Thursday, October 30, 2014

The Heartfelt Home Cafe - I've missed you! ♥

Hi Friends! Welcome back to the Heartfelt Home Cafe! It's been a few weeks since we've last met here. I'm so happy to be back I've set out this lovely tea for us on the patio. Red polka dots and roses just for you : )  

Take a sip and come inside.  I've missed you! 

Here's a sign that I just could not resist!

I think I could follow this sign anywhere! : )

Come in and let's talk.  Have you seen any good movies lately? Last weekend I saw Nicholas Sparks' Best of Me.  Cried buckets! It was SOOOO Good! My hubby doesn't understand that's a good thing, but I know you get it.  It's a girl thing! 

With only a day left of October, the days have been cool and crisp.  Today I wore a new pair of boots out and about to crunch in the leaves with.  We carved our pumpkin and put the last minute touches on a certain someone's Halloween costume.  On Friday night I will be trick or treating with the cutest Count Dracula you have ever seen : )

How about a French vanilla latte to warm you up?  I promise a pretty cup and hearts in the froth.  Always! 

I'm sure you are hungry ( I always am). 

Luckily we have loads of goodies to choose from this week. 

 Can I interest you in one of these yummy crullers?  

Or how about a pumpkin Nutella muffin (could you d.i.e.???). 

 These are the muffin of my dreams!  Pumpkin & Nutella!? 

Up until only recently I discovered that people do other things with Nutella besides eating it straight from the jar like I do....and I do mean straight from the jar....

If you are still sipping on your red polka dot cup of tea, I have scones, jam, and fresh fruit!  
Whatever you are in the mood for is here. 

And remember, calories don't count in our café, that's why this place is perfect! xo 
(and that will certainly come in handy this weekend! : - )

On the tables I've placed these darling candles.  They are little bowls filled with coffee  beans and a tea light in the middle.  It smells wonderful in here! 

I think this would be a nice idea to do at home too.  Your kitchen could smell like your very own cafe!  I am definitly going to try this.  Yet another reason I love pinterest! ♥

Do  you need to write a letter? If so, help yourself to some lovely monoogramed stationary.  In a world of emails, wouldn't it be nice to receive something in the mail this pretty? Snail mail should be more than just bills, don't you agree?

If anyone wants to be pen pals, please let me know! 

Seriously : ) 

Pumpkin spice latte smoothie anyone? Feel free to take a book outside, find a patch of sun, and enjoy! 

Wouldn't that be a nice mid afternoon break?  Ah....if only. 

Speaking of books, what are you reading? I just finished The Lady in the Tower - the downfall of Anne Bolyne by Allison Weir.  It was very good. No matter how hard I try I just can't seem to get away from this subject.  I keep going back to it over and over even though I already know every detail inside and out.  I read each book like I have never heard the story before.  Does this happen to you? Is there a type of book or genera that you gravitate to?  I just started an audiobook called Innocent Traitor (by Allison Wier) .  It's a historical fiction novel about Lady Jane Gray.  I've been listening to it at work, and so far I really like it. 


I stopped in at our friendly florist next door and picked up this darling bouquet for the counter.  Fresh flowers are always a good idea, don't you agree? Especially when in a tea cup.

I know I should have chosen something more seasonal, but I couldn't resist the soft colors of these roses.   They make me happy just looking at them.  


Happy Halloween to all of you! 
It's going to be a long night filled with mini Hershey bars and Peanut Butter Cups!
Our weather forecast says it's going to be very cold so we'll have to bundle up! Little Dracula is going to have to wear something warm under his outfit (which I'm sure he will not enjoy). 
I'll bring my tea along with me to keep me warm ♥
Thank you so much for stopping by the Café today! I'm glad we took this quick moment out of our day for a visit. It means so much to me to have you here!
Have a wonderful weekend, Friends! Don't eat too much candy! ♥

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Turkey Chili ♥


Hi Friends! How are you? Are you craving comfort food yet? I sure am! Today I want to share with you this quick and easy recipe for turkey chili that I think you will love!
My hubby is always asking me to make chili.  I found a healthier version (on the back of a can of beans! : ) using ground turkey.  This was my first time using turkey instead of ground beef and I didn't quite know what to expect.  I am happy to report it came out perfectly delicious! You cannot even tell the difference. And the best part...there was literally no fat after browning the meat.  I am always happy to serve my family something good for them! ♥
Here's how I made it:
1 lb. lean ground turkey
2 cans Bush's "Chili" beans
(if you can't find Chili beans you can use Pinto Beans - undrained)
1 small onion, chopped
1 green pepper, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 package Mild Chili Seasoning
(I used McCormick Mild Seasoning 1.25 oz.)
1 cup tomato sauce
2 tbsp. olive oil
Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over med-high heat.  Sauté the onion, pepper, and garlic for a few minutes.  Add the turkey.  Cook 5 - 7 minutes, until browned.  Add the beans, seasoning, and tomato sauce.  Stir so all is combined. Cover and simmer on low for 10 minutes. 
Enjoy topped with shredded cheese or sour cream! ♥

 This was my first time using these "Chili Beans". They are pinto beans in a mild sauce.  I don't think they gave the chili any extra flavor, they just thickened it up a bit.  If you are using plain Pinto beans you can just add a little extra tomato sauce.
 The seasoning mix I used was McCormick. If that is not available in your area, I'm sure you could probably find something comparable. The ingredients are chili pepper, paprika, cumin, onion, salt, sugar, & garlic.  I don't like my chili too spicy so this was perfect.  For those who like it spicy I always have hot sauce on the table in case someone needs a shot or two! ♥
Not me though : )
The package comes to about 1/4 of a cup of seasoning total.
This chili was so delicious and came together very quickly.  It's a perfect weeknight meal! It's hearty and healthy!  

We had a little leftover tonight and I had it over mashed potatoes! I know, I should have taken a picture!  
I've already made this recipe twice in two weeks and my hubby is requesting more.  I can picture him having a hot bowl of this after raking leaves or (dare I say...) shoveling snow! It hits the spot on a cold day or even a warm and cozy evening on the couch ♥
Which is where I'm off to now.... : )
I hope you are all having a lovely week! Happy Wednesday to all! xo