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Turkey Crockpot Chili

Decided to make chili and cornbread today,  used Trader Joe’s Cornbread mix that I hauled back from Boston in my suitcase — it’s really good if you can get it, I think the secret is in its vanilla powder and malted barley.

OK, so for the chili:

- 1lb Ground Turkey, browned in olive oil (season w/ dash salt & pepper) – dump into crock
– 2 peppers, 2 onions, sauteed in olive oil – dump into crock
– 4 cloves mashed garlic, quick sautee – dump into crock

add to crock:
– 1c dried kidney beans (sorted and rinsed)
– 1c dried black/anasazi/pinto beans (sorted and rinsed, I had a leftover mixture of all these)
– 1 bock beer (Shiner!)
– 3c water
– 2 sm cans diced tomatoes

- 2 tbs sugar, honey or agave syrup
– hefty pinch or two of dried oregano
– about 1/4 tsp cumin powder
– 4 tbs New Mexico red chile powder
– 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
– 1/2? tsp salt

Cook on high 5 hours, then check beans for softness and check your water content, add water if necessary.

Then cook on low with the top off for two additional hours.

Serve with grated cheddar, chopped cilantro, guacamole, cornbread or totopos. My husband puts honey on everything…

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Second Quilt

I haven’t made a quilt since 1983! But here is a baby quilt that I made over the last two days for my soon-to-be niece, Kerry Elizabeth.  I am waiting to affix a quilt label with her birthdate as soon as she is born.

I selected 8 fabrics and cut them into 4.5″ squares, then arranged and assembled (on my treadle!) to make about a 36×52 inch crib quilt.  In quilting, I decided to stitch in the ditch rather than attempt to free motion quilt (although my ditches were uneven, so I faked it).

I’m happy with how it came out and look forward to my 3rd quilt!



And for kicks, here is my first-ever quilt from Brownies in 1983. I remember my mom helping me with this.



Anthro Copy

I just love 70’s (1940’s?) inspired jumpsuits and rompers. This chambray number from Anthropologie has it all: halter, wide legs, pockets, sweetheart neckline, etc. I knew I must copy this!

Anthropologie’s Version: ($128.00)








My version ($13.00) with patch pockets (I can’t do welts yet) and orange topstitching.

I mixed it up with a number of patterns, namely Simplicity  2401 and McCall’s 6331, resulting in a different style neckline, no elasticized backing on the bodice, and omitting the wooden buttons.

















Mi Chela Helada (Michelada de los Chicos)

Bueno, pues, the boys have their idea on what makes the best michelada. And as such, I’ve been asked to post said receta here.







Makes 3

  • One (yes one) Bottle of Beer (Negra Modelo/Pacifico is preferable  – but use what ya got, here I’ve got Shiner Blonde)
  • Trechas, (or other), Mexican SPICY POWDER (generally next to the mangoes at HEB)
  • Chipotle Tabasco (or you could use less of La Costeña Chipotle Peppers in Adobo if you have that ’round)
  • 2 Mexican (Key) Limes
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Ice – lots

Split limes.  Rub 1/2 lime on the rims of your three glasses.  Using the palm of your other hand, press some trechas powder onto the rim of your glasses (like salt to your margarita glass).

Fill up your tall glasses with lots of ice.

Juice 1/2 lime into each glass.

Then add to each glass: one dash worcestershire, two heavy dashes tabasco, three dashes trechas.

Top off with the beer. Mix and drink LIBERALLY.

Post to blog with gratuitous photo.

Aviatrix(?) Jumpsuit

80’s Vintage McCall’s Pattern 7454. Reminded me so much of a jumpsuit I dumpstered in the 90’s that I had to have one.  Perfect for a bike ride!








Off Grid Machine




1908 Lotus machine head and 1922? Red Eye, both Singer 66 type. The Red Eye came with the cabinet but I’m going to swap it out for the Lotus. Have to completely take both apart and clean out the junk first. I don’t think either has been used for decades.

My collection is complete?