Thursday, April 30, 2015

WCW ~ Sweet Corn Turkey Chili

Sweet Corn Turkey Chili

What's Cookin' Wednesday
~ Thursday Edition ~
This is a recipe I got from Shay's Blog - Her Post Here
I added a bit to it to create my own version...
The Mix & Match Mama's Picture
So I saw this on her blog recently from one of her meal planning posts...
My husband loves chili - I am not typically a fan because I don't love beans.
I also just recently became a fan of ground turkey... so this dish sparked my interest when Shay wrote that it could be made with beef OR turkey!

What you need:
1 pound of ground turkey
1 onion, chopped finely
1 jalapeno, seeded and diced
2 tablespoons chili powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon cumin
1 tablespoon of Massa Meal
 1 (6 oz) can of tomato paste
1 (15 oz) can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 (14 oz) can of creamed corn
1 (14 oz) can of petite diced tomatoes
  1 cup frozen corn
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Salt & Pepper
Sour Cream and shredded cheddar cheese to garnish (if you'd like)

What You Do:

 In a large pot over medium-high heat, brown the ground turkey in a drizzle of olive oil.  
Add in a good pinch of salt & pepper.  
Once browned & crumbly, stir in the chopped onion and jalapeno.  
Sauté a few minutes then add another little pinch of Salt & Pepper.  
Stir in your chili powder, garlic powder, cumin and massa.
Stir well to incorporate.
Next, add the tomato paste, beans, creamed corn and tomatoes.
Reduce heat to low and simmer about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.  
Stir in the frozen corn and simmer another minute or two.
(I let this simmer on low for an hour)
Scoop out into a bowl and put a dollop of sour cream and some cheese on top!
 Here is how I threw mine together.....
Browning my turkey...

Dicing the onion and jalapeno

Adding the veg to the meat....

After I added everything but the frozen corn!

This was seriously delicious!!!

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

What's Up Wednesday

Linking up today with Mel, Shay & Sheaffer for
"What's Up Wednesday"
I'll share my "What's Cookin' Wednesday" stop back!
What We're Eating This Week
Monday we did some grilling: Chicken and veggies
Tuesday we went out :)
Tonight I'm making Shay's Corn Chili (Recipe/details tomorrow)
Tomorrow we're taking my mom for Hibachi
Friday steaks or pork chops - we'll see ;)
What I'm Reminiscing About
I mentioned yesterday that it was the 2 year anniversary of when Ted asked me to be his wife. I can't believe we're coming up on a year being married. Time truly flies by.
from our engagement shoot :)
What I'm Loving
I'm loving the idea of starting a family.
I can't wait to enter into that next chapter of our lives.
I hope God hears our prayers and makes us parents soon because we are so excited.
What We've Been Up To
We really haven't been up to a whole heck of a lot.
The weather was nice for a hot minute, then got craptastic again.
We really just keep pushing the sale of our house and hunting for a new one.
We're both still hung up on new construction so will most likely go down that road.
Other than that, we're just waiting for the weather to warm up so we can get outside and do yard work and ride our bikes and enjoy it.
What I'm Dreading
May at work - It's a long month.
It's very busy with exams, state testing, end of the year stuff, meetings, and only one day off for Memorial Day. It sounds silly, but I'm not a fan.
What I'm Working On
I'm working on my patience when it comes to selling our house.
I'm so anxious to get out of it and into a new one.
Especially because we want to expand our family... I want to be settled and in a new home sooner than later... So, I am working on being calm about it all.
 But it's difficult...because I keep day dreaming... #sorrynotsorry
I dream about this kitchen!
What I'm Excited About
 The yacht club to get finished!
This fall will be 3 years since Sandy.
As much as I wish I could forget that awful storm, I never will.
We lost our yacht club
(t's hard to see in the picture, but it's completely destroyed. It was sinkning, the bayside wall was blown in completely. The entire place was flooded with over 6 feet of water.
It was awful.
My brother is a member, my mom, my uncles/aunts, lots of friends, lots of neighbors...
We all miss it dearly. It was a great place to go grab a drink (CHEAP) and bar pie and hang out with good friends. They host lots of fun events as well throughout the year.
We're all anxious for the return of our club!
The builders have been making lots of progress lately...
I'll post more pix when I see more progress!
What I'm Watching/Reading
 Typically I don't "watch" anything religiously except Wheel of Fortune (haha)
I follow American Idol, if I remember
I also kinda follow Teen Mom OG - again, if I remember
I just kind of peruse the HGTV channel and watch all those shows
I also watch the cooking channel.
I just don't regularly watch something to the point that I HAVE to see it.
I'm reading Sean Lowes book  - haven't gotten much into it yet, but excited about it!
What I'm Listening To
During the week, while I'm at my desk, I have Pandora on.
It's on shuffle and includes stations like this:
Bob Marley, Sounds of the Incas, Michael Buble, Todays Country...
I also have the Furious 7 soundtrack on my iPod which I listen to in my car.
What I'm Wearing
Work clothes. Blah.
I'm loving dropping coats and scarves and the bulk though.
I love capris and sanuks
But especially love maxi dress "season"
Looking forward to dresses and flip flops..
I just ordered this cute dress from Tara Lynns:
 What I'm Doing This Weekend
 A whole lotta nothin'
Honestly, I love not having plans. I'm sure my weekend will be full of lots of different things, but for right now - we have no concrete plans.
And I'm ok with that.
I'd like to go scope out the beach...
I seriously adore where we live....
What I'm Looking Forward To Next Month
I'm looking forward to Mother's Day. I love celebrating my amazing mom.
She is my absolute hero.
We danced at my wedding to "Somebody's Hero" by Jamie O'Neal
I admire her strength
I have always looked up to her and wanted to be just like her.
She is amazing.
Dancing with my hero
Love Her

Bridal Shower
What Else Is New
It's pretty much the same story with me/us these days.
Selling our house.
Building a new one.
Waiting for the summer...
What I'm Getting My Mama For Mother's Day
I haven't QUITE decided on this just yet. 
 I thought about getting her a Barrington Tote - but I think it might be too big for her.
I also thought about taking her somewhere for the weekend...
Either way, she will know how much I love and adore her.
No gift could ever do it any justice.
She deserves the world...

Have a great day everyone - stop by tomorrow for a fun recipe!


Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Weekend Wrap Up

The last weekend in April - SERIOUSLY?!
Thursday night we went to a Mexican restaurant up near my mom that we love.
We both had enchiladas.
 On Friday after work - We made the executive decision to once again, eat Mexican for dinner...but at our favorite "Cali" style Mexican place.
I'm sure I've mentioned it before, but it was on Diners Drive-In's & Dives.
We had seen them on the show and saw that it was super closet to us, so one day about 4 years ago, we headed up there to give it a try.
Since the show, they've had tons of success and opened up 2 other locations and expanded the original one. It's seriously delicious. And they make the best margarita!
I got the Chicken Mole' Burrito
Ted got the Southwest Chicken Burrito
We shared chips and guac/salsa
It was amazing.
Here are some food pix from the internet since I didn't take any...
Smothered Burrito

Bueneallos (sp?)

Adobo Wings with Avocado Ranch

Pork Mole Platter
Then Friday night, we watched Fast & Furious (#4)
but we stopped halfway through so I could watch the Bruce Jenner special.
Saturday morning we got bagels from out favorite bagel place...
....then headed up to my moms for a little bit.
After that I whipped up some brownies for Ted's parents to have when they got home.
We went home and cleaned up a bit, and did some yard work.
Then headed to the movie theater to see Furious 7 again.
We're obsessed. I told you.
We had to kill time though because we had to go to the Newark airport to pick up my in-laws who arrived at 10:15pm
So we killed the later part of the evening with a movie :)
After the movie, we headed up to Newark to scoop up Ted's parents from Aruba.
lucky ducks... I'd live there if I could I swear.
I mean...
After they got to us, and we dropped them off and got home, it was 1:15am
Sunday was pretty low key...
Ted had softball and I did laundry...
We took a drive and enjoyed the nice weather then stopped by his parents to talk about their trip some more and visit with them a bit.
Then we headed to my moms for Sunday dinner with the whole fam.

All in all - pretty low key weekend but relaxing and fun at the same time.
Stop by tomorrow for another fun link-up and then Thursday for my What's Cookin' post....
I'm going to make Shay's Sweet Corn Chili with Turkey
Thanks Mix & Match Mama !
I might have to mix it up a bit since I'm not a big bean fan.... stop back and see
- Random Tid Bit -
Today 2 years ago, my sweet hubby proposed to me!
I can NOT believe that was 2 years ago!

Monday, April 27, 2015

Favorite Things Party

Favorite Accessories

Linking up with Andrea & Erika to share my favorite accessories!!
I'm pretty boring in this department, but I do change it up on occasion.
In terms of jewelry, I wear the same stuff
I wear my wedding rings on my left and a Tiffany ring Ted gave me for Christmas a few years ago on my right ring finger.

I wear diamond hoop earrings that Ted gave me as well
Sometimes I wear bigger diamond hoops my mom gave me, but daily, its the ones from Ted.

I have a Pandora bracelet my dad gave me the Christmas before he died (2010) with 3 charms on it. I have since filled it up with beautiful charms and wear that every now and then. I also have a good amount of Alex and Ani bracelets too, but bracelets are tough to wear at work so I usually only wear them on weekends or to events and stuff.
I have about 3 necklaces I wear...
A diamond twist from Ted
A diamond cross from my Mom
A diamond heart from my Dad
and a long layered necklace thing...
So so so boring!!
Here's why:
In the late winter of 2009 - when I had moved back home briefly, I was at a viewing with my mom for a friend who lost her dad. MY dad was doing an estimate (he was a builder) up north somewhere. When mom and I got home, we saw that our house had been broken in to.
My room got completely ransacked. Everything was taken.
I had a big armoire full of all kinds of jewelry.
Lots of statement necklaces, bracelets, fun rings, lots and lots of earrings...
I had my grandmothers ring, and my dads mothers (who passed before I was born) wedding band. Lots of sentimental items.
They also took my lap top and dads computer and lots of other things....
It was devastating.
And since then, I refuse to have a lot of's horrible
My other favorite accessories are scarves.
I love scarves!
This winter, I got hooked on blanket scarves...
they are the best, so warm and cozy!
But I love allllll scarves....
One of my faves!

I love scarves and stripes
This one was super cozy all winter

I love the coral and teal mixed together - don't mind the silly pic :)
This one is wool loopy knit - love love love it

My other favorite accessory is my Barrington bag! 
Ted got it for me as a wedding gift with my new initials on it. 

And I just ordered myself a new one for summer:

I think I might spring for another one in the future... And this is what I have my eye on....

Last but not least... My Blardigan. 
Tessa loves it too. 
It's well worth the money. 
It's soft and comfy and warm. 
It's great to wear around the house or out paired with a cute top and leggings. 
Little snuggle cat
#mandastrong !

Have a fabulous week!
Stop by tomorrow for the weekend wrap up! 


Friday, April 24, 2015

Friday Favorites

Changing up the typical "Friday Favorites" and dishing some of my "four favorite" things...
After doing this, I realized I'm pretty boring! Haha

Still linking up with Andrea & Erika for Friday Favorites...
*Four nicknames*
Tiff/Tiffy/Aunt Tiffy
(Can't even try to explain this one)
(Haven't been called this in a while, but it was one)

*Four movies I’ve watched more than once*
Dirty Dancing
The entire Fast & Furious franchise
Anything with Adam Sandler
Pretty Woman
 *Four things always in my purse*
Aruba Aloe Lotion
*Favorite past jobs*
 Water Works slide attendant
Social Worker for Adults with Mental Illness

 Physical Therapy Aide

*Four favorite places to shop*
TJ Maxx
Local Surf Shop :)
*Four places I’ve lived*
Toms River, NJ
Lacey, NJ
That's it :)
*Four ultimate favorite foods*
Anything topped with bacon and/or avocado
*Four favorite drinks*
Unsweetened Iced Tea
Water with lime
Iced Coffee or lattes
Mango or Raspberry Margaritas
*Four places I’ve traveled*
San Antonio, Texas
Across the Country & back
New England, Vegas, Bahamas, Cali, Disney, Wisconsin lakes etc.
(I've traveled a lot in the US and loved every second)
*Four placed I’d like to travel*
Bora Bora
 *For places I’d like to re-travel to*
San Antonio
Lake of the Ozarks
*Four favorite things to cook*
Anything baked: Cookies, Cupcakes, Pies, Cakes, Brownies
*Four favorite chain restaurants*
Saltgrass Steakhouse
*Four favorite local restaurants*
Via Napoli
Captain's Inn
 *Four TV shows I'm currently watching*
American Idol
Teen Mom - OG
Wheel of Fortune
Cooking shows
*Four things I’m looking forward to this year*
Celebrating our ONE YEAR anniversary
Going to the beach this summer with the "drive on" pass
Possibly going on vacation in the fall
3 friends Weddings!

Happy Weekend Everyone!


Thursday, April 23, 2015

Baked Beans - The multifunctional side dish

Beans Beans Beans.....
Some people love 'em,
Others hate 'em
I'm a lover.....with exception
They have to be doctored up and baked low and slow

So here is what you're gonna do:
Pre-heat the oven to 350*
(Full Recipe Below)
I start off with Campbells Pork & Beans

Just open them up and dump them into a pyrex

Then dice up an onion

Next, squirt on some ketchup & mustard
*I sometimes use dry mustard*

After than, sprinkle on a liberal amount of brown sugar (light or dark)

After all the "ingredients" are in the pyrex, stir stir stir!!

Place in pre-heated oven for 1 hour or until edges begin to brown and the bean mix is all bubbly and gooey and delicious looking!
Remove from oven and let stand about 5-7 minutes

Serve these right from the Pyrex dish!

My apologies for the google images - I wasn't planning on blogging this, so I didn't take pictures the night I made them. Google to the rescue.

So here is the Full Recipe:

3-4 cans of Campbell's Baked Beans
1 medium onion, diced
1/4 cup of ketchup
3 Tablespoons mustard
1 cup brown sugar

Pre-heat oven to 350*
Pour beans into a medium pyrex dish. Add the diced onion, ketchup, mustard and brown sugar. Stir and incorporate well. Place in preheated oven uncovered for an hour to an hour and a half. Let stand before serving.
I make baked beans all summer long.
I pair it with scalloped potatoes and ham
I keep it simple with hot dogs and tater tots
They are a great side to bring to a picnic
(After you bake them, pour into a crock pot to keep warm)
You can add things to it like bacon, jalapenos, or pieces of ham
All together, it really jazzes up a can of beans and makes a delicious side.
I hope this changed your mind if you were a hater, and you give it a try!
Stop by tomorrow for Friday Favorites!!