Pan Fried Meatloaf Patties {Recipe}

Pan Fried Meatloaf Patties recipe

Some days, you just want comfort food. Even if it’s June and 90 degrees (Fahrenheit) outside. But when it’s that hot out, most comfort food isn’t really practical to prepare, especially if you don’t have air conditioning in your home, since a lot of them require baking for a long period of time.

This was the “dilemma” I found myself in earlier this week. Meatloaf sounded amazing, but the last thing I wanted was to turn the oven on for over an hour and heat up the house. (We do have an air conditioner, for the record, but it’s just a window unit. Even though it’s pretty powerful, it struggles to keep up with the oven heat.) So, what’s a girl to do? Come up with an alternative to baking the meatloaf, of course! So that’s just what I did.

I used the same ingredients as my normal meatloaf, but instead of putting it in a loaf pan and baking for an hour (or longer), I shaped the meat mixture into patties and pan fried them in just a touch of oil. When the meat was cooked through, I added the sauce to the top of the patties and let it cook for just another minute or two to set.

The result? These patties were just as good as a traditional meatloaf, and a lot quicker to prepare. I’ll definitely be using this method again, and I hope you’ll try it too!

Pan Fried Meatloaf Patties
Serves 6
A traditional meatloaf recipe is turned into patties and pan fried instead of baked.
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357 calories
20 g
101 g
19 g
24 g
6 g
158 g
497 g
6 g
1 g
11 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 357
Calories from Fat 173
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 19g
Saturated Fat 6g
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 9g
Cholesterol 101mg
Sodium 497mg
Total Carbohydrates 20g
Dietary Fiber 2g
Sugars 6g
Protein 24g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 1-2 tablespoons oil, for cooking
  2. 1 1/2 pounds ground beef or turkey
  3. 1 egg
  4. 1 8-ounce can tomato sauce, separated
  5. 1 cup seasoned bread crumbs (fresh or store-bought)
  6. Salt and pepper to taste
  7. 1-2 tablespoons sugar (white or brown, it doesn't matter)
  8. 1-2 tablespoons prepared mustard
  9. 1-2 tablespoons white vinegar
  1. In a large nonstick or cast iron skillet, heat the oil.
  2. In a medium to large bowl, combine the meat, egg, half of the tomato sauce, bread crumbs, salt, and pepper. Combine thoroughly, but don't over mix.
  3. Shape the meat into 6-8 patties.
  4. Carefully place the patties in the hot oil and cook until they're no longer pink in the center, about 5-7 minutes per side.
  5. Meanwhile, combine the other half of the tomato sauce, mustard, sugar, and vinegar (I do this right in the tomato sauce can).
  6. When the meatloaf patties have cooked through, pour the sauce evenly over the patties and let it all cook together for an additional 2-3 minutes.
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Book Review: Betting on Hope by Debra Clopton

I recently had the pleasure of reading Betting on Hope by Debra Clopton. I saw this one in the available from Book Look Bloggers back in February, and I really wanted to read it, but I had a few other books to finish first. So when I’d done that, I jumped on getting my copy of Betting on Hope.

Maggie Hope is a advice columnist for a newspaper. Tru Monahan is a cowboy, through and through. When Maggie is assigned to interview Tru for the newspaper (not her normal gig, since she’s not a reporter), things go from bad to worse very quickly. Before either of them realize what’s happening, they’ve made a silly bet (Tru suggests he can teach city-girl Maggie to ride a horse; she’s not so sure) and both of their employers insist they follow through. So Maggie moves into the guest house on Tru’s property, he trains her to ride horses, and sparks fly.

Of course, it’s not quite that simple, but what I’ve given you is a fair representation of the book. There are a lot of side characters and interesting back stories which make this book better than my synopsis.

My thoughts?

I liked it. It took me a long time to get through, but that’s not the book’s fault. It’s simply because reading hasn’t been a huge priority in my days lately. The ending was pretty rushed, but I can forgive that. I really enjoyed the side characters; I thought they added a lot to the story. The back stories of the main characters were interesting, and I could understand why they would keep their histories from each other. But I think the story would have been better served if Ms. Clopton had shared a bit more of the circumstances behind those back stories with the reader, especially Tru’s.

Overall rating: 4 stars (out of 5)


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Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from Book Look Bloggers in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, nor was I compensated in any other way. I am disclosing this in accordance with FTC Regulations.

Picture of the Week: Painting with Watercolors

Picture of the Week: Painting with Watercolors

Seahawk requested some watercolor painting supplies for Christmas, so we happily obliged. As part of that, we got him a journal made with watercolor paper rather than regular paper. The understanding was that he would use his paints and journal to record some of the experiences we have this year. The goal is to paint a picture every day, but that doesn’t always happen. I’d say we’re averaging about twice a week at this point. In the few weeks he’s had the opportunity to paint regularly, I can already see drastic improvement in his skill.

Have a great weekend!


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2014 Year in Review {Blog Style}

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As you all know, 2014 saw some big changes in my blog. First, I joined the Schoolhouse Review Crew. This commitment has been really good for me in several ways. It helps to make sure I blog regularly. That’s not too hard, since I love sharing my thoughts and ideas on these pages, but knowing that it’s expected of me is a pretty good motivator on those “I just don’t want to” weeks. I’ve learned a lot about social media and blogging by being a part of that group of wonderful ladies. And let’s not forget the curriculum! I have the wonderful opportunity to try out different things and share them here with all of you.

Besides the Crew, you’ll remember that I also changed my blog name and platform earlier this month. That was probably the biggest change to “my space,” and it’s one I haven’t regretted for one second. I love the new name and URL! [Read more…]

Homeschool and Homemaking Interview

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Hello dear readers! I have just a short post for you today. A friend and fellow member of the Schoolhouse Review Crew, Kemi of Homemaking Organized, is running a series of interviews with homeschoolers. She’s exploring such topics as homeschooling methods, average daily schedule, and balancing homeschooling with homemaking. Today is the day my interview is up on her blog. I hope you’ll take a moment to click through and read it. While you’re there, poke around on Kemi’s site for a while. She has tons of tips for homemaking, saving money, and her life as a homeschool mom of one daughter.

Have a great day, and I’ll be back later this week with more thoughts!


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Trying Something New…

Hello friends,

I’m going to try something new to see if helps traffic on the blog a little bit. From now on, you’ll see just a bit of the post in your email, and will need to click through to continue reading. If you hate this, please let me know via a comment on any post or through the Contact Me form. I’m not set that this is the way it has to be forever, but I want to see how it goes for a while. Thanks for understanding!



Happy Independence Day


I just wanted to take a moment to wish my fellow Americans a very happy Independence Day. I hope your celebrations are memorable yet safe.


I have a Simplicity post drafted in my head, but our internet has been wonky this week. Hopefully we can get it fixed next week; as soon as we can get it figured out, I’ll be in a better position to write that post up.



Happy Birthday, or 33 Things About Me

Yes, it’s that time again: My birthday. Sharing 32 things for 32 years was fun last year, so I’m going to the same this year. So without further ado, here are

33 Things About Me That You May Not Be Able to Easily Deduce From Reading my Blog:

  1. I’m very quiet. That’s why blogging is perfect for me. I can get my thoughts out without having to verbally say anything.
  2. Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve had loads of ideas for this post. Now that I’m writing it, I can’t think of a single one.
  3. I never did finish reading the Dragon Tattoo series I was working at the time of last year’s birthday post. I got halfway through the second book and then had some other things come up that I either had to read or was more interested in. Recently I’ve been interested in some of the classics that are free or cheap on Kindle. (Currently The Invisible Man by HG Wells. Up next is The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stephenson.)
  4. Also on my to-read list this summer is The Book Thief. I mentioned wanting to see the movie, and Will saw the book at Goodwill and picked it up for me.
  5. My favorite flowers are carnations and daffodils. Those are my mom’s favorites too, so we always had them around when I was growing up. That’s probably why they’re my favorites!
  6. Will remembered this last year when he was buying perennials to plant in our front yard. I’d forgotten that one of the plants was a carnation. Imagine my pleasure when it started blooming this spring!
  7. I’m ambidextrous. But not in the “I can do everything equally well with either hand” way. In the “I use both hands equally but for different tasks” way.
  8. I hate listening to music in the car. I find it oppressive because you can’t get away.
  9. When I was kid, my dad gave me a big box of fireworks for my birthday. Every. Single. Year.
  10. My church is completely bilingual, English and Spanish.
  11. In addition to sewing and crocheting, I’ve recently rekindled my love of embroidery. That was my first experience with crafty things as a child, but I hadn’t done it in years. Last week, I picked up a new project and have really enjoyed it.
  12. I taught the boys, too. And they love it too. Embroidery has been much better for them than crocheting or cross-stitching was.
  13. For my wedding in 2001, I embroidered and made ring bearer pillows. They were done to match the bedding we had chosen – ferns and pinecones.
  14. We didn’t end up having any ring bearers, but the pillows still graced our bed for years.
  15. We did not live together before we were married.
  16. One of my favorite possessions is the teddy bear that Will gave me for Christmas the first year we were together (1998). It is still on my bed today.
  17. I recently made a fresh batch of cloth diapers for Small Fry. The elastic in the yellow ones had worn out.
  18. This time, I embraced his boy-ness and made them with dinosaurs.
  19. I don’t really like having pets. We have a frog, and that’s about all Will and I are interested in. Nothing that wanders the house getting in the way.
  20. This policy comes from a cat we had about 5 years ago. Its name was Caesar and it was an awful cat.
  21. We don’t have a TV. We watch shows and movies on our Kindle Fire. In the winter, we have fires in the fireplace and talk at night.
  22. Our current house is the first time we’ve had non-white walls. I like the color!
  23. I keep my hair short because I don’t like having my neck covered (unless it’s by a scarf in the winter).
  24. I think ceiling fans are dumb. They don’t cool a room, and running them causes them to gather more dust than not running them in my experience.
  25. My favorite kind of pen is a refillable gel pen. I currently own two.
  26. My boys love art, so I recently made them each an “art bag.” This is a small-ish messenger style bag designed to hold a sketch pad, pencil, and reading book.
  27. Will liked them so well that he wanted one too, so I made him one. He uses his for paper, pens, and his Bible, and uses it mostly when he goes to book signings or church.
  28. I love elephants. They are hands-down my favorite animal.
  29. I got to ride one a couple of years ago, right before I was pregnant with Small Fry. That was one of the neatest experiences I’ve ever had.
  30. We didn’t find out the gender of Seahawk or Munchkin before birth. We did with Small Fry, and if/when we have another baby, I’m definitely going back to the not-finding-out way.
  31. My favorite guilty pleasure shows are Breaking Bad and Dexter. Both have really nasty anti-heroes, but both are really good shows.
  32. Will recently got me into Mad Men too. He’s been watching it for years, and now we’re watching it from the beginning together.
  33. I have dimples. They’re not super noticeable, but they are there. Munchkin and Small Fry have inherited these. Theirs are both deeper than mine, especially Munchkin’s.

So there you have it. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading this list as much as I’ve enjoyed putting it together.