Bean Porridge

One of our favorite parts of the Prairie Primer is that the learning is hands on. In the book, Little House on the Prairie, Laura and Mary play “Bean Porridge” by singing the song below and keeping time with their hands.


Bean porridge hot.
Bean porridge cold.
Bean porridge in the pot nine days old.
Some like it hot.
Some like it cold.
Some like it in the pot nine days old.
I like it hot.
I like it cold.
I like it in the pot nine days old!

What would be more fitting than making our own bean porridge? After gathering all of the materials AJ did all of the work herself.

First she soaked the beans overnight.

Then she poured the beans into the colander.

She rinsed the beans.

She cut up the celery, garlic, and carrots. It was so hard not to help with this part…..I think it took close to an hour for her to cut everything up.

Then came the hard part, cutting up the onion. This was her solution.

After everything was finally cut up she put the ham bone in the crock-pot and added the beans, vegetables, seasoning, and water.

After waiting about 6 hours, the bean porridge was finished.

She did all of the work and was so proud of herself when we all sat down to eat dinner. The verdict…… we like it hot, we don’t like it cold, and it didn’t last to be nine days old. In all honestly it came out very tasty and since she originally made it we have made it two more times because it was so good.  It was also fairly cheep and easy to make.

I am linking up with Ben and Me and


Cooking With Kids Round Up


  1. I love this. I also love that you allowed her to do everything – even though it dragged on. I am sure this was such a great experience!

    Thanks so much for sharing this awesome post on the #homeschoollinkup!

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