Good sleeping weather has finally arrived and my AC is finally off hopefully until Spring. Friday night a cold front blew in and the winds were incredible. We stepped outside and watched a ton of leaves fly off our neighbors tree only to land in our yard, It was 37 degrees when I got up this morning but it was still 65 in the house. I have a couple of windows open now to bring in all of that fresh air. This is my favorite time of year.
In honor of the cold front I made a big batch of chili last night and we had a chili bar for two. Green onions, cheddar cheese and a small spoonful of sour cream are my favorite toppings. The chili was loaded with our poblano, serrano and tabasco peppers so the toppings helped cool it down just a bit. Instead of making cornbread like I usually do we used oyster crackers for a nice change. So now I have 8 large servings of chili in the freezer. This one batch of chili made a total of 10 large servings for either lunches or dinners using 1 pound of local grass fed ground beef that was 5.99 . Not bad at all. You could even stretch it further if you used one serving and made chili dogs or chili mac for two people.
We did our biweekly shopping yesterday. It was a cool but beautiful sunny day perfect for the ride. So far in October we have spent 606.64. That does include everything though. Food, pet food, health and beauty products, cleaning products and alcohol. The total this month also includes a 15 pound turkey for Thanksgiving. I've mentioned before that I have a pretty substantial pantry with I'm estimating 4 months of the items we routinely use. I'm not a hoarder or a prepper, I just like the insurance of having what we need in the event we can't or don't want to shop for awhile. It was always important to do this when we lived in Florida and went through hurricane season. Here it is important to do in case of a winter snow storm or bitter temps that just make you want to stay home. It is a good feeling to not HAVE to go out.
Dinners this week were...