I’m a giver. I love sending random cards, gifts and other items to people who I feel might need a little something to brighten their day. Whether it’s for a birthday, a get well gesture or just an “I’m thinking of you” gift, I just love the feeling of making someone smile because of something I sent to them. And all except for Jen (stupid Portland P.O.), everyone I send presents to, actually get them.
So, that leads me to the point of this post. It’s time for another . . .
But we’ll get to that in a bit, so bear with me. First . . . a story.
The other night, I came home from work and found my husband in the kitchen, busy fixing dinner for the boys. He had gotten a bug up his butt to prepare a meatloaf for them, searched online for a good recipe, and then started whipping up a jam. When I walked in the door, he was elbow deep in ground beef and eggs. I then saw that he had even concocted a homemade batch of tomato pepper relish that was to go in and on the meatloaf. I left him in the morning, a sleeping bear in the bed, and came home to Emeril Lagasse, apparently. Not that I mind. I mean as far as the cooking goes . . . I’m not exactly hot for Emeril or anything. Don’t get it twisted.
Oh, and did I mention that after the meatloaf was put it the pan, shaped, and topped with relish, it was then topped with . . . wait for it . . . BACON.
Of course, I asked if there was something I could do to help, and he directed me to the fresh brussels sprouts sitting on the counter, saying he was going to try to whip up a side dish of brussels sprouts with bacon. When I asked if he had a recipe, he told me he had planned on just “winging it.” Uh-oh. So, I offered to handle it, not that I had ever made anything like that before, either. But off to Google I went! And found a perfect recipe for the ingredients on hand.
Everything turned out incredible. But I will advise you, as to the brussels sprouts, if you make this, you may be tempted to not use much salt, thinking the bacon will take care of the salt quotient, but if you think that as I did, you would be very very wrong. Salt. Use salt. It needs it.
Here are the finished products:
And I will tell you that both of my boys gave the meatloaf high marks, and my youngest gave the brussels sprouts two thumbs up. Not only that, but they actually requested the meatloaf again the next night. I think one of the ingredients in there might be magic. True story.
Ok, now that you’ve got your bacon fix for the day, even if only tangentially through the pics, it is now time for the promised giveaway. I saw these items at The House of Blues gift shop in the casino, and just knew that I had to get them . . . for you!
Awesome, yes? You want it, right? Worth playing for? (Ok, I might be channeling Jeff Probst right now, sorry). Ok, here’s your objective, should you choose to accept it . . .
Tell me a story. A story about something unexpected that someone did for you. Did your husband surprise you by whipping up dinner? Did someone send you a surprising pick me up? Something nice and not requested or expected. Tell me all about it in the comments . . .
I’ll have one of my boys pick a name next week. Good luck to all. And let me know if you try the recipes and how they turn out. They are 4 & 7 approved!