Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Hearty Beef Chili

When my husband and I first got married almost 16 years ago, I had no idea how to make chili.  I searched every cookbook that I had (this was before Pinterest), and I could not find one that I truly liked.  That's when I decided to come up with my own version of a hearty beef chili.  It took a few tries, but I finally came up with my current recipe.  My husband has always loved it, and now so do my children. 

My chili has also evolved into a family tradition.  Every year on Halloween, I make a big pot of chili that we enjoy after a night of trick-or-treating. My family expects this chili, along with some Halloween cupcakes, when everyone is tired of walking the neighborhood asking for candy.  I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as my family and I do.

See recipe below.

Monday, October 3, 2016

DIY Halloween Banner

"This is Halloween, this is Halloween
Halloween! Halloween! Halloween! Halloween!
In this town we call home,
Everyone hail to the pumpkin song"

So my family might have watched "The Nightmare Before Christmas" his weekend because don't you agree that the movie is more of a Halloween movie than a Christmas movie?  My family and I love this time of year: Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas.....and football.  Thoughts of cooler weather and pumpkin treats fill our minds during the month of October.  In the spirit of Halloween, my kids and I made a "Happy Halloween" banner to hang on our mantle.  It is super easy and cheap to make.

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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Yard Tour: {Late Summer} What's Growing in My Yard

I did a Yard Tour (see that post here) back in June for my spring blooms, but now it is late August in Texas, so it is hot (very hot).  I have several containers on my front porch, in my front flower bed, and on my back patio because this is a hobby that I really enjoy (see my post on Front Porch Container Gardening here).  Plants and flowers look different in late August than they do at the end of May or early June.  Some have gotten bigger, some have bloomed more, and some have suffered heat exhaustion.  Fortunately, few of my plants have suffered from the latter, even here in Texas.  I made sure that I planned for that factor when I was determining what I was going to plant in my flower beds and containers.  Some of these plants and flowers in the containers will be replaced soon with fall and winter plants that will give me color and blooms all the way until spring (see my post on Planning Containers for Fall here).

I take tons of pictures of my plants and flowers (just see my Instagram account for proof) so I have a lot to show you.  Please tour my yard via my pictures below.  Enjoy!

All of the colors of lantana make me swoon.  I love this plant.

Lantana has my heart....