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12/10/11: Chili & Family

Well I haven't posted anything since Thanksgiving. We've been busy...I've been tired...and I've been working on making a lot of Christmas gifts (which I can't post here because they won't be a surprise then)! In the past 2 weeks, I've had a craft show and we've done some more house organization with the nursery (washing clothes, organizing the dresser, picking up a few needed items). We're at the 34 week mark (belly post to follow some time this weekend). We've just been busy.

And we were busy again today, but in a fun, fun way! We were up early. Andy grilled a rump roast to add to a homemade chili, roughly based on this recipe from Epicurious. Well the chili ended up being nothing like disregard the recipe. We started with that recipe but didn't like some of the spices, didn't add ground chuck, and we've doubled almost everything, added a few extras, different spices, it's "A&T chili!" We served it up with cheese, greek yo and green onions.

I made some Buttery Cornbread and did follow the directions for this one. And I also made a brownie bake based off of the recipe from Never(homemaker)'s take on a Richard Simmons Dish: Baked Chocolate Doughnuts. I doubled the recipe for this one and baked it in the oven in a brownie pan. It needed a lot more time...could have used a bigger dish and made the brownies thinner, but oh well. The frosting is amazing and very peanut buttery (I love peanut butter)!

And then, of course, there were some Eikstadt shenanigans...playing with the Zen Magnets was entertaining for all!

Even though it was just me and the 4 boys (er 4.5) for this Eikstadt Chili Fest, I had a great time. Thanks for coming for some good eats guys! (Missed ya Dorothy)


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