A birthday, puppy, and recipe

HOWDY ! :)

Brent cowboy hat

In the space of a week, we went from bone-chilling below zero wind chill temps to 60 degrees on Sunday afternoon which was perfect for a birthday party!

Kate the grand-little wanted a cowgirl theme.

theme collage

A simple menu with several of us pitching in : Ham BBQ sandwiches, potato salad, coleslaw, baked bean & bacon medley from yours truly, cookies and snacks, cake and ice cream.

Kate had a few friends over and then there were some cousins.

My DIL’s niece with her uncle’s little puppy:

K and Pup

He just got this puppy a day or so ago and the children were all surprised to see it. At this point the pup was already tired out from being loved so much! :)

When I have BABY-I-TIS, I can satisfy that every other weekend for the most part, since my DIL babysits a friends baby …I love this picture of him and the pup. ( The pup is half husky, half shepherd mix though I had thought that there was Rottweiler in him. )

R and pup

Son & DIL :

s and T

ME : “Now put that other hat on…the black one!”  Son: “What do I want for Christmas? My mom without a camera!”    Ha ha ha :  I got my way :)

put the amish hat on

Baked Bean Medley

  • This can be baked in the oven for an hour or done in a crock-pot. I went down to my son’s to watch the kids for an hour mid-morning and I put this all into a crock-pot and put it on low to eat later in the afternoon when the party started.
  • 3/4 lb. bacon fried and drained; reserve to chop up into the beans
  • 2 or 3 ( I used 3 ) 28 oz. Pork & Beans ( HA! This recipe is old…originally it called for 31 oz. cans. They have reduced the size over the last few years and raised the price :)
  • 1 15. oz kidney beans ( I use chili beans in a spicy sauce )
  • 1 15 oz. butterbeans ( THESE must be drained and rinsed first )
  • 1 1/2 cups BBQ sauce ( I use one cup BBQ and 1/2 cup salsa )
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar

You have probably made similar bean recipes but I thought to include it because it is very good. I’ve made it with sausage in the past as well…whatever’s on sale works :)

Tallica and Rafe

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25 Responses to A birthday, puppy, and recipe

  1. Mimi says:

    Looks like a fun time was had by all! I love the picture of the baby and puppy, too. Sweetness at its best!

  2. Sue Silva says:

    Looks like the perfect day! A baby and a puppy; what more could you ask for, right? Oh, ice cream is good too!

  3. Karen says:

    looks like you all had a wonderful day! the kids are so cute with their cowboy hats and the puppy – wow – I want him and I don’t want pets right now but I’m almost ready to change my mind seeing him.

  4. What wonderful photos of the little people and the sweet puppy!

  5. Grandma Kc says:

    About the only thing cuter than a puppy is a baby and you had both! How sweet!

  6. Amy says:

    One picture is cuter than the next! Puppies, babies, and cowboy hats—all make for great photos! (And the beans sound delish, too!)

  7. Marie-AZ says:

    Oh what precious photos of the children and the puppy. What a sweet birthday party! Such a happy family gathering. Love your photos…glad you are getting a camera for Christmas! :-)

  8. Brenda Kula says:

    Not many of us can suffer from too much love, I don’t think. But I know a puppy or little kitty sure can!

  9. The puppy and the baby are beyond adorable, and the last picture is frame worthy!

  10. Poppy says:

    Happy Birthday to cowgirl Kate!

    What fun, with family and friends and fab food! Oh, that baby is adorable, and the puppy is precious!


  11. Sally says:

    Looks like a super fun day!! That pic of the baby with the puppy melts my heart. Sally

  12. Wonderful photos! And I just love that photo of the tired puppy!

  13. Stunning photographs, Deb! Every one. Kids in cowboy hats and puppies always make great pictures. What a great way for me to start my week. . seeing these delightful images. Thank you! xxx ~ Nancy

  14. Laura says:

    What a beautiful family, and the puppy is adorable. xo Laura

  15. Lorrie says:

    Sweet family times. The cake is GREAT with that cowboy hat. Glad the weather cooperated for an outdoor party.
    Love the photo of the baby and the puppy.

  16. Joyce says:

    Sweet, sweet pictures!
    And I think Scott must have somehow been a naughty boy this year because I suspect he’s not getting “a mom without a camera” for Christmas!

  17. BillieBee says:

    What a great party! You have a lovely family. Nothing better than baby love and puppy breath…:)

  18. Happy Birthday Kate and that handsome little cowboy brother gets cuter all the time. Happy family – you can tell by the smiles, and keep the camera so we can enjoy the photos.

  19. Happy times for sure. Great theme for the party. Cute little puppy.

  20. Sara D.B. says:

    Really sweet, heartwarming photos!
    Thank you for sharing!

  21. What a cute bunch of cowboys and cowgirls!! That cake is perfect; I’ve never seen one like that and I’m so impressed! The puppy is precious, and so is the baby. :) I’ll have to remember that word, “Baby-i-tis,” as I tend to get a case of that now and then. :-D

    Have a wonderful week!



  22. Adorable baby and puppy! I also loved the cowboy/girl cake!

  23. Judith @ Lavender Cottage says:

    The party looked like fun and the cake was lovely for the theme. I get my baby fix from volunteering in the church nursery once a month. The one crying this morning made me thankful it was not mine. :-)
    Thanks for linking to Mosaic Monday.

  24. beautiful images of your family. but you can keep the baked bean recipe. Have a lovely lead up to Christmas. I am joining you over on Mosaic Monday.

  25. Precious pictures and I love the birthday theme and menu!

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