Food: Easy Chili Recipe

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When the weather starts dropping, the first dish I go-to is this easy chili recipe. Super simple yet oh so yummy!!

This post is in partnership with Market Street. All stories and opinions are 100% my own.

This super easy chili recipe has been in my family for as long as I can remember. It was originally my grandmother’s recipe and then my dad took hold of it and added a little bit of spice to it and well…it’s just chili perfection in my opinion. Every time the weather starts dipping into the cooler temps, this is my go-to cool weather recipe.

You can cook this in a large skillet or a dutch oven. If you go the skillet route, I recommend finishing off in a dutch oven. If you don’t have a dutch oven, make sure you have a lid that fits your skillet so that when it’s simmering, it can simmer covered. I’ve cooked it both ways…large skillet and dutch oven…and this go around, I started off in a skillet and finished off in my new Lodge Enameled Cast Iron Casserole Dish. It’s 2.5 quarts…perfect for this chili!

Easy Chili Recipe


Ingredients:

1 T. canola oil
1 medium onion, diced
4-5 cloves of garlic, minced
1 lb. lean ground beef
1 T. ground cumin
1 T. chili powder
1 can of Rotel
1 can Stewed Tomatoes (just the regular size can)
1 can Kidney Beans (just the regular size can…I use dark kidney beans.) (optional)
squirt of ketchup
salt and pepper
fritos
shredded cheese
corn bread (optional)

Directions:
1. Heat a large skillet or dutch oven over medium heat. Add 1 T. oil to the skillet/dutch oven and let it heat up.
2. Once the skillet/dutch oven is hot, add the ground beef. Season a bit with salt and pepper. Cook until meat is browned.
3. Remove from the pan.
4. Add another 1 T. of oil and let it get hot.
5. Add the onions and garlic to the skillet/dutch oven. Cook until the onions are translucent, 3-5 minutes.
6. Add the meat back to the skillet. Combine the meat, garlic, onion mixture together.
7. Lower heat to Low/Simmer.
8. Add in the spices: cumin and chili powder. Combine really well.
9. Add the rotel, tomatoes, kidney beans and a squirt of ketchup. Combine.
10. Transfer to dutch oven if you have one to finish cooking, if not, just add your lid to your skillet.
11. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes.
**Taste after 15 minutes to see if you need more salt or more ketchup.

Enjoy with fritos and cheese! Or cornbread!

Easy Chili Recipe

As I mentioned earlier, I finished off my chili in my new Lodge Cookware. I’m a huge fan of cast iron cookware. I own lots of cast iron skillets and a large enameled cast iron dutch oven. You just can’t beat cast iron. If you are around a Market Street (DFW Metroplex or out in West Texas area), they’ve got a great campaign going on with this new Lodge cookware/bakeware. Guests will earn one e-sticker for every qualifying $10 ticket spend. Track your e-stickers on your receipt, on the Market Street mobile app, or online. When you have earned the required number of e-stickers, simply select your desired piece of Lodge cookware or bakeware and give your Rewards account number to the cashier at checkout to redeem your FREE item.
You cannot beat that! You buy groceries so why not be rewarded with some free Lodge cookware/bakeware! It’s definitely worth a trip to Market Street!!

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Book Review: Pros and Cons by Janet Evanovich, Lee Goldberg

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Pros and ConsPros and Cons by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg

Goodreads.com Synopsis:

Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg have teamed up for a dynamic new series featuring an FBI agent who’s on the hunt—and a master con artist who’s enjoying the chase. The con is on in this eBook original short story that’s a triumphant prequel to The Heist.

FBI special agent Kate O’Hare has made it her mission to nail international con artist Nicolas Fox. When she discovers his plot to plunder a venture capitalist’s twentieth-story Chicago penthouse of all its cash and treasures at the same time that the self-proclaimed “King of Hostile Takeovers” is getting married, Kate is 85 percent—okay maybe 92 percent—sure that she’s finally going to bag Nick Fox.

Problem is, first Kate has to convince her boss, building security, and maybe even herself, that wedding planner Merrill Stubing is actually Nicolas Fox. Second, she has to figure out how to corner and capture him without disrupting the event of the year. And third, what’s going to happen once O’Hare finally gets her hands on Fox? It’s going take a pro to catch a con before the fireworks over Lake Michigan go off.

My Review: 5 out of 5 stars. This is a short story within the Fox and O’Hare Series. A great series with a kick butt FBI agent, Kate O’Hare. I’ve read everything in the series and there is a new one on the horizon that I’m super excited to get my hands on!!

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#NOEXCUSES Running Tips

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Interested in running for exercise? Check out these running tips to help you get the most benefit when you go out and pound the pavement! #NOEXCUSES

Thank you to Skechers for sponsoring today’s discussion. All stories and opinions are 100% my own.

Are you a newbie runner? Have you been running for awhile but it just hasn’t “stuck” with you just yet? Well, no worries…I’ve got some running tips for you to help you get the most benefit when you go out and hit the pavement (or treadmill!). One of the best things about running is it can be performed anywhere. Definitely no gym membership required! I do have to say…running is not for everyone (have bad knees/hips/ankles…probably not a good idea!!). If you’ve never run before, I highly recommend you go have a conversation with your doctor about your interest. Make sure you are cleared for this kind of exercise before you decide to go pound the pavement!!

TIP #1: Buy a pair of good running shoes! This is a must! They have to fit properly. And no ifs ands or buts on this one! If you are unsure of what type of shoe you need to be in, go find yourself a local running store. Let someone fit you into a shoe. They will most likely watch you walk barefoot so that they can see your gait and foot fall pattern. Super important in the type of shoe they end up putting you in.

I’ve been running in the new Skechers GoRun3 Awareness Special Edition Running Shoe (for Breast Cancer Awareness). It’s got a really great fit to it and it came with an additional insert to help give me some more support while running.

Make Strides to End Breast Cancer by purchasing these Skechers Performance Series Special Edition Breast Cancer Awareness Running Shoes!

Make Strides to End Breast Cancer by purchasing these Skechers Performance Series Special Edition Breast Cancer Awareness Running Shoes!

Make Strides to End Breast Cancer by purchasing these Skechers Performance Series Special Edition Breast Cancer Awareness Running Shoes!

Here are some additional features for the GoRun3 Awareness Special Edition Running Shoe:

Designed for speed with innovative performance technologies to promote a midfoot strike, it fosters a barefoot running experience while offering cushioning and impact protection.
• Improved breathability and flexibility
• Roomy forefoot. 3 layer Power-prene mesh on front panel allows for support while offering ample room for toe splay
• GOimpulse sensors offer flexibility and feedback for a responsive running experience
• M-Strike Technology™ promotes a midfoot strike
• Custom Fit insole is removable for an even more minimal feel
• 4mm Heel Drop to bring you closer to a natural barefoot experience
• Resalyte™ Midsole – Proprietary lightweight injection-molded compound with memory retention helps absorb impact
• Nearly seamless flexible mesh upper with lace up front

TIP #2: Hydrate Hydrate Hydrate. It’s not always easy to run with water. I do recommend using some sort of fanny pack or carrying a bottle of water (even though that is super annoying while running…lol…at least for me!) Hydrate well before you go for a run. And hydrate after you finish!

TIP #3: Start off at a brisk walk to get your body warmed up and then do some stretching before you start running. It’s never a good idea to head out the door and immediately start off in a run. Give your body a chance to get warmed up and stretched out before you start running. I typically walk through one workout song and then get going.

TIP #4: Breathe. That might sound obvious but most people hold their breath when running. Work on a breathing cadence while you run. It will help keep your stomach cramping/side stitches at bay. I typically breathe in 3 counts and breathe out 3 counts. Or some sort of even number. I try and stay super focused on this breathing method because otherwise my body will start cramping. Annoying!

TIP #5: Sunscreen. If you are running during daylight hours, slather on the sunscreen! Wear some sunnies and/or a hat too!

TIP #6: Tell someone you are going for a run. If you are running by yourself, tell someone. Tell them your route and when you are heading out. Call them when you finish so that they know you are back and safe. I know that sounds like a weird running tip, but you never know.

TIP #7: Cool Down. When you finish your run, remember cooling down is just as important as warming up. Walk through another workout song. Stretch. It’ll help your body return to its resting temperature.

TIP #8: Don’t worry about your pace. Just get out a run. Or run/walk. If you’ve never run before, I suggest a running program such as Couch-2-5k. It’s like a 9 week running program to get you to being able to complete a 5k distance (3.1 miles).

TIP #9: Don’t try and run a half-marathon your first time out! Again, pace yourself. Start out with 5-10 minutes of running. Give yourself some time (especially your body) to the new exercise.

These 9 Running Tips will for sure help you in your running adventures!

Interested in running for exercise? Check out these running tips to help you get the most benefit when you go out and pound the pavement! #NOEXCUSES

Interested in running for exercise? Check out these running tips to help you get the most benefit when you go out and pound the pavement! #NOEXCUSES

Interested in running for exercise? Check out these running tips to help you get the most benefit when you go out and pound the pavement! #NOEXCUSES

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Skechers Performance is joining the American Cancer Society in the fight to end breast cancer. The American Cancer Society is doing the most for people with breast cancer today to end the disease tomorrow.

Cancer is such a cruel thing. My mom was taken from my family October 26, 2006. She was 54 years old when cancer won. This time of year is always a lot harder for me and I want all the more to help KICK CANCER’S BUTT!! I knew when I learned of Skechers’ efforts that it would be something I could proudly support: Exercise and finding a cure.

Let’s KICK CANCER’S BUTT!!! Skechers Performance has created this special line to help with awareness and is also donating to the American Cancer Society. Do your part by purchasing one of these awesome items (shoes, tees, sports bra, leggings or jacket) and show off your support for KICKING CANCER’S BUTT!

Skechers Performance Division’s support will help the American Cancer Society continue to invest in ground breaking research, provide comprehensive support to people diagnosed with breast cancer, and advocate for laws that ensure access for women who need it so more lives are saved.

What are you waiting for?? The pavement is calling your name!! Grab some shoes, follow my running tips and let’s help KICK CANCER’S BUTT!!

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