Jan 17

Crock-Pot Venison Chili

You know what’s awesome?  Coming home from work and having dinner already made.  And do you know what’s even better?  When someone else makes that dinner for you.  Oh yes, and that’s exactly what happened for me yesterday.  I left the house at 7 am with all the ingredients for chili nicely placed next to the crock-pot like so…

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Venison Chili Ingredients

And when I returned from work they magically looked like this…

Crockpot Venison Chili

Ok, so maybe August making it wasn’t exactly magic, but it was still pretty awesome.  He even used some of the deer meat that he butchered on our kitchen island to cook up this meal.  And nothing beats a good bowl of chili on a cold night.

Crock-Pot Venison Chili


1 lb ground venison (or ground beef)

1 medium onion

1 can kidney beans (drained)

1 can black beans (drained)

1/2 can diced tomatoes

1/2 can Rotel

1/2 tablespoon garlic powder

1/2 tablespoon cumin

1 tablespoon chili powder

1/2 teaspoon salt


1.  Finely chop onion and cook in a small amount of olive oil until onions are soft and translucent.

2.  Brown venison.

3.  Place all of the ingredients including the cooked onions and venison into the crockpot.

4.  Cook on low for 8-10 hours.

5.  Top with a little cheese and eat with a fork or slop it up with tortilla chips; whichever you prefer.

Crockpot Chili

Eating Venison Chili


And on a completely different note, did everyone see this Deadspin story?  Holy crap, even if you don’t know a lick about sports or have never even heard the name Manti Te’o I suggest you read the article.  I’m not a Notre Dame fan by any means but I found myself rooting for them throughout the season just because of this kid’s story and it turns out it was a big hoax.  Was he in on it for publicities sake, was he really as innocent and naive as Notre Dame is making it seem, is he friends with the guy who made up this Kekua character?  So many questions and such a crazy story.

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Jan 16

My Gray Hair and Baby Fever

Alternative title: Wednesday Confessions

- I have gray (grey?) hair.  And no, I’m not just talking about a strand here or there, I’m talking A LOT of gray hair.  Since I wear it curly all the time it’s not as noticeable as if I wore it straight, but it’s getting to the point where I might have to start dying it (at only 28!).  Sometimes I’m all “who cares, it’s just hair” but other times it makes me super self conscious.

- I never put my jeans in the dryer because I hate that too tight feeling they have when I try to put them on afterwards.

- Seeing my dogs snuggling warms my heart.  But it’s going to be a very, very long time before I’m ready to get another puppy.  They’re so much work and so much money!

Dogs Snuggling

- 30 degree weather feels so much colder in San Antonio than it did in Kentucky.  I don’t know if it was because I expected it to be cold in Kentucky and so it didn’t seem so bad whereas I expect it to always be warm here in TX, but these past few days have felt uber cold.

- I don’t think I’ve ever experienced what people describe as “baby fever” but all of the sudden I feel very jealous of everyone who’s pregnant or just had a baby and I feel an unnatural urge to pin all sorts of baby related things.  No idea what’s going on with that.

- I  bought a container of mint oreos at the grocery store on Sunday and man, are they ever good.

Mint Oreos

(Picture source)

- We’ve stuck to our no TV challenge pretty well over the past 2 weeks but I feel like it sort of doesn’t count since we still watched the NFL games on the weekends and the Kentucky basketball game last night.  It’s clear we like watching sports way too much to actually forgo cable.

So tell me…

What are some of your confessions?

Any other 20-somethings have gray hair too?  If so do you just live with it or do you dye your hair?

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Jan 15

P.V. Body Scam?

Two weeks ago I wrote a review about the workout apparel company P.V. Body.  The company’s premise is that you pay a monthly flat rate (of $49.95) and receive one top and one pair of bottoms customized to your workout needs.  I wrote honestly about my positive experience with the company in that I received my shipment quickly and truly liked both pieces of clothing.  Since then it has been brought to my attention both through comments on my review and through P.V. Body’s facebook page that many of their costumers are unhappy.

It appears as though many women have placed orders through affiliate links (such as the one on my blog) offering anywhere from 20-40% off their first order and yet, the vast majority either have yet to receive their orders which were placed in November/December, received clothing that didn’t match the style quiz they filled out, or haven’t received the discount they were promised.  Not only that but just this weekend I received an e-mail stating that they are now going to start sending out their own workout apparel brand “Ellie”.

Ellie Website

Now instead of paying $49.95 for brands such as Lululemon, Nux, and  Nike that you know are high quality and expensive, you’ll be paying to receive the company’s new brand.  Maybe some will think this is a smart business move on their part; get people to sign up in hopes of receiving Lululemon and then send out your personal brand.  But in my opinion it is also deceptive because it’s possible that “Ellie” won’t be worth anything close to $49.95/month.

The bottom line is, I don’t know whether P.V. Body is a scam or not.  At best they are a poorly run company and I’m not comfortable representing their brand.  To those who signed up through my link, I’m honestly sorry.  I never would have advocated for the brand if I knew that this would happen and I sincerely hope that you receive workout clothes in the mail that you truly like.  And for those who were considering signing up, all I can say is be warned and do so with caution.

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Jan 15

Oyster Stew

Every Christmas Eve my family does a dinner of appetizers.  We have shrimp cocktail, cheese and crackers, mini sandwiches, and my personal favorite, oyster stew.  The stew is rich and creamy with a perfect oyster flavor in every bite.

Oyster Stew

But the sad thing about this meal; we only have it once a year, and that’s just a darn shame.  So when I was home over Christmas I made sure to get the recipe for oyster stew from my mom.  Turns out the credit for this recipe goes to the Ottawa, Illinois hospital circa 1982.

Ottawa Cookbook


Oyster Stew Ingredients

1 pint fresh oysters (or in my case 2 1/2 pints)

1/2 gallon (2 quarts) milk

1/2 cup butter

1 cup oyster crackers



1.  Place 1/4 cup of butter in a large stock pot and add 1/2 gallon of milk.  Turn heat to medium and allow mixture to get hot but not boil.

Combine Milk and Butter

2.  While milk is heating up, melt 1/4 cup butter in a large frying pan and add oysters (with juice).  Allow oysters to simmer until the edges start to curl.  ~8-10 minutes.

Cooking Oysters

3.  Once oysters are cooked pour contents of frying pan into the stock pot of milk.  Leave heat on medium and simmer for at least 45 minutes.


4.  Ladle into a bowl and add in a handful of oyster crackers (or pieces of toasted gluten free bread like August did).

Oyster Stew

Of course, this isn’t a meal meant for every night of the week, but for just one night it was nice to pretend it was Christmas Eve again. :)

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