Tasty Tuesday – Quick and Easy Meatloaf

Happy Tuesday!  This week’s recipe is for a quick and easy meatloaf out of “The Byler Chicks Cooking” book.  It was very easy to make and had a different consistency while mixing it up than my normal meatloaf I make.  I don’t put milk or oatmeal in my meatloaf, so that was new to me.  The milk make the consistency more runny and not as firm to shape into a loaf.  Since I used two pounds of ground turkey, it would not fit into a loaf pan as called for, so I opted for an oval glass dish that I normally bake my meatloaf in.  Since it wouldn’t stay in a loaf shape this way, I had to rig some aluminum foil along the side of the dish to keep the meatloaf from spreading.  It’s always something in the kitchen.  Not the prettiest picture of the dish, but it was yummy.


Here’s the recipe if you’d like to try this version of a meatloaf for dinner.

Quick and Easy Meatloaf, The Bylers Chicks Cooking, Mrs. Marvin (Susan) Glick, page 69

1 1/2 lb. ground beef

3/4 c. oatmeal

1/4 c. chopped onions

1 1/2 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. pepper

1 egg, beaten

3/4 c. milk


1/3 c. ketchup

2 Tbsp. brown sugar

1 Tbsp. mustard

Worcestershire sauce, optional

Heat oven to 350 degrees.  For meatloaf, combine all ingredients.  Mix thoroughly.  Pack firmly into loaf pan 8″x8″.  Combine all ingredients for sauce and pour over meatloaf.  Bake in preheated oven about 1 hour.  Let set 5 minutes before slicing.


I doubled the sauce for this recipe, and it still wasn’t enough sauce for my hubby.  He likes a lot of sauce on his meatloaf, so when we had the leftovers for dinner a few days later, I made another doubled batch of sauce.  That did the trick for him.  I did add the Worcestershire sauce to the meatloaf sauce for added flavor.  It was really good and added to the flavor of the meatloaf.

This weekend is Memorial Day weekend – where did the first part of the year go?  Hope you keep in mind what Memorial Day is really all about – not the start of summer as a lot of people think, but honoring the memories of those who sacrificed their lives for our freedom.  There will be parades and services to remember those who have fallen protecting our country.  And there will be cookouts and pools opening for the season.  It will be on the chilly and wet side for our weekend here.

Hope you have a good week!



Tasty Tuesday – Giveaway Winner & Amish Buttered Noodles

Happy Tuesday!  Going to feel a little like summer here the next few days and then get cool again over the weekend.  Mother Nature is on a seesaw it seems like with all the ups and downs we’ve had over the past few weeks.

Last week, I had a spring giveaway for the following prize pack:


I used a random number generator to pick the winner for last week’s giveaway, and it picked #4.  The fourth comment was left by Crystal M.


Crystal, please send me your address, so I can get your goodies mailed out to you.

As like last week, I haven’t spent much time in the kitchen.  Busy with life in general and taking my momma away to Amish Country to celebrate Mother’s Day.  We left at noon on Friday and got home around 6:30 on Sunday night.  I kept her hopping.  We had dinner at Fisher’s Amish Restaurant Friday night.  It was very convenient, because we were staying at the Harvest Drive Family Inn on the same grounds as the restaurant.  There were several tables filled with people enjoying the yummy food.  We both got the buffet.  One of the things I enjoyed eating was the buttered noodles.  That is something I never fix at home and usually eat up in Amish Country.  Years ago, one of my Amish friends had given me a recipe she used to make them, so I wanted to share that recipe with you today.  They are easy to fix and require only noodles and butter.  You just have to make sure you don’t burn the melted butter.  Here’s the recipe if you’d like to give them a try.  They are good to eat by themselves or with some type of meat mixed in with them.

Amish Buttered Noodles, Barbara L. Smoker

8 oz. wide egg noodles

1/4-1/2 cup salted butter

Cook noodles according to package.  Drain well.  Melt butter in small frying pan or saucepan.  Keep stirring until butter starts to foam and brown (keep watching it, so it doesn’t burn).  Place noodles in bowl and pour browned butter over them.  Toss to coat.

Please leave me a comment if you give this recipe a try.  They are a quick side dish to whip up for any meal.

Hope you have a great week.



Tasty Tuesday – Spring Giveaway

Happy Tasty Tuesday!  It’s been so busy around our house that when I do cook dinner, it’s something easy to toss together (last night was spaghetti – nothing Amish about that) instead of trying something new out of an Amish cookbook.  Sorry about that.  Hopefully next week, life will slow down, and we can enjoy new home cooked meals.  I just got two new Amish cookbooks, so I’m anxious to try recipes out of them.

So, since I haven’t had a chance to try out new recipes, I figured it was time to have a spring giveaway.  Last time Mom and I were up in Amish Country, we stopped by The Quilt Patch, and I picked up some Amish made potholders for blog giveaways and noticed they have Amish made oven mitts now too, so I grabbed one of them.  Isn’t this great fabric?  I picked up this cookbook at Gordonville Book Store too.  We had a fun, but quick, trip covering a lot of countryside.


For your chance to win this week’s giveaway, just leave a comment here on my blog telling me what your go-to meal is on a busy night.  I usually gravitate towards something that can be fixed as a casserole or something that doesn’t take too much time as in our spaghetti last night.

You have until Sunday evening to leave your comments, and I’ll post the winner’s name on next week’s Tasty Tuesday post, so make sure you check back to see if you were the lucky one.

Good luck!


Chatting It Up With Amy Clipston About Mother’s Day and A Fun Giveaway

Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and what fun to have an interview with Amy Clipston about being a mom and Mother’s Day.  Amy is the proud momma of two boys – Zac and Matt.  Here is a throwback picture of them all.


Check out the following questions and answers that Amy shared about her life as a mom and a special memory shared with her mom, Lola.

~Do you have a tradition on Mother’s Day (something your husband or kids do for you every year)? 

My husband and boys give me gifts and cards, and there is always at least one card from the cats. Then they take my mom and me out to lunch or dinner. It’s fun!

~When you first learned you were going to be a mom what thoughts entered your mind?

I was thrilled, and I hoped and prayed my baby would be healthy. I prayed this prayer fervently when I was pregnant with Matthew because I’d experienced a miscarriage two years before he was born. I was terrified I was going to lose another baby, which why I call Matthew my miracle. He was appropriately born on Good Friday.

~Do you get any book ideas from your sons’ shenanigans?

I haven’t really included any of their shenanigans, but I did model a character after Zac. In my young adult book Roadside Assistance, Logan, who is Whitney’s younger brother, was inspired by Zac. Logan likes Star Wars and video games, and his room is decorated similarly to how Zac’s room used to look.

~Can you share a special memory of your mother?

 My favorite memory as a child is going to the movies with my mother every Saturday. We would go to see a matinee, and we had the best time! My love of movies truly comes from my parents.

This might sound corny, but my mom and I make special memories every day. She lives with my family and me, and she’s my best friend. We watch movies and television shows together, and we share books. While I’m working on a book, she sits in the same room and reads in order to keep my company. She helps me plot out my stories and she reads my books for typos. I can’t imagine not having her in my life. I’m so thankful God blessed me with the best mom!

I have had the privilege of meeting Amy and her mom at a Christmas Tea a couple years ago.  They are two of the sweetest people, and you can see the special bond they have.

amy tea with mom

I can so relate to that, because I feel God blessed me with the best momma too.  She’s my best friend, and we have so much fun getting into trouble together.  That’s what we do best.  Well and traipsing around Amish Country shopping till we drop.

Now that you’ve learned more about Amy, click on the link to enter this great giveaway.


Click here:  a Rafflecopter giveaway

Isn’t that dress just precious?  It fits an American Girls doll.  And what great books to read and Amy swag!  Good luck!

I hope you have a wonderful Mother’s Day next Sunday.  I will be spending it in Amish Country with my momma, and I can’t wait.


My Review of Amy Clipston’s “The Beloved Hope Chest”

hope chest

On May 9th, Amy Clipston’s final book of her Amish Heirloom Series will debut.  “The Beloved Hope Chest” ties all of the characters and mysterious items found in the hope chest in the first three books together.  And boy, this story was very emotional to read.  I constantly was grabbing a tissue.  So, if you decide to read this book, you better have a box of tissues next to you.

This excerpt is taken from the book:

In the final installment of the Amish Heirloom series, the Fisher sisters learn the mystery behind their parents’ marriage—and about the sibling who has never been spoken of.

Mattie Fisher’s three daughters know that she’s been keeping a secret from them. With each item pulled from the beloved family hope chest, they’ve discovered a new clue about their mother’s past.

But there’s a reason Mattie has been keeping her history hidden, and she’s not sure she’s ready to reopen old wounds. Will dredging up the past change the way her children view her? Or her marriage to their father? And can she handle the pain of revisiting the memories that preceded the last few happy decades?

Mattie’s story is one of grief and learning to love again. But like the best things preserved in a hope chest, it’s a story of love and redemption born out of heartache—and it’s past time to share it.”

Amy Clipston has a way of bringing you immediately into her stories, and with “The Beloved Hope Chest”, this happened again.  This story is very emotional and romantic at the same time.  The love, grief, and happiness she has written about makes you feel as you are one of the Fisher’s family members enveloped in all the tragedy, heartache, and love.  Amy’s writing is always above stellar, and her knowledge of the Amish is spot on.  I was glad that this story wrapped by Mattie and Leroy’s love story and how it came to be.  You can tell Amy puts her heart and soul into her characters.  I wonder how many tears she sheds writing her novels.  As many as I shed reading them?  I just wanted to reach through the pages and comfort Mattie and Leroy – that is how real Amy’s writing feels.

This story was a perfect ending to her Amish Heirloom series.  All of the beloved characters blended in this novel to form the Fisher family we’ve come to love.

This story can be read as a stand alone novel, but I do not recommend that.  I would start with the first book in this series, “The Forgotten Recipe”, then read “The Courtship Basket”, and then read “The Cherished Quilt”.  And then finish up this great series with Amy’s “The Beloved Hope Chest”.  Definitely one of Amy’s best series she has written.  And I love the beautiful covers – so colorful, and they definitely catch your eye on a book shelf.

So pre-order a copy of “The Beloved Hope Chest” now, so you’ll be able to start reading it when it is available on May 9th.  If you love Amish fiction, you will not be disappointed.  And if you especially love Amy Clipston’s work, you will definitely not be disappointed.  She has done a wonderful job writing this series, and I hope she writes more about the Fishers in one of her novellas.

Happy reading!




Tasty Tuesday – Cream Cheese & Chocolate Cupcakes

Welcome to this week’s Tasty Tuesday recipe for Cream Cheese and Chocolate Cupcakes aka Black Bottoms.  My mom loves black bottom cupcakes,  and since I had everything to make them, I decided to have them as part of dessert for Easter.  I found this recipe in the “Seasoned with Love, Old Order Mennonites, Cumberland Valley, PA” cookbook.  I think this is the first time I’ve shared a recipe from this cookbook.  I believe I picked up this book either at Belmont Fabrics or Glenwood Foods in Lancaster County.  Most of the cookbooks I share (unless they are older ones) can be found locally in Lancaster County at various places.  It’s amazing how many places (whether Amish owned little stores or big tourist type stores) carry cookbooks.

If you have the ingredients for these cupcakes on hand, why not whip up a batch to enjoy?


Cream Cheese and Chocolate Cupcakes, Etta Hoover, Seasoned with Love, page 337


1 (8 oz.)) pkg. cream cheese

1/3 c. sugar

1 egg

6 oz. chocolate chips

Blend cream cheese, egg and sugar.  Add chocolate chips.  Set aside.  Make your favorite chocolate cake and fill cupcake papers half-full.  Add 1 teaspoon filling and bake at 350 degrees.

Since I had a deviled food’s cake box mix on hand, I used that for my chocolate cake.  Easy peasy!  I also used Stevia instead of  sugar for the filling.  They were really good, and the filling makes the cupcakes nice and moist.  I think my momma enjoyed this special treat.  I was able to get 24 cupcakes using the cake mix and used all of the filling up – each one got a little more than a teaspoon each.


Here is a picture of hubby’s dessert plate.  He had a little bit of everything.  Dad’s dessert plate looked about the same as this too.  Our men love their desserts.


Don’t you love my momma’s festive Easter egg tablecloth?  Sure adds some pretty color to the table.

I made an orange cake (another box mix I had on hand) for our other dessert and jazzed it up with tinted coconut, peeps, jelly beans, malted eggs, and homemade icing.  That was yummy too.


Hope you have a great week.  I’m loving seeing the azaleas and trees in bloom.  Everything is so pretty.  See you next week with another recipe.


Tasty Tuesday – Glazed Baby Carrots

Welcome to this week’s Tasty Tuesday.  I hope you all had a nice Easter.  We sure had a feast on the table.  Mom and I prepared the meal, and I chose this week’s recipe as one of the side dishes.


The only thing missing from the table picture are the deviled eggs.  I think I snapped this picture, and then Mom remembered they were in the frig.  At least we remembered them this year.  One year, we remembered them after dinner was finished.  I even fixed the broccoli/corn casserole that I shared the recipe for a couple weeks ago.  It’s in the bottom right of the picture, and everyone enjoyed it.

This week’s recipe, Glazed Baby Carrots, comes out of The Busy Mother’s Cookbook.  I don’t eat carrots unless they are raw with dip or mixed with other veggies in either a soup or pot pie, so I knew I wouldn’t eat this dish.  And I wasn’t sure anyone else would with the ingredients used, but I figured I’d give it a shot.


Glazed Baby Carrots, Esther, The Busy Mother’s Cookbook, page 102

1 (1 oz.) pkg. Hidden Valley Original Ranch dressing mix

1/4 c. butter

1/4 c. light brown sugar

1 (16 oz.) pkg. ready to eat peeled baby carrots (cooked, boiled or steamed)

Melt butter and sugar in a large skillet.  Add carrots and dressing mix.  Stir well.  Cook over medium heat until hot and glazed, about 5 minutes.  Yield:  4-6 servings.


I used two cans of carrots (drained) instead of a pack of baby carrots, and they worked just as well.  I also used a saucepan instead of a skillet.  Mom, Dad, and Danny said they were really tasty, so that was good.  I just couldn’t imagine mixing the Ranch dressing mix with the sugary glaze, but it worked for a tasty side dish.

The Busy Mother’s Cookbook is available at a lot of locations throughout Lancaster County.  I know Gordonville Book Store has some in stock.  I saw them while there on Thursday.  Also, Belmont Fabrics has them for sale.

busy moms

Hope you have a good week and don’t have too much Easter candy lying around.  Hubby has a couple bags of just black jelly beans which he knows are safe from me.  I don’t like black jelly beans.  Give me all of the other colors though, and I’m a happy girl.  Enjoy your Tuesday.