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And It’s Not Officially Winter Yet

Now, you dear readers who live in places like Minnesota or New York or Alaska, let me explain about Southerns and snow. Or, sleet. We have a reputation of going a little crazy when winter weather descends upon use, doing things like buying all the brea…

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Cold Rain. Warm Food.

The weather is just strange this year. We had the “endless summer” and then someone flipped the switch to “cold rain.” Inches and inches of rain. And the cold…while we are still waiting on a new furnace.
Our dinner-with-TV group didn’t let that stop anything. We just took appropriate measures—rain jackets, careful driving—and we all arrived safely. With food. It was my turn to bring the main dish. And this kind of night called for something that warmed us up. Chili and cornbread sounded good to me. So I made a double batch of turkey pumpkin chili. Turkey? Pumpkin? These friends were all curious when I told them what I was bringing. 
I promise no one would know it has pumpkin in it unless you tell them. It’s a rich, thick chili with a mild flavor. It is the easiest chili I’ve made. The hands-on part is only browning the meat and chopping the onion. The rest is just stirred together. And then it cooks in a slow cooker or on the stovetop. That’s it. 
It’s the recipe that Mommy discovered years ago and it has become her standard Halloween night supper. I made it at her house a couple of weeks ago when my visit there included Halloween festivities. I’ve made it several times myself but as it often happens, I had forgotten about this recipe. It was last posted here in 2011. I’m happy it’s moved back up in the recipe rotation.

I made one recipe in the crockpot and looked at it and decided that maybe that wasn’t enough. So later in the day I went back to the store. Bought more turkey, beans and pumpkin and made a second batch on the stovetop. Then stirred them together. The part that didn’t fit in the pot went into the freezer for later.

2 lb. ground turkey 
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 small onion, chopped
1-1/2 teaspoons minced garlic (I use the jar kind)
2 teaspoons cumin
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon chili powder (more or less, to taste)
1 teaspoon oregano
2 bay leaves
1 (15-oz) can pumpkin puree (not the pie filling kind)
2 (15-oz) can great northern beans, rinsed & drained
1 (4-1/2 oz) can chopped green chiles
2 cups chicken broth (sometimes I add a little more)

Optional toppings: sour cream, shredded cheddar cheese, minced cilantro, etc.

Heat large skillet over high heat. Add turkey and cook, breaking it apart, until done, about 5 minutes. Add to Crockpot. Add oil to skillet, then onions and garlic. Saute about 3-4 minutes. Add cumin and saute another minute. Add to Crockpot.

Add beans, pumpkin puree, green chiles, chili powder, oregano, salt and bay leaves. Stir to mix. Cover and cook on LOW for 7-8 hours or on HIGH for 3-4 hours.  Remove bay leaves before serving.

If you want to skip the Crockpot, make it in a large pot on the stovetop. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low. Cover and cook for about an hour or so, stirring occasionally.

And a bowl of chili needs warm cornbread to go with it. I like all cornbread and corn muffins. But this has to be my favorite recipe. 


1/2 cup vegetable oil (plus extra for greasing the pan)
1-3/4 cups self-rising cornmeal mix
1 cup cream-style corn 
2 eggs
1 cup sour cream (the light kind works just as well)
1 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Generously grease a 7×11-inch baking pan or a 10-inch cast iron skillet with cooking oil. Preheat the pan in the oven. 

Mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl, stirring with a spoon until combined. Pour batter into the preheated pan. Place pan in the oven and bake until golden brown, about 30 minutes. Serve hot.

You can also bake this in a muffin pan. I don’t preheat the muffin pan. Makes 12 muffins. Bake for about 25 minute, or until golden brown.

If you have leftover cornbread, wrap it well and pop it in the freezer for a busy day later. 

This weekly TV watching wasn’t intended to be a forever thing. But when we reached the end of A Place To Call Home, everyone wants to find a new show and keep the fun going. It’s been so nice to spend a comfortable evening with good friends nearly once a week. 

As we count our blessings while we prepare for Thanksgiving, let us say a prayer for the victims of the horrific fires in California, the people who are fighting those fires and those who are caring for the thousands of newly homeless people. 

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MCC Recycling Centre Thrifting

A sample of what we found

There is an end of the line thrift store in our area where you ignore the thrift store price because you pay by the pound – the MCC Recycling Centre.

There are bin everywhere and you need to take your time sorting through all of the things that did not sell at the regular MCC thrift stores.

Frames are gone images ready to be reused

There were bins upon bins of frames from which I a rescued two pieces of hand work that someone lovingly made and hung in their home.  I will use them as covers or art pieces in the journals that I make.

The two book will also be used in journals over the next year.

Vintage wedding dress

The head piece belongs to this wedding dress.  I will wash the dress and then pick apart the lace pieces again to use in journals or other sewing projects.

I also found three full balls of eye lash yarn, a piece of cross stitch cloth and a bag of lace all of which I will use in journals, or for Happy Mail.

yarns and lace
The price for all this goodness was $10.00 

What and where is your favourite thrift store?

Grandma Snyder
©twosnydergirls 2018
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5 Minutes Of My Day – Out walking in the park

September 24, 2018
Today we toured Beacon Hill Park.  The image for today is the Sleeping Moss Lady and before we read the sign she reminded me of the the Never Ending Story.

The park is free and an amazing place to spend a day.

September 24, 2017

2017 Enjoying our trip to Saskatchewan
September 24, 2016
2016 Walking towards Temple Square 
September 24, 2015
2015 Stopping to wonder at the beauty of this scene
September 24, 2014
2014 Relaxing for a moment at work

Grandma Snyder

©twosnydergirls 2018
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