Happy ACL Meatloaf

This weekend was Austin City Limits otherwise known as ACL. I am first timer and a lover of all music, I could not have been more pumped to go and fall in even more love with my new city. So here is the break down… 3 days of non-stop music, a sea of people and some blazing hot sun. I learned quickly from the first day… do’s and some don’t.

Katie and I first day.. both first time ACLers.

  1. Do wear tennis shoes. My legs were on fire from the first night. Not sure if it was all the dancing, but flip flops are a no go.
  2. Do wear sunblock. Yes I am the dumb ass who forgot to wear sunblock the first day. I have some sexy farmer’s market tan lines. I will so fit in this weekend ūüôā Ha! Ha!
  3. Don’t wait until the last to go see a band and expect a good seat. You must stake out your location. Especially when you are a shrimp like me.
  4. Don’t expect to communicate on your cell phone. About a million other people are trying to do the same thing in a 1 block radius. Can you hear me now?
  5. Do stop at Chuy’s for Nachos and Margaritas. No explanation needed!!
  6. Don’t only watch music. The people watching was almost as outstanding as the music.

Waited until last minute to go see Coldplay. Sea of people. Love the balloons.

Manu Chao out of all bands was on the top of my list. I fell in love with his carefree beats while living in Mexico. The music and the crowd delivered a healthy dose of happiness. Not sure if it was the music, the people dancing or that it was sprinkling rain, but is was fantastic!

Favorite picture of ACL. Love the Mexican flag!!! Manu Chao

ACL also meant a house full of coming and going and not much time to think about cooking. So having the fridge stocked was a must. Meatloaf was the perfect meal to have on hand. Hearty meal for those on the go or the dance.


  • 1/2¬†cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2¬†cup ketchup
  • 1 1/2¬†lbs lean ground beef
  • 3/4¬†cup milk
  • 1/2 cup happy hemp
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2¬†teaspoons salt
  • 1/4¬†teaspoon black pepper
  • 1¬†small onion, chopped
  • 1/4¬†teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3/4¬†cup bread crumbs
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Lightly grease a 5×9 inch loaf pan.
  3. In a mixing bowl, mix thoroughly all remaining ingredients and shape into a loaf.
  4. Place on top ketchup and brown sugar
  5. Bake in preheated oven for 1 hour or until juices are clear.
  6. Enjoy
Happy ACL. Happy People. Happy Hemp.


  1. Becky Bergmann

    Your fun post made me again wish I could have been there for the fun ACL adventure, as well as the meatloaf dinner to follow! You two girls are livin’ the dream….

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