Three Bean Salad – Secret Recipe Club

#Secret Recipe Club

Every month, I’m assigned another blog to check out.  After checking out their blog, I’m to find a recipe to make, photograph, and then post. This month there are five Mondays.  On the fifth Monday, we have a special themed Secret Recipe Club.  This month’s theme is fall or even Thanksgiving dinner recipes.

This month I’ve been assigned to Sid’s Sea Palm Cooking.  After exploring her blog, I decided on the Three Bean Salad.

As a child, I remember having three bean salad for different potlucks or holiday meals.  So  I thought this would be a good salad for the Thanksgiving table.  

It’s a frugal side dish because I found the cans of kidney beans and green beans at Aldi’s and the wax beans at Meijers.  Funny story when I was in Meijers, a college student stopped me so she could ask me what ingredients were needed for green bean casserole.  

You could switch up the beans to your liking.  This recipe is a very forgiving recipe.

This is also great for Thanksgiving because you can make it the day before so one less thing to get done on Thanksgiving Day.

Sid’s recipe was originally made for 80 people so I adapted the amount of the dressing for a smaller amount.

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Three Bean Salad

Stars of the Recipe:

Dressing:

  • 1 c. white wine vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. red wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 c. sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. celery seed
  • 1 Tbsp. ground mustard

Salad:

  • 1 (15 oz) can of wax beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (15 oz) can of kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (15 oz) can of green beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 green pepper, diced (optional)
  • 1/2 red onion, diced (optional)

Steps:

  1. Combine the salad ingredients in a medium sized bowl.  Set aside.
  2. In a medium microwavable bowl, combine the dressing ingredients.
  3. Microwave the dressing ingredients in the microwave for 2 to 3 minutes.
  4. Carefully remove from the microwave.
  5. Stir the dressing.
  6. Pour over the salad ingredients.
  7. Stir until combined.
  8. Allow to marinade for 2 hours to overnight.
  9. Enjoy!

Other Recipes from Sid’s Sea Palm Cooking that interested me:

For other recipes, please click on the blue frog.

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Peach Cobbler (Day 25)

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Welcome to Day 25 of 31 Days of Slow Cooking.

We are almost to the end of this series.

Since Halloween is next Monday, I’m going to play This or That – Halloween version.

 Chocolate candy or fruity?

I’m partial of chocolate candy.  I have always said since I was born near Hershey Park, I must have chocolate in my blood.

Witches or Vampires?

Witches, hands down – Especially if they are good witches.

Trick or Treat?

Treat – Yum!

Halloween Party or Scary Movie?

I dislike scary movies, so Halloween party would be preferred.

Skeletons or Zombies?

Skeletons

Trick or Treat or Hand out candy?

When the boys were younger, I would go trick or treating.  Now that they are older and go out on their own, I hand out glow sticks not candy.

Hay Ride or Corn Maze?

I seem to get so lost in corn mazes so I prefer hay rides.

Scary Costume or Funny Costume?

I like funny costumes.

Pumpkin Seeds or Pumpkin Pie?

I prefer pumpkin seeds.  The Imaginative One loves pumpkin pie more than pumpkin seeds.

Bottle Feed a Baby Zombie or Walk Alone Through a Dark Forest?

I wouldn’t want to do either of those two choices.  However, I would prefer to walk alone.

Bats or Black Cats?

Bats

Pumpkin Spice or Hot Chocolate?

I love pumpkin spice.

Celebrate in your neighborhood or at the mall?

We celebrate in my neighborhood.

 

Click here for the recipe for Peach Cobbler.

Lemon Bar (Day 24)

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Welcome to Day 24 of 31 Days of Slow Cooking.

Today we are going to continue with the photos from the Donut Trail.

After Kelly’s Donuts, we went to downtown Hamilton.  We found the mural dedicated to Robert McCloskey.

View from the side mirror

 

 

Here are other photos of downtown Hamilton.  Some of the architecture is interesting so I quickly snapped photos as we drove by the buildings.

 

Next up was Martin’s Donuts in Trenton.

It was a cute pink building.

I don’t know why he was insistent that he stand in front of the sign.

Across the street from the donut shop

Trying the Banana Pudding donut

Our last stop was Milton’s Donuts in Middletown.  It was the closest donut shop to our house.

The boys wanted Buckeyes instead of donuts, so we allowed them to get the Buckeyes.

We had a lot of fun doing the donut trail.

What a wonderful way to enjoy a beautiful fall Saturday.

Click here for our menu for the week.

Click here for the Lemon Bar recipe.

Corn Casserole (Day 23)

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Welcome to Day 23 of 31 Days of Slow Cooking.

Yesterday we got early to finish the rest of the Donut trail.  We were successful this time.

Now Hubby is going to get my free shirt for completing the Donut Trail.

 

During the next few days, I’m going to be sharing some of the photos from the Donut Trail.  If you are ever in Butler County, Ohio, this is one trail you should do.  It took us two mornings to get it completed.

Butler County is located just south of Dayton and just north of Cincinnati.

Our first stop took us back to the donut shop located next to the pumpkin farm.  In the small town, there is an antiques shop.  While we were waiting at the light, I was able to capture this shot.

 

The first stop – The Wee One was willing to pose by the sign.

Afterwards we traveled to Hamilton, Ohio.  Hamilton is known for two things.  It’s the birthplace of Robert McCloskey who is the author of Make Room for Ducklings and Homer Price.  Also the high school is where President George W. Bush signed the No Child Left Behind Act in 2004.

This is Mimi’s Donut Shop.  She had cool seats that were recycled barber chairs.  The Wee One was a brat so he did not get out of the car.

 

Then we drove to Kelly’s Donut shop.  We ended driving up and down the street looking for this shop.  Hubby was suppose to turn left instead he turned right.  That’s why we couldn’t find the shop.

The Wee One got out at this stop.  He wanted a bouncy ball from the gum ball machine instead of a donut.  We allowed him to get that ball.

Across the street from Kelly’s was a prepatory school.  They had some cool statues so Hubby stopped so that I could get some photos.  The Wee One refused to get out, but the Imaginative One was more than willing to pose for me.

Join me tomorrow for the rest of the photos from the Donut Trail.

Click here for the recipe for Corn Casserole.

Cashew Chicken (Day 22)

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Welcome to Day 22 of 31 Days of Slow Cooking.

Your pets least likable character trait.

It’s thundering outside.  The rain is pouring.  Suddenly lightening lit up the sky.

No one’s home but the dog.  He needs comfort from the scary storm outside.  So what he does he do?

Does he run and hide in the bedrooms of the family members?

No, he decides to run through the doggy door into the backyard where it’s wet, loud, and dark and then bright when lightening lights up the sky.

He goes to his secret hole in the fence that no one can find.to patch up.

Then he runs to grandma’s house.

Either he finds a little hole in the fence and runs into her backyard to her doggy dog.  He escapes the bad storm.

Or he stands at the side door whimpering until someone lets him.

Meanwhile, his owners get a call from grandma telling them that their dog is at her house.

This is one of our dog’s least likable trait.  We can’t believe that he doesn’t run and hide during thunderstorms.  Instead he will run over to my mother-in-law’s house.

When we leave for the day, we have to check the weather before leaving.  If the weather calls for rain, the doggy door will be shut so he doesn’t run to grandma’s house.

 

It’s early in the morning.  People are trying to sleep.  All of the sudden you start to hear squawking coming from the living room.Or you hear “Nich-o-las,” “”Get off the Computer,” and “Beak Bump.”

You can not sleep because the bird is insistent someone come and pay attention to him.

Then there is the mess all around the stand.  He thinks there are imaginary birds sitting on the ground.  So he throws food to those imaginary birds.

This is my son’s bird’s least likable trait.  He likes people to pay attention to him.  If they don’t, he will either start squawking or talking up a storm until someone pays attention to him.

 

What is your pet(s)’s least likable traits?

 

Click here for the recipe for Cashew Chicken.

Apple Pie Pork Chops (Day 21)

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Welcome to Day 31 of 31 Days of Slow Cooking.

Today’s prompt

Share a childhood memory that makes you smile.

I could write about my trip to Walt Disney World in 1990. That trip brings a smile to my face. But that’s what most people expect from me.

So what childhood memory makes me smile the most. It’s the trip to Boulder, Colorado when I was 10. My grandma was suppose to go on the trip. However she had back surgery so she couldn’t go. My family decided I was going to fly to Boulder from Dayton by myself.

Once I got there, my aunt and her first husband picked me up from the airport. I was going to be staying with them.

We traveled through a national park. So I got to the Rockies. We then went to a friend’s apartment. Uncle Mike drank a beer. I can remember telling him that “you are not supposed to drink and drive.”  (We must have been talking about it at school.)  I also remember eating olives for the first time while visiting them.

My aunt was going to be travelling home to Ohio so I was going to be her riding companion. Because of a snow storm, we were delayed a day leaving for home. We drove through Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, and Indiana before getting to my house at some ridiculous hour in the morning.

Since I fell asleep while we were driving through Illinois, my family made me go to school the next day.

So why does this memory make me smile, I think this trip started my wanderlust. I love exploring new places and even places I’ve visited before.

In fact, next week Hubby and I are going to take a small weekend trip to explore a new city. Then next month, we are going on another trip.

I sometimes will travel different ways to work because of that wanderlust.

What is a childhood memory that makes you smile?

Cranberry Chicken (Day 20)

Welcome to Day 20 of 31 Days of Slow Cooking!

 

I decided to Google a writing prompt for today because I was coming up blank on what I should write.  I found a website called Massive Sway that had writing prompts for each day in October.  So I’m using today’s writing prompt.

What do you like to do on a dark and stormy day?

Last night as soon as the Wee One had soon left for his acrobatic lesson with his grandma, the dog decided he was going to jump on me.  He was breathing on me and shaking like crazy.  Why was he doing that?  It was getting ready to storm.

I was working on progress reports at that time so I finished working on them.  Then I took a bath and just relaxed.

The rest of the night was stormy.  It made for good sleeping weather.  However I kept getting interrupted by the dog walking into my room, jumping onto my bed (something he’s not suppose to do), walking around my head, and then jumping off the bed.  He did that a few times before finally settling down for the night.

It continued raining throughout today while the temperature was dropping.  I wish I wasn’t at work because it would be a good day to just relax, read a book, and cook some cookies or brownies.  On a rainy day, it’s nice to make soup in the slow cooker.

In fact, I had made taco soup last night.  We had more of the soup for dinner tonight.

What do you like to do on a dark and stormy day?

Click here for the recipe for Cranberry Chicken.

Chinese Pot Roast (Day 19)

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Welcome to Day 19 of 31 Days of Slow Cooking!

I’m a day behind with the Write 31.  Life has gotten a little crazy around here.  I ended up having to write an Individualized Educational Plan for one of my students.  Then I had to get ready for a meeting with my principal.  Finally I had to write detailed progress reports for each of my students.  That’s only on the work end of my life.

My mom ended up moving out on Monday.  She is within three minutes driving time from my house.  That is if the weather is nice.  I can walk there in 15 minutes.  Having her close is so much better than the previous situation.  She used to live 40 minutes from me.

So I helped her out with moving out on Monday.  Actually I used the Imaginative One’s strength to help get the tv, microwave, and other boxes out to her car.  He and I ended up walking to her apartment so he could help get some of the stuff out of the car.

Last night I took her shopping so that we could get a tv.  The one she took to her house ended up not working.  It was manufactured in 1996 so maybe it was time for a new one.  LOL!  So my life has been CRAZY for the last few days.

With the crazy came a writer’s block.  I couldn’t figure out what to write and I didn’t want to write.  Now it feels better to have some of my inspiration back.

I’m going to attempt to have the next recipe up later tonight.

How’s your last few days been?

Click her for the recipe for Chinese Pot Roast.

Balsamic Pork Roast (Day 18)

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Welcome to Day 18 of 31 Days of Slow Cooking.

This a bittersweet dinner recipe for me.  I cooked it for the second time on the day my sister passed away.  I got the call from my mom when I was about to sit down with my family to enjoy the dinner I prepared.

I attempted to eat some of the meal but was so worked up that I could not enjoy it what so ever.

The rest of my family enjoyed the flavor of the pork.  The balsamic vinegar lends a bit of sweetness to the pork but is not overpowering.

Balsamic Pork Roast

Stars of the Recipe:

  • 2 lb. pork roast
  • Salt to taste
  • ½ tsp. Garlic powder
  • ⅓ c. chicken or vegetable broth
  • ⅓ c. balsamic vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp. worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. honey

Steps:

  1. Season pork roast with salt and garlic powder.
  2. Place in slow cooker.
  3. In a medium bowl, mix together broth, vinegar, worcestershire sauce, and honey.
  4. Pour the mixture over the pork roast.
  5. Cook on high for 4 hours or low for 4 to 6 hours.
  6. Enjoy!

Printable Recipe

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Mom, What’s For Dinner (10/16) and Beef and Noodles (Day 17)

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Welcome to Day 17 of 31 Days of Slow Cooking.

Nineteen years ago, I went on my last first date.  I was in my second year at Wright State and had met him the previous month in our teaching art class.  Our teacher had a sick family member so she cancelled classes three times.  We ended up in my dorm room just talking about this and that.

Fast forward to October 14, 1997, Hubby asked me out on a date.  We planned for our first date for that Friday.

After my observation at a local elementary school, we met up in downtown Dayton and ate at Spaghetti Warehouse.

Then we went over to his parents’ house before he dropped me off at my dorm room.

A year and a half later, we walked down the aisle.

Please click here for our menu for the week.

Please click here for the recipe for beef and noodles.

Cafe’ Rio Chicken (Day 16)

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Welcome to Day 16 of 31 Days of Slow Cooking.

Yesterday was a beautiful day in Ohio.  I had a hair appointment.  Afterwards we went to the Air Force Museum.  Then we went shopping at Fresh Thyme and Barnes and Nobles.  Later we had a family birthday party.

All in all, it was a great day.

Click here for the recipe for Cafe’ Rio Chicken.

Honey and Apple Pork Roast (Day 15)

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Welcome to Day 15 of 31 Days of Slow Cooking.  We are at the halfway point of the 31 days of slow cooking.

The Imaginative One is working towards his cooking merit badge.  He’s done the camping portion of the merit badge.  Now it’s time for him to create a menu and then cook it for us.  We are having baked pancakes made with pancake mix rather than from scratch.  He’s putting together sandwiches for our lunch.  For supper, we are having chicken nuggets and French fries.  They didn’t say it had to be healthy.

I’m still helping him with the cooking because there are some basics he doesn’t know.

It’s interesting having him cook in the kitchen.

Please  click here for the recipe for honey and apple pork roast.

Coca Cola Ham (Day 14)

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Welcome to Day 14 of 31 Days of Slow Cooking.

Ham is one of those meals that I can make that all the family members will run, skip, or hop to the table when I make it for dinner.

When the Imaginative One turned 13, we had this for his belated birthday dinner.  The Coca Cola helps make a delicious glaze that is unbelievable.  It’s good by itself or as a sandwich.

Coca Cola Ham

Stars of the recipe:

 

  • 4 to 5 lb. sliced ham, fully cooked
  • 1 c. (8 oz.) can of coca cola or Coke
  • ¼ c. brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. Dijon mustard or yellow mustard

Steps:

  1. Place ham in the crockpot.
  2. In a small mixing bowl, combine the brown sugar and mustard.
  3. Spread the brown sugar mixture on the ham.
  4. Pour the cola around the ham.
  5. Cook on low for 6 hours.
  6. Enjoy!

Printable Recipe

Today I discussed Cast Member’s Name Tags on my 31 Days of Disney.

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Dear Tanya (10/13) and Slow Cooker Meatloaf (Day 13)

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Welcome to Day 13 of 31 Days of Slow Cooking!

I’ve updated my recipe for Young’s Dairy Pumpkin bread/ muffins.

Dearest Tanya,

It’s been a month and a half since your death and since mom has lived with me.  She has found an apartment 3 minutes from my house that she’s going to move in within the next few days.  Her old car broke down so we are selling her car to someone who enjoys fixing up cars for a hobby.  She is going to get a new used car also.  So things are moving forward.

The other day when I was on dismissal duty I saw a perfect Monarch butterfly.  It flew by me and then flew up into the sky.  Was that you saying hi to me?

Do you remember when this song came out in the early 90’s?  I told you this song was about them finding true love in the elevator.  I think you believed me.  If you didn’t believe me, you at least pretended to believe me.

I always will come up with silly things to say.

Oh, a Hurricane came through Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina.  He’s name was Matthew.  Any who, they actually closed down Walt Disney World last Friday because the prediction was that it was going to be category 4 hurricane that could have done a lot of damage.  Fortunately it was downgraded to a category 3.  Still bad but not as bad as they thought.  My students thought the name of the Hurricane was Jesus, Tacos, Earthquake, or Michael Jackson.  Obviously they don’t pay attention to the news.

I miss you dearly!

Love your annoying sister,
Traci

Please continue onto the next page for the Crockpot Meatloaf.

Barbecue Pork Chops (Day 12)

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Welcome to Day 12 of 31 Days of Slow Cooking.

So I’ve discovered a cool trick for adding photos to my blog posts.  I’ve always been afraid of using up the limit of storage I’m allowed to have on the blog so I was very sparingly putting photos on the blog.

I can now put them on my Google Photos, right click on the photo and choose the copy the image on the menu, and then paste it into my blog post.

I did that for a few blog posts but then was tired of how I couldn’t resize the photo.  This weekend I realized I could resize the photo manually.  Sweet!  Now I can share more photos without worrying about the amount of storage I’m using.

Here is a photo of Hubby and I when we went to the Goo Goo Dolls back in early August.

Please continue to the next page for the recipe for barbecue pork chops.

Chicken Pot Pie (Day 11)

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Welcome to Day 11 of 31 Days of Slow Cooking.

Today we are going to finish off the photographs from the Donut Trail.  We ended up at a farm called Burwinkel Farms.  The Imaginative One and I had fun walking around the farm for a little while.

 

These are some photographs from our drive home.  Hamilton, Ohio

 

Rest Stop on I-75

Continue onto page 2 for the recipe of Chicken Pot Pie with Biscuits.

Cannellini Bean Dip

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Welcome to Day 10 of the 31 Days of Slow Cooking!

#Secret Recipe Club

Every month, I’m assigned another blog to check out.  After checking out their blog, I’m to find a recipe to make, photograph, and then post.  Since I’m in group B of the secret recipe club, I post my Secret Recipe Club on the second Monday of each month.  

This month I’ve been assigned to Searching for Spice.  Corina lives in the UK.  She named her blog searching for spice because she loves spices and cooking a variety of different types of food such as Chinese and North African.  Corina is a busy mum of two young children so her recipes are easy to put together.

Since I am participating in the Write 31, I decided to try to find a recipe that was made in a slow cooker.  My theme for my Write 31 is slow cooking.  I finally decided on a dip.  This bean dip would be good for veggies and bread.  The dip reminds me of a thick bean soup.  Yum.  (Searching for Spice’s Cannellini Bean Dip.)

Cannellini Bean Dip

Stars of the recipe:

  • 1 (15 oz) can of cannellini beans (white kidney beans), drained and rinsed
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1/4 tsp. dried rosemary
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 c. chicken or vegetable broth

Steps:

  1. Drain and rinse the beans.
  2. Place the in the bottom of the slow cooker.
  3. Top with garlic and rosemary.
  4. Pour the broth over the beans.
  5. Cook on low for 3 hours.
  6. Allow to cool slightly.
  7. Blend in the blender until smooth.
  8. Add the salt and pepper.
  9. Serve with veggies or bread.

 

Corina also participates in a blog hop event every month called Cook Once, Eat Twice.  The premise is that the recipes that are shared are good enough not to be eaten once but also a second time.

Please check her blog out if you are looking for easy recipes with lots of flavor.

For other reveals, please click on the blue frog. 

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Mom, What’s For Dinner (Week of 10/9/16) and Veggie Beef Soup (Day 9)

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Welcome to Day 9 of 31 Days of Slow Cooking!

Today I’ll continue with the photographs from the Donut Trail.

We ended up at a cute little park with several statues.  Here are some photographs of those statues.

I won’t be sharing photographs from the Donut Trail tomorrow because it will be time for my Secret Recipe reveal.  On Tuesday, I’ll end the trail with a visit to a farm.  The farm was located next to the last donut shop we stopped at before realizing we needed to complete the trail on another Saturday.

Continue to the next page for our menu for the week.

Continue to page 3 for the recipe for Veggie Beef Soup.

Chicken Corn Soup (Day 8)

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Welcome to Day 8 of 31 Days of Slow Cooking!

Today we decided to make it a family day.  Unfortunately the Wee One refused to wake up so he stayed home with grandma instead of having fun with us.

We did half of the Donut Trail in a county to the south of us.  While we were on the Donut Trail, we did some other things.

Today I’m going to share some of the photographs that I took while we on the donut trail.

We went to see Stan the Donut Man.  Hubby gave me this expression when his photo was taken.

Yummy donuts at Jupiter’s Donuts – The lady working was so nice.

The Imaginative One posing with the sign in Jupiter’s Donuts – I don’t know what he decided to make that face.

Cool flowers at Jupiter’s Donut Shop

We then went to Jungle Jim’s because we couldn’t travel that far without a Jungle Jim‘s run.

The next photos are from Jungle Jim’s.

Tomorrow I’ll share a few more photos from the Donut Trail.

Please continue onto the next page for the recipe for the Chicken Corn Soup.

Chicken Ranch Tacos (Day 7)

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Welcome to Day 7 of 31 Days of Slow Cooking.  I’m featuring ranch chicken tacos today.

As you know I’ve been talking about whatever pops into my brain these last few days.  Today is a plea to God.

Dear God,

I know Hurricane Matthew is a given to hit the United States.  I’m just anxious about my friends and family that might be affected by this historic storm.  I’m anxious about the devastation to the area.  Orlando is my “home” and it might be hit.  Charleston, SC is another “home” of mine and it is supposed to be hit.  Please protect those cities and all of the other cities.  Please place your healing hand over the southeast coast.  Please protect over the residents.

In Jesus name,
Traci

Please continue onto the next page for the recipe of ranch chicken tacos.