Bad Momma, Brave Girl and Twice Baked Beans

I’m feeling like a bad Mom today.
I took my daughter to the doctor this morning for a cough and a toe that just would not seem to heal. She had been coughing for about a week, but otherwise felt good.
I figured it was allergies, it was not. Sinus infection.
Bad Mom.
The toe. It has been giving us issues for 8 weeks. It was ingrown, but being nurse Mom, I thought I fixed it. I treated it, trimmed the nail, soaked it. It was almost better.
Then it got yucky again.
I blamed it on tween fashion.
The boots she loves are fashionable and FURRY. That was the issue, I thought.
We battled the infected toe over and over. It would ALMOST be better, then bad again.
I gave up, and it’s good that I did. It was still infected, deep down where I could not treat it.
Bad Mom.
So my sweet, brave tween had her toe poked with needles  and cut open today. I’ll spare you the gory details. 
It’s a horrible experience for a parent.
Knowing your child is in pain and having to allow it to happen.
I don’t understand how parents abuse children,
it broke my heart watching her go through this pain and I KNEW it was going to help.
I knew it was for the best and it was still heartbreaking to let it happen.
I could not imagine inflicting pain upon my child, to satisfy my own anger.
So, I’m feeling like I dropped the Mom ball, and it’s so close to Mother’s day. 😦
Tonight we had company for dinner, and
an evening warm enough to grill. Yes! Light cooking duty for me.
My husband is the grill master.

I made twice baked beans.

Here’s my recipe. It’s not from scratch, however it is very good.
  1. 2 large cans of baked beans any brand. The brand I used tonight is the Wal-mart brand.
  2. 1/2 medium onion, chopped. (or 1/2 cup of frozen diced onions.
  3. Brown sugar 1/4 cup, well packed.
  4. French-fried onions 1/2 cup and 1/4 cup for topping.
  5. Chopped bacon or turkey bacon. 1/3 cup.
Add all ingredients (except 1/4 cup of french-fried onions that should be saved for the topping.) to a well greased baking pan. Stir. Sprinkle the top with the French-fried onions you saved for the topping. Cover with foil and bake at 350 deg. for 25 min. remove foil and bake for 10 min. longer to make the top crispy.

These beans are THE BEST.

If you try them, I’m sure you’ll enjoy them.

the ingredient lineup


My short cut to chopped onions


ready to cover and place in the oven


baked and cooling.



  1. My wife informed me yesterday I’ll be making these from scratch for Memorial Day. OK, keep in mind this was more than 20 years ago, but I was roughhousing with my sister and she complained about her arm hurting. My parents sent us to bed. The NEXT day it was still hurting and it turns out she or we, ahem, had dislocated her elbow. Feel better about the toe? Hope your daughter feels better soon.

    • I have never made them from scratch. I just “doll up” the canned ones. 😉 I’ll have to try your recipe, if you post it.

      Thanks. I feel better today, I just felt guilty that she was hurting. She would have been hurting either way though, I did not cause the ingrown toe nail.

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