This chili recipe is my favorite. It’s the one I make time and time again. Sometimes, if I have it, I’ll add some frozen corn at the end, but besides that, it always stays the same.
This year we took the kids to Coates Christmas Tree Farm in Auburn Washington. It’s now become a family tradition to go out and cut our own Christmas tree, the Sunday following Thanksgiving. This year we opted for the majestic Noble Fir. I love the way they look, with a slight blue tinge. It was fun to go out and make a day of it, with our new family of four.
I’ve been experimenting with new ways to use Brussel sprouts and have stumbled upon this very season appropriate salad with apples, cranberries, peppers, goat cheese, and pecans. It’s the perfect use of Brussel sprouts for a Thanksgiving side. I’m usually not big on salad for Thanksgiving, but this one is just so perfect. It’s festive and has all the the Flavors we know to associate with the holiday.
If you've ever been to Seattle and visited Trophy Cupcakes, one of my favorite cupcakes on the menu is the salted caramel. Without having ever tried to recreate their recipe, I was delightfully surprised when these cupcakes came out almost exactly the same.
Meet Emmett Francis Hands born June 8, 2018, measuring 8 pounds 11 ounces and 21 inches. We're having fun getting to know Emmett. He is changing every day and proving to be the happiest baby I've ever seen. He's constantly smiling at everything and it makes my heart burst. He is now a little over two months, and I have no idea where the time has gone. I am trying so hard to savor every moment.
When peaches are in season, I try to use them in cooking wherever I can. They are so incredibly juicy and sweet during the summer months, I just can't help from buying a few pounds every week. I think the key to pulling off a salad with lots of fruit is by also adding some sort of cheese, a bold green, and an acidic dressing.
I am all for quick simple meals at the moment. It's a tricky time of year for one-pot meals though. No one wants to make a batch of chili or pot of soup when the weather is beginning to warm and we are all craving salads and fresh produce. I like this pasta salad recipe because it's filling with a relative hardiness, but also fulfills my needs for fresh veggies!