Beef & Three Bean Slow Cooker Chilli

Now that the nights are drawing in, and I await the cold crisp Autumn days, my thoughts turn to hearty stews and warming chillis.
I have had a slow cooker for a few years and have used it only a handful of times.
This year I vow for that to change.
I blew the dust off it this week and had a bash at a slow cooked chilli using the available contents of my cupboard.
Such is the joy of slow cooking - just chuck in what you've got, cross your fingers and switch it on!

Beef & Three Bean Slow Cooker Chilli // 76sunflowers
I used:
500g beef mince
1 onion
1 red onion
1 red pepper
1 green pepper
1 tin kidney beans
1 tin chopped tomatoes
1 tin kidney beans
1 tin butter beans - drained
1 tin baked beans
1 tbsp. tomato puree
1 tbsp. hot chilli powder
1 tsp. oregano
1 tsp. salt
a few twists of black pepper

Simply brown the mince in a frying pan, drain the fat and add to the slow cooker with all of the above.
Mix well.
Cook on low for about 8 hours.

This made 4-6 tasty servings with just the right amount of punch from the chilli for adults and children alike.

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Autumn Days....I Mustn't Forget

Autumn Days // 76sunflowers
Autumn days when the grass is jewelled....
The grass today was a bed of Autumn leaves following the winds.
..and the silk inside a chestnut shell.
Jet planes meeting in the air to be refuelled,
All these things I love so well.
So I mustn't forget...
The last two days have given me time to myself; time to reflect and time to look ahead.
I blew the dust of the sewing machine and dug into the depths of this blog for some sewing and craft ideas. I spent some time reading through past posts, and with a change in blog name, have noticed a shift in focus - I miss my sewing and craft, and I miss the writing.
I mustn't forget that I love these things.
    Camera Strap Cover // 76sunflowersFabric Flower // 76sunflowers

Having finally stepped out into the world of photography beyond my mobile phone camera I wanted to personalise my prized possession. I made a camera strap cover for a blogging friend back in 2012 and posted a basic 'how to' here - which I am glad to say I managed to adapt to make it fit for me.
My girl wanted to do some crafty bits with me too last night so we scrolled through my craft blog posts and found the fabric flowers. She wants to use them to make her own fabric bookmarks for her teachers for Christmas. Again, looking back on the blog we found the perfect tutorial for those!
So, some good can be found in looking back and there is nothing wrong with repeating some things.
But now I am going to look forward - do those things again that I used to love, find some time to sew and create, find some time to write.
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Project 365 #42 {A nondescript one}

It has been one of those nondescript, wet, counting down the days to half-term kind of weeks.
The weather isn't helping.
Everyone is tired and ready for a break.

Project 365 #42

Project 365 day 285 - Gardening // 76sunflowers
Project 365 day 286 - #postcircle #snailmail // 76sunflowers
Project 365 day 287 - Marshall amp // 76sunflowers
Project 365 day 288 - Dr Marten boots // 76sunflowers
Project 365 day 289 - Ronnie Vannucci picture // 76sunflowers
Project 365 day 290 - Morning commute // 76sunflowers
Project 365 day 291 - Bath // 76sunflowers

Day 285
We are desperately trying to sort out the garden. We moved the chooks onto some fresh ground but we need to think carefully about where to plant some Spring bulbs.
Day 286
A letter writing day today with some outgoing #postcircle #snailmail. Just need to actually post them now.
Day 287
I had a bit of a move around of furniture at the weekend and now the amp is in the dining room. It doesn't get used much and is more of a statement piece of musical art!
Day 288
I had to dig out the trusted Authentic Wedge DMs today as my prized Elena boots have developed a leak. A very sad moment indeed.
Day 289
We heard a strange noise from downstairs last night and couldn't work out what it was. When I got in from work today I discovered Ronnie had fallen off the wall. Luckily he was ok.
Day 290
Leaving the house this early is never good and the wet mornings are not helping my mood. Thankfully I love my job.
Day 291
A dash into Bath for some school shoes for the girl. We parked up on a hill and had a nice walk in and out to the shops. I love the Bath houses but am not sure if I could live there again.

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Let's Go Fly a Kite {Photography}

Yesterday we headed up to the White Horse at Westbury, Wiltshire with kites and camera packed.
This is a popular spot locally but one we don't visit that often. I'm not sure why as it is perfect for blowing away the cobwebs.
I set the camera up, or so I thought, but for a while every snap was pure white - not sure what was going on there - but then I sussed it out. Kind of.
I'm gaining in confidence just to play around with settings and see what happens, such is the joy of digital photography.
Does anyone else have memories of their Dad only letting you have one go with the camera due to processing costs?!
What I need to do now is actually make a note of the what I have done with the camera for each shot so I can compare one image to another and at least try to begin to understand what is working and what is not.
Here are some of the snaps I took using my Canon 1200d on a variety of settings - I even braved the manual switch.

Sunny sky // 76sunflowers
Sunny sky // 76sunflowers
 Sunny sky // 76sunflowersDark sky // 76sunflowers
Sunny sky // 76sunflowers
Split sky // 76sunflowers
Dark sky // 76sunflowers
The weather gave me some great backdrops with the afternoon starting with bright sunshine before the dark clouds rolled in from the town.
At times the sky was split down the middle not really knowing what to do with itself.
The children, and the husband, had a great time with their kites waiting patiently for the wind to pick up before hoisting it up into the sky.
What a simple joy it is just to run across green grass with a colourful kite on the end of its string.
Then the inevitable rain came so another simple pleasure; we grabbed an ice lolly from the ever present ice cream van and headed for cover in the car.
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Project 365 #41 {A good week}

I am trying to get this post published via limited internet service - an on-going problem with our provider.
I feel quite sad about how much this has annoyed me.
Anyway, I won't let it spoil a good week...

Project 365 #41

Project 365 #41 Day 278 Great Chalfield Manor // 76sunflowers
Project 365 #41 Day 279 Garden close up // 76sunflowers
Project 365 #41 Day 280 Bad Yogi // 76sunflowersProject 365 #41 Day 281 Postage Costs // 76sunflowers
Project 365 #41 Day 282 Flowers // 76sunflowers
Project 365 #41 Day 283 Stock control // 76sunflowers
Project 365 #41 Day 284 Sun and Rain // 76sunflowers

Day 278
We finally made it to Great Chalfield Manor, a local National Trust property that we have only just visited. There's more about it here.
Day 279
A lazy day at home messing about with the macro setting on my 'proper' camera in the garden.
Day 280
Workout and Yoga were top of the things to do today. Always worth the effort.
Day 281
Some missed snail mail post - I can't quite believe the charges for a few pence missed on a postage stamp.
Day 282
The in laws are back in the country and have left some pots in the front garden. Clearly I will kill the contents.
Day 283
Stock controlling the eggs.
Day 284
An hour on top of a hill flying the kites to blow away any cobwebs. The skies changed from blue to black and we ended up with ice lollies in the car to dodge the rain. Happy days!

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