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Football Chili

Good Life Football Chili is straight from the wild, wild west!

Now that fall is here, I’m ready for some chili on the weekend during the game.  I mean, it’s cooled down to 70, y’all, bbbrrrr! This chili has a kick, so you can take one of the jalapenos out if you prefer a milder flavor.  It also calls for Chugwater Chili mix, which is made […]

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General Tso’s Chicken

This is John’s favorite dinner.  I can always feel the smile over the phone when my answer to “What’s for dinner?” is General Tso!  It has all of the flavors of the traditional restaurant dish with it’s sweet and spicy sauce, but I added fruit and vegetables so it would be a one-dish meal. It’s […]

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Magic Meat Sauce

First of all, let me just say that I’m not Italian.  This is not an authentic, Italian recipe.  This is just my go-to, all purpose meat sauce.  I use it for lasagna, spaghetti, baked ziti, etc.  It makes a pretty good amount, so I usually get two meals out of one batch.  You can use […]

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Classic Pot Roast

Here’s a very basic pot roast recipe to try.  No crazy ingredients, no difficult techniques, just yummy comfort food!  If you want to change it up, trade one cup of the beef stock for a cup of red wine.  Add celery or use new potatoes.  My favorite part about fixing pot roast is having a […]

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BBQ Rub Recipe – sweet, smoky and spicy!

Use this versatile BBQ rub on pork butts, chicken, ribs, pretty much whenever you need to rub your meat.  I make up a batch and keep mine in an airtight container so it’s ready when I need it.  It’s a little spicy, a little sweet and a little smoky.  You’ll find yourself wanting to barbeque every night! […]

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Take 5 Minutes to Check Out My Meal Planning Bundle. You’ll Be Glad You Did!

Take 5 Minutes to Check Out My Meal Planning Bundle. You'll Be Glad You Did!

I had a friend a few years ago who was complaining about having to go to the grocery store every day.  She said that she didn’t have time to plan. She would just stagger around the store, desperately looking for something to sling on the table that night.  I’m like, “Wait, what???”  I was thinking about this poor gal when […]

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