Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Old Settler's Baked Beans and Cornbread Muffins

So, this afternoon, after Kellen and I ate lunch (at 3 because it's Christmas break and we can wake up whenever we want... like 2) we were already thinking about what we wanted to make for dinner, since it was only a couple of hours away.

We browsed some recipe sites and decided we wanted cornbread for sure.  And then we couldn't think of anything else that goes with cornbread except chili.  So we were going to eat chili until I remembered that his mom makes these really, really delicious baked beans and baked beans definitely go with cornrbead.  But these aren't just baked beans, they're more like baked beans on steroids.  They're sweet, but salty, and filling and they've got bacon in them and you can't go wrong with bacon.

He got the recipe sent to us and our day has been eventful ever since then.  I don't know if any of you guys have tried a Jillian Michaels DVD, but she's evil.  I got one of her workout DVDs in one of my efforts to try and stay in shape, but I only tried it 3 or 4 times and never made it the entire way through, or even half-way through.  She's mean.  So I told Kellen about it and the two of us, being as competitive as we are, bet that we could make it farther than the other.  Oh. My. Gosh.  We made it the entire 40 minutes and didn't even die...it was a miracle.  I would have quit halfway through if he hadn't kept going.  I just can't bring myself to lose. :)  But anyway, we did it, and it was really hard... so afterward we were very ready to eat.

We went to Walmart and got everything we needed, which is always an adventure in itself.  Finally, we came home and cooked.  It was fun and the dinner turned out really well, thanks to Kellen's mom!  We were very proud of ourselves.  Also, the cornbread muffins were delicious.  We used a recipe with real corn in it and they were perfectly crunchy on the outside and moist on the inside.  Delicious!

P.S. Tomorrow is my birthday and I asked for a box mix cake with store bought rainbow chip frosting...what is wrong with me!?  I may or may not have just written the p.s. just to let everyone know it's my birthday.  Haha! :)

P.P.S. We made enough of this dish to feed the Duggar's, so you made need to cut the recipes down to your liking.

Janie's Baked Beans and Cornbread Muffins
Janie Smith

1 lb. bacon, cut into small pieces
1 small onion, chopped
1 c. brown sugar
1/4 c. barbecue sauce
2 Tbsp. molasses
1 t. salt
2 16 oz. cans of kidney beans
2 31 oz. cans of Campbell's Pork and Beans
1 lb. ground beef
1 c. white sugar
1/4 c. ketchup
1 Tbsp. mustard
1/2 tsp. chili powder (opt.)
Dash of pepper
4 16 oz. cans of butter beans

1.  Partly brown bacon and hamburger meat.  Add in onions.
2.  Once completely browned and onions are completely sauted, drain grease. 
3.  In a mixing bowl, combine sugar, spices, and sauces.
4.  In a large pot on the stove, add in all ingredients.
5.  Stir gently over medium to high heat to dissolve sugars. Heat until bubbly and beans are tender. Stir occasionally. Makes a bunch!

 Partly brown the meats.
 Chop the onions.
 Add onions into meat mixture.
 Make the sauce.
 Stir occasionally.
 Sooo goood!

Cornbread Muffins
Adapted from: AllRecipes
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup cornmeal
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  •  3/4 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup frozen corn kernels, thawed
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Grease or line 12 muffin cups.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together butter, sugar, honey, eggs and salt. Mix in flour, cornmeal and baking powder; blend thoroughly. Stir in milk and corn. Pour or spoon batter into prepared muffin cups.
  3. Bake in preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into center of a muffin comes out clean.
 First, beat the first wet ingredients.  Then add flour and cornmeal. 
 Thoroughly mix it. Then add the milk and corn.
 Pour batter into muffin pan.

 Bake until golden and cracking.
 I went ahead and made a loaf of bread, too.  It was all super delicious.

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