In the Mood

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I spent most of the day yesterday cleaning my tiny dwelling. Floors scrubbed, carpets vaccuumed, dishes washed, furniture dusted and oiled, bedding washed, closet sorted, summer clothes put away and winter clothes brought back out. I even scrubbed some ceilings. Seriously. I was freakycleaning. But before I started, I made my grandma's chili, so I could smell it all day long while anticipating suppertime. Yummy!

Here it is:
3 1/2 lb.s combination of kidney beans and ground turkey - you choose the amounts
2 onions, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 28 oz. can diced tomatoes
2 c. beef broth
1 6 oz. can tomato paste
3 T. chili powder
1 1/2 t. dried oregano
1 t. ground cumin
1/4 - 1/2 t. cayenne pepper
1/2 t sugar

Brown turkey with onions and garlic, throw that and all the rest of the ingredients in a big pot, heat to boiling. Reduce heat and simmer 1-2 hours. Or you can just put it all in the crock pot after browning the meat. I serve mine with shredded cheddar cheese and sour cream (when I'm feeling naughty).

And that picture above? That's my coffee table when all was said and done. I'm working on a new collage. Multi-media sort of things which involve markers, clippings, beads, ribbon, the whole nine yards. The last one I made is now matted and framed in my living room. So I thought I'd try again. I love it when I get in that mood. Absolutely love it. The cooking, the cleaning, the art project? It was a fabulous day.
Oh, and Febreze apple cinnamon candles? They smell like fall. Swoon.

12 comments:

[F]oxymoron said...

Totally not expecting this post's content!

t2ed said...

I made chili also this weekend. Spooky.

And I think I'm going to take our junk drawer, dump it, glue it to a big poster board and call it art.

I expect a grant any day now, but will probably eventually miss the batteries and rubber bands.

Shania said...

Yay for you! I am so grateful you gave my motivation a good home. I enjoyed her visit, but I'm sooo glad she's gone. Exhausting, isn't she? As for fall? I wouldn't know since it's still 80 freaking degrees here in the day. Am so sick of sweaty boobs.

carrster said...

oooh I love me a collage. Looks like fun! Next time you come for a visit we can bust out the National Geos. :)

Meigan said...

Oh dear. Febreze. Very bad.

saratogajean said...

*sigh* chili...

I want some chili. I guess it's time to dust off the crock pot.

stoogepie said...

I love collage! I have never done collage but I know someone who actually sold awesome collages for a lot of money. They were that good. I wish I did something artistic. I might just take up karaoke or kazoo or something.

Nilsa S. said...

Sounds like you're nesting. And/or getting ready for the hibernation known as winter. =)

coconutgirl said...

pass along some of this motivation! pretty please?

also: i tagged you! because someone tagged me! see my blog for deets....

E said...

I made chili too. It's that October thing.
Smart girl to have happy smells to make the cleaning go sweeter. I made chili and worked at regular work which was not nearly so much fun at the end...you got a prize, like cracker Jack...a clean house! Come to mine next please....

Kristen said...

That sounds like the most glorious day ever.

Now I have to have chili.

GreenCanary said...

Mmmm... chili. Meaty meatalicious chili *salivating*