Darcie’s Injured & Another Recipe

Well after one week of med’s for Pele he’s back to good health.  However we continued to see drops of blood on the tile floor ~ for the life of us couldn’t figure out which cat it was coming from and more importantly WHY?  It’s been stressing me out the last couple days.  Wellllll . . . this morning while cleaning up the mess, Darcie (our kitty) was sitting next to me when I noticed she was licking her paw with intensity.  Wala, upon investigation her nail was growing into her paw pad.  After a quick trip to the vet, he removed the nail, shot her up with an anitbiotic and off we were sent with another weeks worth of liquid antibiotics.  She’s a little under the weather and her paw is sore but otherwise is doing well.  I think we’ve had our share of pet issues . . . hope it’s quite for awhile now for mind sake and for wallet sake.

I made one of Mike’s favorite meals last night ~ Cincinnati Chili

Cincinnati Chili ~

1 1/2 lb ground beef

1 cup chopped onion

1 can (15oz) tomato sauce

2 cups water

8 oz spaghetti, cooked

1 can (15 oz) kidney beans, drained and rinsed

shredded cheddar cheese

chopped onion

Cincinnati Spice Blend:

2 Tb chili powder

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1 tsp garlic powder

1/2 tsp ground allspice

2 tsp sugar

1/2 tsp salt

1.  Cook ground beef and the one cup of onion in large saucepan over medium-high heat until beef is no longer pink, drain.

2.  Add spice blend, tomato sauce and water.  Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer 45 min. (do not cover), stirring occasionally.

3.  Serve chili over spaghetti.  Top with kideny beans, shredded cheddar cheese, and chipped onions, as desired.  Makes 4 cups.

My side notes: We don’t add the kidney beans, cheddar cheese and raw onions atop of our meal.  For us it’s never been a necessary part of the meal and is so yummy without it.  We do add freshly grated parmesan cheese though.

Hope you enjoy . . . Bon Appetit

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