Fall is here!

Judging by the 40 degree temperature last night and the coolness in the air this morning, Fall has finally arrived in Georgia. Woo-hoo! This really is my favorite time of year and my favorite type of weather. And in Georgia, this weather can last a while. We may not experience winter type weather until January. 😉

Due to the fact that it was cool this morning (and we are too cheap thrifty to turn our heat on as of yet, I had a hard time getting out of bed. It was so warm there! But eventually I did and I had to rush around to get ready for work. Because of my early mornings on Tuesday, I don’t always eat breakfast at the house. I pack it up and take it with me to work. I’m not usually hungry until a couple of hours after I get up anyway.

Today’s breakfast was leftover blueberry pancakes from the other day, with some I can’t believe it’s not butter spray and I drizzled a little honey on top. For those pancakes, I had just used my Basic Pancake recipe with an added 1 cup of blueberries to the batter.

Is anyone else in love with the I can’t believe it’s not butter spray?

I love this stuff. Seriously, I will even spray some directly into my mouth sometimes. This does weird my husband out, but since I’m pretty much the only one who eats it, what does he care? I even discovered that I like the taste of I can’t believe it’s not butter over real butter. Isn’t that weird? Now, don’t get me wrong . . . I do think there are cases where real butter is appreciated (such as baked goods. I did not use the fake stuff in my Apple Scones. 🙂 But when it comes to putting butter on baked potatoes or pancakes, I just prefer the taste of the fake stuff. Just one of my many quirks, I guess. 🙂

Those pancakes managed to hold me over until lunchtime, at which point I had some leftover Spaghetti and Meatballs from last week. Mmm . . . still just as tasty and filling!

I think I put a lot of red pepper in these things because somehow they were even spicier on the second day! I didn’t mind though. I love spicy foods. Just made them that much better.

An afternoon snack consisted of a leftover Apple Scone. Yummy!

I may or may not have sprayed a little I can’t believe it’s not butter spray on top of it. 🙂

For dinner, I wanted the perfect Fall meal: chili! I love chili so much. It is comforting and warms me up when the weather has a chill. And I love that you can make it as spicy as you like it. 😉

If you will remember, last time I tried to make chili I attempted a chili cornbread casserole that did not turn out well at all. I think I realized my mistake with the dough. Apparently, I used cornmeal mix instead of regular cornmeal and that just messed it all up. How crazy is that? I will probably try that recipe again in the future now that I know. But for now, I wanted a recipe that was guaranteed not to fail. Call me crazy.

I paired the chili with some brown rice and roasted asparagus, which may be my favorite veggie ever. Have to get those veggies in!

This recipe for the chili is one that I initially got from Hungry Girl and Corey and I have since changed and modified it to make it our own.

Hungry Girl Chili (makes 8 1-cup servings) – as adapted from Hungry Girl

1 pound ground beef or ground sirloin
4 1/2 cups tomato sauce
2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and chopped
1 cup sweet corn, no salt added (drained)
1 cup of canned diced tomatoes with green chiles
1 yellow or green bell pepper, chopped
1 1/2 tablespoons chili powder
1 tsp. cumin
2 tsp. garlic
2 tsp. onion powder

In small skillet brown ground beef or sirloin; drain. Mix beef with the rest of the ingredients. Let simmer about 20 minutes. If you have more time on a weekend, you may want to let it simmer for longer. It really allows all the flavors to fully develop. It still tastes great doing it the “short” way, but the longer you simmer, the better. How easy is this recipe?? 🙂

***Side note about this recipe: the original version does not have meat and has beans in it, along with other veggies. I added meat in it to give it more substance and the only reason it doesn’t have beans is because my husband doesn’t like them. I’m sure it would be good though!

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