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Born a Texan, but traveled the US extensively.  Now staying on the East coast.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Getting ready

I have begun preparing myself for my retirement.
I have been taking days off per my doctors request.
Today is one of those days and when i go to work tomorrow,
It will be day 7 before i do not work at the Health Department any more.
The day is mild and sunny and beautiful.

In the days i have been taking off -
some have been very busy,
others not so.
I can already see an improvement in the vision issues that i have
and the balance is improving also.
This is what the doctor and i expected.

For today I am thankful,
we have the girls (2 labs, the daughters of our lab), who provide entertainment and distraction.
I have been hoping to go through more of my mom's things (mostly pictures),
but find it difficult emotionally,
there will be time.

In the mean time there are still roses on the rose bush


and i am cooking something different
Life is good.


Chili mild with beans
(a northern apostasy) 

1 bag small red beans
1 lbs ground beef
1/2 cup chili powder
1 tablespoon mild dried chili's
2 tablespoons cumin
1 teaspoon anchiote powder
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1 tablespoon salt
1/4 stick of butter
1 tablespoon maple syrup
1 or 2 beers

Rinse and soak the beans over night (water level should be 3 times the beans).
brown the ground beef with the butter and spices
pour into a slow cooker set on high (about 200 F)
heat the beans and all the liquid to boiling and pour into the slow cooker.
add syrup.
after 2 hours reduce the heat to medium or low (about 160 or 140 F)
add beer to keep the liquid level up.
Do not let dry out!

Serve with rice, chopped cilantro, chopped onions and or sour cream.
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