Meanwhile, Leah and I cooked and our boys built a deck.
While at Leah's I made:
2 - My Awesome Meatloaf
8- Hamburger Patties
3- Beefy Spinach Casseroles
What is the best part of chillin' with another mama?
They played and played. The swam, sandboxed, trampolined, Barbied and My Little Ponied. And, after all that they watched a little Toy Story.
Lots of girlie talk and tips. She has forever changed the way I cook my ground beef.... more on that in a minute.
There's another mama around when you are elbow deep in chicken juice and your little one needs a potty break.
She serves the best post-freezer day meal to both your crews... like it's nothin'
The day goes a lot faster and you get LOTS done.
Friends have the coolest kitchen gadgets you get to try on for size.
Leah had the niftiest ground beef wand thingy. And, she has fundamentally changed the way I will cook ground beef from here on out... She cooks her beef in a pot with the wand and it always comes out perfectly broken up. I heart it. Really.
If you forget something, she's got your back.
I had planned on making burgers, but forgot to pick up a burger press... Miss Leah had me covered :)
When you are making Beefy Spinach Casserole and realize your can of Cream of Mushroom turns out to be Cream of Chicken, you have someone to trade with :)
She finds the COOLEST cookbooks... that you immediately go out an buy the next day!
She doesn't laugh at you when you accidentally use puree instead of paste in your gigantic pot of sauce that never seems to thicken...
Oh my sauce. Ugh. I cooked and cooked that sauce and it never got thick. It wasn't until the very end of the day that I realized what I had done wrong.
I put my oil in my crocks per Life As Mom's Recipe
And there I went and done it.
So, now you know my secret... Martha doesn't live here.
Fear not, I was able to save it after a quick trip to Aldi's the next day and a couple more hours in my kitchen at home....
2- Aunt Mary's Pork Loin Mary-nade-new
5- Cris' Herb Amish Noodles & Turkey-new