It was a very busy week! A lot was good and there were many smiles, but over all, it was just busy ;) However, one thing stood out. Yes, I have done this before, but I will do it again – I made a batch of chili.
I just have to say that when I make chili, I really make it. As the beans are soaking, I chop tomatoes and then start everything out by stewing the tomatoes that I chopped. That forms the base of the chili. Next I chop up garlic cloves, onions and jalapeno peppers. This is all sauteed, with a lot of spices, and goes in. The soaking beans are brought to a light boil and the drained and put in. Over time other veggies are chopped and added, as well as spice. I do put in a little pre-made ingredients, but the majority is by scratch. Meat is towards the end. I do use a lot of spices, but go heavy on chili powder (it is chili!) and, may sound funny, but cumin – for some reason, cumin is the taste of chili for me. The entire process is stretched over four days from when I first start soaking beans until first serving. The chili, however, is at its peak taste after the fifth day.
Anyway, it tastes great! I froze about half of what I made and take it out in a couple of weeks.
That is my smile for the week, making homemade 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.
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).