I don’t know which makes me more happy, pumpkin pie or home cooked chili. ‘Tis seriously a conundrum I have to deal with during autumntime. One more bowl of chili or one more slice of pie? Should I worry about the calories in the pie or the calories in the chili? Will pumpkin pie really work as an aphrodisiac or should I make my husband suffer under the covers with buttercups?
Serious questions I must deal with.
My church’s Chili Cook-Off was last Saturday. This is our annual event where members compete in a contest to determine who has the best chili recipe and come for free food–cause you know it’s always about the free food. Chili Cook-Offs are a church social event that I do not try to squirm my way out of attending. This year I even brought along my home baked creation of chocolate cake with wild berry filling.
In fact, if it weren’t for Chili Cook-Offs, I may have never gone back to church. Okay, maybe a slight over exaggeration, but come on…it’s hard to pass up the simple concoction of tomatoes, beef, onions, peppers, spices, and beans slow-cooked to perfection.
I’m tellin’ ya, many left that night with a warmth they’ve never experienced and not from any spiritual connection–after all, beans are the magical fruit if you catch my drift.
Orange you glad I didn’t make any bean jokes?
I should have known I had enough
magical beans chili when the following joke popped in my mind:
Q: What do Mormon missionaries dress up as for Halloween?
You know you just
wanted to slap me laughed.
Some things I’ve learned from last week’s Annual Chili Cook-Off to remember for next year:
1.) Steal entrant #9’s chili recipe.
2.) Make sure my kids know how to feed themselves.
3.) Take many more goofy photographs of my kids posing.
4.) Eat more candy corn before the little girl next to me gets to them all.
5.) Learn how to change my camera settings covertly so I don’t startle the bishop’s wife with a camera in her face.
6.) Learn better jokes. Ah heck, I liked the MissionScary joke, didn’t you?
Don’t answer that.
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