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Sunday, October 7, 2012

New post,next chapter...


   So it's been a while since my last post and weeelll I've been busy,busier than I ever thought possible.

I had a baby.


                            She is a cute,precious amazing little girl and my life has forever changed.
   It's a funny thing.Ya know how seasons change,pages turn and in my case a new chapter began this past summer.It's fall now. The leaves are changing,the wind has a bit of a chill in blowing through it and if you would have asked me four months ago about fall,I could have cared less about fall. The only season on my mind,the middle of summer.Hot,muggy,clothes-stick-to-you-like-cling wrap summer.

        ( "Lucy you gotta sum 'splainin' to do!)

        You see my last post was written back last November. I was about 10-weeks pregnant and using my last bit of energy to write that post. I wanted to make it a good one seeing as I would be taking a break for a while.Break has been takin',baby had and now it's time to get back down to business.

   I knew that one day I would make it past the summer time and fall would make it's debut.I was so pregnant and so hot that the thought of cooler weather was a brief,fleeting thought. I couldn't imagine a bowl of hot,spicy chili,spice cookies or heck for that matter wrapping up in a blanket with our amazing baby girl for cuddle time.Time marches on and folks let me tell you,cuddle time is amazing,the spice cookies are just perfect and my goodness give me a big ol' bowl of hot,spicy chili! Sign me up it's fall and I couldn't feel more excited,accomplished and have a belly filled with good food.

       You gotta get your feet under you after having a baby.I knew this fact AND knew that in my own time I WOULD get back into my kitchen. The days past,a lot of simple dinners made and sleepless nights have turned into a little-bit-more-rested nights in our house.The thought of even attempting to make a real dinner wore me out,but! the thought of making up a handful of casseroles and freezing them brought joy to my heart.The days for a fresh,hot dinners are happening every now and then.The nights of a thawed,homemade casserole baking in the oven while I play with the baby,all the time. Casserole recipes to come.

        I need to also admit my slow-cooker and I have become close pals.See working mostly full-time,taking care of baby and keeping the house slightly picked up can wear a girl out.The smells of a delicious meal cooking away in the slow-cooker can make 6-o'clock much easier.Knowing that dinner is made,there are leftovers to be saved and after I get the baby to sleep I too can have a hot and fresh plate full of food,PRICELESS. The slow-cooker recipe that has won my heart,a simple old-fashioned chili.I have no photos to show you of the steaming-spicy bowl of chili,because well...I'm not that quick anymore.


    (Could be that my camera is filled with pictures of a cute baby more than food these days,but bear with me I'm gettin' my groove back .)



                     










           Alrighty here's that fine,fine,fine chili recipe.It's simple,easy and after you had a big ol' bowl of chili goodness find you a big ol' blanket and have yourself some cuddle time.

Really Old-Fashioned Chili
adapted from Not Your Mother's Slow Cooker Cookbook
Ingredients:
2lbs ground sirloin
2 medium-sized yellow oninos,finely chopped
1 medium-sized green bell pepper,finely chopped
3 cloves garlic,minced
1 15-ounce can kidney beans,rinsed and drained
1 15-ounce can black beans,rinsed and drained
1 8-ounce can tomato sauce
2 cans diced tomatoes,with juice
1-2 cups beef broth
2 TBL chili powder
1/2 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp ground cumin
salt to taste
Directions-
1.In a large skillet brown the ground sirloin until no longer pink.(if you brown any further the meat will be tough after cooking in the slow-cooker.)Scoop the beef from the skillet and transfer to a paper-towel lined plate to drain.Soften the onion,bell pepper and garlic in the same skillet you browned the beef in,3-5 mins.You still want a little crunch to the vegetables,so don't brown,just soften them.
2.Put the beef and softened vegetables in the bottom of the slow-cooker.Add the remaining ingredients and cook the chili on LOW for 8-9 hours.ENJOY!

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