Good evening everyone! How’d your Monday go?

It was so weird getting to work and having it be so light out outside! I felt like it was 10:00am, when in fact, it was only 8am! Rats. At any rate, the day went quickly and I got to come home to some pre-made, hearty, ready for me…

Homemade Chili!


Part of last night’s dinner prep for the week included making a big pot of this fall and winter dinner staple. :)



I followed my recipe for Chicken Chili, except I used 93/7 lean ground beef instead of shredded chicken. I let the whole things simmer for about 20 minutes on the stove, cool down and then popped the pot into the fridge.


Tonight, all I had to do was heat the pot back up, top with shredded cheese & oyster crackers and CHOW! This recipe is seriously no fail. And I’m happy to report that it was one of my best batches yet!


I must have gotten a wee bit distracted while adding the cayenne pepper yesterday, because this pot had me sweating! You know, right under the eyes? That’s when you know it’s hot ;) Yowsa!


Now what’s a good bowl of chili without its partner in crime, Cornbread? Well, that’s where the big, fat fail comes into play…

Since finding out that my favorite cornbread, Jiffy, has partially hydrogenated lard in the ingredient list (gross) I just haven’t been able to bring myself to make it. I tried the Krusteaz brand cornbread, and while it’s extremely delicious, it’s also close to $3 a box. Nuh-uh. Not going to pay $3 for cornbread.

So, I decided to make my own and picked up a bag of Hodgson Mill, Yellow Corn Meal at the store this weekend!


No partially hydrogenated lard in here! :D


I followed the recipe on the back of the bag because if anyone would know cornbread, it would be the cornbread people, right?


Wrong. This wasn’t cornbread, cornbread. This was cornbread, cornbread. Aka, not sweet, kind of dry…and well, not Jiffy! I’m just not hardcore enough to eat the real stuff, I guess.

So, I went on a recipe hunt and made cornbread round 2: Grandmother’s Buttermilk Cornbread. Aka, the only cornbread recipe you will ever need!



This was an “I freaking love” experience for sure!!!


Moist yet crumbly, sweet yet a little savory – unbelievable. Had to take the pan away from Ben, unbelievable. Don’t buy another package of cornbread mix – make this recipe!


PS Upon asking Ben if cornbread was one word or two, he told me that it was one and did I want to know how he knew? Of course I did, and he told me “Cornbread” is the name of one of the first graffiti artists in the US – the “Father of Graffiti” if you will.


Cornbread started to write graffiti to attract the attention of a girl he liked in high school. First he wrote on the hallways, then her locker. Apparently this wasn’t enough to get her attention, so he started writing on the walls along her bus route to school. When she still wouldn’t pay him any attention, he broke into the school bus barn and wrote on the inside of every bus so she could see how he felt no matter which one took her home. In the end, he got the girl. :)

I bet you never you knew graffiti was so romantic, did you? I bet you never knew Ben knew so much about graffiti, did you?

Snackaeage for Gossip Girl =


I used to, no joke, eat entire bags of this homestyle popcorn in high school. It is by far the best flavor of microwave popcorn, in my opinion. Nowadays, the 100 calorie bags make for perfect portion control.

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Going to put in a little blog work, then it’s Gossip Girl time!



Do you like sweet or savory cornbread?