Sunday, April 20, 2008

Camera Critters & Scrumptious Sunday

When taking this picture I was focused on the mockingbird and didn't pay any attention to the background. That black thing by his head is on the phone wire above.
Live and learn.

Misty Dawn hosts Camera Critters. Please visit for lots more great critter photos.


1 1/4 pounds ground beef
2 cups diced onion
1 (6 oz) can whole tomatoes, with juice
2 1/2 T chili powder
2 1/2 t cumin
1 1/2 t salt
1 1/4 cups beef stock
1/2 t garlic powder or 3 garlic cloves, minced
1 small bay leaf
1 t oregano
1/4 cayenne pepper (I usually leave this out, my husband can't eat it)
1 (15 oz) can kidney beans

grated cheddar cheese
3/4 cup coarsely chopped onion
6 T sour cream

To prepare the chili: Saute' the meat and the onions over medium heat until the meat loses its pink color. Add all of the remaining ingredients except the beans and toppings. simmer, stirring occasionally, for 1 hour. Add the beans and simmer the mixture for 15 minutes longer. Remove the bay leaf. The chili will hold, refrigerated, for 3 days at this point; the flavors will mellow and improve with time.

For service: Serve in heated bowls. Top each serving with grated Cheddar cheese, chopped onion, and sour cream. Serves 6

Scrumptious Sunday is hosted by Meredith at Mercedes Rocks!
Join in or visit, the recipees are scrumptious!


~TAMY 3 Sides of Crazy~ said...

I love the bird picture - reminds me of Where's Waldo. Our chili recipes are so similar, probably close in flavor.


Great picture.

and the chili is making me hungry

Laane said...

Sounds like the italian version with the oregano.


Now I'm hungry.

Welcome at my place.

Elaine said...

Don't do what I did once and add ground chilis instead of chili powder.......

Lilli & Nevada said...

Nice, well i have to go eat now

Misty Dawn said...

I've never seen a mockingbird in real life, so I clicked on your photo to see it full size - What a neat little critter that is! You really need to see this photo full size to give it proper credit.

Now, I'm hungry too hehe

Juli said...

I swear I'm not an idiot but I can't find that bird!!! Where is it?? My critter is easy to find! He is sitting right is a bed of daffodils if you want to check him out here.

Carole said...

I love mockingbirds. They always have something to say, and they are so bold!

Simply Shannon said...

Great photo of the mockingbird!

The chili recipe sounds yummy...I would probably leave out the cayenne pepper also.

DeeMom said...

Great picture

Awesome Chili recipe

yum O

Mercedes said...

I found the little critter-lol!

Great chili recipe! I am wanting a Frito pie right about now. Fritos, your chili, shredded cheese, diced tomatoes, and a dollop of sour cream.

*screaming to Jedd: go to the store and get some chili fixins* LOL!

Thanks for playing and for visiting mine

Have a great week!

Tammy said...

It took me a minute to find the bird. Wonderful picture!

Vader's Mom said...

He is well hidden. You did a wonderful job capturing him.

Katney said...

You werelucky to even see him. I would have missed him.

TBSITW said...

I've copied your chili recipe as it is just a bit different from my usual. I'll try it soon.
I'm new to your blog - I'm Elaine's sister.

Paulie said...

I had to enlarge photo to se the bird -- great catch! I love photos of myriads of tree branches in them!

Love chili but can't eat sour cream. I think I might try it without. . . Ü

Gina's public Diary said...

Your chili sounds so good!! I love cumin. I love Mockingbirds too. Good shot. I clicked on it to enlarge it and saw him up close!

Kerri said...

I am a big fan of mockingbirds! This was a very neat shot thru the branches!