March is in full swing here in Texas, though the weather can’t seem to make up its mind between winter and spring. Our kiddos have been on Spring Break this week and the cooler temps have me wishing I was sitting somewhere sandy, under an umbrella, with another [miniature] one in my drink. Instead I am making up a big batch of these Slow Cooked Bacon and Beans to keep us warm. (Not to be confused with the yummy Bacon Baked Beans I made last week. We’ve been on a winter comfort food kick lately.)
Because I am recovering from surgery (see: Instagram) we don’t have any big plans this week. James took off two weeks to help me recover, so it’s been nice to just spend time all together at home without any pressing plans. Though, I think we are all starting to get a little stir crazy. The DFW Auto Show will be in town next week, so if I’m feeling more mobile, we might venture out to that. It’s always fun to see all the different vehicles- Sophia is obsessed with the trucks, while Isabella has an eye for the finer, luxury cars.
The DFW Auto Show is one of the largest new car and truck shows in the nation – and local car enthusiasts, families and potential buyers alike flock to see the latest and greatest car styles, models, trends and technology. The Show is open to the public from March 22-26, 2017. Throughout the Show, attendees can visit the Capital One Auto Navigator Garage where they’ll have a chance to see Capital One® Auto Navigator®* website demos, engage in an interactive photo booth, and see a Chip Foose-custom designed car.
*Capital One developed Auto Navigator to simplify car buying and financing. Auto Navigator focuses on adding transparency to a sometimes confusing process by allowing consumers to pre-qualify for auto financing and see their financing terms before visiting a dealer. Consumers can browse more than 3 million cars from over 12,000 participating dealers across the country, including in your area. I’m definitely interested to learn more about this as we are looking at buying a truck in the near future. (#CountryProblems)
For more information about the Capital One Auto Navigator Garage, visit Capital One’s Facebook page.
Slow Cooked Bacon and Beans
- 1/4 cup onion diced
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 6 pieces bacon cooked
- 32 oz chicken stock
- 1 lb Great Northern Beans
- 1/4- 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
- Start by soaking your beans overnight: Rinse the beans under cool, running water and remove any unappealing beans. Transfer them to a large bowl and cover with a few inches of clean water. Let sit overnight. Drain before cooking.
- Add the cleaned beans to a slow cooker.
- Crumble the bacon and add to the slow cooker with onion, garlic, and red pepper flakes.
- Add enough chicken stock to cover the beans about 2 inches. (This will vary depending on the size of your slow cooker).
- Cook on low for 5-6 hours, until the beans are soft and most of the liquid has been absorbed.
- Season with salt and pepper and more bacon as desired.
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