Archive for October 15th, 2010

15 Oct 2010

Chili Recipe

2 Comments Cooking/Baking

Okay, so I made this chili recipe and it was super good. So I made a double portion of it last night, and it was super good again. It’s basically two recipes I found that I put together and it’s super easy and delicious and I wanted to share it with you. Aren’t I super generous? Here it is:

Saute’ a chopped yellow bell pepper, half of a chopped onion and tbsp garlic in olive oil until soft. I actually add crushed garlic when there’s only about 5 minutes of saute’ing left to do.

add a splash of chicken stock to get up all the yummy stuff
put 1lb ground white turkey in with some season salt and garlic powder and brown.
add two cups chicken stock and stir.
add one can drained, rinsed kidney beans,
about 2 cups crushed tomatoes,
tbsp chili powder,
tsp basil
tsp oregano
tsp cumin
tsp or so hot suace
pinch of sea salt
add more stock and crushed tomatos if it looks too thick
simmer, uncovered at least 35 minutes or until it starts getting thicker.
add 1 1/2 cups frozen corn, a little more stock and a little more crushed tomatoes
simmer 20 more minutes

The first time I made this, I simmered for a total of about one hour. ┬áLast night, it was closer to 2 1/2 hours. I don’t think you can simmer it too long.

Russ grilled some turkey dogs, put them on whole wheat buns and topped them with the chili. I baked a box of corn bread (adding a tbsp of flax meal), and ate it in a damn bowl! Delish. Today we ate leftovers. It’s even better day two! Let me know if you try it!

15 Oct 2010

Toddler Senility

2 Comments Personal Crap, Toddler

You know what gets me? Garrett won’t remember any of this time in his life. I guess he’ll remember a feeling, a general sense of well-being and security (hopefully). But he won’t remember all the cool stuff we do together or all the amazing things he does on a daily basis. He won’t remember how much he loves dinosaurs or how he wakes me up in the morning by saying, “Mom! Ma! Mommy? Mama! Mom. Mom. Mommy?” He won’t remember how proud we were of him when he got potty trained or how much we laugh when he does his “crazy run” in the living room. I hate that he won’t remember the first time he actually liked his broccoli or how we try to get him to tell us about his day at the dinner table.

He won’t remember how excited he was when he saw a Blue’s Clues bouncy in our backyard on the day of his second birthday, or how much fun he had spraying his friends with water on his third. He won’t remember how it felt to feed a cow an apple for the first time or how hot it was the day we went to the Oregon State Fair.

It seems so odd to me that he’s living so much life every day and he won’t remember a damn thing about it. I mean, at three you’re learning new words, new sensations, new tastes and smells. You’re meeting new people and seeing things daily for the very first time. Garrett’s excited to see airplanes and the moon and he loves to pet dogs and ask people their name. How do you take in so much information and not remember later on in life how it all got there?

I think part of it makes me sad because I love the moments we share, and I wish he’d know years from now how great they were. But he won’t. And that’s just odd to me. I wonder why it’s set up that way? Are we not meant to remember this time because it’s too precious? Is it because everything else that comes after this part is so dull that remembering the majesty of the beginning would destroy our souls? Or maybe there’s just not room in our brains to hold all the new stuff we’re learning AND bank it all in our memories.

I try to write as much as possible in his baby book and make some albums of photos. But I wish he was going to remember how perfect he is right now. I wish he’d be able to look back and see how much he makes us laugh and how lucky I feel to be with him, even at 6:30 in the morning when all I really want is a cup of coffee or to go back to sleep… Even in those times, maybe especially in those times, I wish he was going to remember.

But the years will go on and, God willing, we will create new memories as a family. And I will do my damndest to make those times memorable for us and for Garrett.