It’s Chili Day!

Two pounds of 85% fat, grass fed ground beef, salt, black pepper, garlic powder, cayenne powder, cumin powder and Williams Chili Mix. I blend the seasonings into the meat before I brown it in the pot. I usually end up adding more salt after it’s been simmering for awhile. I add a diced onion and several sliced cloves of garlic to the meat before it’s finished browning. Then I add a medium can of no salt added, organic diced tomatoes and 1 can of pinto beans, drained, a quart of water and let it simmer for several hours.

I’ll bake some cornbread later to go with it. I make mine from scratch and drizzle the top of the batter with honey before baking it.

We haven’t gotten any rain yet, but the air is humid. Thank goodness there’s a breeze or it would be miserable outside. Brad watched over my pot of chili while I went to town for a few things at Green Market in Sherman. I was hoping to find some powdered whole milk but all I can find is non-fat so I’ll keep looking. I like to use that in my cornbread mix and Audrey has transitioned the baby off of formula to milk, but he doesn’t like it cold out of the fridge so powdered milk in room temperature water would be perfect when I find it.

There were a couple of things that I couldn’t find but I can stop another place tomorrow on my way home from the chiropractor’s office and not make an extra trip for just a one or two things.

I’m glad I got the Escape serviced and washed yesterday. It looks so much better and I don’t have to worry about an oil change for a few months. The tires were rotated as well. The only other thing I need to do is find a couple of small bags of some sort to keep odds and ends in instead of letting things roll around in the console. I’m pretty sure I have something in my work room that would work, just need to go through some drawers to hunt it out.

Brad is enjoying puttering around in his shop this afternoon and I’ve got the bedding off of his bed in the washer. I decided to do the blankets as well and give them a rinse with fabric softener this time. I did my bedding yesterday.

I’d really like to find bedspreads for both beds but I hate to try shopping in person this time of the year. I’ve checked a couple of places online but everything seems to be quilts and comforters. No bedspreads. Interesting. Are bedspreads a thing of the past now? I want something that comes on down to within a couple of inches of the floor, but so far, no luck.

I need to stop for some gift bags and tissue paper and grab a few bags of nice candy or cookies in case my baking attempts don’t pan out. We make gift bags for the neighbors and our chiropractor’s office for the week of Christmas every year and we look for special goodies to put in the bags. This year we will add a 12 oz bag of ground coffee from BRCC and a bottle of sparkling cider as well. I usually add a sample box of herbal teas for the chiropractor’s office. Hot tea is great this time of year, especially with honey and lemon!

The washer is on it’s second spin cycle so I need to get ready to swap loads and check on the chili. Might as well go ahead and get my cornbread ready to go. I get all the dry ingredients blended and all I have to do is beat an egg and add some half and half and oil to it, pour the batter in a cast iron skillet and pop it in the oven.

Have a wonderful evening, ya’ll. Catch ya later!

Published by thenerdyyarnlady

I am a Native Texan, Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Great-Grandmother, Catholic Convert residing in rural North East Texas since 1975 when I married my husband and this small town girl became a country girl. I was taught to knit at the age of ten and discovered the writings of Elizabeth Zimmerman shortly after I married. I learned to ‘unvent’ things as I went along, to create my own patterns and generally have a blast with yarn and needles. In the mid 1980’s I explored the idea of spinning my own yarn and eventually got interested in weaving on a floor loom. I have three spinning wheels and a 24″ four-shaft Herald floor loom that I purchased from a friend in the 1990’s. I also enjoy sewing, tatting and making rosaries. I have a work room that contains my fiber, yarn, floor loom, sewing machines, serger and rosary making supplies. I have a spinning corner in a bedroom next to my work room, both with north windows looking toward the creek.

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