Before dinner this evening, I had an important errand to run.
The other day I plucked a card off of a giving tree at Panera and set out to fulfill the teenager’s request.
Seeing a teenager request books for Christmas simply warmed my heart!
I swung by Barnes & Nobel to pick up the four books from the Twilight series that she requested.
I’ve read all the Twilight books and though I’m not exactly a huge Bella fan, I think they’re an entertaining read and hope the girl enjoys them.
I also wanted to throw in another book that I really enjoyed with the Twilight books…
I added the first book in The Hunger Games series to the gift because I found Katinss a much more likable heroine (Bella seriously frustrated me to no end) and thought the books were pretty badass!
Hopefully she’ll enjoy the surprise addition! (Don’t worry, I included a gift receipt.)
After turning in my gift, I was pleasantly surprised when I was given a free cookie at Panera for my contribution.
The Panera cookie reminded me so much of the chocolate chip cookies I used to buy all the time from the Fremd High School cafeteria. I know that probably sounds like a knock on Panera, but I assure you that it is a ginormous compliment. Those cookies were unreal.
Not a bad appetizer, huh?
Dinner tonight was my lazy take on Ryan’s favorite BBQ meatloaf. Lazy because I didn’t feel like looking up the exact ingredients.
I tried to remember the gist of it and combined the following:
- 1 lb. lean ground beef
- 1/3 Italian bread crumbs
- 1 tablespoon ketchup
- 1 tablespoon mustard
- 3 tablespoons BBQ sauce
- 1/2 onion, sliced
- 2 teaspoons garlic salt
- 1 egg
I then spread more BBQ sauce on top of the loaf and baked it in the oven at 375 degrees for 45 minutes.
My version didn’t exactly stay together like legit meatloaf should, but the flavor was all there!
Served atop a bed of spinach and sautéed zucchini.
Can’t wait for leftovers tomorrow!