My Go-To Large Family Meal

Sometimes a little comfort food

can go a long way!

With a large busy tribe I love my crock pot recipes. My kids voted for this amazing meal as one of their all time favorites.

Pioneer Woman's Sloppy Joe Recipe.

You will never eat Manwich again!

Ingredients: This yields 8 servings. We double this recipe for our Tribe.

2 1/2 lb.

ground beef

1/2 whole large onion, diced

1 whole large green bell pepper, diced

5 cloves garlic, minced

1 1/2 c. ketchup

1 c. water

2 tbsp. brown sugar

2 tsp. chili powder (more to taste)

1 tsp. dry mustard

1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes (more to taste)

2 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce, to taste

tomato paste (optional)

Tabasco sauce (optional; to taste)

Salt, to taste

Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Kaiser rolls

Butter for rolls


Add butter to a large skillet or dutch oven over medium high heat. Add ground beef and cook until brown. Drain most of the fat and discard. Add onions, green pepper, and garlic. Cook for a few minutes, or until vegetables begin to get soft. Add ketchup, brown sugar, chili pepper, dry mustard, and water. Stir to combine and simmer for 15 minutes, adding salt and pepper to taste. Also add tomato paste, Worcestershire, and Tabasco if desired. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed. Serve on Kaiser rolls with a side of Paula Dean's Creamy Macaroni and Cheese or chips if your in a hurry. Wash it all down with some good ole' sweet tea.

Paula Deen's Creamy Macaroni and Cheese

This is the BEST mac and cheese ever...and full of calories and carbs!


  • 1 cup whole milk

  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) cut into pieces butter

  • 1/2 cup sour cream

  • 1 (10 3/4 oz) can condensed cheddar cheese soup

  • 3 beaten eggs

  • 2 1/2 cups (about 10 oz) grated sharp cheddar cheese

  • 2 cups uncooked (an 8 oz box isn't quite 2 cups) elbow macaroni

  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper


Boil the macaroni in a 2 quart saucepan in plenty of water until tender, about 7 minutes. Drain. In a medium saucepan, mix butter and cheese. Stir until the cheese melts. In a slow cooker, combine cheese/butter mixture and add the sour cream, soup, salt, milk, mustard and pepper and stir well. Add eggs. Then add drained macaroni and stir again. Set the slow cooker on low setting and cook for 3 hours, stirring occasionally.


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About Me

Welcome to our home, my name is Michele. My husband, Walter, and I have been happily married (most of the time) for 28 years. My husband is the Pastor of Strong Tower Church while I work as a Critical Care Nurse. Together, we have been blessed with 10 beautiful children.

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