Jason and I spent New Years Eve morning preparing chili to slow cook all day. We stayed in last night, ringing in the new year with Basil, puzzles and a prosecco toast at midnight. It was perfect.
I got the puzzle bug with the leg last week, so I found an online shop that specializes in jigsaw puzzles labeled Extremely Difficult. 😀
I ordered several fun looking puzzles, thinking we could add that to our New Years Eve plans.
One of the puzzles had nine pieces.
Yes. I know, how hard can that be, right?
Well. It took me almost an hour to solve.
It is called One Tough Puzzle, and the box says “over 300,000 wrong ways to assemble the pieces, but only one right way!” The completed puzzle is a grid of three across and three down, with 6 interlocking pieces that extend out of the square, and six inside, with no holes in the middle.
Pretty dang hard! Jason and I played with it a bit, then Jason got a piece of paper and a pen and his engineer mind went to work, writing out formulas and equations to come up with the answer.
I just kept piecing it together, taking it apart, and finally did it correctly!
That was fun!
Meanwhile, the chili was in the slow cooker.
I started with these:
Into the slow cooker:
1 large onion, diced
1 large bulb garlic, minced
1 green bell pepper, diced
1 red bell pepper, diced
2 fresh tomatoes, chopped
1 can stewed tomatoes + chiles
2 cans ranch beans
1 can kidney beans, drained
1 can pinto beans, drained
3 tablespoons chili powder
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon black pepper
Dice onion and mince garlic, sauté. While sautéing, chop tomatoes and bell peppers. Add beans, tomatoes, peppers and spices to slow cooker, turn on high. Add onions and garlic, cover and cook on high for 75 minutes. Reduce temperature to low and continue to cook for 4 to 5 hours.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
How did you spend New Years Eve?