What Does the Car Say?

I’m sure by now you’ve all seen this video (or at least heard the song) because let’s face it, I’m usually the last one to hear about these things.  And when I do it’s usually from the kids who think the fox song is so hilarious that they are laughing out loud, so I pretend to think it’s funny too because then they like me and that makes my job more fun.

 

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But I digress…in all honesty, the pictures of my car from 6:30 this morning didn’t turn out because it was just too dark and too snowy, so I took another one before work.  I think a lot of people heard ALL about the cold in Chicago during last night’s Bears game, but it seems the cold weather has surrounded us all.  As I went to turn on my car, I had this moment of…oh my gosh please turn on…and then of course the song…’What does the car say?’  This morning…mine said ‘burrrrr’!

 

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But I gave it some extra time to heat up and then drove to the gym.  After three days of yoga and barre workouts, I was happy to be running.  Check out the new shiny track surface!  I went with the descending track workout that I discovered earlier in the year and again combined my cool down with walking out the door to run home and shower for work.

 

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Although short, this morning’s workout was powerful and I was starving for dinner as I walked in the door.  I made this crockpot recipe yesterday, slightly adapted from a Pinterest recipe.  This hearty chili was exactly what I needed after the cold day, and I knew there would be leftovers for lunch.  The flavors of the squash are mild, but the spices are flavorful and aromatic.  And my car, now parked in the garage will definitely not be saying ‘Burrr!’ tomorrow morning.

 

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It was great to read through everyone’s comments after yesterday’s post. I hope I didn’t come across whiney!  I certainly understand that meal planning is not the most challenging task I face each week.  But it’s fair to acknowledge that sometimes it’s tough and sometimes when I am really tired, I just want to whine about it : )

 

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Meanwhile, are cats supposed to like avocado???

 

 

Alright, I just have to ask it…

What does your car say??? 

Feel free to add in the dance moves here!

 

 

Butternut Squash and Turkey Chili

*Adapted from Citron Limette

 

Ingredients

1½ pound ground turkey

1 chopped onion

½ green pepper, chopped

½ red pepper, chopped

1 garlic clove, minced

1 teaspoon diced jalapeno pepper (so my pepper got lost between the grocery store and home, but I would have added this)

2 teaspoon oregano

½ teaspoon ground red pepper

½ teaspoon ground cumin

¼ teaspoon ground coriander

⅛ teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes with juice (or 2 14-ounce cans…one of mine was garlic and the other salt free…random!)

1 (15-ounce) can no-salt-added beans, rinsed and drained (I used black)

2½ cups cubed peeled butternut squash (can buy prechopped)

 

Directions

Brown your turkey with oil or cookie spray over medium heat, using a wooden spoon to break it up.  When meat is cooked, place it on the bottom of a slow cooker, sprayed with cooking spray.

Add in the onion, peppers, garlic, jalapeno, tomatoes, beans, squash, and spices.

Stir well and set your crockpot.  Then sit back and enjoy the good smells.

 

*Note: I adapted this recipe based on what I had in the house and my desire to make it a crockpot recipe : )

17 thoughts on “What Does the Car Say?

  1. My car says “slow down, girlfriend. We’re gonna get a ticket!” I have a heavy foot 🙂 You did not sound whiney at all. It’s hard to balance life. Sometimes it’s good to reach out for other people’s helpful tips. Your chili looks easy peasy. Add it to the quick and easy file.

  2. My car says “please put me to rest.” I have been driving my car for 15 years and it is about time for it to go to car heaven! Its very sad. It has been a great car but at come time you have to give it up right?! 🙂
    The chili sounds awesome! After making your pumpkin chili I have been dying to make another crockpot recipe!

  3. The chili sounds good-I may make it tonight-of course adapted to what I have in the house ;-). My car says I’m lonely and covered with snow. Hopefully I can change that today-I go to the ortho and they may let me go to something other than the boot so that I can drive-honestly the worst part of this entire thing is not driving and having to depend on DH to take me everywhere.
    I have never seen the video-but it is cute-the kids I work with are pretty young, K-5, they are more into the hump day camel!

  4. Chilli is the best winter meal, especially if it’s already prepared for you!
    I haven’t listened to that song yet because I don’t want it stuck in my head! I have a sweater with a cute little fox on it, and whenever I wear it people ask me what does the fox say.
    My car says, please move to a warmer climate!

  5. My mom went to Chicago on a shopping trip on Saturday and all she could talk about was how cold it was walking around downtown! I am always amazed when my car starts too. Luckily, my hubby goes out and starts it for me since he hogs the garage.

  6. Ha! My car says it’s tired of commuting 25 miles one away everyday 🙂 Butternut squash + turkey is one of my favorite combos… this chili looks perfect for the current Midwest weather!

  7. My car says, “I wish I had a remote starter so that I was nice and warm when it was time to leave in the mornings!” Ha ha, I hate going out in the cold to start the car every day, it’s a must though around here. We have been at 10 degrees in the mornings. Brr!!

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