Baked Beans

Kathryn, one of my grandbabies, turned 1 year old on St. Patrick's Day, so we had us a little get together.

Here she is with her momma, Chelsea. Chelsea is my baby girl.

This is all my girls together. 
Kathryn is in awe of her older sister, Kasidee.

We kept the food super simple by just throwing some hot dogs on the grill, some chips and baked beans.

This post is actually to tell you about the baked beans (I couldn't resist showing off my girls). 
They were absolutely DELICIOUS! Seriously, some of best I've ever tasted. 
I think the chili powder and the chili beans in sauce, blended great with the sweetness of the bbq sauce and  added a great depth of flavor.

Isn't she beautiful, dirty mouth and all.

Kathryn got her very own cake. We didn't let her eat a lot of it, which is a good thing, 
because what she did eat gave her quite the sugar high for a while.

She's such a sweety.

I made a Strawberry Cake for everyone else.
It had a wonderful fresh strawberry flavor, but it was a little too dense, almost more bread like.
This will be one that I'm going to keep working on to get a lighter texture because it sure was delicious.

Baked Beans

1/2 pound bacon, diced
1 medium onion, chopped
2-3 cloves of garlic, minced
2 tbsp molasses
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup barbecue sauce
1/4 cup white vinegar
2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon chili powder
1 (16 ounce) pork and beans, undrained
1 (16 ounce) can pinto beans, rinsed and drained
1 (16 ounce) can chili beans in sauce, drained (do not rinse)

Heat oven to 350*.

In a large skillet cook bacon, remove from pan with a slotted spoon and set aside. 

In the same skillet, drain part of the grease and cook the onion with a pinch of salt until it gets some color and is tender. Add the garlic and continue to cook 2-3 minutes. Place onion mixture into a large bowl and mix with all other ingredients, except beans and bacon, mixing well, then stir in beans and bacon.

Place in a greased 2-1/2-qt. casserole and bake covered for 40 minutes, uncover and cook an additional 25-30 minutes.

NOTE:  Make sure you pay attention to the cans of beans. To drain or not to drain,,,,,that's the question.

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