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You Think I’m Joking

I joke on here a lot about Sadie, our wonderful pup, who really doesn’t do much but scavenge for food and burp. And sometimes I think people don’t believe all of her antics, so luckily I’ve caught a few of the most popular ones on tape recently.

I call this one: “If only this pillow were a mountain of bacon.”

 

And this one: Belly Rubs Are Magical

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Recipe Time! Chicken Chili

It’s November! Which means cold-ish weather here in Louisiana and a few days where we can break out the scarves, boots and coats and actually enjoy sitting outside.

In my ongoing quest to sneakily get Jason to eat more soups, I made a great chicken chili recipe over the weekend that was really delicious. I love making chili of any kind, and have tried ground beef, turkey and even deer meat. But because my cupboard was bare and we had no ground beef, turkey or deer meat to speak of, I improvised with chicken!

I know chicken chili isn’t a new thing, but it’s a great alternative if you’re not feeling the other meats. Again, it was kind of a witches brew recipe, so my measurements may not be perfect, but you get the idea 🙂

Roussell Chicken Chili
Better known as: I wanted to use my Dutch Oven, and we were sick of ordering pizza recipe.

sadie

Sadie thinking about my chicken chili and wishing she could have some.

Ingredients

– Cooked chicken (as much shredded chicken as you want. I had a whole chicken shredded leftover from making broth, so I used about half)
– 1 can of black beans drained
– 1 can of Rotel tomatoes drained
– 1 can of Navy beans drained (or whatever other beans you have)
– 1 onion chopped
– 1 and 1/2 cups of water (you can add more if it’s not soupy enough for you)
– Salt, pepper, cumin, chili powder.

Saute the onions in olive oil in a dutch oven or large pot. Throw in beans, Rotel, and chicken, pour in water and stir. Add spices (I used about a table spoon of salt, cumin and chili powder, and a half tablespoon of pepper…you can adjust later). Cover with lid and let simmer for at least 30 minutes, checking every now and then to make sure it’s not burning or getting too dry.

Serve with cheese, sour cream and cubed avocado (my way), plain with cheese (Jason’s way) or with Fritos chips (my preferred way if Fritos chips had magically appeared in my pantry).


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Date Night

Who doesn’t love a good date night? Today, I’m linking up to Gussy Sews Inspiration Workshop about date nights! Who said getting married meant no more fun dates?

Jason and I should be a pro at dating now. It has been 10 years after all. But, we find ourselves being creative with our dates because a) we love staying home, and b) we’re lazy on weeknights when we’ve both been out and about all day.

So, dates often come in the form of pizza:

pizza

Or weddings we’re either attending or in:

wedding

Or, sometimes we like to stretch our creative muscle (aka Jason buys me a Corks N Canvas night for my birthday so I’ll stop bugging him about going!):

painting

Sometimes we’ll even venture down to New Orleans to soak up the fun:

jazzfest

But, most of the time, it’s spent on the couch, snuggling with this one:

sadie chair

Watching trashy TV, ordering sushi and just being us. Which, is exactly the thing we love to do the most.

Cheers to date nights!

Gussy


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Happy December!

Happy December! One of the best months of the year has arrived and brings good things. Some of my favorite things happen in December:

– gift giving
– cold weather
– SEC championship game (Geaux Tigers!)
– Christmas (duh)
– and family time

All things that make you warm and fuzzy inside. So here are my warm and fuzzies for this specific December.

1. Sister/Brother-in-law time! Liza and her hubby Johnathan come home to the motherland in a few weeks and I’m pumped!

2. School break! (*insert best Pink Floyd accent here) School’s out for summer winter! This means a break, albeit short, from grad school. My first semester will be over and I will have successfully not died. That’s an accomplishment.

3. A kajillion Christmas celebrations — the best thing about being married is you get another family, and when my in-laws are just as kick-butt awesome as my original family is, it’s an extra bonus! Jason and I get to celebrate not once (with friends and Dirty Santa), not twice (with my family the weekend before Christmas), not three times (with the Roussells), but four times because…..

4. The fourth celebration is New Years Eve in Gatlinburg! Wahoo! A trip to the family cabin in Tennessee is on tap for New Years Eve and it’s going to be a blast. Cold, mountain weather, possibly snow, and fires at night will be just the thing we need to come down off the post holiday bonanza. And the best part? We are flying this time. No 14 hour drive for me. WAHOO!

5. Presents! Due to our reduced budget, Jason and I are doing a lot of DIY Christmas gifts. Won’t spill the beans here, but it’s allowing me to flex my crafting muscle. Hopefully once the gifts have been delivered I can share with all of you! Pinterest has been a religion this holiday season…

6. Cozy living rooms with Sadie, the human dog. That would be four pillows she is laying on top of. I know, right?

And of course, the reason for the entire season. Celebrating the birth of Jesus, and his precious gift to us. I hope you take time to wrap yourself in this season and remember from whom all these warm and fuzzy blessings flow.

Feliz Navidad!