November 23rd, 2010
We have been a tad skimpy on the posts lately what with the holidays and my having to plan a wedding and all, and we promise to do better and start putting up more posts. Being that we are near a holiday, I wanted to post a recipe that I always enjoy around this time of year. I realize that some people associate baked beans with summer time and cookouts, but we always have them at Thanksgiving and Christmas. Maybe we are weird, maybe everybody eats them this time of year and I’m just paranoid. Either way, Mama’s recipe for baked beans is pretty much unmatched in my mind. They are sweet and savory at the same time, and they are good hot or cold, but Mama serves hers hot. Be advised if you are watching your figure, these beans won’t make it go anywhere but outward, but they are so good you won’t even care about having to wear your fat pants for a week or two whilst you get the weight off again.
- 1 lb of thick cut bacon
- 4 cans of pork and beans
- 1 cup of brown sugar
- 1/2 cup of yellow mustard
- 1-36 oz bottle of ketchup’
- 1 large white or yellow onion chopped
- 1 bell pepper chopped
- salt and pepper to taste if needed
Fry the bacon and drain cooked bacon on a paper towel. Set aside the grease in the frying pan. In a large bowl mix beans, sugar, ketchup and mustard together. You may want to start by adding most but not all of the ketchup. Try about half and check the taste and texture to see if they are moist enough for you. Keep in mind the baking process dries them out some. At this time, take the chopped onion and bell pepper and fry it in the bacon fat until they are softened up. Add this mixture to the beans, and add the crumbled bacon in as well. Bake at 300 for an hour and then enjoy!
November 2nd, 2010
Red Velvet Wisdom officially announces the engagement of one of the writers here….JOY!
Plans are in motion to begin planning soon. The only thing that is pretty set in stone is that the wedding will take place in Arkansas and our dad will perform the ceremony. Those two factors alone will make it an affair to remember.
Best suggestion so far: Kill a hog for the reception BBQ.
November 1st, 2010
This week at I Heart Faces is all about Fall. The challenge is to share a picture and tell a story. I know that for me, I will always remember how our life changed forever in the fall. In fact, four years ago today, we brought our daughter home to live forever. She was eight years old when she came home and has taken us so many places in the last four years.
The picture below is her handing out candy dressed as a hunting princess. It is the perfect description of her. This is how she passed out candy, of course, with her dog, Lucky.
A few things about Boo. She:
- is a straight A student
- plays volleyball and basketball
- plays the clarinet and taught herself to play the organ at church
- wrote a story about her dog that was published in Chicken Soup For The Soul
- was on the live local news with her dog
- read her story at an adoption day celebration
- she is very kind to the elderly and young kids
- sings at church
- killed her first deer (we live in Texas)
- loves to fish
- won a beauty pageant
- is a majorette
- wants to be a vet and has watched the local vet do surgery
This is Boo. She packs so much into her young life and we are so proud of her. We can’t remember when she wasn’t here, and I know that sounds crazy. But it’s true. Fall and change makes me think of her, because I remember her coming home and all the things listed above that have taken place in the fall.
Check out the other fall photos at IHeartFaces.com