A beautiful fall day here, so I thought I’d take some pics around our yard…
Katie gave me this rose bush in a planter that everyone at my wedding shower put their thumbprint on and made into ladybugs. It was so stinking cute. Now the rose bush is planted and growing huge…am I supposed to cut it back?
I made chili today in the crock pot. My mom makes ah-mazing chili so I called her for some tips. She is not a measure-er, so I just guessed, but I thought I would try and measure some things to write a recipe on the bloggy. So here it is:
~1 lb ground sirloin (apparently we are eating more red meat these days)
1 28 oz. can tomato puree or crushed tomatoes (mine was a mix called all purpose)
1 28 oz. can whole or diced tomatoes (for chunkiness)
1 can of kidney beans
3 stalks of celery
1 green bell pepper
1 t pepper
dash of sea salt (my beans and tomatoes already had salt)
1 t chili powder
1/2 t cayenne pepper
Chop and throw veggies in skillet, cook about 10 minutes. Add ground sirloin. Once cooked, add all other ingredients to crock pot. Cook on low, 4 hours. My mom always added a little bit of brown sugar. When it was done I took out a bowl for myself (sugar free challenge) then added a spoonful of brown sugar to the crock pot for Joe and Pat S.(Joe’s friend came over for some din din). Verdict: Really good!!
I went back for a little more (I was stingy with my serving) and I could not taste the difference with the brown sugar, so I say, not necessary. (By the way, the sugar free challenge is going way easier than I thought! Joe said I better blog that I had a tiny bit of brown sugar 😉 I don’t know if it’s in my head, but I do feel better and have more energy too. I think it is easier knowing it’s just not an option, as opposed to just “trying” to avoid it.)
I also made these garlic pita wedges. I put butter on whole wheat pitas from TJ’s, then sprinkled with garlic powder and baked at 375 in the convection oven for about 10 minutes.
Those were eaten up really, really fast!
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