Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Boozed Baked Beans

Boozed Baked Beans....exactly what it sounds like: baked beans with alcohol. And they are amazing!

We recently had a fun summer Saturday cookout with sweet friends who have become dear friends to us. And guess how we met? On a blind date. Seriously. So when we told some of our best friends in Nashville (Jenn and Jett) that we were moving, my dear Jenn said (through her sad little tears) that I would have to meet her sorority sister, Mary Rachel, who just moved to Houston least she and I could be together.

Me and sweet Jenn just a few days ago in Nashville! Still the best of friends!

See, Jenn and I were simpatico from the moment we met so it broke my heart to tell her that we were moving. But now to have a new friend here in Houston that was all orchestrated by Jenn makes me feel like she is present when Mary Rachel and I are together. And Jenn was right, I loved Mary Rachel from the moment I met her. We have way too much in common from both loving our Jenn, to being new to Houston, to teaching Kindergarten to both living in Louisiana at some point to marrying LSU fanatics and now being new mommies together. May Rachel and David had their precious little Matthew last August only 4 months before Collins was born. And Mary Rachel and I both love anything and everything monogrammed. She is like the kind of friend that we pin all the same stuff on Pinterest. That is serious friendship! :)  So now Mary Rachel and David are sweet, dear friends of ours just like Jenn and Jett still are to us. Thank you, my lovely Jenn for introducing us! Oh and our blind date? Mary Rachel and me plus our hubbies all met for pizza right when we moved to Houston last December and have been doing life together since. We love their friendship!

So before babies, the four of us met for yummy dinners out. Well, now? Not so much. However we did recently all go to an Jason Aldean concert and totally rocked it like weren't tired parents with babies at home:) But now, we get together for dinner with babies on board. We love a good cook out and taking the babies for a dip in the pool.  This particular night started with the pool with the mommies and babies swimming together and the men drinking their beer, of course. 

Once the babies got tired of that, we let them play in jello, in diapers on the patio. It was a green but fun mess but oh so cute!

This then led to an outside dinner for both babies because they were covered in sticky jello and bug spray. And that led to a their first little bath together. We took pictures and videos the entire time and promised to embarrass them with the pictures one day when they are older. After bath came bed with both babies going down with ease and Matthew wearing Collins pajamas!  After wine was poured and we could finally relax, we 9pm. But that's the new, good life so we roll with the punches! 

So dinner consisted of burgers, chips and dip and Boozed Baked Beans. The men LOVED this dish...probably because of the alcohol but either way, it was GOOD.

Boozed Baked Beans
6 slices bacon
1 large onion, chopped
1 medium green pepper, chopped
2 16-ounce cans pork and beans
1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp. dry mustard
1 cup ketchup
1/4 cup whiskey

Preheat oven to 350. Cook bacon in skillet until done. Remove bacon and chop into small pieces. Set aside. Keep 2 tablespoons of drippings and drain the rest. Add onion and pepper to drippings and saute until soft. Combine all ingredients, except bacon, in 9 x 9 inch dish. Top with bacon. Bake for 40-45 minutes. Enjoy!

This cooking is for you, Momou! I love you!

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