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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

This and That for Wednesday

I volunteered to take a dish to Church this morning for a funeral luncheon. ..what would it be? They needed baked beans and I only had one can of Bush's beans in the cupboard. So I improvised...here's what I did.

I mixed one large can of Bush's original beans with two cans of pinto beans, drained. This was enough to fill the big foil pan. I took a couple strips of bacon and minced them, put them in the fry pan and browned them until they were crispy. Then I took a purple onion and minced that, while the bacon was frying. I scooped the bacon out of the pan and put the onion in...fried it until slightly browned. I put the bacon aside and added the onion to the bean mixture. A few shakes of catsup was added, the same of barbeque sauce, salt and pepper, some smokey paprika, and a tsp. of yellow mustard. I mixed this well and put it in the pan. I then topped it with the crumbled fried bacon. It's in the oven now at 375 until I go to Church. I like the flavor of Bush's beans and adding the pinto beans took some of that away...so I doctored it up, as my Mom would say.

Today is cloudy and dismal. There's a winter storm warning for tomorrow. The worst of it will go a little north of here, but we need to pay attention to the weather forecasts. With all the severe weather this year...you never know what's in store. I have a Dr. appt. in Rockford this afternoon and then we are in for the next few days. Our Christmas shopping is finished. I did a little yesterday after having lunch with a good friend.

I received a DVD in the mail the other day. I had mentioned that I loved the movie, House Without a Christmas Tree and was trying to find it in DVD. The name on the package is one that I'm not familiar with. I have racked my brain thinking of who it could be. If it was you...thank you so much. What a thoughtful thing to do. It will be in my basket of favorite little books and things for Christmas and I will enjoy it for years to come. Merry Christmas to my special unknown friend.


Jan said...

I hope that the appointment went OK. Jx

Barbee' said...

Loved your post! And, what a delightful surprise for you. Now, I'm going to search the web for a recipe for chicken and dressing casserole. I have one for the slow cooker, but I'll be using it for something else, and would like to put the chick and dressing in a Pyrex baking dish in the oven. I ate that at a funeral dinner this year and loved it. Wish I had her recipe. Cooking for 15 being here on the 27th. Lots to do. Cheers!

Blondie's Journal said...

What a great idea making up your own recipe! You just have to follow your own taste buds! It looks just delicious!

We've heard that snow is on the way, too. Thankfully my kids are off school and work and we won't have to drive in it. I was beginning to wonder if we'd ever get any of the white stuff! :)


Zoey said...

Merry Christmas, Balisha!

I think that storm tomorrow is headed my way.

What a great dish you created from one can of beans! I am sure it will be delicious.

Pat said...

Your improvised baked bean recipe sounds like it would taste wonderful. Years ago, I worked at Montgomery Wards in the display dept. and my manager always made the best baked beans. He used bacon and onions but also threw in pineapple chunks. Wishing you a Merry Christmas.

Balisha said...

Hi Jan,
The appt. went better than expected. I was at a retina specialist and got some good news.
Thanks for caring,

Balisha said...

Hi Barbee,,,Hope you find your recipe. Sorry, I can't help you out. It does sound good.
What a crowd for you to cook for. Have fun...you sure are putting that crock pot to good use.
Merry Christmas,

Balisha said...

Hi Jane,
I would imagine you are busy as a one armed paper hanger.
The beans were a hit...I don't think you can mess up beans.
Well, Christmas is almost here and I'm pretty much finished. Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow, but not on the roads please

Balisha said...

Hi Zoey,
I always love to read about your special meals at holiday time...hope Christmas is happy for you...and restful.

Balisha said...

Hi Pat,
I can't imagine pineapple chunks in beans, but I would like to try that. I guess if they had bbq sauce it would work out well.
Have a wonderful Christmas.

Barbara said...

Sounds tasty and always fun improvising with what is in the cupboard.