New Year, New Resolutions


With Jan. 1 only 12 days away, I decided it’s time to arm myself with a plan for my 2013 resolutions.

People often set long-term goals but fail to find a way to execute them. For example: “I’m going to lose 20 pounds in the next year.” That sounds like a great idea- but if you don’t outline how you’ll achieve it, you’ll more than likely fail.

Provide yourself with the means to get there!

A better way to achieve your New Year’s resolution is to say: “I want to lose 20 pounds by December 31, 2013. To get there, I’ll eat healthier by incorporating more fruits and vegetables into my diet and exercising four days per week. I’ll aim to lose half-a-pound each week. I’ll buy a fun cookbook and commit to finding healthy recipes, in addition to calorie-counting and meal planning. I’ll also create and stick to a workout schedule so I won’t make excuses as to why I don’t have the time.”

That 20-pound weightloss just became a LOT more realistic.

My overall goal in 2013 is to keep improving in different ways. So instead of focusing on one major goal, I’m going to focus on one thing each month:

  • January: Care
  • February: Nourish
  • March: Engage
  • April: Move
  • May: Pray
  • June: Save
  • July: Educate
  • August: Relax
  • September: Discover
  • October: Experience
  • November: Travel
  • December: Organize

As each new month approaches, I’ll share what I have in store for myself! Be on the lookout for my January plan… coming next week! Feel free to share your resolutions below. I’d love to hear them.

Chili Season Kick-Off

It’s officially my favorite time of year: fall! That means hot apple cider, pumpkin patches, blueberry donuts (from my beloved White House Fruit Farm) and CHILI!

Chili is one of my go-to meals when I don’t have a ton of time. It takes about 20 minutes to prepare, and most of that time is letting it sit on the stove and heat. The chili recipe I’m sharing also includes Boca Meatless Ground Crumbles. I’m not a big fan of ground meat and actually tend to steer toward vegetarian options when I can. You can’t taste the difference with this stuff. It looks (and tastes) like ground beef. My husband even loves it! See?


Anyway- here’s the recipe and everything you need. Hope you enjoy as much as we do!

What you need:


Ingredients (serves 3-4 people)

  • McCormick Original Chili seasoning (or whatever seasoning you prefer!)
  • Kidney Beans
  • Diced Tomatoes
  • Boca Meatless Ground Crumbles (found in the freezer section – Vegetarian Options)
  • Cooking spray (or olive oil)


  • Spray your pan with cooking spray or mist with olive oil to prevent the crumbles from sticking. Heat for 1 minute on medium.
  • While your pan is heating, stick the Boca bag in the microwave for 45 seconds on high. This will thaw the crumbles just enough to separate them.
  • Open your Boca bag and slowly dump the crumbles into the pan. Be sure to l heat thoroughly (usually 5-7 minutes) and stir often.
  • After your crumbles are thawed and warm, add in chili seasoning, kidney beans (undrained), and diced tomatoes (undrained). Bring mixture to a boil, then let simmer on low heat for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Serve and enjoy!

I love trying new recipes- so if you have a chili recipe you love feel free to send it my way. Happy fall!