a rainy day and a bowl of beans.

Guess who I’m paw-sitting this week?

Don’t let these handsome good looks fool you…

These guys find themselves in more mischief than a 6 week old kitten.

Still not sure where an indoor cat manages to find sticks to chew on?

We spent the day running around the room and cuddling.  Stitch (the gray and white) loves bumping heads and playing hide and seek.  Highstreet (the black) just loves being held and pampered.  And fed.  He’s obsessed with those fishy Friskies Temptations. 😉

By the time I drove back home from the playing, feeding, pampering session, it was still raining (surprise, surprise!)  New England is getting so much rain, it’s almost ridiculous.

This does, however, warrant an excuse to eat a big bowl of beans for dinner.  The perfect rainy day fare.

With a basic side salad, adorned with a couple of sunny clementines.

And some toasted whole wheat honey bread, homemade by mom.

Sometimes, I miss the sunshine.

But then again.  Sometimes you can’t beat a rainy day and a bowl of beans.

Boston Baked Beans

Quite possibly the easiest, tastiest beans you’ll ever make.  Double if you want to freeze and have leftovers throughout the week.

  • 2 c. navy beans
  • 1-2 onions, finely diced
  • 3 T. molasses
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp dry mustard
  • 1/2 c. ketchup
  • 1 T. Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 T. packed brown sugar
  1. Soak beans overnight in cold water.  Simmer beans in same water until tender, approximately 1 to 2 hrs.  Drain and reserve liquid. (keep in mind that you don’t want the beans sooo tender that they’re falling apart on you…they should be a little firm)
  2. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
  3. Arrange the beans in a 2 quart bean pot or casserole dish and top with onions.
  4. In a saucepan, combine rest of ingredients.  Bring mixture to a bowl and pour over beans.  Pour in just enough of reserved bean water to cover the beans.  Stir gently with rubber spatula and cover dish with lid or aluminum foil.
  5. Bake for 3 to 4 hrs in preheated oven.  Stir at least every hour.  ENJOY!
    QUESTION: What is your favorite rainy day activity?  Reading, baking, sipping tea.  And/or running, if it’s not thundering. 😉