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Blackened Sloppy Joes

March 30th, 2013 at 03:57 pm

It's been a pretty lazy weekend so far. My grandkids are at their other grandmother's. I may see them on Sunday night, but I'm not sure.

I grocery-shopped today - still trying to stick to 10 items. I ended up getting 14, but since four were special items for Easter baskets, I figure I stuck to the plan. Regular groceries purchased: almond milk, Kraft mac & cheese, hamburger buns, paper towels, toilet paper, granola, straws, 2 bags of oranges, and butter. (The straws and mac & cheese are must-haves for grandchildren.) In addition, I bought two boxes of mint meltaways for the Easter baskets, and two Easter toys. All together it cost $48, but I had $13 left on a gift card, so I only spent $35.

My savings were reported to be $24. The two boxes of candy and the two bags of oranges were both BOGO's. I also got specials on the granola, the almond milk, the butter, and the toys.

Yesterday I did four loads of laundry - $6.

I discovered Mahjong Dimensions on Swagbucks and I've become obsessed! I just have to make myself stop. At least I earn a few Swagbucks while I'm playing.

Yesterday I was cooking sloppy joes, but while I was letting the mixture simmer, I got interested in watching "To Kill a Mockingbird" on COZI-TV. Before I knew it, too much time had gone by, and the stuff had burned. Then I did exactly the wrong thing, and stirred the pot. Well, I wasn't about to throw it out, so I picked out the worst charred bits, and then I had a meal of blackened sloppy joes. It wasn't terrible, but I sure wouldn't serve it to anybody. There was quite a bit left, so I looked up what to do with burned food, and one site suggested adding peanut butter. Figured I had nothing to lose! Well, now I think the sloppy joes will have a new life as Indonesian satay -- that's what it tastes like. I froze what was left, but will serve over noodles instead of on buns. The slight burned taste actually seems okay -- like it was meant!

I did a minor cleaning of the fish tank today -- just took out about a gallon and added a gallon of clean, treated water. Everybody's still alive, so I guess I did okay!

5 Responses to “Blackened Sloppy Joes”

  1. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Good save!

  2. creditcardfree Says:

    Good thinking to look up how to save your burned meal. I don't know that I would have thought to look that up. Smile

  3. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    Well, my dear, you made me laugh. Smile I couldn't tell you how many times I've said, "I like this pretty well, but I'd never serve it to guests."

  4. MonkeyMama Says:

    I was looking forward to a cajun type recipe. LOL. Peanutbutter - how interesting.

  5. rob62521 Says:

    Good save...I hate it when something burns.

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