I am so thankful to all the people that give their time and share their resources with our small public library. Last week, I wanted to do something special for our board members. They are always looking for ways to help improve the library and are so helpful in so many ways.
I saw this picture in the December issue of Real Simple magazine and thought! That's it! I'm going to make that for my board!
Do you want to see how mine turned out?!?
Best Chili Ever Recipe
2 pounds ground chuck
1 29 oz. can kidney beans (with liquid)
1 29 oz. can pinto beans (with liquid)
1 29 oz. can tomato sauce (I usually buy smaller cans to add up to 29 oz.)
1 diced onion
1 small can diced green chili peppers
1 diced stalk of celery
3 medium tomatoes, chopped. If they look sad at the store, buy a can instead
1 Tbsp. cumin
3 Tbsp. chili powder
1 1/2 tsp. pepper
2 tsp. salt
2 cups water
salt to taste
Brown beef in a large skillet over medium heat. Drain fat. Add all other ingredients and simmer over low heat. Stir every 15 to 20 minutes for about 2 - 3 hours. Enjoy!!
Three years ago, you would not even believe the difference in our kitchen. It should have been condemned, lol! We have worked on it and worked on it, doing much of the work ourselves. Our boys tore up the floor and scraped the popcorn ceiling. We tore down a wall, put cabinets together, build things. My husband did all of the electrical, and I put together many of the cabinets.
We did many things more than once. The tile floor has been done three times now. It has been painted twice. My husband didn't like the granite back splash, it was taken out and tile put in.
It has been complete for over two years now, EXCEPT my husband has been puttering around on the shelves. I have a set by the window that have been done over many times. Then we have had a "spot" for shelves in between cabinets on the back wall that has been empty all this time - until today!! Yahoo!!!
More coming soon to show the completed, completed, completed project!! Time to go to work :)
For over a year, I participated in Gwynnie Bee, but found that I wasn’t often excited about what was sent and didn’t really like getting clothes that other people had worn. Then my sister-in-law told me about Stitch Fix. I signed up in an airport when we were returning from Mexico!
What I love about Stitch Fix is that they send things that I normally wouldn’t even look twice at in the store - which is never - because, remember, I live in a rural town on the western side of Montana. Getting to Walmart once every 4 or 5 months is about the best I can do.
I just got my forth box. It is the first time I am returning anything, but I’m returning two items to get different sizes. This loooong winter hasn’t been good to my waistline!
I thought I would share pictures with you of what came in my box.
The flowery top has cute little flowers on the tassels. The dress is longer and flows so nice. Normally, I don't wear things this bright, but this will be a nice change.
The white top will be a great addition to my professional wardrobe. I'll probably wear that one the most.
The shoes are cute and go with everything. I can't wait til the mud goes away and I can wear them!
The skirt is one of the items I'm returning for a bigger size. It is tight, and even if I like the Kim Kardashian look on her, I don't like it on me. Hopefully, it looks better when I exchange it, but if not, I will gift it out.
If your interested in trying Stitch Fix, you can get your first styling fee for free by using this link: https://www.stitchfix.com/referral/15304152?sod=w&som=c
If you do try Stitch Fix or if you are already a convert, I want to hear about what you get!!
I am a recently retired small town librarian living the dream in Montana in my boujee yet redneck kind of way. Married to a mining engineer and mother to two wonderful young men.