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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!!!!



Monday Matchups – of a different kind…LOL

Monday Matches… Surfing the gigantic world wonder web and figure you may be just as interested in the things I find, as I am – LOL – I know !!

So – Crafty pants that I am – yeah…. I was looking up how to make my own etched wine glasses cuz you know they sold beautiful ones at the wine festival but I just knew I could do it myself for ¼ of the cost… Anyhow this tutorial  (from Gabriel’s Good Tidings) makes it sound so easy and I am guessing I can pick up this:  ARMOUR ETCH at my local Michael’s…???  Where are my crafty friends??  Anyone ever try this??

This also reminds me that I have to share some of the fun we had at the Wine Festival with you…  I laugh when I think of the changes over the years… this was our 13th year and we know we are getting old because the food has become more important than the alcohol!!  Back in the day we sometimes remembered to grill hotdogs and open bags of chips and cookies…  now we have competitions to come up with the best camp food and BEST FOOD it is!!  In one weekend, we ate out on the waterfront, we did a seafood boil where we had so many KING crab legs that there were LEFTOVERS…Can you even imagine??  Everyone ate so much and was so full that crab legs just lay on the platter…  HONESTLY!  The next night we had steaks that were over 1.5 inches thick and after cooking you could cut them with a butter knife.  This is all in addition to some of the best appetizers and sides that I have ever tasted – AND some pretty fun blender drinks to boot!!  This is camping at its finest people…  22 of us this year, It was AWESOME!!!  Not to mention my cliff diving debut – but that is a whole ‘nother story….  LOL!!  AND – I really did have some wine… and some really GREAT stuff too!  A sparkling Moscato… the absolute best!!

So yeah, anyhow, back to the whole food thing , regardless of my horrid lack of blogging right now I am still doing the whole meal planning thing and being that we are busier than EVER right now I am really trying to plan out meals so we are eating at home cheaper and healthier (??) than a drive thru or pizza… or FAIR food to the tune of $50 for everyone to have a snack (Wholly HELLO)!!!!  But man those bloomin’ onions are good!!  …and maple cotton candy and fresh lemonade and fries in a bucket with vinegar and “cookie dough” (fried dough) as CK calls it….  Yummo but seriously, the good ole’ Genesee County Fair, she ain’t what she used to be…sad, soo sad!!

Okay so in my meal planning and constant perusal of the web I have found a few recipes/meals that I have to try…  My friend Didi posted these awesome Potato Pancakes which will go great with our Sloppy Joes this week.  Then for our chicken night, I have been trying to find a “sticky chicken” type recipe that we all love and, in addition to tons of great looking desserts like smores bars, I finally found this chicken one I could throw in the crock pot.  Then there is this Golden Baked Zuchini recipe and Crunchy Asian Slaw from one of my new favorite sites and since I was going through this site I also decided the kids and I would try these pizza snowballs on Ks golf night. 

So also, just to share, my “INKY BINKY BUBBA JOE”  is off to camp for a whole week and so far I haven’t crumbled COMPLETELY so good….  The utter independence of that child amazes me… I’m pretty proud and sad but mostly PROUD!! 

Shopping?  Deals??  How was your weekend???????


Tasty Tuesday ~ Taco in a Bag / Camp Food

Camping season is here…  WHOOHOOO

Anyone that knows me, knows this is utter sarcasm – LOL!  

Don’t get me wrong, I like to camp – once a year, at the wine festival, without kid’s and did I mention the wine, like 300 wineries all in one spot??

But alas, I am outnumbered 4 to one…5 to 1 if you count the dog and lord knows that throws a whole ‘nother level of fun into the mix…   so I have committed to going camping with my family at least once per month for the summer.  If I am lucky that may only entail three trips and if I play my cards right, I could count the winefest in July as one…  MAYBE!!

Anyhow I have been perusing the trusty interwebs for handy “camp food” with the main criteria being EASY, Kid-friendly fare that will feed a lot of people because you never know how many you will have.  A recipe that popped right to the fore-front was TACO IN A BAG and I am familiar ‘cuz the kid’s have it for lunch at school and LOVE it!!  It definitely meets my criteria and can certainly be adapted to our surroundings…  Check it out:




  • ground beef with taco seasoning…  I will prep ahead so all we have to do is warm it up.
  • salsa, sour cream, shredded cheese
  • taco toppings to your likin’
  • individual sized bags of Doritos or Fritos
  • plastic forks

When ready to eat gently squish the bags of chips. Open bag, pour in an individual serving of the prepared ground beef, add sour cream, shredded cheese, salsa and whatever you so choose. Place fork in bag, stir a bit, and eat.  Yum!!!

  • It was also suggested to just buy a big bag of your favorite chips. Each person then gets a zip loc bag (or plate or bowl for the adults) – add what parts you want, seal and shake – the kids love it!


AWESOME right??  For this weekend’s adventure we are also planning make your own pizza’s on the grill using small Boboli crusts… 

Hmmm, multi-tasking mama says, “Taco Pizza anyone?”


What is your favorite “camp” food?  Please don’t say Steak and Lobster…agh… if only…

C’mon – help a girl out – I need more ideas!!!!!!!!  Do tell!!!!!!