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Hearty Slow-cooker Chili Recipe

Posted in FAMILY PARTIES, FOOD, PARTIES
on November 8, 2016

On this election day, no matter your political views and whose name you’ll be placing a check mark by, I think we could all use a bit of comfort today. There is not a whole lot more comforting than a hearty chili, especially one that tastes this good. As I make my way through the last day of the One Room Challenge, I’m seeking as much comfort as possible! Be sure to stop by on Thursday morning to see the big reveal of our new game room.

 


I adapted this chili recipe from a fabulous recipe I found many moons ago on Allrecipes.com. The original is to-die-for, but I’ve adapted it to our tastes and, to whatever we have in our house to put into it – it’s flexible. It’s also the recipe I follow every year for our annual Halloween Party, this year being no exception. I’ve yet to hear anything other than mmm.. oh yummy.. so good.. from our guests! I hope you enjoy it, and I hope, no matter who our new President is to be, good chili will help us all to remember that all will be okay. It always is. Even in the world of the One Room Challenge.

 

Hearty Slow-cooker Chili

Ingredients

2.5 pounds ground beef chuck
1 pound mild Pork sausage
2 (15 ounce) cans chili beans, drained
1 (15 ounce) can black beans, drained
1 (15 ounce) can chili beans in spicy sauce
2 (28 ounce) cans diced tomatoes with peppers and onions, chili ready, in juice
1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
1 (28 ounce) Baked Beans
1 large yellow onion, chopped
3 stalks celery, chopped
1 can (6 ounces) chili peppers, chopped
1 can (15 ounce) sweet corn
3 slices of bacon, cooked, chopped
4 cubes beef bouillon
1 bottle of stout beer

1/4 cup chili powder
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 tablespoon dried oregano
2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 teaspoons hot pepper sauce (e.g. Tabasco(TM))
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon white sugar

Serve with cheddar cheese, a dollop of sour cream and a sprinkle of chopped green onion

Directions


In a large pan, crumble the ground beef and sausage until evenly brown. Add onions and celery and cook until vegetables are translucent. Drain off fat.Transfer meet mixture to a large crockpot. Add remaining ingredients, other than toppings, and combine to blend. Cover and cook on 4-6 hours on low. Serve immediately, or for even better flavor, refrigerate overnight and reheat the next day, serving with your choice of toppings.

Thanks for stopping by!

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Grown-up Grilled Cheese

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Alfresco Dining in a Secret Garden – Alfresco Tablescape Blog Hop 2016

Posted in OUTSIDE, PARTIES, TABLETOP
on August 1, 2016
Hi, Friends! Monday came so quickly – this summer is flying by. Our weekend was fabulous. It cooled down just enough for us to get outside for a bit of yard work and fun! But today, I am excited to be joining the lovely Chloe of Celebrate and Decorate for a sweet summer Alfresco Dining Tablescape Blog Hop! 
I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve gotten awfully behind on my gardening, especially in the backyard. The front yard received a little bit of love earlier in the summer, but the backyard has been woefully neglected. 

When things are looking overgrown as they are I tend not to want to spend much time out back, as it usually reminds me of all of the work there is to do! But I got to thinking lately that summer only lasts so long, and we should be taking advantage of the warm days and sultry evenings whenever we can. It’s all about perspective – rather than seeing my garden as overgrown, I’m choosing to see it as a secret garden! And there is no better place for a picnic for two than a secret garden.  
One doesn’t need a fancy patio set to enjoy a romantic summer picnic – All that’s needed is a quiet spot, a place to lean your elbows on, some comfy chairs, plates you love – unmatched or otherwise! – Good food and wine and great company! Candlelight doesn’t hurt either.  
I enjoy blurring the indoor/outdoor line by using my indoor furniture outdoors.

My favorite flower – hydrangeas. I was surprised to see that the blooms on our shrubs were a kaleidoscope of colors this year – pinks, blues, purples – with both large and compact clusters! 

So, do you have a Manicured or a “Secret” Garden? No matter what you have, I hope you’re able to spend some time in it before the summer’s end! 
Thanks so much for stopping and make sure you drop by to visit some of my talented blogging friends for alfresco dining tablescape inspiration galore!  
Pin for later: Alfresco Dining in a Secret Garden

Patriotic Table and Mini-Party

Posted in FAMILY PARTIES, HOLIDAYS, PARTIES, TABLETOP
on June 27, 2016

Happy Monday, friends! Although it’s officially a week away, I got the bug this weekend to throw together a patriotic table and mini-party for the holiday!  Independence Day is one of my favorite holidays and a great reminder of how lucky I am to live in this country. There is nothing I love more than laying out on a picnic blanket, surrounded by my family and a throng of friends, gazing up at the fireworks, all of us united by our feelings of patriotism. The lights, the sounds, the songs.. gets me every time!
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