Hosting, Lifestyle

A Tasty Chili Recipe for Those Cold Winter Days

As soon as it starts to get cold outside I go into soup and chili making mode. Here is a super easy and tasty chili recipe my family loves. It makes approx. 10 servings and freezes great to feed the family throughout the week for those of us who scramble to make dinner Monday – Friday! You can also make it your own by adding or removing ingredients to your liking!


2 large white onions chopped (to save time and tears I buy pre-chopped onion from the produce dept)

3-4 garlic cloves minced or grated

3 lbs ground beef (I use ground turkey to make slightly healthier)

Adobo to taste (I adobo the meat before I brown it)

28oz can crushed tomatoes

4 tbs chili powder

1 7oz can diced green chilies (if you like your chili on the spicy side then add another 7oz can), want to note I use the 1 7oz can and my kids love it, it is not too spicy for them

Salt and pepper to taste

3 15oz cans red beans (I use Goya red beans, but a lot of people like to use black beans or kidney beans)

Add on Ingredients.  These are some my family likes to add, but feel free to change up to suit your taste:

Shredded cheddar cheese (I use low fat or fat free)

Sour cream (I like to use low fat)

Tortilla Chips

Hot Sauce

Black Olives

White or Brown Rice (sometimes we like to serve the Chili over rice)


  1. Sauté onions until translucent over medium high heat.  3-5 minutes
  2. Add the mince garlic and cook for 1 minute
  3. Adobo the ground beef before adding to pot
  4. Once the onions and garlic are done add the ground beef (or Turkey) and cook until all is browned. 6-7 minutes
  5. Add salt and pepper to taste
  6. Add the tomatoes, chili powder, and green chilies. Bring to boil
  7. Add the beans
  8. Taste and add more salt and pepper if needed
  9. Let simmer for 6 hours on the stove (feel free to transfer to slow cooker at this point and cook on low for 5-6 hours)

Enjoy!!  I would love to hear what you like in your chili recipes!


Hosting, Lifestyle

Easy Weeknight Recipes: Double Chicken Stoup

The 2nd edition to our easy weeknight recipes during these crazy busy last couple weeks before the holidays! This meal is a one pot meal and is a cross between a soup and a stew. It is an old Rachel Ray 30 minute meal that I adapted a bit for my family and they LOVE it! Give it try and let me know what you think!

First: this is what you will need

1) 1 onion, diced

2) 4 celery stalks, diced

3) one bag of shredded carrots

4) 1 bay leaf

5) 8 cups of chicken stock (low sodium)

6) 1 lb ground chicken ( or turkey if you prefer)

7) 3 cloves garlic, minced

8) a pinch ground nutmeg

9) 1 egg

10) 1/2 cup Italian bread crumbs

11) 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese

12) 1 package gnocchi

13) 1 cup peas

14) a nice loaf of bread for dipping!!

Olive oil

Now, what to do with it all!

1) Over medium high heat in a large pot heat a drizzle of olive oil. Add the onions, celery, carrots, and bay leaf, salt & pepper. Cook for 5 minutes

2) Add the chicken stock to the pot, cover and bring to a boil.

3) In a medium bowl place the chicken and season with salt and pepper. Add the garlic, nutmeg, egg, bread crumbs, and cheese

4) Now wash your hands and get in there and mix it all together!

5) Form walnut sized meatballs and add them to the soup as you go.

6) Add the gnocchi to the pot and cook for 5 minutes

7) Add the peas and cook for 2 more minutes then turn off heat and allow to cool for 5 minutes on the stove before you eat

I like to sprinkle more Parmesan cheese on top of each bowl and serve with a slice of nice bread and maybe a Caesar salad on the side. Makes about 6-7 servings.

****please note if you are making ahead do not add the gnocchi until you want to eat it. This stoup freezes very well, but do not add the gnocchi until the time you want to eat it.

Hosting, Lifestyle

Favorite Quick Dinner Recipe

With the holidays right around the corner, I am always looking for quick recipes for week night dinners. Here is one of our favorites Rigatoni with Sausage and Escarole.

First, here is everything you will need:

1 bunch of escarole chopped up

1 onion diced

1 red pepper diced (not too small)

2-3 cloves of garlic minced

2 lbs of rigatoni (I like to always make enough for leftovers. This recipe tastes even better the next day)

2 lbs bulk sweet Italian sausage

1/2 cup Parmesan cheese

1 cup reserved pasta water (after pasta has cooked)

Olive oil, salt, and pepper

A nice loaf of bread to serve with!! Of course!!

Preparation steps:

1) In a large pot add rigatoni to heavily salted, boiling water. I use about a palmful of salt. Boil for about 12 minutes. Remember to reserve 1 cup of pasta water.

2) While the pasta is boiling, in a large sauté pan heat a large drizzle of olive oil and add the onions and red peppers, salt and pepper and sauté until the vegetables are soft. About 4 minutes

3) Next add the sausage to the veggies break up with a wooden spoon until browned. About 8 minutes.

4) Add garlic to the sausage and veggies. Stir for 1 minite

5) Add the escarole to the sausage and veggies an let wilt down mixing into mixture. About 5 minutes.

6) Take the sausage mixture and mix in with pasta. Add the reserved pasta water and Parmesan cheese. Mix everything together.

Serve with extra cheese on the side and a nice loaf of bread!!

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Target Finds Friday

As I was strolling through Target today I came across their amazing mug assortment. It reminded me of what great gifts they make, not only during the holidays but for any occasion all year long! Here were some of my favorites from today today! And for only $5.99 you can’t pass them up!

Target Mugs (3)

Snuggle Mug – Sold out online, but in stock in store!

Hello Gorgeous

Strong & Beautiful

We Can Do This

Happy Day

No Drama

Shop the total assortment here

Keep in mind that if any of you still have holiday gatherings this weekend or New Years parties coming up they make great hostess gifts!! Also a great add on gift to a throw blanket or their favorite coffee shop gift card.

Enjoy the smiles they will bring!!