Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Let's add some more EAT to my blog.... chili recipe!

2 lbs ground meat
2 big cans tomato juice
1 can chili beans (has to have the chili “sauce”)
Dried minced onions
Worchestershire sauce
Garlic powder
Onion powder
Chili powder
Cayenne pepper
Brown sugar

Brown the meat, and when it’s about halfway cooked through, splash in about 10-15 shakes of worchestershire sauce and 10-15 shakes of the dried minced onions. Stir well, and continue browning until done. Drain off any liquid/grease. Pour in the two cans of tomato juice and the can of chili beans. Stir in really good, then add more dried onions (about 10-15 shakes), splash in 10-15 shakes of worchestershire sauce, about 5-7 shakes (each) of garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne pepper. Add about 10-12 shakes of chili powder. Stir that all up really good and let sit for about 5 minutes, on medium. Then add 7-8 spoonfuls of brown sugar and stir in really good. Let simmer for a good 15 minutes and then taste it. Add more of whatever you think it needs. I usually end up adding more brown sugar, worchestershire sauce and sometimes chili powder. It all depends on the day!

Obviously, I don’t have an exact recipe!! :)

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

I_Blog, do you?

My cyber-friend, Jodi, is throwing her first bloggy conference!! Iowa is moving up in the blog world, I tell ya!
The first ever I_Blog will be November 14-15, 2009 at the beautiful Hotel Pattee in Perry, Iowa.
Tickets are only $75 but space is limited. Double rooms are $99. (Need a roomie to share the cost? Check out the forums at ).
Call 515-465-3511 to make your reservation and be sure to let them know you are with the I_Blog or iatraveler’s group.
Space is limited, and time is flying by, so call now!
PS. Recent addition to the conference.....Creative Memories has become a sponsor of the conference...which means that a scrapbooking party is in order!!! They agreed to host a digi-scrap party and dinner on Saturday night. AND, because they are so damn cool, their new Creative Memories Storybook Creator plus 3.0 will be heading home with you. It’s a very generous offer – the software is worth $65. Yeah, do the math...the conference itself is $75...get this software and really, your conference is only costing you $10. Ten bucks. And to make it even sweeter...You’ll also be getting a new sleeve for your laptop- also courtesy of Creative Memories.
So be sure to bring your laptop (PC necessary unless your Mac has a bridge), loaded with photos to play with.

Monday, October 19, 2009

My little man + cousin's wedding = ringbearer

My cousin got married this weekend and she had Scooter as her ringbearer.

Too damn cute for words.

The flowergirl, Clara.....I think Zach has a crush on her. He keeps asking to see her picture.

Congrats Jessi and Matt!!

Friday, October 2, 2009

Ah....Love Fall in Iowa!

There is nothing better than fall in Iowa.
The crisp air...

The smell of backyard bonfires...

The GORGEOUS leaves...

Iowa Hawkeyes football...
Sweatshirt and jeans weather... I love it all!!

It also means I become a "hunting widow".

Duck hunting for my dad, husband and son (and dog!)...

Deer hunting for dad and hubby...

In spite of that last part, because I enjoy it- because THEY enjoy it.