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Monday, January 19, 2009

A blog change and a chili recipe

The girls turn their noses up at television, but are still obsessed with YouTube. TubaDad and I spend a fair bit of time prewatching and approving videos because Ro and Ree aren't allowed to watch anything that we haven't given the green light on. So I made our favorites list public and if you have a kiddo who's just dying to watch YouTube, you can rest easy that this list contains only kid-safe videos. You can get to it by clicking Videos in the top navigation bar up there. It'll take you to our YouTube page that lists our own videos on the top and Ro and Ree's Favorites down below. There are 5 or 6 pages (or maybe 10 by the time someone reads this) of favorites videos.

And now a few pics. TubaDad and Ro snuggle on the couch and watch (what else?) YouTube:
Ro and daddy, so sweet

Ree assembles a few of her friends and bellows "Mama, take peeshur!":
Ree is just exhausted from lining up all of her friends

The girls get enough friends together to block the stairs and make going up and down for laundry dang-near impossible:
Wheeeee, all our friends are here

Who likes daddy's chili? Me, oh me, meeeeeeee! Both girls thought it was dee-lish:
Woohoo, we love daddy's chili!

And who likes tomato juice (shudder). The girls have been begging for more of this vile stuff. I guess we'll have to stock it from now on:
First taste of tomato juice and Ro thinks it's delicious

Here's the recipe TubaDad used to make his chili. It was nice and mild and definitely a kid-friendly dish. I think he skimped a little on the beans (those crazy Texans think chili shouldn't have beans in it at all), but other than that it tasted pretty darn close to my mom's chili. There was a bunch of tomato juice left over and Ro and Ree just think it's the best thing ever to drink (bleh!).

2-Bean Chili
From: Campbell's Kitchen, Prep/Cook: 25 minutes, Serves: 6

1 lb. ground beef
1 large green pepper, chopped (we left this out because the girls detest green peppers)
1 large onion, chopped
2 tbsp. chili powder
1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
3 cups Campbell's Tomato Juice
1 can (about 15 oz.) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
1 can (about 15 oz.) great Northern beans, rinsed and drained
Sour cream
Sliced green onion
Shredded Cheddar cheese
Chopped tomato

Cook beef, green pepper, onion, chili powder and black pepper in skillet until browned. Pour off fat. Add tomato juice and beans and heat through. Top with sour cream, green onions, cheese, and tomato if desired (we used only cheese for the girls' bowls).


  1. Well, tomato juice is supposed to have lots of vitamin C and antioxidants so I guess it's not a bad thing. Could be much worse-they could be sugar fiends like my kids (and their daddy).

    I think I may try the chili recipe soon. Did you try the bacon muffins yet? Let me know how they come out and I may try the recipe myself.

  2. They are so beautiful. BTW, I got some tights at Children's place. We have an outlet near us but they were out of the sizes I needed so I only got two pair. I want some like your girls have. They are so cute.

  3. Thanks so much for your videos! Martina has been asking and asking for I Like Elephants ever since we saw it on your blog. I just went through your blog and bookmarked another few that I know she'll want to see.
    Here's another one she loves:
    It's also by Eric Herman.

    I can't tell for sure that you don't have it because page 5 isn't coming up for some reason, but here it is just in case.

  4. Mmm...must admit to likin me some mato juice. Sorry mamma, the girls will have to drink your share for you.

    All the toys on the stairs must mean that laundry will just have to wait until tomorrow...or the day after that.

    Chili looks and sounds yummy! Great winter food!

  5. Adia loves staying in her jammies all day:)

  6. We made chili today too. A pound of soaked kidney beans, 1 pound of GB cooked, dried onion, several shakes of chili powder and three cans of chopped tomatoes. Toss it in a crockpot and wait..and wait...

    We are tomato juice drinkers too, yum yum! :)

  7. Hey thanks Amy! I just watched it and added it the girls' favorites page.

  8. Thanks for mentioning YouTube in an earlier post. I've started searching on YouTube for "acceptable" clips for my almost 2-year old to watch, and she will sit for quite a while (ok, 10 minutes is a long time for her!) watching various clips.

    One of her favorites -- and I didn't check out your list, but THANK YOU! -- is Little People theme song. God love Aaron Neville. It's a catchy tune!

  9. Here's the link (much easier, I suppose than searching):


    And I have to chuckle (as I just checked out your list...) - LOVE Destiny's Child 'New Way to Walk' with Elmo. I think I have their dance steps almost down pat...

  10. Thank you for inspiring me to make chili tomorrow!

  11. Mmmm chili. We may need to make some here as it's been so cold it sounds like a perfect dinner.

  12. Great recipe ... it's a keeper! Ya know I have made monkey munch quite a few times too!

    Tomato juice is soooo healthy and better than V.8 which (i love but)is full of sodium. Drink up!!


  13. Can't get up and down the stairs??? I guess NO LAUNDRY needs to be done.... this is the 11th commandment.

    Tomato juice.... tabasco, salt, pepper, lemon juice ... more salt. I'd be liking me some of that juice too!!!

  14. Anonymous1/19/2009

    We love checking in on your blog. My youngest is always asking if your girls are her,too funny, must be the dark hair and beautiful brown eyes. I have a few videos on Y*u t*be go to k1polzin if your girls want to take a looky at my silly 5 year old in action.

    Kim E

  15. Yeah - I wanted to mention it, but was afraid it was a mistake and you'd bring it back ;-)

    Love the YouTube list! Our girls like the "shiny thing" way too much, but of course they only get Tivo'd approved content... I'll look at adding from your list as well!

  16. You probably don't want them to re-enact this one, but here is my favorite Youtube video:

    makes me laugh every time

  17. Anonymous1/20/2009

    Thanks for the YouTube links, I think The Gambit will like them (he lived on The Dinosaur Song for about three weeks). At least YouTube doesn't have any commercials.

    Looks like a decent chili recipe. Mine is more like jambalaya, and also features 3-6 habaneros... so, probably not kid-friendly.

  18. so i'm not the only one who can't read those darn word verification things???yeah!
    tomato juice??? didn't they also like olives at one point??? they have got the strangest taste buds for toddlers-- at least it's for good stuff!

  19. Your kids LIKE tomato juice? Well, more power to them. I know it's healthy, but...UGH!

  20. Very fun posts...can't wait to try the chili (though I'll be putting more beans in, atleast 3 or 4) and look at your youtube selection. It is so cute to see the girls animals on the stairs, with matching pairs of everything - that probably seems normal to you, but most of us just have one of each toy : ) And GranBob's train is awesome.

  21. i haven't had that word verification for years, and just got my first spammer last week, on a post from Aug last year. It was from a VICODIN thingy?? so stupid. And since my blog makeover, there's not trashcan for me to trash it!