Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Jan. 2019!

2018 wasn't perfect with all the health issues among us here but it has been all clear and we are all fine. Praise to our Lord for all the blessings. We got a healthy grandchild and son finished law school so we are thankful for these blessings in 2018. It was quiet for the three of us here for New Year's eve. We all enjoy the quietness and peace. Thank you so very much for your visits and kind comments during the past year. We wish each one of you a peaceful, healthy and  happy  new year in 2019!
 Sun dogs in the am
This was our simple Christmas supper table. We usually have supper on the 25th and then open gifts.
Meat loaf using a recipe from Iowa. Recipe at the end of post.

And the sun shines for us all in this planet!
 It's all calm in the village.

 The sun coming up in the morning, it is my favorite time of the day. Sunsets brings feelings of sadness to me but the dawn is happy, hopeful and full of possibilities.
 These were the easy cookies we baked. I have nothing against baking pre-made cookies. We also made some ginger cookies and others that my son likes.
 Creamy wild rice soup recipe  

 We have been getting plenty of snow. We have 8 degrees Fahrenheit out now (-13 Celsius)  and it feels much warmer than last night at -15 (-26.1 Celsius.) However I know that we get a lot colder than this. Let's just hope it doesn't get that cold.
This table wasn't all ready, missing the homemade rolls (gift from someone in church) and there is no salt and pepper shakers at the table. We are the epitome of simplicity. It was only the 3 of us here...ok the two cats also.  Eating black eye peas is a tradition from long time ago. Brazilian style chicken with that is also tradition for us. This was our New Year's eve!
 It was nice to worship and enjoy all the special music.

Happy New Year!! May 2019 be a marvelous year!!  I hope to get a few crochet projects and sewing done in 2019.  Yes there are many things I want to get done in 2019 but I am speaking only of crafts at the moment. What do you want to get done in 2019?  

Glazed Meat Loaf from Iowa.       I always double the ketchup mixture.

1/2 cup ketchup
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 tab. lemon juice
1 teasp. dry mustard   
( Mix these ingredients and set aside.)

2 lbs lean ground beef
3 slices bread shredded
1/4 cup diced onion
1 egg beaten
1 cube bouillon crumbed (same as 1 teasp.)
3 tab.lemon juice

1- Pre heat oven to 350 degrees (175 C.)
2- In small bowl, combine ketchup, brown sugar and 1 tablespoon lemon juice and dry mustard until smooth.
3- In large bowl, combine ground beef, shredded bread, onion, egg, bouillon, 3 tab. lemon juice and 1/3 cup of the ketchup mixture until well mixed. Form into a loaf and place in a 9x5 inch loaf pan.
4- Bake 1 hr. Pour reserved ketchup mixture over loaf. Bake 10 minutes more.


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  2. I am so glad you posted the meat loaf recipe I wanted to see what would be different, it's the lemon juice and mustard. I do like lemon juice in things, so will try that. Keep warm and peaceful.

  3. Wow - all that snow! we are having such a mild dreary winter here - 'warm' and wet - hope you have a gentle and kind 2019 xx

    1. I love snow but long Winters with lots of icy roads and temps that stay -16 and even -30 is not something I really enjoy. I have wished for some place where we can some snow but Winter isn't sooo long and sooo cold like here in North Dakota. Thank you and wishing you a great 2019 as well! Good health above all!

  4. I took one look at that meatloaf and thought: That looks just like my mom's meatloaf. Then I saw the recipe; it is my mom's meatloaf! Definitely a Midwestern recipe.
    I am trying to figure out what I want to do in the next year. Can I afford to retire -- that's the big question.

    1. Yeah, this must be an old recipe that circulates around! My sister in law who's a teacher is trying to figure out that same question.

  5. Snow, cold and yummy food, well, it certainly is winter in your neck of the woods! That soup looks fabulous. I'm glad to hear that all's well and I wish you the best in 2019!!

  6. I love meatloaf. The recipe you shared has everything I like and must make one. My husband likes cold meatloaf sandwiches. Your Christmas table looks wonderful. I like the white with the candles and amber glow.
    We had black eyes for the New Year too. I need to plant some this year. It's hard finding them green and I like them better that way. Can always find the dried but never green ones frozen.
    You have so much snow. I hope we get some this year.
    Happy New Year to You and Your Family

    1. We can always find the dry black eye peas around here! We soak it overnight before cooking. We have never had meatloaf sandwiches but sure sounds like a great idea! Thank you!

  7. The meatloaf looks great. I will try it.

    Happy New Year, Angela. Great photos!

  8. I agree the meat loaf sounds yummy.

    1. Hope you made a meatloaf and enjoyed it! Thanks for the visit and comment!

  9. So much snow! We have had a really bad storm here this week and today its cold and grey...I´m longing for springtime now :)
    LOve from Titti

  10. I've never had meatloaf before. Sounds like a lovely way to spend the holiday.
    We haven't had our share of snow just yet..


    1. Hope you get some snow Hena. It's so much fun to see snow in Winter.

  11. Thanks for sharing your meatloaf recipe, it sounds wonderful! I haven't made meatloaf in a while, and will put it on my meal planner, and try your recipe. Love the cozy settings at your table... cozy, simple and sweet is how our Christmas was as well! So much to be thankful for... blessings, hugs and wishes for a blessed New Year!

  12. Why do sunsets hold sadness for you?

    I love the snowy table picture! Reminds me of Michigan winters when I was a kid. :)

    1. I have no idea why sunsets makes me sad but it's a pretty deep and strong emotion I feel when I look at a sunset and think. It's like things that goes away to never return.


    1. As veces uno tiene que hacer varias recetas hasta que finalmente encontre una que es la mejor!

  14. Hi Angela, lovely scenes from your holidays and countryside! Your table-scapes are so very pretty! You have very cold temperatures there. It reminds me of my childhood in New England. Sometimes we would get so much snow that the snowbanks from the plow were 12 ft. high. I can remember being hoisted out a window because the snow was so deep, to shovel the snow away from the door so we could open it without it spilling inside. There is something very magical about the stillness after a snow storm.....Your new year's wish-list sounds nice and enjoyable. Mine is to catch up on outdoor chores. Everything is overgrown - it all got away from me....Yes, sunsets always make one wish the days were longer. So much to do, so little time. Sending hugs and blessings for the start of your new year. xx Karen