Bleh, Monday.

My husband goes back to work today and it’ll be really strange since he’s been on leave for over a month. He had to shave his beloved “leave beard” yesterday in preparation and I swear he almost cried. And then when the baby (who’s not a baby) saw him without the beard, he said, “Hey. Your head looks funny.”

I died. 

Anyway, I hope your whole weekend was fantastic. Broncos lost. I’m dealing with it. We won’t talk about it anymore.

We went to IKEA on Saturday. And btw, IKEA on a Saturday is not really a great idea. But, you know. 

Since it’s in Denver (like a 40 minute drive for us) we’ve been planning this trip for awhile and I had ridiculously long list of things that we needed. I figured, I only go once a year – I might as well make the best of it. Right?

So then my husband (should I start calling him by his name? I can’t decide) spent all Saturday night and most of yesterday building ALL THE THINGS. The little ones got bunk beds and we got a new bed for the big one and a TV stand and several other things that required lots of sweat and curse words from the husband.

It was fun.

The kids had these Hawaiian Sloppy Joes for lunch yesterday and absolutely loved them. The baby (yeah, the one that’s not a baby) kept eating all the meat mixture off his bun and then yelling, “MORE SLOPPY, PLEASE” which made the meal even more entertaining than it usually is. 

But they’re really delicious and I had way more spoonfuls of the meat than I put in My Fitness Pal. Gahhhh, I love sloppy joes. 

So what makes it Hawaiian? Pineapple juice, soy sauce, ginger, aaaaaaand BACON. How can that be bad? My kids tore through the whole pot during lunch. No leftovers. I was impressed. 

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Hawaiian Sloppy Joes
adapted from Our Best Bites
Servings: 6 servings
Ingredients
  • 5 slices bacon diced
  • 1 pound lean ground turkey
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 1 green pepper diced
  • 3-4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger minced
  • 3/4 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup pineapple juice
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Over medium heat, cook the bacon until crisp. Remove to a paper towel-lined plate to drain.
  2. In the same pan (drain off fat if necessary), cook the ground turkey, onion, and green pepper, breaking up the ground turkey as it cooks. Cook until the vegetables have softened and the turkey is cooked through. Add the garlic and ginger; cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  3. In a mixing bowl, whisk together ketchup, brown sugar, cider vinegar, soy sauce, and pineapple juice. Pour into the pan with the turkey and stir to combine.
  4. Bring to a simmer, cover, and let cook for 15 - 20 minutes or until the sauce has thickened considerably but is still "sloppy". Crumble the bacon and stir it into the mixture. Serve on buns.

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