August 15, 2010

Slow-Cooker Turkey Chili


This is one of my family favorites!  Of course, living in Texas in the middle of August is not the absolute best time to indulge in a steaming bowl of chili.  It is 150 degrees outside for goodness sake!  But, we do love it, and so I will make it maybe once a month during the summer.  I like to top it with shredded cheese and serve it with cornbread.  It is super simple to make and is ready within 3-4 hours, depending on your slow cooker. 

Slow-Cooker Turkey Chili

1 lb lean ground turkey
1/4 cup diced onion
1 can low-sodium tomato soup
1 can petite diced tomatoes
1/4 cup water
1/2 tsp garlic
1/4 tsp chili powder
dash of pepper
3 cans beans (we use pinto, black beans, and cannelini beans)

Brown the turkey in a skillet with the onion.  (I usually do this the night before I prepare it)  Place turkey in bottom of slow cooker.  Add the rest of the ingredients in the order above.  No need to stir.  Cover and place slow cooker on high setting for 3-4 hours.  (I use a 6 quart slow-cooker) Serve and top with sour cream and cheese if you like.  Cornbread or biscuits make a great side item!  Yummy!  Enjoy!

Getting Ready


Well, we are just about ready to welcome "baby girl" to our home.  She now has clothes, diapers, blankets, and most of the other baby necessities.  I am 34 weeks pregnant today and much more prepared than I was three and a half years ago when my son was born.  He was born premature at 36 weeks and we were nowhere near being prepared, physically AND mentally!  It was quite a surprise.  Sooooo....this time, we are not taking any chances.  Clothes are ready to be dumped into a suitcase, and all the baby essentials are washed and
ready!  Of course I don't hope that she is born at 36 weeks, although my son was completely healthy.  I want her to come when she is healthy and strong enough to join this world. 

I have also been preparing mentally.  I started reading a book by one of my favorite bloggers, Sally Clarkson.  You can find her at Itakejoy.com.  She is a wise, wise woman!  So, I am halfway through her book, The Mission of Motherhood and I absolutely love it.  And certainly, the role of "mother" can indeed be a mission for Christ if we choose to live out God's design for families.  I only wish I had come across this book before my first child was born.  Things would have made more sense much quicker and I would have understood my new role as mother much better.  I have learned so much from Sally.  I encourage you to visit her blog or read one of her many books. 

That is it for now.  Have a Blessed day!