Thursday on the Homestead

Gray and wet describes this morning’s weather..  I think it might be like that all day.  Well the rain is very needed so I won’t complain (yet.. haa..haa..)


Tobin took today off and him and I are going into the big city to do some shopping and spend the day together. 


The girls will handle life here at home.  Not sure what they will do about dinner.. probably homemade tomato soup and sandwiches of some kind.


We tried a new recipe the other night that was so good.  It was from my friend Ashli over on my message board (and recently a fellow blogger here ).  She has her own rendition of Cincinnati Chili..  now mind you I had never even HEARD of Cincinnati Chili..  but lots of other ladies were very much aware of what it was.  I decided that by growing up and living most of my life here in the Northwest that I miss a lot of what goes on!  LOL..    


I thought I would share the recipe.  I doubled it for my family and served it over roasted potatoes (I cut the potatoes up into tiny pieces and put them in a casserole dish. Cover them with olive oil, salt lightly and bake uncovered at 350 to 400 degrees - depends on how much time you want it take.. the lower the temp the longer it cooks-, checking and stirring until they are cooked and slightly brown).


Here is Ashli’s 5-way Cincinnati Chili


1 1/2 pounds ground sirloin (or hamburger of your choice)

2 medium onions chopped up

minced garlic to taste

Chili powder to taste

1 celery chopped up nicely

1/2 teaspoon dried basil

1/2 teaspoon paprika

1/2 teaspoon thyme

1/2 teaspoon oregano

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon (trust me, it's good!)

1/2 teaspoon cumin

1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes

1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

pinch of allspice

salt (optional)

pepper to taste

diced tomatoes, about 2 cups or so

tomato sauce - 8 ounces - bought or homemade

about 1 cup of water[/li]


You'll need some spaghetti, extra diced onion, some cheddar cheese that's been shredded really nice, and some beans - pinto or red kidney, or whatever you like the best.


I've made the chili in the crock pot to cook all day and then made spaghetti later in the evening to make a quick and delicious meal, and the chili lasts all weekend for toppings for everything from noodles to burgers to hot dogs. This is one of my meals during the weekend fast foods because it works well alone or with other foods, and lasts in the warm crock pot!


Thanks Ashli for the recipe! 


Well hubby just informed me he wants to leave soon and I still need to get ready!!  LOL..


  1. Chili sounds great. Once you made it in the crockpot, did you leave in in there all weekend on the warm setting? Or did you refridgerate it and reheat it as you used it? Great Blog by the way. I read it all the time. :)

  2. Oh I will be trying this one! Thanks.

  3. I LOVE it when my husband is able to take off on a workday. Sounds like you two are in for a wonderful time. Enjoy it! :)


  4. I'm so glad you enjoyed it! I love sharing recipes. I hope you enjoyed your day with your husband! And I hope the kids did well at home! Warmth and blessings ot your family,

  5. It's lovely getting a day out with hubby once in a while! It's just nice sometimes having uninterrupted chat!!

    The recipe for the chilli looks great. I'll have to give it a try.

    Catherine :o)

  6. I am definatly going to try that chili recipe! Thanks for sharing.

  7. Crystal - thanks for posting that recipe - sounds great!! I envy you making all the soap, lotion, etc. I want to do some things like that so bad. I really want to make candles - I think after this busy period - I am going to try my hand at it - start out making votives and see how they turn out - if I never sold a one - I would save myself major bucks!! I love candles - but I like really good ones!!

    Miss all of you terribly - will be back soon.....




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