These lima beans are Beth's absolute favorite meal. I think she has very fond memories of her Grandma Forsyth making them. Beth said her grandma would always send her with a mason jar full of beans to take home because Beth liked them so much. I make them in the spirit of Sadie Belle though I don't have her recipe -- I use my mother's recipe for red beans substituting the lima beans for red beans.
1 one lb. package of dried large lima beans
1 small onion
1 smoked ham bone, ham hock or other smoked seasoning meat
salt and pepper to taste
Using a 6 qt crock pot, fill with it to the 1/2 mark with water. Pour in beans. Let soak overnight. Add onion, sliced into four pieces, garlic cloves pealed and left whole, and seasoning meat. Add water until 1 inch below top. Cook for 5 - 6 hours on high. When beans are soft, it is done. To make creamy, take out about 1/2 cup of beans and smash. Add back into the beans and mix around. Salt and pepper to taste. (I do not salt the beans before cooking because the seasoning meat is very salty. It will provide most if not all of the salt.)
Serve over long-grain rice with french bread or corn bread.