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Dr. Seuss, Spring, Meatloaf, Grandkids and Hobbies

As I was getting ready to write my blog, this quote showed up on an envelope that I was about to throw away. If you know me at all, you will know that I took this as a sign. A sign that my photography is important, and so is Dr. Seuss and the freedom of speech and expression. Do I need to say more? I don't think so. I am a subscriber to the idea that less is more.

I am looking forward to the arrival of Meadowlarks! They are probably my favorite harbinger of spring. I heard geese the other day, and the weather has been fantastic. Meadowlarks seem to follow the calendar pretty religiously, but I am wondering if this year they might come a bit early.

Tonight we are having crock pot meatloaf for supper. Pictured here are the ingredients, although I did not use the American cheese today. This is a recipe that I made up and it seems to be consistently good and popular with the family and friends. You can also make meatballs out of it and you can make it in the oven as well but I have discovered that I love making it in the crockpot.

Take an egg and about a half cup of milk and a good squeeze of Ketchup, stir and add about a cup of Stove Top dressing and about a cup of shredded cheese and a pound of hamburger. Squish it all together, form a nice meatloaf shape (and if you are making a bigger batch, I like to make two loaves), and pop in in a foil lined crockpot. Tonight I am also throwing in two potatoes that I wrapped separately, so everything will be done together. Cook it either on high or low, depending on how much time you have. When you are about ready to serve, top with Ketchup, BBQ sauce or whatever you may like. It makes great sandwiches the next day or two after as well.

A great side benefit is that the crock pot doesn't even get dirty! You can also make a good gravy with the drippings if you want. Sometimes I put a couple slices of cheese in the middle of the loaf, too.

I've been playing with Quinn the last couple of Fridays to help out with the day care situation. This is Quinn after a few hours with Grandma! She and I were heading out to our little pasture cabin on the four wheeler later that day and when I asked her who she thought would see the cabin first, she replied, "Grandma, this is not a competition!" Guess she told me!

My new sewing machine has still not arrived, but I am figuring out how to use my borrowed one a little. Something I have been wanting to try is sewing with old blue jeans. I plan to make a quilt, but this last week, I tried my hand at a bag. There is much room for improvement, but I think a grandkid could maybe get some good out of this......

Howard and I have now had both doses of our Moderna Covid vaccine, so we are looking forward to being out and about a little more. I am excited to hit the trail to Fargo next week to see my Fargo family and watch Noelle play in the Fargo Moorhead Youth Symphony and check out Annie's college digs. I also plan to visit a friend in Jamestown who has a gallery there and my financial adviser who offices in Fargo. Busy weekend.....TTFN

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