Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Time really has a way of slipping away and it has already been one year since we were the July 2007 Cottage Of The Month at The Old Painted Cottage. I know that so many of you know the infamous QUEEN of Cottage Style, Miss Jennifer, and if you don't then you need to take a moment and discover her beautiful site here. Jennifer has lovingly created and presented the above award for all of us gals who have been so richly blessed to have been chosen for COTM. Jennifer, my heart sings with joy and I am so honored to receive this precious award from you. Thank you, thank you - sweet, sweet friend!!!! ((((hugs to you for all you have done for me)))) Because of Jennifer, so many doors have opened for friendships I would have never known had it not been for her. Another door opened when I began my blog shortly there after. All of you mean so very much to me. Even if I don't make it around to visit you, just know that you are in my heart and thoughts. Each of you are such joys and do bring sunshine to my days, a smile to my face and, admittingly enough, the occasional tears.
From my home to yours, have a blessed 4th and please continue the prayers for those who courageously fight for our freedom. God Bless America - and also those friends who live elsewhere in the world.

Are you in need of a good bean recipe for the 4th? Well, this is tried and true and you will get many compliments - trust me. Just be sure to have extra copies of the recipe to hand out to those asking how you make it! ;) It is super easy and DE-LICIOUS!

Baked Beans

1/2 to 1 pound ground round

1/2 pound chopped bacon (cook bacon first and then chop)

1 red onion - chopped

Brown ground round with onion and then add the bacon.

Add 1/3 cup brown sugar

1/3 cup white sugar

1/4 cup catsup

1/4 cup BBQ sauce (any brand will do)

2 TBSP dried mustard

2 TBSP molasses

1/2 tsp chili powder

1/2 tsp salt

1 Large can (1 lb and 14 oz) pork and beans (including the liquid)

1 Large can (14-1/4 oz) red kidney beans, DRAINED

1 Large can (15 oz) butter beans (white), DRAINED

Mix all together and pour into an oblong glass Pyrex dish and bake at 350 degrees for one hour. I cover the dish with foil first. Serve hot.

You can also cook the ground round and onion and place the mixture in a crock pot and then add the other ingredients to it. Cook on low heat for 4 hours and then on high for the last hour so they thicken up. The crock pot makes it easier to take to parties, too.

Enjoy and don't forget the BEANO! LOL.



Joan said...

Thank you so much for the recipe.

ginger at enchanting cottage said...

I love the cottage of the month also. about the 3rd week of every month I say to myself one more week left! Thank-you for the recipe I did indeed need a bean recipe. .
Have a blessed day,

Connie said...

I absolutely love beans!! That sounds yummers, my little cottage dreamer....

Michelle said...

Congratulations on your award!! I hope your holiday is a happy one. Thanks for the yummy bean recipe.


LOUISE said...

The recipe for the beans sounds fantastic. Whether I could get my better half to eat them though, he is only familiar with Heinz straight from the tin! Happy July 4th to you. x

daisy cottage said...

And we are all so thankful that your adorable home was COTM too, because then we ended up meeting YOU!

Your recipe sounds delish - have a wonderful 4th and give Spencer a hug for me.


Jean said...

COTM was the thing that led me to your blog and many others. I don't have a blog but Nothing is any better than making new friends and looking at all of your wonderful homes and getting enough new decorating ideas to last the next ten years. I used to have a bean recipe very similiar to this. It is very good, and I think I will make your recipe this weekend.
Have a great fourth , and my Maggie Mae said to say Hi to Duhgall. Jean in Roanoke, Va.

Anonymous said...

Hi Becky,
I can just tell what a sweet spirit you have and I've never met you personally. But you are right, this blogging thing has enabled so many of us to find wonderful friendships that we would have otherwise never have found. You are all a blessing in my life. Have a wonderful 4th and ohhhh trust me, I remember when you were COM. I had already become a fan of your blog and then lo and behold you were COM. I was so excited for you.

P.S. The bean recipe sounds wonderful and thankfully I do have Beano on hand.

Mrs.Kwitty said...

Congratulations--a well deserved award to be sure!!!

Hope your 4th is wonderful and full of fun and food and fireworks! Thanks for reminding us of those who make the 4th worth celebrating--we owe them our heartfelt gratitude and prayers for safety.

Don't forget the Beano---LOL!!!
Smiles, Karen

Brenda Kula said...

I have met the most amazing people on blogs! I can't get enough. I read one and find another. Wonderful place for friendships to form!

Shelia said...

Hi there and it's so nice to meet you! Yes, Chloe Dawn would love to meet your little lovely! I think deep down Scotties and Schnauzers must be cousins, they look so much alike, especially Chloe since she is black. Oh, your blog is so precious and I can feel your heart coming thru. I love to go and check out th cottage of the month and yours was one of them! That's awesome! Congratulations. Well, I'll come back and see you another time. My door will always be open to you. That bean receipe looks like it would be very tasty!!
Be a sweetie and have a marvelous 4th.
Shelia ;)

The Old Painted Cottage said...

Becky, you have me just speechless. Thank you for the beautiful words, and you are so welcome for the award. You deserve every wonderful thing that comes your way, and having you in the blogging community is an absolute breath of fresh air.

oxox from the heart

quiltdoggie said...

1. I'm gonna give those beans a try!
2. Love the new banner!
3. So happy you got to meet up with some bloggie gal pals ~ looks like a great time.
4. Happy Fourth Weekend to you, my friend!

Ohhhh, and CONGRATS on that adorable award ~ very sweet! xoxo P

SweetAnnee said...

a big hug to you my friend..
Happy 4th and thanks for the recipe
love and hugs, Deena

what a deserved award

Simply Heart And Home said...

I love all your 4th of July touches! Very sweet.

Thank you for the bean recipe. I will have to try it.

Have a lovely 4th!


Lallee said...

Beano! ROFL!!! The recipe sounds really yummy. We'll be eating beans tomorrow--at home to play it safe ;-) Hope you have a fun 4th!


Claudia said...

Just discovered your wonderful blog! I love your sense of style and whimsy. Stop by my blog sometime!

the homely year said...

Hope you have a lovely holiday. Well done with the award.
Margaret and Noreen

Heidi said...

Congratulations on your award Becky! Lots going on here and I will have to email you one day soon. Is DS now stationed somewhere?

I just stopped in to say have a very Happy 4th of July! Hope Doogs and Socks help you celebrate in style. :)

Hugs and kitty kisses ~
Heidi and Dagi