And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair. ~ Kahlil Gibran

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Nostalgia is a Great Birthday Present

This, my dear friends, is the Baked Bean Crock. Oh, and ignore the crumbs on my counter. I have kids, and Big Sprout doesn't believe in wiping counters after she uses them. I will beat her later, I promise.

Where was I....Oh, yes.

This is the Baked Bean Crock. I am not sure if Mom made it, bought it, or received it as a gift, but she has had it for all my memory. This is the crock that Mom served Baked Beans in up until I was probably 12 or 13 yrs old. She never used anything least that I remember.

At one point we were talking, and I mentioned how much I loved this thing. It isn't really pretty, it isn't fancy, it isn't stylish. But it says "home" to me. It is something that makes me think of family meals around the old (ugly as sin) kitchen table, of winter days full of play and a warm meal waiting. It makes me think of all the good things that come from long traditions and simple values.

I love it, chips and scratches and all.

Thanks, Mom.


Finding Pam said...

Barefoot, that really brings back some good memories for me as well because my mom also used a baked bean pot similar to your. You are right on about the memories and the good food.

Not to sound well,dumb, I left you some questions on your last post. Try not to laugh at me when you read them. I was always told there were no dumb questions,but I warned you just in case. LOL

barefoot gardener said...

You were told right...there is no such thing as a dumb question. Any question asked with a true desire to learn deserves an honest answer. I sent you an email with my answer, and I hope you get it. If you don't, or have more questions, feel free to email me at lit DOT lover AT hotmail DOT com.

RuthieJ said...

Tell us Barefoot....have you ever baked beans in this pot? I have a green & brown Frankoma bean pot that was my grandma's. It used to hold dog treats and I've never baked beans in it either, but I understand from people who do that they're really good!

barefoot gardener said...

No, I have never actually baked the beans in this pot. I don't think my mother did, either. I am not sure if it is oven safe. I have heard that when you do home baked beans in a pot like this one they are really good, though.