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Love (and the Smell of Chili) is in the Air


The fall is upon us, oranges and browns abound!  As usual, I should be doing something else other than sitting here, but it’s been a few days and I always miss writing.  I decided that I was going to “try” to do something “autumn-ish” every day of October.  Notice I use the word “try”.  Here’s my bucket list of things I’d like to do this month, there are 32 choices just in case.

My October Bucket List

  • Visit a pumpkin patch
  • Make s’mores
  • Decorate for Halloween
  • Pick apples at an orchard
  • Make pumpkin bread
  • Watch a scary movie
  • Visit a Farmers Market
  • Go on a hayride
  • Dress up for Halloween
  • Bring holiday coffee or seasonal dessert to a friend
  • Make popcorn balls
  • Make chili
  • Press leaves
  • Carve pumpkins
  • Go on a nature walk
  • Collect pinecones
  • Paint a gourd
  • Bob for apples
  • Do a leaf rubbing
  • Go on a picnic
  • Plant bulbs
  • Make soup
  • Trick or Treat
  • Cuddle by a fire
  • Make caramel apples
  • Take a scenic drive
  • Bake a pie
  • Go to a Fall Festival
  • Make a hot toddy
  • Make a pumpkin spice latte
  • Make apple crisp
  • Visit a cemetery

To start the month out right, the BH and I went to an apple orchard to pick up some persimmon pulp so I could make him and his co-workers some persimmon pudding.  One thing about the persimmon pudding recipe that I’ve made repeatedly over the last few years is it has A LOT of butter in it!

After making 2 pans of the recipe, as the recipe I normally follow calls for, I decided to make another pan with less butter.  Of course, the pan with less butter doesn’t look as “greasy” and (dare I say cuz the word is just gross) “moist”, but I haven’t tried it so I don’t know how it will compare.  The BH mentioned he’d like it less “slick” and more cakey, but I mean…it IS supposed to be “pudding”.  I figure I’ll get the low down once he tries it and I’ll throw an update here, just on the chance that you may like it a little less greasy too.  *Update: He said he liked it with less butter, so there ya go now you know.  Less butter works too!


Saturday the BH mentioned that he’d been thinking about how good a pot of chili would taste!  Hmmm, well it’s not really cold, but what the heck it’s on the bucket list, why not!  We stopped at the meat market and picked up some ground beef, came home and I whipped it up in less than 20 minutes!  I didn’t have much choice, since I was running taxi service for my oldest and her BF who was spending the night.  The BH had 2 bowls and couldn’t stop talking about how good it was.  That’s when cooking actually makes you feel like you’ve actually done something!  Crazy thing was, I didn’t have to do anything magical, just threw it all in a cast iron pot and let it cook for about 45 minutes!  If you’re interested in some easy meaty chili that tastes pretty good, here’s my recipe!


More to come soon!


I Ate those Collards for Nothin’ Apparently

January 2nd, 2016 just may go down in history as one of the most expensive days in my life and I only left the house to have dinner!

The better half and I have always had iPhones and we have always been relatively happy with them.  However, since the iPhone 6+ came out, I can’t say the same.  His phone, the second one of these contraptions, is in the process of dying and Apple wanted $329 to fix a phone that’s barely a year old.  He decided, after I texted 6 of my friends and family to ask what they use, to go Galaxy.  Ugh, I feel like a traitor – android?!?  Yuck!  But, if Apple’s ridiculously expensive products go by the wayside so easily, I’m definitely ready to change.  I don’t understand why a  fairly new, non-damaged, $300+ phone would die from being carried in someone’s pocket.  Really bizarre.  It’s no wonder their profits and ratings have dropped in the last year.  Consider that a warning.

DD numero uno casually mentioned the Oceanaire to DM.  Of course it’s close to the most expensive game in town, but we decided to take her there anyway.  We ate and ate big!  I had the escargot and the sea bass, then for dessert, the grand mariner creme brûlée – all to die for.  We waddled out after the initial sticker shock wore off. The next time we’ll darken their doorstep will be around Motorcycles on Meridian time, so we have some time to recover!

We came home and went back to our regularly scheduled programming.  Bed by 8, asleep by 9.  Now…here at 3 a.m. I have a classic case of severe indigestion but I’m just too lazy to grab a Tums. #nowhining


Decided to cut the crap and head over to the clinic for this pain in my shoulder.  The spasm part is the worst, it’s like having one of those annoying eye twitches, all down your left side.  Ugh.

(The Dr. came in while I was typing that paragraph.)  He did a couple reflex tests, you know – those icky kinds where they hit your knee with that little rubber hammer thing that makes your leg jump…yeah.  He thumped my left wrist and I jumped about 2″ off the table.  He informed me then that I am officially suffering from a radiculopathy. (Sounds like ridicule opathy)  The nerve from my neck is inflamed and that affects my entire upper left side from my neck to my wrist.  “Armed” with that bit of information, he handed me a prescription for steroids for the inflammation and a muscle relaxer so I could sleep.  Good enough, least I know it’s not my heart or anything too serious.

Ran around like a crazy person trying to finish everything that was on my list before heading home to cook dinner.  Managed to hit most of my stores and grabbed some great sale prices!  I picked up some hamburger meat from the really over priced, but better tasting, healthier meat market, some buns & tater tots from Wal-Mart and managed to get myself to the drug store to fill my prescriptions…all before anyone arrived home!

Once home, the girls and I had a lovely conversation about teen pregnancy, birth control and abortion.  I had 2 glasses of wine and ate a couple muscle relaxers.  No advent was attempted, I was simply happy to lie down.



We walked into Jared, our go to place for jewelry around here. I asked to speak to someone that could help us custom design an engagement ring, Jessica said she could help. I described, in extremely vague terms, the idea of what I thought I wanted – traditional, antique, not too flashy but more flashy than a solitaire.

She showed us some options (the middle one was the one I was leaning towards) and we began to build. She came back with a drawing, then she took the information back to “plug it in” to the computer to generate a price. We wandered around looking excitedly into the cases, then – oooo – black diamonds! They match “the promise”. We ask to see it, it’s gorgeous – it’s the one. With a slight modification, trade the four center diamonds and voila! We have the engagement ring!  I just love the black diamonds! So – piratey!! Is there such a word? I dunno, but it goes with the summer Tybee theme!

We’re sitting while they calculate and he spies a “wrap”. Hmm, look at that! Can we see that? Absolutely. I put it on my pinkie with the chosen engagement ring. His exact quote of approval “that’s badass”. Tiffany says the “wrap” will double as the wedding ring.

So in one fell swoop, from 10:30 until 11:45, we made some major life altering decisions. #1. To officially become engaged, #2. We picked an engagement ring AND a wedding ring (and I did spy a ring or two I liked for him), #3. We decided to alter the family jewels and #4. he spent some buckolies!  So – yikes! I should feel heady. “Aren’t you excited?!”, asked Tiffany standing behind the counter.

Well sure, but this ain’t my first rodeo. I will say that at 40+ years old, I do think it’s pretty “badass”.

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