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Is there anything better during these warm summer months than grilling out with friends?!
I think not!

With the summer holidays, pool parties, cook-outs, etc I like having a staple dish that I can whip up quickly and people remember as Legen————————————————————————————————–DARY! (Yep, my How I Met Your Mother dorkiness is coming out again! Seriously though, if you’ve never watched it and you’re between 25-35 then you really MUST watch it!!!)


I LOVE baked beans, but I don’t love slaving away in the kitchen during these HOT summer months.  So I cheat.  Yep, you heard me right…. I’m a cheater!  I am not SuzyQ Homemaker, I do not have hours and hours to make everything from scratch.  I like to think of myself as an aspiring Sandra Lee (no, not Sandra Dee- goody two shoes turned sexy vixen from Grease- another really good movie!). The Sandra Lee from Semi-Homemade on Food Network.

If you notice ALL of my recipes are relatively easy.  I don’t do complicated!  But, I digress.  Let me just tell you…. no one will know you cheated on these baked beans!  Everyone thinks I make them from scratch and they have become the staple request when we’re invited to a BBQ.  Err, well, I guess they don’t think that anymore….since I’ve written this post.  Oh well, I’m here to share my secrets and make your life easier, right?!

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Alrighty, here’s the super fabulous recipe:

2 Cans Bush’s Original Baked Beans
1/2 cup Light Brown Sugar + 1/8 cup to sprinkle on top before baking
1 Small Onion- Diced
4 TBS Ketchup
2 TBS Mustard
4 Slices of Bacon (optional)

Okay, are you ready for how simple this is?!

1. Mix together Baked Beans, brown sugar, onion, mustard (even if you don’t like mustard it’s very important for the flavor- we HATE yellow mustard but trust me- it’s needed), and ketchup in a casserole dish. Add bacon on top if you want- we rarely ever do- unless I want to be “fancy”.

2. Bake at 350 for 45 minutes.


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Bye for now! Where I Shop- (1)
Thrive Market - It's like the Costco of organics...this is where I get all of my sugar, flour, baking supplies, kids snacks, etc.
Zaycon Foods- This is where I buy most of my meat products in bulk.  The quality is amazing and the prices just can't be beat!  I mean, $1.89 a pound for boneless all-natural chicken breasts!!  It is bulk but you can always split with a friend or make up a bunch of freezer meals like I do!
Melissa Llado
Melissa is a busy mom trying to survive the preschool years. She loves a good Pinot Grigio and cuddling up on the couch for the latest super hero movie. Her kids enjoy getting in the kitchen and helping make a mess trying new recipes! Even though she's constantly creating new and delicious treats she usually winds up buying grocery store treats when it's time for her to take snacks for school-- at all of the teachers' dismay.
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