Amazing Chili Recipe!

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The name for this should be: World Famous Chili

If you didn’t know, I am a TWO-TIME CHILI COOK OFF WINNER. My company has an annual chili cook off the week of Thanksgiving where 25 employees enter a chili. THAT’S right I beat 24 other chili’s, TWICE!! It’s really an accomplishment seeing as I used to hate chili growing up. Beans freak me out and veggies were just never my thing. But once I got a bit older and wiser, I started to like my dad’s chili pilled high with cheese and Fritos scoops for dipping (obv picking around the beans – that will never happen).

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Here is proof of my win

My winning recipe last year was a mac and cheese chili. PHENOMINAL if I do say so myself. I couldn’t even test it a second time because my crockpot was licked clean. **takes a bow** So this year I was out to take home the big W again. The trash talking around the office was at an all time high (no joke, so much trash talk) and I had the biggest target on my back. The only thing that cautioned me from the start was the new rules for this year competition– no pasta, rice, quinoa, cheese, and bunch of other crap. INNOVATION IS MY KEY TO SUCCESS. I went to the drawing board Pinterest to see what was out there. After some poking around I decided to go with a classic chili, my dad’s classic chili recipe. I added a few outliers to his recipe (to make it my own) but in the end the crux of the chili is the family recipe.

Going into chili day I was not as confident as I was the year before. Going into a competition with a classic is tough and nerve-wracking. The key to success and getting peoples votes (yes we all vote at the end, quite official actually) is to have a creative name. A name the people remember. A name the people keep talking about. A name the people chant and want more of. Okay sorry.

Well last years name was: Mac that Ass Up

This year’s name…

CHILINE DION

And let me tell you if the office was Twitter, Chiline Dion was #trending worldwide.

Despite the haters, I won with 26% of the votes. We have over 150 people in the office so yeah there is that. suckers.

Are you ready for the recipe now?

 

IT’S AMAZING.

Amazing Chili Recipe

 

Okay here is what you will need:

1 pound of hamburger meat (80/20 but 90/10 if you feel like going for it)

1 pound of hot sausage patties (you will only use half so if you can find smaller, holler)

½-1 green pepper

½-1 small yellow onion

½ jalapeño, seeds INCLUDED

½-1 cup of celery

A chunk of garlic, chopped

1 bag of sharp cheddar sheese

1 LARGE can (28oz) of crushed tomatoes (If you like really chunky chili you could do something chunkier or half and half)

1 can (15 oz) of red beans (I HATE beans so I only put in half a can)

1 packet of chili seasoning, mild

Some brown sugar

Some cayenne pepper

Some cumin

Salt & Pepper

 

Get a large pot.

Brown the meats together in the pot. Use all the hamburger meat and then 3-4 patties of the hot sausage. Salt and pepper the shit out of it!!! Once that is brown but still has a few red chunks pour out a lot of the juices from the bottom of the pot. You can keep a little but try to get a lot out. After that, add in the veggies (pepper, jalapeño, onion, garlic, celery) to the meat. I put “½-1” in the directions because I only used a half of each but if my dad made it he’d probably use a full pepper and a full onion. All personal preference.

Make sure those are all chopped up decently. Once you give them a nice mix in with the meat, put a lid on it and let steam together for 3-5 mins.

Give it a few good stirs in the meantime.

Once that’s all mixed together and the veggies are no longer firm, add the chili mix right to the meat and veggies. This is key (I personally think). Stir that powder in real good and let sit for a few mins after.

Now add the beans. ADD IN THE BEAN JUICE (gross sounding, I know). Mix that all in. Maybe throw a few shakes of salt and pepper here… Now the fun part – add the full can of crushed tomatoes. Run the inside of the can under a little water to grab the leftovers on the side and pour only a little into the chili mixture. You definitely do not want too much water. Now mix!!!

At this point, it’s going to smell amazing, feel free to taste test. Cheese is always amazing so add in 2 handfuls of cheddar cheese and stir it in.

Wait about a min or so before doing anything else. Now the best ingredient – brown sugar. I add in like a finger grasp full into the chili. Mix it up real good then add in a tad bit more. I never measure this, go with your gut. Now I will add in a few dashes of extra cayenne, one healthy dash of cumin, and then a taste test.

Amazing Chili

From here you are done!!! It now depends on personal preference if you want a little more brown sugar or a little more heat with the cayenne!

Viola! The worlds best chili is literally in front of your eyes. Don’t forget the extra pile of cheddar cheese to top it all off. I made a batch of Jiffy corn muffins to go on the side and man, they just put the cherry on top!

Let me know if you have any questions on the recipe! You can email me – [email protected] or just leave a comment. If you do make it soon, let me know how it turns out!!

Enjoy!

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How To Make Homemade Salsa Dip

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I’m no chef, heck I’m not even close to an amateur chef but let me tell you I can follow a written recipe like a pro!! Chips and salsa & cheese and crackers are pretty much all I need in life to survive. Stuck on a desert island and I could only bring 3 things… (this counts as one) chips & salsa dip, (this counts as one) cheese & crackers, and then some sort of weapon or wine. This is under the assumption I wouldn’t be stuck there for very long.

A few weeks ago I was craving some fresh homemade salsa dip. My mom wanted me to bring something to my aunts for Labor Day so I did a bit of pinteresting. Found a recipe I thought fit my pickiness and off I was. I had gotten 2 HUGE tomatoes at the farmer’s market earlier that week (for like 2 bucks mind you) so I needed to hit Wegmans for a few tiny ingredients… literally and figuratively.

For the most part, I tried to mimic this salsa recipe. I ended up added a thing or 2 that I liked from doing a little more research.

How to make fresh homemade salsa

I know mason jars are suuuuper cliche right now but no joke they are a fabulous storage option for your fresh salsa. Keeps it fresh and allows for easy travel if you’re going to a party or just bringing it into the office! Okay onto the the salsa ingredients –

Fresh salsa Ingredients

2-3 Large Tomatoes (add another one if you like more tomato)

1/2 Yellow Onion (I’m not into onion so really go with your heart)

1/4 or 2 strips of a Green Pepper

1/2-3/4 Jalapeño depending on your desired hotness level

1 clove of garlic

3/4 cup of chopped Cilantro

some salt and pepper to taste

5 gentle squeezes of Lemon & Lime juice (half or 1 Tablespoon of each if using fresh)

Homemade salsa dip

 

Feel free to double this to make a bigger serving! Once you make it a time or 2 you’ll find your ingredient niche and add or subtract a few of the measurements above. Everyone likes it a little different!

To start, grab your tomatoes. I had an Oster chopper thing and put a few cubes of tomato in that to get some liquid going. After that, add to a bowl. Now hand chop the rest of your tomatoes. I wasn’t exactly sure how much tomato I wanted so I chopped a little, adding other ingredients, and then chopped a little more. After you have your tomatoes under control, grab the onion (and your tissues lol). Again, I chopped up a few cubes of onion and threw that in the Oster. Had to hand chop a few pieces that didn’t get chopped finely enough, though. Then grab the green pepper. I cut a few healthy stripes off the pepper and chopped it up. I estimated the size of the chop from how it is in the normal Tostito salsa. From there I gave it a good ole stir. That’s when I decide if I need more tomato or maybe need more blended tomato (the great juices!).

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Then I tested my patience with the chopping of the jalapeño. I wanted it chopped pretty fine so I went in with the knife and chopped, chopped, chopped. Keep the seeds with it!!!! That gives the salsa the heat!!! I repeat, put the jalapeño seeds in the bowl!! Now the garlic. I hate myself for not buying the pre-chopped kind so again I went in and chopped, chopped, chopped. Threw that in the bowl and gave it another good stir. All your hefty ingredients should be in there now. Grab your cilantro and start chopping that up. Throw that in. Shake in some salt & pepper and then add the lemon & lime juices. Again, give it a stir. From here I taste test and add more as my little taste buds desire. Remember that your chip is most likely going to be salted so no need to go heavy with the salt. To finish, add a bit of cilantro to garnish on top & you’re good to go!

Fresh salsa dip

 

This fresh recipe is perfect for a last minute dish or even just to satisfy those tastebuds at home. This has been a huge hit at my house! I’ve made it 4 or 5 times since Labor Day and will most likely continue throughout the winter.

 

Here are a few other fresh salsa recipes I came across on Pinterest – Try this, this, this blender one, or this avocado salsa one!!

 

Enjoy some fresh salsa, you deserve it!

 

Fresh Salsa dip

 

Food Finds | Modern Malt

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If it is not known yet then here you go – I’m a food addict. I could literally eat out every single day and not think twice. But for real, I could eat Chipotle like 5 times a week. Obviously that is not possible because I didn’t win the lottery and I would like to be skinny so as much as I’d love to do that I probably shouldn’t.

This past weekend (and a few weekends ago) we went to a somewhat new restaurant in downtown Cuse. It is actually directly across from my office (bad news). I had only been once before and John has been dying to go, so we did it! The place is called Modern Malt (follow their insta – it’s amazing). It’s a ‘diner’ that services breakfast all day AND has a FULL bar. I mean win-win right?

Let me just say that Saturday at 6:30 there was a 45 min wait. Worth it because I had the most amazing Moscow Mule. They make their own ginger beer and let me tell you it was perfection. John had one as well but his was made with Jack. Risky but it paid off.

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John has an ongoing thing that dinner outings be the no phone zone. I get, I get it but sometimes I want to take pics of my food or look up how many movies Jack Black has been in. It’s like 50 plus if you are wondering. You probably weren’t.

So, I only got 1 pic of our food, the first time around. We got the Chicken and Waffles and the Hello Buffalo Poutine. AMAZINGNESS.

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The Hello Buffalo is literally life changing. This past Sunday we went and got it again!! But this time we went to town and tried out a few new things too.

Mimosa’s – check

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Strawberry Cheesecake STUFFED French Toast – check

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Chocolate Chip Pancakes – Check

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Attempted Couple Photo’s – check

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Modern Malt is a gold mine! You have to check it out but don’t forget to call ahead – so worth it!!

Weekly Links & Weekend Deals

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I really love how Running with Spoons does a weekly “link love”! I always find myself clicking away at some really cool shit. So, I’m gonna give it a whirl and showcase some really cool stuff I’ve found or saw throughout the week!

If you go over to Running with Spoons, you’ll see she has links for a few categories like fitness, food, and blogging. I’m going to pick a few fun topics every week. It will most likely change (because sometimes cool stuff doesn’t have a category) for the first few times as I get my shit in order.

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-Food & Drink-

Strawberry Moscow Mule Recipe – Found the perfect recipe after drooling over the one I had at Gordon Biersch last weekend! Now I just need to ask where the F*#^ is spring?!?!

Slow Cooker Spin Dip – If you know me, you know I can pound a bowl of Spin Artichoke dip to my face, easily. This is perfect for some NCAA parties or a girls night.

-Beauty-

Contouring for Beginners Tutorial – Such a great, easy tutorial! She uses some pricey make-up but I’m sure it’s easy to find cheaper alternatives at the drugstore or Ulta.

-Life-

RocksBox – I have been seeing this all over the inter-webs!! I think I need to do it. I mean what bad could really happen…. :)

Mario & Luigi Coming to your Smart Phone – This is beyond exciting!! It will not be the original Mario (slightly disappointing) but I’m sure they will not let us down.

Only 273 of 11.57 Million Still Perfect – NO ONE, I mean no one in their right mind could have predicted the insane upsets on just the first day of the NCAA tourney. Those 273 had to have done it with their eyes closed.

Man Hacks the Entire Travel Industry – How in the world. Literally. Very interesting, crazy video on how he fly’s for free, gets his money back, and is a straight boss.

-Blogging-

Best Time to Post a Photo on Instagram – Really great info on the perfect timing for optimal likes. The bottom chart lets you change stats by days of the week.

Spring Blogging Prompts – This will be really helpful for me as I’m still learning!!

A Few Tips to Stay Organized – Simple, to the point tips that will are really helpful to note. Hoping to get on a better blogging schedule this spring.

Now here are some sales I don’t think you can miss!

Kate Spade Saturday – 50% off EVERYTHING

H&M – 20% off purchase ONLINE

Lord & Taylor – 20% off reg & sale. & buy more save more (shoes & sportswear)

Victoria Secret – 7 for 27 pantieeeesss

Gap – sign up for emails get 35% off purchase

Motivational Monday

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Ah. Monday. Also the day off for President’s Day.

HOLLA. (Thank you President’s… even you Fitzgerald Grant :) :) )

I have been (trying) to do Kayla Itsines Workout guide for the past few weeks. It is NOT EASY lol. Can’t say I have done every one or did all of them all the way thru… but I’m stickin to it!

Just please let me look like her.

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When it’s -30 Degress out and looks like this out…

…there is ZERO motivation to workout or even LOOK at a gosh dang salad.

Well, here are some delicious looking recipes that will 1. keep you warm! and 2. give you the flavor without all the crap.

pinterest recipes

 1. Chicken Tortilla Soup via

2. Spinach, Tomato, Garlic & Toretilli Soup via

3. Rosemary, Garlic, Butter Steak via

4. Cheesy Spinach Muffins via

 

 

Stay warm & remember that any workout is better than nothing!!

Last Minute Super Bowl Recipes

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The Super Bowl is hours away! Let’s be real – it’s all about the food. The chicken wing dip, the pizza, the greasy, fatty delicious foods I’ve been craving for weeks…

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Here a few last minute, easy recipes to wow your guests

Chili Cheese dip:

1 can of pre-made chili (Hormel – I like the no beans kind)

1 8oz brick of cream cheese

1 can of medium salsa

2-3 cups of shredded cheese (cheddar or colby mix)

Directions:

Spread softened cream cheese on bottom of a pie dish. Then layer on your fav kind of salsa. Add the canned chili on top of that. Finish off with as much cheese you like (I LOVE cheese).

Bake at 350 for 20-30 mins or until the cheese is bubbly and browning!

 

mini weenies

Pigs in a Blanket:

1 package of smoked little weenies

2 packages of crescent rolls

optional- small cube of cheese

Directions:

Wash and pat dry the mini weenies. Unravel the package of crescent rolls. pinch together the pre-determined lines. When sheet of rolls is in a rectangle shape, take a knife and cut (width wise) strips about 2 finger lengths apart. One by one, wrap the mini weenies in the crescent rolls until it’s fully covered. Optional part – put a small cube of cheese between the weenie and the roll. Then put them on a baking sheet. Bake at the temp the crescent rolls packaging says.

 

Here are a few other recipes to check out!!

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via The Girl Who Ate Everything

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Via Yellow Bliss Road

Go Sports!! Enjoy the food  & the game :)

Other festive & delicious holidays I can’t wait for in the month of Feb… Valentine’s Day & Green Beer Sunday!

Hey, Hi, Hello 2015!

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Helloooo!

Welcome to 2105! It has been about a month since I blogged last. Had to enjoy the holidays and run around the mall like a chicken with my head cut off. The usual. Well, I’m going to do a lovely recap of the past few months before I get into the “resolution” shenanigans. Hopefully you will begin to see a better quality in photos from now on becauseeeeeee my amazing boyfriend got me a DSLR for Christmas!! YAYAY!

Don’t get me wrong, the iPhone camera is pretty decent but I want to actually tap back into my passion for photography! Isn’t he a doll? I practically cried when I opened it. I thought he just wrapped something else and used that box. NOPE. A camera that is all mine (and his when he wants to borrow it :)! SO, be on the look out for freaking Annie Leibovitz esk photos 😉

Does anyone follow A Beautiful Mess? If you do – they effin rock right? If you don’t – GO FOLLOW THEM NOW! Back in November they did this DIY clutch post that I absolutely fell in love with. I went to Jo Ann Fabrics and went buckwild picking out colors and fabrics. After a few trial and errors I did it! I gifted it to my friend for Christmas and she loved it!

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Pretty cool right??! I couldn’t find any cool broaches/locks like they used but I will def search Amazon for something next time! Another DIY present I did this year was a canvas quote. I found a really cool wine quote on Pinterest and transformed it into something chic :)

DIY painting

DIY Christmas’ rock! I said I was doing some DIY stuff back in December but I didn’t want to give anything away at the time! Trying to get in touch with my crafty side this year too!

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We had a decent snow storm but were really lucky to not get as much snow as Buffalo. They got 8 FEET OF SNOW. Thats like almost double my height. Needless to stay it was enough snow to work from home part of the day and then go into work and wipe out on the slippery snow covered sidewalk…

Funk N Waffles

Okay, now here is the real shit. If you have never been to Funk N Waffles you realllllyy need to. They just opened a new location is downtown ‘Cuse. SUPER CONVENIENTLY located right across the street from my office. I mean like max 30 steps.

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Had a few too many fun outings the past few months. Got a handful of decent pictures lol.

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If Patches wasn’t cute enough I obviously had to wrap him in some Christmas lights like he’s my 14 month old child. Such a ladies man :)

Girls

Classic ugly sweater partayyy. Lost my PERFECT ugly sweater so resorted to a sweater my sister actually wears occasionally lol. PS fantastic photobomb by my friend PJ…

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Ahh, then there was new years. All the pre meditated excitement all for a total of 3 hours at the bar because you drank to much to quick. Saved tons of money though!! The whole bottle of champagne I drank before midnight 100% caught up with me lol.

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Had such a nutritious start to the new year on the 1st.

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I made up for it!! Have you heard of Kayla Itsines Bikini Body Workout? This is my 2,635 go at it BUT I am determined to make it work this time! I’m 2 weeks in and feeling good about it. Follow her on Insta for insane motivation to be fit!

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Homemade Taquitoooooo’s! My first time trying this out and it was alright. Not 100% the healthiest thing but NO ONE IS PEFECT. lol. cream sauce pasta 1 cream sauce pasta 2

Hehe then there was this. Linguine with Cream Sauce & Garlic Tuscan Bread… yum yum yum.

 

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Enjoyed 2 Cuse Basketball wins in the new year (so far)!! Nothing beats Cuse basketball in the Dome. Less than 1 month till the Duke game! #cusenation

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Sorry for the photo dump but I’ve got a lot to share I guess! I’m excited for 2015! It has started out quite wonderfully so far :)
I’ll leave you with J Law because she is fanfreakingtastic

Homemade Mojitos

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Okay, I will say it, I HATE BEER! I do not like the taste or the smell, nothing! Yes I know they have lime flavored beer and pumpkin flavored beer blah blah blah but my heart is with the hard liquor. This past weekend John & I whipped up some homemade mojitos that totally hit the spot!

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What you will need is :

+RUM! (white rum, we used Bacardi)
+Limes (or lime juice)
+Mint bushel
+Club Soda
+Sugar
+A Muddler
+Super cool glasses

mojito supplies

To start, cut up a lime into 4th’s and put in the bottom of a glass or bowl (Bowl may work better because there is more room). Then take about 7-10 mint leave and toss those in with the lime.

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mojito mint

From here you will take your muddler and start smashing away at the lime and mint. I suggest getting as much lime juice as possible while trying to keep the mint leaves as whole as possible (ours became shredded – worked out okay tho).

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And this is what it’ll look like when your done muddling!

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Now, we added in the RUM! Add in anywhere from 1-2oz of your desired rum. Then throw in a few ice cubes! Now give your concoction a good stir. From here you will add in some sugaaa (1-2 spoonfuls depending on how you like it)! Side note: we decided on making a simple sugar for the next batch. That is just water and sugar mixed and then heated on the stove until it hits a syrup like state. Either way is totally fine.

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SOO, you’re almost done. After you add in the sugar give it another good stir. From here you will finish off with some club soda. The amount all depends on how much ice you use. Finally, garnish with a fresh lime (lightly squeezed on the top of the liquid first), give it a good mixing and a take a nice swigggg!

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It was delicious!! Not too much alcohol, perfectly sweet, & easy to drink :) BTW, don’t mind the killer decor in Johns kitchen…

There are tons of recipes out there that allow you to be crazy and add in fruit and fun things. This time around we wanted the classic beverage. We will definitely be making this again this weekend:)

Peace Out Summer Part 1

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As I type this, my phone is telling me its 55 degrees outside. 55 DEGREES. So in typical white-girl fashion I am in leggings and Uggs debating on spending a solid hundred bucks online on fall sweaters. Do I need them? ehhh, probably. Do I need them now? ehhh, probably not. Well maybe. Gotta account for shipping time lol.

Before I get into the joys and sorrows of winter, I need to reminisce on fun things that happened this summmmaaa (in Olaf voice)! I previous shared my amazing birthday gift to myself – BEYONCE CONCERT. But don’t worry, I’m sharing all my pics in this post 😉  The summer was filled with friends, new & old, and alot – I ALOT – of alcohol. That’s the definition of summer right??

With further ado – BEY (PS Pic overload coming your way)

We stayed with my friends Jen & Rachel in Hoboken for the day/night. Freaking love it there!!

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She is AH MA ZINGGG! & Jay was crazy good live! Couldn’t believe it. All around it was so much effing fun. Next time she tours I promise you, I will not hold back and I WILL spend the 500 bucks on good seats lol.

That’s not the only thing I did all summer. So here are moments of the rest –

We went rope jumping.

Well I didn’t. I watched from the boat lol

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Then there was the GREAT NEW YORK STATE FAIR. Everything a fat person dreams about…

fair fried pickles

fair john onion

fair bloomin onion

fair milk

fair john rachel milk

fair me and rach

fair i got it

fair jason derulo

 

Then there is Ed the dog! We all literally call him “ed the dog”. Such a goofy dog with a hilarious personality!!

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& a few drunken randoms…

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There will be more to come of what else happened this summer!

What was your fav moment? Are you ready to see summer go?

 

Saturday Breakfast

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Yesterday, I woke up and had 1 thought – pancakes. Pancakes, bacon, juice… the whole nine yards. So, I took it upon myself and made these delectable M&M pancakes with bacon! John 100% cheered this idea on from the get-go. He had a bunch of work to do so I catered the breakfast to him : )

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To make these, I bought M&M mini’s and regular pancake mix. Super easy but slightly better then regular chocolate chips. Nothing beats a super unhealthy breakfast on a rainy morning!

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Amazing breakfast indeed! Might try some with fruit in them next. Strawberries and maybe a little whipped cream??

Sign me up!