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Lately it has been dreary and rainy in Delaware which makes me want to snuggle up on the couch with hot cocoa, a warm blanket, and my pupster. I love to watch sports and light a Yankee Candle and snuggle all day long. Some days just allow for laziness and gloomy, wet, never-ending rain has been just that lately. The late fall weather lends itself to a feeling that the holidays are around the corner.
A crazy! picture of us last Christmas
I always enjoy making chili around the holidays. It reminds me of being a kid and my dad would made chili for us. The house would smell all day like chili and my brother and I would sneak into the kitchen to get a whiff of the bubbling pot of stew on the stovetop. It was comforting to be at home with my siblings and parents. With no worries.
Now as an adult, I find comfort in making chili for my little family on cold, dreary days around the holidays. I love letting the chili simmer all day long while we lounge around the house. Before I get snuggled up on the couch with Polo and Dave, I prepared some turkey chili in the crock-pot and let it cook all day.
crock-pot turkey chiliThe recipe is really easy and is one of our favorite cozy, comfort foods that we enjoy on a cold day.
1 lb of ground turkey
1 packet of chili seasoning
1 can of kidney beans (undrained)
1 can of diced tomatoes (undrained)
I cooked up the ground turkey in a pan and drained any grease before putting it in the crock-pot with all the other ingredients. I also added black pepper to taste, a dash of cumin, and some Tastefully Simple Onion Onion. I brought some chili to work and a colleague of mine really liked it but mentioned that she loves garlic so she might put some garlic powder in it. The recipe is really easy and versatile. You can make it your own.
I cooked the chili on low/medium for about 2-3 hours.
Another holiday comfort that is not necessarily a family staple or cemented tradition but something that I often do and really enjoy is any watching any Charlie Brown holiday cartoon. We own many on dvd much to Dave's chagrin. Watching Charlie Brown with fresh baked chocolate chip cookies and some hot cocoa is a holiday comfort that will be around for many years to come.
On Christmas morning I find it comforting to spend time with family and to enjoy those around me. I enjoy spending time with extended family but find deep comfort in spending time with my small family. There is a sense of peace that I feel when I am at home and I really enjoy taking it all in and relaxing at home.
How do you find great comfort around the holidays?
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