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Whole30 and Life in General

this is gonna be a long, rambling post folks… strap in and get ready for the ride. . .

First up – diet.

BLLLLAAAAHHHHHHH I want some wine and cheese!!!!

Today is the last day. I am proud to report, that BOTH my husband and I have made it.  I would say it’s been difficult – but really it hasn’t been THAT bad… except husband hates veggies – so trying to disguise them is taking more effort… the worst part is really not being able to use cheese and butter… and ensuring that nothing contains sugar. . . can I just tell you that the bacon that is W30C is super thin… SUPER thin…and shrivels up into nothing when you cook it… blah. 

Insert a WHOLE bunch of food photos


seriously – I have 58 photos I just uploaded from my phone… I don’t think I’ll put all those there??  we’ll see… I want to do a slideshow… hahaha

anyways – I haven’t weighed myself since Monday – but at that point I was down 7 pounds. 

I started running/jogging/walking again last week – but that only happened 3 times and then life. . . and then — COLD…
ok, ok – I get it – I’m in florida – it’s not THAT cold… but it’s too cold for me – and it’s too cold for here. . . I know the rest of the country is dealing with negative 50 degrees before wind chill; but ,… well – ok, I got nothing…. that’s really f’kn cold … colder than normal… but we’re also dealing with colder than normal, and colder for longer periods of time right now… ahhhh global warming and all its charming effects on the planet… ((we’re all gonna die!!!!)) 
anyways – I can’t run in the cold. My lungs DO NOT cooperate… I tried. I lived in the Midwest most my life – – it does not work. so I haven’t run this week. I suck. . . 😦 

moving on. . . diet diet diet… schmiet schmiet schmiet. . . 

OH — Life. . . 

oh how life has been all over the place lately. . . if you read my blog – you are aware that last week (?? or week before?) I posted about losing friendships… well; shortly after that post – the subject of it texted me and said she missed me and she was so looking forward to my birthday … blah blah blah… and then this week she emails me and says we can’t be friends anymore, you’re too negative…  UM. WHAT?!!?!??!   yes. sometimes I can be negative. EVERYONE IS – life isn’t always sunshine and rainbows!!  real life has ups and downs. . . if you want someone who is going to be all perky & positive all day – every day – that person isn’t a real friend. they’re superficial and fake. . . and won’t be there for you when shit hits the fan… but what gets me is the lie. . . you miss me and can’t wait to see me ((but don’t make any effort to do so and then turn around and end the friendship!??! 2 + 2 = 5 ))

but on the plus side, I get to see a friend that I’ve had since she was 17!! I gauge it that way b/c I don’t know how old I was at that point; though now that I’m actually writing it out – I was 22; she’s 5 years younger than I am.  we used to work together at Target, and we would go to the 18 & up clubs (before she was 18?? or I at least knew her before she was 18 from working together?!!? I don’t know it was a LONG time ago… )  she is unable to make the expenditure to come down for my birthday; but she’s actually in Florida for a work conference this week; and has Friday afternoon/evening open… so I’m making the 2 1/2 hour trek to see her for the first time since 2013.!!! 
It’s a great way to start my birthday month!! 😀

Life – Family Update

Back a couple years ago, my cousin contacted me and inquired if I wanted to do DNA testing – as neither of us knew our birth fathers. . . I agreed . . . found out I had Jewish heritage, and really didn’t give it another thought…   we did it through and they don’t have a large database… fast forward a couple years and I bought husband a kit for Christmas/birthday/something… through . . he says I should do one again through them to see if the results are any different… they weren’t very different at all… and well, has a rather massive database of users… that can find other relatives… I had someone reach out to me and …. long story short — she is my maternal aunt. The sister of my biological brother… whom I actually remember my mother mentioning at least once… ((I don’t remember a lot of my childhood for some reason)) 
So we started communicating on a somewhat regular basis… she sent me a lot of things that belonged to grandparents/great grandparents in the family… pretty cool… then she asked if we wanted these shelves…. you guys  – if you know me (us) you know that our house is stuffed to the brim. It’s so full. We have SO much stuff. . . SO. MUCH. STUFF. . . . . . . . so obviously, I can’t accept this, and I tell her as such… but then I tell husband about it and he just stops… and says omg. I have been wanting a set of those FOREVER… they’re SO expensive… I look at him and say uh; where we gonna put it ??? (It’s essentially a bookcase)


he was very upset, but understood… because… SO. MUCH. STUFF. . . 
well, I was on my way to drill one night and just thinking about stuff; as my mind tends to wander on the long drive up there… and I figured – if he gets rid of the large items that he planned on; then we WOULD have room; and as it’s a bookcase (sort) that’s more storage ((which is necessary)). . . so I texted her and asked if the offer still stood; and she said yes…
Problem:  she lives in Georgia. We live in Florida. . . and we don’t have a vehicle that we can put a bookshelf in … ((we weren’t supposed to have the van anymore at this point)) So I brought up the issue of transport, and she offered to bring it down to us… thus a road trip plan was born. . . her and her husband came down this past weekend… and woooooo was I nervous!!!
Excited – but nervous… because Anxiety. . .
The trip went lovely EXCEPT the weather… the weather sucked… 😦  
but regardless of that – it was great.  They are awesome people, so warm and caring… PLUS there are SO many similarities between the three families (them, mine, husband’s) it’s insane!!  and no I’m not writing that they were great people b/c there’s a chance they will read this – because if I didn’t think anything like that; I wouldn’t have mentioned it… :-p

also – did ya’ll see the lunar eclipse?? we dragged the telescope out and took some pics, had a couple people come over to see … it was gorgeous

Food Journey of Whole30 by Slidely Slideshow


Food Journey of Whole30 by Slidely Slideshow

click on the link… it’s not embedding into my site…


3 weeks into Whole30

FYI – We’re still doing this… I just haven’t gotten a chance to do updates… I have plenty of food pics though… (but not tonight)

I was down 5 pounds yesterday… Husband hasn’t told me his weight lately… 

But, again, weight loss isn’t the goal of this diet… to be honest – I feel NO differently. I am not any less bloated ((I think it’s all the sauerkraut in the morning…)) none of my clothes fit any better, I don’t have any more energy than I normally do (in fact, I might have less?) 

I feel like this was just … kind of a waste of time… but we’ll finish it out… we have 1 week left. 

and then. 

Wine. (Rum for husband)

And cheese. 



Adobe Stock & W30 Week 1

Yes, I’m aware those are two completely unrelated topics… but that’s what I have to write about today…

I inadvertently signed up for Adobe Stock last year.  I missed the free trial deadline because life… ugh… I tried to cancel it immediately – and they said oh – you’ll have to pay for the entire year AND you won’t get any photos…. You guys —  ITS $30 A MONTH  for 10 stupid pictures… so, I have paid for the past stupid year and get an email notification that it’s up for auto-renewal.  OH HELL NO IT”S NOT… so I logged into Adobe to cancel that shit – except YOU CANT.  there’s no option to do so… I search around, and it’s been that way for awhile and has a lot of complaints because of it… for years. . . so I have to wait til today to chat with someone to get it cancelled… at this point I have 81 photos saved up ((because I have gone in and just randomly downloaded random pictures for different things – to use them up))

Transaction goes fine, he cancels my stuff, blah blah… and then says oh you won’t have access to the 81 licenses you have left… well – now I’m pissed…
this is their latest offering:


Toni, I see that you are a valuable member with us for so long, I can offer you 3 month worth of charges as refund.

I mean… $90 in exchange for 81 pictures… and a years’ worth of charges… ugh… that’s so much money wasted …

But, really – what else am I gonna do?


Anyways – week 1 of Whole30.


And cheese… and donuts… ugh… no bad – bad – bad

Today I had a doctor appointment, it was supposed to be just a follow up, no big deal… it turned into a big painful deal that was horrible… normally I’d treat myself to something sweet to make me feel better…. Well, I am proud to say that I didn’t do that… even though I REALLY wanted to  but I did decide I’d go to Ulta and grab some nice soap for my face that’s been super oily recently… not only did they not greet me as I walked in (but definitely greeted the next few people that walked in) as I stood there lost in confusion, trying to even find someone to assist me – they went to other people, but NO ONE said a single word to me the entire time I was in the store… that pissed me off… so I left, without soap… and more pissed off than I was before … I came home and cuddled with the cats… and I’m still in pain…

Oh that was off subject… mainly just me being proud of myself for not caving into my severe desire and temptation…


Week 1 – we’ve done pretty well… I think…. We have denied our cravings for bad things… but we’re doing something “wrong”… we eat our healthy meals, we eat until we’re not hungry. . . but at the end of the night – we get hungry… and you can’t go to bed if you’re hungry… we’ve been drinking water appropriately, but – still the hunger continues at the end of the night… even if we eat to the point of full, not just hungry… I don’t know what to do about that…

But let’s talk nuts… apparently, we have been overdoing nuts… my face is super breaking out – so is husband’s… this morning we had nut butter on our breakfast and he said that he absolutely cannot do anymore nuts – his face was on fire…

That bodes well for the 6 cups of nuts I roasted last night… LOL

And then I read ((after I roasted all of them)) that we’re not supposed to have nuts/nut butter every day – maybe every other day at most… oops… as the hunger kicks in at random times – we’ve been eating a serving as snacks (along with other things) I know you’re not supposed to snack so much on W30, but like I said – we eat til we’re full (or not hungry anymore) but then get hungry before the next meal – or at the end of the  night… I’m really not sure what to do or where to turn (without paying – cuz no)

Husband has gained weight – I have lost 2 pounds… but, again, W30 is not for weight loss… but really – deprivation of delicious food should DEFINITELY lead to weight loss…

Anyways –

things I have eaten that I liked (I mean honestly, this diet isn’t that bad – it’s just complicated to make food without ingredients that we don’t pay attention to…)

I bought some little red bananas the other night – and I had one that I cut up and covered with almond butter, blueberries, W30C coconut and W30c cacao nibs… OMG IT WAS SO GOOD!!! ((also – new abbreviation: W30C (or c) is short for Whole30 Compliant))

last night we had pizza stuffed sweet potatoes… they were actually REALLY tasty… there was obviously no cheese, but as I did not have enough sausage – I threw in a couple pieces of bacon and did not exactly follow the directions… and definitely no mushrooms… I used a poblano instead of bell pepper… 

I thought it looked damn tasty before I added the marinara:pizzasweetpotato

and here’s what the sauce looked like after adding the marinara; I did not take a picture of the actual product… but I served it up with some steamed broccoli … husband hates sweet potatoes, but did not complain too much about this


for breakfast one day this weekend – we had another amazing healthy meal… I admit I looked at the recipe and was hesitant, but husband said it was basically a crepe… 

A sweet and savory blueberry omelet… 

blueberries in eggs?? uhhhh what?? 

you guys — MAKE THIS RECIPE <<click, make, enjoy

we followed the recipe exactly (which is unknown in my world) – and added a dollop of almond butter (w30c) 


it was so good. SO very good. ((served with a sauteed kale/onion salad, bacon, and our morning sauerkraut))

so a couple days later, we decided to modify it a little bit. husband sauteed some apples in cinnamon and a tiny bit of ghee and then added a little bit of almond flour to stiffen it up a bit… we determined it wasn’t as good… definitely don’t add the flour… 

I made a turkey broccoli stir fry one night for dinner… it was… ehhhh… shrug  


did I mention that we made some w30c mayo the other night?? tangy and much better than regular mayo (of which, I’m not a fan) but – I used it to make a turkey salad –

smoked turkey, raisins, sun dried tomatoes, and seasonings, along with 2 tbsp. of the mayo… husband loves it. 


and then the final picture- leftover roasted root veggie breakfast hash – I roasted up the following:  purple sweet potato, golden beet, parsnips, carrots – I think I posted about it previously ((it’s only been a week, but I totally don’t remember the posts I’ve made…))

and I needed it gone – I had used it for dinner twice and had just a little bit leftover, so it was our breakfast one day


I lied – that’s not the last picture –

let’s talk coffee.  I hate coffee. It’s nasty, bitter, and just gross… I like the smell of some flavored coffees, but I don’t even like the flavor of them without creamer… I found that the almondmilk French vanilla creamer is great…

that being said – pre W30 – I started my day with a cup of coffee (and creamer) and that was my breakfast… ((did I mention that this is more food than my body is used to?? so why tf am I hungry at the end of the night?!?!?!) anyways – I did switch to tea for a couple days, but then was introduced to nutpods… 


  1. it’s definitely not sweet, 2. it leaves weird floating things in my coffee, 3. my coffee is still bitter, but not AS bitter… I am not enjoying it, but then again, I guess I never actually enjoy it (especially when I don’t add enough creamer) but I am also thinking after the end of this little container – I will be switching back to tea… 


ok. I think that’s it for real this time… remind me to tell you about the collagen powder Eve & I got samples of, next time… 






Talk to ya lata



Day 3 of W30

so husband and I have this habit of going out to run errands and then getting side tracked and being out a LOT longer than we anticipated. 

this happened today… although, to be fair – we got stuck at the DMV for HOURS. . . and I did bring snacks! but after we ate the snacks at the next stop and were still out- hunger was roaring ((which should be expected b/c it had been hours since we’d had breakfast)) so we had to stop and grab some lunch… we stopped at 3peppers and had a salad – no beans/rice/cheese/sour cream… just meat and veggies and guacamole.

yesterday, we smoked turkeys for the four of us (the pair that we’re doing this with) spent all day ((until 9!!)) at the smoker … we smoked 60 pounds of turkey!!!!
here’s one of ours and the 4 pounds of meat that came from one of our 13 pound birds


for lunch yesterday, we kept it simple with some tuna in a salad… I had roasted some peppers for our dinner recipe ((I knew the turkey wasn’t going to be done in time)) and as I sampled one, I couldn’t help but fall in love with them. they were SO good… 
so I stole the little peppers and cut them into our salads… which did mean I had to go to the store and get another pepper for the dinner dish… (I needed 12 oz and was only at 9)


so anyways, for dinner we had this paleo chicken bowl concoction that was on the realsimplegood site – except I super tweaked it… it called for 3 CUPS of mushrooms… 
I don’t do mushrooms… yuck. no. ew. But since it was SUCH a substantial amount – I had to replace it with something… and since it was called a bowl – I replaced it with a rice substitute – otherwise, I think it should be called a salad… it wanted 8 1/2 cups of kale… 
um… I threw in a couple handfuls… and served it with riced cauliflower… it was pretty good… the one thing about these recipes is that nothing is labeled with a serving size… so … it said it served 4; so I cut the pan into quarters and that is how I determined our servings… I was full… so I’m hopeful that is how I was supposed to manage it… 
a look at before and after I added the red pepper sauce 


Paleo Chicken Bowl – roasted my own peppers – and they weren’t all red… 

Today I woke up with a pounding headache… I am not sure why, but I supposed it could be sugar withdrawals… that’s what the other couple is dealing with…. I didn’t feel like cooking so I researched some easy meals… came up with apples with almond butter, blueberries, and pistachios. easy peasy. throw on some cinnamon and call that a day! 


these were SO good… like – I could sit and eat them all day good… breakfast- lunch -and dinner good… but I was worried that they wouldn’t be very filling… worry not – I wasn’t hungry til at least 4 hours after I had eaten!! 

so – tonight I think we’re having leftovers… 

we had roasted root veggies and sausage the other day — that’s probably on the agenda tonight… but lunch was pretty late… 

one thing we haven’t adhered to very well is a schedule… our days have been very out of sort with husband not working… things kind of just happen whenever… 

oh well. 

happy evening everyone. 

Whole30 + me + husband = TBD

So, husband and I decided (along with a pair of our friends) to try the Whole30 diet for the month of January. . . I have gained quite a bit of weight throughout the last year (and fallen off the gym bandwagon more times than I can count) and husband has general aches and pains that I don’t think he should have – he blames them on being old and sedentary ((of which we are neither))… So… we’re doing it….except he keeps going back and forth on it b/c how are you supposed to lose weight when you’re eating so much? 

You’re supposed to eat enough at each meal to not have snacks in between… doesn’t that go against what doctors have found works for most people – several small meals throughout the day, instead of 3 large ones? 

I started researching it and there are so many people for it, but just as many people against it… 

Whole30 is an elimination diet meant to help you figure out what’s causing certain issues you might be facing… my issues are my extremely high levels of exhaustion AT ALL TIMES. . . but, that could be because I don’t sleep well… AT. ALL.  ((and yes, I’ve been to a doctor… they can’t figure it out)) So, will this help ?? Who knows… apparently people on the W30D have reported sleeping better… My exhaustion levels also play into the gym issue… I’m too tired to do anything, much less, exert an enormous amount of activity.  So, I guess we’ll see….

Husband’s issue is the pain he’s always in… the arthritis that wracks his body at such a young age — ok – we’ll we’re not spring chickens – but he’s only 42 – I don’t think he should be in the amount of pain he’s in on a daily basis… Will this help?  Who knows… 

Day 1 was yesterday – I thought we did relatively well… until I found out that you can’t have hummus… I really have no idea how I missed that fact… or rather didn’t think about the fact that chickpeas were legumes. . . because I knew you couldn’t have legumes… I just always thought of hummus (without tahini) as a healthy snack… NOT ON WHOLE30!!! So, technically we have to restart. good thing it was the first day and January has 31 days  😉

anyways – for breakfast we had eggs and bacon ((my eggs had veggies in them…husband’s did not)) he had his black coffee, and since I can’t have creamer – I have switched over to tea… Oh. Did I happen to mention that – I don’t eat breakfast on a daily basis ?? Cuz – I don’t. Eating breakfast literally makes me hungry ALL DAY LONG… so, day 1 lunch, we were out and didn’t think about our timing…. I got SUPER hungry… I looked at the time and it had been 4 hours since we ate… I should mention that we were out running errands – and the final one was to go to the grocery store to stock our fridge with W30 compliant foods…. so, um, our fridge was kind of empty… I started researching W30 friendly restaurants – and truthfully you can make anything compliant… it’s probably just an annoyance to the staff… {It’s ok, I’ll tip you well…  — and at least I’m not the person at the restaurant that ordered a grilled cheese WITHOUT THE BREAD via Bitesquad} anyways – we had burgers (him – beef, me – chicken) on a bed of greens with some veggies ((not potatoes)). I would like to think we were compliant… but – I don’t know what their stuff was cooked in… sigh

Oh, and I ate EVERY. SINGLE. BITE. I never do that…. 

For dinner — {which was much later than anticipated and we had to do some snacking – I had two servings of different nuts, husband had … 3; and then a single serve pack of guacamole and one of hummus ((because – oops)) } we had roasted root veggies and turkey sausage. . . I think we should have maybe had a salad with that – but it was 9pm when we finally got to eat… and I just didn’t have the energy to do more putting together… it was good, but I still felt hungry when I was done… I just drank a bunch of water and some hot tea (compliant)

All in all, we felt that we had done a good job, until this morning I realized – chickpeas are legumes and are not allowed… 

I don’t think this plan is actually good for me… it might be good for husband with all his inflammation – but this is really more food than I usually eat ((why then am I so fat still??)) I normally don’t eat breakfast – I have a cup of coffee with creamer – the creamer is only 35 calories, so at most it’s 70 calories depending on how much I pour in that day… then I eat a (normally) healthy lunch and a reasonable dinner.  I know I need to cut out sugars ((DUDE THEYRE’ IN EVERYTHING!!!!)) and I need to eat less cheese ((but come on — CHEEEEEESE)), and probably consume less wine (sugar)… but I think I can do that on my own without being chained to this restriction… 

but – for breakfast today – Day 2

we had eggs, bacon, half an avocado and a tomato slice; along with a tablespoon of sauerkraut because I was told it would aid in digestion ((but it turns out I don’t have the one that has probiotic properties…of course))



so – now I’m wondering if this is actually the right plan for me – I really just am not sure… I don’t even know who to turn to in order to ask… siiiiigggghhhh  *woe is me* 

anyways…I’ll update as I can – once school starts things are going to get REALLY tricky… 

I have class on T/W/TH – (no big deal) on T/Th – 12p – 4:15p … so I have to eat before I leave home at 11… (ummmm….) I have only a 15 minute break where I have to race across campus to get to my next class in between the 2 classes I have that day… and on Wednesdays I have class from 10a – 4:15p … again – only a 15 minute break racing across campus… so… um, obviously my eating habits are going to be affected… more on that in 6 days after my first day of school… 


thoughts or suggestions on Whole30? hit me up… 


Thanks for reading!! ❤

stress baby

i’ve determined, that since stress is known to make you produce more cortisol and cortisol is found to increase ‘brown belly fat’ – the fat that you gain around your midsection is a stress baby… just like you have food babies?? well… i have a stress baby… and i posted a pic on Facebook and all my friends are like what?!? there’s nothing there and getting upset  with me for complaining about it… but when i look down and see my stomach protruding as much as my boobs do… that’s a problem… so it doesn’t show up on my pic… it’s still there and it’s causing me distress. .  . . hence the juice diet.

although today has been so stressful i’m about to change my juice diet to just wine.

that’s juice.

it’s fruit.

just fermented.

same difference right?? fermentation is better for you right?? see: kombucha.

anyways. whatever.

last night i took the zucchini I had that was about to go bad and the rest of my kale that wouldn’t last much longer and a lemon I happened to have on hand and juiced that… this morning I added it to my breakfast juice/smoothie along with some chia seeds, wheatgrass powder, carrot juice, 1/4 avocado (good fats – ya know?) and 2 tbsp of my greek yogurt.

it’s 1:42 pm … I just ate (drank?) it… that was my breakfast. outside of my coffee.. it was pretty good…

i’ve been adding water to the juices to make them a bit thinner and fill up my mason jars… haha

i didn’t weigh myself yesterday before i started this diet. . . journey… hell? haha

today i just want to eat ALL the bad foods… i’m so stressed.

i used to never be a stress eater… i couldn’t eat if i wasn’t hungry – it made me sick…

age changes things i guess… i don’t like it.


Juicing; round: who knows

So….I have gotten pretty fat since I injured my ankle in December of 2014.  If you weren’t aware – that happened, and it didn’t get better until August 2015; but during that time I was getting out of active duty navy and moving back to florida and dealing with all the stressors surrounding that (including homelessness and joblessness!! fun times!!)

I have attempted to run again a few times, but, while i have the motivation (looking in the mirror makes me want to vomit) i don’t have the willpower or energy. I am still exhausted all the time… i thought it was due to the navy; and while it very well may be; according to the dr i saw a couple weeks ago – it will take my body a few years to get over the beating it took … i was hoping it would end. . . now my job is even MORE stressful than NCTAMS ever was… and i don’t get paid much to deal with it…

my ankle still does actually cause me problems when I run… if i don’t wear a brace, and sometimes even when i do…

i’m making excuses. just get out there and do it fatty. . .

i know. i need to.

i need to. i want to… i just….. can’t bring myself to do it…

so anyways; i’m starting a juice diet in the hopes of helping elevate my energy levels…

which to normal person might not make sense. – on the outside it looks like i eat healthy, i don’t eat tons … i don’t partake in junk food THAT often, and when I do – I try to keep even that healthy… but… i’m at a certain weight… i’m actually maintaining that weight sort of… just fluctuations that are normal…


so juicing.

which is a hassle and it is messy and it is time consuming…

so we were at the store last night to get some random stuff we needed and i told husband hey i’m going to get produce so i can start juicing again… he said well wouldn’t it be more cost effective to go to sam’s ? well, probably – so he says, why don’t we do it this way for now – see how it works, and picked up 3 bottles of pre-made juices… from Bolthouse farms.  one of them is carrot… just 100% carrot juice… the other two are mostly fruit… which is not how juicing is supposed to be —- for an effective juice regimen you need to do 80% veggies, and 20% fruits… so; my plan is to cut the juices with the veggies I *do* have right now (namely kale and spinach) so this morning i “made” six juices… maybe… maybe only 5.

my breakfast juice/smoothie consisted of 8 oz of carrot juice and a handful of spinach, a handful of kale, chia seeds, wheatgrass powder, and 2 tbsp of vanilla greek yogurt.
it was decent… thicker than juice, but thinner than a smoothie…

i then combined kale and spinach into 8 oz of the blue goodness and green goodness (separately) and then i combined 6 oz of green with 2 oz carrot and some more kale and spinach…

they aren’t bad. I hope they do some good at reducing the constant bloat i have been dealing with; and the lack of energy i have, and then some weight loss…

I was going to walk this morning, but it was storming, so that didn’t happen….

besides… it’s so difficult to wake up!!!

but, we’ll see how this works… if i get a chance, maybe i’ll update this … but maybe not…

nice talking to you readers 🙂

forgive the scattered incohesiveness (is that a word?) of this blog and the typos and lack of capitalization …

at least i got all i wanted out of my head!!!


Black Bean Brownie Bites

black bean brownies


mixxy mixxy

20150121_143945 (( it’s not in the recipe, but i sprayed the pan with the grapeseed oil (which is why it’s in the picture) to prevent sticking of course))


Sweet & Smoky Chili

1 lb ground meat – browned and seasoned with smoked paprika and chili powder
2 green peppers – diced (sauté if desired)
1 large onion diced (sauté if desired)
1 can fire roasted diced tomatoes
2 roma tomatoes, diced
1 small can tomato paste
2 cans dark red kidney beans or chili beans
½ cup barbecue sauce (hickory smoked)
½ cup brown sugar
1 tbsp minced garlic
1 tsp masala ((See link))
2 tsp chili powder
3 tsp cocoa powder
½ tsp cayenne powder
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1 tsp smoked paprika
1 tsp smoked chipotle pepper sauce
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

Mix together in crock pot and cook on low for 8 hours. Can cook on high for 3 hours also…
Serve with cheese & a dollop of sour cream

I vary this recipe almost every time I make it… the tandoori masala spice – while is only a small amount, adds an amazing depth and flavor. today I sautéed the onions with garlic… and I sautéed the green peppers, separately, though… one of them was just in olive oil.. the other was in olive oil and liquid smoke… I added the chipotle pepper sauce today and the Worcestershire sauce… it’s just SO good!!!!!!!! I can’t stop eating it!! and neither can people in my section!! it’s sweet and smoky, but not overly sweet… but you can definitely add whatever spices and stuff you want… like more cayenne, or peppers of the spicy sort…
try it out, and let me know your variations!! 🙂

Repost… Summer Corn Chowder

Corn Chowder

i feel that this post needs to be redone.
1. the link in the original post doesn’t work any longer
2. if you follow the link’s recipe and then go back to mine, you may miss the tweaked steps that i feel make the recipe worthwhile…
so, here goes.

2 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp butter — BUTTER. DON’T USE MARGARINE… that’s horrible
1 large onion, diced
1 green bell pepper, diced
1 red bell pepper, diced
2 large red potatoes, diced, (not peeled, peeled, it’s up to you – i keep my skin on b/c nutrients baby…)
1 leek, diced (make sure you rinse this REALLY well, you don’t want dirt/sand throughout your entire dish)
1 bag frozen corn
2 cans cream corn (you could keep this out and just use 2 bags of frozen corn, but i feel that it makes the creaminess of the dish)
4 slices bacon
2 chicken breasts – cut into small chunks
2 plum tomatoes, seeded and cut into small chunks
1 cup half and half
5 cups veggie/chicken broth
3 tbsp flour
1/2 cup thinly slivered fresh basil leaves
1/4 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp smoked paprika

cook your bacon to desired crispness, set aside – do not drain pan
take your cut up leeks, onions and peppers and brown them in the bacon grease
set your veggies aside and throw your chicken into the oil…
while that’s cooking, crumble up your bacon
in a large pot, throw the onion and leeks in with the butter and olive oil. i know they are already cooked, but bear with me here…
allow the oil and butter to coat them and then throw the flour in and let cook for 3 – 5 minutes, stirring constantly
add the broth, chicken, bacon and potatoes, bring to a boil. reduce the heat to medium and cook, partially covered ((what is that?!?! i just put the lid on it and stirred it occasionally)) for 10 – 15 minutes until potatoes are tender. then add the corn, peppers, spices, and half and half. cook over low heat for about 10 minutes. throw in the tomatoes and basil and stir. let sit for about 3 minutes.
serve and enjoy! 🙂