Few things say fall like stews, soups and chilis. In our house, chili is in the rotation from Halloween to the first of March. Smelling it cook all day is part of the joy. And because you make it yourself, you get to decide the type of beans you use and just how spicy you make it. I've been keeping ours on the milder side in the hopes my son will eat it, and I never use kidney beans because I hate them. I don't care if people (hi, Mom) say it's not chili without them. Regardless of any modifications, I find it's always delicious — and perfect this time of year. And while the upside is that it's super simple, the downside is there really isn't much for kiddos to do to help.
I make a lot of chicken around here. Like, a lot. And I used to buy packets of dry spice mixes for marinades, and while I loved them, they were just too expensive. So, I started playing around with making my own. For a while, I didn't measure, and I'm pretty confident that we can all make our own meat marinades without measuring, but if you're looking for something to try tonight, here's one iteration that's a toddler/husband/mama favorite.