This week, try our turkey chili, and check out our decorations, gift ideas, garden update, and, of course, the bears!
This easy, money-saving chili recipe makes a big batch and stretches a pound of ground turkey or beef. It’s a warming, make-ahead meal and leftovers freeze great, too! You’ll gobble it up!
- one lb. lean ground turkey
- one large onion, chopped
- one tablespoon minced garlic
- one tablespoon olive oil
- three 15.5 oz. cans each of black beans and red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
- one 16 oz. can fat-free refried beans
- one 28 oz. can crushed tomatoes
- one 10 oz. can diced tomatoes with chilis
- two cups water
- one quart box (32 oz.) of reduced sodium chicken broth
- one lb. bag frozen pepper strips
- 1/2 cup chili powder
- one tablespoon cumin
- one teaspoon oregano
- one tablespoon red pepper flakes
- one tablespoon paprika
- 2 tablespoons masa flour (in a pinch, finely ground tortilla chips work great, too!)
- salt to taste
How to prepare:
- Brown ground turkey in olive oil with chopped onion and grated garlic.
- In a large saucepan, add the beans, tomatoes, pepper strips, chicken broth and water.
- Bring to a simmer and add browned meat and onion combo. Add spices and masa flour; simmer for 20 minutes. That’s it!
Serve with tortilla chips, cheese, sour cream, olives and your favorite toppings!
This festive banner is fun to make!
Check out the directions here:
Playing dress up
Roy’s hand-made scarecrows like to dress up as pilgrims for Thanksgiving!
Cards as decorations
We save our holiday greeting cards to use as decorations. This week, they are combined with the leaf print cards we made a couple of weeks ago to decorate a door in our apartment.
Check out the blog, “Autumn Leaves”, to learn how to make these leaf prints.
GIFTS FOR KIDS
Keeping kids engaged and entertained during holiday celebrations can be a challenge. For Thanksgiving, we bought the holiday clings on the left so the children can adorn the windows (check with your hostess to make sure it is okay.) Also, nothing beats coloring and sticker books for creative fun. Give Christmas-themed books to the kids at Thanksgiving so they can enjoy them the whole holiday season. Washable markers are the way to go. Kids love to color!
Speaking of color, we are pleased to see our Christmas cacti, a gift from Kevin’s mother several years ago, in full bloom!
Hostess Gift Idea: Christmas cacti survive with very little attention and provide the gift of beautiful blossoms at least twice a year.
When we started cleaning the patio, it looked like this:
After close inspection, we realized that the pepper and 2 tomato plants were ready to go. So thankful for the hundreds of peppers and tomatoes we harvested this growing season!
We kept some of the blossoming plants, which still provide color. The patio is now ready for our winter decor. More to come in future blogs.
VEG ART – TWO FOR ONE!
In anticipation of this week’s predicted frost, we picked all of our tomatoes and peppers. They are ripening in a paper bag (great way to hasten the ripening process).
JOKE OF THE WEEK
Why did the scarecrow win the Nobel Prize? Because he was out standing in the field! Source:EnchantedLearning.com
The bears are looking dapper in their mini pilgrim hats!
Roy & Kevin