Cincinnati Chili

Ummmmm…. This has GOT to be the BEST chili I’ve EVER had!!!!!  And   I can prove it.  Everyone in my family had seconds!!  That never happens!  I even warned hubby there were secret ingredients and he dared to try it.  My 8-year-old even had seconds.  That says a lot about a recipe, I’m here to tell ya.  We all ate it differently.  I made zucchini noodles and topped them with the chili, diced onions, and some leftover steamed broccoli.  Gordon and Anna had it on top of the old-fashioned type of noodle, and Mantha just had hers plain.  I must admit I was a little worried as I was making it.  I was thinking the whole time that no one was even going to try it and I’d be left with the responsibility of eating it all by myself.  Well, we only had enough for Gordon and me to have lunch tomorrow.

And don’t do as I did and wait until you’re hungry to make this.  It takes about 2 hours.  It was worth the wait🙂

 

I got this recipe from the book Well Fed 2 by Melissa Joulwan.  I highly recommend this book, along with her first cookbook, Well Fed.

 

2 pounds ground beef

4 cups water plus 1/2 cup water

2 medium onions, finely diced (about 2 cups)

4 cloves garlic, minced

1/4 cup chili powder

1 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa

1/2 Tbsp salt

1 tsp cayenne pepper

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1 tsp ground cumin

1/2 tsp ground allspice

1/4 tsp ground cloves

1 bay leaf

1 (8oz) can tomato sauce

1 (14.5oz) can crushed tomatoes

2 Tbsp cider vinegar

1 Tbsp coconut aminos

 

Place the ground beef in a large soup pot, cover with 4 cups of cold water, and bring to a boil, stirring and breaking up the beef to a very fine texture.  Slowly simmer until the meat is cooked, about 30 minutes.

Stir in 1/2 cup water and the rest of the ingredients.

Simmer for about 2 hours or until slightly thickened.

Happy People

I recently read on a blog, www.pbfingers.com, a post about joyful people.  It had some really good points and made me look a little closer into my life and what makes me happy and brings me joy.  Here is a list of what she posted on her blog:

They surround themselves with other happy people

  • They smile when they mean it
  • They cultivate resilience
  • They try to be happy
  • They are mindful of the good
  • They appreciate simple pleasures
  • They devote some of their time to giving
  • They let themselves lose track of time (and sometimes they can’t help it)
  • They nix small talk for deeper conversation
  • They spend money on other people
  • They make a point to listen
  • They uphold in-person conversation
  • They look on the bright side
  • They value music
  • They unplug
  • They get spiritual
  • They make exercise a priority
  • They get outside
  • They sleep
  • They laugh
  • They walk the walk

 

I love this list.  I think it should be something you hang on your refrigerator or bathroom mirror and review daily.  It should be something we strive to do every single day.  I’m sure we could all add or take a few things away to personalize it a little more.  I would add spend time with family, make lasting meaningful friendships, appreciate your partner or spouse, to name a few.  I definitely think I’m better at some of these than others!  For my New Year’s Resolution, I am going to make a personalized list, hang it on my mirror, and look at it daily.  I hope to work on my list throughout the year.

Stitch Fix #5

Well, I didn’t even post anything from Fix #4.  It was a total disaster and I really didn’t like anything.  I sent back everything and ate the $20 styling fee.  BUT, this fix is a different story!!  I love all of it!!!  The only problem is having to choose what to return, if anything!  You get a 25% discount if you buy all 5 items, so if you only want to return one item, it ends up being cheaper to keep it all!  I got some super cute skinny jeans and an elephant blouse.

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I also received a cute 4 leaf clover necklace, green maxi skirt, and cardigan.

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I am still undecided.  Why oh why did it have to be a week before Christmas when I got this?  Maybe I should get it all and let hubby wrap it up for Christmas!  I am leaning towards keeping it all.  I have one more day to decide!

StitchFix #3

Just as StitchFix promised, they are getting better and better!!!  I loved all but one in my fix.  Unfortunately this would make the other 4 items more expensive than getting all five since there is a 25% off discount when you buy all the items in the fix.  So, I ended up talking myself out of 3 items.

There were a couple new things about this fix.  First, it had a perforated page with all my items and what they could be styled with (just like what is attached to each piece), but on a separate page:

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Also, it came with a bag for Thredup.  Check out their website at www.thredup.com .  It’s an online consignment shop for name brand clothing.  StitchFix was offering credit for any clothes you sent to Thredup and they accepted.  Since I don’t own any name brand clothing, I opted out of that.  But man, I wish I had some to send!  They even accept children’s clothing.  I would suggest checking out their website to buy from there!

The first thing I tried on were the earrings.  I loved them!  I ended up keeping these🙂

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Then I tried on the dress:

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I loved the dress, but it was too itchy!  So, back it went.

Then I tried on a top and fell in love with it!  It was so soft and comfy!  I’m sure you’ve figured out that I kept it!

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Then I tried on a cardigan.  I loved it! It even had pockets!  But I just couldn’t get past the $78 price tag.  So, back it went, too.

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And lastly, I tried on this blouse.  It was a definite no.

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Can you tell I had some unwilling help with the picture-taking?  My daughters were just not into it.

I kept the burgundy blouse and earrings.  I’ve already worn both and I’m so happy with my decision🙂

Don’t forget if you decide to check them out, click on my link below:

https://www.stitchfix.com/referral/3168173

I have a co-worker that has decided to try it and it’s SO FUN bringing in our fixes to get everyone’s opinions.  We have another co-worker that is pregnant and counting down the days until she can get her fix on, too!

The most amazing Fresh Apple Cake EVER

Let me start off by saying this is NOT low-fat or healthy at all.  But oh my goodness is it delicious!!!!!!!!  I got this recipe from the blog Iowa Girl Eats.  All her recipes are fantastic and her pictures are stunning.  I wish I could photograph like her!  First I need a camera……

1/2 cup butter, at room temperature

1/2 cup vegetable oil

2 cups sugar

1/2 cup no sugar added applesauce

3 eggs

2 tsp vanilla

3 cups flour

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

2-3 Granny smith apples or other baking apple, peeled, cored, and cut into 1/2 inch cubes (3 cups total)

1/4 cup powdered sugar (although I didn’t use it.  It was great without it)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray a Bundt pan with nonstick spray.

In a large bowl, beat butter, oil, and sugar with a mixer until pale yellow, about 2 minutes.  Add applesauce then beat to combine.  Add eggs one at a time, beating until combined before adding the next egg.  Add vanilla then beat to combine.

In a medium size bowl, stir together flour, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.  Remove 2 Tablespoons of flour mixture then toss with cubed apples.  Add remaining dry ingredients to wet ingredients in three batches, mixing until just combined before adding the next batch.  Fold in apples.

Pour batter into Bundt pan and bake for 50-60 minutes.  Cool for 10 minutes in the pan, then run la knife along the inner rim and invert cake onto a wire rack to cool completely.  Garnish with powdered sugar.

5-ingredient White Chicken Chili

I got this recipe from www.gimmesomeoven.com and it was so good and easy.  My 8 year said it was amazing and asked for seconds!!  That is a rare occurrence in my house.

 

6 cups chicken broth

4 cups cooked shredded chicken (I usually boil some chicken breasts for about 20 minutes and then throw it in my ninja to quickly shred it)

2 (15 oz) cans Great Northern beans, rinsed and drained

2 cups salsa verde

2 tsp cumin

Add all ingredients to a medium saucepan and stir to combine.  Heat over medium high heat until boiling, then cover and reduce heat to medium low and simmer for about 5 minutes.

Serve with toppings such as diced avocado, cilantro, shredded cheese, green onions, sour cream, tortilla chips

2013 Myrtle Beach Mini Marathon Race Recap (10/20/13)

This is a post written by my friend, David. We ran the Myrtle Beach mini marathon together, along with several other races. Please visit his blog🙂 He has lots a great running info!

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Race Recap

This weekend I did the Myrtle Beach Mini Marathon in Myrtle Beach, SC.  This was my second time running this race.  I ran it as my first half marathon in 2011.  The morning did not start out great.  Upon driving into the Coastal Grand Mall, where the race was to start, it started raining.  I ran the race with my running friends Becky & Shelly, and we had running support services from my wife Jennifer.  After Becky, Shelly, and I used the bathroom, we decided to go back to the truck to get out of the rain.  About 10 minutes before the race, the skies cleared and we had no rain from start to finish for the race.  The corrals were full, so we just waited in the parking lot near our expected pace flag, and fell into line as the corrals began to flow through the start…

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