Posted in 31 days, Beans, beef, slow cooker

Weekly Ramblings and Bramble Beans (Day 24)

Next week is the last Saturday of the 31-day writing challenge. The family enjoyed all the meals and desserts. And sides created in the slow cooker. It’s renewed my interest in cooking. The family never knows what I’m whipping up in the kitchen.

This week I’ve shared two of our favorite ways to cook meat.

  1. Crockpot chicken
  2. Crockpot BBQ ribs – Our favorite brand of barbecue sauce is Sweet Baby Ray’s Barbecue Sauce. You could also use my recipe for root beer barbecue sauce.

Here are the other recipes I’ve shared this week:

Homemade Whipped Cream
Caramel Apple Crisp
Stuffed Pepper Soup
Stuffed Pepper Soup
Spanish Style Chicken Noodle Soup
Spanish Style Chicken Noodle Soup
Taco Meat
Taco Meat

(Click the pictures to see the posts where I shared each recipe.)

I'm Hungry

This week I had parent-teacher conferences on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. The crock pot was helpful those two nights because I could have dinner for the boys and Hubby. On Tuesday, they had crockpot chicken and leftovers for their sides.

Then on Thursday, I cooked up bramble beans. Hubby did not eat any beans because he had a big lunch. I did eat them when I got home that night.

Here is a funny story about the bramble beans – Hubby thought I had made meatloaf because he briefly looked into the pot. He took the crockpot over to my mother-in-law’s house since she would watch the boys. Hubby also heated up some mixed veggies.

The boys refused to eat any of the beans, so my kind mother-in-law pulled out the meat.

I like this dish. The brown sugar used to make the sauce gives it a sweetness my taste buds appreciate.

Bramble Beans

I’ve also made this dish for a Boy Scouts’ potluck. It was well received by those who tasted it. I was left with almost nothing or nothing when I took the crockpot home.  

Bramble Beans

adapted from Eat at Home

Stars of the recipe:

  • 2 – 15 oz. cans of pork and beans
  • 1 – 15 oz. can of kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 lb. hamburger, browned or 2 c. bulk-cooked hamburger
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 c. ketchup
  • 2 Tbsp. mustard
  • 2 Tbsp. vinegar
  • 4 Tbsp. brown sugar


  1. Place ground beef, kidney beans, onions, pork, and beans in the crock pot.
  2. Mix the ketchup, mustard, vinegar, and brown sugar in a small bowl.
  3. Pour the ketchup mixture over the ingredients in the crockpot.
  4. Cook on low for 5 hours.

Here is a picture of the beautiful fall foliage. The boys and I went for a walk today.


If you enjoyed this recipe, please share it on Facebook or Pinterest. Here is a link to my Facebook page and my Pinterest page.

To check out the rest of the recipes I’ve shared during this challenge, click on this link.

Happy eating,

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