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Sweet & Spicy Meatloaf

Meatloaf is one of my favorite meals to both cook and eat. I enjoy coming up with different flavors and ingredients and I’ve been known to throw a ton of veggies in there because the kids never know. You can never have too many “hidden” veggies! Meatloaf is always a quick meal to make on a week night or for company because everything gets mixed in one bowl and then cooked in one pan. It makes for easy clean up too! It’s also convenient that you can use basically any ground meat you have on hand. Beef, pork and turkey are my favorites to use in meatloaf.

Sweet and Spicy Meatloaf

I like to use cracker crumbs rather then bread crumbs because I think it adds more flavor. Ritz crackers are the best and they even have whole wheat. I shred the carrots, rather then buying pre-shredded because you want the carrot to be hidden! The carrots and the hot chili sauce will both give the meatloaf an orange-pinkish color, so be sure to use a meat thermometer to check when it’s done.

The easiest (and most delicious) sauce for the meatloaf is just three ingredients: KC Masterpiece Sweet Honey & Molasses, honey and hot chili sauce. This is the perfect amount of sweet and spicy. KC Masterpiece is one of those classic brands that you never need to stray from. They also offer the most delicious flavors. I’ve been keeping an eye out for the Fiery Honey Habanero Barbecue Sauce.

The perfect sauce for meatloaf

Sweet & Spicy Meatloaf
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  • For the meatloaf:
  • 2-3 lbs ground beef
  • 1.5 cups crushed cracker crumbs
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 1 cup shredded carrot
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 3 Tbls hot chili sauce
  • 2 Tbls honey
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • For the Sauce:
  • ½ cup KC Masterpiece Honey and Molasses Barbecue Sauce
  • 2 Tbls hot chili sauce
  • 2 Tbls honey
  1. Preheat the oven to 375.
  2. Mix all of the meatloaf ingredients in a bowl. Transfer to a baking dish and form into a loaf.
  3. In a small bowl, mix the sauce ingredients together. Brush on top of the meatloaf.
  4. Bake for 45-60 minutes.

What are your favorite ingredients to add to meatloaf?

Sweet and Spicy Meatloaf with a hot honey BBQ glaze. (I add shredded carrots in their for extra veggies!)

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of KC Masterpiece. The opinions and text are all mine.

What Do Boy Scouts Do?

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Boy Scouts of America.

I haven’t had much experience with Boy Scouts. Have you? I was a part of Girl Scouts for several years when I was younger, but none of my four brothers were involved with scouts growing up. I now have four boys of my own and this was our first experience with The Boy Scouts of America. To tell you the truth, I didn’t know much about what Boy Scouts even did! I thought it was just a group for the boys to do fun activities together and earn badges, but I’ve learned that is not even half of it. If you are like me and don’t have much experience with scouts, here is exactly what The Boy Scouts organization is and their mission:

The Boy Scouts of America is one of the nation’s largest and most prominent values-based youth development organizations. The BSA provides a program for young people that builds character, trains them in the responsibilities of participating citizenship, and develops personal fitness.
For over a century, the BSA has helped build the future leaders of this country by combining educational activities and lifelong values with fun. The Boy Scouts of America believes — and, through over a century of experience, knows — that helping youth is a key to building a more conscientious, responsible, and productive society.

Last month, my youngest son and I had the opportunity to attend the 2015 Cub Scout Fun Day at Camp Mitigwa, which is about thirty minutes from our home here in Iowa. Cub Scouts are for ages 7-10 years old or grades 1-5.

James and I arrived at Camp Mitigwa, a scenic 450 acre land full of lush trees and rolling hills and plenty of space to canoe, fish, camp and explore. The scout reservation is open year round, but in the summers they offer week-long summer camp experiences.

The 2015 Cub Scout Fun Day was an opportunity for Cub Scouts and their families to start the Cub Scout year off with a day of fun outdoor activities. For us, it was a glimpse into what Cub Scout life is like!

First, we went to a craft station where James was able to work with leather and string to build a canoe. Scouts don’t just camp, build fires and go fishing, if that’s the picture you’ve had in your mind! Scouts learn new skills through different activities to advance through the ranks. Each activity gets more challenging to ultimately help the scouts learn new, important life skills. Team work, problem solving, safety awareness and creativity are just a few skills that a certain activity might involve.

Building a Canoe

Next, we moved on to the crosscut saw station where James was able to work with an older scout to safely saw a branch. This was one of his favorite activities and he was able to have his portion of the branch branded with BSA for a souvenir.


Fishing is one of our boys’ favorite activities, so James was eager to get down to the water. Scouts can achieve the Fishing, Fly-Fishing, and Fish and Wildlife Management merit badges. This is a big draw for my boys who enjoy long days of fishing with their dad. I love how Boy Scouts offers such a wide range of activities. Some of the activities I already know my boys love, but others are totally new to them and that is so important in building new skills.


The rest of the day included archery, bb guns and slingshots and even rocket launching! We built model rockets and watched them launch high into the sky.

Rocket Into Scouting

I was worn out by the end of the day! There were so many activities, but that was just a glimpse into what Scout life is like! Scout life isn’t just fun and active, it also helps to teach boys courage, compassion, citizenship, a positive attitude, cooperation, resourcefulness, honesty and so much more. In one sentence, I would describe Cub Scouts as a time of exploration, building friendships and learning important skills.

When you are signing up for activities, I encourage you to check out your local Cub Scouts or Boy Scouts. You can search here for scouting units in your area. You won’t regret it!

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10 Things You Need For The Best Snow Day Ever

We have the first snow of the year in the forecast and it’s much anticipated because two of my children have never seen snow. I remember two years ago when my oldest two children were newly home, we celebrated the first snow day off from school with ice cream. That was a crazy idea, but it sure was memorable! I wanted to come up with everything you need for the ultimate snow day that your kids will remember.

10 Things To Make The Best Snow Day Ever
Sponsored by Jack’s Pizza

10 Things You Need For The Best Snow Day Ever!

  1. Hot Chocolate – You can’t have a snow day without hot chocolate (extra marshmallows)! I remember always requesting hot chocolate after a snow day spent outside in the snow.
  2. Warm cookies – You have to have a treat with all of that fun, don’t you? Warm cookies straight out of the oven are the best. You can pre-make cookie dough and freeze in balls to prepare for a snow day.
  3. Pizza! – I always have pizza on hand for days like this. You can focus on the fun and have lunch on the table in just 12 minutes. Jack’s pizza is made with 100 percent real Wisconsin cheese and a preservative-free crust!
  4. Favorite movies – I vote for the classics! Beauty and the Beast and The Little Mermaid are my faves.
  5. Cozy slippers – Pajamas and slippers are a must!
  6. Snowball launchers – Why didn’t we have snowball launchers when I was a kid? That would have made neighborhood snowball fights much more fun.
  7. Snow Paint – You can make your own snow paint! This would be fun to decorate the snow fort you build.
  8. Snow Ice Cream – When I was younger I would make slushies with snow and soda, but you can make actual snow ice cream!
  9. Blanket and pillow fort – My kids love making forts in our living room. Fill the fort with warm blankets and stuffed animals and watch your favorite movies!
  10. Adult coloring books  Adult coloring books have become really popular, but kids love them too! These meticulous drawing pages will give your kids some creative fun for the day.

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#RealCheeseRealLifeTwitter Party Information

What: There’s football practice, homework, piano lessons and more! For a mom, sometimes simply getting dinner on the table equals success!

We’re teaming up with Jack’s Pizza for this Twitter party to share an easy way moms can win the day. Made with Midwestern pride – and 100% real Wisconsin cheese – Jack’s Pizza is a quick and easy dinnertime solution that the whole family loves.

When: Wednesday, November 11 at 1 p.m. CT

Where: We’ll be on Twitter – follow the #RealCheeseRealLife hashtag to track the conversation. You can see the details and RSVP via this Vite: http://vite.io/themotherhoodchats

Hashtag: #RealCheeseRealLife

Prizes: We will be giving away four prizes to randomly selected participants who answer the trivia questions correctly. Each prize includes a $50 Visa gift card. Prizes limited to U.S. participants only. See official rules.

Hosts: @TheMotherhood, @TMChatHost, @CooperMunroe, @EmilyMcKhann