Game Day Chili

I know it’s still blazing hot outside…. but it is September and I am craving chili and I didn’t want to wait for cooler weather. I thought I would share with you the new chili recipe I tried out. It is from the book Entertaining With Friends that my sweet friend Samantha’s Mom gave me before I moved to Jackson. I finally got to try a recipe from this gorgeous cookbook.


Game Day Chili


2 lbs ground beef (I used ground turkey to make it healthier) Next time I think I will cut back to 1 lb of meat; it was a little much for me.

1 onion, chopped ( I buy frozen onion that is already chopped and it is a huge time saver)

1 large green bell pepper, chopped

2 garlic cloves, finely chopped

1 (15 oz) can chili beans

1 (15 oz) can dark red kidney beans

1 (15 oz) can whole tomatoes

1 (15 oz) can tomato sauce

3/4 cup water

1 small jalapeño seeded and chopped (I used 2 because I like it HOT)

2 teaspoons chili powder

1 teaspoon each cumin and paprika

salt and pepper to taste

shredded cheese

1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional) it was not spicy enough for my taste so I had to kick it up a bit.


1. Brown the ground beef in a skillet, stirring until crumbly; drain.

2. Add onion, bell pepper and garlic. Saute until tender.

3. Add the undrained chili beans, undrained kidney beans, tomatoes, tomato sauce, water, jalapeño chile, chili powder, cumin, paprika, cayenne pepper, salt and pepper and mix well.

4. Simmer for 2 hours, stirring occasionally.

5. Ladle into soup bowls and top with a small amount of shredded cheese and green onions. Serve with crackers and enjoy!

This recipe was very easy and made a ton of food. You will have plenty for leftovers or to freeze for an easy meal down the road.  Hope everyone has a great week! XOXO -B



the hunt for the perfect black bootie

With cooler Fall weather approaching, I am really loving the bootie trend once again this season!  I have been searching for the perfect pair of black booties to add to my wardrobe this year.  Here is what’s on my list:

1, 2, 3, 4, 5

1. Kate Spade Lanise Booties 
These are at the top of my birthday wish list!  I am loving the bow on the back of these!  

2. Madewell Ames Boot 
Madewell has some great boots this season!  These boots are so versatile and will look great with so many different pieces in my closet from my JCrew Pixie Pants to various skirts to my Ag Stevie jeans!

3. Rag and Bone Classic Newbury Bootie
I have been obsessing about these booties since last Christmas (check out that post here!).  They are the most comfortable shoe and the heel height is very flattering!

4. Madewell Billie Boot
I told you guys I am loving the Madewell shoes this season!  These are another on my list!  One of my fave blogs has the brown ones on in her post here.  They are such a versatile shoe and will transition between seasons quite well!

5. Sam Edelman Petty 
I actually own these booties in the Putty color!  They truly are the most comfortable shoe and I am tempted to own them in black as well!  The heel height is easy and comfy to wear and they are really affordable (definitely a plus!).

Now all I need to do is choose which one to get!  Which one do you all like best?  Do you have any favorites that I need to add to my wish list???  

I hope you are all having a great week!