Ed’s Award Winning Chili Recipe

It’s fall, the weather is cooling down and it’s chili making time.  My taste buds are acting up just thinking of the scrumptious taste of good chili.  And because I’m humble (word used loosely)  I won’t mention that my chili is in fact Award Winning Chile. haha. For four years straight I submitted this recipe in a chili cook-off and won first place every time. An ironic thing was one year the prize was a recipe book for CHILI.  ha. It kind of made me chuckle. Why in the world would you give someone that won a Chili cook-off  a recipe book on how to make chili. haha. It still makes me cackle at the thought.

Anyhow, I have kept my chili recipe top-secret for many years… until now. Oh wait… I just had a deceitful flashback. There was once a time when someone asked me a very difficult question {can I get your recipe}.  I was stupefied at that simple question. I went blank. I started twitching. I was desperately trying to figure out how I could get out of it. I thought I was going to have a panic attack because I don’t like to say no to people and I REALLY wanted to say no to this nameless person. But y’all can relax because as quickly as I was dumbstruck with that difficult question a light bulb went off. Well it kind of flickered…. in agony.

I remembered an episode from the TV show, Everybody Loves Raymond when Marie left out an ingredient so Debra {her daughter in law} looked like an incompetent cook. I figured if it’s done on TV why not do it in real life.  Yup! I sure did scoop down to that level.  I gave this nameless person the recipe to my award wining chili… BUT I left out my “secret” ingredient.  Yes, I know…. that was deceitful of me, but in my defense, I didn’t want that nameless person to enter MY chili in the chili cook-off so I had no other choice.  Come on, you would’ve done the same thing right? If not, just humor me and say I was in the right! HA!

My award-winning chili is ridiculously easy to make. Gosh, I still can’t believe I’m about to do this. So here’s the big reveal….. {insert drum roll} Keep Reading

Roaring Fork & Blended

 

Last month I was lucky enough to be invited to attend an evening in Scottsdale to dine with a group of bloggers. The event was hosted by Roaring Fork restaurant as well as Blended Conference.  Prior to this event, I hadn’t heard of Roaring Fork and was in AWE mode as soon as I walked into the doors.  The restaurant was absolutely beyond beautiful.  As soon as I was seated, I was offered the most amazing drink ever! I had a bottomless cup of Huckleberry Lemonade.   Throughout the evening we were able to taste many items on the menu.   In reality, we were given more than what we could eat, but since I like to eat, I ate pretty much everything that was put in front of me.  Keep Reading

AZ State Fair

 

Have you been to the Arizona State Fair? I go every year and love to spend quality time with my family. The Arizona State Fair runs from October 10 – November 2, 2014. They are open Wednesdays – Sundays. They are featuring the best value in concerts, entertainment, exhibits, contests, and thrill rides. You can find specific details at azstatefair.com.

If you know me, you know that I am super frugal and like to save money in everything I do. So I know you’re asking how I do it. Well the Arizona State Fair has so many wonderful discountsthat you can take advantage of. The days I prefer to go to the Arizona State Fair are on Wednesdays. For instance, if you get to the fair between noon and 6 pm you can get in free with a specified donation. I’ll be at the fair next Wednesday, Oct 22, and by donating a pair gently used jeans, tennis shoes, and backpacks (which will go to St. Vincent de Paul) my family will get in free. Seriously? Who doesn’t have an extra pair of jeans that they no longer wear?   So make sure to check out the Arizona State Fair discount page so you can find what discount will work for you.

There’s even better news. I know, how is that even possible right? Did you know that kids can ride for free?  Yes, you heard me right. Kids ages 5 to 14 can ride for free by filling out this short book report.

You know how everyone likes to eat fair food. Yes that can get pricey but there’s a way around it where you can taste all sorts of fair food at a minimal cost. Check out the $2 Taste of the Fair List of all 93 different items. How crazy awesome is that!!!??

What’s your favorite thing about the fair? Rides? Concerts? Food? Entertainment? Exhibits? Inquiring minds want to know.

 

 Disclaimer:  I was provided admission to the fair for my family for participating.  All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

 

Microwave Dinner Caught Fire

Do you eat microwave dinners? Well I am on the run a lot, not like on the run from the police but I always have something to do. Yes I will say with out one bit of shame that I eat microwave dinners more often than I should admit to. ha  Being a single parent with one child at home, it sometimes is just cheaper to eat that way especially since she’s SO darn picky but I have no one to blame but myself.  Oh and of course it’s also easier to pop something in the microwave than to cook. (Call me lazy or busy… I’ll accept both)

Let me tell you about the time I was in the teacher’s lounge at school. It had been a very long and busy morning. Teachers only get a 30 minute lunch break so I was anxious to hurry and eat my lunch.  As the Healthy Choice Baked Lasagna with Meat Sauce was put in the microwave, I started talking to a co-worker. I glanced at the microwave because I thought I saw it flicker. I kept talking to my co-worker and then within 1 minute or so of the a Healthy Choice Lasagna being in the microwave I did another double take because I thought I saw something flicker in the microwave again. I then jumped up out of my seat and yelled, “FIRE!! HOLY CRAP! THERE’S A FIRE”.  I saw flames so I sprinted on over to the rescue, unfortunately I wasn’t wearing my super hero cape and as a result was not able to salvage the food or keep the smoke from spreading through out the teacher’s lounge.  It was amazing how much smoke the small portion of the burnt tray caused.

 

 Congra Food Healthy Choice Fire

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