The Weekly Smile for October 7, 2019


I am going to continue with my trend of small things, and perhaps odd things, this week….

We had a lot of tomatoes this year.  We also get a pretty good bounty from the Community Farm that we belong to (See here for a post about the CSA). The weather is getting cool, so I decided to make the year’s first chili using mostly fresh ingredients.

I chopped up a bunch of tomatoes and stewed them in a crock-pot while I soaked the beans. I added a clove of fresh garlic, a couple of onions peppers (Italian from our garden, chilies from the CSA), etc. After a day I put in the beans and started the spice routine. I added corn and celery and more veggies. A day later and it wasn’t there yet, but the next day it was perfection. Not my best chili ever, but better than most, and doubly good in that most of the ingredients were fresh picked before being tossed into the crock-pot – food the way it is meant to be ;)

That is my smile for the week, making fresh from the garden chili.

What made you smile?


Come on, I’m sure you smiled at least once last week.  Why don’t you share it?  I hope you can join in!

Here is list of “rules” and guiding ideas.  If you don’t have time to read it right now, just remember that this is an exercise to spread positivity.  Don’t smile about the misfortune of others.  Don’t smile in a way to excludes others.  Make sure a 12 year old can read it.

And remember, the Smile can be anything, large or small.  Nothing, nothing at all is too small for a Smile!  Sometimes taking time to notice those small, every day smiles is more important than those once in a lifetime huge ones :)

To join in, write a post to share your smile and then leave a comment on this post with a link to your smile.  Or, if you prefer, do a pingback to this post (pingback = have a link from your post to this one) (Note – pingbacks have been very inconsistent – please leave a comment :) ).   You can post any time until next Sunday evening (to be simple, I will say midnight GMT, which is 7 PM Sunday for me).   Next week I will compile all of the Smiles and do a separate post of them on Monday morning just before the smile.  (I will shoot for around 7 AM EST).

Try to use the hashtag #WeeklySmile when you use Twitter or other social media that uses hashtags. I searched Twitter and found that #weeklysmile had been used only a handful of times back in 2012 and 2013. It hasn’t been used since. So it’s ours! I also registered it on Twubs.

You can use the graphic at the top. It is the official graphic for the event.

Now go out there and find something to smile about! :)

52 thoughts on “The Weekly Smile for October 7, 2019

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  6. EdinburghCook

    Would love to have enough home grown tomatoes to make my own chilli. Would definitely make me smile. Never seem to get the timing right here in Scotland….just don’t have the sun. Determined to have a crack next spring though.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      We have a very small garden, but had tons of tomatoes this year. We are still getting some. Every day one or two cherry tomatoes ripen and we pick them, but my guess is they will be at and end within a few days – not many green ones left to ripen.

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      1. trentpmcd Post author

        Glad you enjoy the weekly smile :) I think sometimes people forget about these types of things (guilty as charged….) after a day or two, so i don’t blame you for joining in on Monday.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      I do enjoy some types of cooking, but I’m not into other things, like baking – I like tossing in a some ingredients and experimenting and have a hard time following a recipe. I also don’t know if I could make figures or anything out of my food, but, well, I can always find an excuse to work with chocolate ;)

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      I do have one of the new style pressure cookers that are popular, but haven’t used it yet. Besides, I think it’s nice to have the house smell like chili for half a week as it cooks ;)

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      It’s funny, I was never a bean person until I started making them myself… Chili is a great comfort food for fall and winter, and using mostly homegrown and local grown ingredients makes it that much better.

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