You know those days? The ones that feel like EVERYTHING goes wrong. Or worse, those weeks. Weeks of little things and some big things that just don’t go your way. That feeling in the pit of your stomach when you get bad news. Just feeling BLEH. That’s me. I promised to be honest in this little blog-o-mine and frankly I just didn’t want to write this post. It’s easy to share successes, fun times, vacay, awesome yummy recipes, good news, etc. It’s not so easy to show horrible pics when you can’t figure out your hubby’s camera & you came home for lunch to specifically cook/prep/photograph this awesome chili for your blog when you’re in a rush and already in a not-so-great mood – UGH.
It’s not easy to share that you have to move out of the house/neighborhood that you LOVE. *Tears* We are literally heartbroken to find out our landlords are selling the home we’ve lived in for almost 4 years. We’ve put a lot of work into it. We’ve made wonderful friends. We have a community around us that gathers together at the last minute to have a few drinks & enjoy each other’s company. We have friends across the street who randomly stop by to say hi and drop off extra homemade marinara sauce. We can run over to one another’s house for some milk, sugar, a ladder, a car jack, pumpkin carving tools =) The list goes on… We LOVE our home. We LOVE our neighbors. We had high hopes of this being our forever home. That was the plan, anyway. Surprisingly, our landlords have come out of nowhere and decided to sell it for much higher than we believe it is worth or can afford. Ummm, that was NOT a part of the plan! To make things worse we have 60 days to move out. 60 days. Um, do you know how fast that goes? To make it even worse those 60 days are November and December. Happy holidays? =( We were heartbroken and just plain sick about it. We were sad. I cried. And cried. And cried.
Then, there are those moments when my hubby prays, reminds me that God is in control and that everything is going to be ok. In those moments it’s when I remember that the home we have fallen in love with is not really our home at all. The hubs and I have created that environment. It’s us. We are home. As long as we’ve got each other and the Lord , we’re home. In the grand scheme of things, I do realize this is not a big deal. Perspective is a good thing and apparently I needed a good dose. We are healthy, we are employed, we will not be homeless, we have wonderful friends and family, we believe the Lord has good things planned for us. Apparently, sometimes I need my world rattled to remember this! Ok, Lord. I’m listening. What’ve you got for us?
While waiting on the Lord and searching for a new destination, I craved comfort. The one thing I can currently control is food. So… How ’bout some much needed COMFORT food? This is our #1 all-time favorite, even a little healthy, but don’t worry it’s Ahhhh-MAZING Crockpot Turkey Pumpkin Chili! And don’t forget the perfect accompaniment: Honey Cornbread Muffins! Mmmm… Just what the doctor ordered. Soul-warming comfort food. Check.
Pumpkin in chili? I know it sounds weird. I was very leery of trying it. Don’t worry, it is not sweet and you won’t even know it’s there! I was really surprised at how much I love this chili. A quote from the hubs, “This is the BEST chili you’ve ever made!” Recipe honesty time – the first time I made this I used black beans, jalapenos and a little less pumpkin. The second time I made it (pictured) I followed the exact recipe from Skinnytaste and used white beans, canned chilis and the exact amount of pumpkin. Now, don’t get me wrong the exact recipe is still yummers but we LOVED round one of this recipe. So, don’t be deceived by the pics when the recipe calls for black beans – I did change it up!
Speaking of pics. And bad days. Oh my. The hubs is lucky his camera did not meet the asphalt while I was attempting to photograph this chili! I am (obvi) not the photographer in our little fam. I wanted to get din made during my lunch hour and take pics for this lovely blog in the process. Hubs was at work so I was on my own. I grab the camera and start shooting.
Blurry, blurry, BLUR. What. the. heck. So I mess with the settings. And mess around some more. Nothing. Nil. Zip. Squat. More BLUR-tastic chili. Hummphhff. I gave up. I let the crockpot do it’s thang. Got home after work and asked the hubs to rectify the situation. Done and done!
Need some comfort in your life? Say a prayer and make this chili. The Lord is working and in the meantime, I will comfort myself with soul food. Join me.
PS – Know of any good places we can live???
- Non-stick cooking spray
- 1½ lbs ground turkey
- ½ tsp olive oil
- ½ cup onion, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced (I use my garlic press)
- 1 tsp chili powder
- 2 bay leaves
- 2 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp oregano
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 (15 oz can) black beans, rinsed & drained
- ½ cup pumpkin puree (NOT pumpkin pie filling)
- 2 jalapenos, diced (remove seeds for less heat)
- 1½ cups chicken broth
- Optional Toppings: Sour cream, green onions, cheese, cilantro, avocado
- Heat a large saute pan over medium-high heat & lightly spray with non-stick cooking spray. Add meat & cook, breaking it up until done about 5 minutes. Add to crockpot.
- Add olive oil to saute pan, then onions, jalapenos & garlic. Saute 3-4 minutes, add cumin and saute another minute. Add to crockpot.
- Add black beans, pumpkin puree, chicken broth, chili powder, oregano, & bay leaves.
- Cover & cook on high for 4 hours or low for 8 hours.
- Remove bay leaves, adjust seasoning to taste, add desired toppings & enjoy!