TV Interviews + Kid-Friendly Sloppy Joes

I have been traveling a little bit lately. Not a ton, but just enough to scratch the itch of getting out of town for a while and being around some amazing, brilliant people (and great friends, too!). I couldn’t pass up the opportunity last week to travel to Florida to tape an interview with The Balancing Act on Lifetime Network. The host, Julie Moran, asked me all kinds of questions about food, farming and GMOs.

Kelsey Pope, a rancher from Colorado, also did an interview about her ranch and how they care for their cattle. I hadn’t met Kelsey before, but was so impressed with her and loved hearing about her ranch. I’m thinking a trip to Colorado for a nice, juicy steak on her ranch might be in order.

Balancing Act interview about food and farming

Working from home and around the farm these days doesn’t lend itself to getting dolled up much anymore, so having someone do my hair and makeup was an added bonus! After the interview, Julie Moran gave us a tour of her dressing room and wardrobe collection. If she wasn’t an itty bitty size 2, I might have asked to borrow something. Kidding (kind of).

My interview is scheduled to air on Lifetime Network in April and Kelsey’s will be on in May. I’ll let you know when the exact dates are set.

Interview about food, farming and GMOs

When I’m gone, I try to make things at home as easy as possible. And I try not to travel during the crazy busy times on the farm (like planting and harvest). It’s not that the hubby can’t handle it. It’s just that kid duties, house duties and farm duties are a bit much for one person. I make sure the fridge is well stocked and that there are a few easy, kid-friendly meals ready to go (that do not include PB&J and mac and cheese!).

Before I took off last week, I whipped up a batch of my sister-in-law’s sloppy joes. (I changed up the recipe a bit, but the base is her recipe.) The kids like them, they keep in the fridge (or freezer) well, and can easily be used in a taco salad or other recipe that calls for flavored ground beef. I had a few packages of ground beef from a local farmer in the freezer, which was an added bonus.


Here’s the recipe:

Kid-Friendly Sloppy Joes

  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 2 small onions, chopped
  • 3/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/8 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons yellow mustard
  • 2 teaspoons vinegar

In large skillet, brown ground beef. Drain. Add onions. In a small bowl, mix remaining ingredients. Add to ground beef. Cover and cook on low for one hour. Serve over toasted buns.

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