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Creamy Mashed Potatoes and Meat Loaf

Thanks to everyone for the congrats on my first race!  The more I think about it, the more I realize I should be proud of my finish time and not disappointed, so until my next half I will be proud of my 2:05 finish time.  My legs are still super sore today, and I’ve been avoiding going up and down stairs as much as possible.  I’m hoping they start to feel better sometime soon so that I can at least walk normally.

Now, as you all know, this is my week off before moving and starting my new job so I’ve got a lot of free time on my hands.  Yesterday, in post long-run, next-day hunger I hobbled around the grocery store picking up things for the week.  I threw a lot of random things in my shopping cart, and things to keep me occupied in the kitchen for the next three days.  After watching The Pioneer Woman kick Bobby Flay’s ass on Throwdown last week, I decided I NEEDED to make her mashed potatoes.  Butter, cream cheese, garlic?  I didn’t think it could get much better than that.  After unloading my grocery store haul, I got to preparing the potatoes.

Now, her recipe calls for 5 lbs of potatoes, and I suppose I could have done some math and halved the recipe, but I was lazy, and thinking about how good 5lbs of mashed potatoes would feel in my empty belly.  Yup, I made 5lbs of mashed potatoes.  For two people.  To go with our mashed potatoes, I decided to make another comfort food favorite of mine, meat loaf.


peeled and in the pot to cook

meatloaf ingredients before combining

in loaf form ready for the oven

mashing the potatoes and adding the other ingredients

Yup, topped with more butter

Meat Loaf and Mashed Potatoes


the best mashed potatoes EVER


Seriously, go make these mashed potatoes right now.  They are so creamy and flavorful and delicious, I’m kind of glad I decided to make 5 lbs because now I can eat them for every meal.  In addition to following The Pioneer Woman’s recipe verbatim, I also added some garlic cloves to the pot of water when I was boiling the potatoes.  Then, just mashed everything together.  Yum.

On the agenda for today?  Using some of the 5 cans of Pumpkin in my pantry and the three bars of cream cheese.  Oh, and I guess I should finish packing at some point, ya know, since I’m moving on Saturday.  I’d much rather eat my way through the week though.  Happy Tuesday!


Snow Day!

Is there anything better than waking up in the morning, calling your employers emergency hot line and hearing “Due to a snow emergency all facilities are closed today”? Well at 6:20 this morning that was exactly what I was hoping to hear. Which is why I’m so late with this post today, I just pulled myself out of bed and cooked a delicious breakfast for the bf and I. He decided to take my advice and come last night, so now we have the whole day together!

Whenever it snows, I get the urge to cook comfort food, and last night was no exception. Also, I know this is one of the bf’s favorite meals. Meat loaf, mashed potatoes, and broccoli. Not healthy, by any means, especially since we were out of milk and I may have used heavy cream in the mashed potatoes. Umm, oh well, don’t tell anyone else.

Anytime I make meatloaf, I use the same recipe from an ancient Campbell’s cookbook. I think this may have been one of the first cookbooks my mom ever had. It has a spiral binding, and the pages are all yellow, and I love it. It’s called A Campbell’s Cookbook Cooking with Soup.

Old Fashion Meat Loaf

  • 1 can cream of Tomato Soup
  • 2 lbs ground beef (98% extra lean in my case)
  • 1/2 cup fine dry bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 tbsp chopped parsley
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten
  • 1 tsp salt
  • dash pepper

Combine all ingredients, mix thoroughly. SHape firmly into a loaf; place in shallow baking pan. Bake in a 350 degree oven 1 1/4 hours. After it has cooked for an hour, you can garnish with cheese or tomato slices, obviously I opted for cheese and bake for 15 more minutes. The recipe says it makes 8 servings, but this fed 4, and there is one piece left. So yummy.

My plate (x2)

The rest of the night was spent on the couch with the bf, the Olympics, and a few glasses of wine. A perfect Thursday if you ask me. In honor of todays snow day, I decided to make breakfast, which I usually don’t do. We had omelette’s with spinach, onion, bacon, and cheddar cheese.

Alex’s three egg omlette, already smothered in ketchup. He was patiently waiting to take a bite while I took pictures, and by patiently I mean sitting there staring at me telling me to hurry up that he was starving.

My 2 egg omlette, you can actually see the fillings in this one. For some reason breakfast like this never keeps me very full for long, and I am almost ready for lunch now. At least there are tons of leftovers in my fridge. I might have to venture out into the snow and trek across the street for some Starbucks. It is Friday after all. I hope everyone has a great day!