Friday, January 22, 2010

Girls Night In!!

I am so blessed to be in touch with several of my high school girlfriends. Brian is out of town hunting this weekend (yes, I am worrying to death about him), so my girlfriends are coming to the rescue. Girls Night In! More fun than girls night out..... This is the guys dressed in their hunting gear. They kept saying they wouldn't show up in the photo since they are in camo.... BOYS!!!!

Mendy was kind enough to invite me over to her house for dinner on Wed night. Her family is just adorable and we had a lot of laughs as usual! Susan and Robin joined us and it was a mini-girl/family night!

I just got finished making cookies (not so healthy ones too) and portabello chili for our feast. Everyone will bring something, games will be played and fun and laughs will be had!

Portabello chili:
Marilu Henner

Serves 4

2 tbsp olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
2 large cloves of garlic, minced
8 oz. portabella mushrooms, cleaned and coarsely chopped
2 Tbsp ground cumin
1 Tbsp chili powder
1 (35 oz) can of tomatoes undrained and coarsely chopped
1 (15 oz) can of kidney beans, drained in a large saucepan

Heat oil over medium high heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook until onions are translucent.

Add mushrooms and cook until soft.

Add the cumin, chili powder, tomatoes, beans and bring to a boil.

Reduce heat and let simmer for 1 hour. Serve immediately.

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  1. This looks so delish. You and the girls enjoy yourselves.

  2. Is that first picture the hunting outfits? I was so confused for several minutes trying to figure out what the picture was... can you tell that I am a city girl? haha.

    Love your blog!

  3. mmm that chili looks good.

    I too had no idea what the hunting picture was, I was trying to figure out what on EARTH that pile of stuff was? LOL

    The person that influences me quite a bit is my best girl, Ester, who I also have the pleasure of working with. We've been through a LOT together int he short three years of knowing each other, and she inspires me in many ways :)

  4. thanks Jules!

    Lindsay - yes, they are in their hunting outfits. They thought they were so clever. I should have pointed that out. Sorry...

    Meanbean - I love having a friend that inspires me too! Sorry about the photo, too confusing, off to fix it now...

  5. Have fun!

    I was going "what the heck is that" when I saw the hunting pic before I read on an realized it was human. Two humans actually. :)

  6. I think our husband was right - I had NO idea that there were people in that photo until you mentioned. I was thinking "Girls Night In" involved collecting a BIG pile of trash!!!

    Are the guys hunting at the landfill or what? :-)

  7. I checked in to SITS right after you today=) The chili looks really good---that is something my kids would enjoy! Have a great Sat. I hope Brian makes it back safe and sound and in one piece=)

  8. happy sits saturday that chilli looks fantastic will be checking this book out

  9. That looks delicious! Thanks for sharing.

    Happy SITS Saturday Sharefest!

  10. That looks super yummy and I love all the pictures :)

    Camo is a great touch!

  11. I love Girls Night In! Looks like you had lots of fun.

    Happy SITS Saturday Sharefest!

  12. Stopping by from SITS! :)
    I am also on a weight loss journey (I blog about it quite a bit)... and that chili looks DELICIOUS. I will have to copy down that recipe, thanks for sharing!
    I think one person that influences me is my best friend. We live on opposite sides of the country (she's in Colorado, I'm in North Carolina) and we work out together on the webcam w/ Skype. It SERIOUSLY helps (and it's fun too!) having someone to cheer you along. :)

  13. The chili looks amazing. I love me some portebellos!! Can't wait to try it. I so need to get back on the healthy horse!

    Happy SITS Saturday Sharefest!!

  14. stopping over from SITS! :)

    I love a girls night IN! looks like fun!

  15. That Chili sounds good. I'll have to see about those books by Marilu Henner at my library. Thanks for the info.

    Stopping by from SITS - "Happy SITS Saturday Sharefest"

  16. We all need a girls night!

    Stoppin' by from SITS!

  17. Girls Night is so much fun.

    I love chili but I'd have to have mine without mushrooms. I've never been a fan of mushrooms.

  18. Hi there, just stopping by from SITS - happy Saturday.

  19. Visiting from SITS! That Chili looks fab! We are going to add it to our menu plan this week. Thanks!

  20. When I first saw the guys in their hunting gear, I thought it was a big pile of trash! LOL

  21. Stopping by from SITS -- being a Canadian city girl I still haven't wrapped my head around the whole hunting thing... even living in SC now... the Chili recipe sounds yum! I totally understand girls night in or out...

  22. Hope y'all had fun! And that chili looks delish...putting the ingredients on today's shopping list. SITS sent me by, and I'm glad they did!

    I'm Melting...

  23. lol, the pic of the guys is so funny! i love a good girls night! glad you had fun! that recipe looks amazing, i'm definetly going to give it a try!

    thanks for stopping by today!


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