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Award Winning Smoky Chipotle Chili

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This is an award winning chili recipe that is delicious to make for the family at least once every chili season. The chili cook-off that I entered was held my last office job, and this was the winner (I was so proud!)

I originally found the recipe on Allrecipes, but have made it my own over the years with different spices and salsa that gives the chili a spicy & sweet kick. I usually make a double batch because it goes quickly and is perfect to freeze a few portions for later. See recipe below for the double recipe ingredients and directions.

Smoky Chipotle Chili

Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs ground turkey
  • 2 packets taco seasoning (we like hot & spicy!)
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 can red kidney beans
  • 2 jars chipotle pineapple salsa (if you can’t find chipotle salsa with pineapple, you can get a small can of diced pineapples to add in)
  • 2 cans french onion soup
  • 1 bag frozen corn
  • cornbread or corn chips

Directions:

  1. Brown meat, drain, return to stove and simmer with 1 1/3 cup water and taco seasoning over medium/low heat 4-5 minutes
  2. Combine taco meat, garlic, kidney beans, salsa, soup, and thawed corn in slow cooker.
  3. Cook on High 3-4 hours, or Low 5-6 hours.
  4. Serve with cornbread or corn chips.

Enjoy!


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DIY Halloween Costume: Girl Pokeball

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DIY Halloween Costume

Halloween is right around the corner! I was late deciding what costume I wanted to make for my 14 month old daughter this year, so I had to make sure it was an easy DIY!

I got inspiration from a Pokeball costume I saw on Pinterest, and decided I could make something very similar for my little girl to wear. Not only is Pokemon very popular right now, but my husband also plays Pokemon Go…so I thought it would be a cute and trendy costume!

I even found some Pokemon beanies that my husband and I could wear to be part of the Pokemon theme…my daughter has to “catch us.” I also found some Pokemon stuffed animals she could carry around for props.  I included the DIY supplies and instructions below.

DIY Halloween Costume

Supplies:

Optional:

Instructions:

Note the measurements were specific for my daughter who is size 18 months. This costume could be made for any size, but adjust the measurements accordingly.

  1. Trace a 5-6″ wide circle on cardboard or heavy paper (I used white poster board and a bowl to trace my circle.) Use scissors to cut out the circle.
  2. Paint the circle white (if it isn’t already) and let dry. Paint a black ring on the outer edge of the circle, and draw a smaller circle directly in the center so it looks like this:DIY Halloween Costume
  3. While the paint is drying, you can assemble the tutu. Cut a piece of elastic to fit around the waist and give an extra 1/2″ for sewing.
  4. Cut white tulle fabric into 2 inch strips. I used a total of 2 yards (could have used up to 3 yards) and cut the fabric in half lengthwise before cutting 2 inch strips. (My strips were approximately 28″ long by 2″ wide.)DIY Halloween Costume
  5. Fold each strip of white tulle fabric in half, place under elastic, and pull the ends through the loop securing it around the elastic. Pull tight, and repeat until all fabric strips are used. Distribute evenly around elastic. Overlap the elastic ends by 1/2 inch, and sew together.
  6. For the belt, fold the black tulle fabric lengthwise (the piece I used was 1.5 yards long.) Find the center, and hot glue the painted circle to the fabric. (I cut a second circle and glued it to the back of the belt to secure it around the fabric.)
  7. Assemble costume with the red longsleeve bodysuit and black or white pants. I made sure the belt was long enough to tie a bow in the back.

DIY Halloween Costume

I think it turned out really cute! It was a very low cost and an easy DIY Halloween Costume. I can’t wait for Halloween to come so we can go out and catch Pokemon, and maybe some candy too. What are your costume plans this year?

DIY Halloween Costume

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DIY Spiderweb Pumpkin

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This is a fun and easy DIY pumpkin painting project! I got the idea a few years ago from Rachael Ray Every Day‘s Halloween issue. You can pick big pumpkins, small pumpkins, or even fake pumpkins to use again next year. I’ve included the supplies and directions below.

Supplies:

Directions:

  1. Lay down a table cover while painting.
  2. Make sure the pumpkin is clean of all dirt and dust before painting.
  3. Use foam paint brush to apply black paint to the pumpkin, let dry completely and apply a second and third coat if needed.
  4. Use small paint brush and white paint to create vertical lines in the pumpkin grooves, let dry completely. Add white curves between the vertical lines on the top half of the pumpkin for the spiderweb.
  5. Once the pumpkin is dry, you can use it as Halloween decor on your front porch or in your home!

Let me know how your Spiderweb Pumpkin turns out!

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Cherry BBQ Chicken Cornbread Casserole

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Cherry BBQ Chicken Cornbread Casserole

Shredded chicken is covered in a sweet and spicy cherry BBQ sauce, then topped with a hearty honey cornbread that makes this a delicious family favorite in my home! It’s perfect for a weekend game day dinner or makes for an easy weeknight casserole.

This recipe contains some of my favorite Michigan-made ingredients: Cherry Republic Spicy Cherry BBQ Sauce and Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix. See the ingredients and directions below.


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Cherry BBQ Chicken Cornbread Casserole

Ingredients:

Cherry BBQ Chicken Cornbread Casserole

Directions:

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees and spray 9 x 13 casserole dish.
  2. Stir the shredded chicken and BBQ sauce in a mixing bowl, then spread over bottom of casserole dish.
  3. In separate mixing bowl, stir the corn muffin mix, creamed corn, egg, sour cream, and shredded cheese. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Pour corn mixture over shredded chicken in the casserole dish, spreading evenly. Drizzle honey over top.
  5. Bake for 1 hour, or until top is golden brown and the cornbread doesn’t jiggle.
  6. Let sit for 5 minutes, and enjoy! Drizzle extra honey over your piece for some extra sweetness.

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DIY Fall Mason Jar Decor

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DIY Fall Mason Jar

Painting and decorating a mason jar is an easy go-to project for home decor, parties and other celebrations. I’ve made mason jar centerpieces for my sister’s wedding shower, and she made beautiful bouquet vases for her own wedding reception! I turned the same idea into a DIY Fall Mason Jar Decor, with supplies and instructions, below.


wedding day photo by Carlson Photography


DIY Fall Mason Jar Decor

Supplies: Mason jars, acrylic paint, paint brushes, twine, ribbon, and glue gun (optional: lettering or stencils & card stock)DIY Mason Jar Supplies

Instructions: Lay down a table cover while painting. I chose metallic paint colors that reminded me of fall. Apply at least 4 coats of paint (let completely dry after each coat.)

While the paint is drying, you can use a stencil or hand paint letters that spell “FALL” on card stock paper. Once dry, you can cut the letter out or trim in the shape of a square.DIY Fall Mason Jar supplies2

Once the paint is dry on the jars, measure around the jar center to determine the ribbon length you will need to cut (add 1 inch for overlapping.) Use glue gun to secure ribbon on back of the jar.

Wrap twine around the top of the jar and tie into a bow.

Glue the “FALL” lettering directly over the ribbon on the front of the jar.

Add your favorite flowers or fall leaves as a final touch, and voila!DIY Fall Mason Jar 3


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