Winter. Defined as: The coldest season of the year that is after autumn and before spring. While technically true, here in this part of the country, where I live, it seems to lack … cold. I know I have ranted about this a few times but well, considering I love cold weather, the lack of cold temperatures is quite annoying.
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I have gone on vacation to New York, Canada, Colorado, etc. during winter. We went to Niagara Falls one year and it was ridiculously cold, it was so painful to breathe! The mist coming up off the water falls felt as if it froze in an instant and got swept up in the wind. Those little pellets of ice hurt as they hit exposed skin, but there we were, braving the elements because we were on vacation and you don’t go on vacation with kids to just stay in a hotel.
Anyway, there was supposed to be some huge blizzard hitting that night so it being our last day, we took a straw and sucked it up. I remember having so many layers on, I did everything possible to avoid going to the bathroom because layers and being human aren’t always a good mix 🙂 I had a scarf around my neck and face and the only thing you could see were my eyes!
Seriously, my kids thought it was the most hilarious thing…ever. I, on the other hand, thought the funniest thing was when one of my kids was feeding a squirrel out of her hand while another tried luring a squirrel with a candy bar (ya know – monkey see, monkey do). That squirrel came and grabbed hold of that candy and made a run for it! It took the entire thing! The look on my sons face was … priceless! Made spending the day out in freezing weather that winter worthwhile!
Haven’t had a trip out to the northern part of the states in a few years. Sad, I know. I keep myself happy on social media where friends share photos and videos of their backyards and neighborhoods covered in snow. Some look quite miserable but most are gorgeous and picturesque … and I can’t help but be envious as I sit here and wallow in temperatures that range in the 70-80’s. Oh poor me 🙂
I guess I’ll just have to eat like it’s winter to fit in. Now, here in Texas, Chili is serious business. This recipe I’m sharing today is not your traditional Texas Chili. It is different … more of a hearty stew than chili to be honest. Those of you that are true Chili enthusiasts … don’t get your ropes just yet. Give this a shot before calling out the Calvary.
One of the best things about this recipe is I get to use a crock pot. I love crock pot meals. I don’t use mine nearly enough as I should to be quite honest. We tend to put it away in one of the bottom cabinets and slowly but surely, it gets pushed back to where we don’t see it easily. You know that saying: Out of Sight…yea, it happens a lot. It is truly an under-rated piece of … appliance? equipment? Well whatever it is, it is under-rated nonetheless!
Crock Pot Chili