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Happy Friday!


Wishing all our followers a happy Friday!

If you are a boater in the state of Minnesota, be safe!  Water patrols in full force this week end handing out FREE BUI!!!

Chipotle Turkey Bacon Chili…Tasty Tuesday


So last week in Minnesota, much of the world heard we went to the very back of the freezer and got frozen.  I can honestly say when the thermometer reads anything below -10, I don’t leave the comforts of my own home.  But what to do about dinner? Well, as I work from home, I LOVE to smell great aromas whafting through my home in anticipation of a great dinner.  So to the kitchen I went.  Not really sure of what to make, I did my grocery shopping standing with the freezer & fridge doors wide open…yep, heard my mom in my head, “CLOSE THOSE DOORS AND DON’T DO YOUR SHOPPING IN THE FRIDGE”! It still brings a smile to my face.

Well, I thought how about creating something and never telling a soul if it is truly awful.  So I came up with Chipotle Turkey Bacon chili.

Ingredients:

1 lb of ground turkey

1/2 lb of Jimmy Deans mild or hot (depending on your taste) sausage

6-10 strips of bacon cut into bit size pieces (I like that think smoked)

1/2 green pepper cut up into small pieces

5 scallion onions cut up (using the whole onion, use more or less to taste)

1 can sliced mushrooms

1 lrg can of tomato sauce & pieces

1 can of tomato sauce

2-3 cups of V8 juice

1 can kidney beans (drained)

1 can Pinto beans (drained)

4 Tbls. of chili seasoning powder

2 tsp of Chipotle seasoning (or to your taste this will make it spice.  Start with a little and add more as you go)

3 Tbls. of sea salt

pepper to taste

(to make this recipe your own, add any other vegetables that you like in your chili, some use celery, yellow peppers or carrots) 

Cooking:

In a large kettle, put bacon in and start to cook (about 5 minutes) then add the ground turkey & sausage, cook fully.  Depending on the grade & quality of the bacon & ground turkey, you may not need to drain the meat, this will add extra flavor if you leave some of the grease to mix in with the other ingredients. While meats are cooking cut up all your vegetables, add these and cook until they are tender.  Add the mushrooms (drained) to warm, add both the kidney & pinto beans then add tomato sauces & V8 juice, add chili powder, salt & pepper.  Let simmer on stove on LOW heat until ready to serve.  I left mine on for about 5 hours.  If your sauce starts to diminish, you can add more V8, tomato sauce or even water if you like a runnier chili.

Serving suggestions:

Cheese, Sour cream, Oyester crackers, hot sauce (for more intense flavor), or any traditions your family has.

So there you have it! To my surprise, a girlfriend stopped by & she ended up staying for dinner (I told her it was her own tongue on the line) and she LOVED it!!! So I thought that I would share this creation with everyone.  HAPPY COOKING & stay warm!

THE SPIRITS TO MOVE….providing you with more than just moving advice.

Shopping and Homes…How are they related?


If you had your TV on lately, you have heard over and over again the reports saying that the holiday sales have increased compared to last year.  Is this really true or are they just hyping the public to get the shoppers to open their wallets?

Home sales are still on a slow decline in price and most people who I have talked with over the holidays or even now say that they have cut their holiday and daily spending way down.  Their fear is that the housing market is not recovering like experts predicted, unemployment seems to still be at an all time high, and gas prices have increased through the roof over that past month.  In Minnesota, some places are charging over $3/gal.

So how does all this related to the shopping malls? 

I can say personally that I have been out shopping lately before the holidays and just here recently and people seem not to be carrying the load of packages that I typically have seen over years past.  Are they buying more expensive smaller gifts or has the gift card finally taken over?  Here is what I have heard from some:
“I get money from my family, so there is no shopping required & I get more when I shop after the holidays as the sales happen then”
“It’s just me & my spouse so we just buy something big like a new TV or car for both of us and don’t exchange individual gifts”
“I do all my ordering online as there seems to be more deals via the internet”                                                                                                  

How does this relate to the housing market?

Home sales have struggled since the tax credit for buyers expired.  There is much data to show that people are not secure enough with the economy the way it stands today to purchase a new or existing home.  As mentioned earlier with unemployment at an all time high, talk of yet MORE foreclosures to hit the market, mortgage regulations changing & requiring a buyer now to provide some sort of down payment sales have declined.  With the decline of sales, comes the decline of prices to get the homes that are on the market sold.  Most sellers on the market now are at their bottom line for an asking price.  So indication shows that if people are not in the malls they are not looking at homes either.

Standards & Poor have just reported that homes sales in the major cities have dropped dramatically and expect to see home sales continue to fall through next year. 

How does this impact me if I want to sell my home?

Make sure it sparkles inside and out.  Think of it as if you were going out shopping.  There are two stores side by side and both carry what you are looking for.  However, the one on the right is dark, dingier and you have heard others say they are way over priced for their goods! What about that one on the left? Well, let’s look at it, when you walk into this shop there is someone there to great you, its bright & you feel the warmth when you walk in the door, everything here sparkles & shines and the prices are incredibly appropriate for the items they are selling.  Which one of these shops would you buy from or tell others about?  This is the way you need to think in a market like we are facing in order to sell your home.

Make it sparkle, warm & welcoming and price it accordingly.  This is not the market to be playing the start high and work my way to a sale.  THE SPIRITS TO MOVE hit people at some crazy times so be sure your home is ready when that mood hits.

It’s snowing what about…


As Minnesotans we are used to some calling us tundra people, some call us crazy and some just say “I never want to go there again from November to March”.  Why would people say such a harsh thing about a place so many from our country call the people there as MINNESOTA NICE?

Here is why…SNOW, SNOW and more SNOW! Which also comes with below zero wind chills, icy slick roads and days that can be as gray as a canvas painting.  For those that have grown up & enjoy these words it also makes us remember that there are lots of things to remember during the time when the state of Minnesota can receive on average 36-70″ of snow in a single season.

Here are a few tips to remember:

1.)  SIDEWALK SHOVELING is not an option but the LAW.  Every property owner that has a public sidewalk on their property has 24 hours

                                                         to get that snow removed from the pathway.

2.) DUMPING SNOW is against the LAW onto public roads, streets or sidewalks.  This applies to Government agencies & hired help as well.

3.) ICE MELTING products come in various containers, degrees to which they work and animal friendly styles.  Be sure to ready the

                                    directions closely.  Some are not for use on specific concretes, decks or other surfaces.

4.) MAILBOX areas should be cleaned out to assure your postal delivery person easy access to getting your mail to you in a timely manner.

These are just some questions that each and every winter come to mind.  For more information on local and state laws, check with your local authorities. 

Also, remember it is always better to give than to receive.  During a heavy snow, help out your elder neighbors to remove the snow from the walkways & driveways.  For those with snow blowers remember those that don’t have one.  It will not only put a smile on your face but theirs for your generosity and kindness, these are THE SPIRITS TO MOVE and how they work.