Kitchen Sink Chili

Hi Friends 🙂

Did you have a nice weekend? Were you a lucky attendee of Foodbuzz? I loved reading the recaps and wish I could have tasted all of that wonderful FOOD! But I think our vacation to Las Vegas (this weekend!!!) totally makes up for not going, right?

Speaking of our Vegas trip, we really haven’t planned much. I’m hoping we find some time tonight or tomorrow to figure out what restaurants we really want to try, shows we might want to see, etc. I like to plan things ahead of time and it is driving me nuts that we don’t have this trip figured out yet. Are you a planner or do you like to go with the flow?

Yesterday I spent quite a bit of time cleaning up the house — vacuuming, changing sheets, laundry, cleaning toilets (ugh), cleaning the stove, microwave, etc. I took advantage of the “extra” hour from Daylight Savings Time. After that I met my mom for a walk, and then I finished up the day helping Jason’s mom (Hi Deb!) with some yard work.

I came home to a crockpot full of this:

My favorite chili. Basically throw whatever you have on hand and throw it in the crockpot. I used a few stalks of chopped celery, chopped carrots, 2 cans kidney beans, 1 lb browned ground beef, 2 cans V8, some salt, pepper and a heaping tablespoon of chili powder. I had my chili with a side of cornbread:

This is a Vitalicious Cornbread Vitatop — I won a huge box of Vita products from Beth’s giveaway:

These babies are huge in the world of Weight Watchers. I remember going to my meetings and hearing people RAVE about them. I never tried them — $5 for a box of 4 at my grocery store. No thanks. But for 100 calories, these things aren’t too bad. The ingredient list isn’t the best and I’d rather have real cornbread, but the taste isn’t too bad. Kind of “fake” tasting though. I didn’t like that the second ingredient is sugar…

Good thing these muffins need to be stored in the freezer. I think it is going to take us a long time to get through the whole box.

1. What was the highlight of your weekend?

2. Have you ever tried Vita products? What did you think?

3. What is your favorite flavor muffin? Do you have a favorite muffin recipe? Feel free to leave  a link 🙂


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No Scrubs

Good Morning 🙂
Happy Saturday, finally!!!
Last night my mom came over to watch a movie with me. We decided to watch:

It was pretty good! Denzel hardly ever disappoints. John Travolta is kind of annoying, but I don’t like him much anyway. It wasn’t a hang-on-the-edge-of-your-seat kind of movie, but it definitely had a good story that moved nicely and was easy to follow.
I made Crockpot Chili and it tasted so good. Its been kind of chilly here in MN!

Chilly and Chili make me think of the other Chilli:

TLC: Chilli, T-Boz, Lisa “Left-Eye” I couldn’t decide if I should name this post “No Scrubs” or “Waterfalls”. I hope I made the right choice 🙂

The recipe is super easy, and you could make it without beef/add more veggies if you choose to not eat meat:
Crockpot Chili
1 lb ground beef
1 onion, chopped
2 cans kidney beans, drained
2 cups V8 juice, or tomato juice
1/3 cup brown sugar (or less if you prefer)
¼ tsp black pepper
½ tsp salt
1 tsp chili powder
Brown beef with onion in large skillet. Drain, then stir in brown sugar. Combine with all other ingredients in crockpot. Set to high for 2 hours, stirring every ½ hour or so.
I’ve also made this by cooking it on low for 4-5 hours. Turns out great either way!

 I had my chili in my new Pier 1 mug:
I had a great time Mom! 🙂


1. What are your plans for the weekend?

2. What is your earliest childhood memory? Can you remember things from when you were super young? My earliest memories were MAYBE from when I was 4 or 5? I don’t remember much when I was very young. I do remember that our backyard had these huge cotton trees and my sister Leah and I would go out and pick up all the cotton and make these big huge cotton balls. We had a huge backyard and loved to be outside.

3. What are your favorite stores to buy clothes? Work, casual or dressed up. I am the ultimate boring dresser: solid v-neck with a skirt for work or solid v-neck with jeans when I’m not at work! I wish I was kidding, but I’m not…I need cheap clothes, but I want them to look nice. Does that even exist?

***Check out Averie’s Giveaway: Zevia!

Enjoy your weekend!


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