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Sour green beans pictured in my Grandmother’s antique crystal serving Dish and with her hand crocheted “pineapple” design table cloth, and her bone china tea set




2 slices bacon

2 TBS vinegar

3 TBS sugar

!/2 Cup water

1 can French cut style green beans


Cut 2 slices of bacon into 1/2″ pieces. Fry until about 1/2 done and add 1/4 C diced onion.

Fry, stirring often, until bacon is crisp and onion browned. Drain grease.

Mix together 2 TBS vinegar, 3 TBS sugar, and 1/2 C water.

Add to bacon. Heat until almost boiling.

Add 1 can drained French-style green beans. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Simmer till heated through and flavors blend.



Can be made ahead and reheated for more flavor, also.  Easily doubled or tripled for 2 or 3 cans of green beans.


My first thought when I chose sour beans for my recipe was what a misnomer that is for sweet and sour green beans. To me, tangy describes them better than sour, but sour beans is the only name they went by in my family since I was a child.

My second thought was where did my mom get this recipe? Not from her mother, certainly. Her cooking was bland and unimaginative. From my paternal grandmother? That I can imagine but not prove. All I know is that my dad’s eyes lit up every time they were served—as if he’d savored them long before my mother began cooking them.

When I married, the recipe was passed on to me, but without history of its origin. My husband loved them as much as my dad did, and they became a must-have for Christmas dinner for us and our three daughters for many years. (Somehow, sons-in-law and grandchildren never developed the same appreciation for their tang!)

My third thought was how often do we take things for granted? It’s just a little 3″x 5″ card containing a recipe, but it could have told so much more. It could have been a history lesson, and I could have had a peek into the lives of the family women and their cooking eighty or ninety years ago. I would have enjoyed that.

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When Audra Knight’s gynecologist says, “I need to do a biopsy,” it numbs her to the core of her being. She’s young, she’s single, and she’s at risk for developing cancer. It’s not the time to be noticing Dann Day, the handsome new band-orchestra teacher at Chandler’s Grove Academy. But why should Dann consider her, anyway, with her unresolved anger issue, the way she’s strayed from church and God, and the fact that Heather Easton already seems to have claimed him as her own private property? No, she won’t get involved with him. It could too easily end in heartbreak, and she won’t put a man through that. She immerses herself in teaching her sixth-grade English class, giving piano lessons, befriending little Rosa Espinosa and her great-grandmother, hanging with her best friend, Tamina, and trying not to worry about the possible cancer verdict hanging over her head.

When Dann asks Audra’s help on a school project, Heather erupts with jealousy. It’s the catalyst that brings Audra’s anger problem to a head and sends her back to God and church. One thing can’t be stopped, though. It’s the growing attraction Audra feels for Dann. But how’s she going to tell the man, whom she knows wants a family, that she may never be able to have a baby? As pressure mounts, the only one who can provide the answer is God. Will he?


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About the Author:

Carol J. Nelson lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she spends most days writing Christian women’s fiction. Although she started writing in childhood, it took a lifetime to know what her heart truly desired and needed to write—stories that touch the fabric of women’s lives with hope, grace, and faith, combined with the little spice of clean romance women enjoy. She has three daughters, seven grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. She served as an aid in a nursing home, worked in the purchasing department of a large corporation, spent time as the head cook at an all-you-can-eat buffet, and went full circle to become a care giver before settling in to her first love, writing. When she’s not at the computer, church, gardening, cooking, and playing cards and games keep her busy.

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