Bariatric Surgery - My Story · Beef · Budget · Hello Fresh · Uncategorized · WLS

Hello Fresh Meatloaf Balsamico

The first meal that we prepared was the Hello Fresh Meatloaf Balsamico.  (Instructions copied from the Hello Fresh Site):Preheat and Prep

Wash and dry all produce. Adjust rack to middle position and preheat oven to 450 degrees. In a small bowl, mix 1 TBSP vinegar (we sent more) and ketchup. Mince 1 clove garlic (use other as you like). Chop parsley. Halve and peel onion. Using the large holes of a grater, grate one onion half into a large bowl (use the other half as you like).

Shape Meatloaves

Add garlic, parsley, ¼ cup panko (we sent more), beef, and ½ tsp salt to bowl with onion. Crack in 1 egg (use the other as you like). Season with pepper, then mix with hands to combine. Shape into two 1-inch-tall loaves, then place on a lightly oiled baking sheet. Brush with ketchup mixture.

Cook Meatloaves and Sweet Potatoes

Roast meatloaves in oven until cooked through, about 25 minutes total (we’ll check on them after 10 minutes). Meanwhile, peel sweet potatoes, then cut into ½-inch cubes. Place in a medium pot with a pinch of salt and enough water to cover by 1 inch. Bring to a boil and cook until tender, about 10 minutes.

Roast Green Beans

After meatloaves have baked 10 minutes, remove baking sheet from oven. Toss green beans on same sheet with a drizzle of olive oil and a pinch of salt and pepper. (TIP: Use tongs to avoid burns.) Return to oven and roast until meatloaves are cooked through and green beans are tender and lightly crisped, about 15 minutes more.

Mash Sweet Potatoes

Drain sweet potatoes and return to pot. Mash in pot with a potato masher or fork until mostly smooth. (TIP: If potatoes have cooled, quickly reheat over medium-low heat.) Add 1 TBSP butter and honey. Continue mashing to combine and melt butter. Season generously with salt and pepper.

Finish and Serve
Once meatloaves and green beans are done, sprinkle almonds over green beans and toss to combine. Divide meatloaves between plates and serve with sweet potato mash and green beans on the side.  The photo of their meal, and David’s plate in comparison:
My plate:
We will definitely do this meatloaf again.  David really enjoyed it, as did I.  He isn’t a fan of sweet potatoes but we both enjoyed these. Overall, really easy instructions, well laid out in timing and portions sizes.  So far, this one is a winner.
Bariatric Surgery - My Story · blessings · Budget · Hello Fresh · Uncategorized

Hello Fresh Meals

We were given a week of meals from a friend from Hello Fresh.  We chose the two person meal plan with three meals for the week.

I loved that the box was prepackaged per meal.  I didn’t have to sort or figure out what ingredient went with what protein.  It was also packaged with recycled foam instead of Styrofoam which made my heart happy.  Overall, I was extremely please with the packaging of the fresh ingredients.The sizing of the portions were perfect for David and I.  He eats more than a normal serving, and I can’t eat a whole serving.  Perfect.

I will post on each of the meals the rest of the week.


Anxiety · blessings · Budget · friends · Uncategorized



Well, God came through, and our friend came.  He was able to hop onto (David’s words) the roof, and just fix everything.  Apparently, a squirrel decided he liked our shingles so much that he ate through the part of the roof’s ridge line.  We will wait out the repair, and hopefully the rains will prove Travis’ work strong and durable.

Friends are amazing when God places them in your path.  It had been over a year since we had spoken with Travis and Jess, and there was not one pause about coming to help.  Helping when able (even when you aren’t really able) is such a blessing to both the giver and the receiver.   They wouldn’t take anything for payment, and if had been reversed, we wouldn’t have either.

Overwhelmed by God’s grace.  Please continue to pray for us and we tighten our belts, and stick to what needs to be done instead of what we want.

Blessings for this Monday, and always.



Bible verse · Budget · Random Thoughts · Sunday · thoughts · Uncategorized

Sunday Thought

Struggling today with so many things.

“Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my concerns.  See if there is any offensive (idolatrous) way in me; lead me in the everlasting way.” – Psalm 139:23-24  This was a verse in my bible study a couple of weeks ago.  I just grazed over it.  You know, just read it without really thinking about it.  The writer suggested that when a circumstance or sin arises in your life for which you need to ask God’s forgiveness, do so.

We have gotten a lot of rain this summer, and our roof has been in need of replacement for several years.  Our money management hasn’t been the best with several factors (David being out of work for 8 months, living on credit, living paycheck to paycheck, etc), but with God’s grace we have been able to do what needed to be done and get by.

The past month has been even more stressful with money.  Things are hitting us all at once, and I have to go back to not being the best stewards.  Well, yesterday, I noticed in the craft room, a nice brown spot on the ceiling.  A leak.  The roof is at a pretty steep pitch (second story), and getting to the point of the repair will be a challenge.

We have called on a friend to come and help, and hopefully the rain will hold off until he can come over.  Stephen will be by as well to assist.  I will be standing on the ground and praying for the safety of all.

Pray for us as we are struggling not to go deeper into debt, and to be prayerfully blessed by precious friends.

Col 103-1

“When things seem to be going all wrong, stop and affirm your trust in Me.  Calmly bring these matters to Me, and leave them in My capable hands.  Then simply do the next thing. Stay in touch with Me through thankful, trusting prayers, resting in My sovereign control.  Rejoice in Me – exult in the God of your salvation! As you trust in Me, I make your feet like the feet of a deer.  I enable you to walk and make progress upon your high places of trouble, suffering, or responsibility. – August 6, Jesus is Calling


Bariatric Surgery - My Story · Budget · Recipes · Uncategorized

Meatball Sandwich

We had leftover meatballs in marinara sauce, and I had the thought of getting some type of rolls to make sandwiches.   I can’t eat the bread, so it was for Stephen and David.  David loves the meatball sandwiches at Subway, so why not? I sliced the bread in half, heated up the meatballs, and placed them in the middle, covered it in mozzarella cheese.  Broiled them until toasted.


They loved them.  Super easy, resourceful, and we finished the meatballs.  I just had meatballs with cheese on them without the bread.  I could only eat 3 1/2 of the meatballs, but it was yummy to have the cheese.  Felt like I was cheating.

I loved that we were frugal with this meal as well.


Budget · Meal Prep · Uncategorized


Well, we have not been the best stewards of our money, and have really put fourth the effort not to eat out a lot, or purchase anything unnecessary since the first of the year.

We are trying to snowball our debt (too much to note here), and so far it is going well.  David and I have been strong with one another.  With Stephen moving out, it has been a bit easier with groceries, and not over purchasing.  I am trying to meal prep on the weekends.  Mainly cooking the protein for the week.

So far, meal preparation has been the best thing.  It keeps us from going out because we have something already prepared. I will be posting more about the meal prep and menu planning later in the month.

What have you done since the new year?  Walking, eating healthier, budget –no spend month?

Comment below, and until tomorrow…