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The First Cool Day of the Season Chili

We had our first really cool day of the season on Monday. It was in the high 60's by the time dinner time came around and I was in the mood for my annual pot of "first cool day of the season" chili. Of course, I had no idea it was going to be that cool on Monday so I did not have all the ingredients on hand to make chili. You can bet that on Tuesday, I was at the store ready to buy the ingredients to make us some chili. It was not nearly as cool on Tuesday night as it was on Monday, but I had chili on my mind and nothing was going to stop me from making it. I typically make the traditional chili with red beans, ground beef, etc. This year, however, I decided to make my good friend Sara's White Bean Chicken Chili. If you were the family side of Dine and Dish back in the beginning, you might recall that I wrote about having this chili on Christmas Eve at Sara's house. This chili is best if simmering on the stove all day. I, being the slacker mom that I am, started it at 3pm for a 6pm dinner time. It was still fantastic (although not as fantastic as Sara's. I need to find out what her secret is!)Oh - and doesn't this beautiful bowl holding the chili just scream "soup" to you? I've used it for ice cream in the past, but it really is my new favorite soup bowl. My dear friend Jody of The Devils Cloth made this gorgeous bowl. She is super talented. Check out her store and while you are there snatch up one of her hot and highly demanded by boutiques everywhere, Arm Candy bags.  … [Continue reading]

Kelly and Kelly Only

 Soon after Kindergarten started for Jacob, Kelly was walking around the house acting a little blue. When I asked her what was wrong she said, "You know... I am getting really tired of everything being about Jacob." With Jacob's surgery, and Jacob playing baseball, and Jacob starting Kindergarten, she was right. Everything lately had been all about Jacob. My poor little middle sweetie was feeling very left out and very jealous. Well, last week we had some "Everything is about Kelly" time and she loved it. She finally started preschool on Thursday and a couple of days before that just her and I went shopping for clothes to start school. We went out to eat, played whatever she wanted, and had some time where we just focused on her. It did seem to perk her up, as she does enjoy attention. Kelly is the middle child and I am here to attest...what they say about middle children is true. She is the one who has always taken a back seat to her siblings. I don't know why that is, but she has always been so independent and just seemed to require less from us. She likes to do her own thing, is a bit of a diva, and is sweet as pie all at the same time. She is my drama queen and the comedian in the family. She loves to laugh and she loves to make us laugh. She does love attention, and any time she is getting attention from anyone, she soaks it up like a sponge does water and she milks it for all that it is worth.Kelly did fantastic her first day of preschool and … [Continue reading]

These Aren’t Kansas City Style Ribs

 If you are from Kansas City, like I am, then you can attest to this. One can't go anywhere in the city and talk about food without someone bringing up barbecue. The debate typically is who has the best? Is it KC Masterpiece, Arthur Bryants, Jack Stack, etc? My favorite Kansas City barbecue, by a long shot, is Oklahoma Joes. I love everything about that place and their ribs are seasoned and cooked to perfection. The meat literally melts in your mouth. My second choice for great Kansas City barbecue is a little joint not many have heard of. It is a place where you can find the most delicious pulled pork sandwiches, fall of the bone tender ribs and great company. This little place is called....my house. Yep. I can get fantastic Kansas City style barbecue without even getting out of my PJ"s, courtesy of my husband and his mega smoker. It is great to have a husband who can cook such great barbecue. It eliminates our need to go out and face all of the restaurants with three kids in tow. There is one problem with it though. My husband has one perfected barbecue rib recipe, and being the creature of habit that he is, he refuses to change it up at all.A few months ago when I was browsing through the recipe section of Food & Wines website, I stumbled across a recipe for Asian style ribs. The recipe sounded fantastic, but I am not the rib cooker in the family so I figured that I would never get to try ribs this way. I held on to the recipe though, just in case. Last … [Continue reading]


 I love having little girls. Not that I don't enjoy having a little boy as well, but little girls are special in their own way. I love dressing them up. I love watching them interact with each other... loving one minute, pulling hair or yelling at each other the next. Little girls are full of spunk, full of drama and full of fun! With Nick being gone the majority of the past three weeks in New York, we decided to just veg out most of this Labor Day weekend and get things done around the house. Today, we decided to soak up some of the great weather we have been having and we headed to Shawnee Mission Park for some football throwing, photo ops, and exploring. The sunlight was all wrong for great photos of the kids, but I did capture a couple that I am sure I will be framing or putting into an album at some point.  This particular photo is of Kelly comforting Ella after Ella started to fuss some. After this sweet moment, Kelly turned around to look at something and Ella yanked at her hair causing Kelly to scream and start crying. The sweetness lasted for a brief moment...good thing I caught it on camera while it lasted! … [Continue reading]

Turn Your Head

 OK - here is the warning right up front. Those of you who turn your noses up at convienence foods, boxed mixes, full of preservatives and sugar packaged snack foods, etc. I am giving you the warning to skip this post all together. What you are about to see will most likely make you want to call Child Protective Services on me. If the Kool-Aid slushes got your goat, this dessert is going to make you wonder what the heck this world is coming to. So, to avoid any unnecessary stress on yourself...just turn your head, plug your ears and yell "La, la, la, la, la" and you can pretend like you never even read this far. Now, for the rest of you, I am sure that once you saw the picture of this dessert and saw how cute it was, you got right away why I would want to try it out. I just could not resist the sliced up Little Debbie swiss cake rolls and the cuteness factor this dessert has all together. No, it isn't a complicated, gourmet recipe, but it is a lot of fun. Besides the fun-ness factor, this little recipe is really quite delicious. If Child Protective Services does happen to be called on me for feeding my children such preservative and sugar laden foods, I'm sure I can influence them to let me keep my children by bringing out this tasty dessert. From the most recent issue of Simple and Delicious magazine.Chocolate Swirl Dessert1 package (13 ounces) Swiss cake rolls2-3/4 cups cold milk2 packages (3.9 ounces each) instant chocolate fudge pudding mix2 cups whipped … [Continue reading]