Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Meatball Loaf

  1. Start out with grand expections of a delicious dinner, your husband's eyes smiling as he discovers one of his favorite meals awaiting him when he gets home from work.
  2. Add in a bit of a headache, because your darling 5-1/2 month daughter probably won't sleep through the night until after your dear friend's baby - who, by the way, isn't even due until August.
  3. Mix up your meat and other ingredients from this recipe, stopping every few minutes to get something for your whiny 2-1/2 year old, who for some reason gets up from naps in a cranky mood and is not satisfied with anything you offer her.
  4. Spend at least 10 minutes forming soft meatballs that don't hold their form too well, but sure will taste good once they're baked.
  5. Take four steps to the pre-heated oven, holding the tray of meatballs in your right hand.
  6. As you slightly lean down to open the oven door, for no apparent reason whatsoever, drop the tray of meatballs.
  7. Be sure some of the mushy meat mixture falls on your dishtowel, the oven door, your cabinet, and a good portion of it in a pile remarkably resembling vomit on your tile floor.
  8. Also be sure that there are no discernable meat "balls" left on the tray, just one big lump.
  9. Stand there in stunned silence. At least two minutes.
  10. Realize that your previously noisy children have the sense to also be in reverent silence at the tragedy they have just beheld.
  11. Notice that it is now 5:30 and your dear husband will soon be walking in the door and you have zero desire to touch any of that meat with your bare fingers again.
  12. Salvage what you can, slop it into a casserole dish, and stick it in the oven.
  13. Furiously clean up the piles on the floor before the dog rushes in to claim them.
  14. Make the barbecue sauce. Do NOT cry in it.
  15. Pour the sauce on the nearly baked meatball loaf and shove it back in the oven, not really caring what happens to it.
  16. Finish the rest of dinner preparations.
  17. Serve the meatball loaf to the family and realize that it's the tastiest meatloaf you've ever made and everyone (except previously mentioned cranky 2-1/2 year old) absolutely loves it.
  18. Swear to never, ever drop a tray of meatballs again.
  19. The end.


  1. Not one of my kids has slept through the night til after their first birthday! You are not alone.

  2. Thanks, Jenny. :) Sometimes I just wonder what in the world is the matter with me/my kids when I hear of other babies sleeping through the night by 3 months.

  3. Oh, Rebekah. For some reason, I decided to come to your blog today and read your post. It made me laugh at the calamity of it all, although I know it wasn't fun at the time. You're an amazing mom/wife/child of God. Thankfully, you have a pretty awesome husband, too. :) I'm glad everyone loved the meatloaf even if it was quite a fete to complete and didn't look as you had planned. Keep up the good work. Hugs!

  4. And, Bella was a big baby and a good nurser, but it still took her 8 months to sleep through a full 12 hours. It is exhausting and I'm sure even more so when you have three other kids underfoot. I also know that a couple moms used the cry it out method so their little ones would sleep through the night at 6 weeks. I don't ascribe to that method. It's hard not to comparison shop, but when you do, I find it becomes harder to see the positives in your own parenting. Eventually, you'll get there with Ellia.


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