A Welcome Home Supper

My best male friend Jake is in the Navy and was stationed for the last 4 years in Japan. He got home for a month leave a week ago Saturday. I told him when we picked him up at the airport I wanted to make him a nice dinner to welcome him home and show him some of my new cooking skills.

He came up to our house on Friday evening, we did a little mall shopping then came home to make dinner. Adam and I quickly wiped dinner up. This meal took a while baking but was quick to put together.

Meatloaf (Kraft.com)
  • 2lbs ground beef
  • 1 pkg. Stove Top Stuffing (recipes calls for chicken we prefer mushroom and onion)
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 eggs, beaten

Mix all ingredients together put into loaf pan. Then you can use BBQ sauce or we prefer about 1/4 c ketchup, and 1/4 brown sugar mixed together on top. Bake in a preheated 375 oven from 1 hr, and 15 min or until cooked through.

Sweet Potatoes (Cd Kitchen)

  • 3 large sweet potatoes (I used 1 lg. can)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Crunchy topping

  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
Boil potatoes until tender. Remove skins when cooled. Put into a large bowl and whip them until fluffy. Add remaining ingredients. Pour into a greased casserole pan and top with the Crunch Topping. Bake at 350°F for 45 minutes.

**Tips: I loved the topping but think I would use my moms sweet potato recipe and this topping.

Green Bean Casserole (My Mom)
  • 2 cans green beans
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup
  • 1/2 c. milk
  • 1 can of french onions
  • Salt and pepper

Heat milk, soup, and salt and pepper in saucepan.

Place beans in a casserole dish, add soup mixture, and 1/2 can of the onions. Mix together.

Top with remaining onions.

Bake at 350 for about 30 minutes.


JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

What a nice thing to do for your friend, Carrie. I am sure he must have felt the love in your cooking. Which in my opinion is the most important ingredient of all!

Jake said...

I would have to say it doesnt matter the time it takes to make something. but the people you ahve to share it with and i would have to say though that was the best meal i have had in a long time