These baked beans are TO DIE FOR. They are almost more of a casserole, but still go good as a side. (Even though Sean and I did have them as leftovers for dinner Monday!) My grandma made them this Thanksgiving, then I just made them on Sunday for a potluck. You gotta try them... ! I've put my notes/opinions in color, just for some tips and my opinions.
Hog Apple Baked Beans
3 or 4 slices bacon, diced (I put about 5 slices of bacon in mine- hey, I like bacon!)
2 (16 oz) cans pork and beans, mostly drained (some people use 2 28-oz cans Bush's Baked Beans)
1/2 c. BBQ Sauce (Some kind of sweet-spicy favorite)
1 lb. smoked leftover smoked pork or beef, more or less, or 1 lb crumbled cooked pork sausage (I used a roll of pork sausage and crumbled it up as I cooked... and the serving was a little less than a pound- 12 oz I believe)
1 can apple pie filling (chop up the chunks to be little)
1 medium onion, chopped
1/2 green pepper, chopped
1/2 c. brown sugar
2 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
2 Tbsp. Mustard (prepared)
1 tsp chipotle or cayenne powder (optional, to taste*)(I put just a few dashes and it still has a little kick)
1 tsp barbecue rub (don't panic- any kind of BBQ or steak rub seasoning will do)
Brown bacon, and saute onion and green pepper in bacon grease.
Mix in remaining ingredients. (I dumped everything in a big mixing bowl as it was ready. That way it all gets mixed up and stuff!)
Bake at 325º for 1 hour, or simmer on stovetop in large pot for 30 minutes if you don't have time to do them in the oven. Serves 12.
Just thought I'd share of few of my favorite things, as of late. Its very random, I promise, but lots of good stuff. So, for you time-wasting, website-puddle-jumping joy.... here ya go!
The entire menu is just outstanding... stuffed steak with proscuitto and spinach, sauteed crimini mushrooms, warm cherry tomato salad. Delish!
Design*Sponge's DIY section
You can find all sorts of fabulously simpl
e DIY crafts and decor ideas, such as these awesome cedar silhouettes.... If you know me well enough to get a present from me at some point during the year, you just might see one of these......
Rachel Ray's Stuffed Steak with Proscuitto and Spinach
The entire menu is just outstanding... stuffed steak with proscuitto and spinach, sauteed crimini mushrooms, warm cherry tomato salad. Delish!
A photography website with tons of adorable, beautiful pictures from all kinds of lay and professional photographers!
I am madly in love with this London-based print company. Brilliant! Beautiful! Personal! I can't wait to find something to print in one or all of their beautiful formats. Business cards, note cards, post cards, and my personal faves, the mini cards... go see for yourself!
Full of information on all of the unreached people groups in the world. This is just one of thousands on their website... you could spend hours here. There are lots of nations who need Jesus, people!
My grandma first made these at thanksgiving this year, and I just made them for a potluck this past Sunday... they are SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO good. You can't go wrong with them... you can substitute all kinds of things and put a lot of what you have on hand in them and they are sooooo good. I'm going to make a separate post with the recipe and pics. I'm telling you... home run!
Our decision to move to California was not an easy one. But one of the things that made it easier (though NOT a factor in our decision-making process) was the fact that several of our dear friends from college already lived out here and worked at the same church. Even though we may not hang out as much now as we thought we would, it has been such a huge blessing to have great friends here. While we loved our NC friends that were new to us in NC, there is a certain comfort and familiarity with people who know you from an additional time in life. In this case, it is friends who knew us from college, and now who know us out in "the real world." We work together, we live in the same town, and we just do life together. I have been reminded how sweet that fellowship is this past week by our dear friends, Tommy & Shiny. Tommy & Sean are both in the missions department, so they work together closely every day, but Sean and I are also in the same small group with Tommy & SHiny and one other couple. This past weekend, after church on Saturday (which have I mentioned how much I LOVE going to church on Saturday night?!), Shiny invited Sean and I over for a home-cooked, made-from-scratch Indian dinner. Two words for you: YUM MEEEEEEEE! Delicious! Here's a pic of our fantastic fare:
Yum... it was great. Shiny is an excellent cook and especially fantastic when it comes to cooking in her native cuisine.
Tuesdays are our small group nights. We are currently going thru a study on finances (more on this later) and it has been so great! I think it is the best study our small group has ever done! I really look forward to Tuesday nights now. This past Tuesday (yesterday) it was just us Wilsons and the Corraos.... we did our study then had an awesome evening of conversation (and slightly weird tasting cookies made by yours truly- still don't know what was off) and sharing and praying together. At the end of the night, as we were heading home (at 9:45!) I thought to myself, "Now this is community. This is what a small group is supposed to be like." It was so great and I am so thankful for our friends here! :-)
My husband is so wonderful... I came home last Friday and he had these beautiful sterling roses waiting for me for absolutely no reason....
Beautiful, arent they?!
I was really off on some of my nomination predictions! See for yourself:
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Robert Downey Jr
Philip Seymour Hoffman
The Dark Knight
Rachel Getting Married
Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Taraji P Henson
The Curious Case...
The Curious Case of
Yes, yes, i know what you're thinking... Christmas has already come and gone... isn't that the most wonderful time of the year? While Christmas is wonderful and I enjoy the good tidings as much as anyone, the most wonderful time of the year will be upon us in just about 6 hours... that's right friends... that is when the nominations for the 81st annual Academy Awards will be announced! I will no doubt have to crank up my date nights at the movies in order to fit in all of the noms for the top ranked categories.... best actor/actress, supporting actor/actress, and of course, best picture. I've tried in the past to watch ALL the nominations, and well, between my tight pocketbook and the boring foreign films, I fell slightly short of that goal. So I'm sticking to the most important ones. Some flicks I definitely anticipate being on the list are as follows:
-Dark Knight: This one's a shoe-in for Best Actor, but is it possible that it could become the first superhero flick to snag a golden man? Heath was legendary in that movie, but I'm not sure the movie itself is worthy to be named amongst titles such as The Godfather, Lawrence of Arabia, Casablanca, Gone with the Wind, Titanic, Gladiator, Schindler's List, Braveheart and Crash (which IS my all-time favorite movie EVer)? I'm not sure... but it is a good one. It will all depend on who the fellow nominees in this category are.
-Gran Torino: If this makes the list for best picture, it will hands down win, in my opinion. Though the movie is rough and wordy (read: not for grandma, unless grandma was once a tobacco chewing sailor with the vocabulary to match) the theme of redemptive sacrifice that echoes throughout it is astounding.
There are several that will surely be nominated, I just haven't seen yet... they are:
-Revolutionary Road: Who doesn't love Kate & Leo back together again? Its surely a more grown up film, but then again, I am more grown up. (I saw Titanic in theatres 7 times when it debuted during my high school days)
-Doubt: I'm not really looking forward to seeing this one... its one of those weird ones that the academy always chooses because of its laden, underlying political and/or social injustice-type themes. THat said, however, Philip Seymour Hoffman is spectacular in anything he does. I'm guessing a nom for him in this.
-Milk: Again, NO desire to see this. Will only see it if I must.
-Ben Button: I've herd mixed reviews, but am excited to see this one for sure. Hello= Brad Pit!
-The Reader: A holocaust movie, once again starring the lovely Ms. Winslet. I love her and everything she does, and I love WW2 history so I am VERY excited for this one.
-The Changling: one word-- Angelina.
-And finally, last but definitely not least, Slumdog Millionaire: I am predicting an utter and total land slide for this film. I take back what I said about Gran Torino.... this one could take best pic and stand its own beside the Hepburns and Hestons of the Great Picture realm.
Here's another review on Mad Church Disease... I'm getting more and more excited to read it! I'll let you know my thoughts as soon as I read it... Release date: 01 Feb. I want some of you to read it too so we can actually talk about it! Its super cheap on Amazon pre-order (<---- That's even a direct link to order it... so no excuses~!) right now... less than $12. :-)
I thought that was so funny! Very well done! Especially if you watched WW. Whoever did that is brilliant!
Ok, I feel the urge to opine (thank you Bill O'Reilly for that vocab word. I now use it at least weekly) for a moment on the upcoming inauguration. So I didn't vote for the guy, and I'm not a big fan of many of his stances, but he will very soon be our leader. He still needs our prayers. Even though I think the hero worship is ridiculously out of hand and the hollywood/tabloid droolers make me ill, I will still pray for the soon-to-be-leader of our country. If he can turn this country around, and bring hope to those who were hopeless, more power to him. I only hope and pray that that his journey in the White House will bring him closer to and more dependent upon the Christ he claims to know. Many things will change with this new administration. Some will be better (in some opinions) and some will be worse (In others' opinions). Either way we have to stand behind this man and pray for him with all our might. We are living in historic times. I look forward to the day I may possibly hold my child (regardless of his or her race) and tell him/her about this moment in history-- a moment that signifies yet another breakdown of preconceived notions and prejudices. A moment that makes what was once thought to be impossible, possible. A moment that will make everyone equal. So even though i don't agree with everything Mr. Obama stands for, I am very much looking forward to next week's historical inauguration.
Friday, January 16, 2009
My love for Survivor has never been a secret.... I LOVE IT! And I have always wanted to audition to be on the show... talk about the ultimate life experience! I've tried to make application videos, and can never get anything good enough to send in . Well, my friends.... there is an open casting call for Survivor next week, in my town. !!!!!! So, I think I am going to do it. Why not right? I just have to fill out this uber long application, then show up! Honestly I think I'm pretty plain jane vanilla, but I also think I can be interesting and fun... I like people and I am very competitive! I don't like to give up, and its been a while since I've done something that scared me. So I think it is time to do this. And if I never get farther than the open casting call, at least I can say I did it, right? :-)
So now on to the important question.... what should I wear?
No seriuosly... I'm asking.... what should I wear?? What would you wear???'
So, I came across this on ysmarko's blog (from Youth Specialties). (**So we're not exactly youth people anymore... we're missions people... but who says missions can't be youth or vice-versa!?) ***By the way, you should totally bookmark his blog... has tons of great links and interesting stuff all the time.*** OK~ enough side tracks... back to the point....
He posted about this series of posts from ypulse (which is another site to bookmark if you work with teens, have teens, or even are a teen.... or are just interested in sociological-type stuff, like I am) about "the last 5 things" pertaining to media uses in various teen and young adult age groups. They talk about the last 5 things in these categories:
Being the lover of all things marketing that I am, this is a very interesting series to me! They have it broken down by age group, which is even more interesting. I thought these would be fun to answer for myself... so here goes:
The Last 5 Things I Did On Facebook:
1. Look at my friend's pics of her adorable baby girl
2. Change my status from: "Sheyenne is checking out a weekend in vegas for valentine's with my hubby- yippeee!" to "Sheyenne is pleased to have MLK day off Monday! Yay for more hubby time!"
3. Upload 4 pics of Duke that I took in Photobooth. (See below)
4. Talk to a friend on the Facebook IM feature
5. Accept my friend Staci's Friend Request
The Last 5 Things I Watched Online:
1. An absolutely amazing video about adoption on YouTube.
2. Beyonce's "If I Were A Boy" Music Video (LOVE this!)
3. Britney's "Womanizer" video (um, HOT! Yes, I still love Britney Spears)
That's it for videos online....
The Last 5 Things I Googled:
1. Wild Sorbet backdrops
2. How To Make A Cornice Board
3. Fresno Ethiopia Adoptions
4. Sew Curtains
5. Jeremiah 1:5
The Last 5 Things I Bought Online:
1. Our Fabulous weekend in vegas coming up!! (Venetian!)
2. Our new King Size Bed
3. Various things from World Vision (ducks, bikes, chickens, fishing gear, etc)
4. Books, I'm sure
5. Sean bought me a dress from whiskeymalitia.com (love this site)
Soooo, got some time to kill? Post your "Last 5 Things". Its a strange thing to me, this whole "getting older" part of life... but comparing my "Last 5 Things" to the ones on the YPULSE website shows me how old I am getting!!! But I think I am really ok with that.... :-)
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Look at this verse I saw.... it is the calling of Jeremiah, Jeremiah 1:5--->
- The word of the LORD came to me, saying,
- "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations."
- "Ah, Sovereign Lord," I said, "I do not know how to speak; I am only a child."
- But the LORD said to me, "Do not say, 'I am only a child.' You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you.
- Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you," declares the Lord.
- Then the LORD reached out his hand and touched my mouth and said to me, "Now, I have put my words in your mouth
I LOVE that verse. Just thought I'd share...
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
I am extremely interested in this book....anyone heard or read it??
I've heard some people say. "Your husband's a pastor... he doesn't really work." Well, if that thought has ever crossed your mind about any pastor you know, let me assure it is not true! I just laugh at the statement nowadays... Here's a glimpse at what lies ahead for Sean and I this week....
Monday 6:30-9:30pm (after a FULL day of work 8-5:30 for me)- Begin 15 week class on Perspectives
Tuesday 6:30-9:00pm (again after my regular 8-5:30)- Small group (everyone in our church, well the pastors have to be in one)
Wednesday 6:00-8:00 am- Sean is teaching at Men's Fraternity
Wednesday 6:30-9:00 pm- Sean is teaching at the 103 class (new members class series)
Thursday 6:00-9:00 pm- New Members' Banquet... all pastors and wives must attend
Friday-Sunday Sean is teaching with Josh and Gary at the Small Group Leaders' Retreat in Oakhurst.
THEN we go on to next week... this time its 104 class, small group, Perspectives, and getting ready for Sean's weekend with the Jr. Hi at Hume Lake. After that, we have a weekend together (we're going to Vegas!!!) then the last week of Feb. and into March Sean will be in Korea and the Philippines! And that is just our schedule before Easter!!! Luckily for Sean, he can usually even out his time, but I still have to be at work 9 hours a day, 5 days a week on top of all the church stuff I have to do! Whew! I think preachers' wives should get paid! Kinda like I think moms should get paid!! By whom, I haven't exactly figured that out yet.... but in a perfect world.... well, you know. :-)
I am really looking forward to our Perspectives course! I've heard a ton of great stuff about it! Several of our friends are taking it too, so that will make it more fun!
Duke Sunday, January 11, 2009
I was trying to work on some design stuff this morning, but there was a little furry blog hindering my hand-to-keyboard movement. I was wearing Sean's robe (which is Duke's FAVE) and he was just so cuddly and cute... had to take a picture....
I've gotten away from my regular posts. but I'll try to get better! Here's a pic from our new years festivities. We had Tommy & Shiny Corrao, Josh & Kirsten O'bar and John & Carol Bowers over. We played games and watched the ball drop. It was great fun!!