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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