i’m loving…

the brisk chill i got when i walked outside this morning…

the sound of leaves brustling across my driveway…

the smell of the air…

this weather…

fall.

it’s simple, really, fall is the best time of the year.

i can’t wait to be in dahlonega in a few short weeks and visit the apple barn.

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what i would eat, friday.

breakfast:

3879684274_f9e84ee1a5these granola bars from one of my very favorite blogs. ever.

{i would probably eat some yogurt and fresh fruit also.}

lunch:

293046404_a577d80f89this yummy grilled cheese and tomato soup.

{this could quite possibly be one of my favorites when the cool weather rolls around.}

dinner:

3127253726_3c5f8f2fe3these short ribs.

{i’ve always wanted to make them…but since we’re not beef eaters in my house, it’s rare that i can make something like this.}

my favorite foods right now…

i will start this post off by explaining why i did this post….i love it when other people tell me what kinds of food they snack on or eat. mostly because 50% of the time, i’ve never heard of it or seen it before. with that said…here are a couple of my favorite things right now.

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this is a staple in my home. if for some reason, we don’t have it…well, nevermind, because we always have it. i love it for snacking. :)

01583900821mom and i discovered these about a month ago. we like to grill chicken and then make a healthy version of nachos…these chips taste like they are really bad for you, but aren’t. and that’s why i love them so much. we also like to grab just a few and crumble them up in our salads before we eat them…it gives it a little crunch and salty bite.

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these Bartlett Pears. i love pears. (and as frisbee knows, my grandmother gets some of the best.) they are in season right now and super cheap at the store.

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mom and i have been trying several sauces over the past month or so, to try and find a healthier and tastier version than the one she had bought my whole life. well…right now we are LOVING this one.

so there you have it.

can i please say how grateful i am that my house wasn’t any more damaged than it was from the flooding that has been going on? praise Jesus.

i reallllly need…

it to stop raining.

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but with rain in the forecast every day this next week….it’s not looking good.

on a happier note…here’s an excellent recipe that my mom and i adapted from the Biggest Loser’s recipes. first we halved it (so, if you want to make more double everything) because it made a ridiculous amount in the original. second, we used yellow mustard instead of mustard powder, mainly because we didn’t have any mustard powder and never use it (it would be silly to spend $3.00 on a a powder like that, that would go bad before we used it again.). All that to say, the original recipe calls for 1 tsp mustard powder, we used 2 tbsp yellow mustard and i promise you it was the best thing we could’ve done. the flavor was incredible.

Doc’s Chili

what you’ll need:

2 tbsp. olive oil

1 1/2  cups onion, chopped

1 pound ground turkey (we love the Jennie-O, it taste the best to us)

1 can fire-roasted tomatoes, (14.5 oz)

1 can low-sodium black beans, (15 oz)

1 can low-sodium pinto beans, (16 oz)

1 cup chicken broth

1 tbsp minced garlic

1 1/2 tbsp chili powder

1 tsp ground cumin

2 tbsp yellow mustard

what you’ll do:

coat a large saucepan or dutch oven with olive oil. add the onions and cook over medium-high heat until they’re soft and just starting to brown. add the ground turkey and cook over medium-high heat, breaking up the meat with a spoon, for about 6 minutes, or until no longer pink. add the tomatoes, pinto and black beans, broth, garlic, chili powder, cumin, and yellow mustard. bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce the heat to low. cover and simmer for 20 minutes.

then…eat.it.up. i wanted to lick my bowl it was so good.

the best part about this chili:::::: for 1 cup (which is a serving) it’s only 150 calories. that means for two cups, and believe me you’ll be full, it’s only 300 calories. it doesn’t get much better than that.

what i would eat, friday.

these recipes come from martha stewart…enjoy!

breakfast:

ba_0508_breakfastegg_lSouthwest Egg Scramble

{this one reminds me of a breakfast meal i get at J. Christopher’s}

lunch:

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{shoot, i might even eat this for dinner sometime}

dinner:

edf_jul06_week_salad_l-1Grilled Chicken Cobb Salad

{a healthier version than you would get in a restaurant}

and….because i’ve had a serious sweet tooth all week….

dessert:

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as always…if you make it…let me know.

i cant hold it in any longer.

after a year…i have to share the  news…the christmas tree in my front yard, yes, it’s huge (we’re talking over 100 feet tall), is going to be….

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it’s seriously so exciting. and will definitely be a Thanksgiving to remember. It will be weird and so sad not to have this tree in our front yard. Even though my parents are really excited about this, I know they will miss it. They bought the 5 foot tree the first Christmas they lived in this house, 26 years ago.

As if it couldn’t get better….my family gets to be VIP at the lighting…we get to meet all the celebrities and such. im freaking out a little bit. i cant wait to find out who will be there this year. :)

AHHH!!!