Ok, ok. I’ve admitted it before – one of my guilty pleasures is the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Every year Kyle hosts a ‘white’ party. It’s an extremely elegant affair where everything is crisp, beautiful, white, and let’s not forget – dramatic.
Well, this is the St. Mark’s housewives version of that. Welcome to our white powder (as in snow) sledding party! It was a crisp day, the girls and their moms brought the beauty, lovely white wine was enjoyed and get a basement full of 3 to 6 year olds together? There is always drama. One may argue more than between the housewives. No one stormed out threatening to sue though so hey, I consider that a success.
The men (minus Daddie – you were missed!) handled the kids on the hills while the moms stayed back and monitored the little play date between B and K. LOVE.
All the kids arrived back in one piece (yippee!), were fed immediately…
Sorry K, your date passed out early. I hope we didn’t bore you too much! You were much too precious to stick in the (scary) basement.
Dinner was homemade chili (M thinks it was beef, but it was so ground turkey) with all the fixings and Ina Garten’s corn muffins. Perfect meal for a (healthy) ‘chilly’ evening!
All in all it was a great way to break up the dreary feeling that is so February. With March less than a week away I’m dreaming of our next get together…on the patio.
- few glugs of olive oil
- 3 stalks of celery, small dice
- 3 carrots, small dice
- 1 green pepper, small dice
- 1 large onion, small dice
- 2 cloves of garlic, minced
- 2 lbs ground turkey, I did a mix of white and dark
- 3 TBS chili powder
- 2 TBS cumin
- 2 tsp oregano
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 bay leaf
- pinch of red pepper flakes
- salt & pepper, to taste
- 2 cans 28 ounce diced tomatoes
- 2 14 ounce can black beans, rinsed and drained
- Heat your olive oil in a large pot on the stove over medium heat.
- Saute celery, carrots, green pepper and onion until soft - roughly 8 minutes or so. Add in your garlic and mix around for another minute.
- Add in the meat and saute until browned, another 5 minutes or so.
- Add in all your spices and and saute until they get mixed in nicely and you can start to smell them, a few minutes. Add a generous amount of salt & pepper.
- Stir in the tomatoes and simmer for 15 minutes or so. Stir in your black beans.
- Simmer on the stove until your snow bunnies are hungry. Serve with all the fixings! We did shredded cheddar, crushed up crackers, cilantro, and sour cream.
P.S. ‘L, my dad says we are NOT allowed to kiss anymore.’ Good girl.