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Chili Recipe

A few people asked me to share my chili recipe, so I decided to post it today.

The first time I ever made chili was last year when I decided to make it for Danny. I actually found the recipe by googling “best chili recipe.” I used the same recipe this weekend, making a couple of slight changes.

Best Chili


2 1/2 lb. lean chuck, ground
1 lb. lean pork, ground
4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 cup finely chopped onion
8 oz. hunt’s tomato sauce
1 cup water
1 can beer (12 oz.)
3 Tablespoons chili powder
2 Tablespoons instant beef bouillon (or 6 cubes)
2 Tablespoons cumin, ground
2 teaspoons paprika
2 teaspoons oregano leaves
2 teaspoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon coriander, ground
1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa
1/2 teaspoon Louisiana hot sauce
1 teaspoon cornmeal
1 teaspoon flour
1 teaspoon warm water


1. In a large saucepan brown 1 1/4 pounds of the ground meat (the beef and the pork), drain the fat.

2. Remove meat (the beef and the pork). Brown the rest of the ground meat, drain all but 2 tablespoons of the fat.

3. Add the garlic and onion, cook and stir until tender.

4. Add the other half of the meat and the tomato sauce, water, beer, chili powder, bouillon, cumin, paprika, oregano, sugar, coriander, cocoa, and hot sauce. Mix well.

5. Bring to a boil then reduce heat and simmer, covered , for 2 hours.

6. In a small bowl, stir together the cornmeal and flour, then add the warm water and mix well.

7. Stir into chili and cook, covered, for an additional 20 minutes.


Usually recipes with a lot of ingredients intimidate me, but a lot of these are spices which really make the chili what it is!

The few changes I made: I added two cans of Brook’s mild chili beans (my family likes chili with beans!), I used 6 cloves of garlic (mostly because I love garlic), and I used a full teaspoon of hot sauce (the chili wasn’t spicy because a teaspoon is pretty small).

So, that’s the recipe that I used. Do you have a good chili recipe to share?

Today’s Workout

  • 1.2 miles treadmill, walked
  • Butts and Guts Class – 60 minutes

My quad is finally starting to feel a lot better. It’s still slightly sore, but better than it was before. I still walked on the treadmill today, but I was able to walk at my normal pace instead of walking super slow. Hopefully, I’ll get back to running later this week!

After walking for a bit, I went to Butts and Guts class.


Lunch today was an overstuffed veggie and feta egg white omelet with toast and pb, fruit, and the new coffee chocolate Chobani bites yogurt.

I threw the toast on my plate at the last-minute. For some reason, eating eggs always makes me want toast.

I finally bought the coffee flavored yogurt to try. While I really like the raspberry and coffee yogurts, I’m not a huge fan of the chocolate chunks in them. I don’t like when my yogurt is crunchy. I’ll finish all the yogurts, I just probably won’t purchase those flavors again.

However, I would buy the caramel pineapple flavor a million times. That one is the best.

I also picked up two of the new Fage greek yogurt flavors to try.

Orange cinnamon and passion fruit clementine. Interesting. There was also some apple raisin flavor, but I didn’t buy that one because I don’t like raisins. Eww.

100 Days

Jaden wanted me to share that yesterday was his 100 day of school!

He made a fruit loop necklace to celebrate and Baby McFruitLoop kept trying to eat it. I’m pretty sure that I also made a fruit loop necklace in kindergarten.

Have a great afternoon!

Questions of the day:

  • Raisins: Yes or No?    Raisins in yogurt: Yes or No?
  • Do you remember celebrating the 100th day of school when you were younger?
  • Favorite yogurt – brand/flavor?
  • What two foods do you usually eat together? I always eat eggs with toast and raw veggies with hummus.


Filed under Fantasy Fitness, Fitness, Recipes, Working Out

Super Bowl Fun and Chili Cook Off

I ate really bad yesterday. Like really bad. Probably not the smartest idea since the DietBet ends this week. But I can’t undo what’s already done, so I am trying not to dwell on it.

I ate to the point of being overfull, and I hate feeling like that and how disappointed I am in myself, but as long as I can get back on track and remember how I felt for possible future overeating than I should be okay.

The DietBet ends in three days on Wednesday, but I have up to 48 hours after that to weigh-in. So, technically I have 5 days until I have to submit my final weight. Keep your fingers crossed for me because I am a little worried. But whether I win or loss, I am happy that I lost a few pounds and finally dropped below the weight that I couldn’t drop below for over 4 months.

Moving on…

Yesterday, we went to my grandparent’s house for the Super Bowl and to spend time with family.

My brother is moving around a little bit better these days…

Of course, there was tons of food.

My stepmom made these meatball bites – they are meatballs and cheese wrapped in a biscuit with marinara sauce to dip them in. Isn’t that such a great idea?

My cousin made stuffed mushrooms.

Me and McCutie FootBall:

We also had our chili cook-off. There was 8 different chilis and 13 people tasting them all. Since, I don’t eat chili, it was my job to give each chili crock pot a number and put all the chili into the cups with the corresponding number. That way no one would know whose was whose chili.

And guess who won?? I did!!!!!!!!

I think my dad was a bit peeved that the non-meater eater of the family came in first place when he has been making chili for years. Sorry dad, that’s the way the cornbread crumbles.

There was a tie for third place, and my dad’s mild chili came in second place. He made two chilis – one spicy and one mild. He only made the mild one for my stepmom to eat, and he was surprised when his mild chili came in second place beating out his spicy chili. I wasn’t.

I honestly don’t think the majority of people like food that are so spicy that you can’t even take a second bite because your mouth still hurts from the first bite. But my dad really likes spicy foods, and I don’t he quite understands that most people prefer food they can taste because their taste buds haven’t been burned off.

I was very happy that my chili came in first place, and honestly I was quite shocked, but I’m glad that people enjoyed it. Everyone did such a wonderful job making their chili, and I hear that they all tasted good, each one being very unique.

I also want to say that I am very proud of Danny for only having one alcoholic drink yesterday. I thought he’d have more. Maybe he’s waiting until after the Diet Bet is over :)

Today’s Workout

  • BodyPump – 60 minutes
  • Stationary bike – 12 minutes

Well, Danny and I had 43 workouts last week for the Fantasy Fitness Challenge. It was a hard week. Danny can only workout in the fitness center, so he can go once in the morning and once in the evening and that’s really it. So, the rest of the workouts fall on my shoulders which is hard.

The team we were up against last week had 65 workouts. In one week. I thought Danny and I did awesome with 43 workouts, and I worked my butt off to get the gym every free second I had. But I cannot compete with 65 workouts.

It’s not worth being injured or spending every free second I have in the gym. Danny and I currently in 4th place, and there is no way that we can come first at this point, so I plan just to go back to my normal morning workouts. We gave it our best shot. I’m not giving up, and will continue to workout, but I can’t keep up with that many workouts a week.

My Plan

With a only a few more days until the final weigh-in, I plan to be as healthy a I can be this week. I plan on eating tons of fruits and veggies, fish, Greek yogurt, eggs, and whole grains. I am going to try to stay away from processed food, avoid sugar, drink tons of water, and limit my peanut butter intake.

Peanut butter is one of those foods that I love but have a hard time limiting. I usually measure out one tablespoon, but that tablespoon turns into a heaping tablespoon or a few extra swipes of peanut butter right into my mouth. And peanut butter calories add up fast which is why I am really going to try to limit my peanut butter intake this week.

Hopefully, I’ll be down my 4% by Friday, but if not, no big deal. I am happy with where I am, and I have lost 32 pounds since April 2012, and I am proud of that!

Starting off my good week of eating was a smoothie and some blueberries for lunch!

Have a great afternoon!

  • Do you prefer spicy or mild foods?
  • What was your favorite Super Bowl snack? Commercial?
  • What are you proud of?


Filed under Dinner, Family Fun, Fantasy Fitness, Fitness, Lunch, Working Out

Super Bowl Sunday!

Happy Super Bowl Sunday!

Even though I’m not a huge football fan (Danny’s a big enough fan for the both of us), I still enjoy the excitement of the game, spending time with family, the commercials, and the food!

Yesterday’s Workout

  • 1.5 miles treadmill, walked
  • Boot Camp – 60 minutes

I had some guests at Boot Camp yesterday – Danny and my step-mom joined me for Boot Camp! My dad came over at 6:45 am to stay with the kids while the three of us did Boot Camp.

Yesterday’s Boot Camp was football themed because of the Super Bowl. Even though it was a “fun” workout, it was still tough!


Breakfast was peanut butter french toast with egg whites and fruit.

Which I ate while reading the newest issue of Runner’s World magazine.


I spent the rest of the afternoon making chili for our chili cook-off today.

I don’t eat or like chili, so Danny was the official taste tester, and he said that it came out delicious! I am also making this potato recipe that I found via Pinterest. I have made it a few times now, and it is so good. I love potatoes…and bread…and pretty much any carb.

Today’s Workout

  • 20/20/20 Class
  • .71 miles treadmill, walked slow

Today’s cardio potluck class was 20/20/20 – twenty minutes of aerobics, 20 minutes of step, and 20 minutes of abs. It was a great class, but I was just so tired and out of it this morning. I went to bed early last night, but had a terrible time sleeping, and I’m paying for it day. I’ve already had quite a few cups of coffee.

I finished up my workout by walking slowly on the treadmill for about 15 minutes. My quad still hurts so I’m taking it easy, and luckily, my workouts will be a little bit less this week.

When I got home from the gym, Jaden had this cute card waiting for me…

I can’t wait until Valentine’s Day :)

It’s snowy and cold here today in Chicagoland. Danny and I have different ideas about keeping warm.

I am usually freezing even inside, and am always wearing a billion layers and keep myself wrapped in a blanket. Apparently the cold has so effect on Danny.

He’s crazy.

Have a great Sunday and enjoy the Super Bowl!

  • Any plans for today?
  • What are you most looking forward to eating?
  • Do you like chili?
  • Did you workout today?


Filed under Breakfast, Family Fun, Fantasy Fitness, Fitness, Working Out

Awesome Whole Foods Policy and Superdawg

In case you missed things over the weekend, I:


Yesterday morning, Jaden and I ran over to Whole Foods to pick up a couple of things.

Hello, delicious mango salsa.

While we were in line to check out, Jaden grabbed a box of Clif kid’s Z bars in the honey graham flavor and asked if he could get them. (Of course they put all the kid’s products near the register!) I told him not this time because he had never tasted that particular flavor, and I didn’t want to be stuck with a whole box of bars if he didn’t like them.

The cashier overhead me and told me to bring the Clif bars over to the service desk and they would let Jaden sample them since he’s never had them before. So, we pay for our groceries and Jaden happily carries the box of bars over to the service desk, and I explain what the cashier said, thinking they grab a single bar off the shelf or something to let Jaden try out.

Nope. She scans the box and hands it to me and says there you go.

What?! We got the whole box to try out for free. I was kind of amazed for a second. Apparently, if you’ve never tried a product at Whole Foods before and  you want to, they’ll let you try it for free. I thought that was pretty cool.

By the way I’ve never tried that $30 salmon before either…. I’m kidding. I wouldn’t take advantage of it, but I thought it was great that they gave Jaden the whole box for free, especially because I just spent $40 on one bag of groceries.

Jaden trying out the Z bar (he liked them, by the way):

A while after we got back from Whole Foods, my dad came over to try the small amount of chili that I saved for him.

He makes awesome chili that everybody loves, so I wanted to get his opinion on my chili. He said it was a success. Maybe not quite as good as his, but still good :) His recipe is just a lot different. He uses a lot more veggies and a lot more hot sauce.

Later in the evening, we decided to go to SuperDawg for dinner.

My dad and I had seen SuperDawg when we went to Bob Chinn’s restaurant a few weeks ago, and he’s been wanting to go ever since.

It’s a drive-in restaurant, but you can also get out of your car and sit at a table.

I had the fish sandwich. It came on an onion roll which I was super happy about because I have been craving an onion roll, but always stick to my whole wheat bagel thins. Even though it was good, I had eaten a lot of pumpkin spice Hershey kisses throughout the day and wasn’t too hungry, so I only finished half.

Today’s Workout

  • 1.65 miles – treadmill
  • BodyPump – 60 minutes

My shoulder is still slightly bothering me, so I made sure to take it easy on the shoulder track during BodyPump today. Post workout, me and my crazy hair had some chocolate milk.

Today’s the last day to enter my giveaway, so don’t forget to check it out! Winner will be posted tomorrow!

Questions of the day:

  • Did you know about Whole Foods policy?
  • Have you ever been to a drive-in restaurant?
  • Did you workout today?


Filed under Dinner, Family Fun, Fitness, Giveaway


Such a creative title, huh? I bet you have no idea what this post is going to be about.

A couple of weekends ago, my dad talked about inviting us over to watch football and eat chili…except he didn’t really do it. Thanks, Dad.

Well, all the talk about chili got Danny in a chili mood, so I decided to be an awesome wife and make chili for him.

I have never made chili before, and was kind of nervous about making it because of its long list of ingredients. I tend to usually stick to easy recipes without too many ingredients. But I googled “best chili recipe” and found this recipe, which I made.

I did make a few changes – I didn’t use cumin, and added a little bit more chili powder instead. I also added a can of Bush’s chili beans, because this recipe didn’t have any beans in it. I always assumed that all chili had beans in it, but apparently in Texas it’s a big no-no to put beans in chili. That’s what I read anyway. Kind of like it’s a big no-no to put ketchup on a Chicago hot dog. Silly food rules, being all crazy. :)

The thing that intimidated me the most was the garlic. I have never used fresh garlic before, so I watched a YouTube video on how to cut garlic.

The YouTube guy made it seem so nice and easy that I wasn’t worried about it…until I actually went to work with the garlic. In the video, he cut the bottom of the garlic off so nicely. My garlic end wouldn’t cut off easily, and I almost sliced my fingers off a few times. Then he took the knife and smacked the garlic to make the bulbs fall out nicely. Yeah, not so much with my garlic. No bulbs fell out and I just made a giant mess. Luckily, I finally got the garlic cut, peeled, and chopped.

I invited my mom, Debbie – a family friend, my brother, sister-in-law, and niece over for a chili tasting party. I even made a nice little chili topping station.

I made corn bread muffin (yes, in Spongebob liners) and my mom made awesome cheesy bread.

Everyone said that the chili came out delicious – and I’ll have to take their word for it because I don’t eat chili. But I had to save a little for my dad to try or it would have all been gone, so they must have actually liked it.

I bought a Greek yogurt banana smoothie squeeze pouch for my niece to eat. They should make those for adults too.

She repaid me by squeezing it all over my pants. Isn’t she sweet?

After dinner, I had chocolate cake and cookies for dessert. Someone was a little mad that all her cake was gone. But that’s okay because milk makes everything better.

I also opened the pumpkin spice Hershey kisses while everyone was over, and they were so good – very pumpkiny. I expected them to be chocolate too, but they weren’t. They were all yummy pumpkin.

My brother also bought pumpkin spice kisses recently and came up with the brilliant idea of throwing one into his coffee. Genius, I tell you.

So, this morning, I did the same. I put one pumpkin spice kiss into my empty coffee cup, and brewed pumpkin spice coffee over it. Extra added pumpkin deliciousness.

Now that’s the perfect way to start the morning!

I hope you all have a wonderful Sunday!


Filed under Dinner, Family Fun, Recipes