Early Darkness and Hot Orange Spice Tea and Chili

January-Early Darkness

It’s dark when you get up in the morning. It’s dark when you come home from work. Winter darkness. It creeps up on you. Before winter, you had the constant summer brightness, when a child’s eight PM bedtime feels like a mid-afternoon nap. Or an October sky, with a bright cerulean blue color tingeing everything you see.

You must still go outside and do the work. But you have to do it faster as the light is fading away at a quicker pace. Match that pace and don’t give up. You want to complete the task sooner. Standing in the dark and cold isn’t fun.

And now it’s dark. What to do in the darkness? Fluff a pillow. Watch that TV series you didn’t have time for when it was summer. There was too much light streaming through the window. You couldn’t see it properly. Clean out that cabinet. Drink something hot.

Be Blessed!

Nancy Kula

 

Today’s recipe is Tang Tea Drink. Despite the odd combination of ingredients, you’ll find it to be a good drink. This is a recipe from the early 1970’s. Back in those times junior high (that’s middle school now) kids were obsessed with space travel and Tang. Tang was this powdered “orange juice” concoction that astronauts mixed with water and drank during space travel. Tang was something out of my reach, as mom didn’t believe in the nutritional value and dad owned a creamery. (‘Nuff said.)

I remember the first time Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the moon on July 16, 1969, when I camped out in the back yard in a handmade tent fashioned out of a quilt and clothes pins. I had binoculars and couldn’t see much. But I saw with my imagination. I would race back to the house to watch it on our black and white TV. With Tang in hand, (or in my case, a glass of milk) anything was possible!

Hot Orange Spice Tea

Tools You’ll Need:

Storage Container-Use a pint canning jar. This recipe is EXACTLY one pint!

Bowl and Mixing Spoon- Or just shake it in a quart canning jar!

 

Ingredients

1/4 Cup instant tea

¾ Cup sugar

1 Cup Tang

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon cloves

Mix all ingredients together well. Store in a covered container. To serve, stir 2-3 teaspoons mix into 1 cup of boiling water.

 

 

Because it’s cold and dark, I am also including a main dish recipe. Easy Chili is based on a recipe I got at a Tupperware party in 1981. I’ve made some changes that chili connoisseurs will complain about. The changes were made to encourage my kids to eat beans, so I use spaghetti sauce with crushed tomatoes to make it a little more palatable. It’s not hot or spicy or trendy. Just good food that no one will fuss about. Be sure to make crackers available. This chili like most other chilis, tastes better the next day.

Chili

Tools You’ll Need:

Instant Pot-If you need to buy a crock pot, get an Instant Pot instead. It has more functions.

Ingredients

1- 15 oz. can chili beans (I recommend Mrs. Grimes) I linked this so you know what to look for in the grocery store. On Amazon this item is crazy expensive!

1-15 oz can black beans-(Optional) (I recommend Bush’s)

2 pounds hamburger- browned and drained

1 -67 ounce jar Prego

1 onion chopped

1 green pepper chopped

1 clove garlic

1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder

1/2 teaspoon pepper

1/2 teaspoon cumin

Salt to taste.

Put it all in the Crock Pot/Instant Pot. Stir. Cook on low for 8 hours. This recipe can easily be doubled, but you’ll need another Crock Pot/Instant Pot!

Yes, it’s not “real” chili, but your kids will eat it!