On cool days, I enjoy cooking hearty soups or stews, spaghetti with a robust sauce, or a big pot of pinto beans. Or course, you have to have rice and/or cornbread with the beans. In these parts, "Red Beans and Rice" is a favorite. Growing up in South Central Texas, we were not so big on rice and ate corn bread with our beans. I have found that you can speed up the cooking of the beans if you cover them with water--after washing and sorting them, of course--and bring them to a full rolling boil. After this, you turn off the heat and let them sit--or is that set?--for one hour. After the hour, you add your seasonings, spices, meat, sausage, whatever and more water. You bring them to a boil again and then put on a lid, turn down the fire and let them simmer until the beans are done. This usually isn't too long. Maybe 2 or 3 hours. I like to put a bit of onion, some garlic powder, a couple of tablespoons of brown sugar, some chili powder, maybe some herbs like thyme and if it is plain beans a couple of slices of bacon. I have been known to add a finely diced carrot to "sneak" in a bit of veggies and sometimes we have link sausage sliced or diced up in the beans. Another good thing to add might be some browned and crumbled hamburger meat. Guess this is a "dash of this and a pinch of that" recipe. Haven't cooked beans yet that weren't enjoyed by all, though.
I have enjoyed cooking this week and also doing the scavenger hunt for ESN to find warm, fuzzy, and cozy items. I have found some neat items among the photos at ESN and encourage you to take time to visit the Ecrater Networking Site to shop or to promote your own ecrater store.
First, I found a soft, warm, fuzzy faux fox fur stole. I would so love to just feel this luxurious faux fur. How warm and cozy can you get? I don't think we really "need" this in our climate, but it would be so appealing on a cold winter day and I know some of you could really use it.
Regina Glenara Faux Fox Fur Capelet Stole
Here's something to keep you snug all day long and how appropriate with Thanksgiving coming up.
|Attitude of Gratitude Sweat Shirt|
Hunting is a big thing in our area through the fall and winter. And Camo anything is all the rage. We even have had camo guitars in our music store. Of course, there are always the jokes about not being able to see them. Don't know how warm, or fuzzy, or cozy this might be, but here is a sample of camo for "your little hunter" or would be hunter. It should keep the cold north wind at bay.
|Camo for the Hunter in your family at Eccentric Thrifter|
And this beautiful scarf is one of the many in various colors you can find at Eccentric Thrifter. Just perfect to keep you warm and cozy when wintry winds blow.
|Handmade Double-sided Scarf Off White Cream Loom Knit at Eccentric Thrifter|
And lastly, a neat, collectible soup mug for those delicious soups, stews, and even red beans that warm you from the inside out.
|Campbell's Soup Mug available at|
Happy Shopping to Everyone and may your winter be filled with warm, fuzzy, cozy things.