Our family celebrates the holidays potluck style with the entire side of the family. Hosting rotates between my mom and her siblings for each event and each year. Of course, everyone is known for a favorite dish and generally brings that. Aunt Mabel has a delicious dirt pudding recipe that was always a favorite with the kids. Then there's a pretzel salad with raspberry jello and cool whip that is amazing and several other staples.
As a kid, cranberry sauce was my favorite part of Christmas dinner, and Mom would bring one can for each my brother and I and then another for everyone else. On the farm, the animals still need to be fed on holiday mornings. On a dairy, there is milking and more than has to be done. This stays on schedule with non-holidays and everything else fits around it. At our place, we make sure the beef cows have enough hay to eat and their water trough is full. We do the same in the evening as well. They are sweethearts. I doubt they realize it's a holiday; although, I'm sure they are aware of the extra commotion.
The holidays (or any day, really) aren't the same without Grandpa. He loved his cows and his family so much. This photo was a few years ago during a snow storm, which isn't a frequent occurrence in our neck of the woods. He was going out to feed the cows. For more about holidays on a dairy farm, click here.
This Cranberry Meatloaf is a new twist on an old favorite. For more comfort food the family will love, check out this Parmesan Chicken Fettuccine and Chicken Pot Pie.
- 2 pounds ground beef
- 1 6 oz box stuffing mix (chicken)
- 1 can cranberry sauce
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 1/2 cup regular ketchup
- Jalapeno ketchup is added on top (I used Red Gold's Mama Selita's Jalapeno Ketchup)
1. Heat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit
2. Mix ground beef, stuffing mix, cranberry sauce, eggs and regular ketchup until blended
3. Coat a 13x9" baking dish with non-stick cooking spray and shape mixture into a loaf
4. Bake for 60 minutes
5. Add jalapeno ketchup to the top
6. Bake for 10-15 more minutes, or until a toothpick stuck into the meatloaf comes out clean
7. Let cool for 5-10 minutes, slice and enjoy!