Monthly Archives: March 2013

Fish Fridays

I try to respect the “no meat” rule for Catholics on Fridays. This also marks the first month that I am free from overnight shifts on weekends.

God Bless March Madness.

My hubby wanted to celebrate my TGIF by going out. My only request – the food spot needs to have a decent selection of seafood.
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Ground Beef and Ketchup

We were in the mood for some comfort food.

Meatloaf for Dinner
So, Mark made meatloaf for dinner. He found some inspiration (aka recipe) from the AllRecipes website.

He mashed up raw ground beef, onions, eggs and bread crumbs. I made the sauce with mustard, ketchup and brown sugar. We added leftover sausage slices from our Oakland bonfire.

An hour later, we enjoyed our meatloaf feast with reruns of Portlandia and Big Bang Theory.


I spent the last of my TGIF by a toasty fire in Oakland.

Bonfire in Oakland

I love Oakland for all the tasty food spots here – greyhounds at Van Kleef to pork belly rice bowls at Hawker Fare.

I also love Oakland for bonfires. Our buddy Scott has a fantastic garden where he grows hops for beer, tomatoes, cucumbers and more. He dug out a pit under the stars and holds bonfire cookouts.

On the menu:

  • Tri-tip
  • Pork kielbasa
  • Slow-cooked beans (the beans simmered in bacon, molasses and more for more 24 hours)
  • Homemade ice cream. Mark dubbed it “Scott’s Nuts.” The flavor: toasted pecans
  • S’mores: I used ghirardelli chocolate Carmel squares. Mark and Scott went with chocolate with chili. Crazy!

The perfect ending to my TGIF and my challenging work day.
Good times.