Today starts 5 days off school for all my children.

Who decided this was a good idea?

Someone should’ve consulted me before such an important decision was made.

On the brightside, I don’t have to go anywhere today. I will change into workout clothes and then right back into pajamas after my workout. And a shower, of course.

Tomorrow, however, is parent/teacher conferences. The reason the kids have 5 days off. Uggghhhh. I’m always so nervous going into those things. You guys already know that I’m prone to crying when I’m aggravated and there’s nothing worse than crying in a meeting with your kid’s teacher.

Because then you’re that parent the rest of the year.

Another good thing about today (and Thursdays in general this time of year) is that we get football! And you should probably make some Sloppy Joe Fries to eat while you watch football. Why have a boring dinner when you can have fries covered in sloppy joe meat and cheese?

I had my doubts about sloppy joe meat on fries but you guys, it was so good. Especially with all the melted cheese on top! I put green onions, cherry tomatoes, and jalapeños on mine but you can leave them plain or pile on whatever toppings you like!

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Sloppy Joe Fries
adapted from Food Network
  • 1 28-ounce bag frozen steak fries
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 3/4 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons worcestershire sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • green onions cherry tomatoes, & jalapeños, for serving (optional)
  1. Bake the entire bag of steak fries according to package's instructions.
  2. While the fries bake, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat in a large skillet. Add ground beef and chili powder. Cook the ground beef, breaking it up as it cooks, until no pink remains. Drain if necessary. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add ketchup, brown sugar, worcestershire sauce, and water. Reduce heat to medium and simmer until slightly thickened, about 8 minutes.
  3. Portion the fries out on individual plates. Top with sloppy joe mixture, shredded cheddar cheese, toppings of choice.



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