The other day I went to the basement to do some laundry and noticed it smelled funny. Funnier than basements usually smell, even. I mentioned it to my husband and he was like, "yeah, there is water coming out from under the stairs down there, too". Great!! I automatically see millions of dollar signs and start panicking about how we might have to cancel our trip to Italy if we have a putrid sea of water under the house and it floats away or something. Or just molds over and rots completely.
Evidently we have a hole the size of Texas in the pipe connected to the kitchen sink, garbage disposal, and dishwasher. So everything that went through that medium for the past couple of weeks had ended up in a sea of putrid water under the basement stairs. This is heresay, mind you. I never saw it because THOSE sort of house issues (purchasing a wet-dry vac and then contacting a professional) are a good example of a man's contribution to the household. This blog is an example of MY contributions to the household.
Anyway, the good news is that the plumber told us it could be easily fixed and would not cost one million dollars. Italy trip is still on and the house isn't floating away!
That said, he can't come fix our little issue until Thursday, and in the meantime, we can't use any water in the kitchen. That sort of puts a damper on cooking, so this week will be an "eating takeout on paper plates" kind of week. Or, a "go to happy hour with friends" kind of week. Or perhaps a combination of both.
Luckily, I have a few posts saved up for an occassion like this. So I'll be indulging in Pho Tai, wine and cheese, sushi, and maybe some pizza, you can read about stuff I made awhile back and forgot to blog about.
First up is cheddar barbeque meatloaf muffins. Enough said. They are like BBQ cheeseburgers in a muffin formation. So good. I may have eaten 2 cold ones the next day for breakfast.
Next up is my Mom's paella....so stay tuned for that!
BBQ Cheddar Meatloaf Muffins
1 lbs lean ground beef
1 1/2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
1/2 cup breadcrumbs, fresh not hard
1 egg, slightly beaten
1/3 cup onions, diced
1/4 cup BBQ sauce
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Mix all ingredients together. Spoon mixture into a 12 cup muffin tin and press down firmly with back of spoon. Top with remaining BBQ sauce and place in oven for 25-35 minutes. Sprinkle remaining cheese on each muffin and bake additional 5 minutes. Allow to cool 5 minutes before removing from tins.