Spooky Decorating and Chili Con Carne

It’s time for spooking! Welcome to Autumn! Just so you know going into this post, the new Word Press block editor is terrible and I blame it for everything being wonky looking on this page!

Remember when you were a little girl (sorry boys, talking to my girls for a minute) and you loved to play house? Sweeping a dirt floor, setting a table with a tiny tea set, putting your baby dolls down for a nap? Now that we are grown, catch those feelings of how proud you were and happy with your housekeeping and use them again. Play house! You have the real thing now! Now, let’s have fun! Open your windows, put on some spooky fun music, think of what you would like to cook and bring out your Halloween decorations!

Of course, my Weebles Haunted House is out year-round. But I put out other new things too. Plus I went ahead and put out my small bits of Thanksgiving decor. Then I worked on cleaning the house and arranging things. I drug all the heavy plants in from the front porch and found sunny spots for them to get acclimated before we had anymore cold nights. Then I danced around and played house!

I really don’t need a reason to get this out.
Moving all the plants from the porch to their winter homes inside.
Inspiration: root beer candles, classic books and cute black cats.
Mr. Bones came from a pile of teacher giveaways. He’s seen better days, but his quirkiness has my heart.
Annalee people and pets are out!
Our server/breakfront in the front hall.
I found this cast iron kettle in the basement.
Spooky pen and ink…
Spooky trick or treat baskets…
Journaling fun.
Got a box for my Weebles house! Loving this!

Dear readers I have tried so hard to make it a priority to write after school. Some weeks have been super busy and I haven’t been able to, but when I do I feel great! I have been struggling to balance all this new way of doing things at school and how to really help my students. Their faces are truly God’s reward. What a blessing children are, even the difficult ones.

Spending time in the studio writing after school.
Yes to fall campfires.
And spooky black cats.
And a fresh, clean, decorated house.

A couple of years ago I posted about my hubby cooking chili. I didn’t have his recipe then, but I do now! There is nothing better on a crisp Fall evening than a hot bowl of chili with cheese and crackers! It’s ready in a jiffy too!

J.J.’s Chili con Carne

2 Lbs. 90% lean ground beef
2 Packets Original William’s Chili Seasoning
1 Can diced tomatoes
1 Tiny can unflavored tomato sauce
1 Can Rotelle tomatoes
2 Cans, drained, red kidney beans + 1can water
1/8 Cup bourbon (optional)
3 Tablespoons garlic

In a heavy dutch oven or similar pot cook and crumble the ground beef until browned (do not drain meat). Add the chili seasoning and stir into meat. Then add all of the ingredients to the pot. Stir well and turn heat to low. Cover and simmer the chili for about 20 minutes. Taste, adjust salt and garlic if desired. Bon appetit! This chili is delicious with all kinds of sides: sour cream, shredded cheese, saltines, Frito’s corn chips, and fresh bread. I hope you enjoy this recipe!

Now, back to writing spoooky stories!

-Jaime

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