Weeknight Chili

Tonight I madeΒ Nava’s A Big Pot of Really Good Chili (cut in half), served over brown rice. Actually, I halved everything except the spices (woops!), but it tastes delicious πŸ˜€ A little spicy. I like serving chili over brown rice to add a bit more heft. Plus it’s healthier and more filling than chips or bread.Β I added the suggested corn toward the end, and topped with tomatoes and cilantro – yummm!

Nava's A Big Pot of Really Good Chili

When I’ve made chili before, I’ve used dried beans soaked overnight, and it takes several hours to cook. This is a great chili for weeknights. It uses canned beans, which cook much more quickly, and it’s very tasty! I bet it would also be great with a pinch of cayenne, or topped with chopped green onions. Let me know what you think if you give it a try :)

Hiatus

Happy Saturday :) I’m been having a great start to spring so far. What about you?

I’ve been cooking a LOT – it’s really fun to eat something totally new each night :) But it has been eating (ha!) away at my schedule, too. I’ve been enjoying some time with friends and family. I’ve been knitting – getting so far on my blanket! And I’ve been working a ton. All good things, but also keeping me away from the computer (which can be a good thing).

Blanket - Halfway done?Game nightFresh veggie tacos and millet1953 Chevy truck - yumYummy asparagus and eggs dinner

You may have noticed that I haven’t blogged since Sunday. I’m taking a little hiatus from blogging…but don’t worry, I still love you πŸ˜‰ I just need to spend some time elsewhere at the moment. But I’ll be back next week! Follow me on Twitter, Facebook, and/or Bloglovin’ for updates!

Well, I’m off with the husband to a cactus & succulent sale at Zilker Botanical Gardens, then Whole Foods, then worrrk. Have a great weekend!

3 Things Friday

The Good: I picked up my sketchbook again after a little break. It felt good :)

The Bad: It was back to the real (work) world after a 2 week break. Whoo that’s rough!

The Awesome: I made several new foods from scratch! I made pho (wayyy more effort than it’s worth for just 2 people), which was absolutely delicious. I also made guacamole – yummmm :d

I hope your first week of the new year has been wonderful! Now that I’m back in the swing of things (at least mostly), I can start working toward my goals :) Ooh – and tonight is a date night – we’re going to finally see Tron!

So what were your three things?

Have a great weekend πŸ˜€

Etsy Crush: Holiday Gift Guide

This week I’m posting all about having a handmade holiday! So this week’s Etsy Crush is a gift guide for all the special people in your life :) [Click on the images to go to the listing]

For the cook…Butterfly Full Apron with IKEA Fabric for WomenAppetizer/dessert plate - ginkgo in chartreuse

For the artist…Give a Hoot Recycled Notebook in Tank Greena peace of cake. 5x5. inspired.

For the girlie girl….Clutch with a knot apple greenCape With Tie in Forest Green and Black

For the kid (at heart)…Rainbow trees, One of a kind 3d bird artHand Embroidered-Wall Art-Kite

For the nerd….you are here nowDarling Dinosaur Necklace in Silver

For the shabby chic…Orono. Vintage BALL Canning Jar PENDANT Created NEWRad Spoon Key Rack Distressed Black

For the bibliophile…Pure Natural Oatmeal Linen LIBRARY BOOK READ Accent Pillow CoverKEEP CALM AND READ ON, 5x7 Poster (Parisian Blue featured)

And yes, these are all things I want, too πŸ˜‰ But that’s an important part of finding gifts for people – always give something you’d like to receive!