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Are we going a little stir crazy? You betcha, but oh well we'll survive. 🚲 Was supposed to start month 3 of my work out challenge, but you know what I just needed a mental health day. I'll start tomorrow or the next day if needed. Didn't even make Mason get all his school work done, he'll have to finish it tomorrow. We just needed a day to relax as much as possible in this crazy time we're in. 
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There are so many things I'm thankful for and one of those is the amount of nature areas Washington state has to offer. I'm so thankful we were able to get out and walk Nisqually Wildlife Perserve before the "Stay Home, stay healthy" order the Gov. placed. It was wonderful to get out one last time, this staying home is tough and I don't know how we're going to manage?!! #pnw #nature #optoutside #stayhome #momlife #sendwine

There are so many things...

🌴On Saturday we took advantage of the sunshine and finally got out of the house! This will be a rough and trying time for our mental health, not going to lie. But we got to play at the local beach while practicing #socialdistancing it was wonderful! 🌻And we found a beautiful painted rock, thank you to who ever hid it!
#tacomarocks #pnw #optoutside
#chambersbay #beach #nature

🌴On Saturday we took advantage...

Stop to smell the flowers! 
This is your daily reminder to get outside, get some fresh air and your daily dose of vitamin D! 
#optoutside #flowers #nature #mondayvibes #stoptosmelltheflowers #dailyreminder

Stop to smell the flowers!...

What are you going to do with your child if homeschooling isn't cut out for them or your family? Take a deep breath, exhale and relax. It'll be okay! Everyone's health and wellness is much more important at this time than academics. I've got a list of activities if you'd like some structure in your lives though. Check it out on my blog.
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On February 3 I started My Peak Challenge and happy to say I'm still going strong! I've been needing to make some lifestyle changes and get more active. I've been working to control what I eat, getting some kind of exercise  in daily which I'm really enjoying. I didn't think I'd ever say that! 💚 #MPC2020 has truly started changing my life, I've had more positive thoughts and my body feels good. @mypeakchallenge

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On February 3 I started...

The Best Meat Loaf

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It’s finally Fall here in Washington which means it’s time to turn on the oven and have some home-cooked meals. When I’m meal planning I love leaning towards meals you can prep ahead of time and aren’t complicated. I love Meat Loaf, but not just any kinda of meat loaf it actually needs to have a variety of flavors. It’s also one of those meals you can prepare ahead of time and let sit in your fridge until ready to cook and then you just place in the oven. If you have children, this recipe also has some vegetables hidden they may not notice!

 

To make your meatloaf, lightly grease a 5×9 inch loaf pan and preheat your oven to 350°. On a cutting board finely chop your onion, green pepper, garlic, parsley, shred carrot, shred cheese and toast your bread. Set aside. In a large bowl combine your ground sausage and ground beef(get at least 90% lean as the sausage will provide grease). You can either mix as you add stuff or do it after you add everything. (I add everything and then just mix with my hands.)

After you’ve added your ground beef and sausage add your garlic, parsley, ground pepper, salt and paprika. 

Then add your green peppers, carrots, onions, egg and half of your cheese. 

Again feel free to mix while you add ingredients or after. After your toast has cooled enough to touch crumble with your hands into the bowl.

Mix until everything is combined. (It may feel weird but it really helps to just do it with your hands, just make sure your hands are clean or wear gloves)

You are ready to place it in the greased loaf pan, spread evenly. Add your can of mushroom soup and spread evenly. Sprinkle the rest of your cheese on top and cover with foil. 

Bake in a preheated oven for an hour with foil. Remove from oven take foil off and sprinkle crispy fried onions on top and place back in the oven for 15-20 minutes until fully cooked.

Let sit for 5 minutes and serve immediately. Enjoy!!

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The best meat loaf recipe, that's full of flavor, hidden veggies and easy.

The Best Meat Loaf

This meat loaf recipe is full of flavor, has hidden veggies, it's perfect for these cold fall and winter nights.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Course: Main Dish
Servings: 6

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 lb ground sausage
  • 1/3 cup green peppers
  • 1/3 cup carrots
  • 1 cup onions
  • 1 egg
  • 1 toast
  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp garlic powder or 1 fresh chopped garlic
  • 1/2 tsp fresh chopped parsley
  • 1 can condensed mushroom soup
  • 1/2 cup crispy fried onions

Notes

  1. Lightly grease a 5x9 inch loaf pan and preheat your oven to 350°.
  2. On a cutting board finely chop your onion, green pepper, garlic, parsley, shred carrot, shred cheese and toast your bread. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl combine your ground sausage and ground beef(get at least 90% lean as the sausage will provide grease). Add your garlic, parsley, ground pepper, salt, paprika, green peppers, carrots, onions, egg and half of your cheese. Crumble your toast into the bowl.
  4. Mix until everything is combined.
  5. Place mixture in the greased loaf pan, spread evenly. Add your can of mushroom soup and spread evenly. Sprinkle the rest of your cheese on top and cover with foil.
  6. Bake in a preheated oven for an hour with foil. Remove from oven take foil off and sprinkle crispy fried onions on top and place back in the oven for 15-20 minutes until fully cooked.
  7. Let sit for 5 minutes and serve immediately.
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How are you all holding up? 🌻 We're healthy and safe, that's the most important thing!
Are we going a little stir crazy? You betcha, but oh well we'll survive. 🚲 Was supposed to start month 3 of my work out challenge, but you know what I just needed a mental health day. I'll start tomorrow or the next day if needed. Didn't even make Mason get all his school work done, he'll have to finish it tomorrow. We just needed a day to relax as much as possible in this crazy time we're in. 
#stayingpositive #positivevibes #pnw #positivethinking #stayhome #momlife #health #wellness #MPC2020 #mypeakchallenge #mentalhealth

How are you all holding...

There are so many things I'm thankful for and one of those is the amount of nature areas Washington state has to offer. I'm so thankful we were able to get out and walk Nisqually Wildlife Perserve before the "Stay Home, stay healthy" order the Gov. placed. It was wonderful to get out one last time, this staying home is tough and I don't know how we're going to manage?!! #pnw #nature #optoutside #stayhome #momlife #sendwine

There are so many things...

🌴On Saturday we took advantage of the sunshine and finally got out of the house! This will be a rough and trying time for our mental health, not going to lie. But we got to play at the local beach while practicing #socialdistancing it was wonderful! 🌻And we found a beautiful painted rock, thank you to who ever hid it!
#tacomarocks #pnw #optoutside
#chambersbay #beach #nature

🌴On Saturday we took advantage...

Stop to smell the flowers! 
This is your daily reminder to get outside, get some fresh air and your daily dose of vitamin D! 
#optoutside #flowers #nature #mondayvibes #stoptosmelltheflowers #dailyreminder

Stop to smell the flowers!...

What are you going to do with your child if homeschooling isn't cut out for them or your family? Take a deep breath, exhale and relax. It'll be okay! Everyone's health and wellness is much more important at this time than academics. I've got a list of activities if you'd like some structure in your lives though. Check it out on my blog.
#linkinbio #pandemic #school #homeschool #unschool #schoolduringcovid19 #schoolclosure #wellness #healthandwellness #health #familyfriendly #healthblogger #momblogger #momlife

What are you going to...

Looking for recipes to make at home?! I've got a list of healthy, fresh, and family-friendly recipes on my blog. Like homemade fresh bread, butter, cookies, slow cooker meals, ect. 
#linkinbio #pandemic #food #foodie #recipes #foodblogger #health #healthyfood #familyfriendly #healthblogger

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