Sunday, July 17, 2011

Relaxing weekend

Tonight ends a very relaxing weekend.

Saturday hubby got up at the crack of dawn and went out fishing with his dad and his twin brother on the river. He came home around 12:00 and we went to the grocery store since we were going back to his dad's and step-mom's house for a picnic around 4:00. I made crockpot beans- see recipe below. And I also brought a cheese-cake style dip with fresh strawberries for dipping. Wayne and Karen made steak on the grill, fish, potato salad, mac and cheese, a relish tray among many other good things to eat. After chowing down, we all took a dip in the pool. It was a nice day. :)

Today, hubby slept in too late so we didn't make it to church (boo!). We got a call from Wayne and Karen again, asking us to come back for another picnic and more swimming, so that's what we did. I stopped at a farmer's stand and picked up some sweet corn and it was delicious! First good corn of the season, as far as I'm concerned. We had more steak (Wayne thawed out way too many steaks the first day and needed to cook the rest of the them.) Then swam around in the pool some more.

We left around 4:00 and went over to the Columbia mall. I found a new pair of sneakers (New Balance) on clearance from 85 dollars down to 25! Woohoo!

We left the mall and went to Walmart where I bought groceries and then ate a fast dinner out at Quaker Steak and Lube. My salad there was plentiful and amazing! After coming home, we unpacked our groceries and took a relaxing walk around town.

It was a great day!

We are a little bit sunburned, even though we both applied liberal layers of sunscreen, but getting cooled off in the water was very worth it. :)

Here is the recipe for Crockpot Beans (or Mandy beans, as Wayne likes to call them)

1 large can baked beans (I use Bush's)
1 can lima beans
1 can kidney beans
1/2 pd. ground beef
1 med. onion, diced
1/2 pound bacon, cooked and crumbled
1/3 c. ketchup
1/4 c. brown sugar
1 T. cider vingegar

Fry hamburger and onion together, chopping up big chunks of meat. Drain. Add with the rest of ingredients to crock pot and stir. Cook on low for 1 or 2 hours.

Feel free to up the ante with the ketchup or brown sugar. Honestly, I don't measure at all anymore. I just dump in what seems right and go by taste.

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