Chili for Cheaters


I call this my “Chili Cheat” because it’s just too easy to count as actual cooking. With only 5 ingredients in 1 pot…it has all the flavor of chili without any of the hard work! My mom made this all the time when I was growing up & now I do too.

Brown 1 lb. Ground Beef

In the same pot ADD:1 qt V8 Juice, 2 cans Kidney Beans, 2 cans Italian Style Stewed Tomatoes 

Cover the top with chili powder. Bring to a boil. Turn heat down & simmer for at least 1 hour. 

 Serve with shredded cheddar & sour cream (optional)

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Italian Sausage & Peppers

Street Food at its finest. This quick & easy crock pot Sausage & Peppers will make you feel like your walking the streets of the SAN Gennaro Featival in Little Italy. 

✔️Sweet & Hot Sausage

✔️Peppers

✔️Onion

Cook in the crockpot on low for 6 hours  & forgetaboutit! Serve inside a nice sub roll or hot dog bun. 

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Valentine’s Day DIY

 Fresh Floral Ice Cubes

ice cube trayYou’ll need: flowers & ice cube tray

 

  • A great way to add a romantic touch to your champagne bucket. Impress your guests at a party or for a Valentine’s dinner for 2!
  • Use a muffin tin for your floral cubes. It’s something you probably already have in your cabinet & it makes the cubes more substantial. This is the time to show off!
  • Place flower buds, petals, greenery…whatever you have in the tin. There are no rules! Cover with water and freeze.
  • Don’t worry if the water doesn’t cover the flower or it floats. It actually looks cooler if the bud is popping out of the cube.
  • Let cubes sit at room temp for a few minutes so you can flip over tin and they’ll pop right out!
  • If you don’t have a fancy pants wine bin ( I don’t ) you can just use a big clear bowl. It actually displays your ice cubes better.
  • Plop in your wine/champagne and admire your fabulousness!

 

Personalized Wine Bottles

Valentine Wine Bottle
You’ll need: Wine Bottle, Chalkboard Spray Paint, Painters Tape, Colored Chalk

  • I love these as favors at a party, as a way to personalize a bottle of wine as a gift, or as a way to commemorate and display a special bottle of wine.
  • Important! Be sure to remove the labels before spray painting! I learned this the hard way! Go the extra mile. It doesn’t look as pretty if you spray over the label.
  • Soak the bottle in soap and hot water..if you let it soak long enough the label should then peel right off.
  • Give it 2 coats of chalkboard paint.
  • It dries really fast! But resist the temptation! Give it at least a few hours before you start your chalk creation!
  •  Don’t be afraid to mess up! It erases like a real chalkboard!
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A New Year’s Birthday Bash!

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Planning a 1st birthday party for New Year’s Day is not for the faint of heart! It’s right in the heart of the holiday season and just a few short hours after the biggest party night of the year (ouch)! In spite of it all….our New Year’s Birthday Bash went off without a hitch. Gracie was surrounded by all of her best friends and family and that’s all a girl can ask for. I can’t think of a better way to ring in the New Year!

Happy New Year and Happy Birthday to our girl! Cheers!

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Don’t blink

Gracie is 1! Where does the time go?

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If there’s one thing I can tell you about pregnancy…it’s that you’ll get tons of unsolicited advice! But one thing really held true. So many parents told me that time would fly once the child was born. They said things like, don’t blink and you’ll wake up on day and they’ll be in college.  To which I thought…..you’re being really dramatic.  Well, I was wrong! This has not only been the most wonderful and challenging year of my life…but it’s also been the fastest. Now that my little baby is walking and talking I really don’t want to miss a second. So, if anyone has a way to get through life without blinking….let me know!

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