Baked Beans & Mayo

Wow.  I just got the computer running for the first time since last week and I eagerly came to xanga.  I was not expecting to read such beautiful things from my friends ~ both my old friends, and my new xanga friends.  I have tears in my eyes from the encouraging words left for me, and  I cannot begin to tell how much it means to me!

“Pleasant words
are as an honeycomb,
sweet to the soul,
and health to the bones.”
Proverbs 16:24
We had our things moved in on Friday and it’s been an exciting time of settling in.
I’m a different person here.  I’m more calm, more “homemaker-ish”.  Rich and I keep smiling at each other and saying with our eyes, “Can you believe this?  Can you believe we live here?”  There is no denying that there are City People and there are Country People.  We are Country People!
Recipe Interlude:
Here are some new recipes that I have made so far this week. . . .
Old-Fashioned Baked Beans
1 pound dried great northern beans
1 quart water
1/2 tsp. salt
1 medium onion, chopped
2 Tbs. mustard
2 Tbs. brown sugar
2 Tbs. dark molasses
1/2 pound bacon, cooked and crumbled
Place beans in a Dutch oven or kettle; add enough water to cover by 2 inches.  Bring to a boil; boil for 2 minutes.  Remove from heat; cover and let stand for 1 hour.
Drain and rinse beans, discarding liquid.  Return beans to pan.  Add water and salt; bring to a boil.  Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 1 to 1 1/4 hours or until beans are tender.  Drain, reserving 2 cups cooking liquid.
In a greased 13 by 9 inch baking dish, combine the beans, onion, bustard, brown sugar, molasses, bacon and 1 cup reserved cooking liquid.  Cover and bake at 400 for 45 minutes or until beans have reached desired thickness, stirring occasionally (add additional reserved liquid if needed).  Yield:  8 servings.


Blender Mayonnaise
1 egg, room temperature
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. dry mustard
1 cup vegetable oil
1 1/2 T. vinegar or lemon juice
1 T. boiling water
salt to taste
Place the egg, salt, mustard, and 1/4 cup of the oil in the electric blender.  Turn on the motor and add the remaining 3/4 cup oil in a SLOW (VERY SLOW FOR ME, I ruined my first attempt because I rushed), thin stream.  Add the vinegar or lemon juice, and water.  Taste, correct the seasoning, and refrigerate until needed.

The children are having fun, too.  They spend the majority of their time at the ponds catching tadpoles, minnows, and even a little turtle.  They swim in the pond (with life-jackets. . .don’t worry!)  They ride their bikes down the banks, bumping and laughing as they go.  I can hear their voices echoeing back to me and Rich and I had one of those moments the first day we were here.  Someday we won’t hear their voices, or feel the super energy that they give off all day every day.  The realization hit us hard in the midst of busily unpacking.  But, that’s the way it goes.  Stage of life after stage of life. 

The best way to prepare for the next stage of life is
To enjoy the one you’re in.
No regrets.

0 thoughts on “Baked Beans & Mayo

  1. I am so glad everything is going well! I can just see your children having the best time with all the land they can run and play on. I didn’t realize they were going to be able to swim in the pond! How fun! Thanks for the reminder to enjoy this stage of life, sometimes it’s easy to forget with a 2-year-old. :)I still want to come and help. Give me a call, because I have no way to get a hold of you.

  2. I missed you!
    Scrolled all the way back to get a look at the house again!
    My Grandma used to have a pond on their property and I have happy memories playing in and around it! Was looking at the pictures of your old backyard and compared with what I know about the new yard the kids must be so excited!
    Love, JO

  3. I am so happy for you to be where you feel so at peace is wonderful. Your description of the kids playing brought a HUGE smile to my face, just this morning I was thinking about how much I enjoy watching and hearing my children laugh and play. It also flooded my mind with childhood memories of catching frogs and salamanders in a stream behind my home…. aaaahhhh those were the day
    I LOVE what you wrote at the end, so true and yet so sad that some of us miss that. I am working on enjoying this stage in my life no matter how crazy it can become. Have fun setting up your home.

  4. I am so glad you feel at home at your new place. I have always wanted a pond 🙂 Those recipes look great- I had no idea you could make your own mayo! I am going to try that. 🙂

  5. Hey Shanda, I’m glad you’re having an easy time getting settled in.  Your new home sounds like a tranquil place to live.  It sounds like up on “the hill” and brings back so many memories.  Do you have pictures of your new home?  Is your new house out in the country?  I’m really happy for you and your family, having the blessing of the new home and all the new memories that are being created each day and each hour.  Love, Elisha

  6. Good to have you back on xanga.  Your public missed you! : )
    Just when I was mellowing out like you, you up the ante!
    “It’s not a competition.”
    See, some things never change!

  7. I am too cheap to buy it and when I check it out of the lib. I get “depressed” b/c I can’t rip out the pages and save for future inspiration, same with Martha and a few others, I like the new cookie mag. it is for moms.
    As far as the recipe above I think you should get a big fat shiny gold medal for making mayo from scratch when you are not totally moved in yet!!   Slow down a little you are making me feel bad!!
    I was out for a walk when you called and will try you Wednesday..good to hear your voice if even just on the machine.

  8. I saw the picture of your house!  It’s a dreamy home.  Its something I would dream of having.  I can’t wait to see more pictures of it or even come and visit some time!  I’ve only been saying I want to come visit for a few years! Love, Lish

  9. That is wonderful that you and your family are so happy in your new home !  We are praying to make that same move from the city to the country within the next year.  We are definitely country people too!

  10. I can’t believe that you took time out to cook like that.  My baked beans come out of a can and my mayo out of a jar.  I’m glad you are back on xanga though…I’ve missed you.  Post pics of the kids playing soon…and of course more of the house.
    Love Ya.

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