So, how do you hunt a Christmas tree?
First, grab a couple handy sons who like to carry sharp objects.
Add a third son whose talent is avoiding cameras (hi, Jacob!).
Throw in a rowdy dog, a patient husband, and about thirty friends (and a few more dogs, just for good measure).
And then head for the hills. Make sure you're bundled up before you start your search!
Of course, if you're legs are short, it helps if you have a strong dad to pull the sled :)
The problem with hunting for a Christmas tree is that the "perfect" one is always around the next corner. In fact, doesn't the one on top of the cliff look beautiful? Sorry, it's too big!
But seriously, with all these trees to choose from, where do you start?
But eventually, you just have to pick one. After all, it's 3:30, we have a twenty minute hike back to the car, and sunset is at 4:15. So we pick one.
And haul it back to the car (this is why you make sure you bring a couple sons with you!).
Thatcher thinks the whole process is fascinating. And why can't we go find those deer he keeps smelling?
When we arrive back at the parking area, it's time to load up. Puppies first.
Add the all-important tree tag that gives us permission to remove the tree from the forest...
...and tie our prize to the top of the car.
Whew! A successful hunt!
Now it's time for the whole crew to head back to the church for our annual Chili Supper! And there's one of my Sunday School students making sure she's first in line :)
But before we know it, the chili is gone, and it's time to head home.
Now, isn't that the saddest sight you've ever seen?
But no worries - I have the recipe for the chili our family brought!
Jan's Savory Chili
1 pound ground beef
1 pound ground pork
3 (14.5 oz) cans diced tomatoes
3 (14.5 oz) cans small red beans
2 cups beef broth
1 Tablespoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground red pepper
3 Tablespoons chili powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
2 teaspoons oregano
1 teaspoon salt
Brown the meats and onion together. Put all ingredients together in a crock pot. Cook on low for about 9-10 hours.
Serve with any toppings you like. A dollop of sour cream is particularly tasty.
This chili isn't hot and spicy - there are just enough of the spices to give it a warm, savory flavor.
So, time to share. Where do you find your Christmas tree?