Chili and Chili Seasoning Mix

Ingredients:

  • 4 TBsp.  chili powder
  • 2 1/2 tsp. ground coriander
  • 2 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp. Cayenne pepper

Directions:  Combine the spices.  Store in an airtight container or zipper-closing sandwich bag in a cool, dry place.

Yield:  20 tsp. mix or 4 batches (use 5 tsp. for each recipe of chili)

Chili

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. boneless round steak, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 tsp. vegetable oil
  • 5 tsp. Chili Seasoning Mix, divided  (Recipe shown above)
  • 1 lb. lean ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 28 oz. can diced tomatoes undrained
  • Two 15 oz. cans chili beans, divided

Directions:  Lightly brown steak in oil in a Dutch oven; add 3 tsp. of the seasoning mix and toss to coat.  Add ground beef; cook until meat is no longer pink. Add onion and cook until tender.  Add tomatoes and 2 more tsp. of the seasoning mix. Stir in one can of chili beans.  Put the contents of the other can in a blender, cover and process until smooth.  Add to chili.  Cook on low for 30 – 40 minutes or until meat is tender.

Yield: 10 servings

Birth Anniversary of George Washington (1732 – 1799)

I bet after seeing us sometimes, George Washington would sue us for calling him “Father of our Country.”   — Will Rogers

George Washington painting

The famous Gilbert Stuart portrait of George Washington

This is the famous painting that Dolley Madison helped to save from the British during their invasion of Washington, DC in 1814. For more information, click here.

Birthday – Founder of the Boy Scouts Association

Known as the Father of Scouting, Robert Baden-Powell (aka First Baron Baden-Powell and Lord Baden-Powell), was born on Feb. 22, 1857 in Paddington, London, England.

The British Army Officer and writer founded both the Boy Scouts and the Girl Guides.

Robert Baden-Powell, 1st Baron Baden-Powell, founder of the Boy Scouts Association

“Show me a poorly uniformed troop and I’ll show you a poorly uniformed leader.”

“Be Prepared… the meaning of the motto is that a scout must prepare himself by previous thinking out and practicing how to act on any accident or emergency so that he is never taken by surprise.”  —  Robert Baden-Powell

Jokes on Scouting

Robert Stephenson Smyth Baden-Powell aka First Baron Baden-Powell and Lord Baden-Powell (1857-1941) was a British Army Officer who founded both the Boy Scouts and the Girl Guides.

Disciple and honor are important to scouting but so is having fun. Scouting Founder Robert Baden-Powell  once said, “The most worth-while thing is to try to put happiness into the lives of others.”

Q.  What did the quarterback say to the Boy Scout troop?

A.  Hike!

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Founder of Scouting Robert Baden-Powell

Founder of Scouting Robert Baden-Powell, 1st Baron Baden-Powell

Three Scouts were talking about how tough they are.

“I wear out a pair of hiking boots in a month,” said one.

“I wear out my Scout pants in a week,” said another.

“That’s nothing,” said the third Scout, “I wear out my Scout leader in 20 minutes.”

2014 Winter Olympic Mascots – Coloring Page

Color the mascots of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia as illustrated below by Angry Squirrel Studio.

Sochi, Russia 2014 Winter Olympics mascots - coloring page

Catch up with the Leopard, Polar Bear and the Hare on Facebook.

Presidential Quiz – Answers

Do you know your United States History???

Mount Rushmore, South Dakota, USA

Click the photo for more on the Mt. Rushmore National Park located in South Dakota, United States.

Mt. Rushmore National Park in South Dakota features the faces of the following United States Presidents: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln.

Here are the answers to the Presidential quiz.

1. Which of the 4 Presidents featured on Mount Rushmore was the only President elected unanimously… twice?    Answer:  George Washington

2. To date, which president is the tallest, standing at 6’4″?   Answer: Abe Lincoln

3. Which United States President spoke 6 languages?  Answer:  Thomas Jefferson

4. Which president is known for his achievements in conservation?  Answer: Teddy Roosevelt

Presidential Quiz

Do you know your United States History???

Take this fun quiz and find out.

Mt. Rushmore National Park in South Dakota

Mt. Rushmore features the faces of the following United States Presidents: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln. Find out more about this national monument.

1. Which of the 4 Presidents featured on Mount Rushmore was the only President elected unanimously… twice?

2. To date, which president is the tallest, standing at 6’4″?

3. Which United States President spoke 6 languages?

4.  Which president is known for his achievements in conservation?

(hint:  the answers can be found on Mount Rushmore, South Dakota)

President’s Day – Feb. 17

President’s Day is so named in honor of all the former United States Presidents.

ImageUp until 1968, the birth anniversaries of Presidents Abraham Lincoln (Feb. 12) and George Washington (Feb. 22) were celebrated in various states as holidays.

President Lyndon B. Johnson

President Lyndon B. Johnson established President’s Day in 1968.

On June 28, 1968, President Lyndon B. Johnson changed all that when he signed the Monday Holiday Law.  This law established Monday observances of Washington’s Birthday as well as various other holidays such as Columbus Day, regardless of the traditional dates.  The new law went into effect in January 1971.

The third Monday in February was chosen as Washington’s Birthday and a legal holiday.  It has since been renamed President’s Day.