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When things turn out different…

Sometimes things do not turn out the way we expect them to. And when this happens around major holidays like Christmas, the reality seems to hit harder.red teapot

I’ve written here before about learning to see the gifts–learning to see differently, through eyes of gratitude, even when circumstances are less than ideal. Learning to see the beauty even in the most dire circumstances.Julie gave me this rose (3)So let’s just say this week I’ve gotten a lot of practice on looking for the gifts…but it never fails to lift my spirits. Not that the present reality isn’t sometimes painful or disappointing. But there are blessings in the midst of it. It’s the “ugly-beautiful”:
“The ugly can be beautiful. The dark can give birth to life; suffering can deliver grace…And if all the work of transfiguring the ugly into the beautiful pleases God, it is a work of beauty” (One Thousand Gifts, by Ann Voskamp, p. 99).

A few of my own:
666. reading “Miss Fannie’s Hat” with Gran
667. Grandad’s “Grumpy” hat
668. jokes in a hospital room
669. zebra socks
671. pen and pencil drawings
675. slow Sunday mornings in p.j.’s
676. ham from friends for Christmas
677. “You’re Here” by Francesca Battistelli
679. waking up to a white Christmas
680. fridge full of photos
682. learning the importance of serving
my pic for Grandadsnow 3preciousThis Christmas, my sister and I were in charge of planning the meal, and went with a non-traditional menu: a honey-glazed ham that had been given to us by some dear friends, split-pea soup, and this three bean chili. Also, we had mashed sweet potatoes, homemade cornbread, green beans, and ginger molasses cookies.

Three-Bean Chili
This three-bean chili was a great choice for dinner, and is super easy. It’s great with cornbread on cold winter days. I basically threw things into the stovepot, and seasoned to taste. Feel free to adjust spices as you like.
three bean chili2 cans white beans (navy or great northern), rinsed and drained
2 cans ranch-style black beans, undrained
2 cans kidney beans, rinsed and drained
1 large can (or 2 10-oz. cans) Rotel
1 large can stewed, chopped tomatoes
1/2 small onion, diced
2 t. roasted garlic (or 2 minced garlic cloves)
2 T. freeze-dried chives
Sprinkle to taste:
salt (or Kine seasoning)
ground cumin

Combine all ingredients in a large stove pot. Heat to a boil, and then reduce to simmer until ready to serve. You can simmer for several hours, or make in a crockpot. In my opinion, the longer chili simmers, the better! ๐Ÿ™‚

(Shared on Slightly Indulgent Tuesdays and Allergy Free Wednesdays.)


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