Today’s Kevin and my four-year wedding anniversary. Yay! I get just as excited about our anniversaries as I do my birthdays, which is funny since we never exchange gifts and don’t even have plans this year.
We agreed that four years is worth celebrating but not worth throwing down a bunch of cash. We’ll splurge next year on a little fall foliage getaway or an anniversary photo session. (Kevin might humor me with the photos since I never got a professional engagement session.)
These four years have taught me a lot of things, like how to trust, the importance of respect, the amazing capacity of my own heart…
and how to cook.
I’m no chef, but I’ve come a loooooong way since our first few dinners of burned chicken, watery tofu lasagna, and Lean Pockets. For instance, just take this Italian turkey meatloaf I came up with all on my own. Kevin was pleased, to say the least.
Italian Turkey Meatloaf
- 1 cup oats (cheap old fashioned oats are great)
- 1 tsp dried basil
- 1/2 tsp dried oregano
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder (or more to taste)
- 1/3 cup (heaping) diced onion
- 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
- 1 large egg
- 3/4 cup shredded 2% Italian cheese blend (I’m sure just mozzarella would probably work.)
- 1.3 lb (20.8 oz) lean ground turkey***
- 1 cup marinara sauce, divided (I used Classico’s Tomato & Basil, which doesn’t have too much sugar.)
- Preheat the oven to 350 F. Lightly grease a loaf pan. I used Pam’s organic olive oil spray.
- Mix all of the ingredients except the marinara sauce in a medium/large bowl. By “mix” I mean, get your hands dirty.
- Add half the marinara sauce, and mix well.
- Press the meat mixture into the loaf pan, and pour the remaining marinara sauce on top. You can use a little less sauce if desired.
- Bake the loaf for about 50 minutes, or 45 minutes if using 1 lb of turkey. You really have to trust your oven and the feel of the baked loaf with this recipe. The sauce makes even the cooked turkey look pink, so use extreme caution to not under-cook it.
See, I told ya’ I was getting better at cooking! Ironing on the other hand might be another
forty four years.
- If you’re married, did you get engagement photos? If you’re not, would you want them?
- Do you exchange gifts for anniversaries?