We’re excited to see how things grow here in Wisconsin. Our two gardens in St. Marys, Georgia produced an amazing array of vegetables but fighting off the bugs from an organic garden proved almost fruitless. The bugs consumed over half of the garden in our back yard. Ugh! I was also too sick from pregnancy to fight. Talk about sea sickness! Ha! I wasn’t even the one in the Navy.

Sooo….here in Wisconsin. Well, let’s see. Everything I’ve looked up says start seeds around St. Patrick’s Day in southern Wisconsin. Well…. I couldn’t get myself together by then and the honey was busy working 12 hour days.



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Growing up, mama used to always put spaghetti in the chili. From rural Kentucky, she grew up eating it this way. I always thought it was because mama grew up poor and the spaghetti made the chili go farther with her six brothers and sisters.


But I’ve found a few other places sell it like this. Including Sky Line Chili. Maybe it wasn’t something my creative cooker of a grandmother created, after all. (This wasn’t the mean grandmother, this was the one who spoke like a sailor.)

This chili I borrowed from Betty Crocker (bless her) and then added a few things she didn’t. If you’d like to see her original recipe, just click here. Otherwise, check out my varied version.
Happy Chili cooking!


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One of my grandma’s recipes I converted to the crock pot!

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I usually make this in the oven, but you know I just had to try it in the crock pot! It worked!

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So, my mama was coming to visit and I like to try to impress her with lots of different dishes that are easy to make. She’s a real “meat and potatoes” kind of girl who likes plain things, so if I make something spicy or complicated, it had better taste good. Because….well, don’t we all aim to please our mothers a bit? Don’t we want them to be proud and take a bite and say, “Well, look at what a little chef you turned out to be?” Yeah, well, I do.

So, I made this:


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Lentil score!

I finally did it. I made lentils soooo good, I could kiss myself! Hooray! Hooray! I should throw a party. Only took me 3 years.

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Cooks quickly and has cheese in it. Any questions?

cheesy crockpot

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