Saturday, October 25, 2014
When “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” first came out in the 1960’s I knew I had found my perfect way to celebrate Halloween. Somehow it was easy to identify with Charlie Brown when he finds only rocks in his bag of “treats”.
And Linus, the picture of hope, sitting outside freezing in the pumpkin patch, exuding sincerity, full of anticipation of the arrival of the elusive Great Pumpkin. sigh
Watching this film has become a favorite family tradition. My daughter and I look forward to viewing it again each year. We even join Snoopy in a root beer and sing some pumpkin carols.
"Deck the Patch with orange and black . . ."
Have you ever tasted Pumpkin Chili? It’s our special Halloween Treat. It’s a super, healthy, tasty meal in a bowl.
Here’s our favorite Pumpkin Chili Recipe
8 oz. very lean ground beef
1 medium onion, chopped (or equivalent dried onion flakes)
1 medium sweet (red or yellow) pepper, chopped
1-2 zucchini, chopped or grated
2 cans Trader Joe’s Cuban Style Black Beans
1 can (14 ½ oz.) diced tomatoes
1 jar Trader Joe’s mild salsa verde
1 can (15 oz.) pumpkin puree
1-3 tsp. Trader Jose’s dry Taco Seasoning (according to taste)
(extra chili seasoning or salsa as desired)
8 oz. Mexican blend shredded cheese
1. In a large skillet, brown ground beef over medium-high heat. Add onion, pepper and zucchini; cook and stir until veggies are tender. (You can use a touch of olive oil if necessary to prevent sticking.)
2. Add beans (don’t drain as they have a nicely flavored sauce) and tomatoes and salsa.
3. Stir in pumpkin puree and seasoning.
4. Lower heat and allow to simmer for 20 – 30 minutes. This should reduce the liquids and leave a nice smooth sauce.
Serves 8. Sprinkle cheese on top
A yummy special treat – this is even better the next day.
May the Great Pumpkin bring you joy and delightful surprises!
Sunday, May 18, 2014
I’ve been trying to write a blog about my summer plans. I started making a list. You know the kind of thing: types of exercise I will do and new recipes to try. (I know better than to set a specific weight-loss goal. I know the direction I want my weight to go = DOWN. But just how many pounds and exact dates is a bit too discouraging. I want to celebrate what actually happens and not over- estimate the possibilities.) Instead, I added books I want to read, places I want to hike and on and on . . .
I kept looking at the list trying to figure out how to fit all this “stuff” into just one blog. And I began to realize that one activity was drifting its way up to the number one spot.
This comes as little surprise to those of you who have noted my username, CJWordplay. I really enjoy writing – which leaves me with a nagging question – what’s keeping me from doing it?
Here is a “short” list of my excuses:
I don't have time,
I ran out of ideas,
The point on my pencil broke,
I can't find a piece of paper,
I broke a fingernail,
My hair is too curly!
So – No more excuses.
I have decided.
This summer –
No THIS summer
(Snoopy writes: "It was a bright and sunny summer . . .")
Perhaps no one will care, or read, or even like what I write.
Unlike Snoopy, I have no expectations.
I’m doing this for me.
I’m doing it because it brings me joy.
And that is the best reason I can think of.
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