♫ Celebrate good times, c'mon! Let's celebrate! ♪
After weeks of planning and months of stressing, the two days that my family have been looking forward to are finally here...
|Nick & Hope on their first day of school August 2011|
My babies are graduating.
Tomorrow, my son Nick will be graduating from Primaria (elementary school/6th grade). And on Friday, my daughter Hope will be graduating from Secundaria (junior high/9th grade).
Just writing about it is making me tear up.
Over the next two days, we will be busy attending commencement ceremonies and graduation masses at church, snapping countless photos of the kiddies with their madrina and padrino (godparents for the graduation mass), and celebrating it all with one heck of a graduation party.
I couldn't be any prouder of my kiddies. And I couldn't be any happier to be celebrate them and these precious academic milestones. Not to mention the end of yet another great school year. I've been celebrating that for a little over a week now.
And what better way to celebrate the end of the school year than with a sandwich my kiddies love...Sloppy Joe's. Or as we like to call them, Sloppy Jose's.
(recipe adapted from The Encyclopedia of Sandwiches)
- 2 lbs. ground beef
- 3 big roma tomatoes, diced
- 1 large bell pepper, diced
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 1 to 2 serrano chilies, finely chopped (optional)
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 (8oz.) cans tomato sauce
- 1/4 cup catsup
- 4 tablespoons brown sugar (I used azucar mascabado)
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tablespoon Salsa Maggi (optional)
- Seasoning Salt & Black Pepper
- Hamburger Buns
Heat 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook the ground beef in the skillet until completely brown; season with seasoning salt and black pepper. Add the tomato, onion, bellpepper, serrano chilies, and garlic. Cook for an additional 3 to 5 minutes or until the onion and bellpepper have softened. Stir in the tomato sauce, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, and Salsa Maggi. Reduce heat to low, cover skillet and let simmer for about 10 minutes.
Spoon filling onto toasted hamburger buns. Enjoy!!!