I’ve had to reschedule my Recipe and Review post several times due to scheduling conflicts, so I finally decided to write it as today’s Random Rambling.
Several posts ago, I shared the recipe for Campbell’s Classic Meatloaf. Since then, I’ve discovered another meatloaf recipe that I like just as well if not better. I call it Stove Top Meatloaf and the original recipe can be found by clicking here. Or, simply read it below:
~ 1 pound of ground beef
~ 1 egg
~ 1 box of Stove Top (I use the Savory Herbs flavor.)
~ 1 cup of water
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Combine all ingredients and shape into a loaf in a baking dish doused with cooking spray.
Bake for 35 minutes.
Remove from oven and add topping. I prefer barbecue sauce with this recipe, but ketchup or gravy would work just as well.
Bake for another 10 minutes.
I like to serve this with either mashed or au gratin potatoes, green beans, and dinner rolls. A side salad would also compliment the dish.
I’ve suffered from (literature) series burnout for quite a while. However, after reading Frost by Kate Avery Ellison, I simply had to finish the series and I am pleased that I did. I’m still suffering from series burnout, but thanks to the Frost Chronicles, it’s starting to ease.
I’m not going to give a spoiler-laden synopsis, but I do want to share what I liked and what I didn’t.
Setting: It’s set in a fictional world that’s a combination of ancient and modern technology. Iceliss, the village in which most of the story takes place, has sort of a medieval feel to it.
Protagonist: Lia Weaver – a well-rounded character with believable courage and relatable faults. Lia’s character is one of the things I really enjoyed about this series.
One Sentence Synopsis: Lia Weaver discovers secrets about her family and rallies the villagers to save her home village of Iceliss from monsters, human and otherwise.
What I Liked
Lia Weaver: I enjoy protagonists who are strong, but suffer fierce internal conflict. That’s Lia.
Ivy: She reminds me a little too much of Prim from the Hunger Games trilogy, but her characterization is handled much better. I understand Ivy well, whereas I barely know Prim.
The Love Triangle: It’s YA literature. Of course there’s a love triangle. But unlike some, this one is well written. It didn’t matter who Lia chose; I would have been pleased either way.
The Imagery: The descriptions in this series are spot-on. I could feel the snow falling on my fingertips as I read (not literally). The contrast of colors (blue and gray on white with a splash of red) painted scenes so vividly that Iceliss came alive for me.
What I Didn’t Like
Time Travel: It seemed out of place in the storyline.
Lia’s Family Secret: The one regarding her parent. Yeah, didn’t like it. It, like the time travel, felt like it belonged in another story.
The Epilogue: It ruined the need for the choice in the love triangle. I appreciated knowing what happened in the characters’ future, but . . . (I really can’t say anymore without giving spoilers.)
If you enjoy YA fantasy literature with strong female protagonists, I HIGHLY recommend this series.
Happy Labor Day! If you are fortunate enough to have a vacation day, enjoy this time with family, friends, pets, or in solitude if that’s what pleases you!