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End of…

234I took a big hurdle, for myself, last Monday evening. I quit my job as webmaster and media person for the Guild, starting from January 1.

The total disinterest from the Guild members for the work done at and for the site made the decision in the end easier. A twelve-year era comes to an end. Okay I, and a team, had great plans for an International convention in 2018 here in Amsterdam. It was harder for me to tell the team then it was to tell the Board.

In my letter to the board I reminded them that I won’t be available for extra time so they can find someone who takes over my responsibilities. I was between 2004 and october 2008 also their administrative secretary. I resigned for that job on June 1, 2007 effective January 1st, at the end of september 2008 a replacement was finally found, she got 3.5 times more salary and they paid her income taxes.

In a way I’m looking forward to some time off, time to paint a canvas or two, three… read all those books I’ve got stored on my Kindle… those kind of things.

The Board wanted to know if I would be present at their next convention day on November 22, and my answer was NO! I’ll drop off the charters and certificates they need a few weeks in advance. That’s it!

And now they have a problem… my colleague shocked me and the board when she told mid April she would be leaving within a year’s time. Ever since April this year she hasn’t really worked on the website. Or maybe it feels like that to me.

That’s life!

 


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Going Dutch #6 – Meatloaf

going-dutchBrown Sugar Meatloaf

Makes 8 servings

Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 60 minutes

Shopping List:

  • 110 gr or ½ cup packed brown sugar
  • 120 ml or ½ cup ketchup
  • 680 gr or 1½ pounds lean ground beef
  • 180 ml or ¾ cup milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 9 gr or 1½ teaspoons salt
  • ½ gr or ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • ½ gr or ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • 50 gr or ¾ cup finely crushed saltine cracker crumbs

ketchup-largeTO MAKE:

  1. Preheat oven to 175° C or 350° F.
  2. Lightly grease a 13×23 cm or 5×9 inch loaf pan.
  3. Press the brown sugar in the bottom of the prepared loaf pan and spread the ketchup over the sugar.
  4. In a mixing bowl, mix thoroughly all remaining ingredients and shape into a loaf.
  5. Place on top of the ketchup.
  6. Bake in preheated oven for 1 hour or until juices are clear.

Note 1: Add 2 cloves of garlic, chopped, to the meat mixture.

Note 2: Use 50 gr or a cup of seasoned bread crumbs instead of the crackers.

Note 3: Being impatient and hungry? Make mini-loves in your muffin pan! Put the ketchup/brown sugar sauce on the bottom, cook for 30 minutes at 175° C or 350° F, then spoon the rest of the sauce on top and cook another 15 minutes.

ENJOY !

Amount Per Serving
Calories: 353
Total Fat: 20.1g
Cholesterol: 119mg
Sodium: 763mg
Total Carbohydrates: 24.1g
Dietary Fiber: 0.4g
Protein: 18.4g

PDF of this recipe: 20141016-Dutch-Brown-Sugar-Meatloaf

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