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I am a retired nurse and currently enjoying being a stay-at-home Mom and Wife.  I am the blessed mother of two and the proud grandmother of two. Cooking for me has always been a Love/Hate relationship.  I used to HATE to cook and anything to do with the kitchen yet I LOVED to eat good food.  A few years ago I got hooked on the Food Network channel.  The only thing that was wrong with that was, that I'd see all this amazing food and I can't cook like that.  My repertoire consisted of stuff like Sloppy Joe's and Hamburger Helper.  Well, one day, I had a crazy moment and decided I'd try one of the easy recipes from that Southern Queen of the kitchen, Paula Deen.  Now, to be honest, my first few forays into the unexplored territory of completely homemade recipes didn't always turn out as planned but most of them tasted pretty good.  As time went on, I got a little braver and started tweaking recipes to make them my own.  Sometimes they turned out beautifully and well, sometimes they didn't.  Sometimes I just had to shake my head and laugh...it was either that or cry (as a nurse, I can attest to the fact that laughter is the best medicine.)  Anyway, my Momma didn't raise a quitter so I keep trying and I even amaze myself sometimes when whatever I've cooked comes out amazing (like my Skillet Apple Pie).  Since my kitchen is not like the Food Network where you can have multiple "do overs" (and yours probably isn't either) I decided to share the fun on this blog.  I hope you enjoy sharing the journey with me, in the beauties that turn out, the blunders that don't and the bloopers that are just funny.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Stormy Sloppy Joe's

I am sitting here listening to the thunder rattle my house and looking at a mini Niagara Falls off my back porch.    My back yard has two lakes in it that weren't there a few days ago and we have more rain in the forecast.  In case you didn't know, I live in the sunny state of Florida, which for the last few days, has not been living up to its name. .   I really love the rain and even thunderstorms (except when lightning is popping close to my house) but I'm starting to feel a little like Noah's wife and wondering if I should get my husband started on a boat or at least head to Walmart and buy a blow-up float.

Since it's so yucky outside, I've decided to make some good ol' comfort food to chase away the rainy day "blahs".  These Sloppy Joe's are finger lickin' good and super easy to make.  Serve with your favorite side dish (french fries, potato salad, tater tots, etc.) and you've got a great tasting meal that really hits the spot.  Hope you enjoy 'em!

Sloppy Joe’s
Sloppy Joe's
1 pound lean ground beef or ground chuck
1/4 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup chopped green bell pepper
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon yellow mustard
3/4 cup ketchup
3 teaspoons brown sugar

Hamburger Buns

Toppings (Optional)
French Fried Onion Rings

1)In a medium skillet over medium heat, add the onions, green pepper and ground beef together in the skillet and cook mixture until ground beef is cooked through (no longer pink); drain off grease
2)Stir in the garlic powder, mustard, ketchup, and brown sugar; mix thoroughly. Reduce heat, and simmer on low for 30 minutes.    (Makes 6 servings)
3)Serve on hamburger buns or your favorite rolls.  Enjoy!