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All you need is chili


Hey guys, followers, friends,

It’s Alex here (Thalita’s husband, for those of you who don’t know me, or haven’t read her numerous entries where I am nailing something to the wall, sampling some delicious new treat, or taking the dog for a walk).

Anyways, she is super tired after a long day, and after not really recovering from a sleepless week(end), I told her to go off to bed, and that I would write her entry for the day. After all, I know how much we all have been enjoying the 31 day series. Here’s to hoping I don’t disappoint.

We just finished dinner. What did we have for dinner? My new favorite dish, chili. As we sat at the table enjoying our meal we came upon the realization that this is probably the most delicious chili we have ever had, but also that it is so simple and quick to make!


1 pound of ground beef, 2 cans of beans (any kind, doesn’t really matter), canned tomatoes, and some chili powder, mix it up in a pot and you’re done.

What does chili have to do with the theme for the month? Well, I’m glad you asked. As you may or may not know, Thalita has committed to not only posting once a day on ways to make your house a better home, but she has also committed to not buying anything new for the house. (In case you were wondering she is doing amazing so far, even though I’m convinced she is saving all her money, putting things on lay away and come November 1, she is going to storm HomeSense to bring all her new beauties home, and subsequently putting them out of business). Wow, almost lost it there for a minute…Chili…right, we’re eating our chili and we realized, this is all you need, each other, some good conversation, and a pound of meat.

So much can be said about the time spent together in the kitchen preparing and cooking dinner, you look back on your day, talk about the good, talk about the bad, laugh, dance, if the occasion calls for it, and then laugh again, but at the end of the day…when all is said and done, what it really boils down to is: you don’t need “stuff” to make your house a better home…all you need is chili.

Thanks for reading, happy cooking. (Sorry for the lack of pictures)






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  • Reply Deli Silva

    That is my best son, always there whem my beautiful an talented daughter needs him. ThAnks Alex for making my daughter a better and happier person. Always loved you and love you even more,

    October 21, 2013 at 9:42 pm
    • Reply Tracktion Studios

      Thanks ‘mom’! Your daughter is talented, as well as beautiful. It makes it easy to love her. Seeing her smile when she read the post the next morning was the best part. Love you!

      October 23, 2013 at 12:00 am
  • Reply Lindsey Brock

    What a great choice for today’s blog!!! I LOVE chili, it’s one of our staple meals here at the Brock house :) I would love to see the dancing in the kitchen video sometime Alex! After all if you’re as talented at dancing as you are singing, it would be worth posting! I’m know Thalita’s got some moves! Good on you for filling in for her, you did an excellent job!

    October 21, 2013 at 10:01 pm
    • Reply Tracktion Studios

      Hey Lindsey! Thanks for stopping by. As far as the dancing goes, we’ll keep that for a special post in the future. Or maybe as a one off we can exchange recipes. I’d love to try your chili. Let me know!

      October 23, 2013 at 12:05 am
  • Reply Raven Corwin, aka Meggie

    You rock, Alex! Thalita, you are a lucky lady, as I am sure you know. Chili? Comfort food! I always make mine with corn bread on the side. Alex, you are so right about what really matters in life. Like the song says: All you need is love. I think Alex should do a feature now and again, even just a paragraph to add to some of your posts, Thalita. You guys are wonderful.

    October 21, 2013 at 11:16 pm
    • Reply Tracktion Studios

      Hey Raven aka Meggie, Thanks for the nice words. I’m glad you see it like I do. Chili is good on a hot day, cold day, any day really. It’s just that good, but CORN BREAD…I would have never thought of that. I need to try that next time. I love corn bread. Thanks for the inspiration.

      As far as the feature…I’ll have to check with ‘The Learner Observer’…I’ll let you know. LOL

      October 23, 2013 at 12:15 am
  • Reply Lauren @ The Thinking Closet

    I can hear the Beatles singing now, “All you need is chili….” Ha ha. Alex, this was awesome on so many levels. First of all, I think it was so loving of you to take the blogging reigns so Thalita could get a much needed break. Husband of the Year Award goes to…YOU! Also, I think the four of us all need to hang out sometime – – double-date style – – because when I read your line, “this is all you need, each other, some good conversation, and a pound of meat,” I thought, “That sounds like something Mark would say.” (Mark being my hubby.) And Thalita and I have already confirmed that we’re twins 10x over, so suffice it to say, we have a lot of things in common. The conversation would never die. Also, I now know what we’re making for dinner on Thursday night when my sister is in town. Chili! Thanks for the inspiration.

    And please come back and post more! It’s refreshing to hear a man’s perspective in this female saturated blogging niche. In fact, I think a monthly segment would be dandy. (Think about it.)

    October 22, 2013 at 6:09 pm
    • Reply Tracktion Studios

      Hey Lauren, I want to start off by saying that it’s an honour to receive a comment from Lauren at ‘The Thinking Closet’. I can retire knowing that, “I made it”.
      Secondly, I’m down for getting together. I love Florida and all it has to offer especially if we’ll be hanging out with cool new friends.

      Thanks for the nice words. I wasn’t expecting anyone to say anything, I just wanted to help. It was nice to be here for this, (ONE TIME…lol sorry) feature. It’s also nice that I was able to inspire so many (undercover) chili lovers. Like you suggested, i’ll think about it, again, only if Thalita lets me. I don’t want to take all her followers away with my amazing word smith skills. haha

      Talk soon, say hey to Mark for me.

      October 23, 2013 at 12:31 am
  • Reply Julia at Home on 129 Acres

    Hello Alex! What a great post. I would say that this post also illustrates that a key part of making a house a better home is the person (people) you share it with. Writing a post for Thalita and helping her fulfill her 31 post goal is a wonderful illustration of the type of partnership you have.

    October 22, 2013 at 9:48 pm
    • Reply Tracktion Studios

      And the award for “First comment to make me blush” goes to… Julia! Thank you. We have a special love and sometimes I just love her so much I’m annoying the crap out of her and getting on her nerves, and other days I do things like this to show her I care just that much more. You just never know with us. haha. Thanks for the kind words.

      October 23, 2013 at 12:36 am
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  • Reply Amy | Love On Sunday Blog

    This is such a sweet post and I’m definitely trying out that chili. Sounds delicious and easy (easy is key!). Good for you for filling in for Thalita! What a great husband!

    October 23, 2013 at 3:04 pm
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  • Reply Alex @ northstory

    Really really really sweet of him! And yes I love chili. Comfort food galore!

    October 26, 2013 at 3:12 pm
    • Reply Thalita

      Yeah, he’s a keeper ;)

      October 27, 2013 at 5:02 pm
  • Reply Emily @ Two Purple Couches

    Alex, you are so right – all you need is chili :) Chili makes a house a home! And you definitely get a Husband of the Year award from me for keeping up the consecutive posts while giving Thalita a day off!

    October 28, 2013 at 11:52 am
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