Stupid Easy Turkey Meatloaf Recipe

I hate cooking.  Hate it.  When I get home from work, the thought of spending another hour working on something makes me want to curl up into a ball and silently weep until I can’t feel feelings anymore.  I wish I was born with the cooking gene.  My grandma spends hours on single meals.  My mom is a culinary artiste.  But I refuse to spend longer making something than it takes to eat it.  That’s my threshold.

Enter this super easy and quick meatloaf recipe.  It took about 5 minutes to assemble, and then another 45 minutes in the oven {which I spent drinking a glass of Merlot and trying to talk to hubs while he tried to concentrate on reading the Wall Street Journal, which I don’t count as prep time since I wasn’t paying any attention to food}, and then it was complete.  Here’s the recipe if you’re so inclined.

Stupid Easy Meatloaf
makes: 1 loaf of meat

Ingredients:
1 to 1.5 lbs of ground turkey
1/2 cup of breadcrumbs
1/2 cup of oats
1/2 of a green pepper, chopped
1/2 of a large sweet onion, chopped (onion goggles optional)
1 egg
Some salt & pepper & any other spices that you so desire
Some ketchup

Directions:
Preheat over to 350°
Mix the turkey, breadcrumbs, oats, pepper, onion, salt & pepper, and egg until evenly blended but not puréed or anything
Press into a loaf pan, firmly but not smooshily
Cover the top with a medium-thick layer of ketchup
Bake at 350° for 45 minutes or until the internal temperature is 161°

Ta da!

Here’s the nutrition information.  Not too shabby…

Squirrel On The Bathroom Wall

Our downstairs half-bath is cavernous.  I haven’t measured it, but it’s the same width as our kitchen, which puts it at about 10-12 feet in length.  The sink countertop is loooooong, with one sink at the end that’s away from the door.  Then there’s a giant gap, and then the toilet.  So the wall opposite the sink/mirror/toilet is one giant blank canvas.  Kinda like this:

not to scale, probably.

Remember how in this post I painted a wall sconce  for the dining room yellow, and blamed it on the flooring in our bathrooms?  BEHOLD:

It’s really yellow.  And we are new homeowners and not quite ready to rip out any flooring just yet.  I mean, we’re still painting and trying to find matching throw pillows.  Baby steps, people.

We had about half a gallon of Behr Squirrel paint leftover from our dining room painting project last December, so I decided to tie the two caddy-corner spaces together by painting the giant empty wall in the hall bathroom Squirrel as well.  I’m not a huge fan of accent walls, but in this case, painting one wall was attractive because dark paint is hard for me to deal with and I didn’t want to spend 3 days edging.  Because I’m lazy.

So, here it is, in all its Squirrel glory.  This picture might be more true to color:

Some notes: Frog tape is my savior.  I have a pretty steady hand, but the frog tape gives you SUCH a good line around the edges.  Just make sure it’s really adhered to the wall by running your nail along it before you paint.  Also, I had a lot of dripping problems, which I didn’t realize until after the paint had dried.  Someday, when we remove the ancient towel rod and toilet paper holder, I will remedy this.

Here’s another view of the bathroom counter, including frog tape and stepstool:

And a special shoutout to the Anthropologie towel that I bought to tie these crazy kids together.  It’s the only thing I’ve paid full price for in probably 10 years.  Not exaggerating.

I’ll be adding some art to the big blank wall as soon as I can find something I like enough to look at while I pee.  Someday down the line, we’re hoping to make the bathroom smaller by getting a less intrusive vanity that is closer to the toilet, and opening up the rest of the space to make a wetbar or a mini-library that is part of the living room (like below).  Until then, yellow tile and accent wall it is.

Why Do I Read Running Blogs?

For whatever reason, most of the blogs I read on a regular basis are written by women who kick ass at running. Here’s how far they ran today:

pbfingers.com: 7 miles
skinnyrunner.com: 8 miles
runningoffthereeses.com: 22 miles

You wanna know how far I ran today?  2 miles.


I could provide a multitude of excuses, like my neighborhood is uber hilly and the weather is finally gorgeous so I’d rather be drinking outside than running outside, etc etc etc to infinity. Really, I just suck at running, and I hate it. But I want to like it, or at least be decent at it. When we lived in our old apartment, I’d go to the gym almost daily, but for some reason, the gym near our new house doesn’t inspire me to move my ass. It’d be nice to be able to run out of my front door, put in a leisurely 5 miles, and not be thinking FML the entire time. I hope I get to that point someday. In the meantime, I’ll just live vicariously through others (see above).

*I wrote this post earlier today, but someone needed my laptop to watch a football game, so…