Okay, so I come from a huge family. Like enormous. When I was little, our home was always bursting at the seams with cousins – at all times. But my mom and aunts were always ready, with quick and easy recipes on hand that could feed an entire army. Their yummiest recipe? Chili! It’s one of my FAVES – and it only takes 10 minutes and feeds sooo many people. Maybe it’s a southern thing or a cozy fall weather thing, but I’m all about chili and ready to share my family’s ‘not so secret anymore’ recipe.
How to make The Easiest, 10 Minute Chili:
Pin this easy chili recipe for your next Fall family gathering!
This recipe is really only two steps: the first step (and pretty much the only time you’ll actually need to be at the stove!) is browning the meat, then cooking it together with the onions and peppers.
Drain out any extra liquid then add all the rest of the ingredients and cook them on medium heat for 30 to 45 minutes. That’s it!
Oh, and don’t use too much hot pepper!
It’s so easy! This is my favorite time to catch up with my sweet Ford and Kyle – and smell some sweet and smoky chili.
I love topping my bowl with a dollop of sour cream and sprinkle of cheese! You can also serve it with green onions and tortilla chips if you wish – I love all the pops of color and flavors that chili works well with!
Salads… doesn’t that word totally bring you back to trying to fit into a prom dress? It does for me. But salads are fancy now! In fact, there are entire establishments devoted just to this leafy green treat.
You guys know how much I love creating recipes for you… so meet my chopped salad (I like to call it my “Chopt Salad” because of its tangy little twist). It’s a meal fit for a family, a husband, a teacher or college student looking for a healthy lunch idea. And it’s so so SO good! My fancy $24 chopping knife and containers make this super easy and quick too!
Here is the official recipe…
No time now? Pin it for later!
You can use any kind of lettuce, I just like how crunchy Romaine is! I cut the ends of the lettuce off before but then all you really need is to lay the lettuce and ingredients in the center of a big ol’ cutting board (or two) and slice those babies up! It can be a little messy but there’s not much to cleanup. This fancy-schmancy mezzaluna knife helps too!
So as many of you can probably gather, the Nordstrom Sale is a HUGE deal. Its the sale where all the bloggers lose their minds over HUGE pre fall discounts. This never happens on any other site. So I’m really diving in for you guys this year and doing my faves in every category…so lets start with my fave, beauty. So the sale is only open to cardholders the 12-19 then the 20th it opens to the general public. DO NOT MISS THIS SALE!!! It’s the sale of the year hands down.
Like it’s been 43 years. I’m starting to get concerned as my baby grows and grows. I’m all about breaking records but not this one. Whew. We shall see soon enough! So since I’m nearing the end of my pregnancy, I decided to put together a little round up of what I have been wearing. Being this large..comfort is important, but we ain’t digging the tent look! Check out these outfits, they are perfecto pregnant or not! As most of you know, I am OBSESSED with the rocker T these days. I’ve gone wayyyy overboard buying 18 during pregnancy, but they are my staple. And I can wear them after! I pair them with the leggings that I’ve worn every single day of my pregnancy, a cool jacket and cool shoes. And for all the questions I’ve been getting about the sunglasses, they are Celine. I looked for these for almost a year and couldn’t find them anywhere and FINALLY found them. I’ll link a dupe as well.
I really dove into the world of maternity apparel. Thankfully, I was able to just by normal clothes in a bigger size, BUT this turtle neck dress was something I just couldn’t live without and I love this entire line. It’s called Legoe Heritage and it’s great for those last few months. And this dress is super easy to dress up or down.
This green leather jacket has been the perfect transitional piece for this wild Nashville weather. It is perfect to layer with almost anything. And y’all know I love all things JEN ZEUNER!! I wear at least one piece of her jewelry a day. Y’all should check her out! It would be a great Mothers Day gift as well!
You know those days in your life when you’re just so overwhelmed all you can say is , “oh my gosh I just can’t believe it!” My baby shower was one of those days. My friend Ashley (from @beausandashley, y’all should check her out) and my sister Jade threw me a Parisian baby shower and it was one for the books. They transformed this beautiful space and the Noelle here in Nashville into a literal dream. Here’s a peek inside the most beautiful shower I’ve ever seen…and to think it was for my precious baby and I. It just makes me well up with pregnancy emotions.
So the invitations were the first clue to the splendor that was to come. @Sincerelyhopedesigns crushedddd it with this beautiful hand done invites. Don’t read into the blue too much haha. She also sprinkled her touches all over the shower. The beautiful French phrase painted on the sheet behind where I opened gifts, the beautiful acrylic signs, the wood sign on the Momosa bar, she made it so personalized and special.
So this space is completely blank. You can bring in whatever rentals you want for anything from a shower to a wedding to any type of party your little heart wants to throw! @Pleasebeseated is the company did my wedding. So we went to them with the shower idea, and like they always do, they ran with it and made the most beautiful vision come ALIVE! They also did all the flatware and the soft seating and made the space look extra glam and full.
And the FLORALSSSSSS!! OMG I have found the best florist in all of Nashville. @Foxgloveandheather is a true artist. She designed the most beautiful arrangements for the special day. With the touches of thistle and the beautiful roses(that she buys almost a week in advance and closely watches to see when they’re at their peak bloom and about to wilt) she blew us away. She’s unlike any florist I’ve worked with before and I will use her forever. These flowers were truly special and a work of art.
And do you just DIE for this MOMosa bar?! I love this idea for any baby shower! We used different juices and added the little DIY fruit station where people could make them their own. Also that marble bar from @pleasebeseated just elevated the glam factor.
And the cake was by my FAVORITE baker and cake artist of all time @copperwhiskcakes. Lizzie is so talented and makes the best cakes I’ve ever tasted…EVER. She did an almond blackberry flavor on the top layer and a salted caramel flavor on the bottom. She does all my cakes and will for life because there is seriously no other cake that even compares.
My friends brought so many sweet gifts. One of my faves came from my friend @oliviatomlin. She put together the most incredible baby basket with Barefoot Dreams baby pieces, beautiful Oeuf pieces, toys and stuffed animals and books and treats galore! I’m going to have to take this idea to my next shower. It was so sweet and meaningful.
Also these rugs! So @appleandoaknash brought the finishing touches with these beautiful faded Turkish rugs. They’re so cool and they can actually bring rugs to your home to try! It’s the coolest concept.
I am still so blown away about how much thought Jade and Ashley put into this shower, and how loved this little angel is already. Everything was perfect. Literally my dream day.
If you want to see more of my baby shower and what I got watch my video below!! And use all this as inspiration if you’re ever throwing a shower of your own!
If they had a lifetime membership to Cracker Barrel I would buy it. No question. If you guys follow me on social media you see that Kyle and I and our friends frequent the Old Country Store at least once a week. So since I spend so much time at Cracker Barrel, I thought I’d put together a little gift guide since so many people don’t realize what a great selection of gifts it has for ANYONE on your list. I also have a promo code for you to get any of these things I mention for 30% off online, the code is JOY30 and here’s what I got for all my peeps!
One of the things I love at Cracker Barrel is the retro drink and candy section. If you have someone in your life who loves to reminisce about the olden days, this would be the perfect gift. You can buy them individually or in packs of 4 in a cute little carrying case. I also added them to this cute little movie night bucket I put together with the retro candy and some movies they had at the store as well. The perfect gift for the movie lover or one of the nostalgic ones.
And while we’re on the cute idea of throwing things together in a little set, here’s another. I mean Cracker Barrel pancakes, duh… I will eat them forever and ever. I love them in the store and am always craving them outside the store but I can never make mine taste just like theirs, so I LOVE the idea of gifting the traditional pancake mix. I added the famous Cracker Barrel syrup in the glass bottle for my pancake loving pals. I’m actually gifting this to Kyle…and it will be his favorite gift hands down.
Another idea while we’re on the food themed gifting are any of these cast iron gifts. I love the idea of gifting them separately or together like I’ve paired them here. I LOVE the cornbread and corn muffins, as well as this classic cast iron skillet. And if you’re gifting this to someone who is a beginner in the kitchen, I love the idea of gifting a cookbook with the skillet to give them some ideas.
And something I NEVER leave the store without is a WoodWick candle. These would the perfect gift for a hostess, a Mother In Law or a Grandparent!
Also if you haven’t stuffed your stockings just yet, no problemo. There are tons of fun stocking stuffers from harmonicas to Burts Bees gift sets to ornaments to of course the classic gift card. There’s anything you could ever want and more! Much much more! Also there are so many cute sets for the sweet lovers in your life. I love this cookie skillet kit, Star Wars Pez set and cute cookie mix!
The list goes on and on with all the fun things I got for all the people I love at the Cracker Barrel Old Country Store. If you don’t live near one like I do you can also visit their online store at shop.crackerbarrel.com. Don’t miss out on this one stop shop where you can find something for everyone on your list at great prices! And of course you’re going to have the best meal and time while you’re there! Visit shop.crackerbarrel.com to see all that Cracker Barrel has to offer and don’t forget about the 30% off discount code of JOY30 for any purchase you make online. Thanks so much for reading and Merry Christmas!!
Thanks so much to Cracker Barrel Old Country Store for collaborating with me on this project! #ad