I just made meatloaf. I looked up the recipe yesterday and let the ground venison (We’re all about the venison in this household and rarely eat beef; this makes for interesting recipes as venison is quite lean and has to be treated differently than beef. But I digress.) defrost in the fridge overnight. I almost always forget that step and end up defrosting in the microwave which is the worst. I was at the store today and was like, “Hey, I’m making meatloaf later. Do I have all the ingredients? I think so. Except I need tomato paste.” So I bought tomato paste.
Then I got home and looked at the recipe again and realized that it called for tomato sauce, not paste. And also I didn’t have bread crumbs or onions. I decided to improvise, which is usually ill-advised. I just used the paste instead of sauce without altering the amount (shrug, so lazy) and instead of onion I used onion powder, which I know is not the same but what are you gonna do. The whole breadcrumb thing was a little dicey though. We didn’t even have actual bread in the house. I toasted 1.5 English muffins and ran them through the blender (hmmmm) and that didn’t quite make the 1 cup of bread crumbs I needed, so I then tossed some rolled rye in the blender too (double hmmmm).
So, I was already on thin ice. Then I dumped everything together and smooshed it around and put it in a loaf pan and put ketchup on top, like the Husband likes. Then I took a look at the recipe, trying to find the correct temperature to bake at (lol I didn’t preheat the oven, of course not) and realized that half the ingredients I’d mixed in with the meat were actually meant to be a glaze on top. Except one of those ingredients was vinegar, which I’d completely forgotten and it was now too late to backtrack and add it. So, whoops.
It took about a million years to cook and there were still visible flecks of the poorly-ground rolled rye in the loaf. But you know what? It turned out legitimately delicious. It goes against all logic, doesn’t it? But I guess maybe when you put tomato product + eggs + ground up bread product + delicious wild venison + spices all together it is hard to mess it up that badly.
After not having the internet for a long time we finally got it again a while ago, and then we went crazy with getting all the streaming video services on our Wii. We have Netflix, Hulu Plus, and Amazon Prime Instant Video. We still don’t watch a ton of TV; I love my trashy reality shows and Husband has been watching everything with the word “gang” in the title (who knows). I also love re-watching The Office, Friends, and 30 Rock. Question: When is Sex and the City going to be on any streaming service other than HBO Go? Never? Okay. Anyway I watched the last season of Parks & Rec and I’m really impressed with the way the show stayed golden and hilarious until the very end (and that last episode is a tear jerker!). Also, Husband and I are both into Cutthroat Kitchen. I love Chopped but Cutthroat Kitchen takes it to a whoooole different level. He and I watch it together and spend a lot of time yelling at the contestants about how much they should bid on the different auction items and what they should obviously be cooking. Stamp of approval for that show, in case you’re on the fence. (I doubt you were. But just in case.)
I have been thinking about doing one of those “What’s in your purse?” posts but it would just be kind of embarrasing because mostly in my purse is old receipts, gum wrappers, pay stubs that I never remember to file away, the Valentine’s Day card I got from my husband and have been meaning to hang up at work but keep forgetting and thus shuttling it back and forth in my purse for weeks, four or five lip products, a pen that probably doesn’t work, my wallet and keys but only maybe since I always seem to lose them somewhere in the house, and probably a fork or something. Not worth it.
I tried to order flea medicine for the dogs (’tis the season) from the 1-800-Pet-Meds website. (Btw I think it is really silly that they kept the phone number as the name of their website. Years from now when the 1-800 number is defunct because no one uses phones anymore and the internet is the tyrranical king, the name is going to make no sense.) I did this rather than buy at a store because after comparing prices, I realized that it was cheaper online. Especially after googling “1800 pet meds coupon codes” which EVERYONE SHOULD ALWAYS DO BEFORE BUYING ANYTHING ONLINE. SERIOUSLY. IF YOU’RE NOT DOING THAT, YOU’RE SILLY. I placed the order on February 17th. I immediately got an order confirmation email, which said I would be receiving a second email once my product shipped. Meanwhile my dogs probably already have fleas. So I’m being pretty patient, thinking 7 days shipping might not include processing before they send it out, and probably only counts business days. Today, it’s been 12 business days and not a sign of the package, or even the email saying it’s been shipped. I finally give them a call to see what gives. I’m told that in order to process the payment, they need the CVV code from the back of the card we paid with. That card was in my husband’s wallet, with him, at work. I said I’d call back. I also asked what the hell–why wasn’t I informed of this? I’ve been sitting around twiddling my thumbs for over two weeks and all they needed was those three little numbers. The lady told me that they sent me an email on February 17th, the day I placed my order. I told her that I got an email but it was only the confirmation. She said she had record of both emails going out that day. I told her I didn’t get it and she just gave me strong overtones of “Well, we sent it, so that’s not really our fault, is it?” without saying it outright. Anyway I hung up but I was really cranky about it. So I go into my email to look for this supposed email. Checked my spam and trash, though I really don’t delete stuff from my inbox often so there’s not a lot in the trash. No email, of course. I’m not saying they didn’t send one, but I definitely couldn’t find any trace of it in my email. At that point I decided to just call and cancel the order because I was so annoyed. I have to say I won’t be shopping there again. The part that I don’t understand is that they supposedly sent me an email on the day of the order saying they needed that code, but then I didn’t respond for almost 3 weeks so they just let my order sit in limbo? I wonder how long they were going to let it go without sending a second email or just cancelling the order or something. Moral of the story: price be damned, I’m buying those little packets of neurotoxins at a brick and mortar pet supply shop instead.