Monday, April 20, 2020


Sometimes, you need to work with the ingredients at hand!  Like these days when a quick trip to the grocery store is just not in the cards... whenever.  Planning ahead and purchasing needed groceries for 8- 10 days is a new norm for us.  It is working, though.  Sometimes, an ingredient is not in the fridge, so it is just skipped or substituted.  That was the case with Friday night's dinner. 

Chili "did its thing" in my Slow Cooker.  It cooked itself!  The ingredients were in the cooking pot simmering.  Usually, I use Ground Turkey when making Chili, but we enjoyed it with Ground Beef.  There was no Green Pepper to be found in my fridge, so half of the Diced Tomatoes were placed in the Slow Cooker's pot, first.  Then, the browned Ground Beef was added in.

Chili is so delicious any time of year with Ground Turkey or Ground Beef.  After dinner the extra portions were placed in a freezer container ready to be defrosted/ enjoyed at a later date.  It is so easy to prepare in a Slow Cooker! 

My complete Directions for Chili are here!    

There were a couple of changes when preparing it, but two things did not change.  We had the rye bread. We also added a dollop of Sour Cream on top of our serving of Chili.  It was so good!


Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Early April

We are enjoying many colors in our yard.  What a great distraction from this current pandemic.  COVID-19 is always in our thoughts, but during the day it's good to take time to relax.  Enjoy the colors outdoors!  We don't have any roses blooming to enjoy their aroma, just yet.  However, there is new growth on our rose bushes.

I was waiting p-a-t-i-e-n-t-l-y for the Daffodil buds to open.  So many bulbs were planted many years ago.  Now, these are the only Daffodils in our yard.    

The Perennial Vinca spreads across a large area of one garden.  In early Spring these dainty flowers appear!

Hyacinths are just bursting open along with the bright yellow Forsythia!  Every day more bright yellow Forsythia buds open.  

The White Bleeding Hearts have sprouted up from the soil, too!  Before we know it the flowers will be visible.

Another favorite is our Rhododendron that always "does its thing"!  Half the bush has buds that open in the Spring.  Then, in Autumn the other half open.

It's good to stop and enjoy the beautiful colors!  Take some time each day to r-e-l-a-x!! 

Stay Well!