Sleepless Sloppy Joes

“No, baby. You can’t have my moffee* because I didn’t get enough sleep last night and I got real caffeine. That’s why you have your own.” That was our five o’clock grocery store/ Starbucks run. Thank goodness they started putting coffee stands in grocery stores. Makes taking the kids much more enjoyable.

My brain thinks of weird things on nights when it can’t sleep. Which usually come right after nights I sleep close to ten hours straight. You would think it would be the other way around, but no, I will probably get a normal night’s sleep tonight. Anyway, last night while I was awake at midnight I thought, “It’s been a while since I’ve had a sloppy joe.” And then I went back to playing Candy Crush. Or rather staring at the countdown clock for the final five minutes before my next life in Candy Crush.

I re-thought of it again this morning at my usual dinner-planning time: while I was eating lunch. And I just so happened to have a recipe for a non-Manwich sloppy joe in my favorite go-to cookbook, Now Eat This by Rocco Dispirito. Which is how I ended up in the grocery store with two small children between 4:30 and 5:00 this afternoon.

It worked, though. The younger one had recently woken up from his nap and we picked the oldest up from a playdate and we managed to roll our daily Starbucks trip (don’t worry, they get decaf) into a Vons shopping trip. Then I set them up to watch Allegra’s Window while I cooked dinner.

Sidenote: I think I got them hooked. The youngest on the theme song because that is about all he ever watches anyway, and the oldest on the actual show. I heard baby humming of the theme song almost immediately after it ended. And the kindergartener is all about shows and books about “starting new things” thanks to his recently beginning Kindergarten and being a bit nervous.

In the end, my late night random thought got us out of the house and even got the kids to eat something new. Even if it did take threatening the loss of dessert to get the five-year-old to try it.

*No, that isn’t a typo. That is almost-two-year-old speak for coffee.

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