Grandma’s Meatloaf

One of my favorite things that my grandmother used to make was her meatloaf. It was leaps and bounds better than any other meatloaf I have ever had, and still is. I’ve made a few adjustments to her original recipe in order to avoid heavily processed things, but it’s still almost the same. I hope that you enjoy it as much as my family does!!

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Grandma’s Meatloaf

Meat Mix

  • 2 lbs Ground Beef or Turkey (preferably grass-fed beef)
  • 1 cup organic quick oats
  • 1 medium onion- chopped
  • 2 celery stalks- chopped
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper

Sauce

  • 1 cup organic ketchup
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 3 tbsp. vinegar (I use apple cider, but plain white vinegar works as well)
  • 2 tbsp. honey
  • 2 tbsp. yellow mustard
  • 2 tbsp. Worcestershire
  • 1 tsp. horseradish

Preheat oven to 325*. Begin by mixing the oats, onion, egg, celery, salt, and pepper.

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Make the sauce. Add 1/2 the sauce (approximately 3/4 cup) and the meat to the oat mixture and mix thoroughly.

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Grease a bread pan and form the meat mixture into a loaf. Bake at 325* for 45 minutes. Remove and top with remainder of the sauce. Bake for another 45 minutes at 325* or until a meat thermometer reads 160 (beef) or 165 (turkey).

 

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Enjoy!!

Moving Mommy

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Pine Cone Bird Feeders

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My sister-in-law had this fun activity for us to do while we visited for Thanksgiving last week! The kids enjoyed it, and although I’m pretty sure we don’t have many birds around right now, we brought them home and put them outside. It was a bit messy and Will kept trying to eat the peanut butter:) Enjoy!

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You will need:
1. Peanut butter
2. Pine cones
3. Bird seed
4. Twine, or something to hang them with

We spread newspaper out on the table to keep the mess to a minimum, and had the kids spread peanut butter all over the pine cones. Then we rolled them around in the birdseed. That’s it! Super easy and fun for the littles!! After they dry a bit, just take them outside and hang them in your tree or off the deck.

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Until our next adventure,
Moving Mommy

Sunshine Award!

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I am truly honored that Echo from Domain of the Mad Mommy nominated me for the Sunshine Award! Stop by and check her awesome blog out!

Sunshine Award Rules

1. Thank and recognize your nominating blogger

2. Give 11 random facts about yourself

3. Answer the 11 questions given by your nominating blogger

4. Nominate 11 bloggers (cannot be your nominating blogger)

5. Post 11 questions for your nominees

11 Facts about Me

1. I have lived in 5 states in the past 6 years

2. I secretly wish we could have backyard chickens

3. I love to read more than any other of my hobbies

4. I make tutus

5. I play more video games than my kids

6. I plan to run a half marathon next year

7. I am an only child

8. My husband and kids are the best things that have ever happened to me

9. My favorite season is spring

10. I’m from northeastern Ohio

11. I LOVE all things Ohio State!!!

Questions from Domain of the Mad Mommy

1. If you had to listen to one song, on repeat, for a whole day, what would it be?

#34 by Dave Matthews Band

2. You have to change your first name, today! What do you change it too?
Rosita, after my grandmother. I think it’s a beautiful name!
3. Why did you start blogging?
I started blogging to share our moving journeys and my crazy life with the kiddos.
4. Are you where you pictured yourself 5 years ago?
Not at all. 5 years ago I lived in South Florida with one child. I have lived in 3 states since then and had twins!
5. Spaghetti’os, Kraft Mac N Cheese or Tombstone Pizza. Pick one.
Kraft Mac N Cheese
6. If you could have any pet in the world, what would it be?
A horse
7. If you could only watch one movie for the rest of your life, what movie would you pick?
X-Men
8. Do you shower everyday? (Be honest)
Nope, every other day
9. What is your most dreaded chore?
Folding the laundry
10. Do you have any tattoos or piercings?
I have 5 tattoos
11. What TV commercial gets stuck in your head the most?
State Farm (Discount Doooouuuuuble Check!)
My Nominees
My 11 Questions to the Nominees
1. How long have you been blogging?
2. What is your favorite hobby?
3. What is your favorite thing to write about?
4. If you could live anywhere, where would it be?
5. What is your ideal vacation spot?
6. What is your greatest accomplishment?
7. What’s worse, laundry or dishes?
8. Do you have a TV show that you watch but don’t like to admit? Which one?
9. Sweet or salty?
10. What state or country if you aren’t in the US do you live in?
11. Snow, do you love it or hate it?
Thanks again to Echo at Domain of the Mad Mommy!!
Moving Mommy

Tuesday’s Trials

I think that we all have things that we struggle with as parents. None of us are perfect, and for the most part we do a better job than we think we do. That’s a good thing, because it means that we continue to strive to be better. One of the things that I struggle with the most is managing my time and trying to do too much. For example, last week I had a meeting, practice, or event every single night. It was annoying and stressful and by the end of the week I should have been riding a broomstick instead of wearing the Super Mom cape my wonderful husband thinks I deserve.

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My life has been like this for several years, and I never change it. Each of the things I’m committed to I love to do, it’s just piling them all together at the same time that makes life crazy! Throw the CPA exam on top of it and I’m pretty sure it’s not good for any of us. My husband reminds me of this frequently:) When we first moved to New Jersey, I didn’t have anything to do and I hated it. I love staying home with the twins, but I need to get out of the house to keep my sanity! Once I had the opportunity to get myself and the kids involved in things, I was thrilled. Now I’m just trying to find a balance that isn’t too much but not too little.

What are the things you struggle most with in this crazy parenting world??

Until our next adventure,
Moving Mommy

Eco-Friendly Toy Companies

We are going to try this again! I apologize for the first draft, I was having technical difficulty with the site!

As I look around our playroom, I see so many toys that are broken and destined for a landfill someday. I decided that this year, for the twins, we are going to ask for Eco-friendly toys for Christmas. They are better quality, safe, and much better for the earth. Before I started researching, I had no idea how many sustainable toy companies there are! And the best part is that almost all of these brands are sold on Amazonwhich makes things much easier when giving Christmas lists to our families. Most of these companies are unfortunately not based in the USA, it seems that Europe has a head start in the area of sustainability.

Hape- Hape specializes in developmental, Eco-friendly toys. They are based in Germany, and provide high-quality toys made from sustainable materials.

This rocket ship is a little pricey but Santa may have to bring it for Will!

Hape Discovery Space Center

This clock is one that we will be adding to our preschool supplies!

Hape – Happy Hour Clock – Time Learning Puzzle

Plan Toys- Plan Toys is based in Thailand and has been offering sustainable toys for forty years. They use rubber wood, which is used after its latex producing cycle. Previous to using it in toys and furniture, plantations would burn them down and replant them, which is why this wood is considered highly sustainable.

How cool are these water blocks!

Plan Toy Water Blocks

Haba- Haba is another company that is based in Germany, and all of its wooden toys are made from reforested timbers. They also use water-based lacquers instead of paint.

I really like these blocks because they are wooden and actually fit together!

Haba sticky bricks (sticky building blocks) 13 Piece

Melissa and Doug- Melissa and Doug are the most recognized sustainable toy manufacturer based in the USA. They have shipped their manufacturing to China as they have grown though. They still have the widest variety of toys in this group that you can feel good about.

This band set is on our wish list!

Melissa & Doug Band in a Box

KidKraft- KidKraft has been around for a long time, and although all of their products are manufactured overseas, they are still a decent choice for sustainable kids’ furniture.

We bought this train table for Luke about four years ago and it’s still going strong!

KidKraft Ride Around Train Set and Table

Be sure to check out these other sustainable toy brands!
Holgate
Green Toys
Maxim Enterprise
Begin Again

What are your favorite Eco-friendly toys? I’d love to hear your opinions!!

*This post contains Amazon Affiliate Links

Until our next adventure,
Moving Mommy

Dear Judgmental PTO Mom

Dear judgmental PTO Mom,

When I joined my first early childhood PTA in Texas, I figured that I would come across many judgmental, catty moms, but I didn’t. I realized that the majority of us are there for the benefit of our kids and others. And for the support that you can only receive from other moms. In fact, I made friends there that I will have for the rest of my life.

When I moved to New Jersey, I didn’t expect or find anything different. People were kind, welcoming, and invited me places when they certainly didn’t have to accept this newcomer into their lives.

Then I went to my first PTO meeting of the year. And there you were with a group of other new kindergarten moms, laughing at other people and making fun of people’s event and fundraising ideas as though they were beneath you. The rest of us can hear you. The rest of us are here for our children and the school, not to win a popularity contest. I’m sorry that dressing up in a costume and having a dance party/trunk or treat in the school parking lot isn’t appealing to you. It’s not really appealing to me either, but I bet my kids will have the time of their lives. And that is what it’s all about. Our children.

So forgive me if I don’t laugh along with you as you are making other mothers feel less than adequate. I’m there to offer support and help any way I can. I teach my children to be kind to everyone, and I’m sure you do to. I choose to live that way also.

I’m not here to belittle you or make you feel bad. I’m just trying to bring attention to the way you make others feel. It may be unintentional, hopefully it is. Maybe next time you’ll use kinder words, or volunteer for a project that you aren’t thrilled about. I guess we will see!

– Moving Mommy

I’m Back!!!

I’m finally done! (At least for the next ten days) I spent nearly an entire month without leaving my house other than to grocery shop. I know, nominate me for mom of the year. After reading that passing rates are only about 10% for first time takers, I had to put in 200-300 hours of studying to have any hope. I knew that the CPA exam would be difficult, but geez it was tough. It’s doubtful I passed the first time, so ill be back on the studying bandwagon in a couple of weeks when my score is released. But now I have time to write, clean, teach, everything I have been neglecting while studying.

While I was on my hiatus, we reached 100 followers! Thank you all, I’ll try to be a better blogger from now on! I’m putting together a preschool themed giveaway in honor of going back to school this week, so stay tuned for that.

This weekend I’m working on getting the twins’ “classroom” set up and trying to plan out some things to work on this coming month. Once I get into a routine I’ll be sharing our preschool journey. I hope everyone is enjoying the holiday weekend!

Until our next adventure,
Moving Mommy