Good Morning! Happy Monday! I don’t know how happy it is being back at work. Maybe it is for some of you. I hope you all had a great weekend! Mine was pretty good! As you noticed, I’ve been trying to blog more on the weekends. I missed blogging during the weekends so I decided to take some time out and blog. It relaxes me and I enjoy writing about my life and my daily experiences. What did you do this weekend? Anything fun?
Yesterday after blogging, I finally got ready for my day. I picked up Melissa and my mom but before we left I glanced at my wedding dress! I haven’t looked at it since I put in my mom’s closet. I’m happy that it is still perfect. After looking at my dress, we finally went to pick apples! We went to Terhune Orchards in Princeton, NJ. It’s a favorite place of Melissa and I. This is the second year in a row we have picked apples from there. Since it’s so late in the apple picking season, there were only two choices of apples to pick. There were Granny Smith which most of them were on the ground and not too great looking and Staymen Winesap. We definitely ended up getting a lot of Staymen Winesap. So if you have any good apple recipes, send them my way! I have almost 7 pounds of apples to get through. It was so much fun spending time with Melissa and my mom. I don’t think I ever picked apples with my mom. If I did, I don’t remember. It was fun though!
After picking apples, we went to Kohl’s, Trader Joe’s, and ShopRite. It was a fun trip. I ended up getting some really great deals! I love that the ShopRite in Princeton actually doubles the coupons to full value! For example if you have a 75 cent off coupon they will double .75 + .75 = $1.50! Instead some other coupons will only double a .75 cent coupon to a $1. So that made for some really amazing deals! I only ended up spending $39 on a ton of food. I was happy that I didn’t go over my budget!
I was excited for dinner because I had it cooking away in the crockpot. It smelled absolutely heavenly! A few weeks ago, I noticed a really great recipe for Easy Chili posted on Courtney from Sweet Tooth Sweet Life’s Blog. The recipe looked easy and sounded delicious. So I had to try it!
Easy Chili (from Courtney’s blog)
1lb ground beef (**I used 95% lean)
1 medium red onion, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon chili powder
2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 (29 ounce) can tomato sauce
1 (14.5 ounce) can crushed tomatoes
1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
1 (16 ounce) can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 (16 ounce) can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
1 can Bush’s chili starter (don’t drain)
Shredded cheddar cheese
Brown meat in large skillet. Add onion and green pepper halfway through the browning process. Drain grease. Pour into slow cooker.
Stir in all remaining ingredients except for the cheddar cheese.
Cover. Cook on high 3 hours or low 7-8 hours.
Serve in bowls topped with cheddar cheese.
We also made our favorite Chi Chi’s cornbread to go along with the chili.
Of course I needed some extra vegetables. So I roasted some in the oven with cooking spray, pepper and garlic salt. The squash you will see is a Delicata squash. I never had one before and saw it at the store so I decided to try it. It’s really good! What is your favorite type of squash to eat?
This chili was really good! It had a lot of flavor but the only thing that was missing was the spice! I like my chili a little bit spicy but still it was good. I made a mistake, when I went to put in a can of one of the beans, I didn’t rinse or drain it. I think that made for a little bit souper chili. Instead of it being thick. I think it will thicken up in the fridge overnight. It made so much that we have leftovers for tonight which I am very happy about! Do you like chili? What is your favorite kind of slow cooked soup/stew?
Alright, well I should probably get back to work now. I’m going to try to be brave and discuss how I am feeling with my supervisor today. I’m hoping things will get better. On a happier note, 10 Months from today I will be walking down the aisle saying I do to my soulmate. Have a good Monday.
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