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Hearty and Delicious – Cheesy Meatloaf

Meatloaf is a comfort meal, through and through.

I know summer’s here and it’s typically the season for grilling, but on those rainy and gloomy days, where you just feel like curling on the couch, comfort food is exactly what you’re looking for. You want something warm and inviting, and this meatloaf recipe is just that.


 The first time my husband made his meatloaf recipe, I was skeptical. I’ve never been a meatloaf person, and assumed that his would fall into the “gross” column, but I was pleasantly surprised. It was, and continues to be the best meatloaf I have ever eaten, and that’s saying a lot because my grandma made a mean one. 🙂


The best part about this recipe is how simple it is to put together. You throw your dry ingredients in a bowl with the meat, mush it all together, lay it out, fill with the cheese and ham, roll it up and put it in the oven. Prep time is less than 20 minutes!


Your turn!

I’m excited for you to try this recipe. I want to hear what you think?

Do you have a favorite meatloaf recipe or comfort food recipe?



I’m linking this yummy recipe up with Peas and Crayons.

What Does Binge Eating Disorder Look Like?

It’s What I Ate Wednesday, and it’s been awhile since I’ve checked in with all of you on how my Binge Eating Disorder has been. I thought I’d take today to do that.


If you went by the pictures I took today, my eating would appear to be in check. Seamus made me a yummy egg sandwich on a GF muffin, and I had a banana. Sadly, I didn’t stop there – as soon as Seamus and Emmett left, I jumped to the fridge and ate two slices of pizza. They were delicious, and I regretted them the second I started eating them, but as usual, I felt out of control and didn’t know how to stop myself. I polished off the two pieces and continued my self-hatred until I got into the office, where I was quickly distracted by work.


The distraction kept me occupied for a couple of hours, because I didn’t think about food until lunch time came around and I started smelling everyone’s delicious food (or not so delicious in the case of some frozen meals). Either way, the second I started smelling the food smells, all I could think about is food. A sub, to be exact, heavy on the onion and mayo. I got through a few more work things, and then I rushed out the door. I grabbed a turkey sub from Subway and headed home to sit on the couch and binge.

While I was sitting on the couch, I realized that I hadn’t gotten a picture of my food. Then, the thought popped into my head, “I wouldn’t want to have taken a picture. I don’t want anyone knowing what I am eating. I’ll just lie and say I had something healthy and that I forgot to grab a picture.” That was almost literally the thought that went through my head. And I almost did it, I almost lied to you, readers. But then, while I was bathing Emmett, I had a small epiphany… Maybe if I am honest and up-front with what I went through, it will help me overcome some binge eating issues, and it could possibly help someone else down the line, who may be struggling with the same thing.

When it came time to leave work, I had to fight a very strong urge to go to Starbucks and buy all the things. I managed, by a constant voice in my head saying, “Emmett’s in the car, Emmett’s in the car. You don’t want to be a bad role model for him.” I ended up with just a coffee, which is why I was going there anyway.


Dinner was easy because I was home with Seamus. I rarely binge when he’s around because I don’t want him to see me doing it. He knows, I’ve shared my struggles with him, but I don’t want him to see it. He probably wouldn’t judge me, but I don’t want to even take the risk, so I eat a normal amount and keep the binging to myself.

So, friends, I’ve laid it all out there. It’s so scary to be so forthcoming with things, but I really want to get better, and keeping it a deep dark secret isn’t working, so I’m figuring that I may as well try sharing and see if I get to a better spot.

I’m linking up with Peas and Crayons, thanks for hosting, Jenn.

What I Ate Wednesday – What Week are We On?

This past week has flown by, and now it’s time for What I Ate Wednesday again!

I’ve been joining up and linking with Jenn at Peas and Crayons for some time now, that I am not even sure how many week’s it has been. Oh well, I enjoy sharing my eats with you, so it honestly does not matter how many Wednesdays it’s been. 🙂

How has your week been?

Mine has been pretty decent, it’s flying by, but that just means the weekend is almost here. Yahoo! Though, the thought of a weekend in the new home gives me a bit of anxiety. We’ve lived here through two weekends and each one has been pretty unpleasant. I’m really hoping that they’re adjusting, we’re adjusting and we can have a nice relaxing time.

Saturday, I think we’re going to get Emmett’s haircut and then Sunday we’re headed out to visit my parents to celebrate a birthday. Whose, you might ask? MINE! 😀 I turn 33 on April 16th, and since my parents will be down visiting my sister on my actual day, we’re celebrating a few days early. I don’t mind at all!

And now….My What I Ate Wednesday!

Guess what I started my day with? Betch’cha can’t guess! (Okay maybe you can, since I start this way, everyday)


And I had my usual breakfast, a delicious gluten-free bagel, egg and American cheese, plus a banana. Mmmm

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I forgot to snap a picture of my snack, but it was my delicious berry mixture with unsweetened coconut and GF granola, but it was so darn good.

I live close enough to work that I can go home for lunch. It’s awesome! I can come home and relax for 50 minutes or so, and I don’t have to worry about packing a lunch that day. I won’t be able to do it everyday, but any time I have the opportunity to do it, I will. Today’s lunch was my new favorite meal, Chicken Tacos to Die for (click the link and make them).

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Oh and I can’t lie, I did have a couple K-Toos – SO good!

I skipped my afternoon snack, but my wonderful co-worker stopped and picked up Starbucks. Woohoo! There’s always room for Starbucks!


Dinner was fantastic! Seamus grilled up some delicious chicken and zucchini and I ate it so quickly that I didn’t get a picture.


I was part of the clean-plate club tonight. Ha! I love grilling season!

Welp, that does it. Stop on over and and link-up with Jen from Peas and Crayons.

Your turn!

What were some of your yummy eats today?


What I Ate Wednesday – Binge Eating Disorder

What someone with Binge Eating Disorder really looks like?

February 23rd – March 1st is designated as Eating Disorders Awareness week. For the first time in my life, I am working to get in charge of my eating, so that I am no longer following in the shadow of my disorder.


I’ve shared with you over the last few months my struggles with Binge Eating Disorder (You can read them all here.) It is something that I have defined my life by for years. I never had a name for it, but I knew the struggle. Every single day would begin with a thought about when the next time I was going to get fast food (since that was my fancy) would be. Literally, my alarm would go off, I’d roll out of bed and start thinking about food. It has consumed my life!

I am not healed, but I have begun the healing process (more to come on this in future posts). In an effort to grow the parts of me that are NOT food related, I thought I’d dedicate this post to talking about my identity that does not involve food.


So what DOES someone with Binge Eating Disorder look like anyway?

  • I am a loving wife, mother, daughter, sister and aunt.
  • I have an amazing sense of humor, and can laugh at even the dirtiest of jokes.
  • I love having friends, but am terrible at keeping ties with everyone. I do my best!
  • I adore making jewelry, and miss making it (It’s been since Emmett’s birth since I’ve created).
  • I am a supervisor at a health insurance company, and proud of my job. I am slowly but surely learning my way.
  • I love comfy jammies, soft blankets and weekends curled on the couch.
  • I swoon over the way Emmett says the word cuddle – “duddle” – and the fact that he enjoys partaking in my cuddles so much.
  • I love reading AND writing. My reading list is never ending, as is my list of topics to write about.
  • I love getting up early, but I wouldn’t consider myself a morning person, because I also enjoy staying up late.
  • Coffee is often the first thing I sip in the mornings.
  • The feeling of working hard and accomplishing a goal I set for myself, gives me the ultimate feeling of satisfaction.
  • I want 4 kids simply because I loved growing up in a big family, but realize I will likely have less.
  • I have an amazing support system, in my husband, family and very close friends.
  • I’ve suffered with depression off and on for most of my adult life, but I am working hard to overcome the struggles.
  • I am right handed, my eyes are a beautiful blue-green hazel and my hair is naturally blonde (with some highlights added  in).
  • I trust too swiftly and fully, so that when I am crossed I fall hard.
  • My middle name is Therese and I love love love it!
  • I love the feeling of my body when it is sore from a tough workout, but have such a hard time motivating myself to get out the door.
  • And finally, I am a woman who is on a journey of a lifetime.

Those are not in any particular order, but I would say that’s a pretty cumulative list of who I am as a person outside of my disease. I created this list, so that you, my lovely readers would know me better, but also so that I have it to refer to when the going gets tough.

As always, thank you for reading – your support and encouraging words has been so so helpful in my quest.


Thanks to Jenn of Peas and Crayons for hosting!

What I Ate Wednesday – Binge Eating Disorder

Wiki describes binge eating disorder as an eating disorder characterized by binge eating without subsequent purging episodes.

Hidden “Talents”


When you have binge eating disorder, anything can cause a binge. Some individuals are triggered by stress, some happiness, others everything. I fall into that everything category.

I get a new job, I binge.

I get into an argument with Seamus, I binge.

I forgot my lunch, I binge.

For me, there is no rhyme or reason to what might trigger a binge, it happens so frequently, that I could probably say living life can cause a binge. I wish it were a simple point in my life that caused me to fly off the rails, because I would simply work to cut that out, but it is literally anything…good or bad.

Since so much of my life consists of food, what I’m going to eat and when I’m going to eat it, I have maximized my ability to hide what I’ve eaten. I’m not bragging. I wish this weren’t the case, but I have come up with every scenario you can think of to ensure that as few people know about my food choices as possible (that is until now).

When Seamus and I first started dating he didn’t know I dealt with this, heck he didn’t know how severe this was until over just last year. Every once in awhile he’d find receipts that I had forgotten to hide or throw out, and he’d comment on what was purchased. I’d always pass it off as a one time thing, or that I only did that for special occasions. Never EVER admitting what was really happening, until one day I just needed to come clean with how bad things really were. Whether it bothers Seamus or not, I have no idea. He is nothing but supportive, and there has never been a time that I’ve felt judgement. For this I am thankful, I don’t think I could have come clean here, or even to him without that constant support.

I mentioned earlier that I am an expert at hiding what I’ve eaten, and the subsequent trash. Trust me, none of my examples are rocket science, but it has kept so many people in my life in the dark until my admission on Baby Doodah! Here’s an example: I’m on my way home, I just left work and am feeling like a coffee. I’ll swing through Tim Horton’s, and order any number of things, along with my coffee. I’ll eat everything I ordered and then either hide the trash below the driver’s seat in my car, or I’ll put it in my work bag and throw it out once I arrive at work the next morning. I get home with just my coffee, and no one is the wiser.

I am not proud, it’s actually the opposite, I am ashamed. It has taken me awhile to write out this post because I wasn’t sure how deep into the details I wanted to get, but since I’ve put so much out there already, I figured why stop now. I want to share who I truly am, in hopes that it will help someone else who is struggling with binge eating disorder, as I am.

In case you’ve missed them, here are my other two posts on the binge eating disorder struggle. My Admission and Coming Clean on the Amounts of Food that I Eat.

Your turn!

If you have struggled or are currently struggling with Binge Eating Disorder, I would love to hear from you either in the comments below, or feel free to email me. My address is in the Contact Me! section of the blog.

Be sure to stop over and visit Jen at Peas and Crayons!


What I Ate Wednesday – #21

Woot Woot! It’s What I Ate Wednesday time again!

Phew! What a day. I am tired and ready for bed, but I really wanted to get this blog posted before I head to dreamland.

Breakfast was a nice and simple breakfast Egg McSeamus, a toasted bagel with 1 egg, and a slice of cheese. I’ve pretty much cut gluten out of my breakfast entirely, but I was just sick of avocado and couldn’t bring myself to eat another one this morning, instead I opted for my old standby, it was delicious. Sadly, I forgot to grab a picture of breakfast.

My snack was something new and delicious, a recommendation from a good friend. I took some Trader Joe’s Organic Pumpkin and mixed it with, honey, unsweetened coconut, raw pumpkin seeds, pecans and cinnamon. It was DEEE-licious! I made too much of it, though, and ended up throwing over half of it out. It may look like baby diarrhea, but I assure you it tastes nearly like pumpkin pie. Yummy!

what-i-ate-wednesday-124-3Lunch was my typical salad, romaine lettuce, Krakus Ham, oven roasted chicken, sunflower seeds, blue cheese crumbles and Lite honey mustard. I know I eat this weekly but it is just so darn good! I actually look forward to eating this everyday.

what-i-ate-wednesday-124-2Tis the season for clementines. I love them and eat them frequently at this time of year.

what-i-ate-wednesday-124-1I needed a mid-afternoon pick-me-up and went with a delicious Tim Horton’s k-cup.

what-i-ate-wednesday-124Seamus typically works out on Wednesdays so we keep our meals nice and simple. Tonight’s was some delicious Al Fresco Apple Chicken Sausages, sauerkraut and leftover Tuscan potatoes from my mother-in-law (they were out of this world). If you’ve never tried the chicken sausages before, you really should, they’re delicious, sweet and savory all rolled into one.



And because I love this picture and because he looks so much like me in it…

what-i-ate-wednesday-124-5That’s it for this week’s What I Ate Wednesday. Be sure to jump on over to visit Peas and Crayons and link-up.

Your turn!

What has been some of your favorite food over the past week?

You can read some of my other What I Ate Wednesday posts, by clicking here.


What I Ate Wednesday – #18

Oh yeah! Time again for What I Ate Wednesday!

My day typically starts at 4:45, my alarm goes off and I get right out of bed. I never snooze because that just keeps waking Seamus up (who doesn’t wake up until around 6), and that’s not really fair. He doesn’t need to adopt my lifestyle of getting up super early. Anyway, I always have my coffee set to start brewing at 4:40, so that by the time I’m rolling out of bed, using the bathroom and making Emmett’s sippys for school, it’s done brewing. That first cup tastes like liquid gold!


I won one of those Starbucks reusable mugs from a drawing at work and I’ve been using it at home. I love it because it keeps my coffee pretty warm (but also not scalding) and also is a Starbucks mug (yes, I drank the Kool-aid). I love Starbucks! My coffee of choice is Trader Joe’s Fair Trade French Roast, it is dark and rich and really really good. I recommend adding just a splash of whole milk (thanks Emmett!) or half & half. Yum!

Breakfast was my typical Egg McSeamus, an english muffin, 1 egg and a slice of American cheese. Yum! I also had another delicious cup of coffee when I got settled at my desk. I love coffee!!

Lunch was my usual, delicious salad. Romaine lettuce, topped with blue cheese crumbles, sunflower seeds, Krakus ham and oven roasted turkey and then drizzled with Ken’s Lite Honey Mustard. Mmmmm


And WAY too many of these, Trader Joe’s dark chocolate caramels.


Dinner was grilled chicken and sauteed zucchini. Problem was, I rrrrrreally didn’t want grilled chicken so I made myself a chicken sandwich, and voila, dinner was saved for me.

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Thanks for hosting, Jenn! Be sure to stop over to Peas and Crayons and link-up.

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