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Greetings everyone! How are you all doing? Just wanted to report that my friend's baby Shelbie is OFF THE VENTILATOR!!! Thank you all so much for thinking and praying for her. She is doing much much better. My friends got to hold her for the first time last night and it was truly joyous. She should be going home very soon. Boy, is it hot here. Had to leave DS with Great Granny while doing the grocery shopping. About burned up! Hope you all had a great holiday! Look forward to hearing from you!
 
TIP
I just thought of this today. Perhaps you all are ahead of me, but I was very pleased. We use a lot of ground beef and I have found that regular ground meat is mostly fat and cooks down so much that it is not a good value.  So I try to usually wait until the ground chuck/round goes on sale. Well, today Foodland had whole sirloin tips on sale for $1.29/lb...which was cheaper than ground chuck or round. I simply purchased the whole 11 lb sirloin tip and had the meat department grind it up. Most grocery stores
will slice and grind meat free of charge. This way I not only got 11 lbs of ground beef to put in the freezer for $1.29/lb...but it is GROUND SIRLOIN which is very low in fat and I know that it is fresh. The e. coli bacteria breeds in ground meat that has sat for a while, but this I knew was just freshly ground. I also took advantage of this meat service today by purchasing a whole roll of bologna they had on sale for .79/lb. They sliced it free and I am going to also freeze it. Another good value to look for is boneless hams. Catch one on sale and have them thinly slice it and you will have cheap lunch meat for a long time.
 
RECIPE
This meatloaf recipe is very unusual. My great aunt Susan makes it and I had not ever had anything like it before. If you let it cool just a little bit, it slices thinly and is very lean.
 
MEAT LOAF
1 lb of lean ground meat (see tip above, LOL)
1/2 lb ground veal
1/2 lb ground pork
4 pieces of bread
1 pkg of meatloaf seasoning
Place all meats in a large bowl. Turn faucet on low stream and wet down bread thoroughly. Squeeze gently like a sponge to remove some of the water.  Add to meat. Put 1/2 package of meat loaf seasoning in (McCormick's is best for this). Knead mixture until thoroughly mixed. Shape into a loaf shape and place in the middle of an ungreased cake pan. Use meat thermometer since there is ground pork in it to see when it is done. Bake at 375 degrees until thermometer registers cooked. Cool slightly and slice thinly. Extremely good.