my tasty beer chili recipe ya’ll

Okay, I am no professional chef, but I have been practicing. Once in a while I make things that I am so proud of I feel hope for my cooking future and this chili recipe is one of them! It’s sooo good I have to share. Bon Appetit!

4 Bean Vegetarian Beer Chili

1 green pepper & 1 red pepper
1 jalapeño
1 large yellow onion
2 cloves garlic
Chili seasoning packet (with Masa) I used this, go for quality!
1 bottle of beer ( I used an amber ale)
1 Tbsp. vegetable base
Olive Oil
2 cans black beans
1 can pinto beans
1 can kidney beans
1 can re-fried beans
1 can crushed tomatoes
Saute minced garlic, chopped onion, half of each pepper chopped, jalapeño chopped and seeded in a few tbsp. of olive oil until vegetables are softened
Add beer and 2-3 cups of water with a tablespoon of vegetable bullion, bring to a boil
Add seasoning packet, all of your beans (drained and rinsed) and whole can of tomatoes (re-fried beans add thickness)
Let simmer for 15 minutes, then add your masa mixed with water (should be a pourable but thick paste) also add crushed red pepper flakes for desired spiciness
Simmer soup for 30 minutes, soup should be thick and not overly watery.
Serve with cheese and sour cream as toppings

weekend in review

Sunday I was craving a hamburger and chocolate milkshake sooo bad we drove all over Dallas to get one (Taylor is so sweet) and it was worth it!

I did clean my house this weekend and purchased some really great one-size-fits all woven baskets. Made for a more relaxing start to the week to have that chore out of the way.

Monday night was exceptionally nice, came home and made butternut pumpkin soup from scratch, Taylor picked up our favorite sea-salt rolls and cheese from Whole Foods and we watched my favorite movie by candlelight. Not bad for a Monday!

taste of fall

I love all things pumpkin and am seriously craving this tasty fall treat…as a reward to myself for all the cleaning/organizing I am going to do this weekend, I think I will bake these again (sooo good) and maybe check our local Williams-Sonoma for this pasta sauce, it is amazing. Seriously. I know its pricey for a jar of sauce, but hey, it’s cheaper than going out and trust me, it will taste like you did. When I make this, there are no leftovers, and I make a lot!

 Pumpkin Pasta / Pumpkin Spice Latte / Pumpkin Cheesecakes / Pumpkin Parmesan Sauce


Inspired by Pinterest and feeling ambitious, I created this watermelon treat for our BBQ party while back home. All in all it turned out ok, but I had to scrap using the watermelon as a server after I mutilated it trying to cut it open. Also, perhaps that art of melon balling requires practice, mine were more like misshapen half circles, so I put them ugly side down. Voila! Check out for hilarious Pinterest fails, made me laugh cause this is how mine turn out more often than not.


Pinterest / My Version

mastering the basics

One of my goals for fall is expanding on my cooking skills. I use the word “skills” loosely, I can whip up something half-decent when I try, however after long days of work I usually resort to the same 3 meals in rotation. When I came across this beautiful feature in Nest Magazine, I was inspired all over again to want to really learn to master some of the basics. I would love to have at least a small arsenal of go-to recipes for friends and family, and I think Taylor would welcome more variety…


images via the Nest Fall 2012.

happy friday & a sweet farewell

So glad it’s friday! It’s hard to come off a trip and go right into the work week, I always feel companies should really allow for a vacation from your vacation. Just sayin. Looking forward to relaxing, birthday parties & catching up with friends this weekend. On a sad note, I am going on a sugar sebbatical. As evidenced by my vacation photos, it was a culinary free-for-all, and I could use a detox. Been reading a lot about sugars & glutens and general health, turns out sugar is in foods you’d never guess (I will miss you bread) and I am sure I could benefit from a temporary respite from my sweet tooth (right after I finish this chocolate chip cookie here…) Anyone ever snuck raspberries into the movies? I’ll let you know how it goes!




sweet success

Here are the fruits of my labor last night, and I gotta say, they turned out pretty darn good! I actually went off this recipe from Skinny Taste, but modified it with a reduced-fat oreo crust and made them into individual deserts. As you can see from below, Taylor just hated it! Event though they were pretty low-cal, I balanced it out with a delicious summer chop salad. Bon Appetit!