BBQ Green Beans

image_pdfimage_print read it right…BARBECUED Green Beans.  Everyone is familiar with baked or barbecued beans but giving that flavor to green beans isn’t something we typically think of.

When I saw the recipe I knew I have to give it a try.  It has turned into one of my favorite ways to eat green beans.

This year they are even easier to make with my  Instant Pot  7-in-1 Programmable Pressure Cooker.  I didn’t use the pressure cooker setting for these but did use the saute and the crock pot setting.

I started out by sauteing 4 strips of bacon and a medium chopped onion.

After that I added 3/4 cup ketchup, 2 Tablespoons of mustard, 1/2 cup brown sugar and 1 1/2 quarts of green beans.

I stirred it up then set the cooker to crock pot setting and put in on for 2 hours.

I loved using my  Instant Pot  7-in-1 Programmable Pressure Cooker.  I can saute and then slow cook all in the same pot.  Less dishes is always a winning combination.

Give the recipe a try….it’s a nice way to use up garden beans and also a way to keep some heat out of  the kitchen.

That Kramer Crazy Cake


If you’re ever been to our house, there’s a good chance you’ve had “that Kramer Crazy Cake”.  We’re known for it.  Honest, we are.

Here’s a picture of our son Karl showing it off.


Years ago my mom made it.  It’s a cake recipe that doesn’t use eggs or milk.  It’s super dense and everyone here loves it.  Traditionally people make it in a normal 9 x 13 pan but here, it’s always made in a bundt cake pan….ALWAYS.  Our theory is that the cake is moister that way…  (yes, we even make theories about the cake)

Karl has taken my recipe and perfected it.  I can make it..he can make it.  His is always better.  One of the kids for their graduation party didn’t want bars or boughten cake.  They wanted this…and that’s what we did.  We made 8 of these cakes.

When Karl was in high school a friend of his came over.  She asked me if the cake was real because there was ALWAYS a cake in the cake take.  I said yep…it’s real.
I was really surprised to find that the cake recipe wasn’t on the blog.  REALLY surprised.  It’s time to remedy that and share the recipe.  Here it is…. [Read more...]

Rhubarb Skillet Cake


A bit ago I shared with you a recipe for Rhubarb Pudding Cake.  (Find the recipe here if you missed it)  Well on the same page was another recipe that sounds like it was worth trying…Rhubarb Skillet Cake.  I’ll admit, I like trying anything that uses unusual ingredients or things I don’t expect.

Here’s what it looked like going into the oven….


Here’s what it looked like coming out….


..and here’s what it looks like once I flipped it over.

If you don’t like rhubarb, this is a good recipe for you.  I don’t think it taste much like rhubarb at all.  It ends up with a very cinnamon taste.  It’s nice to have a recipe like this for people who don’t like the tart taste of rhubarb.

Hubby liked it…I liked it too.  I’m sure I’ll be making this one again….and again and again.

Here’s the recipe: [Read more...]

Rhubarb Pudding Cake


So I made a really good rhubarb dessert….Hubby said definitely make it again.  I will it’s really good.  The saddest part though….I’ve had the cookbook that I got the recipe from years and years ago.  Darn I wish I had tried the recipe way back when I first bought the cook book.  We could have been enjoying it for a long time.  The cook book is from 1994…hmmm.  Well let’s not let another minute pass before I send the recipe out and on to you to give it a try.


The recipe calls for Bisquick.  I didn’t have any.  I ended up looking up a recipe for a substitutions for Bisquick and found this.  I did a 1 1/2 recipe of that and then continued on with the recipe for the rhubarb pudding cake.  Here’s that recipe: [Read more...]