Turkey Pumpkin Chili

Here’s my recipe. It turned out great!


  • 1 1/2 pounds ground turkey
  • 2 tablespoons olive or coconut oil
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1 onion
  • 1/2 red pepper
  • 1/2 yellow pepper
  • 1/2 orange pepper
  • 1 poblano pepper
  • 1 – 2 habanero peppers
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1 shallot (because I had it)
  • 1 15-ounce can tomato sauce
  • 1 15-ounce can pumpkin
  • 1 6-ounce can green chilies
  • 1 can kidney beans, partially drained
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground oregano
  • 1 teaspoon celery flakes
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley or cilantro flakes (or fresh if you have it)
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Chopped green onion
  • Grated cheese


  1. Add oil to skillet, brown the ground turkey, then add to the crock pot.
  2. Deglaze the skillet with some of the chicken broth, and add to crockpot.
  3. Chop onions, peppers, garlic, and shallot, sautee them in more oil until soft and a little browned, then add to the crock pot.
  4. Deglaze the skillet again with some chicken broth, and add to crockpot.
  5. Add remaining ingredients to crock pot.
  6. Stir well and add salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Cook on high for 1 hour.
  8. Cook on low heat for several more hours.
  9. Garnish with green onions and grated cheese to taste.

Yield: 8 2-cup servings, 22 grams carbohydrates each

Crochet Peacock Feather Earrings

I just put my newest crochet pattern in my new Ravelry Shop. Check it out!

These are so fun to make. I’ve used DMC embroidery floss, and also some of the cheaper brands you can get in bulk at craft stores or Walmart. I like them equally as well, each for different reasons. The DMC is kind of “crisp” and shiny, and the Iris brand I got at Walmart is a little softer and not so shiny. It’s all personal preference.

I really like experimenting with the variegated floss as well. You can see I used 2 in the picture below. I’m going to try some metallic floss too.

You can buy the pattern if you want to try it out!


Dalek Cookie Fail – But We Recovered!

My nephew, Holden, is at BYU now, so I get to spend more time with him! He’s 18, and it’s his first time away from home. He suggested that for Labor Day we have a Dr. Who marathon, and make a Dr. Who cake.

I drove down to Provo to pick him up from his apartment, then we met my sister Sue and went to a very yummy Thai food restaurant in Lehi. It’s in a big old house, re-purposed into a restaurant. They have the absolute BEST pumpkin curry I’ve ever tasted. After some tom ka soup, spring roll, pumpkin curry and sticky rice with mango, we left with tummies full and satisfied. Holden said he liked his first foray into Thai food. He got satay with his dish, and that looked mighty tasty!

So, back to the Dr. Who marathon… I looked at lots of ideas online, and decided Dalek cookies would be easier than a 3-D Tardis cake! I found some pictures online that looked cute, and a picture of the real thing for reference:

Before we got our cookie dough done, my niece (she and Holden are cousins), Hye Soo, and her family, Eric and Lennon stopped by to partake in the Dr. Who marathon for a little while. We ended up doing more talking and goofing off than watching TV while they were there. Lennon, the little almost-2-year-old that he is, is always a blast to play with. He pre-empted Dr. Who for awhile and watched Yo Gabba Gabba, his favorite show. (Yeay for Netflix!)

We also took a gander at Hye Soo’s new very cute teapot set. We must have a tea party soon. We’re green tea fans:

Well, back to the cookies… they were a bit of a fail… the dough had not chilled long enough, and plus I despise shortening, so I used all butter in the recipe. Annnd… since butter has water in it, I think that added a little too much moisture… so as you can see below, just getting the cookies cut out into the right shape was a bit of a challenge, since the dough was soooo sticky and loose. You’ll see below how they turned into great big blobs. But we did a little after-oven shaping with a pizza cutter, and decorated a few up. They turned out cute enough. And they were still tasty. It was a lot of fun.

Jewelry Inspiration: Blue-Aqua-Yellow

I found this picture on Pinterest, and I love, love, love, this color palette. (You can find it in my Color palettes board.) I’m planning to make some jewelry based on the colors you see here. For now I’m collecting beads, which you’ll see if you keep scrolling…

I already have all of these:

… and I just bought these tonight and I can’t wait to get them:


And… I’m thinking about buying some of these; they are glass floral cabochons, with antique brass settings:

Of course, I won’t use ALL of these things in one piece of jewelry… but I like to have a lot to choose from when I’m creating…


What do you think about mixing the glass floral cabs in the brass settings, with the blue and aqua butterflies? Let me know!