summer black bean chili


Some people love a rich chili in the winter, but I like it all year round with some vegetable tweaking and fresh cilantro to top it off. Of course, I like eating it indoors with the air conditioning on, but if you are game to eat a burger outside this is a nice vegetable laden alternative. It also makes a great dip if you’d prefer. Happy summertime eats in a bowl.

beans_chili_black1 large onion                   2 Tsp chili powder
1 large red bell pepper  1 can of tomato sauce
salt and pepper             4 chopped cloves of garlic
2-3 Tbsp chili powder  1 can black beans, drained
2 Tbsp ground cumin   1 pound ground beef or turkey (optional)
1 can corn, drained        1/2 cup shredded Cheddar Cheese
Tortilla chips                  Fresh cilantro
1 can of corn                  1/2 cup sour cream

Using olive oil sauté red pepper in a skillet adding onions, garlic, and seasoning. Combine with beans, (optional meat) corn, and simmer for 25 minutes.  Allow to cool before topping with  tortilla chips, cheddar cheese, sour cream and cilantro.


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homemade vintage summer sundress


A friend of mine was shopping garage sales a few summers ago and she found this handmade vintage dress. She knew I’d love it so she picked it up for me for a song. Perhaps my vintage love speaks for itself if my friends can grab things for me at a discount and know I’ll love them. Summer surprises like this make the heat a… Read more »

recycled vintage children’s book blocks


Cutting up old books seems almost a crime, but if they’ve been really well worn out and you can escape the guilt, they make some lovely decorations. We have quite a few things planned for some vintage books I’ve collected lately, but I chose some of the boys’ favorites for the blocks we had painted in fun colors already. I decoupaged some of the most colorful characters… Read more »

simple lemon zest muffins


Seriously, these are simple, which is what’s summer food should be about, yes? Zesting makes them full of lemon flavor. Don’t worry, zesting is easy! You don’t have to have a fancy tool, a cheese grater works well. Ingredients for Zesty Lemon Muffins 1/2 cup butter, softened 3/4 cup sugar 1/2 TSP baking powder 3 eggs 1 and 3/4 cup flour 2 lemons (for zest… Read more »

almost summer flowers and dressing. weekly worn


The spring weather is settling towards summer so I won’t be able to layer with a little blazer outside anymore but they are handy when you’re inside with a blasting air conditioner. I love finding a ladylike dress that makes me cool enough not to sweat in a a very unladylike fashion. Not that I do that, of course. Happy summer dressing!