Experiments in Cooking with Deer

Howdy there y’all!

The kitty cats say hello from their comfy spot on the couch!

Today I did something different and made deer meatloaf and deer meatballs out of some deer chili meat (we’re not really chili eaters around these parts). It was interesting to say the least but ultimately delicious. We have a shit-ton of deer chili meat, and we need to use it up before this next hunting season (coming up so stinkin’ soon), so I’m experimenting with it in lieu of ground beef or turkey in most recipes.

My easy peasy recipe for Deer Meatballs:

2 lbs deer chili meat (I soak mine in milk overnight)

3 eggs

1 minced onion

4 tbsp minced garlic

1/2 C milk

2 C Parmesan Cheese

2 C breadcrumbs

Liberal amounts of Oregano, Basil, Parsley, and Salt (I would say “to taste” but you really can’t taste raw meat, so just eyeball it)

Basically just mix it all together with your hands, make golf ball sized meat balls and bake for 45 minutes at 350 degrees.

The Deer Meatloaf is the same exact recipe, you just dump it into a loaf pan and bake for 1.5 hours at 350 degrees. Oh, and cover the top with ketchup and BBQ sauce (or meatloaf sauce of your choice).

Very tasty! 🙂

On a mental health note, my bipolar has been OUT OF CONTROL lately. In a manic panic, I overdosed on my Latuda last night (I wasn’t suicidal, but I was just out of my mind and looking for relief – if you have mania, you’ll surely understand this), but thankfully I checked out okay at the Urgent Care Clinic at the urging of my psychiatrist (yes, he is aware of what happened). I also don’t have to take Latuda for a few days since it’s so saturated in my system. I’m trying to keep myself stable by going to the gym (had a good workout today) and by getting out of the apartment on a regular basis, but sometimes these manic moods just happen out of nowhere. Bipolar is a harsh mistress.

Here’s my new pill organizer – I’m so excited to have it! It holds ALL my pills unlike my past ones. Sure, it cost a little bit more, but it was worth it.

And in honor of Transformation Tuesday, here is my current transformation from 110 lbs to about 120 lbs (I haven’t weighed in a few days, so I may weigh a bit more). I’m on the move – I’ve been eating well, hitting the gym like a fiend, and trying to remember that a number on a scale doesn’t define who I am.

Alrighty, that’s my spiel for tonight. Hope your day is going well!

~ Mandy

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