Monday, January 14, 2019

Vegetarian Lentil Chili for Two










































Well hello there. It's been a minute, but it's nice to be back!

Right after New Year's we started the process of installing hardwood flooring in seven
rooms of our house, so it's been total chaos around here. We've been ripping up carpet,
moving furniture, emptying closets and painting. Our house is a mess, but it's going
to be beautiful once it's all complete! I've been sharing some of the progress on my
Instagram stories and will share more here later.

It snowed over the weekend so I made a vegetarian lentil chili for lunch on Sunday.
Snow days are perfect for cooking and baking. I would have loved to done more, but
I had painting to do!














































This recipe is for a small batch of vegetarian chili, just the right size for my husband and I.
Normally I make cornbread to go with chili, but instead we had tortilla chips with guacamole,
which was also delish!

I used a Le Creuset 1 1/2 quart chef's oven and it was the perfect size for a small batch of
chili. The sloped sides help make it easy to stir soup, chili and sauces. The color pictured
is oyster - such a pretty shade of grey! Le Creuset is my favorite brand of cookware!!

I heard that we may get another snow later this week, so another batch of chili may be
in order! I hope you give this recipe a try soon - especially on a cold, snowy day. Enjoy!









































Vegetarian Lentil Chili for Two

1 T olive oil
1/2 medium onion, peeled and diced
1/2 medium red bell pepper, diced
2 cloves garlic
2 1/2 cups vegetable stock
1 (15 oz.) can fire-roasted diced tomatoes
1 (15 oz.) can black beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 cup uncooked green lentils
1/2 T chili powder
1/2 tsp. smoked paprika
1/2 tsp. cumin
salt and pepper to taste

Heat a medium stock pot over medium-high heat. Sauté onion and red pepper in
olive oil until onion has softened. Add garlic and sauté for another minute, stirring
occasionally.

Add remaining ingredients and stir to combine. Continue cooking until chili comes to a
simmer. Cover with lid, reduce heat to medium-low and continue cooking for 20 minutes
or until lentils have softened. Season with salt and pepper.

Serve immediately with your favorite toppings.

Enjoy!

Thank you to Le Creuset for sponsoring this post.  All opinions are my own.

Monday, December 17, 2018

Winter Fun Chex Snack Mix










































Last week I shared a large batch recipe for homemade Chex Mix, a savory holiday classic.
Today I'm sharing my Winter Fun Chex Snack Mix, a sweet and salty favorite!
Beware, once you start eating it you won't be able to stop. It's so delicious our dog Scout
tried to sneak a bite :)

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Homemade Hot Chocolate with Whipped Cream

This post is in partnership with Moms Meet. Compensation for this post was provided
and this page may contain affiliate links. As always, all opinions are my own.









































Can you believe there are only 12 days until Christmas! Have you finished shopping?
Have you started shopping??

I'm almost finished, with just a few stocking stuffers to go! My goal is to be done by
Sunday so that I can enjoy time with my in-laws without being all stressed out about
shopping.

Monday, December 10, 2018

Homemade Chex Snack Mix {Large Batch}













































Every year around the holidays my mom would make homemade Chex cereal snack mix.
My brothers and I would shove it in our faces while watching Rudolph the Red Nosed
Reindeer, Santa Claus in Comin' to Town and Frosty the Snowman. Dad would be in his
Lazy Boy recliner, reading Farm Journal magazine or Reader's Digest and mom would be 
crocheting another afghan or poncho for me. Life was good.

Sunday, December 9, 2018

DIY Snow Globe Christmas Ornament









































Isn't this bottle brush tree snow globe ornament the cutest!

Last week while browsing around Michael's I noticed these clear, open front plastic
ornaments and thought they would be a fun craft to make with Madison. Her fiancé
was out of town for the weekend so she came over to stay with us and it was so nice
to have her back home.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Chocolate Diet Coke Cupcakes

This post has been sponsored by SheSpeaks, Inc. and The Coca-Cola Company.
All thoughts and opinions are my own.


Chocolate Diet Coke Cupcakes












































Everyone who knows me well knows that I love Diet Coke®. I've been a fan for years!
There's just something about the delicious taste and that fizz that keeps me coming back
for more.

Many years ago, I heard that you could bake a low-fat cake by simply adding a 12-ounce
can of Diet Coke® to a box of chocolate cake mix. That's it. No oil, eggs or water needed,
just a can of diet soda and cake mix. Diet Coke® and chocolate - I was sold!

Monday, November 26, 2018

Six Ways to Make Your Home Cozy and Welcoming for Holiday Guests

This post has been sponsored by SheSpeaks, Inc. and The Coca-Cola Company.
All thoughts and opinions are my own.

My in-laws are coming for Christmas and we can't wait! I love having friends and family
visit during the holidays. I have games planned, movies picked out and I'm in the process
of making the house all warm and cozy with twinkling lights and candles. Family time is
so important and I love spending time with mine.