Step one: Rinse beans. In a large bowl combine beans and 8 cups water; cover and let soak overnight in a cool place or combine in a large Dutch oven. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer for 2 minutes. Remove from heat; cover and let stand for one hour.
Step two: Drain and rise beans.
Step three: Return beans to Dutch oven. Stir in 8 cups fresh water. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Cover and simmer for about 1 hour or until tender, stirring occasionally.
Step 4: Drain beans; reserving liquid.
Step 5: In a 3 quart casserole combine the beans with the other ingredients and one cup of the reserved bead liquid.
Bake, covered about 30 minutes at 350 degrees more or to desired consistency. Makes 12 servings.
Special note: After I got it all mixed together, (step 5) I put it in the crock pot and refrigerated it until I was preparing to serve it. It heated up in about 4 hours on low in the crock pot.