Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Happy 4th Of July!!

Today I, along with my daughter Shiane, her friend Ty and Chuck, will be going to my Aunt Betty's for the 4th. I don't know what all family is going to be there but it will be our first official gathering since her house burned last fall. I know she is excited about everyone coming. I tell ya I love that woman so much and I can never explain how much she has done for me in my life. I shall share some of our relationship at another time and tell you why she is so special to me but for today I just want to show you the thread holder I am taking her.

I had bought her one years ago but it wasn't as large as mine. Her thread holder got destroyed in the fire and since I don't have the wall space for it anymore I figured she wouldn't mind having mine, actually when I posted on Facebook the picture and asked if she wanted it her reply was "Oh Lord yes, Mine did get destroyed along with all my thread..This time I'll keep plastic over it to keep the dust off..You should have saw all the black smoke that was all over it after the fire..See you WED..". I am also taking her a few spools of thread, just the ones I had double colors of, to help her get replenished. 

I am taking a big crockpot full of my baked beans everyone loves so there might be a lot more fireworks than what we had planned *okie falls out her chair laughing*. It was a job keeping my daughter out of the beans during the night. She would literally eat the whole pot if allowed to do so!

I got the last of my Disney Princess cuts put together yesterday and now I can start on my card designs. Luckily since some of them are repeats I will be able to get them designed faster, I hope at least! 

Oh yeah, I posted a picture of my beans on Facebook last night and had quite a few comments wanting the recipe so thought I would share it here as well.

 Cowboy Beans Recipe:
1 lb Hamburger cooked and crumbled
1 lb Bacon cooked and crumbled
1 onion, sauteed in bacon grease
3 cans light kidney beans
3 cans red beans
3 lb can of Pork N Beans
1/4 cup vinegar (I used it to deglaze the pan after sauteing the onions)
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 cups Head Country BBQ sauce
Drain most of the juice off the beans and put in crockpot. After cooking the bacon drain most of the grease away and saute your onions in the pan. Use the vinegar to deglaze the pan and pour into pot. Add remaining ingredients in crock pot and cook for however long you can keep people out of them. You can cut recipe in half but it's not recommended, people get rather upset when the pot is empty.

Hope all of you have a wonderful and safe 4th of July as we celebrate the birth of our great nation!!


  1. Happy 4th Okie! I can forsee your beans a many of my family gatherings---ones NOT at my house, so they can take their fireworks home! TFS!

  2. Have a blast with family! Happy 4th of July.

  3. Well young lady you just have a wonderful 4th of July.
    I am so sure you give to as many people as give to you and probably more. Your aunt will be pleased.
    I follow but am very bad at commenting. Have followed for a couple of years.
    Thanks for the bean recipe. Probably can't get the bbq sauce in Canada but maybe close to it.

  4. Happy post 4th of July Okie, hope your time with family was great. I love the spool holder. I like that idea for a ribbon holder. Thanks for this recipe. It will be added to all the other recipes I've gotten from you and I hope to make this for a cookout this weekend.

  5. paulah60660@yahoo.comJuly 5, 2012 at 6:54 PM

    hope you had a great fourth. wanted to let you know a find i got at joannes they have a set of promarkers you get 12 markers and a blending pen they are 29.99 but i used a 50% off coupon my first promarkers now if i can learn to use them

  6. Paula that is a great bargain!! They are pretty easy to use once you get the hang of it and there are a ton of video tutorials out there to teach ya how. Have fun with them!