Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Sun and a Recipe

Sun, beautiful sun, is shining on our green grass this morning. It came out from behind the clouds shortly after I asked y'all yesterday to let up on the prayers for rain. :) I'm so thankful for both the sun and the rain - we need both so very much!

Anyway, today I'd like to share a recipe with you. Last night was one of the easiest suppers I've ever made. Slow cookers are wonderful inventions! Please forgive the"little of this, little of that" recipe.


In a large slow cooker, mix together:

1 large can of dark red kidney beans
2 small cans of chili&beans
(You can also add any cans of baked beans, black beans...any thing you'd like. Just don't overflow the cooking pot!)

To your combo of beans, add:
1 "dollop" of mild salsa (...hmm...about 3/4 cup)
1 can (about 26oz.) of meat sauce, or pizza sauce
About 15 oz. water
A few cups' worth of ground beef. We never measure this - Mom just cooks up a frying-pan-full of ground beef, with onions, and divides it up to use in several recipes throughout the week. I used....oh, maybe 1 cup. We're not huge meat eaters. (Well, my brothers would love to do something about that....:) )

Now, stir that all up, and you're ready to add spices and flavorings:
Several good squirts of mustard
A few tablespoons of onion powder
Six or seven good shakes of garlic powder
A sprinkling of chili powder
A good dose of paprika

Stir to combine, put on the lid, plug the slow cooker in and turn it on, (very important!) and let cook on Low from lunch time to supper time. (Around 5 hours) Serve with crackers and sour cream. Combine with a loaf of already-made-home-cooked bread for the easiest meal ever!

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