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Sloppy Joes

Perfect Picture??

Don’t let the picture fool you. This is not a picture of my family’s Sunday morning breakfast.  It began the same way each week.The four kids would awake to my mother yelling at us to hurry and get up. We would convene with eyes half shut at the circular oak table with a bowl of whatever horrible cereal was left from the weekday slaughter.

Um Pa Pa, Um Pa Pa

The constant rhythm of childhood slurping of homogenized milk sounded more like a traditional German beer hall band. Then the moment we had all been fearing and anxiously trying to avoid………… the biggest Pass of Gas from the very top of the staircase would rattle our bowls as my father made his way down in his dirty white, tattered boxer shorts. Some kids awoke to their mothers sweet whispers, some kids to an alarm clock. Some kids to a Cockle Doodle Do…..But at my house our day started out with Dad’s Giant Fart. As we got older and began to bring girlfriends and boyfriends home from college, this moment would always have us panicking and sweating with anxiety. But once the Tuba had blown it’s horn, there was nothing left of our pride, and we moved on with Sunday.

Following Sunday School and Church we would make our way home in the family station wagon. There was never any guessing  where we might be going for Sunday lunch. It was always the same…….back home for Sloppy Joes. Somehow my amazing grandmother was able to take one pound of ground beef, a package of seasoning and some ketchup, a pack of 8 small buns and feed a family of 7! Albeit a still very hungry family of 7. So she would open up the day old loaf of


Wonder Bread and stack it up high with a stick of oleo and we would eat until we couldn’t get up. Now how is that for healthy dining? There was something special about Sloppy Joe Sundays. Maybe it was the race for sopping rights of the leftover sauce. Maybe it was one time a week where for 17 years, we were always together. So in honor of this meaningful meal,I thought I would share an updated, more interesting version of that “Oh so simple” sandwich.


1 chopped onion, 1 garlic clove minced,1 small jar of pimentos chopped

1 tsp vegetable oil, 1 pound fatty ground beef, 2 tsps chili powder (crank it up for more fun)

2 cups of homemade Italian tomato sauce (use San Marino peeled tomatoes only), 1 1/4 cup of frozen corn kernels, 4 pieces finely chopped bacon,

2 tblsp Barbeyaki Grilling Sauce

4 Brioche Rolls


Add the ground beef, onion, garlic, and pimentos to a fairly deep skillet, stirring occasionally until the ground beef is cooked. Add the chili powder, corn, and spaghetti sauce. Cover and simmer for 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Spoon mixture onto Brioche and top with fresh Mozzarella cheese. Broil bun with cheese until almost burnt! Hope you enjoy this like I do and have it next Sunday.

Sincere and Sloppy

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Thinking Bigger

What is this? Where is this?

Is it a ball? Is it and eyeball? is it a fish-eye view out of an airplane window. Look at it up close, then look at it from a far. Any difference? Now , stop and try to imagine other possibilites. Reach back into the depth of your mind, back into your memories, back into your horrible experiences, then back into your wonderful experiences. Imagine this picture as you think outside of the simple objectivity of this picture. For some odd reason, we all tend to look at things only at face value. Our simplistic first glance creates, opinions, makes judgments, likes and dislikes. Rarely in our daily lives to we glance at something and take the time to Think Bigger. What if it is not really what we see initially. What if it is far greater. What if we looked at it from another perspective?

Now, take a look at this.

Any Ideas?

Got any ideas? Do you dare think bigger this time? Is it a piece of art? Kinda looks like some famous abstract artist’s painting I saw at the Louvre. Now open your mind  and think bigger. Where in your childhood or family experiences did you see something so colorful and beautiful? Is it possible that this beautifully colored picture be the same object in the first picture, just from a different perspective? Let’s see.

What is this thing?

Amazing isn’t it? So much beauty, just looking at things from a different perspective. Does it ever cross your mind that your immediate thought or impression could be so wrong, or could be so limiting. We have to Think Bigger. We have to truly desire to know more about the object we see. To get to know all it can be. Now look at it.

So much more!

So much more beautiful as we expand our horizons and perspective. And where did this all come from. Would you believe something as plain, ordinary, and inanimate as a dining room table. How could this produce so much beauty? Well its true!

I guess it is time we all started making an effort to Think Bigger. To take that extra step to try to see all the possibilities in our kids, a friend, or even a perfect stranger. So much goodness is squandered when we live only in the moment and let our impatience and self-centered views on life narrow our perspectives of what could be. We miss so much beauty in this world. Open up that thick-headed brain and soften that tough-skinned heart of yours and start…………………

Thinking Bigger

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