Three Bean Bake

1/2 lb ground beef (I add a lb of meat sometimes and it works too)
5 bacon strips, cooked and diced
1 onion chopped
2 16oz cans pork-n-beans
1 16oz can butter beans
1 16oz can kidney beans
1/3 c. brown sugar
1/4 c. sugar
1/4 c. ketchup
1/4 c. BBQ sauce
2 T molasses
2 T mustard
1/2 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp each of salt and pepper

Brown beef with onions. Rinse and drain butter and kidney beans. Mix sauce. Add all together and bake covered at 350 degrees for 1 hr.

Baked beans were common on wagon trails west. This is a beefed up version from my friend Suzanne.

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Taking Care

Don’t you love those days when things flow? You hit the lights right, work gets done on time, and there aren’t “surprises”?

Yesterday wasn’t one of them. 🙂

It seemed one thing after the other popped up as a surprise and needed attention right away. A family member’s health is failing and I can’t fix it. Simple life details had piled up and then we discovered an out break of pink eye in our calves. The calves were  gathered up so we could run them through the chute to vaccinate them and treat the active cases. It is just a small bunch of about forty calves, so it shouldn’t take too long, right? (Insert raucous laughter.)

A couple slipped through the head catch–which I didn’t close in time. A needle got stuck in the shot gun and no one could loosen it and I didn’t have pliers handy (we forgot to grab them before starting because we haven’t needed them in awhile…usually they twist right off). It was hot and the critters didn’t want to be run through the chute…and even though I talked nice to them (the guys can laugh at me, it’s ok) they had plans to go somewhere else. Needless to say, it wasn’t as quick as it ought to have been and I left a little before it was over to get the smell off me before hosting a baby shower that night.

It wasn’t a bad day, just not a smooth day. I’m not sure why I’m surprised when things don’t go smoothly because life just happens. Sometimes things just need taking care of…right away. When my kids are sick, then we take them to the doctor or change plans to let them rest. The same is true of cattle. Cows are living creatures and if they have needs, then we stop to protect their health.

Thankful today for the people and resources that allow us all–people and animals– to take care.

A dusty day in the corrals
A dusty day in the corrals