Oh my darling foodies, how is your Tuesday going so far? Today, for me, is a comfort food kinda day.
Well, for a few reasons.
#1. The temps have finally gotten down to typical September temps here in Western Washington. Gone are the wacky 90+ degree day that went on for days and days, and in their place are comfy 60 to 70 degree days.
I know, so many of you have had to deal with wicked heat, and think I am nuts to complain about the 90’s. But this girl is SO not used to, or happy with temps over 80.
I guess every bit of that So Cal girl is gone huh? I used to live for 85+, now I dread it. Yesterday was so pleasant and comfy. I didn’t have to run the AC. I had my front door open so the pups could hang out in the yard for a while, the air smelled wonderful.
#2? Well, that isn’t quite as pleasant.
Y’all might remember me whining talking about the fact that my daughter, Mini Me, moved to Seattle to live with a couple of her friends. It was hard, I knew that I was going from seeing her every day to having to plan out times for us to get together once or twice a month (it is a long drive and neither of us really like to drive).
Yesterday I got a phone call from her.
“Mom, I have something to tell you (Words I love to hear, said no mother ever!)”.
I am going to be moving to Oregon.
“Hello, did you hear me?”
“Umm ya. When is this happening?”
Long story short?
Things didn’t work out at her new place. If you have ever had roommates you know that even the best of friends, or the closest of family, can be like oil and water when you put them together under one roof. So it can really be a crap shoot.
When she moved I knew that the plan for down the road was that she would be moving to Oregon to live with her girlfriend. But, that was down.the.road.
With this development, that time line was sped up so, she is moving NOW.
I am not ready for this people! The Mom part of me needed some time to process the idea that I was going from seeing her every day just a couple of weeks ago to seeing her a few times a year? Ya, not so happy about this.
But, she is happy, and in love, so who am I to rain on her parade? I could go all Mom-mode and start telling her the issues that I might see arising. But, she is 25 and I know I need to let her live her life.
Why do we not get a playbook when we have kids? Something that can tell us how to handle everything that might arise when it comes to things that can happen in their upbringing.
Am I right?
Anyway, comfort food, yes it needs to happen.
So it did. In the form of the most delicious, moist, and tasty meatloaf on the planet (it is Mini Me’s fave…I know….breath Bobbi).
PLUS I made it my new favorite way to make any meal, on a sheet pan.
Let’s hear it for sheet pan meals.
Seriously though, this is to date, in the top five all time favorite sheet pan meals that I make.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F and lightly oil, or line a sheet pan with parchment paper or foil.
In a large bowl, toss the potatoes with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Scatter them on the sheet and place in the oven for 20 minutes.
Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine the ground beef, onion, garlic, eggs, bread crumbs, Italian seasoning, parsley, cheese, salt, pepper, and 1/4 cup of the balsamic glaze. Mix until just combined. Do not over mix as this can result in a tight meatloaf. Shape into 4 mini loaves.
In a small bowl combine the ketchup and the remaining balsamic glaze.
Remove the potatoes from the oven and push the potatoes to the side to make room for the meat loaves. Place the mini meatloaves on the baking sheet and brush with the balsamic ketchup mixture. Return the baking sheet to the oven and cook for an additional 30 minutes.
Remove the baking sheet from the oven and brush with any remaining ketchup mixture.
Welcome! It is so nice to meet you. My name is Bobbi. I am the Mom of 2 great kids, and Nana to a beautiful baby girl Kylee, and a handsome little devil named Torin. I share my life and home with my awesome partner Kevin, and 2 furbabies….