One-Pot Cincinnati Chili


Well, friends.  I’m just going to lay it all out there.  Consider this a no-judgement zone.  Tell me your deepest and darkest secrets….it’s safe here.  This is a blog made up of love, compassion and trust between you and I.  The tree of trust, lets say.  Ate all your kids Easter candy before it made it to the baskets and told yourself it was for their own good?  Confess here, you’re in the tree of trust.  Do you secretly love the “get cash” option when you are checking out with your Red Card at Target so that you can disguise your coffee addiction?  Tree of trust.  What?  It was just a random guess.  I would never do something like that.  Friends.  My name is Melissa, and I have a major crush on Chef Michael Symon. Continue reading

Beef and Bean Chili


Well, we’ve come and gone from our winter getaway.  Sun, warmth and peace was had and, much to my dismay, winter greeted us back home with a big, fat hello.  Every year we go away around this time.  And every year as we are sitting on the beach the sun soaks all of its optimism into my body. We talk about how the winter will always be so much more bearable if we make it a priority to get away somewhere warm for a short time.  And how we aren’t even sure if we could live in a place so consistently warm all year around.  How much we love the seasons change in Minnesota.   And how our winters are really not that bad.  And then it happens.  The airplane lands back in our home state. Continue reading

Slow Cooker Black Bean and Butternut Squash Chili


Busy busy times are approaching.  Hustle and bustle take over and meal times become as rushed as ever, unfortunately.  This slow cooker chili can help in that department.  Throw all of the ingredients into your slow cooker and let it go while you’re at work or out running. And when you arrive home your left with a hearty, healthy, warm bowl of nums.  We love to scoop this chili up with corn tortilla chips.  Don’t forget the toppings.. they’re essential!  And not to worry…you won’t miss the meat.  My carnivore tendencies were totally satisfied after one bite 😉 Continue reading