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It's always nice when Valentine's Day falls on a weekend!  That means proper dates can be made.  Ours was dinner out a few evenings before, and then a zombie love themed family dinner on Sunday!

Photo credit: Samantha Marshal

Photo credit: Samantha Marshal

Our Sunday dinners have become a family tradition which began several years ago mainly to make sure we spent time together and made memories. Our lives are so busy and sometimes the week flies by too quickly. If we can just slow down and enjoy life a little more, the memories pretty much make themselves (and sometimes we even learn a new recipe).

Leftovers for a day or two also keep the fun going, and on this particular week after Sunday we had too many special sweet treats to count. Candies, cupcakes, chocolate covered strawberries and gifts of truffles and specially shaped candies were given to mark another wonderful February 14th. 

Meatloaf, zombie style. I shaped my regular meatloaf recipe into a brain this year.   TWD started on Valentine's night so we decided it would be a fun theme. Zombie Love.  Photo credit: Samantha Marshal

Meatloaf, zombie style. I shaped my regular meatloaf recipe into a brain this year.   TWD started on Valentine's night so we decided it would be a fun theme. Zombie Love. 
Photo credit: Samantha Marshal

Sweets for the sweet! Photo credit: Samantha Marshal

Sweets for the sweet! Photo credit: Samantha Marshal

Sweet memories were definitely made and I can't wait until next year!

Recipe for my meatloaf (this year I used a brain shaped jello mold to achieve the fun zombie themed shape)

(Zombie) Meatloaf
Ingredients:
2 pounds ground beef, pork and lamb  (optional combo)
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 cups chopped yellow onions
1 red pepper
1/2 bag of frozen corn
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 tablespoon oregano
2 cloves of garlic crushed
3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
3 tablespoons A1 sauce
1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
2 extra-large eggs, beaten
1/2 cup ketchup (save a little to spread on top)

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.

Mix all of the above In a large bowl.  Don't mash or it will be dense. Shape the mixture into a rectangular loaf (football shape) on a sheet pan covered with parchment paper. Spread a little ketchup evenly on top. Bake for 1 to 1.5 hours, until the internal temperature is 160 degrees F and the meat loaf is cooked through. 

Chocolate and strawberry cupcakes!  Photo credit: Samantha Marshall

Chocolate and strawberry cupcakes!  Photo credit: Samantha Marshall

Stay Sweet!
sam.