FOR TODAY - October 5, 2011
Outside my window... It's rainy, but I really do like the rain. It's cold, but I am also enjoying the cooler temperatures. I really love Fall, and it is typical Fall weather here in Idaho. The leaves aren't changing very fast, but it will come.
I am thinking... About all of the"nesty" little projects I need to get done before winter. We are having new rain gutter put on the house next week, and that makes me think about all of the little things that need to be done . . . inside and out!
I am thankful... For the change of seasons. I've always enjoyed living in Idaho, because we have four very distinct seasons, and I really love that.
From the learning rooms... I want to learn how to knit. I learned how when I was a girl, but I just can't seem to get the knack of it now - that's one of my goals for this winter!
In the kitchen... I just have to share the most delightful recipe with you. I've been making it for years, and I love it every time I make it. It's comfort food, and perfect for a cozy Fall dinner!
Chili with a Difference
1 1/2 lb. ground beef
2 onions, chopped
1 can kidney beans (or 3/4 c. beans soaked overnight)
1 tsp. allspice
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. cloves
1 Tbls. chili powder (more or less to taste)
1/2 c. vinegar
1/2 c. brown sugar
1 can whole tomatoes
2 tsp. liquid smoke (optional)
Fry hamburger and onions then add to beans and rest of ingredients. I usually add 3-5 cups of water along the way. Cook on low boil until beans are done, 3-5 hours.
I love this recipe, but I can never tell which I like best, the taste or how good it make my house smell.
I am wearing... Denim capris and a brown t-shirt.
I am creating... I made this cute afghan for my grand-daughters birthday! Opps, her birthday isn't for a few days, so don't tell! She told me that she really wanted a shawl for her bed, so I assumed she wanted an afghan (she's so cute!). She just re-decorated her bedroom and these are her colors, I promise you , they are prettier in real life... :0)
"How beautifully leaves grow old. How full of light and color are their last days."
~John Burroughs ~
I am reading... I'm just trying to keep up with the scriptures!
I am hoping... That Christian's football game does not get soaked tonight! It has been raining all day, and I just know that it's going to rain all night.
I am looking forward to... A good nights sleep . . . ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ
I am hearing... Glen Campbell, singing his greatest hits - beautiful!
Around the house... I am slowly putting up my Fall decorations.
I am pondering... I ponder a lot - but today, I have been pondering on little things that need to be taken care of around the house - you know how you just get kind of nesty this time of year? I still have a bathroom that needs to be tiled and painted, a bedroom that needs new paint, and my storage room needs to be re-organized.
One of my favorite things... I just love to find a good bargain at a thrift store - look what I found a few months ago!
Who knows what these are? The one on the left is an old laundry hamper, probably from the 1940's. It will live in my bathroom downstairs. The other one is a music box that holds bath powder! My grandmother used to have one and I loved it. You wind it up on the bottom, and when you take the lid off, it plays beautiful music!
A few plans for the rest of the week:
Tomorrow I'm going to finish getting out my Fall decorations.
Friday I think I will try to get some painting done.
Saturday I hope to just catch up on some cleaning.
Sunday - church and a birthday party!
Here is picture for thought I am sharing...