A cat will do--what a cat will do

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Pippin-long stochings--about 5 months old and ready for anything

So when I was a mama raising four active boys,, it was always a challenge to keep them occupied and interested in something other than beating the holy crap out of each other—their favorite past time.  So now as I have turned 60 I realize what I do currently is not that different from back then.  I am lucky—actually I wished it up this way—to have several ways of producing income—all out of our home base.  I love it.  However, that means that my companions are not actual folks but more the furry type.  So again, if I don’t keep the furries occupied in between nap times and out door explorations, they tend to look for stuff to do—like chew on the orchids,  push things off the kitchen counters-yes they are allowed up there,  my sanity was not worth being the one to try to keep them off.  A cat will do what a cat will do. 
Crackers in the driveway and birds in the bush--life is good!

In going through some food cupboards today, with the thought of organizing and simplifying,, I found some crackers that were stale, but not rancid and so crunched them up and tossed them into the driveway—great viewing for the kits and they will sit in the window for many minutes (not hours) at a time watching the crows, blue jays and all other types of feathered friends feasting on an unexpected treat.  And it’s the same window that has the fuchsia just outside with blooms still going at this time of year attracting the sweet hummers.  I do love the Central Oregon Coast.

Weight Watchers Chili-Mary Greenberg—revised by bair and gale 12/20/2011

1 1/2tablespoons canola oil
1 pound sweet green peppers, cored, seeded and chopped
6 stalks celery-chopped
1 1/2pounds onions, peeled and finely chopped
2 large cloves garlic, peeled and finely chopped
2 jalapenos or green chilies, seeded and minced (optional) or 2 cans green chiles
1/2 cup minced fresh parsley
5 not 3 pounds ground turkey
1/3 cup mild chili powder
2-3 tablespoons hot chili powder
2 30-ounce cans red kidney beans, drained, or 6 to 7 cups cooked kidney beans 2 28-ounce cans tomatoes with their juice or 1 huge can of beans/1 huge can of tomatoes--gallon??
1-2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon oregano, crumbled
2 teaspoons cumin
1/2teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon salt, or to taste (optional)
1 teaspoon coriander
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon allspice
1. In a very large, heavy pot or very large skillet, heat the oil, add the sweet peppers, and saute them slowly for 5 minutes. Add the onions, and continue sauteing the vegetables for 3 minutes more. Add the garlic, jalapenos or chilies (if using), and parsley, and saute the ingredients for 1 minute.
2. Add the turkey, stir in the mild and hot chili powders, and brown the turkey over medium heat for about 10 minutes, breaking it up and stirring it to cook evenly. If you are not already using a very large, heavy pot, transfer the turkey mixture to one now.
3. Stir in the remaining ingredients, combining them thoroughly. Bring the chili to a boil over medium heat, reduce the heat, cover the pot and simmer the chili for 1 hour. Then uncover the pot and cook the chili for another 30 minutes.
Note: suggest making this a serve-yourself-dish, by setting out a variety of garnishes: chopped onion, grated Cheddar, plain yogurt, chopped sweet pepper, etc.

Tomorrow I am joining my good buddy DJ and will get together to Dice, Chop and make “Weight Watchers” Chili -our fav!! It makes buckets and is great frozen.  I just finally figured out a place on the net to copy and paste so I could share it with you.  Times,,, they are a changing.  We have served it at many gatherings,, also makes great Navajo Tacos,, and is just the yummiest stuff—so enjoy!!  And grins for your day..

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