Runner-up Chili

Have you ever entered a chili cook-off? I did for the first time last week and I found myself getting surprisingly competitive. I didn’t win (so much for Texans knowing good chili when they taste it), but I did make a damn good chili. I started with The Pioneer Woman’s chili recipe but quickly realized that the proportions were way…

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Worthy of the Week

Pssst…this post contains affiliate links. Worthy of the Week The Lives They Loved. There are some really lovely stories in there. Seinfeld and Obama just chillin’. I’m kind of into this ridiculous J.Crew shirt. The most popular Trader Joe’s products of 2015. These Old Navy flats are so amazing that I ordered two (okay, three) backup pairs. Why asking good…

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Special Occasions

Happy New Year! Did you have a wonderful holiday? I love seeing everyone all dressed up for family gatherings and Nutcracker performances and Netflix binges every December. My family is always presentable, but we do favor the casual and I sometimes wish we’d take advantage of the occasion to dress things up a bit more (as I type this wearing…

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Winter Reading List

Pssst…this post contains affiliate links. Just in time for the the winter solstice and the long, cold nights ahead, I have a new winter reading list to share! Most of these don’t come out for a few more weeks, so get your pre-orders and library requests in! If you’re an avid reader and reviewer, you can also check out NetGalley for…

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Worthy of the Week

Pssst…this post contains affiliate links. Worthy of the Week Glitter! There’s still time to scoop up the best holiday products from Trader Joe’s! Are you signed up for Influenster? You should be. I need these sneaks. I may have ordered a dozen of these fleece blankets…for my dog. I had a coupon and they were only $3 each! How cool…

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Midwest Stuffing

Just in case you didn’t get your fill of stuffing at Thanksgiving and are considering adding to your Christmas menu, I wanted to share my family’s stuffing recipe.  It may possibly be the most Midwestern recipe in our repertoire — white bread, potato chips, butter, canned mushrooms — and the most delicious. It’s nothing fancy, but those are the best…

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Worthy of the Week

Pssst…this post contains affiliate links. Worthy of the Week Stop it. Parents are naming their kids after Instagram filters. Are you listening to the new season of Serial? I love Project for Awesome. Simmer pots. Something I didn’t even realize I should be doing. This recipe for bucantini and meatballs is everything I shouldn’t be eating (YAY autoimmune diseases!) so…

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Chili Showdown

As a kid, I hated when my mom made chili. I’m sure she remembers me rolling my eyes and curling my lip as dinner was served with great fondness but it was just not a favorite. Toppings were my saving grace. Cheese, oyster crackers, macaroni noodles, sour cream; anything to cover up that bowl full of beans. Now? I love…

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Holiday Gift Guide for Her

Pssst…this post contains affiliate links. When I put together a gift guide, it’s essentially a list of what I’d want to see under the tree on Christmas morning (assuming I haven’t already bought everything for myself, which is the case with all but a handful of items on this year’s list). So, if you know someone exactly like me then…

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Worthy of the Week

Pssst…this post contains affiliate links. Worthy of the Week Great episode of This American Life with Ta-Nehisi Coates about fame and friendship. I’m feeling the hair tuck. You? I love this Baggu pouch even though the last thing I need is another pouch. I’m also super into this purse and this coat. This is pretty accurate. The list of best…

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