Thursday, March 24, 2011

Chili and Cornbread

It has been wet and cold around here the past few days which means that I can still cook some of my favorite winter foods. Growing up I always had chili from a can and never realized what I was missing out on until I had homemade chili. So I have been converted and that's the only kind of chili we eat. I have tried a couple recipes but have found this one on Oopsey Daisy that we like the best. She also has a cornbread recipe that we really like. 

Crock pot Chili
1 lb. ground beef
1 chopped onion
1 large can crushed tomatoes
1 tsp. garlic salt
1 large can tomato sauce (15-16 oz.)
1/2 tsp. cumin
2 tsp. chili powder
1/8 c. sugar
1 22-oz. can chili beans

Brown ground beef with onion.  Drain.  Mix remaining ingredients inside crock pot.  Add ground beef.  Simmer on low heat in crock pot all day long!  (Or on high heat for 4 hours.)  Stir around the edges a couple of times during the day.

2 eggs
1 c. milk
1 1/2 sticks melted butter (or 2/3 c. oil or applesauce)
2 c. Bisquick
2/3 c. sugar
1/2 tsp. baking soda
3 heaping T. cornmeal

Beat eggs.  Add remaining ingredients in the order listed.  (If you don't have Bisquick, use 2 c. flour, 1/2 tsp. salt, and 1/2 tsp. baking powder.)  Mix well.

Pour into greased 9x13 pan.  Bake for 30 minutes at 350.  Enjoy!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Lucky Letters

Many people don't do anything special for St. Patricks Day, including me but why not embrace the day and celebrate. I have wanted to make these LUCKY blocks for some time but just got around to finishing them. Oh well maybe they will see more daylight next year. There is no tutorial because it was so easy to make. I cut some 2x4 pieces of wood and painted them green then I mod podged some pretty green paper onto them, trace and cut out the letters in green card stock and put a finishing layer of mod podge.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Book Review

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

I chose this book because I had heard a lot of great things about it and was intrigued by the title. The entire book is composed of letters written to and from the different characters. I must say that I really enjoyed this book. It is very different from any other book I have ever read but I like it. The style of the book made the characters more real. I would recommend this book. Also if you would like to read other reviews go to to read more.