These Aren’t Your Momma’s Sloppy Joes! (well,my Mom anyway)

I grew up on Sloppy Joes or “Manwiches” as they were called in the 70’s. I loved them, they were better than the chicken liver my Mother made us eat! And they were cheap, hence why we were eating them and I suppose forced to eat chicken liver too…. but I digress. Sloppy joes! My Mother-in-law is the best! A few years back she made all of us a book of recipes from her kitchen, which I thought was very thoughtful and something I will forever cherish. In that book was her Sloppy Joe recipe. My family loves this! It is way better than Manwich from a can that is for sure! I want to share it with you! (Diane, I hope you don’t mind;-)

What you need:

  •  1-2 lbs of Hamburger (I used 85%)

  • 1 Green Pepper

  • 1 Onion

  • Buns

  • 1 cup Ketchup

  • 1 Tbsp Mustard

  • 1 Tbsp Brown Sugar


The actual recipe card in the book with her writing!


You saute the pepper and onion first in a little butter or olive oil, then add the meat. Notice that handy dandy tool in there? That is also from my Mom-in-law! It is awesome!


 Once the meat is browned, you throw in the ketchup, mustard and brown sugar! Let is simmer for a little bit-like 10 minutes or more and Voila! You are done! Serve on hamburger buns. They are messy, so I eat mine with a fork!


Cold Crunchy Salad

They call me the salad queen during the summer months because I always bring salads to  BBQ’s and get togethers. I can’t help it, I love to come up with new recipes for salads instead of the same old thing! This recipe is by far the one salad everyone ask me for the recipe for! I use to bring it to parties with little recipe cards for that reason! It is so easy and so yummy! I know there are a lot of versions out there in recipe  world but so far this is my favorite! I got it from a friends Step Mom about 7 or so years ago!

Cold Cruchy Salad

3/4 Cup Canola Oil

1/3 Cup Apple Cider Vinegar

1/2 Cup Sugar

2 Oriental Flavor Packets (from the Oriental Ramen Noodles you crush up)

1 Bag Broc Slaw (salad section at grocery store)

1 Bunch of Scallions (diced)

1/2 Cup Sesame Seeds

1/2 Cup Slice Almonds

2 Bags Oriental Flavor Ramen Noodles

Mix the oil,cider vinegar,flavor packets and sugar together in a bowl. Add you Broc Slaw, and scallions to it and toss. Then add your almonds, sesame seeds and crushed ramen noodles, Toss once again and Serve. Keep refrigerated. Easy Peasy and I promise you will be “The Salad Queen” of the party!!!!</p>