Crock Pot Turkey Chili for Game Day

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While our team sadly didn’t make it to the big game last night, we still had a few friends over and had ourselves a nice little night. Because really, the food, drinks and friends are the best part of any sports game anyway, right? I went on a cooking spree in the morning, prepping for both the game and today’s snowstorm. My favorite thing to do is throw in a slow cooker meal while I make other appetizers, and today I’m sharing my favorite chili recipe. It has just the right amount of spice and is so easy to make. Plus it’s great as leftovers.

Crock Pot Turkey Chili

Football season may be officially over for the year, but there’s still college basketball to use as an excuse to entertain with friends and family. I personally love to enjoy a good glass of red wine in the winter, and this weekend I discovered and tried out Black Box Wines, which went perfectly with our Sunday Funday food and are going to be a go-to for bringing to other peoples’ houses for days like this. These wines come in 3 liter eco-friendly boxes (equivalent to four 750 ml bottles) and stay fresh for up to six weeks. But the best part is that it’s actually great wine (they’ve won over 50 Gold Medals for quality!) for 40% less of the price of comparable bottled wines. I went with the Cabernet Sauvignon but can’t wait to try other varieties.

Crock Pot Turkey Chili

Anyway, back to the chili… for this recipe, I tried to keep things on the healthy side and used ground turkey. If you’re doubling the recipe for a big slow cooker, you could consider doing half and half with ground turkey and beef. This recipe requires very little prep. Just brown the turkey, add onions until they’re cooked through, then put them both in the slow cooker. Add the remaining ingredients, set on high for 4 hours or low for 6-8 hours. Then add your favorite toppings (I love a little cheese, sour cream and green onions) and you’re good to go!

Crock Pot Turkey Chili

Crock Pot Turkey Chili

For more game day entertaining and recipe inspiration, visit SimpleEntertaining.com. And I’d love to hear what your favorite game day recipes are – leave them in the comments! Cheers!

Crock Pot Turkey Chili

Crock Pot Turkey Chili

Crock Pot Turkey Chili

 

Crock Pot Chili for Game Day

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 cans (15 oz each) dark red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 jalapenos, seeded and diced
  • 1 red onion, diced
  • 1 green onion, diced
  • 1 can (7 oz) Mexicorn
  • 2 jars (16 oz each) salsa
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp hot Mexican style chili pepper
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp basil
  • Salt and pepper
  • Optional toppings: sour cream, green onions, cheese, avocado

Instructions

  1. Saute the ground turkey, onion and garlic until turkey is browned. Drain excess fat.
  2. Combine all remaining ingredients (other than option toppers) with turkey, onion and garlic in the slow cooker.
  3. Cook on high for 4 hours or low for 6-8 hours.
  4. Add optional toppers and enjoy.
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Mixing Plaids

Today I’m all about mixing prints… specifically super soft plaids. I love this style trend because it’s really easy to do. All you have to do is combine two prints that have some sort of a similar color – which in this case was royal blue. The dress has plenty of it and the scarf had one line within the plaid pattern with the same color, so they played off of each other nicely.

First off, if I could wear flannel every day, I would, and this dress (on sale!) has become a wardrobe staple from fall to winter. In warmer weather, I wore it on its own, and then as it got chillier I’ve gone with tights and booties (as shown here) to dress it up a bit or leggings and flats for a more casual look. And a good blanket scarf like this one from Old Navy is perfect for finishing off any wintery look with some added warmth (especially since my office tends to be freeeezing!).

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Layered Three-Olive Tapenade Appetizer Recipe

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The best part of football season is having a reason to get together with friends and family over delicious food and drinks on a weekly basis. It’s my favorite time to whip up my go-to recipes, such as my three ingredient artichoke dip, but also try out new ones. In advance of this weekend, I tested a new idea, Layered Three-Olive Tapenade with hummus and feta, and it ended up being so delicious!

Layered Three-Olive Tapenade Appetizer Recipe

This recipe came about thanks to my love of olives and hummus. I had been thinking about creating an olive tapenade recipe, but then it dawned on me that I could make it into a bite-sized Mediterranean appetizer. And the best part is that it’s SO easy.

Layered Three-Olive Tapenade Appetizer Recipe

When I say easy, I’m talking lay out the ingredients, throw almost everything in the food processor, pulse a bunch of times, then spread hummus, olive tapenade and feta on a cracker and enjoy.

Layered Three-Olive Tapenade Appetizer Recipe

I don’t have one of those giant food processors, but it worked just fine splitting everything up and throwing in my smaller version. I’ll be the first to admit that the olive tapenade isn’t the most visually pleasing thing, but by using three different olives and roasted red peppers, you at least get a good assortment of colors in there. You can really make this recipe with any olives you happen to have at home – up to you!

Layered Three-Olive Tapenade Appetizer Recipe

Once all of the ingredients are combined, go ahead and start assembling. Honestly, this was easier than I thought it would be. Take your time and you’ll come out with some nice looking appetizers to serve to your guests (or eat yourself… which I did with several).

Layered Three-Olive Tapenade Appetizer Recipe

I love using classic RITZ® crackers as the base of this appetizer because their buttery taste and crunchy texture is the perfect complement to the hummus, olive tapenade and feta. And how cute are these glass bottles of Coca-Cola? Add a fun straw and they’re instantly entertaining-worthy. The 1/2 liter Coca-Cola bottles are also great for guests (we usually opt for Diet Coke, but go with whatever your guests will enjoy!). I picked up the RITZ® crackers and Coca-Cola bottles at my local Stop & Shop (scroll down to see exactly where you can find them).

Layered Three-Olive Tapenade Appetizer

Layered Three-Olive Tapenade Appetizer Recipe

I’m already starting to think of other ways to use this olive tapenade – putting it on top of chicken might be next. But for now, I’ll stick with this deliciousness…

Layered Three-Olive Tapenade Appetizer Recipe

Layered Three-Olive Tapenade Appetizer Recipe

The full recipe is below and can easily be printed out for future reference. You can find more RITZ® crackers recipe inspiration here and more game day inspiration here

What are your favorite game day appetizers? Let us know in the comments below!

Layered Three-Olive Tapenade Appetizer

Layered Three-Olive Tapenade Appetizer

Ingredients

  • 6.5 oz jar pitted kalamata olives, drained
  • 1 cup pitted green olives
  • 1 cup California olives
  • 1/2 cup roasted red peppers
  • 1 Tbsp capers
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 Tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp fresh basil, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp fresh thyme, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp fresh oregano, chopped
  • Salt and black pepper
  • 8 oz original hummus
  • 4 oz feta cheese, crumbled
  • 1 package RITZ® crackers

Instructions

  1. Pour olives, roasted red peppers, capers and garlic into food processor.
  2. Pulse in one second intervals, stopping periodically to scrape sides. Pieces should be approximately 1/8"; avoid over-processing beyond this size.
  3. Add olive oil, lemon juice, herbs, salt and pepper. Pulse a few more times.
  4. Spread hummus onto RITZ® crackers. Top with olive tapenade mixture.
  5. Sprinkle with feta cheese and serve.
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Poncho Style & My Everyday Bag

Today I’m going back to my freshman year of college when I made the big purchase of an oh-so-basic navy Longchamp bag. That bag is still in my regular rotation 10+ years later, despite many solid efforts to upgrade and replace it. I haven’t been able to find one with the necessary criteria: big enough for everyday essentials (laptop), long straps to make it easy to lug on the train everyday, and durable enough to last. Then one of my gfs showed up at lunch with a new bag, the “adult Longchamp,” which is actually Annabel Ingall. Now it’s my everyday, go-to bag, shown below (also comes in a smaller version and different colors – gray, black, royal blue, navy, tan, etc.).

But enough on the bag… today’s post was really meant for this poncho, which has quickly become a winter wardrobe staple for me. I love when I find a great deal on a piece like this that is versatile and also good quality (thanks, Old Navy!). I’ll be throwing this over essentially any long-sleeved shirt all season long (love the one below – on sale and comes in lots of colors), dressing it up for work or down for lounging around the house. And these jeans are under $35, super stretchy and basically feel like leggings. Top the outfit off with a fun necklace like this one that I also scored on super sale.

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Italy Travel Pinspiration

Around this time each year, the cold weather starts setting in, my husband and I go into winter hibernation and we start planning out vacations for the year. Aside from a few weekend trips here and there, we have our eyes on Italy for spring and Aruba for the fall. And now that we’ve made it that far, it’s time to start mapping out our Italy trip {cue the hours of Google searching, pinning, Tripadvisor-ing, etc.}.

To get things started, we got some tips from colleagues and friends – and then I went right on over to Pinterest to start visualizing potential destinations. Today I’m sharing some of what I found – if only we could do it all in one trip! Use the links below each photo for more info and recommendations on each location (and credits to the pics!). And if you have any suggested Italy itineraries, must-see attractions, restaurants, etc., please let me know in the comments!

1. Tuscany

Tuscany, Italy

“Tuscany, Italy: Siena, Chianti and Pisa” on A Spicy Perspective

2. Florence

Florence, Italy

“The Sights of Florence, Italy… A Photo Diary [Part 1]” on Hand Luggage Only

3. Rome

Rome, Italy

“Rome & Naples, Italy” on A Couple Cooks

4. Naples

Naples, Italy

“Bucket List Luxury Travel Destinations” on Arizona Foothills Magazine

5. Sardinia

Sardinia, Italy

“11 Places to Visit on a Trip to Sardinia (and Italy) and Why!” on Hand Luggage Only

6. Capri

Capri, Amalfi Coast, Italy

“Amalfi Coast: Positano, Capri, & Ravello, Italy” on A Couple Cooks

7. Positano

Positano, Italy

“Best of Positano, Italy – Shhhh, Don’t Tell” on Traveling Chic

8. Venice

Venice, Italy

“Secret Venice” on From My Dining Table

9. Milan

Milan, Italy

“Top 5 Reasons to Visit Milan: Exploring Italy’s Fashion Capital” on Make My Trip

10. Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre, Italy

“The Complete Guide to Visiting Cinque Terre in Italy!” on Hand Luggage Only

Sweater Weather

It’s safe to say that sweater weather is officially here and because of that, I figured it was the perfect time to share one of my all-time favorites. I love the look of this Free People oversized cable sweater dressed down with regular leggings and booties/flats or dressed up with faux leather leggings (these are on sale for $23!) and heels. Seriously suggest picking up this sweater – you won’t regret it. I wish I could wear it every day.

Side note: You may recall that I recently purchased a new camera, the Sony Alpha a6000. I love it so far (it’s a super compact, mirrorless camera that works much like a traditional DSLR). I got a new lens – the 50mm f/1.8 lens designed to go with Sony Alpha cameras – for Christmas and I can’t wait to start using it! If you’re wondering what it does, it’s essentially what gives you a nice blurry background when you’re shooting people, etc.

Anyway, read on to shot this look using the links below!

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Sweater (also in black, brown + white)

Faux Leather Leggings ($23!)

Bag - Primark in-store or similar here

Heels / Necklace – old, similar here

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Recipe: 3-Ingredient Artichoke Dip

Everyone loves a good dip at a gathering with family or friends. I have a few “go-to” dip recipes that I usually make, and the 3-Ingredient Artichoke Dip below is definitely the one that I make most. Every time I serve it to our guests or bring it to a party, people are amazed at how easy it is to make. I’ve had tons of requests from friends and family for the recipe, so I figured it was time to share it here.

3 Ingredient Artichoke Dip

You can quickly whip this up and either make it right away or keep it in the refrigerator until about 45 minutes before you’re ready to serve it. The best part about it is the small amount of ingredients needed – artichoke hearts, mayo and parmesan cheese, plus a bit of salt and pepper. Oftentimes when I tell people what’s in it, those who don’t like mayo (my husband included) are surprised that it’s included, but it really doesn’t taste like mayo once cooked – it just gives it a nice texture.

3 Ingredient Artichoke Dip Recipe

I can almost guarantee that this recipe will be a crowd pleaser and you’ll want to have the three ingredients on hand at all times. That’s what I do!

3 Ingredient Artichoke Dip Recipe

3 Ingredient Artichoke Dip Recipe

3 Ingredient Artichoke Dip Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 3x 14 oz cans quartered artichoke hearts, drained
  • 1 cup light mayonnaise
  • 1 cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  • Coarsely chop the artichoke hearts
  • Mix all ingredients together and pour into an oven-safe dish
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes
  • Serve with bread or pita chips and enjoy!

Variations:

While this is how I like to make this dip, you can play around with the proportions and/or add a few things to make it just right for you. Here are a few other ideas:

  • Chop the artichoke hearts more or less based on your preference.
  • Add breadcrumbs to the top of the dip just before you bake it. Skinnytaste has an artichoke dip recipe that suggests doing this, spraying the breadcrumbs with olive oil spray before baking.
  • Substitute fat free Greek yogurt for some of the mayo and cheese.
  • Add in some part-skim mozzarella cheese.
  • Add in some shallots. You can easily chop and combine these and the artichoke hearts in a food processor.

What’s your favorite dip recipe? Leave it below in the comments!

2015 Year in Review & Nordstrom, iPad Giveaway

It’s hard to believe I actually started this blog just over two years ago. This morning I scrolled through every single one of my posts from 2015 and it dawned on me how far I’ve come this year. Not only have I experimented with new types of posts (#ootd, monthly beauty finds), but I focused on paying attention to what was resonating with you, my readers, and tried to up my photography game to bring you lots of visual content. As a result, my blog readership and Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter followings doubled! Today’s post includes my favorite from each month this year – and scroll down to the bottom for a big Nordstrom & iPad giveaway!

Aside from the blog, 2015 was another incredible year spent with friends and family. I adventured to Ireland and Hawaii for big trips in summer and fall, and traveled to other new destinations, such as Portland, ME & OR, for work and play in between. Throughout the year three out of eight of our group of college besties welcomed beautiful babies, one got married and we even managed to successfully get all of us out to San Fran for a long weekend. And here at home, our mini bulldog, Hank, keeps us happy as ever.

My husband and I are headed into the city for dinner and drinks tonight and tomorrow we’ll meet up with our friends to kick off 2016 at the beach for the third annual PJ brunch party. I hope you all take some time to reflect on the ups and downs of 2015 – and cheers to a happy and healthy 2016!

xo,

Katy

2015 Year in Review

  • January: Healthy Mini Quiches Recipe (will be updating photography on this one, but they’ve been my go-to make-ahead breakfast all year!)

And now onto the giveaway…

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Prize: $500 Nordstrom Gift Card + Gold Mini iPad

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Dressed Up Style for Winter Festivities

Hope you all enjoyed the long holiday weekend! I’m back at work this week but happy to have another long weekend coming up as we ring in 2016. I had a few returns and exchanges to make from Christmas, so I popped into a few stores on my walk home. Let’s just say that there are so many great sales going on right now that it was hard not to buy anything. But if you have holiday cash from gifts, I suggest you take advantage of the discounted prices!

Today I’m sharing a dressed up look that I originally picked out for a work holiday party, but ended up going with a different option. I love this long-sleeved dress for a few reasons. First, it’s a different style than anything else in my closet. And it’s form-fitting but has lots of stretch so it’s still comfortable. Plus it has enough detailing in the pattern and fabric that it doesn’t require much for jewelry and accessories – but you can certainly add some to dress it up (love these earrings I found for less than $6!). But the best part is it’s less than $32 with code FLASH right now!

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Dress (sale + extra 60% off!) / Shoes (on sale!) Bag / Lips

Tights Similar Earrings (less than $6 for 2 pairs!)

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Last-Minute Beauty Gift Sets & Stocking Stuffers

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I’m usually so organized about holiday gift giving, picking out and buying presents for everyone in my list way in advance. For some reason, this year that just wasn’t the case. But thanks to a few of my favorite stores with great free, expedited shipping policies (placed a big order at J.Crew Factory on Monday and it arrived today!) and stores that carry pre-packaged gifts, I’m still good to go.

Today I went into Sephora and there were lots of fun gift sets still available – and they’re even open until 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve, so you can still pick some up before the holiday! And I love that most brands package up their most popular products into pretty stocking stuffers. Two of my favorites are bareMinerals’ Pop of Passion, with one of their new lip launches from this year, and Precious Pearls, with their top-selling powder eye shadows – both are actually ornaments! I also love Bliss Spa’s Citrus Stars, which comes with the body butter and soapy suds that I currently use daily, and Bite Beauty’s Luminous Creme Lipstick Duo, also with fun, sparkly packaging.

If you don’t have time to head to the store on Christmas Eve, I recommend you check out my gift set picks below, because some are already on sale and available while supplies last. The Sephora Favorites are always great because they include their top products and colors in any given beauty category (lips shown below), giving you the opportunity to try sample sizes before you buy your next lip color. And speaking of lips, the past few years I’ve stocked up on Buxom’s Full-On Lip Polish and Creams with their gift sets because of the value – and this year the Leave Your Mark set is perfect.

Shop my last-minute beauty gift set and stocking stuffers using the links below and Merry Christmas Eve!

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Maison Martin Margiela Rollerballs

Sephora Collection Kiss Me Balm

Buxom Look All You Want & Leave Your Mark Sets

Bite Beauty Luminous Creme Lipstick Duo

Bliss Citrus StarsbareMinerals Pop of Passion

Sephora Collection Breakups to Makeups Bag

 

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Need more gift ideas? Below are a two more recommendations – Josie Maran’s Whimsical Wonder The Complete Argan Skincare Ritual and ARQUISTE’s Holiday Candles. And you can also check out my gift guide on Fit & Fab Living!

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**Samples provided for review; all opinions are my own.**