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Sloppy Joes ~ Freezer and/or Camp Meal


Want to know something… I LOVE sloppy joes! I don’t know what it is about them, but there is something so comforting and hearty and delicious about the beefy, saucy, yummy meat…. Whether you toast a roll or serve them on super soft hamburger buns (our favorite way)… I can never pass one up!

These are great with tator tots, fries or chips and/or sliced up fresh fruit AND we always like fresh veggies as a side for these sloppy joes!

This is a tried and true “gramma” recipe so you know it’s good…. Each batch makes about 6+ decent sandwiches so I often double the recipe so I can freeze half for a quick easy meal another night. This recipe is perfect for heating in the crock for a few hours and is always a favorite to come home to after a game night!

Also a favorite “CAMP” meal because the crock can sit and sammies can be made as wanted!

• As with many of “MY” recipes – this is a variation of a cook book recipe found online… Also, as usual, I tripled the original recipe and then cut in ½… because 1 lb of burger just can’t feed my brood – but a pound and a ½ is perfect!



1 and ½ lbs. ground beef
¾ cup diced onion
¾ cup diced green pepper
½ cup water
1 and ½ cups Ketchup
1 TBS beef bouillon
1 TBS Worcestershire sauce
1 TBS brown sugar
1 and 1/2 tsp mustard

Dice your peppers and onions… as big or as little as you want… feel free to throw other diced veggies in too – sometimes I add zucchini and/or squash and even carrots if I have some extra… I just like the ratio of 1.5 cups diced veggies to 1.5 lbs ground beef and the veggie mix has to include peppers and onions for the flavor!

Brown the beef with the peppers and onions… drain off the fat.

Add the water, ketchup, beef bouillon, Worcestershire, brown sugar and mustard – mix well.

(FREEZE to use later – thaw overnight)

Heat in Frying pan – then once hot – simmer for 20 minutes… or heat in a crock for a few hours!

Serve on buns – either crispy toasted or super soft…. No in between! ENJOY!!!!



Weekly Meal Plan

I am adamantly working on the RA and TOPS deals for the week (and getting clothes ready for the consignment sale I swear!!)…there are a TON of deals!!  I was side-tracked with meal planning for the week –BIGGIE with the Super Bowl this week…  and I have Amish Friendship Bread that will be ready this weekend!  Anyone ever used this??  OMG – it is out of this world and I will be dividing soon so let me know if you want a starter! 

So – here is what we are eating – how ‘bout you??




SUNDAY:  Lasagna Dinner – making Sauce to have extra frozen for a meal next week and I am making extra Lasagna Roll ups to freeze as well…


MONDAY:   Chicken and Biscuits – or Dumplings – I am looking for a dumpling recipe now…  I have the chicken already frozen from last week and I will make up the “mixture” today so it will become a quick weeknight meal!


TUESDAY:  “Not so Sloppy Joes” – never got to these last week and have been waiting to make this awesomeness that my friend Julie introduced to me…  Grands biscuits, flattened out and filled and folded over sloppy joe mix (Manwich is just to easy), with cheese of course… and baked to perfection….  YUMM – I can’t wait!!  With Tator Tots!!


WEDNESDAY:  Mom works and Dad makes Tacos…WhooHoo


THURSDAY:  Fried Chicken Dinner from Tops (Great Deal this week) with BIG salad


FRIDAY:  Boboli Cheeseburger Pizza or Taco Pizza or “whatever is actually left over from the week” Pizza


SATURDAY:  FAMILY FUN DAY snow or no snow we are going out to do SOMETHING family fun orientated and will eat “OUT”


SUNDAY:  Super Bowl Snacks for Dinner – thinking Potato Skins, Fried Pickles, Sausage Bread, Chicken Wing Dip… all to be served up during the game intervals  because we all know I’ll be glued to the TV during the commercials – BEST part of the Super Bowl!!


So – how is your weekend going?  How about what you plan to eat this week?? 

Fun Super Bowl Plans???   Let’s CHAT!!!!