Meat Loaf with Potato Crust and Peach Cobbler

Everyone raved.

Dinner today was a meat loaf with mashed potato crust, carrots and onions on the side and some salad from the garden, while our oldest made a peach cobbler for dessert.  It took a smidge of planning to figure out what goes into the oven when and at what temperature, and we had to figure out if the cobbler and the meat loaf will fit into the oven at the same time.  Planned the work, worked the plan, see the result!  The peach cobbler went into the oven around the same time the mashed potatoes went on the meat loaf.  Everyone raved.  Oldest daughter was about as proud of her creation as her parents are of her.
Recipes below.

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Meat Loaf with Mashed Potato Crust

Ingredients
2 1/2 lbs ground beef
2 lbs ground pork
2 eggs,slightly beaten
1/2 cup milk
bit of mustard to taste
salt and pepper to taste

Directions
Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C).
Combine the beef, pork, egg, milk and mustard in a large bowl.  Season to taste.  Form into a loaf and place in a baking dish.

Cut carrots and onions and place around the meatloaf, and put in the oven.  Bake for about 2 hours before adding the potato crust.

For the crust, boil potatoes and mash them as usual or use leftover mashed potatoes.  Cover the meatloaf with mashed potatoes and bake for another hour or so.

The meatloaf should bake for a minimum of 3 hour altogether at 350°F (175°C), until the meat thermometer shows 160°F or more.

Peach Cobbler

Ingredients
For the batter:
1/2 cup melted butter
1 cup flour
1 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup milk
1 egg, slightly beaten

For the filling:
1 big (28 ounce) can of sliced peaches, drained and rinsed
1 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

Directions
Melt butter in a 9 x 13 inch pan.  In a large bowl, mix the dry ingredients for the batter.  Then stir in milk and egg.  Pour evenly over melted butter.

Combine peaches, sugar and spices.  Spread over batter, do not stir.

Bake 35-45 minutes at 350°F until batter comes to the top and is golden brown, and serve warm with ice cream.

June with Edith

A dripping June keeps all in tune.

Edith Holden June

Why will your mind forever go
To meads in sunny Greece?
Our songbirds have a fine a flow,
Our sheep as fair a fleece;
Among our hills the honey-bee,
And int he leaning pear –
I tell you there is Arcady
In leafy Warwickshire.

~ Norman Gale

In other words:  The grass only looks greener on the other side of the fence.  While we are not in the Bard’s own -shire, we are in our own little Shire here in NE Ohio, and with June come all the beauties of early summer.  The Dog Roses and Yellow Iris are about done blossoming already because the winter was very mild, but our hedge has just started.  It’s little white blossoms have a fragrance similar to jasmine, so I am assuming it is of the same family.  Baby bunnies are already hopping everywhere, the first brood of robins is about to leave the nest, the young sparrows are on the wing already and Mrs. Myrtle Warbler has three eggs to keep warm at this point in time.  She has built her nest in said sweet-smelling hedge and used primarily hair from our big white pup…  Must be comfy!

Mother Warbler

Note:  The drawing and quote are taken from Edith Holden’s “The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady”.  If ever you were looking for a good example of a nature journal, or wanted to motivate your own young ladies to start notebooking, this is a wonderful book to refer to.  Besides, it is full of beautiful poetry and interesting information, presented in outstanding penmanship.

All in, finally!

Ready to Grow

garden cropIt’s been an awfully busy week, getting the garden ready to grow, errr, go.   After the new moon on May 25th and the final week of the more formal part of our home schooling year – testing week, as we call it -, the garden demanded all our attention.  The structure was still there from last year:  slightly raised, roughly square beds, a whole bunch of them.  What bears fruit underground had been planted while the moon was waning already, so now it was time to plant what bears fruit above ground while the moon was waxing.

But first, the weeds needed taken care of, and the girls all wanted their own square to grow what they like, or think looks pretty.  So out came the garden claw and the hoe, and yesterday we finally put the last seeds in the ground.  All done, finally!  Now we’ll watch things grow, the plants that we would prefer to grow elsewhere (aka weeds) alongside the ones we actually planted…  The home school summer season has begun in earnest.

Important Lessons From Mother

…simplicity in my way of living, far removed from the habits of the rich.

“From my mother, [I learned] piety and beneficence, and abstinence, not only from evil deeds, but even from evil thoughts; and further, simplicity in my way of living, far removed from the habits of the rich.”   ~Marcus Aurelius

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