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Saturday, October 15, 2016

Pics from Lauren's 5th Birthday Party/First (of many) Fun Fall Rides/Dog Park/Judith Spends the Night, Pinterest Stuff (Alphabet Dating) AND The Pioneer Woman's Simple Perfect Chili Recipe

Good Saturday morning!

RANDOMNESS #1 - Last week I attended my great-niece's birthday party. Lauren is now five years-old...

Which is kind of sad and happy all at the same time...

Well, kinda sad for me, but totally happy for her!


Ahh. The Princess Party. One of my favorite themes of all times.

And, yes.

Someone took a finger swipe of icing out of the front of the cake.

And, no.

My finger swipe can't be seen because it was taken from the BACK of the cake.


The Princess!


Sweet one year-old Micah with all of the beautiful, beautiful curls.

Totally unimpressed with the Princess part of the party, but loved the inflatables and the open gym!



RANDOMNESS #2 - Also, last weekend, Mike and I took the first of our "Famous Faulkner Fall Fun Rides."

This is not what the kids used to call them.

If memory serves, they called them "WE ARE LITERALLY GOING TO DIE IF WE HAVE TO RIDE ONE MORE MILE IN THE BIG GOLD VAN WITH OUR PARENTS LOOKING AT LEAVES!"

"LITERALLY!!!"

Fun times...

Fun, fun times...


There wasn't very much color last weekend, but we did stumble across this beauty.

Farm animals and Fall just go together in my mind.

RANDOMNESS #3 - We took Tucker to the local Dog Park so he could play with friends one cool evening last week.

No friends...

And not enough natural light to photograph a very black dog.


The play fire hydrant, however, was very photogenic.

RANDOMNESS #4 - Judith spent the night Monday night, and most of the pictures I took were of her Tuesday morning hair.

I love everything about her hair...

Perfectly coiffed...

Or not so perfectly coiffed!


A little television watching while I finished breakfast.


Did you know Bubble Guppies was so intense?


It's like NCIS for the two and under crowd.




She thought this was funny...

And she did it many, many times.


And last, but not least, a little Eunice ridin' and lovin'.

Pinterest Stuff

A-Z Alphabet Dating

A – Arcade, Archery, Animals, Aquarium, Art Gallery
B – Boat Ride, Bowling, Bookstore, Botanical Garden, Breakfast, Brunch
C – Coloring, Concert, Comedy, Camping, Circus, Carnival, Cruise
D – Dinner, Driving Range, Drive-in, Dinner Theater, Desserts, Donuts
E – Early Bird Specials, Exercise, Eight Ball, Eatery, Exotic Eats
F – Farmer’s Market, Festival, Fishing, Ferris Wheel, Food Tour
G – Game Night, Glamping, Go Karts, Garage Sales
H – Helicopter, Hiking, Horseback Riding
I – Ice Skating, Ice Cream, Ikea
J – Jazz, Jigsaw Puzzle, Junk Food, Jet Skis
K – Karaoke, Kite Flying, Kayaking
L – Lunch, Lightshow, Live Taping
M – Movies, Massage, Medieval Festival, Museum, Musical
N – Netflix, NFL, Night Market
O – Opera, Outdoors, Ocean
P – Picnic, Putt-Putt, Pinterest, Play, Party, Park
Q – Quadruple Date, Quarters, Quilt, Quirky
R – Road Trip, Roller Skating, Random Act of Kindness, Roller Coasters, Rock Climb, RV
S – Scavenger Hunt, Stargazing, Staycation, Shooting Range, Show, Surf Class, Sunset
T – Tailgate, Trivia, Test Drive, Tattoos, Tacos, Twinning, Target, Theme Park
U – University, Underwater, Underground
V – Vacation, Volunteer
W – Walking Tour, Whale Watching
X – Xbox, Xplore New Foods, Xhibit, Xtreme Sports
Y – Yoga, Yard Sale, YouTube, Yelp (a random restaurant), Yacht
Z – Zoo, Zipline, Zombies (ie Walking Dead Tour)

This sounds like fun. I'm showing it to Mikie!

The Pioneer Woman's Simple Perfect Chili

You will need the following:

2 pounds ground beef
2 cloves garlic, chopped
One 8-ounce can tomato sauce
2 tablespoons chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground oregano
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 cup masa (corn flour found in the Mexican food section of many supermarkets)
One 15-ounce can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
One 15-ounce can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
Shredded cheese, for serving
Chopped onions, for serving
Tortilla chips, for serving
Lime wedges, for serving

1. Place the ground beef in a large pot and throw in the garlic. Cook over medium heat until browned.

2. Drain off the excess fat, and then pour in the tomato sauce, chili powder, cumin, oregano, salt and cayenne.

3. Stir together well, cover, and then reduce the heat to low.

4. Simmer for one hour, stirring occasionally. If the mixture becomes overly dry, add 1/2 cup water at a time as needed.

5. After an hour, place the masa in a small bowl. Add 1/2 cup water and stir together with a fork. Dump the masa mixture into the chili. Stir together well, and then taste and adjust the seasonings.

6. Add more masa paste and/or water to get the chili to your preferred consistency, or to add more corn flavor. Add the beans and simmer for 10 minutes.

7. Serve with shredded cheese, chopped onions, tortilla chips and lime wedges.

I made this the other night, and it really is very, very good.

As with all things "Pioneer Woman," I will be making it again and again and again.

Have a great weekend, Guys! I will talk to you soon!

Sincerely,

The Enchanting Belinda

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