It’s beautiful out, but too cold for my thin Southern blood. Current temperature here at the lake is 28 degrees; windy and light sleet falling…

 Temperature is dropping to the teens tonite, so no driving, and cancelling of  husband’s birthday dinner plans with friends :(

 It’s hard to believe I was sitting in these chairs Thursday in mid 60 degree weather, getting my fifteen minutes of Dr. Oz-Approved-Vitamin D…

 Even the boat looks cold…

 We noticed some Bluebirds flying in to take shelter.

 No Chair-Sitting for a while…*sigh*

 I’m not sure we have enough sunflower seed.

 He looks cold and lonely…

Fortunately, we have chili in the fridge, made yesterday, to keep us warm.

Served in a bread bowl, just like at Panera Bread :)


This chili recipe is one my family stumbled upon when they lived in Houston in the 80’s. This was a radio personality’s recipe that was printed in the newspaper. I have altered it a little bit to how I like to make it, but the original recipe can be viewed here.

  • 1 – 2 lbs ground beef
  • 1 can tomato paste
  • 1 can 28 oz. whole peeled tomatoes
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 ribs of celery, diced
  • 2 green peppers, diced
  • 1 large potato
  • 1 envelope taco seasoning ( I prefer reduced sodium, no MSG)
  • 1 envelope chili seasoning (same goes)
  • 2 (12oz.) beers, whatever you have on hand
  • 1 can drained and rinsed kidney beans
  • chopped jalapeno peppers to taste
  • grated Parmesan cheese if desired

Brown ground beef, drain. Add to dutch oven with canned tomatoes, tomato paste, seasonings and chopped veggies. Add beers to mixture. Simmer with lid on, slightly askew. Stir occasionally, breaking up tomatoes. Check to see if you need to additional water to pot as chili simmers. Simmer until veggies (diced potato especially) are cooked. Add beans to pot when chili is almost done. During final simmering time, add some parmesan cheese and stir. I sometimes do, and sometimes don’t. This takes approximately 1 1/2 hours.

Refrigerate. This is better the next day, but I have served it the same day. Hollow out a small round loaf. Serve chili in bread bowl. Great for Super Bowl party!  Garnish with sour cream, grated cheddar cheese, jalapenos, etc.

  4 comments for “BBRRRRRRR!

  1. January 30, 2010 at 4:58 pm

    your frozen pics are so beautiful, but i love how you warm us up with the chili shots! sorry your bday plans are postponed, but sounds like a perfect night to snuggle up instead~

  2. Carolyn
    January 30, 2010 at 5:35 pm

    Beautiful winter photos! Memories of New York winters are coming to mind. Beautiful to look at through the windows while sipping hot chocolate, butttttttt, not so much when you are shoveling it at 4′ heights. Thanks for sharing the chili recipe as well. Love chili!

  3. January 31, 2010 at 7:10 pm

    We definitely love chili over here & this recipe is different from any I’ve seen since I tend to stick with my favorite, too. I haven’t been able to get out of my driveway since friday night since I live out in Union county & they don’t slag the roads like Charlotte! Marc is out cracking the ice on the driveway for work tomorrow. I’m going out, too. Cabin fever strikes me very quickly. A very happy birthday wish for David, too.

    Love, A

  4. Patti
    January 31, 2010 at 10:27 pm

    Beautiful photos all the way through, and great recipes! This is like a little vacation to an entirely different world from mine. This gives me hope that someday snow will not be measured by loads of laundry and that food will again be about quality and not quantity (or just what everybody, with their limited palates, will eat)! Happy Birthday to David!

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