Archive from November, 2011
30 Nov
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Venison Chili

I don’t know where you are but here in my area the temperature has dropped and I am cold! On top of that, my freezer was full of ground deer meat from a deer my brother had killed last year. He was looking to clean out his freezer for hunting season this year so I was the lucky beneficiary.

Deer Meat Venison Chili

Knowing how cold Missouri winters can get I decided to put myself to work. Last weekend I made a quadruple batch of chili using the venison from my brother. Deer meat is amazing because it’s very lean and while some people find it gamey, I’m not one of those people. If you are, I promise you that this is one of those recipes where you don’t even notice what animal you are eating. My quadruple batch gave me dinner for 2 nights and I froze the other 3 batches leftover. Now when the holidays get to be too much I can just pop a container out of the freezer and heat it up on the stove in about 10 minutes. I like to serve my chili with some hot sauce, sour cream, oyster crackers, and cheese but you can do whatever your family likes.

Venison Chili

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 6 hours

Total Time: 6 hours, 5 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Serving Size: 1 bowl

A wonderful chili meal for a cold day. Adapted from


  • 1 lb ground venison (ground beef works too!)
  • 1 (10 1/2 ounce) can Campbell's French onion soup
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 teaspoons cocoa
  • 1 (15 ounce) can chili beans
  • 1 (15 ounce) can kidney beans
  • 1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
  • 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup cola


  1. Brown ground venison and separate finely.
  2. Put soup in blender, blend for 1 minute.
  3. Add all the ingredients to a crockpot and stir together. Let simmer on low for 6 hours or on high for 2 hours.


29 Nov
Posted in: Household
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December Tasks

If you’re anything like me, sometimes you can get overwhelmed by chores. Not those little daily tasks like sweeping or wiping down the sinks (though those are no picnic either) but what I’m talking about is the little things like rotating tires, pulling old clothes from the closet, or remembering to fill out my calendar for the next year.

One amazing way I’ve found to keep up on all those tasks is through Get Organized Now. Every month they create a checklist of the household tasks that often slip our minds. They even offer a printable version that allows you to check back on past months in case you need to play catch up

Get Organized Now just posted their December checklist and so I’m passing it along to you. What I like to do is map out all the tasks that apply to me from the list and plot them on my calendar. Then I fill in the empty spots on my calendar with other tasks I have to do, like painting chairs or taking my car to get inspected.

Bucilla Christmas Stocking Dog

Some of my top tasks for December from the checklist include:

  • December 1: Donate items and sell electronics while decluttering to make space for your Christmas decor
  • December 4: Make all the cookie dough for the season and freeze it. I like to make slices or dough balls in advance to really save time.
  • December 6: Label all the circuit breakers in the house. Something that could easily slip the mind but really should be done.
  • December 17: Do a thorough pre-Christmas cleaning of the house and have a pizza party to feed all the helping hands.
  • December 19: Winterize the car. For me this means making sure my car has passed inspection, has tires in good condition, new wipers, all the fluids filled, and de-icer and a scraper on hand for those awful Missouri ice storms.
  • December 24: Wrap gifts and make an overnight breakfast casserole for Christmas morning
  • December 28: Inventory all the Christmas items you used like wrapping paper and gift tags and restock at after-Christmas sales. While you’re there, return any unwanted gifts.

At the end of every month just pop onto Get Organized Now and check for your next list. It’s really easy and I can’t recommend it enough.

25 Nov
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Welcome to The Hyper House! I’m Julie and I also run the travel blog TravelHyper where I blog about St. Louis, my travels, create trip plans, and show off travel inspiration ideas. I live in a tiny 1940s house in a small Missouri town just outside St. Louis. My house’s square footage is nearly equal to the population of my town.

I’m in the process of renovating my house with my trusty sidekick and husband, Daniel, and along with our dog Nova we call this home. I’m a big fan of crazy DIY projects, arts & crafts, and cooking too so if you like to do those things or watch someone else’s trials, failures, or successes at those things, then this is the blog for you.

I’m just getting my feet wet over here so have a little patience and soon you’ll have plenty to look at. Thanks for stopping by!

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