a love note & momma's texas chili

The other day I was at campus in the computer lab studying for an exam.
I was minding my own business, looking over my note cards, reading my text book, and trying to memorize 20 different pieces of art.
I just caught a cold so I was still wearing my comfy clothes that I had slept in for the last two days, had dirty hair (thank goodness for dry shampoo!), and my mouth hanging open because I couldn't breathe through my nose.
Yeah, I'm sexy like that.

So as I'm sitting there cramming for my test, a tall guy walks by and drops a note on my desk, but keeps walking briskly, around the corner and out of view.

Oh crap. 
What now? What is this guy trying to bug me about? Is he writing me a note to tell me to shut my mouth because I look like a weirdo and I need to wash my hair because I stink?

Upon opening it, I saw this:

Shit's deep, yo.
As you can imagine, I was surprised.
And flattered.
And impressed that he knows when to properly use your and you're
At first it made me smile...
I've gotten random phone numbers before, but no one had ever taken the time to write me a poem.

Then, I felt a little awkward.
I hadn't even seen his face so I had no idea what he looked like.
Um, was he creepin' and watching me read the letter?
I don't think so because I was sort of in a nook the way computer lab was set up, and the way he walked out - there was no way to spy on me.
But what about when I left the computer lab?
Would he be hanging around the library or the elevators or in the student center, waiting for me to walk past so he could follow me out to my car?
I hoped not.
Creepy is an understatement.

Thankfully, as far as I know, he wasn't hanging around anywhere.
But, like I said I didn't see his face, so I guess I'll never really know for sure.
Anyway, I guess the point I'm trying to make here, is either this guy is the best guy in the world or a serial killer waiting for me to make the wrong move... and hopefully it's not the latter!
If I go missing, we'll all know it was this guy.
Good thing the boyfriend saved the number, so if that did ever happen, he'd be able to track the weirdo.

Speaking of best guys in the world aka my boyfriend - he had the fantastic idea to make chili for dinner last night! {That was probably the most awkward transition ever, but hey. That's how things go around here.}

Growing up, as a kid I remember my mom making the best chili in the world.
Texas style of course.
It was perfect chili for a chilly night, snuggled up on the couch ready to watch a movie.
It's been a while since I've had my mom's chili, but I think mine is almost as good as hers.
Almost. Nothing beats my momma's finger lickin' good cookin'. Love you momma! :)
Oh - I usually put cilantro and avocado slices on top of my chili, but sadly I had none.

Here's the recipe you should try if you ever get a hankerin' for some delicious Texas Chili:

Momma's Texas Chili

  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • 1 can of Ranch Style Beans with Jalapeños
  • 1/2 chopped white onion
  • 1 chopped tomato
  • 8-12 oz of tomato sauce
  • 3-5 minced cloves of garlic
  • a heaping amount of cumin (I love cumin so you can add as much as you like)
  • 3-4 dashes of fajita seasoning
  • salt & pepper
  • a dash of cayenne
  • 2 dashes of chili powder
  • 1/2 cup of chopped cilantro
  • 1 avocado
  • shredded mexican mix of cheese
  • fritos

In a saucepan on medium-high heat, brown the beef and onions. Season with salt and pepper, cumin, and fajita seasoning. Once browned, add the minced garlic, chopped tomato, and saute e for about 1 minute. Add the Ranch Style Beans with Jalapeños (bean juice included) and the tomato sauce to the saucepan. Rinse the tomato sauce can with a small amount of water and add it to the the saucepan too (you don't want to add too much water, because then you'll have to add flour to thicken up the chili). Season the sauce with more salt, pepper, fajita seasoning, cayenne, cumin, and chili powder. Taste it to make sure you don't need to add anything else. 

Keep the temperature at medium-high heat until the sauce begins to slightly bubble. Then reduce the temperature to low so it can simmer. Simmer for 45 minutes. Then stir in 3/4 of the cilantro. Serve in a bowl with shredded cheese, avocado slices and cilantro as a garnish. Grab a handful of Frito Scoops to put on the side.

Now go make this chili and eat your little heart out. Then come back to tell me how delicious it was.
Happy chili night, my friends.

P.S. You can make chili dogs for dinner the next night with the left overs, if there are any. Your tummy and your hubby will thank you. :)


  1. wow! yes, it's both flattering and creepy at the same time. when you're at school you're probably going to feel like he's always watching you. aaahhh!
    that chili recipe sounds good. i just made some yesterday with a completely different kind of recipe, so i should try this one next!

  2. EEeek! What a creepsicle! Let's hope he's just a genuine nice person and not an axe murderer! ;) PS thanks for sharing the chili recipe, I haven't found one that i love yet so I'm bookmarking this one to try it next!

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  4. Mmm I love chili hold the beans!

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  7. I made this chili today! I am from Indiana so we ususally put pasta in our chili. This was WAY out of my element but looking at it I knew I HAD to try it. This was soooo good! My FIL likes to call my chili "redneck" chili so I had to pass along this little recipe to my MIL so she could make it for him! While I was making it my husband wouldn't leave my side he kept stirring it and dipping fritos in it! I also made some homemade cheddar biscuits to go along side with it. So YUMMY! :) Thank you for sharing!


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