A Chili Bar and Other Food Highlights from the Week

Hello! I am back with another roundup of what we’ve been eating in September. I shared a highlight of our eats earlier in the month, and then took a week or two off. Here we are nearing the end of the month already, yikes! Let’s dig into some favorite fall meals.

What better way to kick off this chillier season than with a chili bar?! Featuring maple turkey chili and homemade cornbread, yum all around.

And a look at the bowl of chili after it took a trip through the toppings station. Never. Enough. Toppings. Who’s with me? Also I’ve declared Fritos > tortilla chips when it comes to a bowl of chili.

Oh you know we’re rolling with it now. Hello, chili dogs! Why did I just find out about this amazing way to eat leftover chili only a year ago?! Super delicious way to spice up leftovers and basically create a whole new meal. Also, this maple turkey chili is my favorite for topping chili dogs, it’s got a hint of sweetness from the maple which I find to be the perfect compliment to the salty hot dog underneath.

Ok we’re finally moving on from chili to BREAKFAST. My favorite meal of the day! I just found out that my husband has been holding out on me and happens to be a professional omelet chef. He’s actually good at making eggs of all kinds, but can we just look at that perfectly folded omelet with perfectly thin layers of egg and melty cheese…way beyond my egg making skills.

This is basically the lighting we’re working with at breakfast these days…ugh to dark mornings. I promise these fluffy whole wheat zucchini bread pancakes topped with greek yogurt and banana slices tasted way better than they look. I also made a variation of this breakfast with strawberry slices and declared it to be dessert worthy, somehow the greek yogurt turned into whipped cream, it tasted like it at least!

And we’re back to dinner. Looks healthy doesn’t it? It tasted great at least! Walking tacos inspired by our friends Kevin and Marie when they made us a walking taco bar for lunch while camping. Great camping food, but also a great weeknight meal! Very little mess, barely any dishes. Just your favorite taco toppings piled into a bag of crushed up chips. Sign me up!

This meal looks beautifully basic. And it is. But James and Josiah really like it, it comes together in one pot, and there are some hidden veggies. An all around win in my book. For those interested, it’s this spinach mushroom beef pasta.

It looks like our lighting at night is getting tricky these days too. What’s a blogger to do?! Another easy weeknight meal of buffalo chicken sandwiches and roasted broccoli. I just marinated thinly sliced chicken breasts in a spiedie marinade, baked them in the oven, coated the baked chicken in buffalo wing sauce and served it on top of toasted buns with blue cheese dressing, lettuce, and tomato.

Not the best photo, but an amazing milkshake that I shared with Josiah while we were out celebrating our friend Lauren’s birthday the other night. Josiah declared it to be the best milkshake he’s ever had! I put in a special request for whipped cream and a cherry on top, no regrets.

Last but not least, you’ve seen it but it’s worth another feature. Homemade apple crisp. I totally forgot to link the recipe in Monday’s post, so here it is! I thought it was a very easy recipe to make, and a very delicious apple crisp to be eaten. We served it warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Only the best πŸ™‚

Alright y’all, that’s all I’ve got to share today. I need to get back in the swing of food photography. I’ve been in a bit of a cooking rut lately, and our meals haven’t been all that impressive. Simple meals might be fun to share too though.

I hope that you have a great Thursday friends. Happy Eating!

It’s Been A While

Hello everyone! How are you all doing? It has been a while, hasn’t it. I didn’t blog at all last week and it was really just what I needed. I have been taking a major break from social media, so I’m trying to figure out how my blog fits into that. I really enjoy blogging but I’ve also enjoyed just living life in the present moment detached from all things screen related. Don’t get me wrong, I still use my phone and computer quite regularly, I’m just not spending as much time mindlessly scrolling. When I do that, I find myself sinking into comparison traps that just aren’t a healthy mindset for me. I’ve been struggling to take photos recently too and I find that blogs are way more fun with photos.

Before I get carried away with that ramble, it’s almost officially FALL!! I know a lot of us are already in the full swing of it, but I’ve been procrastinating pulling out our fall decorations and my current excuse is “it’s not fall until September 21st”. We did go on a quick apple picking trip this weekend and then I made apple crisp with the fresh apples! Here is the recipe I used, and really liked! Oh my gosh does anyone else feel overwhelmed by the amount of apple crisp recipes out there. I know there are a lot of dishes like this where it just feels like you can find a hundred variations of the recipe and it can be incredibly stressful to weed through the slight differences to pick the best one. I’m not going to claim this is the best recipe on the planet, it’s one that my friend/cousin Katy shared with me a few years ago. I have tried many of apple crisp recipes, and this one is very good!

I would LOVE to get really crafty in the kitchen and make my own fritters (dream!), but I just don’t have the time or energy these days. So for now, simple apple crisp it is. And hopefully a batch of applesauce later in the week because I think James would be a fan. Speaking of James, he had a lot of fun apple picking this year. I think he’s always amazed when we’re out in nature picking sweet fruit off of trees or bushes. Similar to our blueberry picking experience this summer which consisted of lots of “nom nom” as I handed him endless blueberries, he happily ate away at the small apples we picked off the tree for him. He might have scared us with a few coughing fits and I’m not sure we’re quite at the age of eating whole apples yet, but he did well overall.

As for the week ahead, we have a few exciting plans on the agenda. My friend Kelly (heyy!!) is going to be in town at the beginning of the week. She is currently living out of a beautifully renovated van exploring the country (jealous) and I can’t wait to catch up with her and her parents in person! I also have another friend visiting from Colorado at the end of the week, so lots of fun visits to look forward to. I’m sure James and I will be enjoying plenty of playground time as well, our favorite hangout these days.

I hope that your week is off to a good start! I hope to be back soon πŸ™‚