Chili Day

The Husbeast and I are trying to clean up our diet.  Which means less sugar, and more of what you’d call “natural whole-foods”.  Essentially, we get rid of the “fillers” that have the highest calorie and carbohydrate load.  It evens out our blood sugar (thankfully neither of us is diabetic), which means our moods are definitely more stable. Other side benefits include less headaches/migraine, less joint pain, and less muddled thinking.

And the way I look at it, it starts with chili.

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The pot isn’t dirty. It’s well-loved.

That chili has ground beef, onion, garlic, carrots, red & orange peppers, celery, and a jalapeno pepper…chopped up and mixed with something I’m coming to refer to in my head as a “spice bomb”.  The flavours are amazing.  And no…we won’t be having it with bread.  It’s hearty enough as it is.

I generally tuck it away in a crock pot on “low” and let it do it’s thing during the day. By the time we’re ready for dinner, it’s ready to eat. And we get leftovers, which make for excellent meals at work for the rest of the week.

See?  I told you it starts with chili!

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Latvian Mitten in progress

This spicy number is mitten #1 of the first of two pairs of mittens I need to finish up.  What I find awesome about it, is that it looks like handspun….but it’s Kroy.  Patons Kroy from Michaels.  I have mentioned previously that I am a fan of Kroy, and this is one of the reasons why.  This mitten is Kroy from the inside-out.  The liner is Kroy.  The outer is Kroy. These are going to be very warm hands indeed.

Don’t get your hopes up, Dad.  These mittens are too short for you.  They’re going to be used as chess pieces in the eternal battle of wits that is “Trying to get the Husbeast’s Grandfather to Accept a Gift”.  If all else fails, they should be large enough to fit Dad-in-law.  But that’s only if he fails in his mission to tactically stash the mittens in Grandad’s house while he’s in warmer climes.

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Yeah, that thumb can be decreased by about 4 stitches around…

But first…that thumb is huge.  I will re-knit it with a couple of decreases and move on to mitten #2 of the pair.