to my husband of 12 years. i love you and happy anniversary. you made our day very special. i'm grateful to have you in my life, in our kid's lives, and for giving me another little one to fall in love with and learn from. i can't wait to do this with you all over again! happy 12!
and on a more serious, possibly funny note, i'm sorry i forgot our anniversary and when i asked you why you bought me flowers and you said it's because it's our 12 year anniversary...i love that we both busted out in loud laughter and laughed at each other and quickly hugged the awkwardness away. i'll never forget that moment because i loved it. this must be what twelve years feels like and i like it! i love you.
and to peyton and beckham for snapping some quick photos before we ran off to a quiet and delicious dinner alone~ thanks, kids!
if the calendar says fall, i make chili, but don't be like me and turn it off so it can cool and then fall asleep and leave it on the stove all night and then have to throw the whole pot away, hence the no cooked chili photo!
Chili with black beans
i make all different ways, but this is a basic recipe and the one my husband likes the best. nothing fancy for him. you can cook this in a crock pot, but i use my big le creuset pot, which i LOVE by the way. it's an investment, but worth every penny.
you'll need these ingredients but add or omit anything to your liking. that's the fun part!
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 medium yellow onions, chopped small
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 yellow pepper, 1 red pepper, chopped small
1 pound ground sirloin
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or less if the kids will find it to spicy!
optional: hot sauce to taste
bag of frozen shopeg corn
2 large (28 ounce) cans of plum toms in with juice
1 small can of cannellini beans, rinsed. or your fave.
1 small can of black beans, rinsed
heat the dutch oven over med heat. add the onions and peppers until softened a bit, about 10 minutes. ass the garlic and cook for another minute. add the beef and cook through while breaking up lumps. add all spices to the meat and cook for one minute. add your toms but first crush the toms with your hand or cut them into smaller pieces before adding to the dutch oven.
add the beans and the corn!
bring to a boil and then reduce the heat to a simmer, cover and cook for at least an hour. no less.
add salt and pepper and simmer uncovered another 15 minutes!
i add tostito chips, sour cream, cheddar cheese, jals, onions, hot sauce....but you do it your way!
simple and hearty!
the giveaway is this: since i said that i was giving away the letter necklace that so many people have asked about, i have to take that giveaway back because i simply can not find where to order them. not the same ones. i'll keep looking, but in the meantime...
one commenter will win a $25 gift card to an Etsy (etsy.com) shop of their choice! but it's that time again! happy fall!