Chili Ideas

Chili Ideas

I haven't blogged in awhile, because I just haven't been able to come up with a blog worthy topic. I've had Ideas, and I have ...

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a funky place in life and son joining military

a funky place in life and son joining military

It's bee n a while since my last blog post and all I can say about it is that it's been a funk place in life for me. Since my last ...

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The best chicken I ever made recipe

The best chicken I ever made recipe

I don't have a picture of this recipe so Ill improvise and share a picture from my families recent Tybee vacation... Ok so this ...

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My top 5 in my feelings songs

My top 5 in my feelings songs

I don't know about you but sometimes I get in my feelings more than I should and when I do I turn to music therapy to sooth my soul.. T...

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Chili Ideas



I haven't blogged in awhile, because I just haven't been able to come up with a blog worthy topic. I've had Ideas, and I have sat down at the keyboard to post them to you, and I draw a blank. I guess I have had writers block of some sort. But tonight Im feeling passionate about chili.

Chili is a big deal around here. For me atleast. I love the stuff, and all the stuff you can do with it if you are lucky enough to have leftovers. Speaking of leftovers, chili is a great vessel for some of the leftovers you already have. Leftover corn, leftover shredded meat, left over coffee, and the list goes on.

I have made some great chili's and I've been itching to find someone in my circle of people who will do a chili cook-off with me. But my circle is small, and it includes mostly my parents and kids, and of those, my mom and dad are the only ones aside from me who cook, and they are the type that would likely let me win, so even if victory came, Id never really be secure in it.

Do you let your kids win at things? I have to admit I do sometimes, but then there are other times when I want them to know what it is to fail at something, and want to try harder, and become successful, so I don't let them win every time.. If it were a chili cook-off situation you can bet your bustle I would bring my A game.

To date here is my best chili recipe, but im still perfecting the ultimate bomb diggity, in yo face, what? what? chili recipe and when I find it, Ill be sure to let you know.


Chili Recipe

1 lb ground beef
1/2 lb ground pork
1 white onion
1 bell pepper chopped finely( I use red but you can use any color)
1 to 2 tbsp minced garlic  depending on your taste preference ( I like the stuff in the produce section already minced for you)
1 can Bush mild chili starter
1 can canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)
1 can refried beans 
1 can Bush's mild chili beans 
1 can light red kidney beans
1 can black beans
2 cans original Rotel tomatoes with diced chilies
2 cans cherry tomatoes
2 tbsp hershey cocoa powder
1/3 cup brewed coffee
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (or to taste)
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes (or to taste)
1 1/2 tbsp chili powder
1 tsp ground cumin
8 to 10 slices jarred jalapeno slices (sometimes I add a touch of the juice also)
dash of cinnamon (very minimal just enough to warm the belly without being a distinct flavor in the dish)
salt and pepper to taste

Brown ground beef, ground pork, onions and peppers, drain, add back to pot, add all other ingredients and let simmer on low, ( or in crock pot) for 5-6 hours stirring occasionally.

I hate that I don't have a picture of this recipe to share, I hope the recipe will stand alone, and be so awesome it will do its job anyway. Even the ugly child gets a date sometimes right?

For lack of chili images, let me share some of whats been going on in my Etsy shop, maybe you will find something you like, or some inspiration if you too are a decal maker.

  

   

a funky place in life and son joining military


It's bee n a while since my last blog post and all I can say about it is that it's been a funk place in life for me. Since my last post I have become the mom of 2 children in their twenties, and one pushing it. This has been a bit depressing for me. Not because I am getting older, that has never been an issue for me. I remember mama crying when she turned 40, but for me, Im glad God see's fit to let me turn another year older. For me its more about the fact that I have devoted myself entirely to my children, even to the point of neglecting my husband, and now I have to fully reinvent myself because they no longer need me as much and I don't know what to do with myself. Im getting the hang of it. But it's been a challenge for me.


I've kept myself busy with cutting decals, and painting rocks, and netflix binging. But I still think I need to "make something of myself". If I had a dollar for every time my parents used that term and I thought I had made something of myself. I had made myself the best mom I knew how to be. But I see what they were talking about now. I don't believe my choices in life were wrong. I raised great kids. Flawed as any human will be. But good people, that people want to know, and associate with. But now.. Who am I?


My oldest son is 19, and has graduated High School now, and is pursuing a career as a marine. I want him to chase his dreams, and go out there and try things, and learn things, and become someone great. I will never discourage his joining the marines, I think the time spent away from hometown USA would be good for him, everyone should broaden their horizons. But some recent decals I've been asked to make have me really second guessing myself on that.


I have made 3 In memory of decals for lost soldiers, and have met a young man who is home now from military service from an injury that will affect him for the rest of his life. It's crazy how the military was non-existent in my world, and now my child is considering joining and it's all in my face, and scary..

Here are a couple of the In memory of military decals I made, I forgot to take pictures of the third, but if you will notice the ages of the fallen soldiers, the third was in that same range, which is the same age range as my boy.


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fallen army soldier decal

I don't know how a mother manages a loss like this, and I fer a little that I may learn. I pray even now before he is a military man that I never know what these women suffer. But that fear lingers.


On the flip side tho, I have also cut a decal recently for a soldier who retired unscaithed and is proud of is time served. here is the decal I cut for him, as a fathers day gift from his wife.

retired navy military decal sticker

So this is a plus to it all. His family or 10 is constantly on vacation, and living the life, and if this is the outcome of my sons enlistment then its worth it. I want him to be financially stable. But, I fear that other outcome.

God, and the universe, and life, have given me a lot to think about, not that the choice in this is mine. But I know what to pray for, and I will.. I will pray so hard that God gives my son the life he deserves and for a longtime if he sees fit.

I realize that death isn't just limited to those in military service. I realize that it could knock on any of our doors at any moment. Infact just this year 3 of the people my children grew up with have passed away in their late teens or 20's, and one is right now in critical condition, they all took the opposite route and chose a life of drugs that led them to their demise, and I think given the choice id rather my child die a hero, than a druggie. But I don't want to choose a way for my child to die. I want them to outlive me. Sigh... A mothers worries...

Anyone interested can visit my Etsy shop by clicking here, I do not have the in memory of decals listed but if you need that or any other custom decal I will do my best to meet your needs, just send me a message through etsy describing what you are looking for in a decal.

#lifeontheplantation
#amothersworries
#momlife
#armynavyairforcemarines
#beallthatyoucanbe







The best chicken I ever made recipe



I don't have a picture of this recipe so Ill improvise and share a picture from my families recent Tybee vacation...

fun at the beach, beach vacation art, melissa powell, melissa osborne, orignal painting, original art,


Ok so this isn't a picture of us vacationing, but it's a painting I painted while on that Tybee vacation, so.... Eye candy???

Im still missing the island atmosphere and the way I felt there, and am certain that one day I will live there. In the mean time I have discovered Mary Kay Andrews, a writer who writes about Savannah and Tybee to tide me over. She is worth the read.



Anyway, what you came here for... The recipe, that i wish i had gotten a picture of.. Sorry...

This recipe is loosely based on a recipe my mother inlaw made once, that she called Sunday chicken.

Her version used campbell's cream of mushroom soup, and lebanon bologna instead of salami, but since no local grocer sells Lebanon bologna anymore we went with Genoa Salami..

****This recipe could easily be made in the crock pot..

THE BEST CHICKEN I EVER MADE

2 packages fresh baby spinach
1 package froze chicken tenders
6-8 slices genoa salami
2 cups chicken broth
1 block softened cream cheese
1 cup slices mushrooms
salt, pepper, and garlic to taste (note salami is already salted so you wont need quite as much salt as in other dishes)
layer the fresh baby spinach in the bottom of your casserole dish, on top of that layer your genoa salami slices to cover entire pan, add chicken to the top of that , then mushrooms evenly over the top of that..
In a bowl mix softened cream cheese, chicken broth, an salt, pepper, and garlic until well blended, pour this mixture evenly over contents of casserole dish and cover with tinfoil bake for 2 hours at 375 degrees, remove foil, and bake an additional 1 hour (i cooked my chicken from frozen, if your chicken is thawed you wont need to cook it as long.)
to cook in crock pot I'd follow the instructions the same and set it to cook for 4 hours if chicken is thawed 6 hours if frozen
The broth the chicken makes would go great over noodles or rice


My top 5 in my feelings songs

I don't know about you but sometimes I get in my feelings more than I should and when I do I turn to music therapy to sooth my soul.. These are my top 5 go do songs I go to when I need a dose of music to drown out the daily bullshiz...



#5 Ray LaMontagne - Let it be me




#4 Bellamy Brothers - Old Hippie


#3 Kris Kristofferson -Why me Lord


Cristy Lane - One day at a time



Ferlin Huskey - Wings of a snow white dove


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