menu/life recap [weeks 41 & 42]


[week 41 - october 8 - 14]

[friday] We tried to eat at Smoke Dallas, but it was a 2 hour wait, so we headed next door to the Belmont Hotel and snagged a table outside. And lucky for us, it turns out they have the same (but limited) menu as Smoke!

[kathy & me]

[saturday] OU/Texas Рone of my favorite weekends of the whole year because it includes friends, football, and food (Texas State Fair)! And winning 63-21 makes it even that much better. BOOMER SOONER!

[the stadium divided]

[me & sammy]

[sunday] We hurried back to Tulsa to make it to my best friend’s gender reveal party! It was adorable, as everything Jess does is. To show your guess you had to wear either a pink hair bow or a mustache. I obviously chose wrong, but so did a lot of us. She is having a BOY. Can’t wait to meet the little guy.

[me and jess | sam & his bow | the boys forgot they were wearing bows while they were watching football]

[week 42 ~ october 15 - 21]

[saturday] Tulsa Oktoberfest was recently named best Oktoberfest in the US! We went Saturday to watch the OU/Kansas game and to spend time with family and friends. My mom comes every year with some of her friends and this year we were able to talk my brother, Cody, and his girlfriend into joining us. It was a blast – good food, good beer, and good friends.

[me, lindsay & trier]

[me & lindsay]

[sunday] Chili Bar – I got this inspiration from pinterest. Basically you just set up a buffet of all things chili. We had tortilla chips, fritos and french fries… but the possibilities are endless: hotdogs, tater tots, cornbread, baked potatoes, spaghetti, etc.

I made the Texas Chili from my Bride & Groom cookbook and it was delicious. I even heard the words “best chili I’ve ever had”… so give it a try and see what you think (recipe below).

Just set up a buffet with all of the things you want to put chili on and don’t forget the toppings: cheese, onions, sriracha, tobasco, jalapenos, sour cream, did I miss anything?

And let your friends build their own chili-creation. It was fun and perfect for the fall-ish weather we enjoyed in October. We also carved pumpkins after stuffing ourselves silly. Here are the results… not bad for a bunch of amateur adults.

Here’s mine… it took FOREVER!

All-in-all a busy but great 2 weeks!

 

Texas Chili

Texas Chili

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp. bacon grease or vegetable oil
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 3 Tbsp. chopped garlic
  • 3 Tbsp. chili powder
  • 2 Tbsp. paprika
  • 1 Tbsp. cumin
  • 2 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 lb. loose Italian sausage
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 2 cans (28 oz. each) crushed tomatoes with puree
  • 1 can (15 oz.) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (15 oz.) barbecued baked beans, drained
  • 1 Tbsp. minced canned chipotle chiles in adobo sauce

Instructions

  1. Heat bacon grease in an stockpot over medium heat. Add the onions and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, 7-10 minutes.
  2. Add the chili powder, paprika, cumin, and oregano and stir until the spices are well combined. Add the ground beef, sausage, and 1 tsp. of salt.
  3. Increase heat to medium-high and cook the meat, stirring frequently, until cooked through, 8-10 minutes. Stir in the remaining ingredients.
  4. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 1 hour. Adjust the seasonings with more salt or chipotle chiles if necessary.
  5. Serve topped with shredded cheese and tortilla chips.
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