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Cutting Boards

Posted by on Jun 10, 2011 in Mr. J | 2 comments

Mr. J has recently taken up woodworking, and these are two of his latest creations. Aren’t they beautiful? He’s in the process of making me one now, and I can’t wait to use it!

Happy Anniversary!

Posted by on Jun 7, 2011 in Around Chez Ary | 0 comments

Today Mr. J and I celebrate 3 years of marriage. And last Friday marked the 10th year we’ve been together. Time has really flown by! Love you, Mr. J!

So the traditional gift for year 3 is leather. Not sure I’m very inspired by that one. Anyone got an anniversary gift idea for me?

Chili Mac

Posted by on Jun 6, 2011 in Our Favorites, Try Something New | 0 comments

Chili Mac is usually a favorite fall and winter meal, but I found a fun way to mix it up.

Here’s the original, plain (Mr. J) version:

1 lb ground beef

Brown and drain.


8 oz. or 1 3/4 c uncooked macaroni (I used shell, and it was really good)
1 can kidney beans (I used tri-blend, drain and rinse)
1 can tomato sauce
1 c water or beer
1 t chili powder
1 t salt
1 t black pepper
garlic to taste

Cover and simmer for 15 minutes. You may have to add a little more water. Serve with shredded Cheddar on top.


Now for my tasty mix-up add 1-2 T each per serving: whole kernel corn, Rotel tomatoes, green bell pepper, and half and half. I think I’ll call it Fiesta Chili Mac. Don’t forget the Cheddar cheese!

Sorry again for my food photography skills.