Meatloaf, Bagels, Mockingjays… oh my!

A longer post than usual, but you won’t be hearing from me for a few weeks, so enjoy!

FINISHED!: What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding- Kristen Newman
Sarah- great pick, we could clearly be friends with this chick!
The official Jamaica reading list, mon:

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins (have to read it before the movie!)

Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham (Sis and I both bought this without consulting the other.  Typical.)

The Hundred- Foot Journey by Richard C. Morais (based on a reco from a lady at the pool)

# of Miles run in October: 24

Thanks to Becky and Allison for joining me for the Grandview Great Pumpkin 5K…. and a little shopping and brunch of course!


I’ve never made meatloaf- it just wasn’t something we ate much growing up, and living alone it seemed a little strange to me to whip up a whole “loaf” for myself. I can only eat left overs once or maybe twice if its really good, so it seemed like a waste.

Steph send me a recipe she had from an old “friend”… he actually never let her write it down, so she studied him making it.  Basically, mix a bunch of stuff together and throw it in the oven.  I knew Megan was a meatloaf fan, so I invited her over to try my creation.  Judging from our plates, we both liked it!  This was such an easy recipe, and delicious… and cheap!  And now the joke is on this old friend, as I share his “secret recipe” with the world!  Enjoy!

You’ll need:
1 lb beef
soy sauce
Garlic (3 cloves or so, minced)
Garlic Salt
Yellow onion – not too much (less than 1/2 an onion) diced finely
Onion Powder
1 egg
Regular bread crumbs
Mustard (I obvi left this out)
Mix everything together. There are no measurements, just put a little bit of each and you can be pretty liberal. It’s hard to screw up.
Line a pan with foil and spray the foil or grease it somehow.
Make it into two little loafs that are flat/concave on top. This way as it bakes you’ll have a little “dish” of sorts to put more sauce.
Bake at 400 degrees for 45 minutes. Take it out, turn the oven up to 450, and put a mixture of bbq and ketchup (or just bbq) in the “dish,” enough to glaze.
Put it back in at 450 (as it’s heating up to that temp is fine) and bake for another 15 minutes.

Date #4:
Who: Mike
The Hook-up: So, when I started with this part of the challenge I wanted it to be pretty “organic”- how many people could I meet though other people.  I figured that if down the road this wasn’t working out I could do the Match/ Tinder/ eHarmony/ Plenty of Fish/ Christian Mingles/ Meet Black Singles thing and line up dates pretty easily to meet my quota.  Randomly on Facebook last week an ad come up for “Coffee Meets Bagel” (don’t you hate how good FB is at knowing what you want to look at?), I was intrigued, so I clicked.  Within a few minutes I was signed up for this site that required literally no work on my end.  All I had to do was wait for my “bagel” to arrive each day.  If both people said YES to their daily matches they both got a text with a conversation- starting question.  This is how Mike became date #4.

What we did: Mike suggested Brother Drake in the Short North.  I’ve never been, so I was obviously up for the new experience.  They make their own Mead, so a slight departure from my normal bourbon/ Pinot Noir/ beer selections.

Tell me more…. So that description of what we did doesn’t even scratch the surface.  Little did we know that we would be in the audience of a musical recital (ummm we never had our piano recitals at a bar- I’m sure my parents would have preferred that).  We watched a young sister duo perform an original piece on their violins, another girl cover one of my favorite Adele songs, and a “rock band” made up of a couple middle school boys.  Quite the experience.  If that wasn’t enough we also sat next to a beekeeper from Alabama that told us all about his own honey and mead- he even let us taste his flight.  And on his way out he told us that “marriage is awesome man.  I love my wife.  This is a good thing”.  That could be awkward but Mike took it like a champ.  Mike is some sort of “computer genius” (that was for you SIL) working for IBM.  He’s only been in Cbus for a little over a year, but seems to be in for getting the most out of this city.

As always, keep the recipes/ men/ books coming!




Getting back in the Groove

STILL reading (but almost done!): What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding- Kristen Newman
Really enjoying this book- can’t wait to finish it up (hopefully) tonight.
Next up: Lena Dunham’s new release “Not That Kind of Girl”… on the beaches on Montego Bay… with a pina colada in hand!

# of Miles run in October: 15

This Saturday (10/25) I’m doing the 36th Annual Grandview Great Pumpkin Run!  If you’re interested in joining, you can sign up here:

I really had every intention of cooking a new recipe last night. I had bought an acorn squash originally intended to be part of my cleanse/ diet last week, but then I got to thinking how it would be SO much better with some butter and brown sugar (strictly prohibited last week), so I held on to it for a few more days to cook up post- diet. My plan was make it last night, then enjoy for lunch today and tomorrow.

I’m not mad that my plan didn’t happen. That’s because instead of slaving over a hot stove, I got to spend the evening with my Aunt Kay and Uncle Mark- in town from Charleston SC, as well as my cousin Jeff and his three kids. This was a much better option!
After dinner, piano playing, dancing, and backbends, we could have sat around and talked for hours, but Uncle Mark finally kicked me out and at that point we knew the cooking wasn’t going to happen when I got home. BUT, Uncle Mark insisted on a blog post today, so here you go!

I just pulled the squash out of the oven and it smells amazing!  SUPER simple recipe- I remember my mom making this growing up, so I found a recipe as similar to what I remembered as possible.  I think this will be just as good tomorrow, maybe with a little fresh brown sugar.  Here is the recipe I used, minus the maple syrup because, well, I just didn’t have any in the house- otherwise I totally would have!


Date #3:
Who: Pearse
The Hook-up: My homegirl Kathy and I were having one of our typical “get together and drink red wine and gab” nights a few weeks ago and she said she may have someone to set me up with. A friend of her fiancé who he has known for a long time, and is pretty funny. Kathy thinks I’m funny so I took that as meaning he had a good sense of humor. I said “make it happen!”

What we did: enjoyed seasonal beers and a little Sunday night football. Pumking is seriously the best, right? And obviously I have to mention that my fantasy team crushed it this week #1stdownforWHAT. OK, back to the date…

Tell me more…. Things started off rough… I got to our meeting spot on time (obviously) and got a text from Pearse that he would be late. Not good. I was relieved (and he was probably pissed) that he was late because he got a ticket on the way to the restaurant. All was forgiven at that point.
Pearse has a side job of coaching high school football. Not only does he totally love it, but it keeps him busy and makes for some good stories. We are both suckers for a good beer and have recently discovered that country music isn’t so bad. He’s Bobcat, the next best thing to a Buckeye.


That’s all I’ve got for today!  I’m trying to make Tuesday nights the usual blog posting time, so check back then!



Update: There is no Update

Nothing much to report on this week.  I’m halfway through a cleanse that is keeping me from accomplishing things this week.

No new recipes since I’m currently just feasting on fruits and veggies (adding bananas tomorrow, woo hoo!), hardly any running since I don’t have much energy from said fruits and veggies, and no dates since alcohol is usually involved in dates and I’m on a strict no alcohol ban this week.  Hi, is it Saturday yet??

Since I’m spending my evenings laying around trying not to think about food, I am getting a lot of reading done!  Should be finishing up my current book this week and on to the next one!

I’ve gotten SO MANY good book recs!  THANK YOU!  If you have anything specifically good for reading on the beaches of Jamaica, please leave in the comments.  (and yes, I’ve read How Stella Got Her Groove Back.  Book is better than the movie, in my opinion!)

I promise a better update next week- stick with me!



Update: Oct 8th

Currently reading: What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding- Kristen Newman (thanks Sarah!) Info here:

# of Miles run in October: 5


I have seen on Pinterest a million times this “overnight oats” post that shows really cute little oatmeal creations in mason jars and people enjoying them in a big cozy chair in the morning.  I realized I had all the ingredients just laying around so decided to finally “cook” them up to enjoy as the weather is turning to true fall out there (yes, the real Ohio fall is rainy and dark- sorry to all you people that love “Fall” and by “Fall” I mean a Pumpkin Spice Latte.).  Sorry- rant over.  Sadly, I enjoyed mine at my desk, not curled up with the paper at home.

I used peaches, and it turned out really delicious!  I’ll probably add more fruit next time (1/4 cup?? what?) because I needed a mid morning snack with this amount.  I don’t know the science behind it, but the oats seem to fluff up a little over night- no cooking involved.  People were really confused on the comments on this recipe:

Color Your Own Overnight Oatmeal


I thought a lot about how to post about these dates.  I understand that people are probably a little more interested in this dirt than what I cooked for dinner last night, but I’m also not trying to spill all the deets- not that kind of blog.  So here’s the approach for now- if you have ideas for going forward please leave in the comments!

Date #1:

Who: Justin

The Hook-up (how we met– get your mind out of the gutter!): My former co-worker Kristen Jackson talked to her friend Amanda Gamberale who just happened to have a visitor in San Fran that weekend who lives in my neighborhood and is single!  We both enjoy karaoke, which is all they needed to know to make this happen.

What we did: ate Indian food.  Adventurous choice for a first meeting, but we stuck with a wimpy spice level.  Rounded out the night with a beer at Byrne’s (shocking, I know)

Tell me more…. Justin is a graphic designer from outside Columbus.  He dabbles in stand up comedy and will soon be featured in a web series about bad dates.  He refers to Michael Bolton as “The Bolt”, which I will now be doing as well.

Date #2:

Who: Jerod

The Hook-up: Jerod and I actually met way back in the summer at a July 4th party of a mutual friend.  Apparently I told better jokes than him, or so I hear.

What we did: Cocktails at Oddfellow’s.  Cool location in the Short North and they feature a Negroni Slushy!  What?!?  Note- despite what Alive magazine says, they do NOT serve High Life in a champagne glass.  Also, the bathrooms are incredible!

Tell me more… Jerod is a born and raised Buckeye.  Likes include Laguna Beach, 90s R&B, and the MTV dating show “Next”.  Lucky for me, he no longer works at PNC so he can’t judge me by my debit card transactions.

Always taking recipes, books, and boys in the comments 🙂