Saturday, March 20, 2010

Chili and Chilly Weather

It was a gorgeous day yesterday!  We had a high of over 60 degrees and the kids and I hit our first garage sales of the year.  This is what we woke up to this morning.

Needless to say, the kids are thrilled.  We pulled out the snowpants, dusted off the boots that have been in a box for months and dug out our waterproof gloves.  It wasn't quite enough for a snowman but we managed to pull out a sled and romp the back yard from end to end.  When we got cold, we came in. 

This is my hardwood floors, after the kids have trooped through on their way to the basement.  I thought I was through with discarded gloves and hats and piles of snow that melt into little puddles for unsuspecting stocking feet to walk through.  After such a thing happened to yours truly, I pulled out the slippers from under the bed where they had been sitting since the end of January.  I'm currently sitting, cozy, with a cup of tea, a bowl of chili and wearing my favorite flannel shirt and fleece lined slippers.  The snow won't last. . . . Monday should be back in the fifties but it is a nice change of pace.  Not bad for the first day of spring!

Yesterday was absolutely gorgeous!  The kids are on spring break so we piled into the car and hit the first garage sales of the season.  Our favorite find was a bunch of old games that I used to play at our family game nights growing up.  I paid between a quarter to a buck apiece and walked away with a box for four dollars.  The kids think they're awesome and we've got plans to play Kismet later this afternoon.

When we got home, I made the kids a picnic lunch and sent them to the back forty.   (Our yard is tiny. . . it's the back forty feet here.)  They ate lunch on the swing set and I made a huge batch of chili to can for DH lunches.  He has a favorite chili recipe that I found but I made a few errors this time and turned good chili into Hotter than the Blazes Chili.  The first big error. . . . the recipe calls for V-8 juice and I only had spicy v-8.  No biggie, right?  It's chili, after all.  The second error wasn't really my fault.  Last year, DH dropped into Penzey's Spices (wonderful place) to buy some "special" chili powders.  He was experimenting with a recipe and wanted something with a bit more kick.  When I cleaned out our cupboards, I put the bag of chili powder into a jar that I had so that it was more accessible.  Our recipe calls for 1/4 cup of chili powder.  I usually add 1/3 of a cup. . . so that's what I did. . . . with the super hot from insane peppers powder.  Needless to say, the kids won't be eating this recipe. 

So here's lunch!  It's actually pretty good, just a bit hotter than I personally like.  For those of you who have seen my pantry and know about my reluctance to toss anything. . . . these are guacamole chips.  They're supposed to be green. 

Happy Saturday!

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