Thursday, November 12th, 2009

Franks and Beans!

library-300library-299I have a lot of things to share with you today friends.  Like this dress I picked up yesterday at Target.  I always peruse the clearance rack you know, just in case.  I LOVE this dress.  I really want to copy the design with some fabric I have in my stash.  I just love it, it’s soft and flowy and it’s fully lined.  Did I mention that it was on clearance for 6 bucks?!  It would have cost me more to buy a pattern and fabric.  Excellent deal.  The sleeves are kind of longish for short sleeves but it is November so she wore her poncho over top.  She loves that thing.

library-292Yesterday was also the day I embarked on the great pork and beans crock pot experiment.  I had a little pork loin from Springfield in the freezer.  On Tuesday I cut some boneless chops from it and put the other half back in the fridge deciding to figure out what to do with it later.  I found a pound of dried navy beans in the pantry, did a little research online and came up with pork and beans.  I put the beans in the slow cooker with enough water to cover them by about half an inch and added in a goodly sized dollop of molasses, a squirt of ketchup and a spoonful of mustard. I seasoned with salt and pepper and sat the pork on top.  I seasoned the pork with salt and pepper too then slathered it with a mixture of brown sugar, dijon and balsamic.

library-3011So here’s the critical part.  It will taste delicious but you have to cook it for a long time to soften the beans.  A long time, like all day.  Like not from 11:30 to 6, but longer.  We had an impromptu potluck so I pulled it out of the machine but it could have gone at least another hour.  The beans were soft but not as creamy as I would have like baked beans to be.  The flavor was good though.  I sliced the pork and we ate it that way because it was eaten along side other dishes but I shredded the leftover and mixed it into the beans.  Then tonight franks and beans were on the menu.  That’s right, with apples AND apple sauce by request.

This was the first time I’ve done dried beans in the crock pot.  I’m kind of amazed at how well it worked.  I’ve used the pressure cooker for beans and this definitely won’t replace the pressure cooker because you’re looking at like 10 hours versus 30 minutes but still.  You could cook beans all day while you’re at work.  That’s mighty convenient.

library-305Lastly, Chase blew me away tonight with her picture.  She’s been working up to drawing faces for a while.  I’ve been trying to save every scrap of paper that she doodles on thinking this is it, her first face.  But then I saw this one.  THIS is her first face.  Her first unmistakeable eyes, nose and mouth face and she was pretty excited.  I love it.  I’m going to go hang it on the fridge and now I can stop feeling bad about the scraps of paper that got lost in the shuffle.

That’s enough sharing for tonight.  I have an appointment for my last follow up ultrasound tomorrow morning.  I’m anxious to see what’s going on inside there.  Really anxious.  Hopefully I’ll have a few good pictures to share.  I’d love to get some more of those 3d shots.

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