My Old Friend…The Crock Pot

Today is Barbeque Beans Day!  Well, lately there seems to be a “Day” for just about everything, so why not?!  In preparation for this post, I needed to find the post where I originally posted the recipe for my barbeque beans. Took a while and from now on, I’m going to keep a list of every recipe I give.  I don’t use them that often, but, it’s nice to just be able to link to one I’ve already used rather than having to type it all over again. Oh, and don’t believe WordPress when they say that if You look at your posts that it doesn’t add into your page views for the day…they’re wrong!

Fall is the time of year that I like to make soups and other things that both Ralph and I like and that we can get several meals from.  Of course, in this endeavour, my crock pot is my best friend.   This baby has gotten a lot of use over the years and continues to be well used.  I really need to break the seal on the new bigger one I got really cheap (I think it was around $10- last year)   That’s the one I need for making chili, but I’ve found some other soup recipes that make a large quantity and that will come in handy.

So my day with beans!  You can find the recipe here along with the story of the recipe.  I was very excited that before my friends Gail and Alice left to spend the summer in Maine, I printed out the recipe for them.  I’m always a little shy about giving recipes…just because I like something, doesn’t mean others will.  They Loved it, including Gail’s fussy brother, Ray who doesn’t like anything!  Score!

I soaked the beans overnight, then cooked them on the stove.  Could have cooked them in the crock pot (which I will do when I think to plan ahead!) but it would have been another day before I could make them.

Cooked beans in the crock pot!

All of the goodness mixed in and Ready To Crock!

The finished product!  The house smells so good while they’re cooking!  That’s one of my favorite things about cooking with the crock!

My preferred way of eating the beans.  Underneath are two microwaved veggie dogs. Ralph of course gets real dogs.  Ladle in the beans and I don’t know why I do it, but I put a nice big squeeze of mustard.  I love the extra punch of flavor it adds.

This is an excellent recipe and although I use fake bacon in mine (Gail did as well when she made it) meat eaters don’t seem to notice the difference if you don’t tell them.  Ralph know it’s fake bacon but loves them anyway!  It’s great to take to a party or for family gatherings.  Not hard at all!

Today being the first day of October makes me very excited!  Today is Ralph’s and my 12th Anniversary.  I’m so lucky to have found him and lucky that he let me keep him! ;-) It’s also the first day of my Birthday month!  AND the leaves are starting to change colors!  Perhaps the best reason to be in New Jersey!

So I’m off to a busy Day!

Happy Monday! Happy October!  Happy Anniversary!

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14 responses to “My Old Friend…The Crock Pot

  1. wow! happy anniversary, fran and ralph! AND…it’s little e’s sixth bday today and my bro and sil’s anniversary, too! so much to celebrate!
    i like that idea of the veggie dogs + beans + mustard…that’s a good one, fran. and i agree – fall is definitely the time for crock pot creations! i bet you have some more you can show us over the next couple of months!
    have a wonderful day!

  2. Happy Anniversary! Wow! You two have been together forever! I’m lucky to have you for my sister and lucky to have Ralph for my “everything else” !

  3. Congratulations, Fran and Ralph. May you have many more happy years together. You guys are awesome!

  4. awww happy anniversary!!! :) that’s so awesome!!

    I need to get my (or my roommates… haha) crockpot out one of these days!

  5. Happy Anniversary!

  6. I am glad I am not the only one who makes my birthday last a whole month:)

    I love fall & I love crockpots! Match made in heaven. Usually nights can be busy with the kids so prepping in the day using a crock pot is ideal for me. Happy 12 years. just wonderful!

  7. Happy Anniversary! It’s my birthday month too…October is a really cool month (and the weather is crockpot friendly!)

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