Musings: The Bear Necessities of Life

I did not make this cake )

The bare necessities of Life! Lets muse! Last night we had such fun celebrating beans-n-franks day AND I saved you a piece of cake to muse with me over!

with a cuppa, of-course

We invited Susan and Richard over last tonight to share beans-n-franks and french fries with us for dinner, celebrating day eight of our year-long “food of the day” goal.

Geri sent me this recipe for beans-n-franks. I read it and said to myself, “Mmm seems interesting.” Geri said it was very good. I said, “Pineapple with beans-n-franks is an interesting combination.” Geri told me that the pineapple gave the dish a Hawaiian flavor. “Why not”, I thought, “if it’s awful, we could always fall back on grilled hotdogs and beans.” I never ever enter into a relationship with a recipe without a backup plan!

Cole and I headed over to Cosco to buy the necessary ingredients for our meal and a new sonic toothbrush; our old one would not charge. If my mom reads this she will comment, “You all are much too rough on things–I have had my sonic tooth brush for 10 years and it is in perfect condition.” I can assure my mom and you, that we are not guilty of toothbrush abuse; we have never submerged it in water, dropped it, or spindled it, as far as I know! However, it’s hard to argue with a mom who has bath towels that are as pristine and white as the day she bought them ten years ago; don’t ask how long our bath towels last!

Anyway, we went to Cosco and did our shopping, and, as we turned down an aisle, we saw a box of soft, wonderful teddy bears. Cole pulled one out and gave it a bear hug and I knew that big old bear was going in our shopping cart.

As we walked out of Cosco I was humming…“The bare necessities of life will come to you.” Baloo is the newest member of our family and will remind us…

“So just try and relax, yeah cool it
Fall apart in my backyard
‘Cause let me tell you something little britches
If you act like that bee acts, uh uh
You’re working too hard

And don’t spend your time lookin’ around
For something you want that can’t be found
When you find out you can live without it
And go along not thinkin’ about it
I’ll tell you something true

The bare necessities of life will come to you.”

Back at home, Cole prepared some homemade lemonade while I set the table, cut up some fruit for a fruit salad and opened the cans for the main attraction, Hawaiian style beans-n-franks .

I then poured frozen crinkle fries on the cookie sheet, made sure the Martini glasses were washed and that the Waterford glistened. Hey, even a beans-n-franks dinner deserves a little presentation!

Susan and Richard arrived. We toasted the day with Martinis and lemonade, and enjoyed an appetizer of spinach and artichoke dip…

Richard asked to see my organized and clean pantry; I was hoping he would!

And then we dined on pretty good food and wonderful company.

We hope to share the “food of the day” often. If you are ever in the neighborhood, stop by…we will leave the light on. After all, family, friendship, and food are the bare necessities of life! Today is Macaroni day and Grand Marnier Day.

Musing is more fun if you join in! Leave a comment if you have the time, Odd loves company!


HAWAIIAN BAKED BEANS AND FRANKS: Thank you Geri! No back up plan needed!

1 1/2 c. crushed pineapple
2 tbsp. chopped onion
2 tbsp. brown sugar
1 tbsp. ketchup
1 tbsp. mustard
2 (16 oz.) cans baked beans
1 lb. franks, sliced into 1 inch pieces

Drain pineapple. Combine all ingredients in a 2 quart casserole. Bake  uncovered in a preheated  350 oven for an hour. 6 to 8 servings.

Emily, the WOW Mom, my partner in food for a day also served up beans ‘n’ franks with fries! I like her style!

16 thoughts on “Musings: The Bear Necessities of Life

  1. I have been waiting and waiting with bear breath to see how the Hawaiian Franks ‘n’ beens turned out. I’m so glad you all liked it! And I really liked the presentation! 😀

    Thanks for the cake. Delish.

  2. Welcome Baloo! I had no idea how big he was until I saw him next to Cole! I’ve yet to walk into a Cosco , there’s only one in Melbourne and it isn’t easy or convenient to drive to from my house. One day I’m going to get up the nerve, abandon all inhibition and grab a huge trolley and explore!

    • The samples are fun at Cosco. I would encourage you to give it a try sometime. It can be overwhelming, tho and too much for a small family of two.
      Baloo is a big bear!

  3. Papa bear and I did Muse about a giant Teddy for baby blue eyes, but for the sake of familial harmony we decided to wait until she can pick her own. Frankly, your evening sounded beanutiful!

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  5. Baloo is great and your dinner looked wonderful but I really want to know is how you killed your sonic toothbrush!


  6. Ooh.. I can so easily picture that recipee and serve it over rice! Yup, that’s the asian in me always put rice on anything! 🙂 Thanks for sharing. Let me know what the “food of the day” are for around mid-August, we might be in your neighborhood! 🙂

  7. Your right, I am wondering what you did with your toothbrush. And yes, mine is over 10 years old, I buy new brushes every 6 months after I have my teeth cleaned! As for my towels, well—-I do have one towel that’s older than you are. It’s kind of thin but I figure why toss it now!
    You forgot about my shoes!!! LOL Are we related????

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