Sloppy Joes

Kiddos in the Kitchen – Kids’ Activities

Ooey Gooey Slime

Strange textures can be fun to play with! Did you know there are lots of fun ways to make ooey gooey slime from natural, safe materials? Check out this link from The Spruce Crafts for some ideas for making slime at home.

Ooey Gooey Tapioca

  • 3 cups coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup granulated tapioca
  • 1/8 tsp salt (optional)
  • 2 Tbsp sugar

In a sauce pan, simmer the coconut milk, tapioca and salt (if using.) Cook for 12-15 minutes, stirring often, until tapioca is completely transparent. Remove tapioca from heat and stir in the sugar until completely blended. Refrigerate to room temperature. Stir pudding well to break up the tapioca before serving. Top with fresh fruit and/or shredded coconut.

Now Let’s Make the Recipe!

Sloppy Joes have been an American quick-dinner classic since at least the 1940s. Before that, similar recipes were published under different (but still fun) names, like Toasted Deviled Hamburgers, Spanish Hamburgers, or Hamburg a la Creole. Try this delicious family recipe using locally raised ground beef from Community Cow in Philomath or Lonely Lane Farms in Mt. Angel. Feel free to double the recipe and freeze the extra.

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½ cup chopped onion
1 lb. ground beef
2/3 cup ketchup
½ cup water
¼ cup chopped celery
2 Tbsp. lemon juice
1 Tbsp. brown sugar
1 ½ tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vinegar
¼ tsp. dry mustard


Sauté ground beef and onion. Add remaining ingredients. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes. Serve on hamburger buns.