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Sloppy Joes (Day 6)

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Welcome to Day 6 of the 31 Days of Slow Cooking.  Today I’m featuring sloppy Joes.

The Imaginative One is a Boy Scout.  For the past year, he’s tried to get all of the requirements done so that he can move up to first class.  On Tuesday night, he met up with an Eagle Scout who helps with the troop to assure he has all the requirements done.  Then once he got home from the meeting, he called the advisor who holds the Board of Review so that he could set up an appointment.  Next Tuesday, he’s going to meet with the advisors so that they could determine if he’s ready to move up to first class.  I’m so proud of him.

We also had his parent teacher conference.  One thing about the Imaginative One is that he is a big reader.  When he crossed over to Boy Scouts in February of 2015, he would read during the majority of the meetings instead of paying attention.  As time passed, he has become more and more social.  Any who, Hubby was told that the teacher didn’t know if the Imaginative One was paying attention in class because he will socialize at times.  It turns out the class is the English Language Arts class.  One of his Boy Scouts buddies is in that class.  I never thought I would hear that about the Imaginative One.

Continue onto the next page for the sloppy Joe recipe.

Taco Hamburger Helper – Secret Recipe Club (July 2016)

Today’s my monthly Secret Recipe Club Reveal.  Before I reveal who I was assigned this month, I’m going to have a quick commercial break because it’s a special day at our house.  I don’t want the person whose blog I’m featuring to feel slighted so I’m going to try to keep it quick. Continue reading Taco Hamburger Helper – Secret Recipe Club (July 2016)

Lawnmower Tacos

The Wee One loves tacos so when I saw this recipe, I decided we needed to try this recipe.  Hubby loved it which is a great thing because he typically only likes Fritos and I used tortilla chips.

It’s called lawnmower tacos because it basically looks like a lawnmower ran over the meal.  It might not look pretty but it tastes delicious.

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Lawnmower Taco

adapted from Life as Mom

Stars of the recipe:

  • 1 pound of ground beef
  • 2 Tbsp.Taco Seasoning Mix
  • 1/4 c. flour
  • 1.5 c. beef or chicken broth
  • 1 to 2 c. crushed tortilla chips
  • 2 c. cheddar cheese
  • taco toppings:  lettuce, tomato, sour cream, avocado, salsa, etc. . .

Steps:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Brown the ground beef over medium high heat.
  3. Sprinkle taco seasoning over the browned ground beef.  Stir until combined.
  4. Sprinkle flour over the ground beef.  Stir until combined.
  5. Add the beef or chicken broth.  Turn heat to high.  Allow to boil.
  6. Turn heat down to medium.  Simmer until sauce is thickened.
  7. Grease a 9 by 13 baking dish.
  8. Layer in this order:  (I did 3 layers.)
    1. Crushed Tortilla chips
    2. Ground beef mixture
    3. Cheese
  9. Bake for 20 minutes or until bubbly.
  10. Enjoy with your favorite taco toppings.

Happy eating,
Traci

Meatloaf Muffins with Meatloaf Glaze

IMG_0724 (1)This is one of the Imaginative One’s favorite meals.

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Meatloaf Muffins

Stars of the recipe:

  • 1 lb. of ground beef
  • ¼ c. rolled oats
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ c. diced onion or minced dried onion
  • spices – salt, pepper

Steps:

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Place ground beef in a mixing bowl.  Add the remaining ingredients to the ground beef.
  3. Mix to incorporate all ingredients but don’t mix too much.
  4. Form into muffins. (about ¼ c. to ½ c.)
  5. Place the meatloaf muffins into a muffin tin sprayed with cooking spray.
  6. Top each muffin with meatloaf glaze (recipe below).
  7. Bake in oven for 20 minutes or until completely cooked through.  (Internal temp of 155 to 160 degrees Fahrenheit.)
  8. Enjoy with your favorite side dish!

 

Meatloaf Glaze

Stars of the recipe:

  • ¼ c. ketchup
  • 2 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
  • 2 Tbsp. brown sugar

Steps:

  1. Combine the ingredients together.
  2. Use to top your meatloaf or meatloaf muffins.

For a Printable Version of the recipe

Taco Soup (Day 29)

I’ve signed up for a 31 day  writing challenge.  Everyday in October, I am posting a new slow cooker recipe, a link to a previous posted slow cooker recipe, or a link to a recipe from another blog.

Yes, I know this is another soup recipe.

We had lots of rain on Tuesday and Wednesday so it was a good thing I had the taco soup on the menu for Tuesday.  There is something about soup on a dreary day.  It helps brighten your soul.

The Wee One loves tacos so I thought he would like this soup.  He probably would have liked it better if I served it with tortilla chips.

Hubby and I loved the soup.  It’s easy to put together in the morning.  The soup uses ingredients that most people have in the pantry.

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Acting crazy

The boys decided they wanted me to take a picture of them.  I was trying to get a picture of the soup.

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This is the Wee One taste testing the soup.  I have no clue while he is holding his head.

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Taco Soup

Stars of the recipe:

  • 1 lb. hamburger, browned or 2 c. already browned hamburger
  • 1/2 small onion, diced
  • 1 Tbsp. minced garlic
  • 3 heaping Tbsp. homemade taco seasoning or 1 package store bought taco seasoning
  • 1 1/2  c. water
  • 2 (15 oz.) cans diced tomato
  • 1 (15 oz.) can tomato sauce
  • 1 (15 oz.) can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 c. frozen corn

Steps:

  1.  Place all ingredients in the slow cooker.
  2. Cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 3-4 hours.
  3. Top with your favorite toppings – cheese, sour cream, etc. . .
  4. Enjoy!

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If you enjoyed this recipe, please share it on Facebook or Pinterest.  Here is a link to my Facebook page and my Pinterest page.

To check out the rest of the recipes I’ve shared during this challenge, click on this link.

Oh and please check back during the first week of November.  I’m planning a small giveaway.  No, it is not a crock pot.  More information will be forthcoming about the giveaway.

Happy eating,
Traci

Stuffed Pepper Soup (Day 21)

I’ve signed up for a 31 day  writing challenge.  Everyday in October, I am posting a new slow cooker recipe, a link to a previous posted slow cooker recipe, or a link to a recipe from another blog.

Last night, my school had parent teacher conferences.  Even though I only had one parent show up, last night was productive.  The parent who came was crying happy tears because of how much more confident her child has become this year.

Later after talking for a while, we both realized we were Christians.  The mom told me and another staff member about a great Christian singer, Jonathan McReynolds.  I ended up listening to his song “Pressure.”  It’s such a great song with a great message.

I hope you enjoyed listening to the message from Jon.  He is truly blessed by God.

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On Monday, I made stuffed pepper soup using some of the bulk hamburger I cooked up over the weekend.  I put the rice in the slow cooker when I put the rest of the ingredients in the slow cooker.  The rice ended  up falling apart after being cooked for that long.

If you make the soup and decide to put the rice in at the beginning, use brown rice instead of white like I did.  Or cook the rice at the end and then put it in the bowls as you serve up the soup.  It’s your decision.

Oh, I used a 6 quart crock pot.

Stuffed Pepper Soup

Stuffed Pepper Soup

Stars of the recipe:

  • 1 lb of ground beef, browned or 2 c. bulk hamburger from the freezer
  • 1 15 oz. can of tomato sauce
  • 2 15 oz. cans of diced tomatoes with juices or 1 28 oz. can of diced tomatoes
  • 1 c. beef broth
  • 1 16 oz. bag of frozen pepper stir fry mix
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 c. brown rice
  • cheddar cheese to top the soup

Steps:

  1. Place all ingredients into your crock except for the cheese and rice if you opt to make the rice at the end.
  2. Cook on low for 6 to 8 hours or on high for 3 to 4 hours.
  3. (OPTIONAL STEP)  If you opted to make the rice at the end, make the rice.  Place about 1/4 c. of cooked rice in the bowls before servings.
  4. Serve with cheese.

Stuffed Pepper Soup

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If you enjoyed this recipe, please share it on Facebook or Pinterest.  Here is a link to my Facebook page and my Pinterest page.

To check out the rest of the recipes I’ve shared during this challenge, click on this link.

Oh and please check back during the first week of November.  I’m planning a small giveaway.  No, it is not a crock pot.  More information will be forthcoming about the giveaway.

Happy eating,
Traci

Taco Meat (Day 18)

I’ve signed up for a 31 day  writing challenge.  Everyday in October, I am posting a new slow cooker recipe, a link to a previous posted slow cooker recipe, or a link to a recipe from another blog.

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The Wee One loves tacos.  He will eat 2 to 3 tacos when I make tacos for him which is good because he needs to eat.

On Friday, the Imaginative One was not going to be around for dinner.  Hubby and I had plans with my co-workers. So I decided to make tacos for the Wee One and my mother-in-law who was going to be watching him.  He loved this recipe.  In fact, he ate 3 tacos on Friday night.

Taco Meat

Taco Meat

Stars of the recipe:

Steps:

  1. Place the browned ground beef in the slow cooker.
  2. Sprinkle the taco seasoning over the ground beef.
  3. Pour water over the ground beef.
  4. Cook on low for 4 hours.  It will be soupy.  Just use a slotted spoon to get the meat out of the slow cooker.
  5. Enjoy with your favorite taco fixings!

For a printable version of this recipe, click on this link.

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If you enjoyed this recipe, please share it on Facebook or Pinterest.  Here is a link to my Facebook page and my Pinterest page.

To check out the rest of the recipes I’ve shared during this challenge, click on this link.

Oh and please check back during the first week of November.  I’m planning a small giveaway.  No, it is not a crock pot.  More information will be forthcoming about the giveaway.

Happy eating,
Traci

Slow Cooker Cheese Steak Sloppy Joes

I’ve signed up for a 31 day  writing challenge.  Every day in October, I am posting a new slow cooker recipe, a link to a previous posted slow cooker recipe, or a link to a recipe from another blog.

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My family loves simple meals like sandwiches.  These sloppy Joes are an easy meal to put together especially if you bulk cook the hamburger and use frozen peppers and onions.

Hubby enjoyed his sandwich.  The boys balked at it because of the onions, peppers, and mushrooms.  Wee One refused to try it while the Imaginative One picked out the onions, peppers, and onions.  I loved it but then again I love cheese steaks!

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So who and where did the cheese steak begin?  I looked on the Internet and found the history of the first cheese steak even though there was no cheese on the first sandwich.

1930s – During the 1930s in the Italian immigrant section of South Philadelphia, brothers Harry Olivieri (1916-2006) and Pat Olivieri sold hot dogs and sandwiches. Tired of hot dogs, Pat suggested that Harry go to a store and buy some beef. Harry brought it back, sliced it up and grilled the beef with some onions. The brothers piled the meat on rolls and were about to dig in when a cab driver arrived for lunch, smelled the meat and onions and demanded one of the sandwiches. Pat never got a bite because a cab driver drove by, smelled the sandwich, and asked how much? He didn’t know what to charge, so he charged a nickel. The cab driver supposedly said“Hey . . . forget about those hot dogs, you should sell these.” It was not until 20 years later that cheese was added to the sandwich by a longtime employee, Joe Lorenzo, who was tired of the usual sandwich and added some cheese.

From What’s Cooking America  (Click on link for more information about the cheese steak.)

Slow Cooker Cheese Steak Sloppy Joes

adapted from Spend with Pennies

Stars of the recipe:

  • 1 lb. of ground beef
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • black pepper, to taste
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 1 green pepper, sliced or 2 c. frozen pepper and onion mix
  • 1 1/2 c. sliced mushrooms or a small can of mushrooms, drained (optional)
  • 2 Tbsp. flour
  • 1 can of beef broth
  • 1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • Provolone cheese or American cheese, slices

Steps:

  1. In a skillet, brown the ground beef or bulk cook the hamburger in the slow cooker.  Drain the fat off.
  2. Place the ground beef, garlic, black pepper, onion, green pepper, and mushrooms in the slow cooker.
  3. Sprinkle flour over the ground beef and veggies.  Toss too coat the meat and veggies.
  4. Pour the beef broth and Worcestershire sauce over the meat and veggies.
  5. Cook for 5 hours on low.
  6. Enjoy on a bun with your favorite cheese

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If you enjoyed this recipe, please share it on Facebook or Pinterest.  Here is a link to my Facebook page and my Pinterest page.

Happy eating,
Traci