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How to Make a Homemade Meatloaf: 8 Tips for Perfect Results (Italian Style)

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Hi, Ya’ll, Having problems getting delicious results making a homemade Meatloaf? No worries! Today I am going to share with you “How to Make a Homemade Meat Loaf: 8 Tips for Perfect Results.” (Italian Style)

Meatloaf is such a comfort food for everyone! It is considered by many to be a wonderful family meal. But you don’t have to wait for your family to come over before you make it. You can make it just for yourself and your hubby. I am here to help you do that.


How to Make a Homemade Meatloaf: 8 Tips for Perfect Results (Italian Style)

  1. Learn how to make meatloaf and you will be the star of dinners, lunches, and parties every time! Meatloaf can be such a versatile meal, that can be prepared to suit any palette. Try my recipe for meatloaf and then take it in whatever direction you’d like. Whether you are looking for a hearty main dish that the entire family will love. This is definitely a recipe to have handy!
  2. To ensure success in making homemade meatloaf start by choosing the right meat. Ground beef should be very lean. Check the package for the amount of fat in each serving. The higher percentage of lean, the better.
  3. Now you want to get your recipe (which I will give you at the end of this post), read over it, and gather your ingredients. Having your ingredients together will lessen your prep time when you start putting them together.
  4. Make sure that you follow the recipe to the letter. Do not skip any steps or you will wind up with a less than desirable dish!
  5. Measure ingredients for Meatloaf carefully! It is so very important that you measure your ingredients carefully. If you want your ingredients to be exact, especially if you are new to baking, use a kitchen scale to weigh out your meats, breadcrumbs, and other ingredients. The reason you should do this is that the weight of these ingredients can vary greatly from brand to brand and type to type.
  6. Mix all of your ingredients together very well. You will need to do this before adding more of the ingredients. I will reiterate here, Follow your recipe to the letter for the best results!
  7. Next, you want to get your pan, a 9.25×5.25-inch loaf pan that is more than 2 inches deep. This will allow your meatloaf to rise higher and not end up being a fried “meatloaf patty.”
  8. Go ahead and pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees F. while you are putting your meatloaf together. A hot oven is crucial to getting your best results.

Below you will find the recipe for “Italian Style Homemade Meatloaf

Ingredients:

1 lb. lean ground beef

2 eggs

1 cup Progresso™ Italian Style Bread Crumbs

1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1/4 cup finely chopped onion

1/8 teaspoon pepper

1(14-oz.) jar tomato pasta sauce


Directions:

1. Heat oven to 350°F. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients except pasta sauce; mix well. Add 1 cup pasta sauce; mix well. Press mixture into an ungreased 9.25×5.25-inch loaf pan.

2. Bake at 350°F. for 40 minutes. Pour the remaining pasta sauce over the meatloaf. Bake an additional 15 to 20 minutes or until thoroughly cooked in the center and the meat thermometer registers 160°F. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.


I hope you have enjoyed “How to Make a Homemade Meatloaf: 8 Tips for Perfect Results (Italian Style).” I would love to know what you think about this recipe. You can leave your comments at the end of the article.

My family loves it and I know yours will too! Enjoy!🤤

Happy Baking,

Donna Kennedy 🍰

donna@bakingwithdonna.com

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Create a Beautiful Easter Table on a Budget

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Hi, Ya’ll, didn’t think you could create a beautiful Easter table on a budget? Think again! Read on to find out how.

Have you ever found yourself on the fence when it comes to decorating for a special holiday, like Easter? You have the desire to have a special holiday table and someplace you can go to that is beautiful, yet you don’t know how to begin, whether you will have time enough to pull it all together and how you will pay for it all.

But, I’m here to tell you that Easter and an Easter table are not out of reach, just because you don’t have tons of money. There are ways to create an Easter table that will make your family and friends think that you spent a fortune on it. The great thing is, most of it can be found at your local thrift store, garage sales, or Dollar Tree.

Below you will find my 7 easy steps to “Create a Beautiful Easter Table on a Budget.”


1. The Centerpiece

Easter Center Piece For Table

 It’s all about the details, the centerpiece is your focal point. Here’s an adorable Centerpiece using different shapes and sizes of candleholders, eggs, and more. It’s a DIU project that you can do with your family. Click the button below for instructions to create this beautiful centerpiece for your Easter Table. Scroll down to “Now for the Centerpiece” for the instructions.


2. The Place Settings Where Simple Meets Elegant

Moss Covered Charger Plate

Mix in solid-colored placemats in these fun colors such as orange, red, blue, green, and build your Easter theme from there. You can then add a moss-colored charger to your solid-colored placemats. Next, place a dinner plate on each charger. You get the idea, right? For instructions click the button below. You will scroll down to you come to a section titled “Time to Set the Table.” This will provide you with everything you need to create an elegant centerpiece plus instructions on how to do it.


3. Silverware and Glassware

Glass With Tea In It

 You can get Silver Plastic Flatware and Napkin Sets, 4-ct. Packs or by the case. I have used these several times and they look realistic and very elegant. These glasses are so pretty and make any table look beautiful. You can buy the glasses individually or buy the case.


4. Elegant White Dinnerware

Royal Norfolk Solid White Square Dinnerware

Ditch the round plates for Royal Norfolk® Solid White Square Dinnerware and bring elegance and beauty to your table. With these classic white colors, you can create your most elegant Easter table.

These unique Royal Norfolk Solid White Square Dinnerware plates will make your family feel like they are dining at an up class restaurant right in your very own home. Click on the button below to find out more.


5. Complete Your Table Setting

Easter Table Center Piece

With an array of colorful Easter eggs, little bunnies, small Easter-themed containers with candy or flowers. The possibilities are endless. Just use your imagination. How about placing some fake carrots in a mason jar you may already have with flowers and setting them on either side of your centerpiece? Like the picture to your left.


6. Some Other Inexpensive Ideas

Small Colored Vases With Flowers

You can use candles to help decorate your table along with the centerpiece. You can also use colored plastic Easter eggs filled with candy or use real eggs that you and your kids have colored. How about some colored glass vases and put little easter-colored flowers in them? Whatever you decide it will be elegant and beautiful.


7. One More Cute Idea

How about a beautiful Easter-themed Tiered Tray? You could use it on your dessert table for a centerpiece and place all of your other desserts around it. You just dress it up with easter items and arrange them until you get your desired look. You can create this look to the left by clicking on the button below for a DIY Easter project.


Now it’s time for you to get hopping and “Create a Beautiful Easter Table on a Budget.” I hope you enjoyed reading this article as much as I enjoyed writing it for you.

If you are short on time and can’t go into Dollar Tree for your purchases, shop online for all of your Easter needs with their Flat Rate Shipping, so check it out!

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From my family to yours, Happy Easter!🐇

Donna Kennedy, 🐰

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14 Things About Baking You May Not Have Known

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Baking is a fascinating process that yields delicious results. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced baker, there’s always something new to learn. So here are fourteen things about Baking that you may not have known. Enjoy!


1. Baking is a Science

The Science Of Baking

Baking is absolutely a science as well as an art. When you add flour, sugar, eggs, oil, etc., you have to do this in a sequence of steps that bring you to the same ending, something edible every time.

As a baker, we can think of ourselves as chemists and scientists. Why may you ask? We add different ingredients together in a sequence of steps that create delicious goodies. If done correctly, you can bake over and over again.

So, to sum this up, “baking is simply a form of chemistry that results in edible results rather than other chemical solutions or creations.” This quote is brought to you by Delighted Cooking


2. Baking is an Art

Baking Is An Art

Why is Baking considered an art? Think about this for a moment; if you are adding all of these ingredients together and making, let’s say, a cake from scratch, then you are creating art! By the time you cook your cake frost it and decorate it, you have created a beautiful piece of edible art.🎂

We, as bakers, can be compared to an artist who paints or artists that sculpt. A painter creates beautiful pictures for us to look at and enjoy using paintbrushes of different sizes and paints of different colors. Sculptors create beautiful pieces of statues, bowls, animals, etc., using molding clay and a variety of tools to shape and mold their sculptures. And they use a firing process for baking the clay or sculpture. We bake our goodies just like they do, except we use an oven.😉

We sculpt our cakes, cookies, pies, etc. We can then decorate them using paintbrushes, a rotating cake stand, cake, cookie painting, cake spatulas to smooth out the icing on our cakes, and tools for shaping and cutting fondant. And I could go on and on. You get the jest of it, though, right? Do you see the similarities?


3. Baking is a Trade

A Lady Decorating A Cake

If you love to bake, why not make a career out of it and do something you enjoy. Of course, this may require a certification that you can usually obtain by doing an apprenticeship. You can get these through bakeries that offer training such as Publix, Kroger, Ingles, technical or community college programs to help you obtain an associate degree or certificate. Usually, a college degree is not needed.👩‍🎓

Steps to becoming a baker:

  1. Obtain your apprenticeship- through bakeries such as Publix, Kroger, Ingels, technical or community college programs.
  2. Obtain a business degree- do this only if you are interested in opening your on bakery. You can do this by  taking courses in small business management through a continuing education program.
  3. Get your Certification- certification is not usually a requirement by most employers, however, if you obtain your certification it will put you ahead of the competition.
  4. Attain additional experience- if you want to advance your career, gain more experience. Learn different techniques and skills that will lead you to owning your on business and creating high quality products that you can be proud of.

4.  Baking is an Addiction

My Baking Addiction

Baking is most definitely an addiction for me. I can honestly say without a doubt that “baking is my happy place.” I enjoy getting in my kitchen and baking cakes and goodies for my family for any occasion. It is a soothing therapy for me.

One of my favorite things to do is take a recipe and make it my own because it is challenging and fun! I came up with a recipe years ago that I call my “goulash.” My kids love it, and it’s always a family favorite at get-togethers.😉


5. Baking is Therapeutic

Baking Is My Therapy

Yes, Baking certainly is therapeutic. If you are having a stressful day or week, measuring out ingredients and mixing them all helps relieve stress and anxiety. It makes me happy knowing that I am creating something beautiful and tasty for my family.

Creating things has been shown to make us happy if we feel out of sorts. Also, it gives us a feeling of accomplishment and triggers our senses of smell, touch, taste, and then, finally, seeing our result. So, the next time you feel anxious or stressed, try Baking. Baking will help you feel more relaxed, happier, and enthusiastic about life. Not to mention it can give you a sense of personal growth.😁


6. Baking is Precise

Why Precision Baking Is Important

You may be wondering why Baking is so precise? Because when you measure all of your ingredients out and have your oven set to the correct baking temperature and time set, your Baking becomes like a science. If you follow your recipe step by step, you will produce the same results every time.

The correct amount of flour, eggs, oil, sugar, etc., is critical to the product’s taste and the proper consistency and density. When we are baking, we wear different hats. That must be why a chef’s hat is so tall because we are scientists, biologists, artists, painters, and sculptors. Dang, we are so talented!😊


7. Baking is Forgiving

Baking

No, Baking is not very forgiving! Instead, you ask for a disaster if you don’t measure the ingredients and take shortcuts. Baking is a science because you are mixing exact amounts of flour, sugar, eggs, oil, etc., together, guesstimating is a big No-No. So if you are baking cookies and trying to take shortcuts, you may wind up with cookies hard as rocks.

On the other hand, cooking is more forgiving. You can usually get away with adding whatever ingredients that you want to a recipe and make it your own. Baking, not so much. With Baking, the slightest miscalculation could mean a flat, dense cake should you forget the eggs. And the taste would be awful!😝


8. Baking is Challenging

Well, We Have The Answer Right Here

Yes, Baking can be very challenging. But, not to worry, practice makes perfect (well, almost perfect). We are human, and I can guarantee you that you will still make some mistakes along the way. I have been baking and cooking for 46+ years, and I still make mistakes at times. So, it doesn’t matter if you are a seasoned pro or just starting; you will make mistakes. When that happens, chalk it up to experience and a lesson well learned.

Because Baking requires exact measurements and the correct baking times make it more difficult. At the same time, whatever you are cooking can usually be saved if you make a mistake by modifying your recipe. Flour is one of the ingredients that can make them dry and challenging if you add too much to your cookies. Add too much flour to your biscuits, and they will be dry and crumbly.🤦‍♀️


9.  Baking is Rewarding

Mother Baking With Her Three Kids

Oh gosh, yes! Baking can be very rewarding because you can create all kinds of delicious treats for your family and friends. It helps relieve stress and anxiety and gives me a sense of well-being and accomplishment. And it also lifts my mood.

Lord only knows after the pandemic we have had in the last two years, I can honestly tell you that Baking and cooking have helped me a lot! Another great thing about Baking is you can spend quality time with your kids and teach them a great lesson. Who knows, they may grow up to be a famous chef.👩‍🍳


10. Baking is Delicious

Cupcakes And Pastries

Baking cakes, cookies, pies, etc., is so delicious. Nobody can deny that! There is nothing better than a piece of cake and a good ole cup of coffee, except enjoying it with family and friends. You can bake up some deliciousness that no one can resist when you have suitable recipes.☕

Get yourself some good recipes and get your Baking and cooking on!


11.  Baking is Beautiful

This beautiful cake says it all! Yes, Baking is gorgeous. Even if your cake does not look like the above picture, it is still a beautiful form of art that you created. To me, Baking is not about how beautiful the goodies turn out to be, but how much fun and thought I put into it.

Watching my family eating and enjoying what I baked is beautiful to me! 😊


12.  Overmixing is Bad

Cake Sunk In The Middle

The number one mistake people make when mixing up their cake batter. Overmixing results in a dense cake. That is weak and will fall in the middle, as in the picture above. The taste of an overmixed is disgusting. Once you overmix, there is nothing you can do to fix it. So, guess what? That means you will have to toss the cake and start all over. Bummer!

I will use flour as an example; if you mix the flour into the butter, mix it until no more white flour is showing. Then you will know the flour is incorporated with the butter. Always follow your recipe step by step. Never skip over the numbers because you will be asking for a disaster.😣


13. Baking is Versatile

Muffins

When I think of versatility with Baking, I think of muffins. Muffins are a popular breakfast item for many people, including me. You can get them in sweet form or spicy. People can find something in a muffin to satisfy most picky eaters.

With muffins, you can add almost any flavor you can imagine. I love a maple muffin with bacon on top. When my son-in-law first introduced me to them, I thought he had lost his mind! But once I tasted that sweet and salty taste of the bacon, OMG, it was awesome! So, don’t be afraid to try different flavors of muffins. You may be surprised deliciously.🤤


14. Baking is Fun

Baking is most definitely fun. I enjoy baking cookies for Thanksgiving and decorating them with my grandkids. It is so much fun to see the colors they come up with and their designs on the cookies. They enjoy it too.

The holidays are my favorite time to get in the kitchen and bake cakes, cookies, pies, etc., for gift giving and for all of the family get-togethers.🤗


I hope you have enjoyed “14 Things About Baking You May Not Have Known,” learned something you didn’t know, and walked away feeling better about baking those goodies.

Remember, always follow your recipe step by step, and you should be fine. So, get out there and get your Baking on and enjoy what you are baking. I know you can do this!

Happy Baking,

Donna Kennedy🍰

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The Joy of Baking

The Joy Of Baking
The Joy of Baking

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Mom And Daughter Baking

My mom is the one who got me into baking. I can remember licking the bowl after she was done making a cake. I’m not exactly sure why I was doing that, but I’m sure it was because it tasted good. I don’t know how old I was and I don’t remember it being something that my mom made me do. She probably thought I did it on my own, but I don’t know. The point is, she taught me how to bake, and it has become a passion of mine.


Family Gathered Around The Table

Because of my mom, I love to bake for my family for many reasons. I love to see the anticipation on their faces as they wait for me to reveal the finished product. I love how much fun we have sitting around the table enjoying a meal together. I love to hear their excited chatter as they dig into their dessert first and then move on to the more savory parts of their meal. Baking makes me happy!


Santa Claus Cake

I believe baking is just as joyful activity as it is practical. I believe that everyone should bake, whether you cook or not, and you don’t have to be a professional pastry chef. The techniques I have learned and mastered over years of baking have improved my cooking skills as well as my baking skills. Or maybe it’s the other way around; maybe my cooking skills have improved my baking skills.


Boy Enjoying His Food

I can say without hesitation that my passion for baking has brought me a lot of joy in my life especially when I bake for my family. It gives me such a sense of accomplishment when I get in my kitchen and create something I know that my family is going to love. When they sit down and dig in and I see the look of satisfaction on their faces, well there is nothing in this world like the feeling I get when that happens.


Recipe Book

I have an eleven-year-old granddaughter that loves to bake as well. So, for Christmas, I made her a recipe book with a lot of my recipes to get her started on her baking journey. Some of the recipes I passed on to her were from my mom and my grandmother. She absolutely loves it! It makes me proud to know that I am able to pass along family recipes to my granddaughter. I know she will do great things with them as well because she has that passion for baking as I do.


Lady Rolling Out Dough

If you love to bake or just starting out, I encourage you to continue your journey with baking. There is nothing more satisfying and fulfilling than to create a dessert, dish, etc., and watch the people you love enjoying the fruits of your labor. This is what the joy of baking is all about.


Baking Mistakes

Will you make mistakes along the way with your baking? Of course, you will! That is just part of the learning process. I have been baking for 46 years and still make mistakes from time to time. It just goes with the territory. But whatever you do, don’t give up and quit just start over again and use this as a learning curve. It can be frustrating I know, but the next time you won’t make the same mistake again.


Baking Is My Passion

I hope that you will acquire a passion for baking as I have. It will bring joy to your life as it has mine. Once you get bitten by the “baking bug, “there is no turning back. You will love the feeling of knowing that you have made a dish or dessert, that your family is going to love, then the passion and joy of baking will be in your blood. When you see the look of pure satisfaction on their faces, you will know what I mean.


KitchAid Mixer

I hope this will encourage you to take your baking to the next level and never ever give up! The baking world is only a mixer away. Now get your baking on girl and show your family how good you are! You can do this!😊


Happy Baking,

Donna Kennedy🎂

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How to Make the Best Cornbread Ever! In 6 Easy Steps

Donna's Yummy Cornbread
Donna’s Yummy Cornbread

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I want to talk a minute about cornbread. I’m sure you’ve had some, so you shouldn’t need a description of the taste, but I am going to describe it to you anyway! Then I will tell you how to make it.

It is by far one of the tastiest ways to use up that half of a leftover bag of cornmeal. Personally, I have never tired of making it and eating it. Always a buttery flavor and soft with a slight crunch of the crust around the edges. Are you salivating yet?

When you know how to make cornbread right (and I’m darn sure that I do) then you have access to a delicious staple food that is perfect with just so many dishes!

Follow my 6 steps below and you will be impressing your family and guest for years to come. Enjoy!


1. Acquire a Cast Iiron Skillet

Cast Iron Skillet
Cast Iron Skillet

They are inexpensive, durable, and easily heated on the stovetop or in the oven. This is a must for cooking delicious cornbread and many other dishes. As you can see in the above picture, that is a picture of one of the cast iron skillets I use for my cornbread. I love to cook in cast iron pots, dutch ovens, and cast iron frying pans.


2. Get Yourself a Good Recipe

Southern Buttermilk Cornbread
Southern Buttermilk Cornbread

The recipe is the foundation of any good cornbread. I especially love using a recipe that has been shared with me, tried and true. For example, I loved using my mom’s cornbread recipe until I discovered a new way (for me) to make my cornbread, and it is delicious! It was quite by accident that I discovered this recipe. I will get to that a little later😉


3. Gather the Ingredients

Gather the Ingredients
Gather the Ingredients

Get your White Lily Self-Rising buttermilk cornmeal (or whatever cornmeal you use), buttermilk, mayonnaise, butter. I know this sounds crazy, but trust me on this, it is an awesome combination!


4. Measure the Ingredients

Measure the Ingredients
Measure the Ingredients

It’s better to go ahead and measure out everything before you start the mixing process. This helps to save you time and ensures that you are following the recipe correctly and makes mistakes less likely to happen. Trust me, once you start doing this process, it will become second nature to you and you will be glad that you did.


5. Mixing it All Together

KitchenAid Mixer
KitchenAid Mixer

Now comes the best part, mixing it all together one ingredient at a time. First, you want to pour the measured cornmeal into your mixing bowl, Second, add the butter (real butter is best), now take a dough blender and mix it into the cornmeal until it’s crumbly. Doing this before using a mixer will help it to mix up better. Third, add the mayonnaise and the whole buttermilk and mix until well incorporated. This is where I like to use my KitchenAid mixer, especially if I am fixing a big pone of cornbread.


6. Bake the Cornbread

Donna's Delicious Cornbread
Donna’s Delicious Cornbread

You want to pour the cornbread batter into a greased iron skillet and cook (depending on the size of skillet you are using) in a pre-heated oven from 450 degrees to 500 degrees for about 30 minutes or until golden brown. Once that delicious cornbread gets done, enjoy!


I know you are probably thinking these ingredients don’t sound good together, but I promise you, this will be the best tasting cornbread that you have ever put in your mouth!

I came by this recipe quite by accident when I ran out of eggs and oil. So, I thought, “Mayonnaise has eggs and oil in it, hmmm why not try the mayo., buttermilk, and butter?” And just like that, my new buttermilk cornbread recipe was born. My family loves it and so will yours.

Below you will find two videos of my cooked cornbread…

VIDEO #1

VIDEO #2

To get this recipe go to Donnas’ Famous Cornbread and enjoy!🤤

Happy Baking,

Donna Kennedy👩‍🍳

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