Saturday, January 26, 2019

Facebook Efficiency

We all like to save money, but sometimes saving time can be worthwhile too. For those who use Facebook, I found out this morning that I could actually clean my Facebook newsfeed for better efficiency.

I just did an analysis of my Facebook feed. What better thing to do on a Saturday morning, right? And you know what I found? It was out of control! But I also found that there are ways to control it a bit better.
Out of 100 posts, 10 were from friends. Ten! Only 10 posts from friends, out of 100 posts!
Out of 100 posts, 48 were news articles, not news articles shared by friends but just news articles.
So I went back and made some adjustments. News? Had I actually liked and followed news venues? I can pursue it elsewhere. So I Unliked (which automatically Unfollows).
Next I went for several Groups or businesses which I have no recollection of having joined and no reason to think I would have. I went to those and I Unliked them.
Next I went to Groups and businesses which I joined for a reason but no longer interact with (especially ones where the posts are mostly off topic) and I Unfollowed them.
I went to businesses which I might have joined to help them get to so many likes, but which I don't currently enjoy. And I Unfollowed them. You can do that without Unliking. It's actually a thing.
And so, I have cleaned my Facebook house. Now I can actually scroll and see a few posts from FRIENDS...which is what Facebook was supposed to be for. Am I right? 

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

MM's Meat Loaf

From the Myers Family Cookbook

Preheat oven to 350° F.

Combine these ingredients in a large bowl:
2 pounds lean ground beef or ground turkey
2 eggs
1 cup milk
1 ½ cups quick-cooking oats
1 small onion, finely chopped OR 1 tablespoon minced onion

Add these seasonings and mix thoroughly:
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon dry mustard
¼ teaspoon basil
¼ teaspoon thyme

Sauce (set aside to put on top of loaves after they are formed):
1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce

From into loaves in two ungreased baking pans (can be bread pans, with loaves touching the sides or can be pie pans, with loaves in a circle just away from the sides). Spread the tomato sauce thinly over both loaves.

Bake uncovered for 1 ¼ to 1 ½ hours. To check doneness, watch out for over-browning on the outside and/or run a knife through the center to check that there is no pinkness inside. If meat loaf was mixed ahead and is going from refrigerator to oven, allow an additional 15 minutes for cooking.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Super Simple Family Style Goulash

From the Myers Family Cookbook

 I say "super simple", not "super easy". I mean, you do have to brown the beef and cook the macaroni. But you only need three ingredients. To me, that's super simple!

You can use lean ground beef or you may sometimes want to use ground turkey, which is both lean and usually more economical. 

Makes about eight servings (or you can cut amounts in half - for less):

2 pounds lean ground beef or ground turkey
2 pounds dry elbow macaroni (or about 8 cups dry elbows)
1 24 oz jar spaghetti sauce

Brown and stir ground beef (or ground turkey) in a large frying pan over medium heat.

Fill a Dutch oven with water and bring to a boil. Carefully add the macaroni and cook until tender. Drain in a colander and leave it there for now.

Put the spaghetti sauce in the bottom of the pan in which you cooked the macaroni. Add the beef. Then add the macaroni from the colander. Stir gently but thoroughly.

Heat the goulash on low to medium-low heat, stirring occasionally until warmed through.

Serve with a salad or vegetable.