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Homemade veggie chili

9 Nov


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As soon as the weather dropped below 65 and I noticed the first leaf turn a shade of red I was in the fall mood.  For me fall means pumpkin EVERYTHING, kale, mums, hot apple cider and homemade chili.

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One of my favorite things to do, if our schedule allows, is to spend Sundays cooking.  For me it’s very nostalgic to cook on Sundays.  I remember spending every Sunday afternoon at my great grandma Trudy’s house.  The whole family would pile in and the smell of her homemade bbq’s would waif through the air.


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So in my own way of carrying on the tradition I  make a yummy crockpot meal on Sundays.  I love smelling dinner simmering throughout the day.


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Yesterday was one of those days.  I made my homemade chili which turned out great, snickerdoodle cookies which turned out the opposite of great and watched a lot of football.   I have to share my recipe with you guys.  I eat it everyday for lunch after I make it and it usually lasts about a week.  Hope you like it!


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Spicy Veggie Chilli:

  • 2TBL olive oil
  • 1 md yellow onion
  • 1 large carrot
  • 1 medium green pepper
  • 4 oz baby bello mushrooms coarsely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 TBL dried oregano
  • 2 TSP ground cumin
  • 1 TBL chili powder
  • 1 1/2 TSP salt
  • 1/4 TSP red pepper flakes
  • 1 (28 oz) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 (12 oz) can kidney beans (drained)
  • 1 (12 oz) can black beans (drained)
  • 1 (12 oz) can corn (drained)
  • 2 cups water

Heat oil in large pot.  Add onion, carrot, peppers, garlic and cook for 10 mins.  Add spices and mix well.  Add tomatoes and 2 cups water.  Simmer over low heat, uncovered, for 45 mins.  Add beans/corn and simmer for 30 mins.  Serve with crackers, sour cream and cheese.

Eat up!


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Homemade thank you gift

19 Jul

Well friends as you know my secret staging husband and I have worked hard this past spring on our backyard garden and patio.  Our garden is bustling, the flowers are blooming and the little patch of grass we have is growing and growing and GROWING.  Although we love our grass, it, much like hair needs to be manicured and cut or else it will get OUT OF CONTROL. 

Because our yard is so small we’ve been on the fence so to speak about buying a lawn mower.  Do we get a reel mower, gas, electric, who knows?  While in deliberation our neighbor has been sneaking over and mowing our patch of grass for us!  He’s such a nice guy. 

When we came home from a weekend away and found our grass freshly mowed I had to do something for him.  He’s an older bachelor so I thought food would be the best route.  So I busted out the mixer and whipped up a fresh batch of homemade cookies.  I wanted it to look sweet so I grabbed some fabric scraps from my sewing box, lined it with plastic wrap, piled the cookies in and tied it up with a piece of rope. 

I thought it was so cute and he loved it so much I had to share.  Our neighbor says it’s not trouble to mow our “lawn” while he has his mower out, but it means a great deal to us!  It was no trouble for me to bake him cookies in return, but he was so thankful to have some fresh from the oven cookies. 

I think pay it forward should be everyone’s new mantra.  You never know when the simplest act of kindness will make someone’s day or even change their life.  So there is your lesson for the day! 


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Fresh from the ‘secret’ garden

11 Jun

The weather in Philadelphia (with the exception of Wednesday) has been incredible this week.  Not too hot, not too cold.  I love to open the doors, turn up the music and make some great fresh food! 

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Our basil mushroomed in the past week.  When I say mushroomed I mean these were the biggest basil leaves I’ve ever seen!  Everytime I walked by it I thought ahhh pesto.  So I made sure to pick up some pine nuts last weekend when the hubby and I hit up Whole Foods

Not only was (is) this pesto amazing but it is sooo green!  We’ve been using it on everything this week. 


 Here’s my recipe:

  • 2 cups packed basil
  • 2/3 cup ex virg olive oil
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 tbl chopped garlic
  • 1/3 cup pine nuts
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • Combine all ingredients in a food processor or blender.  Add the basil first and get it all chopped up.  Slowly add oil and all other ingredients.

Can you smell it....

Delicious!  We used it on our Portobello sandwiches with fresh smoked buffalo mozzarella and roma tomatoes on a kaiser roll.  Yeah, it melts in your mouth.  I love using ingredients from our garden. 

Our jalapenos are ready for picking so stay tuned for my fresh salsa recipe!  Trust me…it’s gooood. 


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