Lazy Meat-loaf (SC)

I got frustrated after searching online for a recipe that had vegetables and sausage meat in it …. and… good for the slowcooker.

So blended like four different recipes into one… and wing’d the rest.

This recipe gets FIVE STARS from the kids! they looked at it on their plates: said…” ewwwww” then after finishing it said “can we have some more”?

I think of my Dad who is a legend with my slow-cooker, his meals are so tasty! and …. he usually just throws anything and everything in!

This recipe was an experiment that turned out amazing.

500 grams mince meat

500 grams sausage meat

4 slices of bread

1 cup of diced celery

1/2 cup diced carrots

1/2 cup frozen corn kernels

Large onion diced the same size as the other vege’s

3 tablespoon size squirts of worcester sauce (reduce if you dont want it too spicy)

2 tablespoon size squirts of dark soy sauce

3 tablespoon size squirts or regular old el budget tomato sauce

2 eggs whisked in a separate bowl

good dose of fresh grind peppers, say 1/4 of a tablespoon-ish

you dont need salt with the soy sauce and celery 😉



1) put disposable gloves on – trust me!

2) line a dish that will fit in your slowcoker with foil (so it browns the meat & is easy cleanup) place this in your SC on high with an inch of water in the bottom of your slowcooker.

3)have EVERYTHING set out on your bench (of course I didn’t do this… so I got meat on the fridge, myself, and the floor LOL)

4) put your vegetables and that eye watering diced onion in the fridge to stop your tears and freshen your fridge

5) shred the bread into pieces and leave in the whisked egg to soak (no we’re not making or buying breadcrumbs – who has time for that?)

6) get your meat and sausage meat and soaked egg bread and mush with your hands like massive slow rotating egg beaters, don’t rush this… you’ll get meat everywhere!! geeze!!

7) add your vege’s from the fridge and mush it again.

8) get it into your foil lined dish and pat firmly down, add a swirl of sauce, more worcester, and parsley to the top and leave it in your cooker for the day…. 6hrs ish

9) by now the lid should be making noise, lift it slightly and leave it ajar for the last two hours, the water in the slowcooker will evaporate and the top of the meatloaf will go nice and crisp

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Rebuild nearly complete

Sorry my entries for the rebuild came to a standstill – I wasn’t coping with it.

It’s been the hardest life event ever, crept into my marriage with stressful decision making over in-differences, and stretched my patience beyond limits I knew even existed…. I tried my best to stay out! of this project but no longer could keep quiet!!

Mark had been “accepting” all of the sub-standard and unfair outcomes to just…. be

Finally I couldn’t take it any longer.

Fortunately with one heated call to Arrow I vented every. single. one of my problems that have built up over this process – the guy was amazing, he was almost soothing to vent to – empathized and promised to have it all sorted for me.  He understood that sometimes husbands are more “chilled out” about the rebuild process, and it was so nice that he didn’t judge me, he just said:

What needs changing?

OK – I can do this, this, and this…

Is that ok?


I slept the best night ever that night.  All that stress gone.  With just one phonecall.  Amazing!


If you wan’t life to be fair, just, and for businesses to perform to your expectations you have to SPEAK UP

NO – does’ not mean no!!

It mean’s:

1) let’s compromise

2) here have some more money


As many have read from my facebook we’ve had a major milestone with the rebuild of our home.

We have had to fight hard for them to agree to finish the house properly.

Deck which is 1m high has to have a ballustrade (this is additional and a compliance issue so AMI/Arrow is footing the bill) we’re very happy with the style we got to choose, powdercoated steel to match our joinery.

Unfortunately the deck steps can’t go off to the side so have been centered leading down into the yard, this too has silver linings design wise.

The foundation scraping dirt that has been forever an angry point for me has been agreed to be removed and disposed of at the housing companies cost, Arrow contacted the housing company and sorted this for me.  Miracles happen!!

This is such a big deal!! It means this spring we may just have a lawn (readylawn/hydrolawn…. still not sure yet) and backyard to enjoy an uplifting summer after this absolutely miserable winter stuck in this tiny, no privacy, no yard, and mud pit with our dogs – rental.

It’s been tough.  Don’t judge me until you’ve lived in a public village for 10 months straight in a house that you can’t heat properly, with weird neighbors moving in and out, strange noises 24/7 ruining your sleep-cycle, and no storage for all of our household furniture.

Where we’re at 🙂

At this point next weeks schedule is:

  • Kitchen installed
  • Vinyl flooring installed
  • Bathroom furniture installed
  • Door handles and hardware’s fitted
  • Sills installed under all sliders and windows
  • Foundations for garage to be dug out

I’m going to try and get weekly updates in the diary, so that later in life the memoir for the rebuild is the best it can be.

Will add some of our latest photos as a slideshow below once I get them off Mark’s phone.

Landscape and Driveways

We’ve been given another date for our house build’s completion – 29 August 2014

3 months past our contract date.

I’ve been so mad since receiving this date but now am ready to get stuck in and focus.

On the corner of our house is the salon, it’s small but, simple and adequate… I want the outdoor area to this to flow and help it feel somehow larger

Here’s the

Somehow we need TWO lots of entrance steps and fencing with gates to both the salon and the front door of the house, it’s tricky because I want the salon ladies to be directed to just the salon door, where as anyone else I want them to walk past that entrance and carry on to the front door.

I imagine that the couriers will dump stuff at the first entrance at the salon steps.

So we need some sort of fencing or dividing to clearly show the salon vs the front door entrances.

And… we don’t want the salon entry to be directly visible from the street, so as to display a convenient access for break-ins.

Also… we’ve only got a certain amount of driveway concrete available and it’s not enough to concrete the whole lot so it will have to be paths with steps.