Because tonight I took down my Christmas tree.
The good news is, that Christmas 2015 is just a little more than 10 months away.
So start that shopping!
Okay, I kid.
This winter has been pretty chilly. And what goes better with chilly weather than chili--the food? Every year, Hubby's work holds a chili cook-off. I forced his coworker, Drew, to enter. So he forced me to come over and cook it with him.
I guess it was a fair trade.
Drew has a TV in his kitchen.
It was the highlight of my day.
Drew wasn't impressed with my excitement.
I'd post a picture of the chili, but the pictures I took weren't so flattering. I was more concerned with getting a bowlful to test taste.
The recipe we used was Pioneer Woman's (who else's?!) Chipotle Chicken Chili. It was delicious, but didn't take first place. A traditional beef chili did, so I don't truly consider it a loss, especially since one of the judges voted us for first, and especially especially since Drew took last place last year.
Anything above that is definitely improvement in my book.
The next day some of our favorite people came over to watch the Super Bowl with us.
Before the game, we watched the movie Gone Girl. If you haven't seen it, all I'll say is, it was crazy.
Hubby had to leave the movie half way through to start making game day snacks.
He may or may not have given me a little lip about missing the end of the movie. But then I reminded him that he was the one that chose to make rotisserie chicken wings, homemade potato skins, and queso instead of buying frozen apps.
He did an amazing job. I made sure to save his Snapchat of it all since I was almost too eager to take this picture:
The potato skins were amazing. I probably could have eaten half the platter. The wings were a little too spicy for me, but the meat was incredibly tender. Hubby is a perfectionist and hates his queso, but I loved it.
This past weekend I went shopping with Drew and while we were chatting with a salesperson I saw this:
Naturally, I needed to take a picture of it.
The next day, my sister-in-law and I made a family dinner to celebrate my Gram's 82nd birthday.
Doesn't she look good for 82? I keep crossing my fingers that it's hereditary.
Gram loves strawberry desserts, so I made her my strawberry trifle.
Almost half of my family are babies when it comes to fruit in their desserts. Thank goodness I have been delivered of this. For the nose wrinklers, I made chocolate mousse.
Chocolate mousse is Hubby's favorite. So really, I made chocolate mousse for Hubby. I used Bon Appetit's Classic Chocolate Mousse recipe. I expected the mousse to be much harder to make. The only thing that surprised me was that it calls for 1/4 cup of espresso or strong coffee. I've never noticed a coffee flavor in any classic chocolate mousse that I have tasted before. It wasn't a horrible flavor, but if you aren't expecting it or if you aren't a coffee lover, you might not like it.
Chili not chilly, good friends, good food, and a birthday celebration--yeah, my last two weekends have been pretty wonderful.