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What a nice weekend! It was sunny and warm, we went out to lunch at the food carts, and we got a ton of stuff done around the house, plus it was nice to just hang out in the backyard. Yesterday I pulled weeds and cleaned out the raised beds to get them ready for veggies next month and Logan played in his little car, his slide, played in the dirt and threw the ball for Bella. Everyone was happy! (Although I’m paying for it a bit today with my allergies!)

Home Improvement

Our very old fence has been slowly falling apart and the last two winters had some bad storms that basically blew it down in sections. Thankfully the whole thing didn’t fall over, and thankfully Bella is a good girl and doesn’t escape when she’s out in the yard by herself.

We recently got the broken sections replaced and it feels so good to get one more thing off our “to do” list!

And I’m glad we didn’t have to do it ourselves.

Pickled Radishes

I really wanted to make some pickled radishes over the weekend. I found this recipe and gave it a try last weekend. It was pretty easy to do, even though I got rid of my mandoline slicer a few years ago (darn it!). It only took a few minutes to get everything together and then cook the liquid.

After a week I was able to try them. They turned out great! They were really spicy!

Kombucha

I tried Kombucha once a few years ago and I did NOT like it. It was gross to me and then I never tried it again. I couldn’t understand why it was so popular! But recently I randomly tried some berry flavored Kombucha and it was really, really good. I get it now. LOL

So I’ve gotten some random flavors to try and see what I like. Kombucha is really healthy and good for gut health, which is why I wanted to give it a try again. I want to do more to have good gut health. I love kimchi and sauerkraut but you can only eat so much of it. 😉

Please tell me your favorite brand/flavor of Kombucha so I can check it out!

Sourdough

I’ve been watching a friend on IG make her own sourdough bread for awhile now, jealous because I’ve always wanted to make my own bread. Especially sourdough–I feel like it’s really healthy (much healthier than regular bread you buy in a store). I recently asked her for some sourdough starter and she gave me some and instructions.

So last weekend I got the starter and “fed” it. I am really excited to experiment. The starter smells SO good!

This is the recipe my friend suggested: Easy Sourdough Artisan Bread. I’m hoping to make our first loaf in a few weeks!

Big Boy!

Logan has had several haircuts since his first birthday but this was the FIRST haircut where he sat on a booster seat all by himself (without me having to hold him). He did such a good job! I was so proud of him.

Also, Logan helped me make a cake. He loves helping in the kitchen.

How was your weekend?

Weekend Chili

I had *THE* best crockpot recipe 15+ years ago and I guess somehow, in several moves or something, I lost the recipe. I was SO crushed because after years of trying different chili recipes, I had finally found one that I loved and I haven’t been able to figure out where it went. I’ve tried a dozen or so chili recipes since and they are often pretty good, but not “THE ONE.” Oh well…I’ll keep trying.

Slow Cooker Chili

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 8 hours

Total Time: 8 hours, 15 minutes

Yield: 6-8

Adapted from: https://smartlittlecookie.net/home/slow-cooker-chili/

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons canola or vegetable oil
  • 1 medium red bell pepper
  • 1 large yellow onion
  • 8 cloves of garlic
  • 1 tablespoon of ground cumin
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2 teaspoons of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of ground black pepper
  • 1 (15 oz) can red kidney beans
  • 1 (15 oz) can black beans
  • 1 can corn
  • 2 (15 oz) cans of tomato sauce
  • 2 (15 oz) cans of diced tomato
  • 2 medium jalapeños
  • For Serving:
  • shredded mild cheddar cheese
  • sour cream
  • thinly sliced scallions

Instructions

  1. Cut red pepper and onion into small pieces. Mince the garlic.
  2. In a large frying pan, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the red pepper and onion. Let cook, stirring occasionally, until onions become soft and transparent.
  3. Add the garlic, cumin and chili powder. Mix well to combine the spices. Cook for about one minute.
  4. Add the pork, beef and salt to the pan. Using a wooden spoon, break up the meat and incorporate with the vegetables and spices. Let cook until all meat is brown.
  5. Carefully, transfer the meat mixture to a 6 qt. slow cooker. Add the beans and their juices, corn, tomato sauce and diced tomato and their juices.
  6. Chop the jalapeños into small pieces and add to the mixture. Discard the jalapeño seeds if you don't want the Chili to be too hot. Stir to combine.
  7. Cover and cook for about 6 hours on high or 8 hours on low.
  8. Taste and season with salt or adobo as needed. Serve with cheese, sour cream and scallions.
http://www.110pounds.com/?p=54160

I found this recipe and gave it a try, with a few modifications. I used ground beef and chunks of steak (instead of ground pork). I will try using pork next time but I did enjoy having the chunks of beef in the chili.

My parents were in town for the weekend and I decided chili and cornbread would be a good meal to make for all of us.

Michael’s back is still in bad shape and I’ve been taking over most of the Logan and house duties. (He’s getting an MRI this week, so hopefully we have answers soon!) I’ve been pretty overwhelmed and stressed trying to take care of everything, so it was nice having my parents visit to help with Logan. They took care of him Saturday so I could get a break and go to the gym.

I got home and showered and they picked up lunch (coleslaw, potato salad, quinoa salad and vinegar wings–my new favorites!) and we hung out watching the Olympics. Logan didn’t want to take a nap in his crib, so he took a nap on my dad instead. 🙂

After naps, my mom and Logan made cornbread to go with the dinner. Logan was super helpful! 😉

He loved helping. It was really fun seeing him try and “cook.” My mom liked it too. Lots of good memories! I topped the cornbread with some shredded cheese and popped it in the oven.

The cornbread turned out great!

Time for dinner. The chili was pretty good. I would have preferred it to be a bit more spicy, but my parents aren’t spicy food people. (I will be adding hot sauce to the leftover). They loved the chili and said it was great. Michael even liked it, and he is not really a chili fan.

The chili was definitely better with cornbread and toppings!

The recipe said it had 6-8 servings in it. We each had 2 scoops for dinner (so 4 servings the first night) and I think there are at least 4-5 more servings in leftovers. I am taking some to work for lunches this week.

It’s even better the next day, a little thicker. I would definitely make this recipe again.

QUESTION: What is your favorite chili recipe?