Special Treats & Caryn's Meatloaf

This face of satisfaction says it all.

Today I let Caleb have a special treat of chocolate pudding. He was quite happy. We had an issue before the pudding because he did not want to finish his dinner. He had seen me sneak a bite of an ice cream sandwich from the freezer, and did not think it was very cool of me to be chowing on the good stuff while he was stuck with tomatoes and chicken pieces. Yes, Caleb eats tomatoes whole with nothing on them. Give the child a bowl of fresh cut up tomatoes, and he will say a chipper, "Oh!" Other vegetables get, "Eww....yucky." Although sometimes I wonder what that means because he pointed to a photo of a duck from above and said it was yucky. I am not sure what he thought it was. Anyway, we finally got past the hang up and he shoved all his food into his mouth and had to spit it back out. He gets over zealous with finishing his food. I remind him to slow down, chew his food, and don't stuff many bites. It still happens though. Clearly wipping out his plate was well worth it. 
At one point Caleb held a spoon full of pudding out to me saying, "Taste?" I thought it was rather thoughtful of him until I leaned forward to taste the pudding, only to have him yank the spoon away to gobble up the bite for himself. He gave me a taste later, but monitored how much I ate off his spoon. After wards, Caleb and I took a walk to the sand volleyball court. 



I decided to make meatloaf for tomorrow's dinner and thought I would share the recipe.


Caryn's Meatloaf 

My very good friend Amanda's mom gave me this recipe for her meatloaf. I was skeptical, but once we made it, we were pleasantly surprised. I think what I like most about it is that it is easy and Caleb likes it most of the time. 

To make this, you will need the following:

2/3 cup (it's the small can) undiluted evaporated milk
1 egg
½ cup cracker crumbs (Just smash and crumble Ritz or Saltine crackers)
1 ½ lbs. ground beef
1 ½ tsp. salt
¼ tsp. pepper
1 tsp. mustard
¼ cup (or less) chopped onion


All you do is mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl with your hands.



Spread mixture tightly into pan. Put in 350 degree oven for 1 hour, and let it cool for 10 minutes for easier slicing.


I usually make mine with roasted or mashed sweet potatoes, but today I  made mash potatoes and roasted carrots to go with it.


I usually cook after Caleb goes to bed for the next day, so this will be his dinner tomorrow. The problem with cooking late is that I eat what I make, and it ends up being close to 9pm sometimes.

Here is the whole recipe in one piece:


Caryn’s MEAT LOAF

2/3 cup (small can) undiluted evaporated milk
1 egg
½ cup cracker crumbs
1 ½ lbs. ground beef
1 ½ tsp. salt
¼ tsp. pepper
1 tsp. mustard
¼ cup (or less) chopped onion

Put all ingredients into large bowl.
Mix completely with hands.
Line a medium loaf pan with wax paper or spray with pam.
Spread mixture tightly into pan.
Bake for 1 hour in pre-heated oven at 350 degrees.
Let stand approx. 10 mins for easier slicing. 

Enjoy!