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Poems from Friends for NaPoMo 2017

“We never have to hold our feelings inside. Whether we express ourselves through speech, poetry, or photography, every one of us has a voice with something of value to say. Now, we can be heard.”~ Brandon Fernandez, who as a teenager founded “Expressions,” a program designed to teach young children how to express themselves through poetry and photography.

So, today I want to share two poems submitted by friends, one original, and the other by the famous poet, Ogden Nash. It’s not too late to send me a poem! There are still three weeks left in April!  🙂

Title: “When Grey Clouds Gather”

Author: John Tobasco
Date Written: 7/16/2016

“When grey clouds gather and cover your sky,Just put on your wings and fly up real high. Above those grey clouds you’ll find brilliant blue, So lift up your head and look for a clueOf things not yet here and others gone by.

And when you look down to those on the groundRemember the times when you weren’t found, And think of the times when you couldn’t find Anything that resembled real peace of mind,And all the people that helped you touch down.

And, here’s a poem to make you smile (or wince):Author: Ogden Nash  (but shared with us by Linda Davis)
THIS IS GOING TO HURT JUST A LITTLE BIT

“One thing I like less than most things is sitting in a dentist chair with my mouth wide open.
And that I will never have to do it again is a hope that I am against hope hoping.
Because some tortures are physical and some are mental,
But the one that is both is dental.
It is hard to be self possessed
With your jaw digging into your chest,
so hard to remain calm
When your fingernails are making serious alterations in your life line or love line or some other important line in your palm,
So hard to give your usual cheerful effect of benignity,
When you know your position is one of the two or three in life most lacking in dignity
And your mouth is like a section of road that is being worked on
And it is cluttered up with stone crushers and concrete mixers and drills and steam rollers and there isn’t a nerve in your head that isn’t being jerked on.
Oh, some people are unfortunate to be worked on by all thumbs,
And others have things done to their gums,
And your teeth are supposed to be polished
But you have reason to believe they are being demolished.
And the circumstances that add to your terror
Is that it’s all done with a mirror,
Because the dentist may be a bear, or as the Romans used to say, only they were referring to a feminine bear when they said it, an ursa,
But all the same how can you be sure, when he takes his crowbar in one hand and mirror in the other, that he won’t get mixed up, the way you do when you try to tie a bow tie with the aid of a mirror, and forget that left is right and vice versa.
And then at last he says, “That will be all”, but it isn’t because he then coats your mouth from cellar to roof
With something I suspect is generally used to put a shine on a horse’s hoof.
And you totter to your feet and think, Well it’s over now, and after all it was only this once,
And he says, “Please come back in three months.”
And this, O Fate, is I think the most vicious woe that thou ever sentest,
That Man has to go continually to the dentist to keep his teeth in good condition,
When the chief reason he wants his teeth to be in good condition is:  so that he won’t have to go the dentist.”

      Finally, here’s a little poetry from the Bible’s book of Psalms:1  “I lift up my eyes to the hills.
    From where does my help come?
My help comes from the Lord,
    who made heaven and earth.
The Lord is your keeper;
    the Lord is your shade on your right hand.
The Lord will keep you from all evil;
    he will keep your life.
The Lord will keep
    your going out and your coming in
    from this time forth and forevermore.” (Psalm 121, selected verses, ESV)

(Thank you to my son, Daniel, and his dental team for the last photo. The others were taken on my last trip to Hawaii.)

Song of Solomon (227): Fish Eyes? Fishy Eyes?

Song of Solomon 7:4 “Thine eyes like the fishpools in Heshbon, by the gate of Bath-rabbim…” Although we have probably all been privileged at some point in our lives to enjoy an oriental fish pool and catch the glimmer of goldfish darting about in the clear, green waters, there is much in the imagery of this praise which the western mind would miss without studying the ancient city of Heshbon and the culture of the times.   Heshbon was located about fifty miles east of Jerusalem. It is mentioned thirty-seven times in Scripture and was a powerful city in ancient Palestine. In Numbers 21:25-30 we learn that Heshbon was originally a Moabite city but was conquered by Sihon, the king of the Amorites, who made it his capital. Later (Numbers 32:37) it became part of the inheritance of the tribe of Rueben, and although it eventually reverted back to Moabite rule (and both Isaiah and Jeremiah prophesied of coming judgment because of its evil), during the reign of King Solomon it was part of the inheritance given to the Levites as a city of peaceful refuge for the families of the priests. It was a beautiful city, a powerful city, and a city of peace.   The name Heshbon means “he that hastens to understand or build.”1  Already we find rich ore for the mining! For the bride to have her eyes compared to the fishpools in Heshbon would have brought to the ancient eastern mind thoughts of beauty, power, peace, and a heart to understand and build. Oh, that in our eyes our Lord might see beautiful spirits…peaceful spirits, but spirits with a passion to eagerly pursue wisdom and growth!   Recent excavations of Heshbon (now in Jordan) have uncovered the remains of large reservoirs near the city. The word for “fishpools” is the Hebrew berekot, which does not refer to springs or fountains, “but the deep reservoirs which the springs supply. The sense here is one of still, deep calmness rather than the sparkle and shimmer of flowing springs”(2).   The translation “fish pools” followed the Latin Vulgate rendering piscinae, referring to pools for fish, but there is no actual intimation from the Hebrew text that the pools were so used (3). Fish pools were typically shallow, and the deep reservoirs near the gate of Bath-rabbim were more likely used for the city’s water supply, particularly in light of the name Bath-rabbim, which means literally “the daughter of multitudes.” Ah, and here is another resting spot for meditation!  How often the names in Scripture tell a story in themselves. The deep reservoirs supplied life-giving water for multitudes. The task of carrying water from the city well to the family dwelling place was one of the housekeeping responsibilities of the women and was normally assigned to daughters (if there were any) who were old enough and strong enough for such work. (For examples, Rachel, Rebekah, and the woman at the well in Sychar.)   So, the reservoirs supplied water for the “daughter(s) of multitudes…” and through them, the entire city. Anyone who came to the wells could drink. Everyone who came could drink. It didn’t matter if the person was a beautiful and virtuous young virgin like Rebekah or a five-time has been with no real family of her own like the woman Jesus redeemed by the well of Sychar… everyone who came was allowed to drink. Oh, to be a woman whose eyes are deep, peaceful, reservoirs of life-giving spirit, open in compassion to the poor and prepared to minister to the needs of all the daughters of this earth!

(1) Lockyer, Dr. Herbert. Love Is Better Than Wine. Harrison: New Leaf Press, 1981, p. 113.
(2) Carr, G. Lloyd. The Song of Solomon: An Introduction and Commentary. Downer’s Grove, IL: Intervarsity Press, 1984, p. 158.
(3) Patterson, Paige.  Song of Solomon. Chicago:  Moody, 1986, p. 105.

 

Get Me to the Church On Time…or On Line!

I have devout friends who never travel on the Sabbath in order to keep it holy and make sure they’re worshiping with their congregation at the appointed hour. I admire that, although Alan and I do not have such a firm conviction in that area. However, I strongly believe in “a day of rest” and the principle of consistency in corporate worship, so we often visit new churches wherever we are on Sunday. In Kauai, we enjoyed a church recommended to us by a friend who’d spent a summer there. It’s always enriching and a joy to share in new (and old) worship music, hear fresh perspectives on the scripture, and fellowship with believers we’ve never met before.* In South Africa, Alan and I had no clue where a good church might be, and so (thanks to the internet) we tuned in to our own church service at  http://calvarygr.org/sermons-resources/livestream-current-service/ . It’s not quite the same as singing along with thousands of other believers, but it’s still a great blessing! Last week was spring break, and we enjoyed some vacation time together combined with a medical meeting for Alan and a little family visiting time for me.  Our flight home was Sunday morning, but the timing worked out so that we could share a set of headphones at the airport and hear the best message I can ever remember on Romans 15:1, “We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak and not to please ourselves.” Pastor Jim told us that we have a moral obligation to bear patiently with the failings of those who are weak in faith and the sins they commit which cause us pain. Strong words and very challenging! I needed to hear that message.  So, may I share a simple encouragement? Whenever you’re on vacation (or at home!), don’t miss the opportunity for corporate worship, spiritual growth and communion with other believers. People need people! If you can’t make it to a church for some reason, try participating with some faithful church online. If your church doesn’t provide online services, I can heartily recommend ours—not as a “perfect” church, but as a church that does try to stay true to the teachings found in the Bible.

And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” (Hebrews 10:24-25, NIV)

(*I didn’t take any photos at the church in Kauai, but this is a photo of flowers and the handmade leis they gave us [and all visitors]!)

A Few of My Favorite Birds (37): Would You Rather be a Chicken, a Hen, or a Rooster?

handsome-rooster-kauai-01-2017According to Merriam Webster rooster-on-path-at-waimea-canyon(whose dictionary is the gold standard for literary editors, so I’m told), hens-in-hawaiia chicken can be a type of common domestic fowl used for food…or a coward. colorful-kauai-henA hen can be an older female chicken…or a “fussy, middle-aged woman.” rooster-in-kaloa-kauai Rooster refers an adult male chicken…or a cocky, vain man. chick-hen-roosters-togetherNow I ask you, who wants to be any of those?? rooster-tee-shirt-kaloa-kauaiAnd, how did chickens get such a bad rap, anyway? rooster-in-kaloa-mill-ice-cream-and-coffee-shopAmong my list of favorite birds, chickens never really made the grade…  rooster-by-captain-cook-memorial-kauaiuntil I came to Hawaii, but now I have a new fascination for these fine fellows. regal-rooster-reigns-at-kalalau-lookout-kauaiI saw a gorgeous rooster with iridescent green feathers as well as the usual kaleidoscope of reds, oranges, and yellows rooster-crossing-road-kauaitrying to cross the highway in Kauai not long ago, and I thought to myself, rooster-waimea-canyon-kauai“If I didn’t know what that was, I’d be agog with its size and brilliant plumage!” kauai-love-chickens-teeshirtIndeed, these cocky specimens of male finery are all the rage in Hawaii. couple-at-waimea-canyonRoosters adorn baseball capsrooster-napkin-holder-kaloa-coffee-shop-hawaii and napkin holders. rooster-walking-through-kaloa-mill-ice-cream-and-coffee-shopThey rule the roost, make themselves at home cleaning up waffle cone scraps in ice cream parlors, and slurp up puddles of shaved ice spilled from kiddie cones. rooster-posing-at-kalalau-lookout-hawaiiThey announce the coming dawn…
sometimes as early at 2:00 am but definitely by 4:00 am hawaiin-cock-rooster(and throughout the day whenever they’re startled). rooster-mating-dance-kauaiI noticed this ad today accompanying the photo of a rooster:
“Diamond Head home for sale with pool and built in alarm clock.” menu-offering-feral-chicken-in-kauaiMenus offer entrees of feral rooster stuffed with cactus. rooster-in-kauai-one-of-hundreds-copy(That one might be a joke; I’m told the reason they’re everywhere
is because they have parasites and aren’t fit to eat.) amazingly-colorful-plumage-on-rooster-in-kauaiDespite being the brunt of jokes and a synonym for a lame-brained coward, rooster-by-wet-cave-kauaiI think chickens are worthy of respect, and here are my reasons:  chickens-everywhere-in-kauai*They are the most common bird in the world (50 billion). rooster-near-wailua-falls-kauaiCompare that to the most common wild bird in the world,
sparrows, at 1.5 billion!  (Huge difference, huh?)cock-and-hen-feeding-in-grass-by-ocean-kauai* They are historically famous, called the “bird that gives birth every day”  (Thutmose III, 1500 BC). regal-rooster-near-a-bush-kauai  *They are the most prolific birds: In 2009, an estimated 62.1 million metric tons of eggs were produced worldwide from a total laying flock of approximately 6.4 billion hens. (That’s over a trillion eggs!)  gorgeous-plumage-on-rooster-kauai *Besides being beautiful, cocks aren’t afraid to crow!  rooster-on-a-fenceJesus answered him, Wilt thou lay down thy life for my sake?
Verily, verily, I say unto thee, The cock shall not crow,
till thou hast denied me thrice
” (John 13:38). mother-and-chicks-feeding-in-grass-kauai * Besides being plucky, chickens make wonderful mothers:  mother-hen-with-chickens-under-her-wingsO Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together,
even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not
!”
(Matthew 23:37).  dont-feed-the-chickens*And last, but most significantly, chickens provide more sacrificial lives for meat than any other animal (even if the feral flock aren’t feed by humans).  lovely-hens-mottled-brown-and-white-kauaiIn 2008, 9.08 billion chickens were slaughtered in the United States according to the United States Department of Agriculture data, and that’s just the U.S.! cock-and-hen-looking-for-water-kaloa-kauaiWorld wide, over 40 billion broilers are raised and killed every year. sign-dont-feed-the-chickenOnly the sacrifice of Jesus has provided life-giving food for more people!

rooster-by-sign-for-kings-chapel-in-kauaiFor the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world” (John 6:33). Jesus said: “I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world” (John 6:51).

(All photos were taken in Hawaii, although the one of the rooster crowing at dawn was taken at my son’s home in Oahu.)

Waimea Canyon: Don’t Stop ‘Til You Can’t Go Any Further

the-glory-of-waimea-canyonDid you know there’s such a place as “The Grand Canyon of the Pacific?” waimea-canyon-panoramic-viewIt was so named by Mark Twain over a hundred years ago, waipaoo-falls-waimea-canyonbut it sprang into glowing reality for me personally just recently kauai-canyons-and-waterfallswhile visiting Hawaii’s “Garden Island,” Kauai. waimea-canyon-2Waimea Canyon (its official name) is about ten miles long first-view-into-waimea-canyon-kauaiand over 3,000 feet deep. waimea-canyon-kauaiThe canyon was formed originally by the collapse of the volcano lava-ionizing-in-waimea-canyonwhich is the bedrock of Hawaii’s Kauai Island, waimea-river-running-through-waimea-canyonbut Waimea has further eroded by the flow of the Waimea River.grand-canyon-of-the-pacific-waimea-canyon-kauai Waimea Canyon a mesmerizing study in color! stratified-layers-of-rock-in-waimea-canyon-kauaiThe stratified reds and browns come from layers of black volcanic basaltred-rocks-in-waimea-canyon  that have oxidized over millennia into bright red, iron soil. waimea-canyon-hawaii-grand-canyon-of-the-pacificLush patterns of green lace weave in and out…gifts of foliagewaterfalls-streaming-down-mountainside-in-kauai-as-seen-from-kalalau-lookout flowing from Mount Wai’ale’ale, Kauai’s central peak, waipoo-falls-in-waimea-canyonfamed for catching clouds and being one of the wettest places on earth! waimea-canyon-beautyOne of the highlights of Waimea Canyon’s 1,866-acre state park is Waipao Falls, waipoo-falls-in-waimea-canyon-closeup-2which cascades 800 feet down the canyon wall waimea-canyon-helicopterand can be seen at various lookouts along the 18-mile stretch road-up-to-waimea-canyon-kauaiof Highway 550 that takes you to the top of the canyon. waimea-canyonThere are many great hiking trails in the park, and if you have the time, glory-bush-tibouchina-urvilleana-kauai-by-kalalau-lookoutit would be easy to spend your entire day exploring.waimea-canyon-lookout-parking-lot-with-chickens Although most tourists stop here, steep-road-up-waimea-canyon-kauaiHighway 550 winds its way up past Kokee State Park (lovely rain forest) kalalau-lookout-sign-kauaiand ends at the Kalalau Lookout,kalalau-lookoutwhich has magnificent views of the Na Pali Coast. waipoo-falls-in-waimea-canyon-close-upThe concierge at our hotel showed us some photos on her i-phone heading-to-waimea-canyon-highway-50and said that no matter what the forecast, go anyway, kalalau-lookout-viewand don’t stop until you get to the end of the road! (Such great advice!!)predicting-rain-for-waimea-canyon-kauaiThe prediction had been for rain the day she went, bi-plane-in-kauai-01-25-17but rain is a common part of the forecast and usually doesn’t last long. lantana-blooming-in-kauaiBesides, it’s great for the flowers and often produces sparkling rainbows. clouds-and-distant-trees-waimea-canyon-kauaiThe day we went, we didn’t get to see any rainbows, oxidized-volcanic-rock-on-kauaibut the weather was much better than anticipated, waimea-canyon-kauai-copyand the clouds scuttling across the sky above the canyon formed beautiful cloud-formations-over-waimea-canyon-kauaipatterns of light and dark that made the contrasts even richer. waimea-canyon-roller-coaster-roadsPersevering to the end of the road was well worth the time and twists, waimea-canyon-grand-canyon-of-the-pacific-kauaiand being filled with the beauty of this wild, deep canyon distant-waterfalls-from-kalalau-lookout-kauaibrought to mind the words of Scripture:

waimea-canyon-kauai“…so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God” (Ephesians 3:17-19, ESV).another-beautiful-sunset-in-kauai-hawaii(I took all these photos on the day we went to Waimea Canyon in January, 2017. As you can see, the weather changes a lot over the course of one day, so never let the weather stop you from enjoying the incredible beauty of God’s creation!)

Puff the Magic Dragon in the Land of Hanali: Déjà vu and Déjà vécu of our Dragons

alan-on-pier-in-hanalei-kauaiToday’s blog may seem floaty, hanalei-bay-glistening-in-sunbut perhaps that’s what happens when you try to respond to the magic romantic-hanalei-bay-kauai-hawaiiof feelings and memories little-girl-near-kilauea-point-lighthousethat get all tangled up in déjà vu kathi-at-kilauea-point-kauai-hawaiiand déjà vécu. kauais-gorgeous-north-shoreWhen Alan and I were in Kauai recently, hanalie-kauai-hawaiiwe revisited places we’d seen almost 25 years earlier,waterfall-near-hanalei but we also found places we’d never seen before but recognized from photosplaying-near-little-waterfall-in-kauaitaken by our kids and grand kids about five years ago when they lived in Hawaii.quiet-beaches-near-hanalei-kauaiAlso, I experienced many sensations arising from early childhood memories. dry-cave-near-hanalie-kauaiOne of these centered around magical dragons. petes-dragon-2016-movieLike Pete’s Dragon (the 2016 updated version is really cute, by the way), looking-for-petes-dragon-2016-movieOgden Nash’s poem about “Custard the Dragon”
was a frightfully enchanting part of my childhood, petes-dragon-2016-movie-2and I’ve read that he might have bee a forefather of Puff the Magic Dragon,
who is much beloved by my son.
(I think every generation has their own dragons.)road-to-hanalieMichael’s family lived in Hawaii and felt quite sure that the the Land of Honaliwalking-out-on-the-hanalei-pier is the land of Hanalei along the north shore of Kauai, sea-cave-near-hanalei-kauai-hawaiiwhere Puff lives in a magical cave. kids-hunting-for-puff-the-magic-dragon-in-cave-hanaleiThe kids hunted far and wide trying to find him when they lived in Hawaii!na-pali-coast-kauai-aerial-viewWhen I flew over Kauai, I asked our pilot if he’d ever seen Puff.helicopter-on-na-pali-coastHe just grinned. “I see him every day! northshore-of-kauai-close-upWe’re almost there right now! north-shore-of-kauaiLook down.”  puff-the-magic-dragonSure enough, I could see Puff curled around Hanalei Bay
with his alligator-like nostrils in the sea. puff-the-magic-dragon-on-the-bay-of-hanaliePuff’s spiny back is formed by a ridge of mountains. puff-the-magic-dragon-breathing-out-fire-kauai-hanalie-bayFoaming “fire” (water) spews from his mouth,
and his furry right arm (trees) stretch out along the shoreline.hanalei-bay-and-pierAfter seeing Puff from the air, I wanted to take Alan to Hanalei
so we could experience “the magic” in person!view-from-kilauea-point-kauai-hawaiiThe road to Hanalei (Highway 56) really is magnificent! kilauea-lighthouseWe stopped at the Kilauea Point Lighthouse (great place for whale watching). kilauea-point-lighthouse-kauai-hawaiiThey let you use binoculars free of charge to observe the sea life and birds. nene-bird-at-kilauea-lighthouse-hawaiis-state-birdThey also host a number of Hawaii’s state birds, Nenes, who graze on the lawns nene-in-a-bush-hawaiis-state-bird-kauaiand nest in the nearby bushes! mountains-near-hanalei-kauaiKauai is such a beautiful island!church-of-christ-near-hanaleiIt’s dotted with lovely churches taro-field-near-hanalei-kauaiand lush with fields of taro. homes-built-on-stilts-hanalei-kauaiMany of the homes are built on huge stilts though, because during the winter,
their north shore is sometimes pummeled by 40-foot waves! surfer-family-living-out-of-van-in-kauaiFor some (like “Pete,” or this family) life seems pretty hard. (They appeared to be living out of their van and were feeding the children bananas and coconuts.) hanalei-bay-sunshine-through-cloudsI couldn’t help but wonder if their childhood memories would be happy or sad. What would happen to them if a 40-foot wave swept through?
What was life like for them living cramped together in a van?

hanalei-bay-in-sunshineEvery generation has their dragons. Frightening. Needing to be faced. Needing to be tamed. Needing to be left behind at some point, understanding that the magic of childhood—whether good or bad—is only the beginning of life, not meant to define us but to teach us wisdom and prepare us for a better future.

Last weekend I attended a wedding reception and was enjoying conversation with a friend I’ve known for over twenty years. He said a bit ruefully that he was the “black sheep” of his family. This man is my age and has lived a godly life for so many years that I’ve never known him to be anything less than awesome. It made me sad to think that he’s still defining himself by his failures as a young man. I wonder if “the prodigal son” from the Bible always felt like a failure.  dragons-leaving-petes-dragon-2016-movieBeloved, whether we had the world’s happiest or the world’s most awful youth, we have all fallen short of perfection. Nevertheless, if we’ve repented and surrendered our hearts to Jesus, we have become the children of God. We are redeemed! Our past has passed! Look up! The dragons are gone. Forget the past and embrace today. Rejoice in the love God has lavished on us and the fact that nothing can take that heavenly reality away from us!   sunset-on-highway-56-kauai“…this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:13-14).

For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38-39).

 

World’s Best (Only) Cheeseburger Meatloaf: And, You Can Eat It with One Hand Tied Behind Your Back!

kathi-and-alan-eating-cheeseburgers-in-paradise-lahaina-maui-hawaiiI love eating juicy cheeseburgers with all the trimmings, don’t you?  cheeseburger-in-paradise-lahaina-mauiHowever, sometimes they’re too big to eat, even with both hands.  tray-of-cheeseburgers-at-cheeseburger-in-paradise-lahaina-maui-hawaiiSometimes they’re even hard to carry, like this platter of specialty burgers…waiter-with-triple-cheeseburger-in-paradis-mauior this triple-decker monster they serve at Cheeseburger in Paradise on Maui. I’m certain I’d be sick if I ate their 1.5-pound glutton-stuffer, wouldn’t you?  huge-hamburger-africaOr, how about this amazing burger Alan and I ate (shared) in South Africa?

cheeseburger-in-paradise-bar-and-grill-lahaina-mauiAnyway, much as Alan and I love burgers, I’m always in pursuit of fewer calories per dining pleasure, and an extra 200+ calories for a big deli-style onion bun is something I’m willing to forego when we’re at home. Still, how do you eat a cheeseburger with all the good stuff and no bun? It was in that mindset that I developed my personalized recipe for one of the best meatloaves you’ll ever eat!

Your Favorite Cheeseburger Meatloaf:
(serves 4)

hamburger-and-egg1 pound ground burger
1 egg
1 cup bread crumbs (which you can leave out if you don’t mind the meatloaf crumbling a bit when you serve it; I leave them out, because I don’t mind). cheesburger-meatloaf-adding-veggiesNext, add everything you love to put on top of your burger (except lettuce)…like:
Pickles, onions, mushrooms, green peppers, tomato, pineapple…get creative, it’s your meatloaf!cheesburger-meatloaf-adding-condimentsAdd all your favorite condiments…no need to go easy, because they won’t be dripping down your arms! Relish, mustard, ketchup…?mayonnaise? etc?cheeseburger-meatloaf-adding-cheese-and-spicesMix thoroughly and then add a generous amount of salt, pepper, and your favorite seasonings. Top with your favorite cheese (or else whatever cheese you have around the house).cheeseburger-meatloaf-extra-ketchupMound into a pan and add more ketchup (if you like ketchup as much as we do),cheesburger-meatloaf-adding-cheese-on-topthen cap with an ample supply of cheese (if you like cheese as much as we do). cheesburger-meatloaf-after-bakingPop it in the oven for an hour at 350° (done when golden brown on top). Enjoy!

cheeseburger-meatloaf-1Actually, if you don’t have an hour to bake it as a meatloaf,
you can do the same thing in your frying pan cheeseburger-meatloaf-3and have it cooked in no longer than it would take
to grill the veggies and burgers.
You get all the flavor and save enough calories for dessert! (Did I say that??)

cheesburger-meatloaf-served-with-sidesFurthermore, you can eat it with just a fork and one hand tied behind your back. See?  What’d I tell you? No more embarrassing dates where you end up with ketchup on your nose and mustard juice running down your arm staining your new outfit! (Of course, you might still have an issue with the corn on the cob…)

I will praise the name of God with a song,
and will magnify him with thanksgiving
” (Psalm 69:30).