Miss personality + family chili recipe

Friday, October 10, 2014

Oh Friday, you beautiful broad. 

I don't know if you guys felt this way but this week has just been dragging it's feet over here. Hadley has one of her first birthday parties to attend this weekend (yay for baby friends!) and we're extending our stay until Sunday to watch football and talk smack about our fantasy teams all day Sunday. Talking smack while eating way too much football grub is one of my fortes so obvi I'm excited. 

Something, or rather, someone who has kept me entertained during this sluggish week is lil miss personality over here. I've been trying to think of the perfect way to describe her behavior lately and I think hilarious tornado about covers it. We've cleaned our house twice this week only to have it destroyed mere moments later. No cabinet or basket is safe. I can imagine her telling herself, "EVERYTHING MUST GO". 

She's also been hamming it up at any chance she gets. 
While we we're eating sushi at Fresh Market she decided to give me and everyone in the store a lesson on fine cheeses... picking them all up and rearranging the cooler as best she could. Luckily the cheese connoisseur behind the counter didn't mind and even gave us some free parmesan. Score.

I've put out some Halloween decorations around the house and her favorite is a basket full of little decorative pumpkins. The other day I come to find all the pumpkins missing and some yummy presents inside. 

And another new talent she's been displaying is her climbing skills....

Lucky for us, she hasn't quite mastered the dismount so I'm sure that will end well.....

And lastly... a great toddler story from last night.

Hadley had a stinker in her diaper so I laid her down on our family room floor to change her. I noticed she had a little rash going on and couldn't find the diaper cream in it's usual spot so I got up to go find some. She of course runs off, happy to be prancing through the house in all her naked glory. 

I walked by her on my way into the kitchen and say, "Don't pee yourself!" but I noticed she was stomping in something. I'm in the kitchen now thinking... shit, did she already pee and is now stomping in the puddle??? No.... that could not have happened so quickly.... 

I walked back into the family room and find her laying in a puddle of her own pee. 
That she slipped in.
Because apparently, dancing in your own pee can be really dangerous.


While I'm sure that toddler tale was enough to fill your heart with happiness.. lets fill your belly with some happiness, too. 

I freakin' love chili. 

There is something so homey and comforting about it and it always reminds me of fond, family memories. It also doesn't hurt that Josh proposed to me at our first annual chili extravaganza last Fall. Chili really brings out the love people! 

Everyone I know makes their chili differently but in my mind, it's really hard to go wrong no matter what you put in it. My recipe has kind of evolved over the years from both my mom and dad's recipe so I thought I'd share what I consider a chili masterpiece with you ;)

What you need...

1 lb ground beef
dash black pepper
dash chili powder
1 lb sweet italian sausage links
2 large cans whole, peeled tomatoes, crushed
1 small can diced tomatoes with green chiles
1 can corn, drained
1 can dark red kidney beans, drained
1 packet McCormick's mild chili seasoning 
Sriracha, go nuts
avocado, topping
sour cream, topping
shredded cheddar cheese, topping
sliced jalapeño, topping
tortilla chips, topping//dipping goodness

What you do...

Brown the ground beef over medium heat, add the black pepper and chili powder (omit if you don't want too much spice), drain and set aside. Cook the sausage according to directions and set aside. Add the crushed tomatoes, diced tomatoes and chilies, corn, beans and seasoning to a large crock pot or pot on the stove. Slice up the sausage and add it to the mixture with the ground beef. I only use a few links instead of the whole packet.. just eyeball it and load it up as you like. Add in sriracha if you like. 

Bring the whole mixture to a simmer and cook for a few hours. I try to cook mine for at least 3 hours but the longer the better. Definitely save some leftovers for the next day too because chili is always better the next day!

Pour yourself a nice big bowl, top with cheese, a dollop of sour cream, slices of avocado and jalapeño if you please! I like to use tortilla chips as my spoon.. others love to pour chili over pasta or rice.
Do you! 

And now I'm really regretting eating all of our leftover chili yesterday... 


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