Chili & Butter. Huh?

Last night, Mark was prepping to leave town. Because he loves it so much, I decided to make chili with a new recipe for Mexican Corn Bread I found as his “last meal.” Halfway through the process, my blood sugars dropped really low and I couldn’t wield a knife. Jen and Mark took over and dinner was delicious!

I started out playing with a package I found at the store to make homemade onion rings.

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They were very good and even Caiden ate some of them. However, he’s in the mode at this time of eating everything he can get away with. I give in as much as possible without letting him go overboard. No reason to start letting him get overweight! Control – isn’t that what being a mom is all about? We have to give them what we can (and what they need) while curbing the idea that eating is the cure for everything from boredom to sadness.

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Mark took over the cutting and burning the onion rings while Jen ran to get me a soda to bump up my sugars. When he was done frying the onion rings, he threw in some bananas with the same batter. I was aghast but they actually turned out really good. This will be something I’ll have to keep in mind and find a decent recipe for.

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I was in the middle of making two loaves of herb bread to freeze and frying the onions when my sugars dropped very low. I started shaking quite noticeably and both of them jumped in to take over.

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While I am glad that they did, I did manage to give both of them a good scare. I’ve been doing really good with eating and taking care of the new medication lowering my blood sugar so much but I got surprised yesterday. It was sudden and intense.

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I love this part of cooking the chili. You start with bare materials and it looks like a lot. After cooking it all together, though, it comes out looking delicious!

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Yeah. Doesn’t that look good enough to stir the hunger in you? It does with me, every single time!

And now, I’m quite sure you’re anxious to see the new Mexican Corn Bread. It’s made with the same Sourdough Starter that I use for other breads. I have been saving some in the fridge just for this occasion: chili and Mexican corn bread.

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This is before it went in the oven. A big mass of corn flour, regular flour, sourdough starter with pimientos, onions, cheese, corn and green chilis.

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Oh, yum! It was really good and even my boys ate theirs without any trouble! Well, Caiden did. Brendan is still fighting us with every meal we put in front of him. He used to be such a good eater, it’s confusing me. They say a child who refuses food will not starve and it could be a phase but the mother in me wants to stuff him full of food.

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Dinner is served. In the interest of learning more about photography, I’ve been playing with angles and settings. I think, for this picture, I should have waited until a bit more of the cheese melted before snapping the shot. However, I was so hungry at this point, I couldn’t wait! Enjoy!

After Mark left, Jen and I were chilling on the couch watching Battleship when I had a thought: I have leftover cranberries from when I tried to make cranberry wheat bread. I need to try that again, too. I didn’t like the bread machine version and mine was a bit too crumbly. I went and talked to Rush’s Kitchen Store at the time and the owner suggested swapping the butter for oil in the recipe. I still need to try that.

In the meantime, I still have quite a few dried cranberries left over. Why not make a cranberry butter?

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I did some quick research and I whipped this up while Jen made one of my “Quick White Bread” recipes. When the bread was done, we had a piece of it and tried out the new idea for butter:

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Yes. I it did taste just as good as it looks. I’m loving my camera, too. With the right angle, I can really show things off!

Just before bed, I read somewhere that whipping it together in a blender could make it creamier. I think I’ll take this out of the jars and try that before putting it back into the jars.

I also need to (finally) get my act together and send off a few things to my dad. I’ve been promising since Christmas! Jen’s been asking for some Boston Baked Brown Bread and that’s one of the things I wanted to send my dad. Time to get off my duff, make some stuff and freeze it really good before mailing it off. I’m thinking freezing it all first will help preserve it as it heads to Oklahoma.

Right?

I hope.

Time to get moving. Have a great day, y’all!

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6 thoughts on “Chili & Butter. Huh?

  1. Love that saying.. enough to stir the hunger in you ๐Ÿ™‚ it all looks delicious. look after yourself ๐Ÿ™‚ Oh by the way… I just posted a parcel that’s been due since Christmas too.. it had your name on it ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Looks and sounds good! Cranberries are great I bet the butter rocks! Great Post!

    • Hi there!

      Thank you for stopping by! Yes, the cranberry butter tastes amazing. I’m going to have to make some up and freeze it as gifts!

      Now to find some cutesy little jars, right? ๐Ÿ™‚

      Thank you again!

      Naia.

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