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The BEST Side Dishes for Summer & a Sweet Frozen Treat

On Memorial Day we planned, like a million others, to grill hamburgers at home.  We invited our family that lives here and some dear friends of ours, from a town nearby.  Now for a menu!

Of course we’d make the famous stuffed burgers I’ve shared here before, but the whole picnic is wrapped around the sides!  If you don’t have something great, it’s just another picnic!

Alli offered to bring dessert – a Peach Crostata – yum!  But she begged asked if I’d make the Triple-Bean Bake with Bacon that I’ve made for about five years now. I’m not a huge fan of Baked beans, but this recipe has changed that!  Our whole family loves this dish, and our guests on Memorial Day raved, too!  I also decided I had to make my favorite potato salad, which is Barefoot Contessa’s recipe.  It’s sooo yummy!

Herb and Cheese Stuffed Burgers
Dill Potato Salad
Triple Bean Bake with Bacon
Deviled Eggs
Peach Crostata and Vanilla Ice Cream

Here’s a picture of the spread:

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The Triple Bean Bake with Bacon ~

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Triple Bean Bake with Bacon


  • 1/2 pound bacon strips, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 2/3 cup chopped onion (about 1 medium)
  • 1 can (15-1/2 ounces) great northern beans, undrained
  • 1 can (16 ounces) butter beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (16 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon prepared horseradish
  • 1 tablespoon yellow mustard


  1. In a Dutch oven, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Remove to paper towels with a slotted spoon; drain, reserving 1 tablespoon drippings. Add onion to drippings; cook and stir over medium heat until tender.
  2. Stir in the remaining ingredients; return bacon to pan. Transfer to a greased 2-qt. baking dish. Cover and bake at 325° for 30-35 minutes or until heated through. Uncover and bake until desired consistency. Yield: 8 servings.

I put out small dishes for the beans to be put into…for all those that don’t like their food to mix.  =)

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I have to end with sharing one sweet frozen treat I made for our Bible Club this week.  Since we were finishing the Wordless Book and talking about the Green page, I wanted a green snack.  Well, it turned out yellow, but it tasted so good the children didn’t mind!  Here’s my tweak on a recipe I found.

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Lime Popsicles – Makes 6

1/2 Can Frozen Limeade concentrate
1 1/2 cups water
6 oz. Lemon lime soda
4 oz. Pineapple juice
1 tsp. Lime zest

Mix and pour into molds.  Freeze until set.  Enjoy!wp-1464987979428.jpg

The children and I really enjoyed these last week after having Bible club outside on a hot day!  They’re so refreshing! They only took a few minutes to mix together the night before and they literally cost me pennies!  

I’m anxious to try out some other recipes with my molds.  Does anyone have a great frozen yogurt pop you’ve made and love?  

With love from my country kitchen,

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Freshen Up Friday

Now that the warm weather is here (woo-hoo!), I have been trying to get my front and back porches in shape so we can enjoy them.

I had added a few touches last year like white lights around the porch ceiling, but I had a couple of other projects I wanted to tackle.  For one, there’s nowhere to set a glass of tea or cup of coffee when you’re on the swing, so I was determined to be on the lookout for a table at a yard sale or Goodwill.  Since it’s going to be on the back porch, I didn’t want to spend a lot on it.  Then, my dear friend posted on Facebook that she had a coffee table she was giving away to the first one who spoke up for it. Free was in my budget and I was the fortunate receiver!  

PicMonkey Collage table

I LOVE painted furniture, so I knew I was going to paint the table, but other than that, I really didn’t have  a plan.  Enter Pinterest.  I found an idea there to paint the top of the table with chalkboard paint!  Genius!  Since it’s going to be outside, it would be a perfect finish for it!  How fun to let children draw or play tic tac toe on it!

Here’s how I tackled the project:

PicMonkey Collage table redo
Click on picture to enlarge.

1.  The before picture.

2.  I covered the table with Kilz, an oil based primer that allows the paint to adhere.

3.  I taped off the edges then rolled on the chalkboard paint.  I did four separate coats, allowing it to dry in between.  First I went one direction, then the other.

4.  I spray painted the rest of the table the aqua color.  I covered the table top so as not to get blue on the chalkboard.

5.  The next step is to season the chalkboard after the paint has dried sufficiently.  You cover the whole top with chalk, then wipe it off.  This is crucial for the board to be usable.Here’s what it looks like to “season” the board…


Here’s the reveal of the refurbished table:

decoratedIf you need some furniture for outdoors, don’t overlook Goodwill, yard sales, Craig’s list, or freebies from sweet friends!  A little time and some elbow grease may be all that piece needs to freshen it up and make it the perfect piece for your porch or patio!

Is anyone else out there a lover of painted furniture?

Have a great weekend!  Be sure to get refreshment in God’s House on Sunday!

Stay refreshed,