Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Chili Cornbread Bake

It is no secret I LOVE comfort food. And comfort food varies from person to person. Chili and corn bread to me are comfort food. The fun thing is growing up, it wasn't a food we ate. My family never made it, I adapted to it over the years. James LOVES chili and cornbread. So the other night I was trying to figure out something to make for us. I remembered a Hungry Girl recipe that involved chili in the crock pot and then putting cornbread on top to make like a bake. 

While I didn't have time to make the chili in the crock pot so I decided to make it like a bake. It was so simple and easy. And it was so delicious.

Okay so here are the deets, but you can make it however you like. I did follow anything I just kind of winged yet, heck that's when it comes out best.

First I browned 1 pound of Lean Ground Beef ( I made this another time too and use Extra Lean Ground Turkey)

Then when it was brown, I added a can of Chili Beans, Corn and Diced Tomatoes, No Salt Added to the pan and let it simmer for a bit

Then added it to my baking pan. I used and 8x8 pain, that way the slices were nice and thick.

In a sepereate bowl, I made the cornbread mixture. I didn't do anything fancy, I just used a typical cornbread mix. One that was in a bag from Betty Crocker, I got at Big Lots for .33 cents lol. I just followed the directions as per the package. The took the Mixture and poured it over the chili.

My oven was preheated to 425, just follow the directions of the cornbread. The meat is already cooked so you are just cooking the bread. It was 15 minutes or until a nice golden brown.

I let it cool for a little bit and soak up some of the liquid. Then cut into 8 pieces and it came out to 6pp per slice. Paired it with a salad.

Enjoy!!! This is true crowd lover!!!

Monday, July 27, 2015

Setting Up My Week for Success

Happy Monday Morning!!!

It is still a dark and stormy week here in Florida. I really don't mind it all that much because it gives me excuses to get things done in my life. Like cleaning our apartment and organizing a bit. When it is gorgeous, typical Florida weather, I feel guilty when I am inside, I feel like I should be out at the pool or beach or something. It is a constant battle haha.

I have a lot of those.

So yesterday, my day off, I planned on cleaning and organizing my life again. It was cloudy and not a pool day, and made for an enjoyable time. I got a ton done and when I finally sat down and looked at it all, I had such a relief. I mean I could literally feel the weight of stress being lifted off of me, like Angels flying to the Heavens.

Not sure why I cared that much stress around with me on it, but I did. And I have to tell you, it just set me up for success for this week. I started and finished a whole book too yesterday.

Really good book. Quick and easy and I just couldn't seem to put it down. It was a sweet book and I loved the chapters style of how it was sit up and covering 3 people who mix together in some way or another. I stayed up till 12:30 just because I wanted to finish it. Thank you to Nanci, whom reads some pretty awesome books, I follow her on GoodReads and took her recommendations, she hasn't been wrong yet. And if you are on GoodReads, follow me with Angelina Allerton.

One of my goals this year was too read more and I have to say I have been sticking to it. I am half way there with my reading goal of 30 books, maybe I just might hit more. I also went and got a library card. Yes, I know I am in the old ages, but I never renewed one when I moved from downtown to where we currently live. Plus I wanted to save some money and rather than spending money through my Nook, just find some Gems at the Library.

This week I am also bringing the heat with working out and eating right. I had a gain of 1.5 pounds this past weigh in. I knew it was going to happen with taking the medication for my teeth and then my Birthday fun, it was going to happen and I was okay with that. Because I had a freaking blast and then moved on.

So this week of course, once I am in a mindset, Aunt Flo comes to town. BUT  I am fighting that with every urge, even though that brat makes me so tired. This morning, I hit the snooze a million times, and I literally got up, put my contacts in and then laid right back down. I have to close tonight at work, which for a Monday, already has me screwed up, I need to get my work out in before hand. I know I have stated it before but I love having my mornings before work to relax, BUT I fought it today. I got up, had my coffee and then went to the gym. I had 20 minutes on the bike and then 33 minutes on the elliptical. I was drenched in sweat.

And I felt pretty darn good. Sure, I am a bit tired, but I started my morning off right. And now I don't feel guilty at all. I am also in a Facebook Motivation Group this week and in 2 FitBit challenges, which all of these together make me sooooo motivated and keep me going. I love a little competition in my FitBit challenges and really forces me to get out there. And the Facebook Page holds me accountable.

I have to say I am truly set up for success then this week. I am going to weigh in on Friday because our friend is having a 30th Birthday party and I want to be able to have a few drinks and he cooks amazing, so have some food.

And to leave you with some Monday Motivation...

Friday, July 24, 2015

Fab Find Friday & What I'm Loving

Happy Friday!!!

It is a dark, gloomy and rainy Friday here in Florida. Which for work today can mean a busy day and lots of people shopping or a slow day with people avoiding the mall at all costs. Let's hope the first!

Woke up in a funk this morning. Did not sleep well at all! Went to bed late because James and I were finally finishing up the whole Series of Friends! I have seen so many of them but never the whole thing so we finally ended the series. God such an iconic show and probably one of my top 10!!! I love that Netflix had it on there and you can start from where it all began and Jesus I forgot how sad the last one was.  I cried the whole thing and SHE GOT OFF THE PLANE ❤️ puffy heart moments and feels. God I loved that show then and love it even more now.

So we were up late and then our neighbor decided to get very drunk and being loud, like laying on the floor in front of our door loud... Ugh apartment living has it's downfalls. Needless to say we called the cops but he kept us up for some time AND James and his snoring.

So this morning when I got up I just was not having it. Wasn't feeling it and the my FitBit died. Have it on the charger and it it seems to be okay but we shall see.

So I made myself a big breakfast and a coffee and everything will be better! That yogurt by the way is delicious!!!! 3pp and I got it at Walmart and they had a ton of different flavors.

In the spirit of turning my day around here are some items I am loving this week...

I used to be a huge a Lean Cuisine and Smart Ones when I first started Weight Watchers. They were easy, planned out points meals and I didn't have to do any work, it worked great. And I paired it with a small snack. I need those small habits again and that's what I'm working towards. This one was delicious!!!

3pp and delicious!!! I loved making wraps with these!! And the brand is one I truly love.

Used it with Peanut Butter and Banana yesterday! Kept me full till almost 130!!


Damn you seasonal favorites! I get them all the time!! This one isn't as strong in flavor as the banana but still tasty. 4pp

I am showing some decent self control having these in the house this week and I haven't been going for them as I do with the dark chocolate almonds. But these are so good!!

Oh Fiber One I love you so much!!!

Bubba approved too! I had to get a second box for him ❤️

I dunked this in my chocolate cashe milk!!! Holy hell of a party in my mouth!!

Target for the win! These are dangerous to have around for me though! They are small but oh so mighty!!!

So yummy!! Light and poppy!! 4pp

Saw at TJMaxx

My mom gave me a gift card and I put it to good use at TJMaxx! I love there house department so much. I could crazy in there!! I did a bit lol! Got all of this for 24.88! And I want to start getting loose tea! Any recommendations for where to get it from?? 

Those are some of my Fab Finds and what I'm loving lately!!

Any new thugs your loving??

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

I am Officially 30 Years Old

Hey Everyone!!!

Oh my goodness what a freaking great Birthday I had this year. James made it so special for me. From Friday until Sunday we were celebrating. He got us a hotel room, downtown at one of, if not our favorite spot and we treated the whole weekend like it was a vacation for us and it truly felt like it was, even though we were only like 6 miles away from our house. That is the beauty of downtown, it really feels so different.

We left our place Friday around noon and went to Tripps diner for lunch.

B.S.T: Bacon, Spinanch & A Fried Green Tomato. When I tell you it was delicious, I am no even kidding.

You Order Drinks when you are early for Check In and Hang out by the pool

Brown Sugar Pina and a Craft Beer for him.

I had to get it and I shared it with him :0)

The weather was on and off crazy with rain, but we did not let it get us down. The pool area was fantastic.

Little happy hour action. Rootbeer BBQ Chicken and wings for him.

The dress I ordered from Fash Forward. I was going to wear it but it was raining so much and it was long, so I had to opt out of it. But of course I took a picture.

Gah I love this man. He made this weekend so amazing.

I changed for dinner into this.

We went to Locale Market for dinner.  I was not holding back on good food this weekend. Pulled pork, corn and mac and cheese, man it was comfort food HEAVEN. I didn't eat the bun, but it was sooooo delicious.

The New Sundial in St. Pete is so nice. The view was spectacular.

We were in bed laying around before 11. I had a decaf coffee we are so old

This was my at midnight Birthday treat. S'Mores tart, the Chocolate was sooo rich.

My 3 mile Birthday Run.

We spent some time in the morning at the pool

Iced Coffee ;0)

Confidence is a beautiful thing.

We went to JustThai on 4th STreet. Oh My goodness amazing for lunch. I got LemonGrass Chicken, it was light and very, very delicious.

Afternoon Delight.

Spicy Margarita

This drink was with Rum and it literally tasted like a piece of candy.

After this, we went back to the room to refresh for a bit before going out. We both ended up taking a cat nap, which I always do, James rarely does. We were both just so relaxed.

My 30th Birthday!!!!! The dress was a hit. I felt amazing, I looked amazing and my assistant got me the sash to go along with it.

Mr. Larry joined us for a bi

My Girl Megan. I forgot to take one with Dave.

And Bubba. Seriously he made this weekend just plain amazing. I am so lucky to have him in my life as we take on our 30's together. Sure we have our moments, but there is no one else I would rather spend my special moments with.

I believe that having a great birthday, makes for a really special year. I have no big plans this year, no big milestones, just continuing on with this wild and crazy ride.

I think though 30 is going to be one of the best.