Hey there. How’s it going today?
Are you happy with where you are in life? This time of COVID has really given me time to think about things. All kinds of things. And I have to say, I am blessed with the life I have. I am truly happy.
When you look in the mirror, are you happy with what you see? I can finally say, YES! I am. There are still those days when I ask myself, “How can you be so happy with so much bad going on?” Some days, its really difficult. I won’t lie. But on the whole, I am so much happier.
You would think with all the uncertainty surrounding my regular job, being on furlough these last few months, I would be on edge. While I’ve been home, I have had the opportunity to work harder on Ange’s Table, and launch the store. I loved my job assisting the ENT. He is a wonderful man, and great doctor. I miss all of the people we have helped over the years the most.
But being home, and doing what I want to do, is really life changing. I am so blessed to have a husband who is supportive, and willing to pick up the extras as we adjust to our “new normal.”
Being able to spread my chores out throughout the week, and living a much slower life, is what I am meant to do. Having dinner ready for my family when my husband gets home from work puts a smile on my face. Knowing that I can be here for my family, to help my son with something, or just to pass off a cup of coffee to my husband on his lunch break, means the world to me.
As a working mom for the first 19 years of my sons life, its nice to know if he needs something, I can finally be here to help him. Everyday. Blessed beyond anything I could have asked for. Thank you.
Dinner around here is usually simple things. I try all the time to make these fancy creations. And I have to say, the boys usually like them more than I do. But they are boys, and eat most things.
Junior and I wanted ribs on the BBQ last week, so what goes better with ribs than beans. And fries. Ohhh and coleslaw.
These beans go from dry to table in about 4 hours. I’m sure you could cook them faster if you soak the beans, but I honestly never remember to soak beans. Or defrost meats. It is a terrible habit I need to work on. I know you get this post emailed to you early, go start your stove. Have some beans today. They work so well blended up as a dip for chips too! 😉
- 1 1/2 cup cannellini beans
- 3 cloves garlic, whole peeled
- 1 small onion, peeled and quartered
- 1 thick sliced piece uncured bacon without nitrate or nitrites, cubed
- 6 cups water
- 1 1/2 tsp seasoned salt mix
- 1/2-1 tsp cumin, to taste
Wash the beans, sort out any stones you may find.
Add beans to a heavy bottom pot along with bacon, garlic and onion.
Cover with water, bring to a boil.
Once it boils, cover and reduce heat to low. Cook over low heat 2 1/2-3 hours, until the beans are soft, and you can mash the garlic and onions.
Season with salt and cumin to taste. Cook uncovered 20-30 minutes to reduce liquid. You can reduce to your preference. We like our bean with some liquid.
We hope you enjoy this simple, easy bean recipe as much as we do. If you have any left over, blend it all together and serve as a dip with tostone chips. Amazing!
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