Friday, April 13, 2012

Gege's Sloppy Joes & Grand Treats

We made so many happy memories over Spring Break this year!

We missed these two little happy Easter "chicks" who live way too far away.

Yet our hearts and home were full with 15 grands and most of their parents celebrating together.

Easter treats adorned our Spring table.  Another pinterest-ing idea, using mini-souffle cups instead of egg cups with grass and goodies.

Go ahead, pack a little grass in the cup, then add a festive cupcake paper and candies. Perfect little touch, use them all Spring long.  You'll find they are loved by all ages!

We played at the park, Boise Discovery Center, and prayed for spurts of sunshine between rainstorms.

So, what's easy and fast when feeding crowds? 
You got it, Sloppy Joes.  Many associate it with Fall Halloween carnivals and parties, but I serve it year round, traditionally like my mom did. 

Gege's Sloppy Joes
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 2 (8 ounce) cans tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/4 cup water 
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
Brown ground beef in a dutch oven.  Drain well.  Add all other ingredients and simmer till onion is soft and cooked, about 45 minutes.  Serve on toasted buns.

Tip:  This is a perfect slow-cooker meal.  Brown meat and onions and add everything to a crockpot.  Let cook on low for 4 hours and take to the park for an easy picnic entree.

Happy picnicking all! 


  1. I see happy family moments in each photo with adorable kids :) I know you all had a great time together!

  2. What a great pictures! The kiddos are all so cute. Especially love the one of two precious girls on the bed. Hope you're doing well. Hugs from the Midwest.

  3. What a houseful, and what fun! Lucky you:)

  4. What adorable must have had an awesome he pictures. The recipe sounds great too. Thanks for sharing it all.

  5. Fifteen adorable lucky you are. Those two sweet girls in their matching outfits just about melted my heart. I bet all the kiddies loved Grandma's sloppy joes.

  6. You just have a gorgeous family! I love your "absent" granddaughters in their dresses. We used to call outfits like that "sister dresses". They are absolutely beautiful.

    I'm pinning your pin of the souffle cups. It's not only more versatile than an egg cup, I think it holds more. And MORE is always good.

    We haven't had sloppy joes in a long time. I hadn't realized that until I saw it was your recipe du jour.

  7. What a house full of happiness! I sounds like you had a wonderful time enjoying your family and my mother always made sloppy joes year round too. Your recipe for them sounds wonderful!

  8. 15 Grandchildren! You are blessed. What a wonderful Easter celebration you had. The two little ones that could not attend look stunning in their Easter attire. I'm sure mom would have changed them prior to the sloppy joes being served! :) Thanks for the recipe. I am going to use it next time I make them.

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  11. Hi,

    I followed you over from Somewhat Simple’s Link Party and this looks super yummy! You have a beautiful family and it looks like everyone is having a wonderful Spring.

    I would love to invite you to share this, and any other posts you would like to, at my Creative Thursday Link Party at (Link up until Monday 4-23-12)

    Have a great day,


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