Tuesday, January 4, 2011


High winds all day to day, sure makes it feel colder out there.
We did get to 18 degrees for a little while.
I did get to the barn to set out some food for the barn cat, give the cow more hay and fill the water tank.
Our old cat Tank came down for the day and spent the day on the front porch with Lizzie dog, but he sits in front of the porch heater when it is on. 
I have to put Lizzie out when Tank wants food or Lizzie will gobble it up. I would say he is still around 20 pounds but gets around real well for a 12 year old cat.

To nights supper was beans, ham and brown rice. I made a pot of beans and ham yesterday with red, pinto, Anasazi beans and lentils with left over ham.
I degassed the beans first. I never forget to do that.
I did a small batch this time still makes enough for about 5 meals.

Beans and ham
8 cups of water in a large pot, put on to boil. When hot pour in 2 cups of dried washed beans, never use cold water on beans.
Bring to a boil and boil 5 minutes. Take off the heat and set the pt in the sink. Add 1 large tablespoon baking soda. This will foam up. Pour beans into a colander and rinse with warm to hot water. Rinse out your pot.

 On high heat.
Add another 8 cups of warm to hot water to your rinsed pot and pour in degassed beans. 
Add 1/2 to 3/4 cup diced onion
1 tablespoon garlic powder or minced garlic.
salt and pepper to taste
1/4 teaspoon red peppers or to taste
Use a ham bone and or ham diced and add to the pot of beans.
After it gets to boiling turn heat to medium and cook stirring once in a while to make sure this isn't sticking to the pot bottom for a couple of hours.
Cover turn lower and cook stirring occasionally for 3 or 4 hours or until the beans are done.


  1. Now THAT is a big cat! heehee.
    I just love a good batch of beans. I think one of my favorite meals.

  2. OK, I'm not the smartest marble in the bag, but what is and how do you do "degassing the beans".


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