Baked Beans For All Seasons!

June 16, 2012

I started to use a title for this post about how baked beans and summer go together, but when I really thought about it, baked beans really don’t have a season — they are good any time.

I thought that I had shared my favorite baked bean recipe before, but I went back through my recipe blogs and don’t see it.  So here it is.  My mother got this recipe from the back of a bottle of Open Pit BBQ sauce about 40 years ago, and it is still a family favorite.

I’m thinking about this recipe now because we are taking a big batch (4x the recipe) to a party today.

Open Pit Baked Beans

In a large pan saute four slices of bacon cut in pieces and 1/3 C. finely chopped onions.

When onion is tender, add:  2  1-lb. cans of pork and beans (I drain one to keep them from being too soupy.), 1/2 C. Open Pit BBQ sauce, 1/3 C. packed brown sugar and 1 T. mustard.

Bring to a boil and cook at least 15 minutes, stirring frequently.  Makes 4 1/2 C. — four to six servings.

One little note:  These tend (even when you drain some of the beans) to be soupy.  So I like to finish them off in a baking dish in the oven at 350 degrees long enough to “set” them a little bit.

Hope you like these as much as our family does!

A Facebook “gotcha”

June 11, 2012

You know the advertisements you sometimes see along the right side of your Facebook page?  I’ve never paid too much attention to them, but have noticed one that says “Rachel Ray lost 47 lbs!”

Today, for I have no idea what reason, I clicked on that ad.  Hmmmm.  I immediately had that feeling you sometimes get right after you’ve done something, “I think that may have been a mistake.”

I was sooooo right.  Once I got into it, it would NOT let me get out.  And when I would try to reboot my computer to get rid of it, I couldn’t even get that done!

So I went to the tried and true, old-fashioned way … I turned it off manually!

Just a warning.  Click on the ads on Facebook at your own risk.

A Split Decision

June 7, 2012


When he agreed to split everything right down the middle in the divorce settlement, he had no idea what that could mean to his beloved truck!

Truthfully, it looks like someone has made the rear end of a truck into a trailer, but as soon as I noticed it my first thought was, “Oh Oh, that’s a division of property gone wrong!”.