When I think of celebrating the 4th of July… I think of sun, BBQ with great friends, watermelon, and fireworks…. and most of these things happened this year, we just couldn’t have predicted the days and days of rain.
So there was no sun and no pool time, but on the 4th we did go over to Mark and Karen’s for a BBQ. The kids were happy to get out of the house and we got to eat great food with great friends. That evening, instead of going to watch fireworks, which we were certain were probably canceled due to the rain, Andy took Davy and bought some side of the road fireworks to light in the street in front of the house; he even made us Watermelon Margaritas….yum yum… Kelly baked and shared with us a delicious flag cake and right about 8pm the rain let up so we all went outside to light our fireworks. The boys were thrilled with the bottle rockets, roman candles, sparklers, and larger fireworks that were going off throughout the neighborhood…what more did we need.
The recipe that I am including is compliments of Karen… These were some of the best baked beans that I have ever had. They aren’t your traditional baked beans which may have been why I liked them so much. If you ever need to make baked beans, I highly recommend these because your friends and family will love them… Thanks for sharing Karen!
- 1 can kidney beans(undrained
- 1 can butter beans (drained)
- 1 can pork and beans(undrained)
- 1 teaspoon mustard – you can add more to cut the sweet
- 1/2 lb ground beef
- 1/2 lb bacon cut into pieces
- 1/2 cup onions chopped
- 1/2 cup catsup
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 2 Tablespoons white vinegar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Brown ground beef and onions, drain and set aside.
- Fry bacon, drain and set aside.
- Sauce: mix together catsup, brown sugar, mustard, vinegar and salt.
- Assemble: mix all together and back uncovered for 60 min at 350. If you have longer you can turn down the oven to 250 and bake longer.