02 January 2012

Chili & Charades

I had friends over January 1 to eat chili, watch movies and play games.

I love making chili because it is so easy and I get to make it in my Le Creuset pot.  The recipe I have is from a dear friend and he's being using it for years.

Guaranteed Delicious Beef Chili

2 1/2 lbs chuck
2 cups chopped onion
1 chopped green pepper
3 tble spn chili powder
2 cloves garlic pressed
1 1/2 tspn dried oregano
1 tspn dried basil
1/4 tspn crshed red pepper
1 tspn grnd cumin
1 tspn salt
1 tble spn sugar
2 cans 1 lb whole tomato, undrained
2 cans 1 lb kidney beans, drained
2 cans 8 oz tomato sauce
1 can 6 oz tomato paste

Brown meat and drain.
Add onion, pepper, garlic and dry ingredients and sautee about 20 mins.
Then add beans, tomatoes and sauce. Bring to boil and then simmer for about an hour and bob's ur uncle.

If I can't eat it with Mac & Cheese (an amazing combination), then I choose sour cream and cheddar cheese.

I bought cherry chocolate bread from Amy's Bread which is delicious.

Alpha and Sam enjoying some Martinelli's.

Dave is wonderful and always brings board games to play but we end up with too many people and then we play Charades.  I need to remember though that Charades with these people is two hours of non-stop laughter.  I wish I could remember the answers for all of the pictures.  Maybe others can remember and post in comments.

Erin in an action shot.

Dave is a very good Mr. Snuffleupagus.

Kristina embracing life.

The cutest sequence is Jendar trying to get us to guess Anita from West Side Story.

Sam is Snookie.

Action shot from Alpha.

Alpha made Dave act like a Tin Soldier from FAO Schwartz and we had to guess that entire phrase before Dave could stop.

I think Erin was a skyscraper here or a banana being peeled.

And Alpha doing something which was so great but I cannot remember it.


  1. alpha was the boy from the jungle book. whatever his name is. and erin was a banana bread. these are great by the way.

  2. i love the color of your le creuset!

  3. you know. i think i had the same pose for both the chrysler building and banana bread. ha.