Cowboy Stampedin’ Chili

August 30, 2013 § 5 Comments

Or Stampedin’ Cowboy Chili… not sure which one sounds better. ūüôā


This is an ode to my hometown Calgary, Alberta. I have searched high and low for the greatest chili concoction, and finally found it. This is a combination of sweet, smoky, and spicy. I have 2 very special ingredients that cannot be left out that I will share soon. Keep reading.

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Ragin’ Cajun Jambalaya

August 28, 2013 § 1 Comment

This spicy¬†shrimp Ragin’ Cajun Jambalaya¬†is made from¬†scratch and is super tasty and quick to prepare!¬† Definitely one of my go-to meals when I am in a pinch that’s a family favorite.


¬†The jambalaya that I am sharing with you today is more of a southwestern and south-central jambalaya¬†because it is Cajun and not Creole. Now the further away you get from New Orl√©ans¬†the less they use tomatoes but I put tomatoes in mine anyway. To me, it’s just not jambalaya without tomatoes.¬†This meal is also a¬†one dish dinner which I love, one dish means less clean up which is a definite plus with no dishwasher! Feel free to substitute chicken instead of shrimp, sausage instead of chicken, or throw all 3 in for an even bigger celebration!

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Why Bother with Natural and Chemical-Free?

August 26, 2013 § 1 Comment

“If you want your children to be¬†intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales. “ Albert Einstein

I never used to be¬†like this…. trying to be¬†as natural and chemical-free as possible. There was a time where I never went a day without coating my hair in hairspray. My sister can attest to that. ūüôā But after having a child and being a stay at home mom, things changed. I wanted to make sure I was putting the best foods into my daughter, and that’s how it all started. It was little things. Like¬†I didn’t like the idea of feeding her crackers as a snack. I wanted her to like vegetables and eat lots of fruits. And not choose unhealthy, processed foods when given a choice. Cleaning my floors with vinegar also make me happy, knowing that when my 3-year-old picks up food off the floor and puts it in her mouth, I don’t have a sick feeling in my stomach thinking about all the chemicals she just ingested. It’s just the dirt I have to worry about. ūüėČ

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I Don’t Wear Sunscreen and Would Never Put it on My Daughter

August 23, 2013 § Leave a comment

Is Your Sunscreen Causing Cancer?

Summer is over, well, nearly over so this post is probably a little late but I felt it was imperative I still get the message out there. Afterall, how many of you wear sunscreen year round? How many of you wear face moisturizer or foundation with a built-in SPF? Probably a lot of you.


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Purple Basil Bruschetta

August 21, 2013 § 3 Comments

Garlic, olive oil, tomatoes, basil, and more garlic… ūüôā


Bruschetta. Actually pronounced “bru-sket-ta”, is an antipasto¬†from Italy. I know, I’ve been saying¬†it wrong too. It’s much more fun to say “brush-etta”. If I could pick any place in the world to eat and live, it would be Italy. Wine, fresh cheese, olive oil, olives, sourdough, mortadella… those are my absolute favorites. ¬†

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