Monday, January 11, 2010

tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow, creeps in this petty pace from day to day

we can no longer fight it - 2009 has come to an end, which means, among many growing lists of to do's, we must add 'buy 2010 calendar' to the list, and officially welcome the year into our planning.

so today we've wandered through the depths of etsy to bring you some of our top picks for 2010's calendars.

here are our top five picks (in no particular order):

1. Our first comes from printableprojects. Colorful and fun with their block animals, for $5 you can print out this great calendar and be ready to embrace 2010 right away.

(printableprojects is also worth checking out for their ready to print cards...and, well...other printable projects!

2. To embrace the french girl in all of us, our next favorite, and potentially the winner for this year's calendar is alidesign's mini french series printable calendar. (do you not just LOVE being able to print these calendars and instantly be ready to plan your year?!) for only $6, you can print this calendar on 2 pages and you're ready to go for the year!

get yours here!


3. this calendar is worth every penny (2200 of them!). in its letterpress perfection (thanks to kirtlandhouse), we would have no hestiation displaying this calendar on our desks. but we would need another calendar that we could write on...this one is just too pretty!

get yours here (you should definitely check out the rest of kirtlandhouse's shop, they have the most gorgeous letterpress!)

4.  starrybluesky's 12 city calendar is absolutely fabulous. we are love love loving this calendar. it truly speaks for itself. for $28 (and worth it), you can pick up yours here

5. our final pick is from ruffhouseart's shop. their 2010 desktop calendar is fun and bold, and we are simply put, just loving it.

get yours here!

so if you haven't picked up your 2010 calendar, grab one of our picks for this year!

*quote, shakespeare

wish i had time for just one more bowl of chili

this past weekend we took an extra long way home - instead of going home on friday evening (to cozy up on a warm couch, with a warm blanket, and a warm cup of soup) we made the trek all the way to cincinnati. (the trip was also a spelling lesson (two n's one t), as i frequently destroy the city's name, and thus abbreviate to cincy.)

in honor of this 20 hour driving detour (10 there, 10 back), we thought it would be nice to share with you a skyline chili recipe - also known as cincinnati chili.

the only way we would agree to drive all the way to cincy in winter with one headlight out and guranteed to hit snow was for the promise of skyline chili.

now, having gone to college in ohio, it seems blasphemous that several years out of college, we still had not had a skyline chili experience. it was, therefore, of the utmost importance to have one of the city's most famous dishes.

unfortunately, we missed the skyline chili restaurant on the backside of the hotel, and had to settle for burgers for dinner (nothing to write home about, so we'll keep going). in the morning, we looked out the window and saw it. and we were sad.

so in honor of missing this famous chili, we will share with you the famous recipe!


1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1/2 cup chopped onion
2 pounds ground beef
1/4 cup chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1 bay leaf
1/2 (1 ounce) square unsweetened chocolate
2 (10.5 ounce) cans beef broth
1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce
2 tablepsoons cider vinegar
1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese

1. heat oil in large saucepan over medium heat. add onion and cook, stirring frequently, until tender, about 6 minutes.
2. add beef, in batches if necessary, and cook, breaking up with a wooden spoon, until browned
3. add chili powder, cinnamon, cumin, allspice, cloves, bay leaf, chocolate, beef broth, tomato sauce, cider vinegar, and red pepper. stir to mix well. bring to a boil. reduce heat to low. cover and simmer 1 1/2 hours, stirring occasionally.
4. refrigerate overnight.
5. remove bay leaf. reheat gently over medium heat. serve over hot, drained spaghetti. top with shredded cheddar cheese.

tips and tricks:
1. absolutely make this, with the knowledge, of course, that you pretty much forgo the traditional expectation of a dish that is hotter than the fires of hell (which is actually how we all prefer our chili at the long way home).
2. i've been told that the consistency of traditional cincy chili is more like a sauce. the meat isn't chunky at all, and there shouldn't be any chunks of anything anywhere in the dish. i'm not sure how else to explain it, other than what i've been told, since i've never had it. the only chunky part is if you have it the 5 way, which leads us to our next tip/trick....
3. try it the classic 5 way: spaghetti with chili on top, topped with shredded cheddar, with diced onions and red beans.

we're thinking we need a nice big, warm bowl of cincy chili tonight to get rid of the bone cold chill from the little detour we've made this past weekend.

let us know if you've made it and if you've tried anything a little different in the recipe!

(if you don't want to make it, you can order it right here!)

*quote, kit carson