Buh Bye 2014, Hello 2015

5 Jan

2015

Let’s face it, 2014 was rough. It started out looking pretty good but took a quick nosedive.

Taking a look back, it started with a hellacious winter filled with lots of snow, that usually fell while Bill was away, and many days off for the kids. The spring thaw started out awesome with me running in my first and second half marathons in the month of March.

There’s where we take our turn for the worst. I’m sure I’ll be paying off the medical bills that accompanied the process of my diagnoses and subsequent surgery for years to come. Spring was when the bill for Logan’s sleep study finally arrived only adding to the financial strain.

MONTHS of not running was made worse by our little family struggling to acclimate to the new normal as we entered the first full year of Bill’s business.

Summer was sedentary for all of us since Bill had to work and the boys were stuck with a mother who couldn’t even walk let alone drive to take them places. This summer will be the greatest Summer of Mommyland they have ever seen to make up for all the guilt I feel.

Mercifully the fall and holiday season came and went without much fanfare. Of course the stress of buying gifts while trying to whittle down the medical debt made the holiday season extra special.

So here we are, five days into 2015. I’m the heaviest I’ve ever been (without a baby in the belly) and I’m down to the last pair of jeans that fit me before I have to live in activewear. I’m ready to see life turn around.

My hopes for this year are simple, get out from under this debt so we can start building some savings, run injury free, lose the 20ish pounds I gained in 2014 and to make those little daily stressors go the hell away. Yeah, that last one is almost laughable. OK, how about learn to cope with those daily stressors in a better, more effective way. Oh and I’d also like to have my house clean enough that if someone were to pop in unannounced I could offer them a cup of coffee instead of meeting them in the driveway to see what they need before sending them on their way.

I am hellbent and determined to make 2015 my best year yet. Hell, I’ve got a milestone birthday this year so it would be nice to have a great year.

How are you hoping 2015 measures up to 2014 and years past?

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Five Star Meatloaf

10 Dec

I know there are some people out there who hate meatloaf but I am not one of them. In fact I could eat meatloaf weekly, especially if we’re making this meatloaf.

This recipe originally came from a Southern Living cookbook but over the years I’ve bent it and tweeted it and made it something completely new. When I started to use the Five Star ground beef it became something even better than I could have imagined.

Five Star Meatloaf

Mommyland Meatloaf

What you will need:

1 pound of Five Star Home Foods Ground Beef
1 egg
1/2 cup milk
3/4 cups oatmeal (we like to use the old fashioned oates)
1 carrot, grated 
2 TBSP minced, dry onion
2 TSP Worcestershire sauce 
1 TSP dry mustard
1 TSP fresh, minced garlic
       OR
1/4 TSP garlic powder
 

Directions:

1) Mix all ingredients in a mixing bowl
2) Line baking dish with foil for easy cleanup
3) Form in loaf shape in baking dish
4) Bake in 350 degree, preheated oven for 45 minutes
5) Serve and enjoy.
 

I love this recipe because it’s quick, easy and tastes great. I usually serve this with meatloaf with roasted sweet potatoes and a green veggie. The kids often complain when I make meatloaf but somehow there are never any leftovers, so clearly they like it.

Give it a try and let me know what you think.

Disclaimer: I was compensated with free food from Five Star Home Foods in exchange for this and other related posts. For every person who signs up for Five Star’s service through Mommyland I will be given $100. All the money I receive from this partnership will be donated to The Wee One Foundation to help families just like mine when they need it due to medical reasons. Of course ALL you will see here is MY opinion. 

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