Happy MLK day! Having this long weekend has been a blast! My mom and sisters came on Friday, I went to the George Strait, Reba and Lee Ann Womack concert on Saturday and am meeting friends later tonight to watch the new movie Country Strong! Not bad for the first official weekend back to school. 🙂 What did y’all do? Any fun happenings?

Today I am sharing a recipe that I have been making a very long time. It is a family favorite and the best recipe I’ve ever had for sloppy Joe’s. I don’t like that name, and since I made it for cowboys during break I decided to rename it. 🙂

Cowboy Joe’s
4 lbs. ground beef
1 lg. onion chopped
3/4 c. celery chopped
1 c. ketchup
1 c. water
2 T. Amino Acids or Worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp. Tabasco
1 T. salt
3/4 tsp. pepper
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 c. fresh cilantro, chopped
hamburger buns
grated cheese

Cook beef, drain. Add onions and celery, saute until nearly tender. Add rest of ingredients and allow to simmer for as long as possible. The long, the better flavor. I like to let it simmer on low for 15-30 minutes. Serve on hamburger buns with cheese. We eat these open topped, and they guys always want Frito’s or tortilla chips with them.

Cilantro Zucchini
4 lg. zucchini’s chopped
1/4 c. onions, minced
1/4 c. fresh cilantro, chopped fine
1/4 c. water
1/2 c. butter
1/2 tsp. garlic salt
1/4 tsp. pepper

In 1/4 c. of water boil zucchini until nearly tender, drain. In a large skillet caramelize onions in butter. Add cilantro and let the cilantro cook down. Add rest of ingredients including zucchini and allow time for flavors to mix. Serve hot!

Hope you have a blessed week! Hope it is full of sunshine and smiles!


4 lbs. beef = $2.69/lb = $10.76
onion = $0.89
celery = $0.78
ketchup = $0.63
seasonings = $0.52
hamburger buns = $1.98
Total = $15.56/9 = $1.73 a serving