I’m so full.
After stuffing my face for days on end, I’ve never been more thankful for elastic waist bands.
But really, this fullness I’m speaking of didn’t come from eating too much stuffing. But from five glorious days of family, laughter, movie nights with the Mister, daytime adventures with my two boys, tree trimming, Santa sightings, old friends and more family.
On Thanksgiving morning, I woke up early (standard) filled my favorite coffee mug to the brim, closed my eyes and BEAMED. In that moment, forcing myself to find gratitude in all areas of my life, I’ve never been happier.
No matter what happens – no matter what stressors and disappointments come our way – no matter how many raccoons ruin our attic (don’t ask) – whatever difficulties we might be facing – I know for a fact that as long as I have my other two musketeers, life is very, very good.
I’ve done it! I’ve perfected a pot of chili. It’s just hot enough for the Mister (even though he often adds hot sauce) and it doesn’t make me feel like my throat is closing!
I’ve served this at many family functions over the past few months and have only received rave reviews – enjoy!
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 1 onion, diced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 pound ground turkey
- 3 (15 ounce) cans black beans, undrained
- 1 (14.5 ounce) can crushed tomatoes
- 1 1/2 tablespoons chili powder
- 1 tablespoon dried oregano
- 1 tablespoon dried basil leaves
- 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
The directions are simple. Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat; cook onion and garlic until onions are translucent. Add turkey and cook through, stirring, until meat is brown. Next, stir in beans, tomatoes, chili powder, oregano, basil and vinegar. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer 60 minutes or more, until flavors are well-blended.
This chili freezes wonderfully and makes the perfect cuddle-up meal with some fresh cornbread. Enjoy!
Haim’s The Wire has become my morning jam. LOVE. Do yourself a favor and give it a listen.
I’m halfway done with my Christmas shopping. This is leaps and bounds where I was at last year.
I’m giddy with anticipation of our upcoming Christmasy activities that are filling up the calendar – of note: a ride on THE POLAR EXPRESS.
I still have not had a red cup — OR a real pumpkin spice latte! I know, it’s a little embarrassing. BUT The Green Mountain Pumpkin Spice K-cups are just such an amazing option (and more affordable!) that I’ve been getting my punkin’ fix. Plus, they are always on sale at Kohl’s and I just so happened to have a $10 off coupon. See, Mister? I’m thrifty. The secret to replicating the rich taste of a latte is to use the pumpkin spice k-cup, and a packet of stevia and a generous splash of WHOLE milk (this is key).
Folks, I have perfected my chili recipe. I know I’ve shared a few versions in the past (white chicken chili, traditional chili), but I’ve made this a few times now with rave reviews. Stay tuned for the recipe.
I threw my parent’s a surprise 60th birthday party. It was amazing! And it actually stayed a surprise. While I didn’t get ANY photos of people AT the actual party, I did snap a few before hand. I tried to keep it simple, while still making it special. I made my newly famous chili, ordered pizza and made vanilla buttercream cupcakes. I also put together a few decorations using free printables and MAKING my own tissue balls (so easy!).
Other updates — my birthday! — so much fun, the Mister and my family spoiled me . a trip to Great Wolf Lodge with Bean (SO FUN!) and the continuing big boy bed debacle — who buys the wrong sized mattress for their child’s bed? Oh, that’d be us. Not to worry, we have a fantastic solution in place and we’re so excited for our little man’s new room
Alright, I’m off for now — hope you are all having a great start to your week!