Speaking of 4th of July, my mom and I made Katie, Layla and Savannah some red, white and blue tutus. I left it sitting out Sunday night and Katie couldn't wait to put it on when she discovered it on Monday morning.
One of my favorite things about summer is asparagus on the grill!! One of the things I dislike the most is flies in the house. Anyway. I insist on having some every time we grill. So I buy a bunch when it's on sale and make up extra foil pouches and throw them in the freezer. This way when we're grilling, we just take one out and toss it on. And Mommy's happy because she always gets her asparagus!
One of Katie's favorite summer foods? Corn from Nana and Papa's garden of course!! Notice we put her high chair away and she's in a booster like a big girl now!
I've decided to stop counting my crockpot days. We'll now have Crockpot Wednesday! Yea, I got bored with it. Once a week will be fun but not overkill. Today I went with Big Easy Meatloaf
The only thing I changed was to use some bratwurst instead of andouille sausage and I didn't cook it first. That was my plan at least when I had E set the meat out last night. Then I woke up to discover all we had were beer brats (beer = gluten = not for Bugs). I was trying to decide what to do because dragging all 3 kids out just so I could make meatloaf wasn't exactly on my agenda. Then I remembered...I live in the best neighborhood on earth. A few text msgs later and I had some gluten free brats in my hands!
(although it was his wife that saved my meatloaf)
So I mushed all the ingredients together with my hands. It was very satisfyingly smooshie! I plopped it in the loaf pan and stuck it down in my 6 qt crock.
This was my first time cooking with a seperate pan in the crock, but it seemed to work really well! This cooked on high for 4.5 hrs. Towards the end, I tipped the pan up and dumped the grease into the bottom of the crock because it was really grossing me out.
I served it with some veggies and sweet potato fries. E and Moosey each had seconds. Bugs cleaned her plate also. I thought it was okay, but I think prefer traditional meatloaf (aka however it is my mom makes it). I can't wait to try Stephanie's crockpot meatloaf recipe.
Finally, I have an urgent call to prayer. Kjerstin Webb, the sister of one of the families that lives in the very best neighborhood in the world was in a car accident over the weekend. She was very seriously injured, so please lift her up in your prayers. Pray for strength for her family and friends, who are undoubtedly weary. Amy, who also happens to live in my wonderful neighborhood, has a very nice blog that she is keeping up to date with information as well.