Crock Pot Italian Chili

Homecoming week It’s homecoming week friends here in Estes Park, Colorado. Isn’t my girl adorbs? GO BOBCATS! She’s going to kill me for posting this photo of her on my blog. But I can’t help it, she’s so stinking cute. Busy fall nights have made all of the work I did a few weeks ago prepping 15 frozen crock pot meals sooooo worth it. I’m becoming the diva of the slow cooker!

Yesterday I fixed the crock pot Italian Chili and it was a hit with the hubs. I asked some Facebook friends if they wanted the recipe and 30 or so of you said yes. So here it is:

Crock Pot Italian Chili

Crock Pot Italian Chili 1 pound cooked ground beef (I fry up 6-8 pounds of ground beef at a time and freeze them in quart bags. I usually just thaw out the meat and use it as needed) [Read more...]

Crock Pot Chicken and Biscuits

Lately I’ve been obsessed with my crock pot. Fall is always so busy. Between long work days and teenagers headed in different directions, finding quick easy meals to throw in the slow cooker has been key to keeping our family together at meal time.

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Sunday Morning at Sprague Lake

Sunset at Bear Lake, Longs Peak

We’ve been going 100 miles and hour, but the last few days Jeff and I have been able to steal away some quiet moments in our new playground.

Sometimes it’s a drive through waiting on the kids to finish up with practice. Sometimes it’s a quiet Sunday sunrise like the one we witnessed at Sprague Lake. We live in a wonderland. Rocky Mountain National Park is one of the most beautiful places in the world, and we are blessed to live here.

Walking up to the Light, Sprague Lake

This was the light just as we walked up to the Sprague Lake:

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Career Change 2.0

What are you doing here?

It’s a question that was first presented to me through an old Jewish parable. Essentially the gist is everyone should wake up everyday, look in the mirror, and ask yourself this simple question:

What are you doing here?

What are you doing here?

It’s a question I’ve tried to ask myself almost everyday for years. Sometimes there’ve been seasons in my life when I’ve forgotten to wake up and ask it. When this happens, I tend to get lost.

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Easy Deviled Eggs

Julie's Easy Deviled EggsHappy Easter everyone! As you’re preparing for fun meals with your families I wanted to share with you my easy deviled egg recipe. Every year I giggle to myself that we make “deviled” eggs for the two holidays that celebrate Jesus Lord and Savior of the Universe. I’m quirky like that. But I like to think Jesus thinks it is a little ironic as well.

My friend Laura explained to me yesterday that her aunt being the good southern woman she was, refused to ever devil her eggs. She was telling me how she “dressed” hers instead. The difference is if you use pickles then your eggs are officially deviled. Well I devil the Hades out of mine.

My recipe is quick and easy. I don’t use vinegar or a ton of ingredients. My philosophy is Easter should be the easiest dinner of all of the the major holidays.

 

Here is what you will need:

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Breath Before Spring

Springtime in the Rockies. I really do hate this term. It is usually used to describe the crazy winter weather we get in March and April. You know the go home Colorado you’re drunk snow?

We are having that kind of day today. I’m done with snow. I know I shouldn’t be. I signed up for this trip and it’s part of the fun of living here. I really want to update everyone on how things are going for us in Estes Park, but that will have to come in the next few posts. Instead today, I’m sharing this…

From the Back Deck April 13, 2014

This is the view from our deck today. I’m not kidding. We now live in a postcard. But even though it is beautiful, I still long for warmer weather. Soon.

So I’m really going to put myself out there and share this with you friends. A little poem I wrote exactly a year ago. Evidently it snowed a year ago in Colorado Springs and I was wishing for spring there as well.

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My One Word for 2014

Last year I died. Every day for 365 days. I woke up and experienced death.

Graveyard

I died to myself. I died to my past. I died to my will. I died to all that I thought that I knew.

Dying was hard, but necessary.

For Christians dying is central to our faith. Dying is life. I forgot that somewhere along the way. Somewhere along the road to hunky-dory everything should be perfect land, I forgot that dying is a good thing.

Good but painful.

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One Word Re-Cap

Simplicity

I’m a simple person. I love simple beauty. I don’t like clutter or fluff.

Long's Peak

I don’t like flowery words or decor’. My personal style is simple.

That is why I love One Word.

I don’t make resolutions simply because they don’t stick. But a theme for a year? That has legs.

For three years now I’ve done this and it is always amazing to me how the theme of the year plays out.

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Five Good and Perfect Gifts

This year has been hard. And good. And perfect.

My view in the Jeep

This Christmas season when I have actually had time to reflect, I keep coming back to one of my favorite verses.

Whatever is good and perfect comes down to us from God our Father, who created all the lights in the heavens He never changes or casts a shifting shadow. ~ James 1:17 NLT

I’ve had some good and perfect gifts come down from heaven this year.

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Christmas Will Always Come

Insanity. The last month has been crazy for me and my family. Let me recap.

RMNP

Apply for job in Estes Park.

Interview for job a week later.

Accept job offer in Estes Park a week after that.

Thanksgiving.

Prep house to be put on the market. THE WEEK OF THANKSGIVING.

Transition current job.

Try to find a place to live in Estes while my family stays here and I start new job January 13th.

To say that my head is spinning is an understatement. Every morning I find myself waking up to two intense feelings. They are:

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