Thursday, August 30, 2007

Moving is for girls

There are two schools of thought about moving.
1) Get it all over as quickly as possible (lets call this the bandaid method)
2) Do a little at a time till its all done (the masochistic method)

I don't really know that one is better than the other. The bandaid method requires you to put in one or two KILLER days. Dusk till dawn. Your body aches. You hate everyone - most especially the person you're moving with. This is what I always think when I decide to choose door number two. Except, after 3 weeks of moving, I can tell you it is also a poor choice. I'm so sick of moving. I still have long days, there's always more to do than you think, and we've been living out of boxes for almost a month now. Some break! The good news is, its almost over. The old place is almost empty - save for a few things we're transporting over to Diane's for a garage sale this weekend (come one, come all! our trash is your treasure!). I spent the entire day scrubbing and cleaning. My hands are raisin-like and swollen from being in water all day. I don't know that I'll ever smell of anything but bleach. I'm tired, I'm crabby, and I keep forgetting to eat and drink. Bah!

The only thing I'm thankful for is that I was smart enough on Sunday to make chili. I put the crockpot on in the morning and we've had dinner this week. Which is nice, considering I'm not home before 8....

Before law school I never used a crockpot. I have vague memories of crockpot stew from when I was younger, but I can't guarantee that wasn't something I saw on television. We weren't a crock pot family (although we had two... one of which I stole when I went off to law school). Once I started pulling law school hours however, the crockpot became my closest friend. Chicken, pot roast, soup, and of course - chili. This is a suuuuuper easy chili recipe (Diane can attest since she watched me make it) but it always turns out really well. I love it because I always have these ingredients on hand, so I know I can make it in a pinch. And for my friends watching their calories, please note there is NOTHING bad in this! It's even a turkey chili for goodness sakes!

Crockpot Turkey Chili
  • 1 lb ground turkey

  • 1 can kidney beans, drained

  • 1 can diced tomatoes and chilies, drained

  • 1 med. onion, coarsely chopped

  • 1 green pepper, seeded and coarsely chopped

  • 1 clove garlic, minced

  • 2 tbsp. chili powder

  • 1/2 tsp. pepper

  • 1/2 tsp. cumin

  • Salt and pepper to taste

1) In a large saucepan brown the turkey and drain off the fat.
2) Put all ingredients in crockpot.
3) Cover and cook on low for 10-12 hours.


  1. YUM! I'm sooo busy now that I'm back in school that I will absolutely appreciate any and all posts about crock pot recipes. (especially healthy ones like this one!)

    I will steal this one for sure next week!

    Glad to hear the move is coming along!!

  2. moving sucks, no matter which way you look at it. hope the end is in sight. and that chili recipe sounds quite yummy!

  3. mr. tater and i are dying at your moving methods. it sums it up perfectly. he prefers #1. i prefer #2. this created much conflict, i'm sure you can imagine, when we moved in together a few months ago, which also happened to be a few months before the wedding. [holy run-on, batman!]

    anyway, we'll have to try the chili recipe. the brand, spankin new crockpot is still in its box, in the pile of gifts i can't yet bear to "move." i've been working on the pile for, oh, a month now. yay for masochism!

  4. Crockpot recipes, keep 'em coming! Before the wedding I had my things in 2 different places, my parents' home and our apartment...drove me insane!

    Just like the tater I haven't even made a slight dent in my pile, which is all in my parents' garage with the rest of my stuff even before the wedding. I'm sure SOMEONE gave us a crockpot somewhere...