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I’ve made a promise to myself that I’m not going to allow blogging to become an obligation.  If I did, my posts would be boring (more so than they probably already are ;)), and my heart just wouldn’t be in it.  I also made a promise to myself that as soon as I had the itch to write, that I’d make time.  So, here I am 🙂 Like it or not.

After the big trip to NYC, our weekend didn’t slow down a bit.  Sunday morning, we had church and another family reunion, where we were able to celebrate my Godfather, TT’s birthday!

cakeIt was neat to have the whole family there while he blew out his candles.

There was lots of good food (I brought black beans & peas topped with turkey bacon along with a cheesy spaghetti squash dish.

lunchI also toted along a buffalo chicken sausage and added some fresh fruit from the picnic along with tomatoes to my plate.  Super vibrant looking plate if you ask me!

bingoBefore heading home, we played a few rounds of the most classic reunion game there is… Bingo!

Since our anniversary was actually on a Monday, we both decided that with the jam packed weekend we had, we could use some time to just be together.  We did something that’s not much like us… we took off work!  We literally spent the day together with no agenda.   First thing was first… breakfast!

bfastI didn’t force my pumpkin oatmeal and green smoothie on Jarid.  I cooked him a nice “manly” bacon, eggs, and pancakes breakfast instead as a little “thank you for putting up with me for a year” gift. 😀  We exchanged cards, since we promised each other we weren’t doing “gifts” since our trip to NY was our gift to each other.  I still made him a little something, which will be posted at a later date, due to the fact that I failed to take a photo.

It was nice to just sit down and watch a movie with my husband.  Of course, at some point, we dug out some wedding cake from the freezer, defrosted it, and each had a bite.  Not awful!?

textI got the sweetest text from my cousin, bff, and matron of honor, and our ring bearer, Bo!  They’re so thoughtful.  I’ll admit, almost every picture she’s ever sent me of Bowman, I’ve saved to my phone.  Those moments are irreplaceable and he’s already grown too fast!

Speaking of Bowman, we had the Mitts over for dinner last night and Ed is avoiding meat due to a kidney issue that’s been passed down from his Dad.  My mission was to make a meatless meal that’s perfect for Fall.

ingredientsCan you guess?  I’ll give you a hint… the front right hand spice practically spells it out for ya 😉

Veggie Chili & Honey Flax Cornbread!  Who would’ve thought my first post in awhile would be a recipe post?! I’m just full of surprises.

For the Chili…

Ingredients
-2 T. canola oil or olive oil
-1 1/2 C. chopped yellow onions
-1 cup chopped red bell peppers
-2 T. minced garlic
-1 large green pepper
-1 medium zucchini, stem ends trimmed and cut into small dice
-1/2 C. peas (I used frozen)
-1/2 C. green beans
-1 1/2 pounds cubed mushrooms
-2 T. chili powder
-1 T. ground cumin
-1 1/4 T. salt
-1/4 tsp. cayenne
-4 large tomatoes, peeled, seeded and chopped
-2 (15 oz) cans black beans
-1 (15oz) can refried beans
-1 (15 oz) can tomato sauce
-1 C. vegetable stock, or water

Directions :In a large, heavy pot, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the onions, bell peppers, garlic and cook, stirring, until soft, about 3 minutes. Add the zucchini, peas, green beans, and mushrooms, and cook, stirring, until soft and the vegetables give off their liquid and start to brown around the edges, about 6 minutes. Add the chili powder, cumin, salt and cayenne, and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the tomatoes and stir well. Add the beans (refried & black), tomato sauce, and vegetable stock, stir well, and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer, stirring occasionally, for about 20 minutes.  Remove from the heat.
feast

I served ours with brown rice and Honey Flax Cornbread!  Here’s the recipe for that…

Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 cup cornmeal, preferably organic or non-GMO
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 T. honey
  • 2 C. unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 T. melted coconut oil or Brummel & Brown yogurt spread
  • if you enjoy cinnamon, you could also add a pinch to this recipe to enhance the sweetness!

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Grease a 10″ cast iron skillet or an 8×8″ pan.
  2. In a small bowl combine cornmeal, baking powder, and salt and whisk well with a fork. In a medium sized bowl beat eggs and mix in honey, almond milk, and coconut oil or Brummel.
  3. Pour the dry ingredients into the wet and mix until just combined. Pour batter into prepared pan and place in oven.
  4. Bake 20-25 minutes or until a knife or toothpick comes out clean when inserted into center of the bread. Allow to cool before cutting.  Serve with Brummel & Brown and an additional squeeze of honey on top.  You’re welcome 😉

cornbreadJarid said it was the best thing I’ve made for awhile and Brandi asked for the recipe, so it must’ve been something worth remaking.

boBo gave is “thumbs up” stamp of approval as well, which really put a smile on my face.
As I washed the dishes after dinner, I couldn’t help but admire and miss my Mama.  I used her gorgeous dish to make my brown rice in, and I’m so thankful I have a piece of her (if not many), in our home to remember her by.

mamadishThey just don’t make dishes the way they used to!  Such detail was put into the design on this dish, from the hand-painted rose print to the gold trimming and scalloped edges.

We spent the rest of the evening relaxing and playing cards.  In fact, I learned a new game!  It’s called “hearts” and it took me quite awhile to catch on, but it’s a lot of fun!  Now that I’ve got the hang of it, I can’t wait to play again!

Thank you to the Mitts for a wonderful night ❤ Love you guys!

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4 thoughts on “Back For More.

  1. Awwwhhhh, I love your posts! ❤ What a sweet reminder of your mother. Whenever I make sauteed cabbage or crockpot beans I always think of my dad. Whenever I make bananner ice cream I think of my sister. Whenever I make homemade bread I think of my mom. And whenever I take out a bag of frozen grapes I think of my kitty cat, since he always follows me around the house trying to lick the bag! Ha-ha. 😉

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