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Crock Pot Quinoa & Veggie Chili with Potatoes.

I grew up eating crockpot chili. I also grew up eating lots of potatoes – in case you forgot, I’m from Idaho (insert potato joke here…). For this recipe I decided to combine the two.  Sure, it’s 95 degrees outside, but it’s never to hot for chili IMO.

I have a few chili recipes on the blog already, but this one might be my new favorite.  I see new recipes as constant works in progress – I’m always tweaking the flavor each time I make them, whether it be by adding different spices or different ingredients.  Isn’t that what makes cooking fun?! I think so.

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Animals · Appetizers · Popular · Quick Meals · Recipes · Sea Turtles · Vegetarian

Baked Eggplant Parmesan, without the Parmesan 

I’m sure a lot of you are going to see the word eggplant and immediately stop reading this post…but wait! Before you go, hear me out. Eggplant isn’t my favorite vegetable either, it’s spongy and bland. But when you prepare it the proper way – like with loads of cheese, bread crumbs and marinara sauce – it can be rather tasty!

Poor little eggplant, just needs a little T.L.C…

Don’t we all?!

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15 minutes or less · Appetizers · Quick Meals · Vegetarian

Turn Down or Turnip for what?

 

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As promised, I have a delicious new recipe to share with y’all today.

I don’t know about you, but when I see turnips at the store, I usually turnip my nose to them (see what I did there?).  Turnips are one of those vegetables that looks sort of strange sitting there in their raw, awkward state.  Not to mention, they can be intimidating.  Don’t you agree?

I’ve only ever cooked them once before and the resulting bitter veggie was enough for me to never want to cook them again.

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Animals · Photos

Costa Rica. The Final Chapter.

 

Hello! And happy Thursday y’all.  This is my third and final Costa Rica post then it’s back to recipes…I promise!  I have to be honest, I haven’t been cooking as much with Bryan gone.  I’ve been making salads and a few frozen Amy’s meals (my fav).

Don’t judge me.

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As I mentioned in the last post, our next and final stop was San Gerardo de Dota –  a small town huddled up against the Talamanca Mountain Range that is a haven for birdwatchers and hikers – precisely why Bryan chose for it to be our final destination.   There was one specific bird we were on the lookout for: the Quetzal, considered to be one of the most beautiful birds in the world…

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Costa Rica Part II.

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After bidding farewell to Drake Bay, we took a boat, then a bus to Uvita. It was hot and I was miserable.  But I was still on cloud 9 thinking about how excited I was to be engaged to such an incredible man.

The hotel we planned on staying at was closed, but we ended up finding a very eco-friendly and quant hippie hostel which was inundated with young, hippie (American) travelers.  I fit right in. 🙂

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Costa Rica Part I

I finally got most of the pictures from our trip to Costa Rica downloaded on my computer – after about an hour on the phone with Apple support (insert deep sigh here).

I’ve never been a very “technological person,” but I know how to upload photos from my camera or my iPhone, but something on my phone got switched so everything was going to iCloud.  Yes, I know it’s 2017 and iCloud has been a thing for awhile now, but I’m old school and I love the idea of plugging my phone into my computer and BAM, there are all the photos.

When I came home from Costa Rica and plugged my phone in to my computer…

NO BAM. And NO photos. 

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