Frito Chili Pie Casserole

I have loved Frito Chili Pie since I was a little girl. I used to call it Cheeto Frilly Pie. ;) However you say it, it’s delicious. With the weather turning cooler, (which I hate) this Frito Chili Pie Casserole is the perfect ‘warm your bones and your belly’ meal.

 

Frito Chili Pie Casserole

 

 

I made my own chili, but if you want to keep it simple just use your favorite brand of prepackaged chili seasoning and follow the directions on the package. If you want to make your own, my recipe is below. We are a bean-free chili kind of family, but throw in a couple of cans of your favorite beans if you prefer it that way. Just be sure to drain the liquid before adding.

 

CHILI

1 1/2 lbs lean ground beef

3 cloves garlic minced

1 yellow onion chopped

1 – 14.5 ounce can of diced tomatoes (drained)

1 – 8 ounce can of tomato sauce

3 1/2 Tbsp of chili powder

1/2 Tbsp cumin

1/2 Tbsp sea salt

1 Tsp pepper

ADDITIONAL INGREDIENTS FOR CASSEROLE

shredded cheese

sliced jalapeño peppers

1 bag of Fritos

 

Brown hamburger meat with onion and garlic. Add the diced tomatoes, sauce, chili powder, cumin, salt, and pepper. Let simmer for 30 minutes on low heat stirring occasionally.

 

Spoon chili into 9×12 casserole dish (mine is 9×9 but deep) and then line the edges with Fritos. Top with shredded cheddar and jalapeños. Heat in 350 degree oven for 15 minutes. Serve with additional chopped onion, peppers, and cheese. I love adding mustard to the top of mine. Weird? Maybe a little.. but it’s so good. :)

 

 

This is the first piece of Rachael Ray Bakeware that I have purchased and I love it! You can get it from Amazon and there are other beautiful color options.

#36 Spicy Chicken w/Peppers and Onions

Low Calorie Chicken and Peppers

 

Man, I’m on a roll! This low calorie, good for you stuff isn’t as hard as I thought. Most people think of low calorie as low taste.. or at least that’s what I usually think when I hear ‘low calorie’. It sooooo doesn’t have to be that way! And THAT, my friends, is awesome!!!

One of our local Mexican restaurants serves something similar to this.. I don’t remember what it’s called, but it’s #36 on the menu. ;) So, this is my version of #36 Spicy Chicken w/Peppers and Onions. (I’m sure whatever the official name is on the menu sounds way cooler.. but oh well)

What you’ll need

3 boneless chicken breasts sliced and diced (small pieces)

1 small onion diced

1 bell pepper diced

1 jalapeño pepper diced

1 poblano pepper diced

2 cloves minced garlic

1/2 tbsp extra virgin coconut oil

salt & pepper (I also used a little cayenne pepper for added spice)

Heat skillet to medium/high and add coconut oil. Toss in everything but the chicken, salt, and pepper. Cook until onions start to get transparent.  Add the chicken, along with salt and pepper. Cook until chicken, onions, and peppers are browned.

 

 

Yummy Sweet Iced Coffee – Low Calorie and Low Carb

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I’ve come to the realization that I don’t like warm drinks.. not a fan of hot chocolate or hot coffee.. I prefer my coffee iced.  Maybe it’s because of my cold, cold, heart. ;) Just kidding. This isn’t the best picture. I took it with my cell phone, but you get the idea.

If you are anything like me, you don’t like to drink your calories/carbs. This recipe is so stinkin’ good and has less than 3 carbs and less than 30 calories. Yay!

 

All you need is:

Your favorite coffee

Ice (duh)

Silk Original Almond Milk (only 60 calories per serving, but there’s nowhere near a cup in the recipe.. probably less than a 1/2 cup)

Sugar Free Coffee Syrup (zero calories)

Add all ingredients to taste. I prefer a stronger coffee since the ice melts and I don’t like mine too watered down… but that’s me. I add 2 tablespoons of Sugar Free Syrup, and 2 or 3 good heaping splashes of the Almond Milk. I also add a packet of Splenda for a little extra sweetness.

Junk food for my brain…

Some of the television shows I watch are embarrassing to admit. Like, very embarrassing. As in, I even make fun of myself for watching these.

The Real Housewives of New Jersey

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The yelling, the cat fights, the weave pulling, the legal troubles… I’m not even sure how I got sucked in to this one. I think there was a marathon on or something and before I knew it, I was hooked. It’s kind of like black tar heroin.. you know it’s bad for you and is killing brain cells every time you get your fix, but you just can’t help it so you wind up back in the alley looking for more. I even added the premiere to my planner so I wouldn’t forget… yeah, it’s that bad.

We definitely need more Rosie

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Teen Mom 2

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Oh, the Teen Moms… Yep. I watch them. Yeah, I know. I’m part of the problem. I admit it. Although, I honestly don’t get how so many critics have said that this show promotes teen pregnancy. There’s nothing glamorous to it. I do have to give props to them though. Most of these girls are trying their best to be great Moms. It’s tough raising a child.. even tougher doing it at a young age and on camera.

Pretty Little Liars

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Why, why, why did I ever start watching this show? My 7 year old son even knows it’s dumb. It’s to the point that I don’t care who A is this week. Everyone’s A.. no one is A… Is it Ezra?? Is it Alyson?? The answer is yes to all the above.. it just depends on the episode. Hell, I’m A! JEEZ! I honestly thought it was over when I finished it on Netflix. I had NO IDEA that it was still on.. so of course when the new season started, I had to set the DVR.  It’s kind of like a train wreck. You don’t want to look, but you have to. I’m not a quitter, so I’ve got to follow it through… which probably means that it’ll end up with these girls at Shady Acres still hunting A. Oh, and Hannah will still be searching for that perfect cupcake.

Even though I watch my share of crap TV, I do watch some intelligent programming. Hello… The Voice starts soon. ;)

Are you sick of all the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Videos? Well, boo freakin’ hoo.

 

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Yeah, I said it. Boo-fuh-reakin’-hoo! Does someone need to call the waaaah-mbulance? I cannot tell you how many times I’ve seen people bitching on my newsfeed about these videos. Things like, “Way to go America.. you’re wasting perfectly clean water while people in third world countries don’t even have water clean enough to drink.”

Oh, and the memes of course…

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Um, ok. Do you water your lawn? Care to know how many gallons of water that is per day? Or do you ever take extra long showers? Oh, you do? Well, then I’m sure you are taking extra long COLD showers, right? Oh, you aren’t? Well, then that’s also wasting the energy it took to heat the water. Just SHUT UP already. Do you drive a car? Do you feel guilty because that person you just passed walking doesn’t have a car to drive? I’d be willing to bet that you don’t even give it a second thought.

Are people jumping on the bandwagon because their social media accounts have been filled with celebrity Ice Bucket Challenge videos? Probably. So what? Who cares why? The fact is they are… and from what I’ve seen it’s worked. It has raised awareness for a horrible, incurable disease that up until 2 weeks ago, I had NO IDEA what it was for the most part. How is that a bad thing? Some people have even bashed these celebs who are participating, saying that they are just doing the stupid challenge and not donating to the cause… which is absolutely NOT true. Most, if not all, have also donated large amounts.

We live in a society where celebrities have A TON of influence… good and bad… a lot of times bad. I’m just glad that on some rare occasions that influence is used for a good cause. It baffles me that so many people are just assholes about it. You know the ones… the ones that no matter what is going on, they have to criticize it. Like they are more ‘enlightened’ than the rest of us. The self proclaimed ‘social awareness experts’  the ones who use terms like ‘sheeple’. Yep, those people. The ones that look down their noses at all of these poor, pathetic, narcissistic people who are participating in these videos. Like it’s their duty to educate the rest of us poor saps. Do me, and the rest of the world a favor and take a break from your douche-baggery… get over yourself already.

THIS IS THE BEST VIDEO I’VE SEEN SO FAR. THIS IS ALS. PLEASE WATCH THE ENTIRE VIDEO. 

 

 

Fried okra… I could live off this stuff.

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This is an ‘approximate’ but very close recipe. 

3 cups okra sliced a little less than 1/4 inch thick

1/2 cup flour

A little over 1/2 cup of yellow cornmeal

1/2 cup of vegetable oil

Cast iron skillet if you have it, if not I guess that’s ok too. ;)

Heat oil on med/high heat. While your oil is heating up, pour cornmeal and flour into a gallon baggie. Add okra and shake until completely coated. Drop one piece of okra into skillet and it will sizzle when the oil is hot enough. Add okra one handful at a time shaking off excess flour/cornmeal. Stir okra really well and add salt and pepper to taste. Stir occasionally until crisp. Lower heat a smidge if you need to as it cooks. I like mine just this side of burned, but that’s me.  Enjoy. I could seriously eat the whole skillet full. I won’t… but I could.

If you need a cast iron skillet, here is a great price on one. They are great to cook with. Plus, it ships free.


 

Famous Friends…

Good friends are few and far between, but great friends are even harder to come by and I venture to say that I have some of the best friends a girl could ever ask for.  BUT… if I were to ever rub elbows with the rich and famous, here are a few of the besties I would have.. I just know it.

 

Sandra Bullock

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Oh Sandy.. where do I start. You are the bestest. You aren’t afraid to laugh at yourself, which is a trait I admire and wish more people had. We would get along so well.. I mean, we have so much in common.  You’re a goofball… I’m a goofball.  You have dark hair, I do too. You have brown eyes… as do I.  You dated Matthew McConaughey when you were younger.. and I wanted to date Matthew McConaughey when I was younger.  You handle yourself with such dignity and grace, and at the same time you will do almost anything for a laugh. Yep, we could totally hang.

 

Up next…

Chelsea Handler

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 This girl.. this girl right here is my alter ego. I think a little Chelsea lives in all of us.. some more than others. My inner Chelsea comes out on occasion. She’s the witty, sarcastic, the say what everyone else is thinking but they just don’t have the guts to say it themselves, kind of girl. If you ask my girl Chelsea if those jeans make you look fat, you better be ready to hear the truth. Plus, she’s hilarious.

 

Ok, it was a toss up for the 3rd spot.. so I decided to include them both. A girl can never have too many friends anyway, right?

Jimmy Fallon

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Jimmy, you’re just a cool guy. I’m a sucker for anyone who can make me laugh and I really think we could be friends.. Have your people call my people and I’ll have you, your wife, and little Winnie over for dinner. You like goulash, right?

Blake Shelton

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Blake can raid my liquor cabinet any time. We can take turns making fun of Adam’s unfortunate hair ‘incident’. We would have a lot to talk about.. he lives in Oklahoma.. so do I.  He is from Ada, Ok.. I’ve been to Ada, Ok. His wife is a dog lover.. my husband’s wife is a dog lover. Plus, we’re both Miranda Lambert fans. ;)

10 things I will never do again…

1. Eat a brussel sprout. Yep, I tried 1 on 2 separate occasions and hated them.

2. Travel the ‘Road to Hana’ in Maui. Am I glad I did it? Yes. Would I ever do it again? Hell no. I seriously thought I was going to die. It was beautiful though. I highly recommend it.

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(this photo doesn’t do it justice… that was a huge, huge drop off)

3. Shop on Black Friday. Seriously. There is nothing.. I repeat, absolutely NOTHING that I want/need that bad. I will pay triple the price to avoid that madness.

4. Voluntarily sit through The Lego Movie. I’d rather drizzle hot sauce in my eyes.

5. Ride a longhorn bull. Don’t ask.. it was for charity.

6. Staple my finger just to see what happens. Every kid did that, right?

7. Stick my finger through the straw hole in a plastic lid.. again to see what happens. Every kid did that too, right?

8. Put a mercury thermometer in a bowl of Ramen noodles just to see what happens. I think I was around 6 when I tried this. It didn’t end well.. and no, I didn’t eat them. More often the not the ‘just to see what happens’ experiments don’t end well at that age.

9. Perm my hair

10. Trust a big butt and a smile. (Sorry.. I couldn’t think of a #10, and that song is stuck in my head.”That girl is poison….”)

 

 

 

Here….. take my money. $$$

I’m a sucker for anything that promises to make me look better. Eye creams, wrinkle creams, ‘use this so you don’t get a wrinkle’ creams. I seriously bought stickers that you stick to your forehead to ‘iron’ out wrinkles while you sleep and keep the frown lines at bay.

frowniesThat’s all well and good if you don’t mind trying to sleep with cardboard on your face, and even risking the occasional paper cut. That’s basically all they are.. thick paper with sticky stuff on the back. Maybe I didn’t give them a fair shot, so I couldn’t bring myself to throw them away. I may try them again later out of desperation.

In my milling around on the interweb I came across Ipsy. What is Ipsy you say.. well, Ipsy is a monthly membership for beauty products to try before you buy. Well, I guess you are ‘technically’ buying them already since the membership isn’t free, but anyway… each month they send you several beauty products to try for the bargain price of $10 a month. You fill out a little questionnaire about your beauty style and hair color/skin tone/etc. and they send you products according to your answers.

My first bag was in July and I got some bronzer, a lip crayon, some eye shadow, some beach spray for hair, and a couple of other things.  That’s another thing, all of your products come it a cutesy makeup bag. The jury is still out on if it will be worth $10 each month or not.. but that’s the beauty (see what I did there ;) ) of Ipsy… you can do a month to month membership and cancel at any time. If you want to check them out and maybe try it for yourself here’s the link to their site. IPSY

 

Patience is NOT one my virtues…

Shopping for school supplies was always my favorite part of going back to school… I had to have cool pens, folders, binders, notebooks, etc. To this day, office supplies and stationary still make me smile. Nerdy, I know. The thing is, I have since realized I’m far from alone in my obsession.

Which brings me to what I’m afraid will be a new addiction of mine… Erin Condren Life Planners.  I bit the bullet and ordered one a little over a week ago after watching a ton of YouTube videos of people who swear by them.  I’ve always been a sucker for buying planners, only to have them sit and collect dust after a couple of weeks. I buy them with the best of intentions and never use them because they are not what I expected them to be or they are more of a hassle than they’re worth. Not to mention, I always got the kind that I had to write in all the dates myself. Who wants to do that? Not me.  Oh, but this is where Erin Condren heard my silent pleas (not really) for the perfect planner to help me get organized. I know, most people would say… “Just use your calendar on your iPhone. Duh.”  I tried that but I’m the kind of person that needs to physically write stuff down.. I will grab a random piece of paper and write something down that I’m suppose to remember, only to lose the piece of paper. I needed an intervention. These planners seriously look amaze balls. They have a ton of covers to choose from, and once you choose a design.. you can customize it. You can change the colors, add your name, a favorite quote.. really the possibilities are endless.

Here’s where the ‘patience is not one of my virtues’ comes in.  Each planner is hand assembled, so it takes roughly 3 weeks to a month before you receive it considering thousands of women everywhere are ordering these suckers.  I plan on doing a full review once I get it and I may even do my first ever video review. *Yikes!*  In the meantime, watch this video below of Erin herself walking you through her Life Planners.  If you decide you can’t live without one and want to place an order for your very own, just use my link and you can save $10 off your first order. Once you create an account at ErinCondren.com you will receive an email with your coupon code. You must use the link HERE to sign up and qualify for the $10 off code.