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Friday Favorites – Yummmm and Basketball!

It’s FRIDAY!!  That means that over at The Other Mama, it’s time for Hillary’s Friday Favorites Blog Carnival!!

I had two favorite things this week.  First, a Meatloaf Sandwich.  I like meatloaf – at least my own – and I LURVE me a Meatloaf Sandwich!  I made meatloaf for Sunday dinner, baking an extra for lunches this week.  We all had slices of leftover meatloaf with cheese on soft oatmeal bread on Monday and Tuesday.  Best lunch in the entire world.  Now that I think of it, the meatloaf leftovers are actually better than the original dinner.  Now that you’re drooling on the keyboard, wouldja like to make your own?  Here’s the scoop:
Angela Pea’s Favorite Meatloaf
Makes Two loaves, one for Dinner, one for Leftover Meatloaf Sandwiches
Meatloaf
2 T olive oil
1 large onion, diced
3 stalks celery, diced
3 lb lean ground beef
2 eggs
2 c bread crumbs (I make my own out of leftover whole wheat bread)
3 T dijon mustard
small can of tomato paste, or substitute ketchup, about 1/4 c
salt and pepper to taste
Veggie Topping
1 14 oz. can petite diced tomatoes
1 green pepper, diced
1/2 onion, diced
Salt and cayenne pepper to taste
Saute onions and celery in the olive oil until translucent.  Add cooked veggies to the rest of the meatloaf ingredients in large bowl, mix until well combined.  Spoon mixture into two loaf pans.  Bake at 350 degrees until done.  While meatloaf is baking, simmer the tomatos, green peppers and onions in a small pan.  Season with cayenne and salt to taste.  Top meatloaf slices with the veggie topping and serve with smashed taters.
My second favorite thing this week is the Stephen Breen Wildcat Challenge.   The Wildcat Challenge is the annual two week long basketball tournament in our diocese; funds raised are donated to the Stephen Breen Foundation.  Stephen was the oldest son and nephew of some dear friends of ours who died from Ewing’s Sarcoma (a very rare form of bone cancer) when he was fifteen.  Stephen was a great kid. During his illness, he grew even more courageous and determined to give something back to the community that supported him, and convinced his parents to start a trust in his name to provide money for Catholic School scholarships and for cancer research.  This kid is still an inspiration to all of us! He possessed wisdom beyond his age, and had such incredible faith in God and His goodness. 
I really liked the games yesterday evening in which Teen Son#1 played.  The Wildcats played their arch nemesis, the other 7th grade Wildcat team from our school, and they WON with a basket in the last two seconds.  Not that I encourage gloating or anything like that, especially when the opposing team consists of the children of our friends and fellow parishoners; however – our boys work hard and play fair,  our coach is supportive instead of the yelling type, and I can’t help but be biased in favor of my adorable son and his best friends!
Teen Son#1, lining up for the shot that put the Wildcats ahead…
Victory Dance
That flying hair?  It belongs to Teen Son#1’s BFF
These amazing photos were not taken by yours truly, although if you visit the Stephen Breen Wildcat Challenge website and click on the “Days” in the top menu, you can see a lot of my work.  I was too busy jumping up and down and cheering during this game to take photos!

Angela Pea

7 thoughts on “Friday Favorites – Yummmm and Basketball!

  1. I love this so much! What an awesome story about an amazing kid and what he can do for a community- even with a fatal illness. And the basketball game winning with the last shot? You have some room to gloat there; I know I would !! And I can't wait to try your meatloaf! Looks dee-lish- especially the toppings. Please tell me you saw that Friends with Ross going crazy over the meatloaf sandwich, right? 🙂

  2. Wow…thanks for stopping by! I just found your site the other week and I LOVE it!!And the meatloaf sandwich looks fantastic! I'm not a big meatloaf fan, but I could get on board with that!!

  3. I love a good meatloaf too, but my hubs would never go for that veggie topping. I haven't made one in a while though, so thanks for the reminder. They do make a good sandwich too!!Love that victory dance photo!PS – Hillary, do you see a Friends episode in every blog post? Just wondering. And, are you sure it wasn't the Thanksgiving sandwich episode?

  4. Thanks for visiting this week. I agree, I love meatloaf sandwiches. Never thought to make 2 at one time (silly me). Great pics from the game and Wildcats… I seem to have a Disneyish song going through my head at the moment.

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