Sunday, September 22, 2013

Freezer cooking: Part 1 - Chili

I can tell it's Fall - I suddenly have the desire to cook.  It comes on for a few weeks when the weather turns, before winter closes in and I remember how much more I like to eat out. 

In honor of Fall (and in an attempt to not completely undo all the running I have been doing all week with one meal out) I decided to make some things we could freeze and eat later.  I started with the Pioneer Woman's chili (linked here), and am moving on to the Sunday Night Stew.  The chili turned out well - very thick and meaty.  I really like chili with a lot of big tomato chunks in it, so I think next time I will add some extra tomatos. 

Happy Fall,

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Old Webster Jazz and Blues Festival

Shawn and I spent a few hours tonight at the Jazz and Blues Festival.  People were everywhere, enjoying the music. 

The music was great, but they could have used some more food vendors set up with a better selection.  Shawn had a pulled pork sandwich, and I had a muffaletta sandwich for the first time.  I love olives, but it was way to salty for me so never again. 


Sunday, September 8, 2013

In search of a grown-up bed

I have never had a bed with a headboard.


And after watching the paint wear off the wall in the back of our bed (more painting - yea!) I think we need one.

As a reminder, here is what we are working with in our bedroom: 

I'm thinking about an iron bed to keep the room open and light - head board only, so we can still move around the end of the bed easily and use it for boring, necessary things like sorting laundry, switching out summer and winter clothes, and storing my work clothes after work until I get motivated to hang them up. 
I found this on Pinterest, and loved it:

This one is actually for sale in the US, for a reasonable price:
With a coat of white or silver paint, it is almost identical to the first bed.  What do you think?  Should I go for it?

Saturday, September 7, 2013

South Dakota: Our Journey West!

Shawn and I just came back from a week in South Dakota, and it was beyond amazing.

We traveled up through St. Joseph and Sioux Falls, to see the Laura Ingall's Wilder house in De Smet:

Everywhere you look, there are feilds:  corn, prarie, and 180 degrees of the bluest sky and summer sun.  We joked that this is the edge of the world - at some point the road stops, and you will look around and see nothing but corn and sky going on forever. 

It was beautiful and lonely and wonderful standing out there on the prarie, listening to the wind sing over the grass. 

From there we drove to Rapid city, with a quick stop at Wall Drug before moving on to Mount Rushmore.  I've seen Mount Rushmore on the TV so many times, and it is incredible to actually be there seeing it in person.  It is larger - and higher - than it appears on TV, sitting at the top of a granite crest. The carvers grew so talented at using dynamite, they were able to blast the rock within inches of the finished surface.  The cracks in the granite are inspected each year, with caulking applied to keep water from splitting the rock.  In 10,000 years, the sculpture will have lost only one inch to erosion due to the toughness of the granite. 


Next post:  Black Elk Wilderness & Custer State Park!