Thursday, January 24, 2013

It's a Chili night in Utah

It was a cold chilly day here in Utah today so I thought it would be fitting to make something hearty for din tonight. Something comforting. Like Chili. This is what you need to make Chunky Monkey Chili. Easy Peasy

You need a can of Kidney Beans, a can of diced tomatoes, a small can of tomato paste, ground turkey (1 pound)

Chop up whatever veggies you want. I did 1 yellow pepper, 1 white onion, and 1 green pepper

In a saucepan cook ground turkey in a little bit of water until pink is gone. Add chili seasoning, and a spoon full of tomato paste.

In another pan sauté veggies until soft in a little bit of evoo (extra virgin olive oil)

Add your favorite seasoning, I love Goya Adobo for just about everything, I also added a little bit of cumin and pepper. After veggies are soft add in a can of diced tomatoes, and can of kidney beans

Add in the ground turkey and cook on low for 30 minutes, stirring frequently

If you want it thicker add a teaspoon of flour, or if you like it soupier pour more water in it.

Serve with shredded cheese and a dollop of sour cream, Enjoy!

{p.s. The weather today was insane. Our streets and highways were covered in ice. It was literally a giant ice slide. The snow that was already on the ground was hardened like rocks because of todays weather. I watched rain droplets fall and turn to ice immediately. Apparently this hasn't happened here since like 1940. Thank you Utah for being so welcoming }

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Saturday, January 19, 2013

Happy New Year, I know, better late than never

Life in Utah has been quite an adventure. Since I last wrote I had a birthday (woot) and started insanity (double woot with a womp). The mountain tops are powered white with delicate snow and our home is currently hoarding an insane amount of icicles. Our home looks like it has been hijacked and placed in a snow globe. It is lovely. I am learning to layer my clothing better (especially the day that I forgot to grab my coat in 5 degree weather, thank God for unshaven legs to keep me extra warm in emergency conditions, ha).

Our cross country move has taught me a lot. I have learned to really put all my trust and faith in the Lord. I have learned to be kinder with the great example of those who surround me. I have learned that despite the loneliness that hovers at times with the distance from family and friends and all familiar things, that I am really not alone, that this amazing adventure has brought me so much closer to the Lord and my amazing husband. I have learned to appreciate moments and the beauty that surrounds me. I have learned to be a little better. Just a little. I have learned that happiness comes from within, like really in there. I smile. I have learned that no matter how hard I pray each day, or for whatever amount of time, months, or years, the Lord answers on his own time, and when he does he serves it like a buffet of blessings. It happened. His timing is divine. I trust that. I have learned to challenge myself on things. Guard down and all.

I have applied this quote from President Gordon B. Hinckley as my New Years Resolution

Have a great weekend!

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