Saturday, October 20, 2012

Green Bean Bacon Bundles

So because of all the pre-Online BlogCon chatting going on in the Online BlogCon FB group, I've decided even if I have posts scheduled to mid-January (I thought I was moving this month and was preparing for at least 2 months of no internet) I'm going to try and update my scheduled posts with a little blabbering. I don't really do a lot of blabbering here because I feel like I have nothing interesting to talk about, but I also want to feel like Fantastical is a little more personal. So I'm sharing - sharing is caring! Even if the sharing is completely random.

I have two kids - Matthew, 5, and Cambria, 4. I'm one of those uber attached parents and so I drive Matthew to school daily and I am continuing SAHMing with just one kiddo. Matthew's school is like 3 miles from our house and there is this wicked awesome curve on the way there. My husband put an open cone intake on my car and I love to hear the engine go. Even if Matthew likes to remind me that my car has a measley v6 and Daddy's has a v8. :) The highlight of my boring mom/housewife life is taking that curve more than the posted 25 mph speed limit. Because it's soooo much fun!

Yesterday when I was taking the curve, I noticed that my steering wheel was acting kind of "sticky" and so I didn't speed up like I normally do. I called my husband and asked him if that would be perhaps power steering fluid low - someone in the office said it could also be the pump going...not sure what pump that is because I am completely car-illiterate. So I took on the task of finding my power steering fluid compartment. My Pontiac, Prixie, is amazing and I love her, but they did NOT put this compartment in an easy to access place. I had to wait for it to stop raining and get sunny again before I actually found it because the lid was covered in sludgey engine stuff, scientific term here, people! I cleaned off the lid and checked the fluid - and sure enough, it was just under the right amount. So I got to get fluid in there all by myself and I'm really excited about it. I properly diagnosed and "fixed" my own car! :)

Now on to these beans - which have nothing to do with my car story. What I really love about this side, other than the fact that it includes butter, garlic, and bacon, is that it looks so incredibly fancy and complicated. However, it takes so little time to prepare, you don't really have to hover over anything while it cooks, and they are out-of-this-world delicious!

What you need:
  • 1 lb. fresh green beans, rinsed and dried
  • 10 to 12 slices bacon
  • 2 tbsp. butter
  • 1 tbsp. brown sugar
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  1. Bundle together 5 to 8 green beans with a piece of bacon.
  2. Lay them seam down in a greased 9x13-inch pan. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  3. Over low heat, melt butter with brown sugar and garlic.
  4. Brush on top of bundles. Cover with foil.
  5. Bake at 400* for 35 minutes.
  6. Remove foil. Bake for 10 to 15 more minutes or until bacon is crispy.

Recipe from How Sweet It Is


Melissa {Persnickety Plates} said...

What kind of Pontiac do you have? Those were my favorite cars.

These green means look really good. I'll have to try the bacon wrapping technique :)

Unknown said...

Congrats on fixing your own car! I wish I was that handy...whenever I try, I usually end up making things worse :D

Love the green bean recipe...although anything with bacon can't be bad :D These would be great for making with the kids too; nice and simple and quick!