Chili—To Write Home About

I grew up going to a small 1A school. During the wintersour wonderful cook, Jackie, would make homemade delicious meals for us.

The meals were always hot and sooo good!

Some of my favorites were the hot ham and cheese, which was a delicious pocket of ham and cheese with a gooey center.

Towards winter was one of the best times for cafeteria food, if you ask me.

When piping hot cinnamon rolls oozing with frosting were served alongside a bowl of steaming chili.

Yes, chili and cinnamon rolls, my friends, this is a match made in heaven.

Granted my fiance thinks that food combination is crazy.

Admittedly, my tastebuds are… how to put it….

interesting, unusual— dare I say, piquant taste preferences.

That’s a cool word. Piquant. Definitely, the word of the day.

ANYHOW

I thought, for sure, that I would never be able to top this chili of my dear childhood elementary school.

….Until….

Now.

I found a recipe for LOW-FODMAP chili that will turn heads. And people WILL ask you for the recipe.

Bet your bottom dollar.

This recipe is for approximately 3-4 people. If you need more servings double the ingredients.

Chili to Write Home About

1 lb. ground beef

4-5 Tb tomato paste

1 cup water (depending on how thick you want it could be less or more if you like it runny)

1 cup fresh or diced tomatoes (no onions or garlic added)

1/2 cup corn

1 T olive oil

1 tsp salt (I like to use sea salt)

1 tsp. oregano

1 tsp. cumin

1/4 cayenne

2 Tablespoons chili powder

A touch more salt depending on how salty you like your soup. Be careful if using sea salt as this is generally saltier.

Brown beef in skillet with oil. I didn’t drain my beef after this. After browned put beef in slow cooker (I used my instant-pot slow cooker setting). But a slow cooker would do the trick too.

Mix in all the other ingredients mix until combined. Cook 6 on high or 8 hours on low.

Serve with a spritz of lime juice, cheddar cheese, sour cream and crackers.

This chili, my friends, is something to write home about.

I hope you enjoy!

Coffee, Sunshine, God’s Grace to Perservere, Homily Reflection

       This morning began a little too early for my pleasing. 

The sun beamed through my window at the break of dawn. 

Which would be fine if the windows had curtains. The curtains, however, are not up. 

This morning is gray and rainy as I sit back and enjoy coffee on my balcony this morning the stray drip drip drips off the gutter spot my shirt. 

The sun glistens through my balcony now. 

What a beautiful reminder of God's grace as I persevere today through my studies. 


I'm considering this past Sunday's homily. The priest shared with the congregation that we must live everyday through love and not get to caught up in our own aspirations but awaken to what the Lord has for us to do that day, that hour, that minute. 

This caused me to think about how I am living and how I may not be living up to God's calling in my life. I have been reflecting about this during this chaotic time where every business needs all hands on deck and is hiring everyone and there dog, literally. 


It is a reflection that I am taking to heart.

He also reminded us of the Lord's enduring love. 

Which sometimes can be a struggle for me to embrace that truth, as a sinner. 



The priest reminded us that there is hope through God's grace and we must just follow him and not get caught up in our worldly ways, to the best of our ability. 



Those are powerful words and I can only hope in my little way to follow the Lord and do good. 

Sea-of-Galilee

“God’s grace

is sufficient

for me.”

2 Corinthians 12:9

Stormy Day American Brownie

When I was young I often licked the brownie beaters.

I still make brownies on those cold, stormy unforgiving weather days.

It brings me joy to bake in my little kitchen. My apron tightly wrapped around me as I gingerly dip my head to examine the brownies rising in the oven.

If you find yourself in a similar rainy day need for brownies.

I love this recipe because it only uses one bowl.

Try my brownie recipe!

MAGGIE’S BEATER LICKIN’ GOOD BROWNIES


  • 1 stick of melted butter
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder (I use Nestle Tollhouse 100% pure cocoa)
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 c. gluten free FLOUR (I used Bob’s Red Mill 1-to-1 Rising Flour)
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • CHOCOLATE CHUNKS (ABOUT 3/4 CUP DEPENDING ON HOW YOU LIKE YOUR BROWNIES

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease an 8×8 pan with cooking spray. In a medium bowl combine melted butter, cocoa powder and brown sugar. Beat pretty darn well so that there’s no lumps. Add eggs one at a time beating after each egg is added then drip in vanilla and stir well.

Stir in flour and salt. Do not over stir!

Spoon into an 8×8 pan and spread evenly.

Sprinkle chocolate chunks on top of the brownie batter.

Bake 20-22 minutes. Remove from oven and wait a good bit to let the brownies cool enough. Then cut yourself a piece of Maggie’s Beater Lickin’ brownies and enjoy!


I gotta say baking has been such a relief for me during my classes. Wow, brownies give me studying “super-powers”, well, hah-ha, maybe that’s an EGG-ZA-GERATION!

Heehee, I couldn’t resist the terrible pun.

I love baking and am so happy to share my recipes on this blog and hopefully brighten someones day!

Finding Joy: Rainy Dark Day with Meal Planning and Gourds

God has blessed this land with a steady rain today.

Thank God!

The gourds on my dining room table add a cheery thought to my day as I watch the rain dribble down my windows. A Postal truck whizzes down the road as I gaze into my coffee mug ponderously.

The gourds make me happy and remind me of Fall and family. Wow! What a wonderful thing it will be to have two families in just a matter of months!

What a joyous day it will be!

My studies are progressing well. A’s and B’s mostly, thankfully. I believe it might be a good thing if I picked up a little part-time job somewhere. At the same time, I am concerned that, similar to two semesters ago I will wind up being overworked with bad grades. I feel like I HAVE to keep going and pursuing counseling.

This Sunday, the priest had a really provocative homily that really stirred me. The homily was about living each day doing your daily duty and loving others.

This made me think a lot about humility and how hard it is sometimes to be humble. It is quite a blessing to be alive and be working towards your goals, pursuits and dreams. At the same time, I find myself asking, is there something else I could be doing that would lead me closer to God.

In the stillness of this rainy day, as thunder trembles and groans across the sky, I ponder this.

Wind Beneath my Feet and Geography Blues

The sun shines brightly down glimmering across my auburn hair as I straighten my toes on the wooden balcony.

Today,

I had a no good case of the geography blues today.

But why I’m able to licate the Ural Mountains on a map now. And I can tells you all about the natural resources of Europe.

So after studying since 8:05 am to 3:15 pm I was ready to “cash in my chips” so to say for this ole’ geography test.

And hey I actually didn’t do too bad.

My map section was a sight for sore eyes but I’m feeling really confident about the other part of the quiz. Which honestly I felt like was the harder section.

Golly, now that I think about it, I had a lot of paragraphs per question. Eek. I hope my professor doesn’t mind.

I did my makeup

And

I took off my French pedicure off.

Though French pedicures are not at all French in origin. Jeff Pink an American in Hollywood made them popular in the 1970’s.

Here’s a recipe I made over my lunch too.

Roasted Beet and Goat Cheese Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette

Hope you having a smashing good Friday!

Cheers.