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Among my many different talents :o), cooking and baking are the ones I most excel in. The cooking and baking bumblebee has stung me again.

Not too long ago, I made a giant pot of these homemade chili beans and cornbread (with corn). Believe me when I tell you that they tasted delicioso, and were so cheap to make! This pot of chili beans, and the cornbread was enough to feed me and Grandpa, plus friends who would stop by to visit, for over a week.

2. This morning, I decided to go back to the man who sold me the Coca Cola machine I showed you a few weeks ago. I remembered seeing something that interested me an awful lot. It was an antique safe that weighed close to a half a ton. I asked him about it, and he told me that the door to it was open because he didn't have the combination to it. I told him that I might be interested in buying it from him and made him an offer. He accepted. I then told him that I would first have to make some phone calls to see how much it would cost me to have it towed, and also to find some company that worked on combinations.

After a few calls, I found a towing company who would tow it for what I thought was a good price. I also found this place that specialized in figuring out the combination to old safes. I then went back to the man to let him know that I would be buying the safe, and paid him for it. The men with the tow truck arrived, and had a hell of a time with the monstrosity, but were finally able to get it in the truck. They then drove to the company that works on combinations. The man was able to figure the combination pretty fast. Then the tow truck drove to my house.

I had planned on having it in my house, but they told me that it weighed almost as much as some cars, and since I had hard wood floors, it would destroy them. I finally had them leave in my backyard driveway. They told me that it was a first time for them, where they towed a safe, and were amazed by the incredible weight of it.

What I'm going to do is, go to that place down town, where all these men gather by the bridge in hopes of people stopping by and giving them a job, and ask for someone who knows how to work with cement. Then I'll have him make me a solid type of cement flooring right up against one side of my house where I have this huge juniper, and call the men again to come with a bobcat or something, and put in on top. The juniper will hide if from view, and I'll cover it with a thick plastic to protect it from the RARE times we get rain.

It's filthy right now, but it is really something incredible, and will hopefully show you pictures of it today, or tomorrow, then when I scrub it clean, I'll post more pics of it.

I've tried to find some info. on antique safes on the web but found very little. When I post the pics, and give the info I found on the safe itself, could you kids try and find as much information on it as possible for me?


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Aug. 22nd, 2009 11:16 pm (UTC)
Those are fantastic looking chili beans.
Aug. 22nd, 2009 11:46 pm (UTC)
so easy ...
Thank you Dave! They really and truly were delicious, and unbelievably, the cost was so darn cheap. If you ever want the recipe, let me know, because they are so easy to make.

I'll soon be posting some of my cooking secrets that make future cooking a lot more easy, and less time consuming.
Aug. 25th, 2009 07:02 pm (UTC)
Re: so easy ...
I'd love the recipe!
Aug. 30th, 2009 11:26 pm (UTC)
Re: so easy ...
You would?! You're the only one who wants it, and it makes me so happy!

I'm terrible at giving directions, but I'll try my best.

1. Cook a big pot with about 1 pound of dried pinto beans. (NOT can beans) You can do this the day before if you wish.

2. Chop and saute one whole onion, and two green bell peppers in one frying pan, then add two chopped fresh tomatoes, and plenty of garlic. (granulated or fresh doesn't matter) Saute for a couple of more minutes.

3. In a seperate frying pan, saute about two pounds of ground beef (lean ground beef to make it healthier) Try to get the ground beef as crumbly (NOT mushy!) as possible. I use my food processor.

4. Add all these ingredients to the BIG pot you have your cooked beans in, including 1 small can of tomatoe paste, and 1 pound can tomatoes that you will cut up in chunks. (don't throw away the tomatoe juice in the can, because you want to add that, also.

5. Now add about 1/2 cup chili powder, 1 tablespoon dried oregano, 1 teaspoon dried cumin, 2 bay leaves, lots of black pepper, and salt to taste. Now add 1 1/2 teaspoons TABASCO sauce. (It MUST be TABASCO)

6. Bring to a boil, then lower heat to simmer for about 1 hour. Try to stir ever-so-often.

Amazingly, these beans taste even better as the days go by. I believe it's due to all the spices really getting all there flavor out.

Try to make cornbread, because the combination of the chili beans and cornbread is amazing. For the cornbread, just follow the instructions on the cornmeal bag. I add evaporated milk and 1 can creamy style corn, a little extra Canola oil (Canola oil is just as healthy as Olive Oil), and since I love my cornbread sweet, I add much more sugar than the instructions ask for.

Let me know if you were able to understand my instructions. I have such a hard time expressing myself in writing.

Sep. 15th, 2009 04:51 am (UTC)
Re: so easy ...
Thanks! The instructions look very clear.

"You're the only one who wants it" - probably I'm the only one who wasn't too shy to ask ;-).

Traveling at the moment, but looking forward to trying it when I stop somewhere for a bit (October - might cook it for my brother's family).

I've never seen pinto beans (not being an American) but I'm sure it'll be great with kidney beans (red beans). I'm inclined to double the spices - does that sound like a good idea?
Sep. 17th, 2009 06:24 pm (UTC)
Re: so easy ...
You're welcome.

Wow! So you've never seen pinto beans?! Kidney beans will do just fine. Go ahead and add extra spices, but don't double all at once; just add little by little until you get the taste you want, because I do the same thing since I prefer an extra spicy flavor. I rarely, and just keep adding whatever, until I get that perfect flavor.

Have a great time on your travels!

Aug. 23rd, 2009 01:13 am (UTC)
I make a mean chili, without beans and a killer cornbread too. Need to trade sometime.

But, reason I'm commenting. An odd thing I've discovered, a lot of people have no clue how good chili and cornbread go together. I much prefer it to crackers. I like it with rice too. That's from the Louisiana boy in me.
Aug. 23rd, 2009 02:04 am (UTC)
The perfect couple; chili beans and cornbread
I'm sure you do, and yes, we need to trade.

You're right. There are so many people that don't realize that eating chili beans with cornbread is like eating pumpkin pie with a scoop of vanilla ice cream!

When I make chili beans, save some for my version of Coney Island Hotdogs. I first steam the bun, then spread mustard, mayo, and a little relish on the bun, then add the frank, and add a big scoop the chili beans on top, then I top with thinly shredded cabbage, and dice onions, then I pour Louisiana Hot Sauce all over the top.

Another version that I love is adding lots of mustard to the bun, then a slice of swiss cheese, and lots of sauerkraut. Then I put the whole thing in the micro for a few seconds until the cheese starts to melt. This is my favorite hotdog of all the hotdogs in the world.
Aug. 23rd, 2009 02:31 am (UTC)
Re: The perfect couple; chili beans and cornbread
I love a good messy chili dog. But, my absolute favorite dog is a steamed bun, like those in the theaters, the dog from one if those turning heating things and mustard, good oldfashioned yellow mustard. The other way is with the works. Mayo, mustard, katchup, relish, onions, chili and cheese, piled so high you have to eat it with a fork.
Aug. 23rd, 2009 02:23 am (UTC)
My, My that looks good.

Having a good safe is interesting. The large ones are unique, usually with a name or picture on front. My dad had one in his garage back in ND, my brother-in-law has one and I know of a few others.
Aug. 24th, 2009 07:28 pm (UTC)
3,000 pounds?...
It sure is!! Is it possible that this safe could weigh 3,000 pounds or more?
Aug. 24th, 2009 08:36 pm (UTC)
Re: 3,000 pounds?...
How tall does it stand, if it is about 2 feet deep, 2 1/2 feet wide and 3' 10 inches high it would weigh in at 1,000 pounds or so. From my experience.
Aug. 23rd, 2009 03:31 am (UTC)
Wow! You are a treasure hunter as well as a baker and cook!! I'm impressed!
Aug. 24th, 2009 07:51 pm (UTC)
asking price.
Yes, I've always had the treasure hunt bug, and what makes it a plus for me is, that I can always talk the person way down from asking price. :o)

Soon you'll see the monstrocity I fell in love with a few years ago!
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Aug. 24th, 2009 07:33 pm (UTC)
it's quite posible it could...
When I show you the pics, you'll see why I wouldn't want it inside my house. It is the ugliest thing I've ever seen, but I do adore it!

When you see the close up pics, let me know what you think. First, I must clean it up, and believe me when I tell you that it's going to take a least one whole day, if not more. Also, it's quite posible it could weigh a lot more. I'll explain when I make a about it.

YOu are so inteligent and talented, and I'm in awe by what you wrote!
Aug. 23rd, 2009 11:37 am (UTC)
mmhh pastel de elote!! Me encanta!! me darias una probadita? ;)
Aug. 24th, 2009 08:22 pm (UTC)
Estoy seguda que te gustaria muchisimo.

voy a escribir tocante de nuestro país. Como me da tristesa, y no sabes lo quanto me preocupo por tí amor!
Aug. 25th, 2009 10:44 am (UTC)
Espero tu post de nuestro pais, a mi tambien me preocupa lo que sucede de verdad.

Un beso
Aug. 23rd, 2009 01:38 pm (UTC)
I'd love to see pics of the safe :D

Aug. 24th, 2009 07:35 pm (UTC)
You'll see them soon.

Aug. 23rd, 2009 10:22 pm (UTC)
Soooo delicious looking.
Aug. 24th, 2009 07:36 pm (UTC)
Thanks! It is, and so easy to make!
Aug. 24th, 2009 01:51 am (UTC)
I just finished an excellent supper, and those beans and cornbread STILL made me hungry! Very yummy looking.
Aug. 24th, 2009 07:40 pm (UTC)
It's strange, the chili beans seem to taste even better as the days go by. Same thing for the cornbread by putting the plastic lid on the pan after you cut yourself a piece, or by wrapping it in plastic wrap.

Thank you!
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Aug. 24th, 2009 08:10 pm (UTC)
I had to start all over again, because LJ gobbled up what I wrote to you! Guess it also like my chili beans and cornbread. :o0

Hope I've instilled you to start cooking again!

Since I was a little girl, I loved looking at old stuff.
Aug. 24th, 2009 04:51 am (UTC)
that chili and cornbread looks incredibly good!! I can only immagine how it tastes
Aug. 24th, 2009 06:56 pm (UTC)
your bones...
It is Daddy, because everything I make, I make it with love, and that's the secret to good cooking.

The chili beans and cornbread are especially a great combination during the cold weather. They really stick to your bones.
Aug. 24th, 2009 11:41 am (UTC)
I'd love to stop by for chili and corn bread sometime...just pm directions to your house...ha ha!
Ever make corn bread in a cast iron pan? Pre-heat the pan...it's the best.
Aug. 24th, 2009 06:30 pm (UTC)
Special recipe for cast iron cornbread?
Know what I'd rather gobble up more than cornbread? You! ;o)

No, I've never made it in one, but I do have a cast iron pan that belonged to my Momma. I'm going to try it. Do I pour the same cornbread mixture I make into the pan, or is there a different recipe for it? How many minutes does it take in the oven to bake?
Aug. 24th, 2009 07:52 pm (UTC)
Re: Special recipe for cast iron cornbread?
Depends upon the size of your cast iron pan. After the oven's hot...put the cast iron pan in the oven until it's good n hot...about 10 minutes. Take the pan out after it's hot and spray it with non-stick spray, and imediately pour in the batter...fill 1/2 to 3/4 and return it to the oven. I take it out when the top is brown...like in your pic, and test it for doneness. Preheating the pan makes it all crispy around the edges. After it cools a little, it comes right out of the pan. No special recipe. Cooking in cast iron is the difference. I think you'll like it.
Aug. 24th, 2009 08:13 pm (UTC)
Re: Special recipe for cast iron cornbread?
I WILL try it, and when I do, I'll post a pic so you can see it!

Thanks so much for the instructions!
Aug. 24th, 2009 08:50 pm (UTC)
Re: Special recipe for cast iron cornbread?
Es mi placer.
Aug. 24th, 2009 03:22 pm (UTC)
I miss home cooked food :/ part of what I lost when my mom died.
Aug. 24th, 2009 06:42 pm (UTC)
I know how it feels ...
Since I was little girl, I'd always watch my Mom cooking. As I grew older, I would always help her with the cooking, since we had four hungry guys, and my Dad to feed. To this day, I'm glad I watched and helped Mom.

Like you, I know how it feels to lose the only ONE thing God gives us, and that's our Mom.

Aug. 24th, 2009 06:23 pm (UTC)

That cornbread looks like it came out nicely!

Aug. 24th, 2009 06:37 pm (UTC)
Thank you Tig! It came out the way I like it, moist to perfection.
Aug. 24th, 2009 11:05 pm (UTC)
Re: perfection...
mmm... that's sounds so good.
Aug. 26th, 2009 11:30 pm (UTC)
A safe? Good lord. Half a ton of steel with a door, for what purpose? And have you found an honest locksmith to help with the combo reset.

Mmm. Chili.
Aug. 28th, 2009 09:08 pm (UTC)
Good Lord is right! I did find an honest locksmith who figured out the combination. Stay tunned because I'll be posting some pics of it hopefully today.

The chili was fantastico! :o)
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