Daily Reflections From My Window

December 9, 2021 Thursday : Advent Day 9 Venison Chili. Yum!

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“People love westerns worldwide. There’s something fantasylike about an individual fighting the elements. Or even bad guys and the elements. It’s a simpler time. There’s no organized laws and stuff.”

Clint Eastwood to Esquire

I think Clint is right and Jay is having his own Clint Eastwood Marathon. I’m still working on trying to get into the Christmas spirit. I wonder if Clint ever made a Christmas western?

Last night, I made Texas Style Chili using the ground venison that Lesley gave us. It was so lean and good! Jay has become my taster while cooking. I still have little taste and smell. I could taste that it was spicy! I used organic ground chipotle pepper instead of chili powder and there were no beans or tomatoes in this recipe so I used some red peppers to give the look of the tomatoes.

Served with a salad, gluten free cornbread, crushed gluten free tortilla chips, green onions, cilantro, and for Jay, shredded cheddar and Greek yogurt (instead of sour cream), he proclaimed it a “keeper”! That’s good news! Cooking and exploring new recipes has always been something I’ve enjoyed and it’s been a real challenge without two very important senses. I’m grateful for Jay’s help in this-especially since he has to eat it!

Yesterday I did a few errands and got right back to the factory. Soon I’ll be able to show you what I’ve been working on. I’ll mention one thing though that I discovered anew from a happy accident. We had a friend here and she was using one of our beloved pug coasters to rest her beverage upon. As happens, there was moisture on the glass and it stuck to the coaster so that when she lifted her glass, the coaster fell off of the glass and hit the table and cracked the coaster. Sad that the pug coaster cracked but not deterred or upset about it, because face it, it can be glued, I got out my alpaca felted coasters and they are perfect for hot beverages, cold beverages, any beverages. Thanks friend! I always save these things for others and it’s nice to use them myself. I never would have used them regularly but now I do. And guess what? I think of my friend every day when I probably would not have. 😉On to the Nativity. The cattle are starting to low in the manger. She’s a little banged up. The fabric cow is a little fresher looking.

The church calendar is back on track with the story. This morning I’ll be back in the factory and then we are going to see a friend who is moving from town. Lots of changes this year. Friends are moving, some friends have died, some friends have different priorities. Lots of changes. I’m glad we’re relatively stable so far. Every day I wake up I am grateful.

There is so much yet to do and learn and I’m ready. Speaking of learning new things, I’m learning to try to cook gluten free, egg free and dairy free-and still make it palatable for everyone else. I’ve always tried to do local, organic and in season, but Oy, this is a challenge. Grocery shopping in general takes long but now, it requires more time and often several stops. Reading every label for hidden ingredients takes a lot of time. Yesterday I did end up at GE because they had something in their ad that I needed. Now you can switch to pro or different types of perks. Yes, you’ll see me stuck in an aisle staring at my phone trying to “clip a coupon” and figure out where it went-or if it was the correct coupon for the correct size of the product-that is, if I can remember the correct password. Please, tell me that I’m not the only one.

Here’s an example. Scan the app? How? Thank goodness for patient sales clerks.

A chilly day but sunny thank goodness. It was 12* when I got up this morning.

Lots to do before I can hoop tonight! Gotta go.

In the meantime, do something you’ve never done before. Find your passion and explore it. Every single day is a gift. I’m off to tend my passion.

Have a blessed day!