Monday, October 6, 2008

An Aaronism and a "Laying it on the Line" update!

So yesterday I decided to make my Spicy Pork Chili since fall is definitely in the air. Heaven only knows 6 cans of Great Northern Beans, pork and some jalapenos (amongst other ingredients) is a delightful way to kick off the official feel of fall.

As we were sitting around the table Aaron turns to me and says...."Mom, how come you have a hexagon bowl." Okay, so give the boy come credit that it's really an octagon rather than a hexagon, but hey....not bad coming from a newly appointed 4 year old! Looks like Moose A. Moose and the nightly dose of Noggin is paying off! ;0)

So I've officially finished up 5 days of my October "Laying it on the Line" challenge to myself. I was good. Only went to lunch once with Tracey during 10/1 - 10/3 and that was the day that we took Aaron to the Dinosaur place for his birthday. I exceeded my 4 hours of exercise. I made dinner every night - well the Wed. and Thurs. anyway. Remember Friday night through the weekend is not part of the game.


I caved and 2 hours short of the weekend, I bought a Diet Coke on the way home from the Dinosaur Place. After listening to Aaron scream for 45 minutes because of his knee and the baby screaming his head off for who knows what reason, I needed my crutch of a Diet Coke to soothe the soul. I should have been strong. It was a HORRID mix. Didn't even drink but a few sips of it, but alas....I CAVED.

So there you have it folks. $1 in the pot / 1 scrappy item in the box.

Here's hoping this week can be no more than a $1 as well! :0)

I'm off to torture myself with Billy Blanks now.

Here's my chili recipe ifn's you're interested. BTW - It's REALLY good with Chicken too.

Spicy Pork Chili

1 ½ lb. pork tenderloin, cubed
2 large onions, diced
4 celery rib, diced
2 tablespoons butter
6 cans (15.5 oz each) great northern beans, rinsed and drained
4 cans (14.5 oz each) chicken broth
2 cups water
2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and chopped
2 teaspoons chili powder
½ teaspoon each white pepper, cayenne pepper, ground cumin and pepper
2 garlic cloves, minced
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon dried parsley flakes
/4 teaspoon hot pepper sauce, optional
1 cup (4ounces) shredded Monterey Jack cheese


In a large pot, cook the pork, onions and celery in butter until meat is browned. Stir in the next 13 ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 1-1/2 hours. Uncover; simmer 30-40 minutes longer or until chili reaches desired consistency. Sprinkle with cheese.

Yield 15 servings.


Beth said...

Would probably love this recipe, but would have to be mild for my group. LOL! It sounds yummy!!!!!

~On another note Kristy: did you pick a winner for the washcloth inspiration? You know I'm asking cuz I made a card for it. ;)

Kristen said...

I am excited to try that recipe...I love anything with jalapenos! Great Job on only caving with a few sips of D.C....That is impressive, plus the first few sips are the best anyway, they are the ones that burn going down...

Jenn said...

I am proud of you you did good!!!

Michelle said...

Way to go! Sounds like you did much better than I did last week. Let's see I exercised 1 day & ate out way too much last week, including Olive Garden's never ending pasta bowl. It was quite tasty though, love their fettucini alfredo!

Jennifer said...

Ohh..I love a new soup recipe for the fall and winter! Aaron is too cute. i remember Jack looking up at our bedroom ceiling a few years ago and pointing out a parallelogram. I wasn't even sure I knew what that was and had to go goggle it just to see. Sure enough the vaulted part of our bedroom ceiling is in fact a parallelogram!

Shellieh said...

oh yummy, sounds delish! I have been making "green bean chili" to get my chili fix--miss the real beans though. It is pretty good.
Well, lets see how big that scrappy pot gets buy the time I come out, lol. Well, that is only in 2 weeks-- you gonna come sat. when you get home?

Sheryl said...

That recipe sounds great, Kristy, but I'm not sure if I know what those beans are?! Can you translate to European at all (or a picture might do it!)

Suzanne said...

loving that picture of JM sitting in the grass...that kid is really too cute! recipe sounds great! I may have to give it a try with chicken or and beef right now...not so good of friends!

Jenn said...

Checking in how is it going this week?