Calico beans


Calico beans are one of my favorites for summer holiday cookouts.  These beans add that special something to the standard pork and beans.   Of course, this recipe leads me back to my mom’s home town cooking.   She was a wonderful cook.

1 lb ground beef
1/2 lb bacon, cut in small pieces
1 large onion, chopped

Brown together, drain, and reserve liquid.

3/4 cup brown sugar
1 tsp salt
1 tsp dried mustard
2 Tbsp  vinegar

Mix, add to meat mixture and bring to boil

1 can butter beans, drained
1 can kidney beans, drained
1 lg can baked beans

Add to meat mixture.  Bake uncovered for 1 hour at 350 degrees.  I have used crock pot as well for 4 hrs.

If dish seems dry during cooking, add some reserve liquid.



Calico beans


Calico beans are one of my favorites for summer holiday cookouts.  These beans add that special something to the standard pork and beans.   Of course, this recipe leads me back to my mom’s home town cooking.  
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Kielbasa Casserole

Kielbasa Casserole

I’m  a big fan of casseroles.  Mostly because I can make a couple of them on the weekends to have ready for quick meals during the week.  I started making this one about two years ago.  It’s pretty simple to make, which is always a must for me.  [Read more...]

Weekly Menu

I cannot believe that summer is winding down and the kids are going back to school on Tuesday.  Where has the time gone to?  We’ve been busy this weekend doing some school shopping and just enjoying the last hurrah.  Belle has senior pictures in a week so we’re really working hard on putting together some fun outfits for her.

As usual, I’m keeping my menu pretty simple and grill friendly.  That’s what I love about summer – it’s so easy to pull together a great meal!  Monday we’ll be celebrating Labor Day with the family so I won’t have a meal for that although I will be bringing a dish to pass.

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Pill Box

Pill Box CCTNT


Ever wonder what some of the signs that you are getting old?  Well, one that I have recently identified is needing to find a method to remember all my medications I am taking.  Two years ago I didn’t take a single pill….now I’m taking up to 7 a day, and getting into the rhythm of taking them at the same time every day, making sure you have even taken them without wondering, and tracking when you need to refill your orders is a pain in the ass (oops, butt…).

I noticed that my mom and dad had pill boxes they used to keep track….I guess my dad got tired of asking my mom “did I take my pills?” or maybe it was my mom getting tired of answering that she had no clue if he took them or not….well, now I TOTALLY get that conversation and really DON’T want to have it with Rick. [Read more...]

Homemade Cherry Pie

Cherry Pie_CCTNT

Jenny is cherry freak of the group, but after cherry picking a couple of weeks on our vacation I thought “why should she get to have all the fun?”  Yep, I tried my hand at a homemade cherry pie.  Since I”m not a pie maker, I’m happy to report that it actually turned out pretty well!

I do have to admit.  Since I was planning on posting this I was going to do it from scratch – start to finish.  To that end I sent Belle to the start to by some Crisco for the pie crust.  This is what she came back with.

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ALS Ice Bucket Challenge–What Exactly Is It About?


As you all know, right now the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is all the rage, but what exactly is it? I wasn’t even sure when I stepped up to do the challenge myself last Sunday, so I decided to find out more.

I googled it and here is what I found out per the official ALS site :

“What is ALS?

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), often referred to as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease,” is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Motor neurons reach from the brain to the spinal cord and from the spinal cord to the muscles throughout the body. The progressive degeneration of the motor neurons in ALS eventually leads to their death. When the motor neurons die, the ability of the brain to initiate and control muscle movement is lost. With voluntary muscle action progressively affected, patients in the later stages of the disease may become totally paralyzed.”

So how does this tie into the ice bucket challenge? Per the ALS site:

“The challenge involves people getting doused with buckets of ice water on video, posting that video to social media, then nominating others to do the same, all in an effort to raise ALS awareness. People can either accept the challenge or make a donation to an ALS Charity of their choice, or do both. [Read more...]

Master Cleanse – Detox Cleanse


Yes, my summer fun has caught up with me…about 7 pounds of fun!    With my daughter leading the way, she brought the “master detox cleanse” into the house.  For my new husband, this is definitely not new.   He has done several of these cleanses and fasted for some prolonged timeframes (by my standards)!   Crazy…that is just crazy to not eat for days on end.   [Read more...]

Vertex Garden Rocker Rolling Seat

Vertex Garden Seat

The other day I was doing some weeding in a flower bed and my daughter, Livi, was hanging out with me while I was doing it.  I was using my handy dandy garden seat while I was weeding and I was telling Livi how much I LOVE that seat.  Ding Dong…that’s when it hit me to do a blog post to share this wonderful product with all of you. [Read more...]

Weekly Menu


This summer is starting to wind down, so let’s enjoy time outdoors with your grill and enjoying those summer-time salads and drinks.   Try some of these options for your meals this week: [Read more...]