Archive | June, 2012

Not So Sloppy Joes!

28 Jun

Kraft Recipes has a recipe called “Cheeseburger Joes” that I have been making for the past few years. While my husband likes the Manwich Sloppy Joes, I have never liked the canned stuff, so I was thrilled to find a “Joe” recipe that I could easily make myself.

Cheeseburger Joes

My version of Kraft Recipes Cheeseburger Joes.

I followed Kraft’s recipe to the letter, except I used shredded cheese, instead of sliced american cheese.


1 lb. lean ground beef
1/2 cup KRAFT Original Barbecue Sauce
1/4 cup ketchup
4  hamburger buns
4  KRAFT Singles

BROWN meat in large skillet; drain.  ADD barbecue sauce and ketchup; mix well. Cook 5 min. or until heated through, stirring occasionally. FILL buns with meat mixture and Singles.

The Verdict

Easy dish to make that the kids love.


Ice Cream Wars: Old School vs. New School

18 Jun

So, my 10-year-old and I were in Wal-Mart the other day, on the ice cream aisle, and we got into somewhat of a heated argument. Which is better, the classic vanilla ice cream coated with a chocolate shell, or the new ice cream with so many flavor combinations, that they cannot possibly taste good?  What it boiled down to, was which is better: Old School or New School?

Ice Cream Wars: Old School vs. New School

I asked my son, why, why would he prefer Very Berry or Cotton Candy over the creamy goodness of vanilla and chocolate. His response was that the flavors are fun and that there were so many choices. So many choices? Too many choices if you ask me. Six flavors of ice cream, including the coveted “mystery flavor”, over 200 channels on TV, numerous game systems, kids have too many choices today.  Take me back to a simpler time, when there were only a few channels on TV, there was one video game system, and when my ice cream choices were vanilla, chocolate, or strawberry.

Help Feed Hungry Children – Feed The Children

11 Jun

As I struggle to find tasty, nutritious, and quick meals to feed my children, I recently found myself incredibly irritated by their finickiness  and their waste. My anger with my children turned into a lecture about all of the hungry children in the world who would “appreciate the broccoli that you have just thrown away!” How many times have you found yourself saying something similar???? One of my bright children offered to let the hungry children have his dinner, which was not about to happen, but it got me thinking about ‘Feed the Children’.

In years past I had supported ‘Feed the Children’ on an annual basis, but for some reason, unknown to me, my support has waned over the last few years. Well it is time to get back on track, to get back to doing my part to ‘Feed the Children’! Won’t you join me?

Feed The Children

Help Feed Hungry Children – Feed The Children.

Cheeseburger Mac – My Kids Love This!

4 Jun

I subscribe to the “Food & Family” Magazine that Kraft Foods produces and they have a recipe called ‘The Cheesiest Cheeseburger Mac‘ that is the basis for my cheeseburger mac. I made a few changes to the original recipe, of course. For starters, I prefer Kraft Deluxe Macaroni & Cheese, instead of the macaroni & cheese dinner. Also, I use less beef than the original recipe calls for, it was a little too beefy, and too dry, for me.

Cheeseburger Mac

Cheeseburger Mac



1 pkg. Kraft Deluxe Macaroni & Cheese

1/2 lb cooked ground beef

2 slices American Cheese

1/4 cup ketchup

1 tbsp. mustard


Prepare the macaroni & cheese according the package directions. Add the cooked ground beef,  American cheese, ketchup, and mustard. Cook and stir until heated through.   The dish smells like a cheeseburger! My kids love to add more ketchup to the Cheeseburger Mac before they eat it.

The Verdict

This is one of those quick and easy dishes that any mom can make, and it is a great hit with the kids!

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