Thursday, October 8, 2015

Dutch Oven Cowboy Beans

Dutch Oven Cowboy Beans 

Adapted from a recipe found at Iron Cooker blog found here , thank you Cecil

For this recipe, you’ll need the following ingredients:
  • 1 2-lb. can of pork and beans
  • 4 slices of bacon, sliced into squares (maple-cured or hickory smoked preferred)
  • 1 onion, chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 1/2 cup of brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup of yellow mustard
  • 1/4 cup of ketchup
  • 1/8 cup of cider vinegar
 In a Cast Iron Dutch Oven, place beans, onion, brown sugar, mustard, ketchup and vinegar.  Mix thoroughly.
  1. Place bacon on top of the bean mixture, being careful to cover the top as much as possible.
  2. Cover and cook at 350 degrees at least 1 hour.
This recipe serves 8 to 10 people.
Cook's Note:
I found the bacon to be pretty floppy so I took it all out, rinsed the sauce off and fried it until crispy, I think next time I would just fry up the bacon before adding it to the beans to cook in the oven, I also added pepper and some garlic powder to taste, also a few splashes of liquid smoke. To top it all off hubby and I decided to add a little grilled smoked sausage to the pot... DELICIOUS .. I like my sausage grilled with a little char on it, that is what the black is in the pic, I think some green pepper would have been good in them too but hubby said no .. the party pooper, overall you GOTTA give these beans a try, the recipe is a great base recipe to work with.. you could really add whatever you wanted 
top pic is finished the bottom is before cooking

Wendy's Chili 
not that close to the real wendy's chili to me but it is still delicious, give it a try for sure, I cut all my veggies rustic style in big pieces, I also cooked my own beans, I used pintos . See the original recipe here 

  • 2 lb Ground Beef
  • 2 28 oz Diced Tomatoes in Juice
  • 1 16 oz Kidney Beans drained
  • 1 15 oz Pinto Beans drained
  • 2 small Onion diced
  • 1/4 cup Celery diced (2-3 stalks)
  • 1/4 cup Bell Pepper diced
  • 3 tbsp Chili Powder
  • 2 tsp Cumin
  • 1 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Oregano
  • 1 tsp Sugar
  • 2 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 2 cup Water
  1. Brown Ground Beef and drain.
  2. Add water, boil and drain to eliminate more fat.
  3. Place in large pot and add all ingredients,
  4. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer for 2-3 hours stirring every 15 minutes.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Banana Muffins

Banana Muffins
adapted from a Banana Muffins 2 recipe found at all recipes

These are delicious and great with your coffee in the morning, also a great after school snack

1 1/2 C all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 large bananas-mashed
1/2 C packed brown sugar
1/4 C white sugar
1 egg
1/3 C butter-melted

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F, spray muffin tin with non stick spray or use muffin liners.
Sift flour,baking powder,baking soda and salt together; set aside

Combine bananas, sugars , egg and melted butter together in large bowl, fold in dry ingredients and mix until smooth. Spoon into muffin pan/s

Bake mini muffins for 10-15 minutes, and large for 25-30 minutes. Muffins will spring back when lightly tapped.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Oatmeal Cookies

these are yummy.. chewy on the inside and a lil crunchy around the outside edges. I got this recipe off of my Kroger brand Old Fashioned Oats


2 C margarine or butter, softened
1 C granulated sugar
1 C brown sugar, firmly packed
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 C all purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
3 C Kroger Oats (uncooked)
1 C nuts, chopped


1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
2. Cream butter or margarine and sugars until smooth. beat in eggs and vanilla. Combine and blend thoroughly flour, cinnamon, baking soda and salt. Beat into creamed mixture. Stir in oats and nuts.

Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto greased baking sheet. Bake 10-12 minutes, makes 6 dozen

** my notes:   I make my cookies bigger and also add about 1/4 - 1/2 tsp ground
cloves because I love it.. mine bake a lil longer too

Saturday, April 27, 2013



  • 3 large russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 8 wedges
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoons seasoned salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon freshly chopped parsley leaves
  • 3 tablespoons grated Parmesan, plus more for garnish
  • Salt


Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
In a large bowl, toss the potatoes with the melted butter, olive oil, seasoned salt, cayenne, parsley, and 3 tablespoons of the Parmesan.
Arrange in a single layer on 2 sheet trays. Bake until golden brown and crisp, about 45 minutes. Turn the potatoes halfway through the cooking with flat spatula.
Remove from oven and taste for seasoning. Add some kosher salt to taste and transfer to a serving platter. Garnish with more Parmesan and serve.

Homemade Ketchup

Simple and Cheap and hubby LOVES the stuff, he does NOT want to go back to storebought :)

Homemade KETCHUP

 instead of the store bought containing tons of high fructose corn syrup

6 oz can tomato paste

1/4 cup honey (or agave)

1/2 cup white vinegar 

1/4 cup water 

1 tsp sugar 

3/4 tsp salt 

1/4 tsp onion powder 

1/8 tsp garlic powder

whisk together and serve, store in the refrigerator    

Friday, April 26, 2013

This recipe can be found at the link below

I found that they didnt need to be baked for as long as the recipe calls for, the rolls werent as soft as I would have liked but they are still delicous, hubby ate most of them lol