When Grumpy asks for seconds……then I know I’ve done good!

So far this week I have been lucky to have Grumpy home at a decent hour. Therefore, I have a reason to cook a real meal! I called him before I left the office to see when to expect him. When he said “soon” I knew I had to think fast. What could I make!! I don’t like to make convenience foods too often although I do when its basically just Grumpy eating – for some unknown reason he likes things like hamburger helper and boxed macaroni and cheese! I was tempted to buy some Manwich. Then I thought, why buy a can when I can make some homemade just as fast and probably it would taste better?

I stopped at the store on the way home to pick up some rolls and coleslaw at the deli. On my way to the check out I heard someone behind me and it was my DIL Kristina! She was in there buying puppy food for little miss Isabelle (their puppy). I told her that I dropped a piece of the Apple Pie off for Justin on my way to work this morning (yup, I read her comment and was tickled she was commenting!) and then I told her I had something for her in my car. And what do you know….she knew exactly what it was! Truffles! 🙂 I told her we will get together soon and I’m free on Sunday so hopefully I can get over to visit them and Isabelle too! Maybe we can even make a treat together! How about it Krissy? Think about what you would like to make with me!! 😀

Anyway, I’m getting off track. About dinner. I looked at a few different recipes but didn’t make one specific one. I took ideas and went with my own. I knew I did it right when Grumpy was finished with the two I gave him and asked if he could have more! Be still my heart. He liked my homemade version! Here is how I did it:

HoneyB’s Sloppy Joes
Made with lots of love 🙂

1/2 onion, chopped
1/2 red bell pepper, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 Tbsp. Olive Oil
1 pound ground venison
1 Tbsp. chili powder
1 t. cumin seed – crushed
1/8 t. cinnamon
1 tsp. salt
1 small can tomato sauce
1 T. brown sugar
3/4 C. ketchup
1/3 C. water

Saute onions, peppers and garlic in olive oil until softened. Add ground venison and cook until no longer pink. Drain fat.

Add crushed cumin seed, chili powder, cinnamon and salt and stir until mixed well. Add tomato sauce, brown sugar, ketchup and water. Cook, stirring, over low heat for a few minutes until thickened.

Slice onion bun in half, place sloppy joe mixture on top, top this with about 1/4 cup coleslaw. Grumpy likes me to put more sloppy joe mixture on top of the bun after this! I personally like the bottom half of the bun with some sauce and coleslaw. Served open faced. In any case, its messy, therefore sloppy!