Monday, October 20, 2014

Funny Birthday Cards

I received some really humorous birthday cards this year.
 My friends and family know me so well.
What can I say? I love a funny card!

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Friday, October 17, 2014

{Link Party} Friday Favorites #83 & Features

It's Friday again? This week zoomed by for me!
Here are my Features from last week's Friday's Favorites.
These Dried and Colored Hydrangeas from Cherie @The Froelich Diaries are the perfect neutral fall decoration.
These Basic Dinner Rolls from Danielle @ Blissful & Domestic look mouthwatering and delicious.  I want some right now!
Here's what I'll be linking up...my CHAIR reveal! In case you haven't seen it, you can read all about it's transformation here.

Rules:
LINK & LINGER WITH A NEW BLOG
Link 1-3 of your projects- older projects work too!
Social media shout outs for the party are encouraged!
Please add our button to your post!
I'm going to be co-hosting this link up with these lovely ladies!
Morgan from Finding Morgan
They'd love it if you'd follow them and link up a project!!
Link up here:

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

It's OK, I'm With The Band (again)

What's old, is new again.
At least that's how it feels sometimes.
 The hubs, Mr Click, is back in a band and it's been a lot of fun!  He was in a band when I met him 30+ years ago (is it that long?) and invited me to his band practice on our second date. Smooth move, right?  He's been in different bands over the years but hasn't played in one for awhile.
 He was recently invited to join the band of his former (and first) drummer--a bunch of guys who met through their rotary club.  They play out about once a month and this was their first gig with the new bass player(Mr Click).
We had a lot of friends and family come out to see the band.  I tried some of this pumpkin ale (yum).
 I'm not kidding about a "bunch" of guys, there are 7!
The band name was chosen through a contest.
 They play a great mix of tunes, it's all stuff that you know and love and makes you want to dance.
Somebody's happy to be back on stage!
 A shot of the crowd.
 They did an outdoor charity gig and all hopped on this tank for a photo op.
This stage was much larger so I was finally able to get them all in a photo. 
I'm looking forward to their next gig but don't call me a groupie! :)

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

{Recipe} Vegetarian Baked Beans (in a Crock Pot)

I was never a big fan of baked beans growing up. I always considered them the mushy accompaniment to hotdogs and they were probably from a can.  That all changed when I was visiting my grandmother in Vermont as an adult and tried her husband's homemade baked bean (in a crock pot).  They were so flavorful and delicious, I asked for the recipe.  His started off with a big hunk of salt pork and he cooked the hotdogs (on a string!) in the beans.
For my vegetarian version I use a combination of his family recipe and this one.  I don't like my beans to be too sweet and I don't care for molasses so I leave that out and go easy on the brown sugar.
 I start my beans the night before by soaking them in cold water overnight. I like to use a mix of beans for some taste variation.   For this batch I used a half a pound of dried pinto beans and a half a pound of dried Great Northern beans.  This is how the drained beans look after a night of soaking.
In the morning, drain and rinse off the soaking liquid and add the other ingredients to the beans.
Ingredients:
 1 medium onion, diced
1/4 cup of brown sugar
1-2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 T Worcestershire sauce (I use Annie's)
1 TBS paprika
2-3 TBS spicy brown mustard (I added some additional dried mustard too to give it a little more zing)
dash or two of liquid smoke
1 TBS apple cider vinegar
2-3 TBS tomato paste
salt & pepper to taste
2 1/2 cups of fresh water
Cook on low for 8+ hours or high for 4 hours, the longer the better if you ask me.
Check for taste before serving and adjust seasonings if necessary.
The beans cook down and take on this beautiful color (and flavor).
They make the house smell delicious while they are cooking too.
That crock pot is a beautiful thing!

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