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Murray’s Tasty Sloppy Joes

Sloppy JoesLast night my wife was going to be late coming home from the city, but she had already planned to make Sloppy Joes to use up some Quick Sale hamburger buns she’d bought a few days earlier.

I wanted to surprise her with the meal all ready, but I had no idea how she’d done it before (I think it was with some kind of package of spice), so I went online and search for “Sloppy Joes”.

I found a recipe, but as usual, I don’t follow the instructions very well. :) The result, however, was a hit!  So here goes…


Murray’s Tasty Sloppy Joes…

Original recipe said it makes 6 servings, but around our house it barely made for 3 – 4 servings


  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1/4 cup chopped red onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped red bell pepper
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 3 teaspoons prepared yellow mustard (roughly)
  • 3/4 cup ketchup
  • 3 heaping dessert spoons of brown sugar
  • some Club House Cajun Spice (I’m guessing at about 1 to 2 T)
  • some ground black pepper (a generous amount)
  • a few shakes of crushed chili peppers
  • 1 cup of water
  • 5 hamburger buns


  1. In a medium skillet over medium heat, brown the ground beef and drain off the fat.
  2. Stir in the remaining ingredients (except buns, obviously!); mix thoroughly.
  3. Reduce heat, and simmer for 30 minutes.
  4. Serve over hamburger buns
  5. Enjoy!!!

(Original recipe can be found here.)

The Crazy Fall Lineup

confusionSo while summer isn’t “officially” over until Monday, September 22, 2014 at 10:29 PM EDT, the fall routine is now in full swing. All the kids are back to school, church events are rolling, and everyone is back at work. And confusion and chaos ensues <grin>.

Now that we’ve moved north of Toronto our daily ritual is figuring out who needs to be where and when and who their going to carpool with to minimize the number of cars that leave the driveway. With four cars and five people this could be easy — if money was no object — but the rising price of gas forces us to do our best to minimize movement.

However, we have three kids, in three different schools, me at work in the city most days, and my wife who has commitments in town at the Pregnancy Care Centre and visiting her Mom, so it makes for interesting schedules and planning.

For instance this is how our schedule has looked (or will likely look) this week:


  • M, N, T & B leave at 6:30am
    • B gets dropped off at the bus stop in Newmarket (and this didn’t even work, as the bus got B to school 15 minutes late!!!)
    • T gets dropped off at school in North York
    • M gets dropped off at work in Scarborough
    • N takes car and visits Mom and goes to PCC
  • D takes leaves home at 8:00am
    • D parks at Don Mills and takes subway to school downtown
  • N picks up M at 4:30pm and drives home
  • D picks up T at 7:00pm and drives home
  • M picks up B at 10:15pm from bus stop in Newmarket


  • B leaves for work at 6:30am in Newmarket
  • M & T leave at 7:00am
    • T gets dropped off at school in North York
  • D leaves for school at 10:00am (parks at Don Mills and takes subway to school)
  • N stays at home and works
  • B returns at 2:00pm
  • D returns at 6:00pm
  • M picks up T at 5:00pm and travels home


  • B leaves for school at 6:00am and drives to Newmarket where she catches the YRT bus to York
  • M & T leave at 7:00am
    • T gets dropped off at school in North York
  • N & D leave at 9:00am
    • D gets dropped off at Don Mills subway and goes to school
    • N runs errands, visits Mom, and has a meeting in the evening in Scarborough
  • B returns from school at 3:00pm
  • M picks up T at school at 4:30pm
  • M & T pick up D at friends at 5:00pm and drive back
  • N returns from meeting at 10:00pm

And that’s just so far this week!!!

I think when this is all figured out, and I’ve retired, I’m going to write a book. Of course by then I may have gone totally crazy and it will make no sense, but then neither does my life now, so all is good :)

Now, where am I supposed to be?


Is the Ice Bucket Challenge All Wet?


So unless you’ve been living under a rock these last couple weeks (or just don’t have access to the Internet, in which case you’re probably not reading this anyway) you’ve probably seen all these crazy people dousing themselves in ice cold water. Now I know it’s summer and all, but I also know that it . . . → Read More: Is the Ice Bucket Challenge All Wet?

Summer? What Summer? I Missed It!

Well, it’s been over 2 months since I last posted an entry here. I need to do this more often, but I can’t believe how fast this summer has nearly gone by!! So much has happened, but in a lot of ways, so much has happened that it really doesn’t even feel like summer has . . . → Read More: Summer? What Summer? I Missed It!

Settling In – A Slow Process

Well, it’s been just over a week since the movers left. Probably 70% of the boxes are unpacked now. Stuff is still scattered around the house, but it’s starting to be quite livable for sure. While there is lots of stuff to do, and lots of things to learn where they are, and how they . . . → Read More: Settling In – A Slow Process