We had planned an air gun shoot competition (which we host routinely as we live so remotely there is no chance of a stray pellet doing any damage and none of the other “lads from the pub” have a similar set up) and BBQ (yes, I KNOW it’s November, but as I said we aren’t past BBQing the Christmas duck so this is no biggie for us) and belated fireworks party. When the high winds and teeming rain hit on Saturday we lost power but quickly got it back. Then it started to…pulse, is the best way to describe it. The regular lights could be turned on, the TV worked but the surround sound did not, the kettle could boil (in about 10 minutes) and the computers seemed ok, but DH hit the roof when he called to check in (in a meeting in London, and yes, I KNOW it was Saturday, but we both wind up working more or less some part of every day) and found out all the computer were still on. So DS and I had to run around and do a full shut down of all of them (and that takes a while in our house) then figure out some way to amuse ourselves and Maddie – thank goodness for board games.
As a result all the things we would normally do the day before 17 expected guests were about to descend, like hoovering, and some pre-cooking, didn’t get done. We finally got the power back, and the sun was shining on Sunday so we all ran about like lunatics on a day pass from the asylum to get everything sorted. They came, they shot at targets, they ate a lot, and they ooohed! and aahhed! over the fireworks, then they left.
This morning I had to make four passes over the kitchen floor (sweep, mop with hot water, then two with Flash) to get thru the caked on mud from the shooters walking thru the kitchen our the back door, over the field to the targets, and back to the shooting gallery. It looks almost OK now.
As you can imagine I barely managed the Home page for this week (at about 9 PM last night!) let alone and proper scrapping. I did make a few cards before the power went as part of a Christmas gift, but that is it so I;ll wait to share that when I’ve finished.
I will share my recipe for Boston Baked Beans, which are always a hit with the BBQ crowd. Easy peasy to do in the AM and ready by dinner – I’m not sure I would recommend it as anything but an accompaniment (although it is quite good as part of a sort of chili dog – ie sausage in bun, beans to fill and eat it with a knife and fork, unless you are a teenage boy, in which case you can try to pick it up and take a bite then have it all dribble down your front LOL!) as it is a little sweet.
* 6 cans baked beans
* 1/2 pound streaky bacon fried off
* 1 onion, finely diced, fried off in bacon drippings
* 1/4 to 1/2 cup of molasses brown sugar (or dark muscovado) (and feel free to use less)
* 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
* 2 tablespoon prepared Coleman’s
* 1/2 cup ketchup
* 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
Fry off bacon till crispy
Dice and fry onion in bacon drippings
Dump all beans, all seasonings, bacon and onion into crockpot – cook on low for 6-8 hours (then high, lid off, for 30-60 mins if you like it drier) but check it. Crock pots, like microwaves, vary a lot!
OR put in an ovenproof casserole and cook for at least 1 hour (I’m guessing about 150 for fan assisted or 180 regular oven) Stir occasionally. Oven produces a less sauce-y version.
Hopefully back to scrapping soon…..