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    Chorizo 3 Bean Chili

    The weather has turned cooler here in Las Vegas, which means I can now comfortably consume chili and soup.  I absolutely love chili and soup, but I just can’t bring myself to eat either when the temperature is high.  This time of year just makes me want to hibernate (which is why I’ve been so lazy and neglectful on social media) and consume all sorts of comfort foods.  I have several chili recipes that are family favorites, but this one is definitely towards the top of the list.  Each part of the country has their own way to correctly make chili, Texans think it’s an abomination to put beans in…

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    Oct 1st: A Year Later #vegasstrong

    It’s raining today…which is fitting.  Rain can be a symbol of sadness, fear, but rain cleanses.  Rain revitalizes plants, it resets the earth and brings new life.  It washes away the dirt, grime, destruction. One year ago at around 11:30pm, I was laying in bed trying to sleep.  I was pregnant, just beginning my second trimester, super uncomfortable and super sick.  I was laying there, staring at the ceiling fan growing more frustrated by the minute.  Mr. Man bursts in saying in a very urgent voice, “there’s a terrorist attack going on down on the Strip!”  Being a military family, we dread something like this happening, but we know all…

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    Keto Avocado and Lime Sour Cream

    Guys…GUYS!!!!  This keto and paleo friendly avocado and lime sour cream dip is A.MAZING!  I threw it together last week in an effort to tszuj (pronounced zhuj…I may or may not have spelled it zhuj the first time.  Hey, I never said I was good at spelling) up the street tacos I had planned on having for dinner.  My avocados weren’t 100% ripe so I decided to puree them with other yummy ingredients. This dip is yummy on top of tacos, enchiladas, as a spread in a sandwich and as a dip with chips.  You definitely need to try this ASAP. Avocado and Lime Sour Cream Dip ingredeints: 1 large avocado…

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    Updating the Kitchen Island

    My kitchen island is easily the most favorite aspect of my home.  It is what sold me on our house.  In fact, Mr. Man was the one who first walked through the model home with the same layout and as soon as he walked in and took one look at the kitchen he knew I’d love it.  By that time, we had walked through all of the model homes in the community we were hoping to buy/build in.  Nothing took our breath away.  But Mr. Man knew that I always wanted a kitchen island where I could roll out the dough for my cinnamon rolls without having to divide the…

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    Fennel & Orange Focaccia

    Sometimes I like to plan meals with flavors that are the same in each food.  The other night I made a Spicy Blueberry & Orange Pork Tenderloin with this Fennel & Orange Focaccia.  Not only does each food compliment the other, but it also is a great way to be able to use every part of the specific ingredient.  In the pork tenderloin I used the orange zest, and then in the focaccia, I used the orange slices and the juice.  The only waste I had from the oranges was the pith. Also…have you ever tried fennel?  It has this amazing licorice scent and flavor.  It looks like celery, dill…

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    Quick Dinners & Pantry Staples

    Now that school is in full swing, extracurriculars are consuming our lives, and germs are being passed around…quick dinners have become the norm around here.  I definitely love pouring my heart into preparing meals for friends and family, but most often I just don’t have the time or energy during the week to be very elaborate.  Healthy, yummy meals are still my top priority…but there are plenty of meals that can be prepared quickly and are still healthy. Quinoa, Jasmine rice, and various types of pasta are always in my pantry.  Quinoa bowls are a weekly occurrence in my house.  It is easy to cook and easy to flavor.  Some of my…

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    Super Mom

    I’ve always wanted to show the world a photo of my kitchen sink full of dirty dishes.  I absolutely cannot go to bed with any dishes in the sink.  It is something that just makes my skin crawl…and yet…I’ve had to learn to let that go at times.  As my boys have grown I’ve tried to teach them certain traits that their future wives will appreciate…such as dish duty, putting the toilet seat/lid down, not leaving toothpaste in the sink, or leaving dirty socks all over the place.  That being said, they are boys…they are preteen boys…and their expectations of how certain things should be done are VERY different than…

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    Cream Cheese Chicken Salad Wraps

    Another chicken salad recipe for the books.  This recipe is actually been a regular in this house for a few years.  I just LOVE chicken salad…it’s quick, easy, and yummy.  Although, this chicken salad isn’t as healthy as the quinoa & arugula chicken salad posted last week.  It is equally yummy though.  And…if you omit the dried cranberries, it would be keto friendly as well.  This recipe makes a lot, and it great for meal prep.  My favorite way to eat is on a fluffy, butter croissant, but that would cause it to be super unhealthy…so in an effort for moderation, lettuce wrapping the chicken salad is a great substitute. …

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    Quinoa & Arugula Chicken Salad

    This week has been the week of chicken salads.  It is easy to create and easy to make a lot of for food prep.  I really wanted to figure out a way to incorporate arugula into a recipe, especially a recipe the amigos would hopefully eat.  Arugula is super yummy, it is a leaf that has a peppery taste.  It is also packed with nitrate which has been proven to help lower blood pressure.  It is the same nitrate family as broccoli, brussels sprouts, and kale…and I don’t know about you, but I would MUCH rather consume broccoli and arugula than kale or brussels sprouts. Other fun facts about arugula……

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    No Oats Oatmeal

    Growing up my dad would fix us oatmeal and he would add raisins, which he called flies.  While I wasn’t too fond of raisins growing up, I loved it when dad would add them and then tell us to make sure we ate all of the flies.  Now that I am an adult, I still love the old school oatmeal my dad makes, but my tastes have expanded.  I originally found this recipe here, but I’ve tweaked it a little.  I like to make this in advance, but not more than a few days.  The crispiness begins to change and the texture becomes funny.  I also like to top it with several variations. …