every day, I stick my starter in the fridge and feed it about every 5 days. I’ve done that for years and everything worked just fine. But this year, I stuck the jar in the fridge and never thought about it again til a few weeks before I went to MO. I was thinking it’s getting to be bread baking time . . cooler days, soup and sandwich weather. I dug way back in the fridge . . near the back . . where there were several unidentifiable substances in jars. I pulled out the things that needed to be tossed and grabbed the jar of sourdough starter. I knew there was a slim chance it was still viable and I was right . . a thick later of hairy, moldy looking stuff on top so I tossed it . . jar and all!

I dug out some starter that I had dried and stored in the freezer and have it “awakening” so I can start baking sourdough bread again soon.

Second, my beloved kombucha. Maybe negligent homicide on that one because it was more of an accidental death. I think, but am not sure, what caused the problem. I’ve been making kombucha for a couple of years and have never had a problem. I always use Lipton or Great Value (Walmart) green tea. The week before I left for MO, I used some green tea that Vince had bought – one of his on sale bargains either from Big Lots or T. J. Max. It was a no name brand and right after that, I noticed my brew became cloudy. I thought that I could feed it more often with fresh tea, kinda like diluting the bad and added fresh, good tea, but when I came back from MO, there was a layer of mold on top of the SCOBY so . . the SCOBY got tossed.

For the longest time, I kept a SCOBY “hotel” where I stored extras that I had separated off when mine got too large but that all has to be fed too and I got tired of doing that so I dumped those.

I’ve read that a starter can be made from a bottle of either home brewed or storebought kombucha so I grabbed a bottle from the fridge that had been made with my SCOBY was healthy. Some of that already flavored (

I obviously have been a very neglectful mom to all my “live” cultures.

Meatloaf

What’s not to love about meatloaf? There’s so much you can do with a meatloaf. One of my favorite recipes is spinach meatloaf. No matter what “flavor” meatloaf I’m making, I almost always just make a basic meatloaf and then add in whatever I want to add in. This is my go to meatloaf recipe. For the spinach version, I mix frozen spinach (which has been thawed and drained really well) with parmesan cheese, eggs, cottage cheese and seasonings. Then pat out the meatloaf mixture into a rectangle, spread the filling, roll it up and seal the edges. Bake as usual.

The only thing extra I added to this batch was roasted Hatch peppers.

Meatloaf Fixings

Meatloaf Fixings

From that basic meatloaf recipe, I get two (one for now and one for the freezer) 1-1/2 pound loaves. I mixed this up a couple of days ago. The one in the vacuum sealed bag went into the freezer and the one in the zipper bag went into the fridge for cooking today.

Meatloaves . . Almost

Meatloaves . . Almost

Instead of making a regular meatloaf today, I put the portions in a muffin in, poured a little Sriracha on top, then added a little ketchup.

Meatloaf

Meatloaf

While I love meatloaf, even more, I love meatloaf sandwiches made with leftovers, especially when the bread is homemade Hawaiian Rolls.

Hawaiian Rolls

Hawaiian Rolls

These rolls are so easy to make and always turn out so perfectly. I usually make them about 50 grams but I made them 80 grams today. We should be able to slice one of those meatloaf “muffins” in half and have the perfect sandwich.

Just checked the grocery ads for this week and Kroger has the Hawaiian Rolls on sale for 99ยข. I’ll take homemade any day!