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Papa’s Famous Chili October 9, 2013

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When we were little my grandfather watched us a lot while my parents tended to the restaurant. He was always burning memories into our brains. Of the many wonderful memories I keep of him, his Chili is among the favorites. I always requested his ‘special’ Chili when I had friends over and even in the dead of summer. He added rice, which a the time seemed incredibly unusual, and taco seasoning. The flavor was so wonderful and rich and everybody always loved it. Unfortunately, I never did get the exact recipe since I was so young when he passed away, but luckily I remembered his secret ingredient and my grandmother conjured up the rest of the recipe as best as she could remember. I’ve never heard of anybody using taco seasoning in Chili, but man does it add some serious flavor!! Everybody knows Chili is a Fall favorite. As soon as the leaves start to change and the chill of Fall starts to move in, everybody starts craving warmth. It seems like as soon as it cools down Chili starts becoming a popular item at every restaurant and in every home. I thought this was a good recipe to add to my collection since I’ve made 2 batches already since Fall started and now that I am thinking about it I might just have to make another! I hope everybody will enjoy this Chili as much as my family always has, and will continue to.

Papa’s Famous Chili

Ingredients:

3 Cans Hunts Sauce

1 Small Can Hunts Diced Tomatoes

1 Can Red Kidney Beans

2 Cans Black Beans

1-2 LBS Ground Hamburg ( However much you like, I used 1 1/2 lbs for mine)

2 Large Onions Chopped to desired size

Approx. 2 TBS Minced Garlic

1 Package Old El Paso Taco Seasoning

Red Pepper Flakes to desired Heat level

Approx. 1 TBS Each Garlic and Onion Powder

I also added some hot sausage, your preference what other meats and veggies you add.

2 Cups Rice

Directions:

Cook meat, garlic, and onions. Add remaining ingredients to crockpot. Add in small amounts each to be sure it is mixed well and not too much for your crockpot. I think I have a 7 quart, and this recipe was right to the top and difficult to stir well. I left it on medium heat for 4 hours. Season to taste, feel free to add any other seasonings desired throughout cooking. I like to experiment a little with my Chili!

Cook rice on side, add to crockpot before serving or serve separately.

 

Crocheting February 7, 2013

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So it took me a really long time to get the hang of crocheting and I FINALLY found a good tutorial that not only explained, in detail, each stitch, the abbreviations, and had great pictures. At the end, she showed you the whole pattern and I was able to read the crazy lingo because she had done such a great job with the step by step. She was so informative and it was laid out so well that it was the first time I had been able to understand anything. I have been making this beautiful blanket, I will post pictures in a few, and I am almost halfway done with it. It is coming out fantastic, although I have had my share of mistakes along the way! I had a problem last night and ended up crying and almost giving up and ripping apart the whole first section of it. Well, thanks to Ravelry.com and the wonderful people on there, I had about 30 people helping me and talking me through it. I finally fixed it and I’m back on track! Seriously, these lovely people saved my life! I have spent so much time and money on this blanket and it’s just so pretty and soft and fantastic that I really didn’t want to give it up…my poor husband last night was trying everything to make me feel better. He wasn’t making sense, but he was trying to help me fix it! What a wonderful man he is!

You can view the original tutorial and pattern here. I will eventually get around to posting my own tutorial, as I did change the pattern a tiny bit, although she did do a wonderful job with it.

My beautiful blanket!

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