11/8/19

5 Star Chili Recipes: Vegetarian to Meat Lovers to 8-Alarm


Happy Fall Y'All! 

Waking up to crisp mornings, leaves falling at my feet and flocks of birds flying south, I can't help but be ready to get my chili-on! Just in case you were feeling the same, I thought I would share a few of the championship 5-star chili recipes I've saved to make this season. From vegetarian to meat lovers to eight-alarm, here are the best of the best.





30-Minute Chili. Yes, 30-minutes, total! With 5-minutes of prep and 25-minutes cook-time, this 30-minute chili from Southern Living had the reviewers swearing by it as their go-to for quick dinners and potlucks. Kid-approved, too!






This Blue Ribbon Chili recipe has over 2,200 reviews 95% are 5stars and ZERO one star. That means even the shittiest of chefs can pull this one off! Of course, it helps there's a video walkthrough. I'm totally giving this one a try. It's smooth chili, as opposed to the ultra-bean-y chili. (see above)





This 5-star 5-step chili recipe from, Betty Crocker, is super easy and ready in less than 2 hours!





This Vegetarian Chili with Avocado cream from Martha Stewert had the reviewers going wild.  One reviewer said, "I was so skeptical of this recipe - fennel and all that CELERY??? I was wrong. This is one of the best vegetarian chilis we've ever made."




Did you know there's an International Chili Society? Every year, ICS holds the world championship Chili-cookoff. Whether you like Texas Chili or 5-alarm, the ICS has a complete list of winner's and their championship Chili recipes. To see them all, click here





This Creamy White Chili from Taste of Home, makes it to the table in under an hour, has 552 5-star reviews and had one reviewer, a college student, singing it's praises. "I got this wonderful chili recipe from my sister-in-law, who made a big batch and served a crowd one night. It was a hit. Plus, it's easy and quick, which is helpful since I'm a college student. In all my years of 4-H cooking, I've never had another dish get so many compliments."




Why stop at 5-alarm? Epicurious is bringing out the fire department for their, Ding Dong 8-Alarm chili. Yes, EIGHT! How you wouldn't have to ice down your mouth and ass for 24 hours after a spoonful I don't know, but if this is your thing, or you hate someone and are going to their potluck, have a go at this insanity.


I remember my first turkey chili. When I found out it was made with turkey instead of beef, I was floored. I HAD NO IDEA! Truth be told, I pretty much only use turkey in my chili now. It's low-fat, heart healthy and NO ONE knows the difference. This 5-star turkey recipe is the clear winner with thousands of 5-star recipes. 



This weekend I'm making the turkey chili. Which is your favorite? 

11/6/19

Try These Super Simple Ways To Beat Holiday Weight Gain Before It Beats You

I LOVE the holidays... the food, family and friend togetherness, presents, cozy weather, and of course, the traditions. And by "traditions" I mean, Halloween candy, Thanksgiving dinner and Christmas cookies.

What I don't love is how every year at the end of December some asshole elf sneaks into my closet and shrinks my fu*king clothes.

In other words... It's time for a 30/30 Challenge!



So what is the 30/30?

Spending 30 days (in a row) being mindful of your health and physical activity.

Why do it?

In 30 Days you can lower heart attack risk, lose weight, add years to your life, sleep better and of course, better your overall health and mood. Don't believe me? Here's the actual clip from the Doctors Show:

How much will it cost?

NOT A DAMN THING! 

I love that the 30/30 Challenge requires no gym membership, diet or personal trainer screaming at you. No excuses. Just you and a short 30-day goal focusing on a problem area or areas.

Just think... in two weeks you could be sleeping better, reducing your cholesterol and chances for a heart attack, losing weight, and become a healthier, happier person. How could you not want to at least try?


Where to start?

For a FULL mind, Body and soul makeover, do the 30/30 walking challenge. It's the ultimate 2019 weightloss resolution jumpstart. All you have to do is walk for 30-minutes for 30-days in row. 

The key is to find a way easily incorporate 30-minutes of walking into your day- You can walk twice for 15-minutes or 3 times for 10 if that's eaiser. That will help make the walking stick after the 30/30 is over.

TIPS:
  1. Take public transportation to work? Leave 15 minutes early and walk to the next stop or station. (I know, for those non-morning people this is a stupid suggestion)
  2. At lunch walk 15 minutes away from your desk, eat, then walk back--maybe even the long way back.
  3. On the weekends, go explore a new (historic) town or nature trail with the family.
  4. New mothers on maternity leave, make it a point that this challenge is CRUCIAL for you. Go for a walk by yourself every evening when your partner gets home.  Of course, you can take the baby, but getting out for some alone time will kill two birds with one stone for you!
  5. Only need a couple things from the store? If one is close enough, walk there!
  6. Walk the kids to school for the month.
  7. On rainy days, clean or organize a closet for 30 minutes, better yet, go to an indoor mall for some retail therapy--Again, kill two birds with one stone!
  8. Go walk through an outdoor mall.
  9. For a week straight, walk out of your front door and take a different street or path and see what you find!
  10. Download an awesome mystery ebook to listen to while you walk. TIP: Only let yourself listen to the book when walking, this might get those walks stretched out well past 30 minutes.

Once you decide to commit to the 30/30 Challenge, tell as many people as you can that you are doing this to add accountability.  Get a support group to help encourage and hold you accountable!  YOU CAN DO THIS!  It's just 30 minutes for thirty days.  It's not hard, or an on going commitment.  This is a challenge that you know you can do.

     YOU CAN DO THIS!

Don't need a full body workout, but have problem areas? Try a 30-day targeted challenge for but, thighs or abs. Below are a few of my favorites!









If you want to target more than your butt and core, the following 30-day workouts will give you all over results, inspire you to work out every day and only take a minute a day!



Want a Brazilian Butt?  Try this:





 Thighs keeping you down? Try this:


Do your abs make you sad? Try this:





 Are your arms causing your self-esteem harm? Do this:




Butt AND Gut have you in a rut? Never fear, help is here!



Looking for a whole-body 30-day tone every ounce challenge plan? Look no further...



If you already have a workout routine, here's a more advanced program that starts Day-1 with higher reps. 



or, this one:

Here is a four-month plan you can follow each month, or combine into one month:




If you have injuries or physical limitations, and none of the above will work, here is a 30-day food challenge. If it's too restrictive for you, break it up and try to avoid one-or-two foods for the day or week... 



Don't forget to Pin or print your favorite challenges!


                                







11/4/19

7 Thanksgiving Ground Rules For The Dysfunctional Family.





All right y’all, it’s coming. The annual trip to Dysfunction Junction. Thanksgiving.



For some of us, it's the one day of the year when the entire family comes together, to remind each other why you only get together once a year. I like to call it the annual trip to Dysfunction Junction. (It's ok, my family agrees. They won't be mad I said that. Except, maybe my mom. Sorry mom.)

For some of you, I bet you can’t wait. Most likely, you have a happy little family. Everybody gets along. All smiles. You probably don’t even have to have liquor at your Thanksgiving to make it through. Good for you. All of you. This post is not for you.

For those of us with crazy-ass family members, here are a few ground rules you may want to send out before the hoedown. 


1. Don't make it about drama. Make it about the kids. First and foremost, this is about the children. This is the one day of the year they get to see their family, play with the cousins, have their cheeks squeezed by their aunts. 

2. No pre-drinking allowed. Everybody has to show up to this godforsaken event stone cold sober. No Headstart allowed.

3. Don't be late. Your family has been starving all day, don't be the asshole who keeps them waiting to eat. (Matthew. I'm talking to YOU!)  If you are late, you are an asshole. And should have to wear an asshole hat the entire day. Including all photos. see below. Hint people who are still just bored flex and cannot be on time lied to them and tell them you’re eating an hour earlier than you really are.  

                                              
4. The cleaner, the better. Don't come over looking to make a mess. The happiest Thanksgiving‘s are the ones where you throw the shit away at the end, not spend hours cleaning and polishing china and silver. No one should have to go all out unless they want to. The hostess should be allowed to line everything in aluminum foil or parchment paper, and use plastic plates and flatware if they want. Leave your pretensions at the door.

5. Thanksgiving should not be stressful, for anyone. If cooking Thanksgiving dinner creates too much chaos, make everyone chip in and order a premade meal. Check your local grocery and see what they offer or google Premade Thanksgiving meals in your area.

6. All Are Welcome. Thanksgiving is the one day where color, religion and all other dividing bullshit should be set aside. This is the day we break bread together and be thankful for our blessings. Set aside your differences and get along with your brothers and sisters. All of them. Life is too short to keep shitting on each other. 

7. NO DRINKING AND DRIVING! Uber, Lyft, and yellow cab are happy to get you home. In the morning, you can have your car back.  

If all else fails, do what I do, grab a bottle of wine, and sit in the corner playing a game of Thanksgiving Bingo with yourself and the bottle of wine. 





10/26/19

PARENT PSA: 5 Halloween Costume Safety Hazards Parents Often Overlook


Whether you are making your little one's costume or buying it, below are 5 Halloween Costume Safety Hazards parents often overlook. Trust me, the last thing you want is a sh!tty Halloween!

1. Make sure the costume is weather appropriate. A frozen Princess is only a good thing for, Disney.  Dress your child appropriately, or face a wasted costume that is either ripped off for being too hot or covered with a blanket or coat. THINK: Avoid the Pretty Woman Hooker Costume in Alaska... Or always. 






2. Don't smother the kids with stifling masks. Make sure the mask is easily removed by your child, does not fit too snugly and allows for ease of breathing--through BOTH the mouth and nose. Babies and toddlers are crappy mask wearers. All they want to do is rip them off. Don't get your hopes up, and make sure the camera is ready the second you put the mask on or you might never get the photo! TIP: Hats are best secured with chin straps using velcro to hold the hat in place. The velcro will easily break away in an emergency situation.









3. Skip facepaint when possible. Facepaint is a recipe for disaster. Especially when put on around the eyes, nose, and mouth. All it takes is little sweat to make the paint run, opening the door to burning eyes and consumption. If facepaint is necessary, it should be free of all toxins. Young skin doesn't stand a chance against the harsh toxins found in cheap paint. Also, DO NOT use last year's paint. NOTE: Face and/or body paint on children under one is not recommended.



4. Make sure the fabric is not itchy or too rough. The itch factor can end a great costume's run in three seconds. Which, will end a happy Halloween. Which, will suck. COMFORT IS KEY!!! 

Think: This...




5. The costume should fit correctly, not too long or tight.  With the constant running, jumping and skipping your child will do in the costume, the costume needs to move easily with the child. Too long, and your child will trip. Too tight, and your child will be miserable trying to keep up with his friends. 

Avoid This:




BONUS TIP: Make sure the shoes your child wears are comfortable, or you will find yourself carrying your child in one arm and four pounds of candy in the other. 


What's your little sprout going to be for Halloween? Are you making a costume or buying one?

10/19/19

19 DIY FAMILY Halloween Costumes Everyone Will Love!




Whether you're a seamstress or all thumbs when it comes to sewing (Like me!), the following 19 family Halloween costumes, anyone can make! 

10/16/19

Make THIS For Your Halloween Party... #SoGross #SoYum #Halloween

Below are some of the most amazing Halloween treats I have ever seen.  And I'm not talking about hot dogs that look like fingers. Been there. Done that.



No doubt a few will be gracing my Halloween Party table... (For the recipe, click the name under the photo)




LOVE these yummy and super easy to make, edible pumpkin candy bowls.


This Halloween inspired cake is SO easy and So cool. Halloween Tie-Die Bunt Cake.

I positively LOVE these. The Ultimate witch's hat cupcakes!


Super simple Cheese puff pumpkin giveaway bags







So easy, the kids can make them...Monster Marshmallow pops.




This is so gross, it's good. Ear wax (caramel) marshmallows



SO CREEPY!!!  Skeleton Cheese Skull





Spider PB&J!
I love Healthy Halloween-inspired treats.


This Monster Meatloaf is so gross. 
I'm totally feeding it to my family.

Genius. 



I LOVE this Coffin Bread Bowl.


Mmmmmm. Homemade gummy worms.



What's your favorite? Have you ever tried any?

For more Halloween inspiration from costumes to decorations to more eats and treats, check out my Halloween Pinterest Boards.

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