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I don’t know about you, but when I heard Ted Cruz’ wife Heidi say that the first thing he did after they were married was to buy 100 cans of soup, I was shocked. I knew this had to be some clue, some secret scientific device that would help us dig deep into his brain. We already know Cruz is an absolutist, you’re either on the dark side or the light side of his universe. But 100 cans of soup? http://gawker.com/after-his-honeymoon-ted-cruz-immediately-bought-100-ca-1770893594

When Heidi questioned her newlywed about his motivations, he said, “I know you. You won’t be making things.”

Now soup is a comfort food. For me it’s homemade soup, but hey what kid would pass up some tomato soup with a grilled cheese sandwich? And if you grow up into a man who doesn’t know a pot from a pan, who likes to stand in front of the refrigerator and eat whatever catches his fancy, standing up while swigging milk from the carton, well you might just worry about your future meals. Particularly if you marry a woman who avoids the kitchen.

But the more troubling part of the story is that Heidi took all that soup back to the store – then she called her mom who told her to go right back and buy that soup and replace it in the pantry! So, it’s like a lesson on being submissive, being a good God-fearing Christian wife who is dominated by her husband. Yessiree ladies. Make sure he knows he’s the boss!

Then I found out that early in their career they lived separately, for 7 years in Texas. And that Heidi had moved there for his political career but didn’t really fit in. That she was found wandering around a highway with her head in her hands one night http://theweek.com/speedreads/602452/ted-cruz-wife-lived-apart-first-7-years-marriage

Now I have some sympathy for this woman. The woman that Trump’s campaign smeared. I know what it’s like to move to a place for your husband’s career and though I never wandered onto a freeway exit ramp, I did have my existential moments. Wondering why I was surrounded by women who could only talk about their nails. Feeling like a duck out of water.

What I wouldn’t give to have a sit-down with Heidi. I’d tell her that it’s not all about the Lord and her job at Goldman Sachs. I’d tell her that her husband has no chance at winning the Presidency. It’s about what this country stands for, the freedom to do things our way, to forge ahead and make our own choices. I’d tell her that food is love, and she should start listening to herself and nobody else. You might want to keep a can of Cream of Mushroom soup around in case you need to make a casserole. But definitely, learn how to bake a killer meatloaf. This is my turkey mushroom meatloaf, wrapped in bacon and it doesn’t get much better than this!IMG_3806

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The Bride has returned to her Groom. We had a fun and relaxing visit. She reconnected with her newly relocated Nashville friends…

I wonder how I got all 4 of them in the same shot; we all dreamed about being a Roller Derby Dame….The Bride’s name would be “Dee n Are,” Michelle’s would be “Nurse Hatchett”  and mine would be  “Mama P Jam.” Nice. Yesterday Dee n Are practiced yoga at her old studio, had dinner with her cousins (including 8 year old Zachary) and enjoyed the tax-free shopping weekend! All in all a most exciting, whirlwind trip, interspersed with major thunderstorms of course.

We all took a tour of the new Martha Jefferson Hospital. Specifically, we wanted to see the new Emergency Department. In just two days around 4,000 people toured the hospital’s Community Open House. On August 28th the whole shebang will move from its historic spot in town, to a hill on Pantops with a mountain view. Can you imagine? They said the ICU and Labor and Delivery patients will be the first escorted to the new facility on the morning of the move. Almost all county ambulance services will be employed ferrying patients – what a logistical accomplishment that will be! Good luck Martha Jeff, and I love the design and patient centered lay-out. Every room will have a sofa that turns into a bed for a family member.

Since I’m feeling the need for comfort food today, how about meat loaf? I make a mean Turkey Meat Loaf that is chuck full of veggies. It makes a great cold sandwich the next day too. If you have a child who turns up his or her nose at vegetables, give this a whirl. Just mix together:              

  • 1 pound package of dark meat ground turkey (we need a little fat)
  • one egg
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs and 1/2 cup oatmeal
  • 2 T barbeque sauce and a little red wine
  • 1 shallot chopped
  • 2 carrots grated
  • 1 package mushrooms chopped

This morning I was reminded of leaving my daughter for the first time at nursery school.  My 3 year old would cling and cry for a good while, till one day the teacher told me it might be better to say goodbye outside, in the car. Now we do a two handed wave in the driveway till she’s out of sight, but never out of my heart.

So Long Cville

ps I adore my honorary grandkids!

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