Showing posts from December, 2013

Favorite Chili Recipe

It seems like there are a gazillion ways to make chili and each one varies in taste, texture, etc.  About 2 years ago, I set out to find my "go-to" chili recipe and after trying numerous ones, I landed on this one and haven't deviated since.  This recipe, by Jeanne Allen, comes from the "Fix-It and Forget-It Cookbook" (great slow cooker recipe book, by the way :-).  It reminds me of Wendy's (the fast food chain restaurant) chili....full of flavor and meat, the right amount of beans....not too thick or thin and just the right amount of spice.

The next time you're in the mood for chili, give this recipe a may just become your ideal chili recipe!

Trail Chili
# of Servings:  6 large bowls

2 lbs ground beef (ground turkey also tastes great)
1 large onion, diced
28-oz. can diced tomatoes, undrained
2 - 8-oz. cans tomato puree (or 14 oz. can of diced tomatoes, undrained)
1 or 2, 16-oz. cans kidney beans, undrained (yes, undrained....not a t…

BareMinerals Convertible Eyeshadow Palette - Review and Swatches

When bareMinerals introduced this palette a few months ago, I was ecstatic!   Previously, the bareMinerals READY shadow palettes were only available in groups of 2, 4 or 8 shadows.  While I have enjoyed several of these palettes, I always found myself wishing I could customize these palettes and add the colors that I wanted in a palette.  Furthermore, I also felt that a palette with 12 shadows was much more likely to find it's way into my travel bag because, let's face it, a girl likes to have options when she travels! 
Even though I wasn't sure I loved all of the colors in this palette, I decided to purchase it, hoping that bareMinerals would eventually offer individual READY shadows that I could add to this palette.  Now, after "test-driving" it for over a month, I wanted to share my thoughts on the palette and show you swatches of the colors.
The case for the palette is plastic and looks like this.... (please pardon my dust :-) The center section of this pal…

Clean With Me Monday Challenge - Pre-Christmas Purge

*Fill at least one box/bag with toys, clothes or household items and donate them.

*Approximate time ~ 15-30 minutes

*Tips:  Think about the gifts you and/or your children may be receiving for Christmas (toys, clothes, etc.) and focus on getting rid of the excess before Christmas day arrives.  Make this a quick purge....don't spend too much time going through every item in your closet and in your kids' toy box.  Instead aim for those items you know right away that it's time to get rid of.  If you have family members that are particularly resistant to letting go of their things, remind them these toys/clothes are going to children/families that may not have very much and will really appreciate receiving these things.  Encourage them to join in and help you pick out a few things to donate.

Personal Notes:  As you may have noticed, I've given myself a few weeks off from cleaning projects.  When my mother-in-law was here, she remarked several times about how clean the house …