I want to start of today’s post with a BIG thank you to Cousin Christy for all her hard work these past 3 days to prepare those freezer cooking posts for us. I LOVED seeing you all get excited about freezer cooking and interact with her. You are so nice to my family and friends, I just love it! 🙂
We were blessed to have my Dad and Drea come visit us for a week. We love it when they come see us! We KNOW they love us when they leave 81* weather to drive to Kansas JUST in time for our first snow of the season! (Poor poor freezing Floridians!)
We had such a great week with them! We were so busy having fun I got very few photos taken, but here are a few from our week together:
Drea & Avery making Autumn Hugs. Paxton testing out the pretzels.
Pax hard at work unloading the dishwasher. (Guess its true what they say about little ones learning all they know from watching big sisters and brothers!)
Papa and Avery
Pax was totally obsessed with Papa & Drea’s dog, Harley. He loved to lay on his tummy next to her and watch/copy her every move.
Another gorgeous sunset, painted by the Creator Himself!
Fun with Daddy in the leaf mountain.
The whole gang
Thank you Dad & Drea, for a fun-filled week!
Drea, you are always such a wonderful help to me in the kitchen and with the children. I love how you jump right in to lend a hand! Dad, thanks for all you do to help Dale around our property and for helping me get my computer & coupons organized! The kids ADORE when you guys are here and we can’t wait until we get to see you again.
Next week, more Florida guests! How blessed are we?!?!?!
Uncle Chad & Auntie Lauren, coming to KS for the first time as a married couple! Remember their gorgeous wedding this summer?
They will bunk up with us this time, since my mom is between homes. When I say “Bunk up” I do mean Bunk up!!!! We occupy every square inch of our home, so no cushy guest room here, just the boy’s bunk beds. Good thing they love us enough to come anyways! 🙂
I have to come back and add a VERY importnant announcement….
Chad & Lauren just called us with reallyreally BIG news that couldn’t wait until they came:
They are PREGNANT!!!!!
With IDENTICAL TWINS!!!!!!
I pretty much screamed and then bawled my eyes out when they told me on the phone. Being a parent is the most amazing job in the whole world!!!! Their lives are about to change in the most indescribable, incredible ways and they have no idea just how much they will fall in love with those precious babies over & over again.
Or, how about just how much their love for each other will grow and change as they love each other as both husband and wife AND mommy and daddy. This is SO SO SO exciting!
On to today’s recipe:
Dale HATES Sloppy Joes, HATES them. He says they are too sweet and tomato-y. But alas, I have found THE Sloppy Joe recipe to please both my kids AND my sweet tomato sauce hating hubby.
Tangy Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes
- 2 pounds Ground Beef
- 1 whole Onion, Chopped
- ¼ cups Water
- 3 Tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce
- ½ teaspoons Salt
- ¼ teaspoons Red Pepper Sauce
- 12 ounces, fluid Chili Sauce
- 8 whole Wheat Sandwich Buns
Cook beef and onion over medium heat until cooked. Drain.
In a 3 to 4 quart slow cooker, mix beef and remaining ingredients except buns. (I cannot believe sentences like this make cookbooks, but whatever! Maybe someone, somewhere mixed their buns into this sandwich mix and complained at the lack of instruction?!)
Cover and cook on low heat setting 4 to 6 hours.
Easy schmeasy and oh-so good!
We served this with french onion dip & chips and raw carrots and broccoli.
Happy Slow Cooking & Congrats to my baby bro and his lovely bride on their BIG news!
Twice the babies to love = double blessing from above. We serve a God of DOUBLE portions and extravagant love!!!
Praise His name!
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Yum! Drool! Chomp! Those sound like some tasty joes. How wonderful to get to share in pix from your precious family time shared. I don’t find it hard to believe that everyone wants to come to your home where they can feel loved & comfy. Sweet! Enjoy your weekend and get rested up for more company. Love U Girl. XO
Many congratulations to Chad and Lauren-that is such awesome news!!!
Congrats Auntie T, I know you will show us some very cute photos when the time comes!
Have a great weekend!
Congrats to the lovely couple with the big news!
Looks like your family visit with your Dad was lots of fun!
Your whole family is truely blessed!
What a time of blessing….the recipe sounds yummy, the company has been great and the baby news is awesome. We are visiting our kids in FL….unlike you dad and Drea, we can’t get on the floor and back up….well, we can get down, my hubby can get back up (sort of), but I don’t try. But we are having a blessed time with these grandkids….taking in all the hugs and kisses we can while we are here. My Katelyn kisses my forehead and says….this will help your headache, Grammy because it has love. I love them so much. But I miss my little guy at home that reminds me so much of your Paxton…I’m sure he is wondering where in the world we are…..he said “Grandma” as clear as day on the day we left.
Enjoy your time! Awww, I LOVE when babies start to talk. Such sweet little voices! 🙂
What a beautiful family you have! It sounds like you had a great weekend!
These sloppy joes look amazing PLUS they’re made in the crock pot. How perfect is that? Thank you. My husband will be crazy about this. 🙂
p.s. found you via the blog hop!
Welcome! Thanks for the sweet comment. Heading to your blog now….
Slow cooker recipes are SUCH timesavers for busy mommas! (And LOL about mixing in everything except the buns!!)
LOL! Right!? I guess we shouldn’t be surprised since we live in a world that needs “Hot liquid” on coffee cups to prevent law suits! 😛
What special family photo’s and wonderful memories. Twins, oh my!!! Congratulations to all! Your Sloppy Joes look so flavorful and delicious. I love that it is a slow cooker recipe. Hope you are having a great week end and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
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