Here we are in July, the month when a huge portion of my family were all born! We have 15 birthdays in July! Some of you have been through it, some of you will still get to experience it, but Sunday my youngest child is turning 21! How did this happen so quickly? How did I get this old?

Those who know me will know this story already, but it is quite humorous, so I wanted to share it. I was told at my ultrasound that my third child was going to be a girl. I already had two boys, so I was super excited that I was finally going to get to buy cute tights at Gymboree! I was all geared up to get ready for a little girl! I still have the baby quilt that my grandma Pearl made me, and I painted a replica of it on her wall, Bo-peep and sheep. I sewed for months.... my cute little Tahlula Belle was going to be so well dressed! I bought hair do’s and pink Osh Kosh overalls. My baby shower and the baby book had all sorts of cute girlie things! Months later I was ready! The weather turned very hot, it was July, and I started dreaming that Tahlia was going to be born green and moldy due to the heat. Since I had some issues with my first two deliveries it was decided I would be induced on July 22nd. That morning, my mom was there, and as we are getting ready, the phone rings, canceling the induction because the hospital baby ward was full. We reschedule for the 28th. I get to the hospital on the morning of the 28th, call my mom.... she heads to the hospital. We start the induction, my mom comes with her best friend for the birth, and they decide to go get lunch before things start moving along. Things start moving along super fast! The epidural doesn’t feel like it’s working and we call the nurse. She checks me, kicks the door open with her foot and yells for help, and in two quick pushes, she catches the baby. My husband gasps.... and I say.... oh no she’s green and moldy isn’t she? He pauses and says no.... her plumbing is on the outside! WHAAAAAT? And then the nurse puts that bundle into my arms, and his little head is perfectly round, and his eyes are wide and gorgeous. He’s perfect! All thoughts of him not being a girl vanished. He’s just looking around and I realize I am not naming him Tahlula, he has no name. We hadn’t even picked out a boy's name. I have all pink and flowery things in our go home bag. Oh No! The nurse asks if I’m ready for lunch and she brings me a cheeseburger, and that’s when my mom walks back into the room. She wants to know where the baby in the bassinet came from. I tell her, it’s your grandson, she doesn’t believe me, and asks again... who’s baby is it, that’s not our baby, we are having a girl! Nope! Mom can’t believe it, her friend Jodi starts to cry because they missed the whole thing. But now we need to get something important done! Now we need a name. We start flipping through the only book we have available, the phone book. My handsome 21-year-old son got his name by us reading names out loud out of the phone book. We chose Jonathan and gave him my Pops' middle name of Patrick. He has been nothing but love and surprises since the day he was born, and I love him with my whole heart!

Today's recipe is one of his favorites since it has to be made with potato salad. His grandma Karen’s amazing baked beans. The two go hand in hand! They were baked in this amazing True Blue 12” covered casserole dish regularly $209.99 and on sale at 20% off for $167.99. Every gorgeous True Blue piece is available for purchase at the Pottery Avenue by Pangaea website. Use the search button and type in True Blue and it will bring up all of the pieces in this stunning pattern. Use discount code Twila or PAF for your 20% discount. Any questions, please send a message!

From my heart to yours! Smacznego!

Karen’s Baked Beans

  • 1 lb. browned ground beef drained
  • 6 slices of bacon fried
  • 1 medium onion sautéed in bacon grease
  • I large can baked beans
  • 1 can pork and beans
  • 1 can butter beans
  • 1 can kidney beans
  • 1 can tomato sauce
  • 2 teaspoons dry mustard
  • 3/4 cup jalapeño or regular ketchup I love the zing the jalapeño one adds!
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar

Combine all ingredients and place in covered baker. Bake at 300 for 3 hours.
Stir occasionally! I love this dish!
It pairs with my previously posted marinated flank steak and potato salad perfectly!