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Maddox’s Favorite Chili

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Greetings everyone!  I’m so happy we have some new readers from Money Saving Mom and from Blogelina with us.  Today I would like to share with you the new friends we have in our backyard.  They like our bird feeder quite a lot!  There are normally about 8 of them together, but here is a close up of the three amigos.  The kids and I have named the squirrels: pecan, almond, peanut and cashew.  We haven’t named the deer yet.

**Can you spot deer #4?  He’s hiding!**

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Here is a preview of our next craft project how-to.  I love how if fills up a large wall, is customizable to your color scheme and inexpensive.  I found the idea in a Pottery Barn Kids catalog with picture frames and adapted it to a lower cost solution:

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Book update:  I am still plowing through “All the Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doer.  The writing is excellent…. trying to follow to different characters with two different voices flip flopping between time periods is a little difficult to follow.  The setting is World War II Germary and Paris.

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Recipe:  I know I know…. it’s getting warmer outside.  But we still love a big bowl of chili here at the Riley household.  🙂  It’s fast, easy, the kids like it, the adults devour it and we’re all happy.  Or pin this recipe for later!  We have had our tummies full of almost every chili recipe imaginable that uses every day ingredients.  Once you get into the big leagues, they start making their own chili powder from scratch and purchase a lot of specialized ingredients for their prize winning chili.

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Instead, here is a chili recipe that my son at age 8 can make himself.  This is his favorite chili recipe ever and he has had his share of chili recipes such as:

Chicken Chili,
White Chili,
Texas Chili,
Venison Chili,
Taco Chili,
Chili Mac,
Turkey Pumpkin,
Three Bean Chili,
Plain Ol’ Chili
and Chili Corn Dog Casserole.

But out of all of these, Maddox likes my mom’s recipe the best.  And so here it is and I hope it becomes a favorite of yours as well.

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Maddox's Favorite Chili
  • 1 lb. ground beef or ground venison
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 can Chili Magic, mild
  • 1 can Chili Magic, medium
  • 1 - 28 oz. can crushed tomatoes
  1. In a dutch oven, cook onion and ground beef over medium heat until brown.
  2. Drain meat onto paper towels if needed.
  3. Return meat to pot and add contents of the two Chili Magic cans and crushed tomatoes.
  4. Stir and bring to a boil.
  5. Turn down heat to medium low and simmer about 45 minutes. Feel free to cover and keep warm up to another hour.


  1. I was just going to ask, what is chili magic, then I looked back at the photo. My usual chili is from scratch and cooks all day, but this looks like a great quick one to try, especially in warmer months. I can eat chili all year

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