Thursday, January 31, 2008

Where's the Beef???

Tuesday I made chili. I put black beans in it, which I don't normally do. I added my kidney beans after this picture was taken. Look at all that steam! When I eat chili I always put Fritos into my bowl, put the chili on top, add shredded cheese, and sour cream. Yummy!!!

My goldfish vine had a bloom!! That's the first, and only, bloom it's had for a long long time. I have been thinking that I probably need to repot it or something and maybe it would bloom some, and then it goes and has one bloom for me. The vines hang down about 5 feet long. The blooms do kinda look like a small goldfish!

Tuesday evening I didn't have the TV on and it had rained all day. I didn't know we had a line of storms moving our way and they were moving at about 55 mph and that we were under a severe T-storm warning. This was at 10 p.m. and I heard that wind roaring towards us. It nearly scared all the meanness out of me. We could hear the small hail hitting the side of the cabin along with the wind and rain. I looked out and the sheets of rain were going straight across. I expected to see trees and anything else flying by at any time. We were lucky though. There are several trees of our neighbors that didn't stand up to the wind. This was the thing all over the state and other states too. The tree clean up crews will be busy now! I'm just thankful it wasn't worse. Then it did the big dive in temperature and flash froze all that rain.

We have a new Kroger store that opened on Wednesday morning. They were giving 5 lbs. of ground beef to the first 500 customers. My husband said I should go. It was cold and I sure hated to get out of bed but I went. It opened at 0800. I got there about 0810 and I never saw such a mess of people! You would have thought they were giving away $5,000 instead of 5 lbs. of ground beef! And it was cold! The line was still filing in at 10 after and the parking lot was full with the Taco Bell parking lot also full. I just kept driving and went to the other Kroger to get what I had on my list. They are also giving away some other things which you are registered for when you use your Kroger Plus card. I went up today and managed to find a place to park. They have a salad bar and an olive bar. Well, I had never seen an olive bar before, so I learned what an olive bar is.


Anonymous Linda @ Eriesargonaut said...

We had a bad wind storm the other night. Yesterday we found shingles in our yard. Not our color so we figure they came from the house on the corner. The whole house rocked. My computer monitor rocked and that kind of scared me as the office is on our second story. I thought the house was falling off of the foundation. But all is well and we didn't even lose our electricity. I guess we are in for an ice storm early tomorrow. Ugh. Your chili looks yummy. As much as I like hamburger, I wouln't get up early to get some. Maybe for peanut M & Ms. :-)

2:43 PM  
Blogger Granny Annie said...

Our storms today are snow storms. All our children called us last night to talk about the snow they were expecting. They did not get any snow. We have had snow all day and have watched our dog Slim run around in it like snow plow. She burrows in with her nose and plows away. We went to Wal-Mart yesterday to be prepared for the snow and everyone in the State of Oklahoma was there. My husband volunteered to wait in the van while I did the shopping. I wasn't even going for free ground beef! How do we get in these predicaments? So Rachel, did you get any free prizes for your efforts?

3:05 PM  
Blogger Ralph said...

You about lost me there Rachel with that sudden switch from a nice bowl of Chili to the goldfish vine. I was trying to my the connection.
You did make me bust out laughing with the, "It nearly scared all the meanness out of me" statement. I have never heard that before.
We had winds in the mountains a day or two ago clocked at 104 MPH. Glad I wasn't up there then.

5:56 PM  
Blogger Diane J. said...

Now you done flung a cravin' on me for chili! Boy, that sounds good on a cold evening! ;o)

We had all the wind and storms on Tuesday. It got rough here AFTER the storms passed! It was the straight line winds that did all the damage, blowing semis off the roads and uprooting trees, etc. Our power went on and off for about an hour but finally settled back on, praise the Lord.

Today it's been freezing rain, sleet and snow. Not much accumulation and the rain melted the ice and snow. So far. We may get some more snow before it's over, so they say.

I despise fighting crowds for ANYTHING, even 5 lbs. of free ground beef, LOL! I've got to go shopping tomorrow, weather permitting.

Stay warm and safe, Rachel. ;o)

Love and hugs,


7:24 PM  
Blogger nora said...

We got the wind and hail also. I haven't had enough nerve to look in my backyard to see how the trees fared.
My mind jumps from thing to thing- I had no trouble moving from chili to plants!
I'm glad the meanness was not scared out of you- you might need it for Blogstock!

7:26 PM  
Blogger Jim said...

I don't think we have olive bars here. Just granola bars, trail bars, and chocolate bars.

I'm glad you were able to hang on there on the edge of the cliff. Those winds must have been terrifying.

Our Kroger card gets us seniors a 10% discount on Kroger brand foods.

10:11 PM  
Blogger OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

What IS an Olive Bar? I've never heard of that, Rachel...I imagine it's lots of different kind of Olives, but...Well, what do they do with them? (lol)

It is amazing that 5 pounds of free meat could create that kind of traffic in people and cars....In a way, it says a lot about our economy, doesn't it?

It seems like the storms everywhere sound closer to Tornedo's than ever, these days....The Winds here last week when we had our storms was frightening! More frightening than I remember from years past...!

I hope it warms up some where you are Rachel, and SOON!

10:59 PM  
Blogger Cliff said...

"Done flung a cravin on me" Now that right there is funny.
The chili 'ala Rachel' sounds just right.
That was a vicious storm that somehow missed us to the north.

6:43 AM  
Blogger Karen H. said...

Good Morning Rachel,
Sounds like you got what we had earlier in the week. We had some tree branches knocked out of some trees and lots of power lines blown down. We were without power here where I live for 11 hours. The wind had been blowing something fierce all day to begin with and the temperature was up to 67 degrees. It had been raining every which way as well. Later in the afternoon, the winds shifted and it turned alot colder. It got down to 20 degrees by the next morning. We couldn't use our heat without any power. Thankfully, we have a gas cook stove. Around 12:30a.m. I got up and turned the oven and burners on and had the girls to come in the front room with some heavy blankets. We went back to bed around 2:00a.m. and our power came back on around 3:15a.m. They were predicting for us to get some Snow yesterday, but all we got was mostly rain and a little sleet and a few flakes of snow. Nothing to write home about tho. They did let School out here around 11:30a.m. Your Chilli looks yummy. I have never tried it with Black Beans before. I don't blame you for not wanting to wait in line just to get 5 lbs. of ground beef. It's not that expensive anyway to buy. I have never heard of an Olive Bar either. So, what is an Olive Bar? You have me curious now. Take care my friend and have a great day and weekend. May God Bless You and Yours. When I fix Chilli, I usually buy some Frito Corn Chips and put the Corn Chips in my bowl first, add my Chilli, and then shredded cheese on top of that. Stir it up and mmmm, good. Sometimes if I have a package of Hot Dogs, I cut up a Hot Dog and put in mine too. Another Mmmm, good.

Love & Hugs,
Karen H.

7:04 AM  
Blogger JunieRose2005 said...


I'm glad you were safe from all that wind and bad weather!

Take care,


7:49 AM  
Blogger TN said...

We got part of that storm also, Rachel. It woke me up about two in the morning, and I didn't go back to sleep. Week before is when we were stranded in Gatlingburg in the ice storm.....I'm READY for SPRING.

8:04 AM  
Blogger Janell said...

Your chili looks wonderful!

Is your goldfish vine an indoor or outdoor plant? (I got confused and posted this question on Clara's blog - senior moment or something...)
The windstorm sounds scary. My cousing in England says they are having them over there, too.
The Hy Vee I shop at has an olive bar. We like the stuff we get on it, but it sure is expensive.

2:38 PM  
Blogger LZ Blogger said...

This reminds me of my wife's 12 bean "Super Bowl Sunday Soup" It is spiced like chili and has a large ham bone in it too. Now I'm hungry! ~ jb///

3:21 PM  
Blogger Farmgirl Cyn said...

I have been out of the loop for a couple of weeks now...glad to be able to take a few minutes to stop by and say "hey!"

4:36 PM  
Blogger Donna said...

We call that Chili Pie, with the Fritos and cheese.

I've used black beans before in chili when I didn't have enough kidney beans.

5:47 PM  
Blogger Sandy said...

Did you see those great big olives that are about as big as a plum at the olive bar at Kroger's?

That pot of chili of yours looked really good and I forgot about putting fritos in the chili. They serve it that way at Sonic. I like it that way, but haven't tried it at home...duh

8:25 PM  
Blogger Jamie Dawn said...

Are you SURE it nearly scared all the meanness out of you?? I bet there's plenty of meanness left in you!
We had hail too!!! None on my meanness got scared out of me though. I am still fully mean.

That chili looks goooood!!

4:26 PM  
Blogger Lucy Stern said...

I can't believe that they were giving away 5 lbs. of ground beef to 500 customers. Do you realize that is 2,500 lbs. of meat? At about $ 2.00 a pound that does add up to $ 5,000. I would have been one of the suckers that shood in line for the meat and other give aways.....Can't help it, that's me!
I do like shopping at Krogers...

9:00 AM  
Blogger Kendra Lynn said...

oooh...I love Fritos and chili! We call those California Tacos in my family....I'm not sure why, since we live in Michigan.

11:41 AM  

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