Easy Chili Recipe

Hi friends,

Do you like a tasty bowl of chili after a long day? Me, too! On a cool Fall day, it’s the best comfort food to warm you up and fill your tummy. 😋

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This is a super Easy Chili Recipe that I have been making for years. It comes together in just a few minutes and you can simmer it on your stove top or cook it for a few hours in your slow cooker.

Easy Chili Recipe

  • 1 lb ground chuck
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 2 (15.5 oz) cans chili beans
  • 1 (15.5 oz) can dark red kidney beans, drained
  • 1 (10 oz) diced tomatoes with green chilies
  • 1-2 tablespoons chili powder/seasoning (or more if you like it really spicy!)

Brown the ground chuck along with the onions; drain well. Add all ingredients to a Dutch oven and mix well. Simmer for 30 minutes. You can also add everything to your slow cooker (after browning the meat and onions) and simmer on low for 4 to 5 hours.

We like to add some shredded cheddar cheese or sour cream (or both!) to our individual bowls. Fresh hot cornbread is always a yummy side – corn chips are great along with the chili, too.

This recipe freezes well, so go ahead and double (or triple 😊 ) it and freeze some for an even easier weeknight meal!

Anita

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Vintage-Look Christmas Ornaments

Hi friends,

I was at a vintage market last year and saw some beautiful glass ball Christmas ornaments that had a gorgeous aged look to them. Unfortunately, they also had a beautiful price on them! Being a crafter, I tucked the idea in the back of my mind thinking maybe I could make something similar. 😉

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I saw these textured clear plastic ornaments at Hobby Lobby and thought they would work perfectly to create my own version of the ornaments. The container included 30 ornaments – 5 of each pattern – for $19.99. I purchased them at 40% off, so I got mine for $11.99. But now all the Christmas merchandise is 50% off so you can score them for $9.99! That makes each ornament about 33 cents each!!

You’ll also need some white chalky finish paint, some gray paint (chalky finish or acrylic), some clear wax, sand paper, and ribbon for hanging your ornaments.

First, pop off the silver top for hanging and set it aside. Then paint the ornaments with 2 coats of the white chalky finish paint, making sure to let them dry thoroughly between coats. I used a foam brush to apply my paint – it works great to get into all the nooks and crannies. But don’t worry if you miss a spot here and there, it will just add to the charm of the finished ornament!

After the second coat of paint is dry, take a stiff-bristled brush and dry brush some of the gray paint onto the ornaments to highlight the textured areas. Then take your sand paper and sand away some of the paint from the textured areas to add to the aged look. I finished the ornaments with a light coat of clear wax to seal and protect them. I used a foam brush to apply the clear wax.

Pop the silver hanger back onto the ornaments, add a ribbon for hanging, and you’re finished!

Here’s a closer look at a couple of the ornaments. You can add as much or as little of the gray paint as you’d like and sand off as much of the paint you want to give it that aged look.

I’m thinking these would look so pretty in a dough bowl with a little greenery and some red berries. And, of course, they would look great on your tree! They would also make a fun package tie-on for all of your Christmas gifts. For just pennies an ornament you can give them to everyone on your list! 🎄

Anita

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Happy, Happy Day Fall Gnome Card

Hi friends,

I’m back with another cute gnome card! 🙂 This one is from the Hello Pumpkin Gnome set from Unity Stamp Company. The set includes another gnome and 3 sentiments, although the sentiment I used on the card is from the Hoppy & Hedgie set also from Unity.

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I stamped the gnome with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on white card stock and colored him with Copic markers. I die cut the image with a scalloped rectangle die. My die set is no longer available but this one or this one are similar and would work great! Then I layered the image to orange card stock. I stamped the sentiment with black ink on white card stock and layered it to a piece of light blue card stock.

I attached a piece of patterned paper to a white card (it’s from the Falling Leaves paper pack from Unity) and attached the gnome and sentiment to the card using foam tape. Super easy and super cute!

This stamp set is perfect for all the Fall birthdays, Halloween, or Thanksgiving! So many fun ways to use these cute little gnomes! 🙂

Anita

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Crochet Ridged Color Block Baby Blanket

Hi friends,

Do you remember my Crochet Bobble Color Block Baby Blanket pattern from this post? It was the first of two blankets I was making for my sister’s friend who will soon have twin grandbabies! This is the second one I designed for her using the same colors but a different pattern.

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I used Yarn Bee Soft & Sleek yarn in White, Light Gray, and Sage with an H/5mm hook to stitch up my blanket. The finished blanket measures about 29 by 30 inches. You can find the pattern below and I’ve included a link to a free PDF for easy printing.

Crochet Ridged Color Block Baby Blanket

Worsted Weight Yarn – I used Yarn Bee Soft & Sleek in White, Light Gray, and Sage (approximately 6 ounces each of White and Light Gray and 7 ounces of Sage)

H/5mm hook

Stitches used US terms:
Chain – ch
Single Crochet – sc
Foundation Double Crochet – fdc
Double Crochet – dc
Front Post Double Crochet – fpdc
Back Post Double Crochet – bpdc
Slip Stitch – ss
Back Loop Only – blo

Pattern repeat is multiples of 5 plus 4

Note: ch 2 at beginning of row counts as 1st dc stitch.

Begin with White.

Row 1: Work 94 fdc. Turn. (94 stitches)

Row 2: ch 2 (counts as 1st stitch). Skip 1st dc, dc in each stitch across. Turn. (94 stitches)

Row 3: ch 2 (counts as 1st stitch). Skip 1st dc, dc in next 3 stitches. fpdc in next stitch. dc in next 4 stitches, fpdc in next stitch Repeat from * to * across to last 4 stitches. dc in last 4 stitches. Turn. (94 stitches)

Row 4: ch 2 (counts as 1st stitch). Skip 1st dc, dc in next 3 stitches. bpdc in next stitch. dc in next 4 stitches, bpdc in next stitch Repeat from * to * to last 4 stitches. dc in last 4 stitches. Turn. (94 stitches)

Rows 5-22: Repeat Rows 3 and 4 Nine times. (94 stitches)

Change to Sage.

Rows: 23-44: Repeat Rows 3 and 4 Eleven times. (94 stitches)

Change to Light Gray.

Rows: 45-64: Repeat Rows 3 and 4 Ten times.

Row 65: ch 2 (counts as first stitch). dc in each stitch across. (94 stitches)

Do not turn after last row.

Change to Sage.

Border:

Begin working in Rounds. Do not turn at the end of each round.

Round 1: ch 1. sc crochet evenly around, working 3 sc in each corner. Join with ss to first sc. Do not turn.

Rounds 2-3: ch 1. sc in blo of each stitch around, working 3 sc in each corner. Join with ss to first sc.

Fasten off and weave in ends.

Finished blanket measures about 29 by 30 inches.

This pattern works up quickly and you can easily adjust the size you want to make your blanket. You can make it in color blocks, stripes, or even one color. What color will you make your blanket

Anita

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Little Touches of Fall Decor

Hi friends,

I love having little touches of Fall around my home. I think it makes everything feel just a bit more cozy. 🍁🍂🍁

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This is a tray I have on our coffee table that is so fun to decorate for the different seasons. And the best part about the tray is that it’s a repurposed thrift store find! You can see the before pic and all the details in this post.

I also made the wood bead garland – details in this post – and painted the cute little acorns – details here. I picked up my velvety pumpkins at Hobby Lobby in the seasonal section. The white pumpkins came from Dollar Tree.

My little blue dish looks vintage, but I actually found it a few months ago at Target. I picked up my distressed white metal container and greenery at a vintage market a couple of years ago.

Keep your eyes open and use your imagination when you are out shopping or thrifting…You never know when you will find the perfect piece to repurpose for your home!

Anita

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Pumpkin Spice To Go Card

Hi friends,

Are you a pumpkin spice fan? It definitely shouts all things Fall. Although I’m really more of a chai tea girl, a little pumpkin spice latte is nice on a cool crisp Fall day. 🍁🍂🍁

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This Fall to Go stamp from Unity Stamp Company is just one of the many coffee themed stamps they have. I love the pumpkins on the cup! The sentiment is from another coffee set called… Pumpkin Spice. 😊

To make the card, I stamped the cup with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on white card stock and colored it with Copic markers. I die cut the image with the Wonky Stitched Rectangle STAX Die-namics from My Favorite Things and layered it to light blue card stock.

I embossed a piece of orange card stock with a dot embossing folder (similar to this) and attached it to a white card. I attached my stamped image to the card with foam tape.

Then I stamped the sentiment with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on white card stock, punched it out with a 1.75-inch circle punch, and attached it over the top corner of the stamped image.

Slip a gift card to a favorite coffee shop inside and you have a fun Fall gift!

What’s your favorite Fall drink to go?

Anita

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Hello Fall Tabletop Wood Crate

Hi friends,

I found this cute set of nested wood crates in the Bullseye Playground at Target for just $5.00. Please tell me I’m not the only one who has to shop this area of the store first! 😉 Seriously, sometimes I find the best stuff there…

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I found this great Fall filler set of pumpkins and pine cones in the seasonal section of Hobby Lobby. The pumpkins have a velvety feel and are so pretty – much nicer than the plastic ones.

The larger crate measures about 7-inches square and the smaller one is about 6-inches square. I used the larger crate for my project.

First I applied a coat of Everlasting White DecoArt Chalky Finish Paint using a chip brush. I didn’t worry about getting full coverage because I wanted it to have a more rustic look.

After the paint was dry, I dry brushed the entire crate with a dark brown chalky finish paint (acrylic paint will work for this step, too). You can find small bottles of chalky finish or acrylic paint at your local craft store.

I recently purchased a Cricut Explore Air 2 and I’m just learning how to use it – I think it will be a fun tool in my crafting arsenal. 🙂 I used orange vinyl with my Cricut to cut out “Happy Fall” and applied it to the crate using transfer tape.

Then came the fun part – filling the crate with all the Fall things! My little scarecrow pick came from Dollar Tree (it was a pack of 2). I didn’t like the bow he had so I took it off and added my own. I hot glued a small piece of styrofoam to the center of the crate and stuck the scarecrow into the styrofoam – with a little hot glue on the pick. I hot glued some moss to the bottom inside of the crate and to cover the styrofoam.

Then I added the pumpkins, pine cones, and leaves I had in my stash, using hot glue to secure them as needed.

I think it turned out so cute!

This will be a great addition to your holiday table centerpiece or anywhere you need to add a little bit of Fall! 🍁🍂🍁

Anita

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Crochet Fall Cup Cozy

Hi friends,

I saw this amazing Yarn Bee Arabella yarn at Hobby Lobby and I had to bring it home with me! It’s a bulky (5) weight yarn in 55% cotton and 45% acrylic and it is so soft!! This colorway is called Foxtrot Fella and it is perfect for Fall makes.

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I designed a crochet pattern for a simple Fall Cup Cozy that works up quickly. I used a J/6mm hook to stitch up my cozies – I was able to get 3 cozies out of this 3.5 ounce/105 yard skein.

The center rows of my pattern are crocheted in the 3rd loop of the hdc. If you need help with this, here is a great video from Moogly to show you how.

You can find the pattern below along with a link to a free PDF if you’d like to easily print it.

Crochet Fall Cup Cozy

Bulky Weight yarn (5) – approximately 30-32 yards – I used Yarn Bee Arabella yarn in Foxtrot Fella (it’s 55%cotton and 45% acrylic)

J/6mm hook

Stitches used in US terms:
Chain – ch
Slip Stitch – ss
Single Crochet – sc
Half Double Crochet – hdc

Note: Rounds 5-7 are crocheted in the 3rd loop of the stitch in the previous row.

Chain 28. Being careful not to twist chain, join with ss to first ch.

Round 1: ch 1. sc in each stitch around. Join with ss to first sc. (28 stitches)

Rounds 2-4: ch 1. hdc in each stitch around. Join with ss to first hdc. (28 hdc)

Rounds 5-7: ch 1. hdc in 3rd loop in each stitch around. Join with ss to first hdc. (28 stitches)

Rounds 8-9: ch 1. hdc in each stitch around. Join with ss to first hdc. (28 stitches)

Round 10: ch 1. sc in each stitch around. Join with ss to first sc. (28 stitches)

Fasten off and weave in ends.

Here’s the link to the free PDF…

The Crochet Fall Cup Cozy makes a great gift! I used this free template, printed it onto kraft card stock, and cut it out. I slipped the cup cozy onto the template and tucked a gift card behind the cozy. I put it into a cellophane bag and tied it with a ribbon for gift giving.

This beautiful Yarn Bee Arabella yarn comes in 8 different colorways – which one will you choose?

Anita

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Happy Halloween Gnomies

Hi friends,

Are you tired of gnomes yet? I hope not – because Unity Stamp Company keeps coming out with the CUTEST new gnome stamp sets!! And I can’t stop buying them. 🙃

This set is called Witch Way and includes 3 gnomes, 2 sentiments, candy pieces, and a cute little bat. Such a fun set for creating Halloween cards! 🎃

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For this card, I stamped the “witch” gnome with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on white card stock, colored it with Copic markers, and then fussy cut around the image.

I stamped “Happy Halloween” with black ink on white card stock. (It’s a stamp I’ve had forever – use your favorite Halloween sentiment stamp.) I used the Stitched Banner Stacklets dies from Taylored Expressions to cut out my sentiment and layered it to a banner the next size up cut from patterned paper.

I attached a piece of lime green card stock to a white card and layered a piece of patterned paper over it. I attached the banner directly to the card, then attached the gnome to the card with foam tape.

How fun is this little “Frankie” gnome? (At least that’s what I call him 😊) I stamped him with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on white card stock, colored him with Copic markers, and fussy cut around the image.

I stamped the sentiment from the Witch Way stamp set with black ink on white card stock and punched it out with a sawtooth-edged circle punch. (This is a discontinued Stampin’ Up punch – you can also use a 2-inch scalloped circle punch.) I added 3 small orange brads to the circle. Then I layered it to a 2.5-inch circle punched from patterned paper using foam tape.

I attached a piece of patterned paper to a white card. I attached the gnome to the card with foam tape and then I attached the sentiment circle directly to the card.

This is the 3rd gnome in the set – he’s a little “spooky”. 😉 I stamped him with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on white card stock, colored him with Copic markers, and fussy cut around the image. I stamped the sentiment from the Witch Way stamp set with black ink on white card stock and punched it out with a cloud shaped punch. (This punch is also discontinued from Stampin’ Up – a 2.5-inch oval punch would work great.) Using these wonderful Blender Brushes from Taylored Expressions, I lightly applied black ink around the edges of the punched piece as well as around the edges of a white card.

I punched a 3-inch oval out of black card stock. It’s kind of hard to see in the photo, but I embossed the oval with a dot embossing folder. I added a piece of patterned paper to the card after applying the black ink to the edges of the card. Then I added a strip of lime green card stock. I attached the black oval to the card with foam tape and then attached the gnome to the black oval with foam tape. I attached the sentiment piece directly to the card.

There are so many fun gnome stamps over at Unity Stamp Company! Which ones will you add to your collection? 😊

Anita

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Halloween Test Tube Treats

Hi friends,

Halloween is just around the corner! 🎃 Do you have any little trick-or-treaters that need a special treat? These Halloween Test Tube Treats are so fun – just add a handmade tag and they are sure to bring a smile!

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I found my plastic test tubes here on Amazon. They come in a package of 30 for $15.99, so just over 50 cents each. (Remember that prices are subject to change on Amazon.) They come with screw top caps and have a flat bottom.

The tags are made with products from Taylored Expressions. First I stamped the Pick of the Patch Background Cling & Clear Combo pumpkins with orange ink on white card stock. Then I stamped the stems with green ink and the faces with black ink. Using the matching Pick of the Patch Dies, I die cut each pumpkin from the background. As you can see, I was a little off on stamping the stems but I didn’t worry about that. 😉

I cut the orange tag using the 2-inch tag from the Tag Stacklets 3 die set – there are 5 sizes (also from Taylored Expressions). Using a 1.5-inch circle punch, I punched circles from black card stock. I attached the circles to the orange tags and then attached the pumpkins over the black circles. I used orange/black bakers twine (this is similar twine) to tie the tags to my test tubes.

I filled my test tubes with Halloween mix M&M’s. You can also use Skittles, Reeses Pieces, or other small candies. Each test tube will hold a generous handful of candy.

Halloween isn’t the only holiday to give these Test Tube Treats… How cute would they be with a Thanksgiving tag for each place setting at the dinner table?!?! Or with a Christmas tag for a fun stocking stuffer? Or with a birthday tag for favors at a birthday party? So many fun ideas!

What kind of Test Tube Treats will you make? 🙂

Anita

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