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My Favorite Things Thursdays-Can We Say Cheesy?


So this week, I will be reviewing a product I not only know and love, it is something that, at least during this pregnancy, dreams are made of. I am actually only posting about this because I have such an intense craving for it right now that I cannot even think straight!  Xander is apparently a Taco Bell baby… With Sophie, I always wanted Wawa subs. (For those of you who don’t have Wawa locally, I am so sorry for you! ) Xander, on the other hand, makes me crave a lot of weird things… Meat, for one. I always seem to want meat. Whether it be steak, (I actually tried a medium rare steak for the first time this summer when I was in Ohio. I am usually a well-done kinda gal!) fried chicken, wings, ribs, etc….All I seem to want is mass quantities of tasty critters! Sorry if I am offending my vegetarian friends out there. While I applaud your lifestyle, I am a carnivore, plain and simple.

Other than the necessary incorporation of all things meaty in my meals, I have also been craving spicy foods. I had never tried guacamole before this pregnancy, and now I cannot get enough. But my main spicy craving has been Taco Bell. I NEED my Taco Bell. People will get hurt if they try and keep me from it,lol..Okay, not literally, but I can pout like a champ! I have always loved Taco Bell. I remember as a kid, living in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, Taco Bell was a mainstay in our household. I don’t know if it’s because my mom couldn’t cook, or if it was just the fact that it was convenient and easy on the wallet, but we had Taco Bell a LOT. I remember I always got a tostada and their wonderful chili cheese burrito, RIP. It is no longer available where I live. In fact, the only place I have seen it still on the menu is at Taco Bell in the greater Toronto area! Makes me wish I were Canadian,lol.

Since becoming an adult, I don’t really eat a lot of fast food. I have discovered a great love for cooking. My husband says I am like a 5 star restaurant. So we usually eat our meals here at home. And as a mom, of course I prefer not to shovel fast food in my children’s mouths very often. But for some reason, this pregnancy is making me have an itch to “think outside the bun” and it is definitely safe to say, “Yo quiero Taco Bell!”

In my never-ending quest for the perfect spicy, beefy food, I have discovered what it in my humble opinion, one of the most perfect foods on the planet. Yes, nutritionally I am sure it is crap. I’m sure it’s WORSE than crap. I am not saying that Taco Bell is even remotely a health-conscious meal choice. I know that have healthier options on their menu, but I’m not gonna lie. I don’t order those items. They look chock-full of onions, and onions are my mortal enemy! What I am craving…What I am yearning for…What I would be willing to commit certain felonies for at this very moment is…..

That’s right…The one, the only, the heart attack in a wrapper, the Cheesy Double Beef Burrito! Now don’t knock it before you try it. This is literally heaven in a tortilla! It is a flavor explosion of cheesy, beefy goodness! They have somehow figured out how to take their signature taco meat, a zesty nacho cheese sauce, and some seasoned rice and turn it into something so mouth-wateringly delectable that I would gladly sacrifice a limb for a lifetime supply, haha.

Here is the product description taken from Taco Bell’s website :

A warm, soft flour tortilla loaded with a double portion of seasoned ground beef** and filled with warm nacho cheese sauce and seasoned rice.

What they are leaving out is how maddeningly addictive they are, and that they can cause pregnant, hormonal women to wake thier poor, sleeping husbands up at 1:00 to go get them. Heck, if it weren’t windy and rainy right now, I would be in the car on my way to get one right now!

September 30, 2010 Posted by | My Favorite Things Thursdays | 1 Comment

Confused By Craigslist….What is WRONG With This Picture?!


I have posted an ad on my local Craigslist trying to rehome our Peke, Pugsley. For some reason, my ad keeps getting flagged, and I don’t understand how or why this is happening. I made sure to VERY carefully read the terms of use, as well as specific guidelines regarding pets. I am not a breeder, nor am I asking an outrageous rehoming fee. I see larger fees posted for rodents and cats than I listed for Pugs. And the ONLY reason I am asking an adoption fee at all is so we can rest assured that he goes to a home where he will be properly cared for. I have heard horror stories about really bad things happening to animals that are just “thrown away, free of charge” on classified sites…Everything from animal fighting to lab testing to just downright pure abuse and neglect. I did, however, mention that Pugs would be better off in a home free of small children. He is extremely skittish, and has been known to nip when he is around noise and sudden movement, which let’s face it, kids are FULL of. I feel that this is something a prospective owner should be aware of  BEFORE making the decision to adopt an animal, just to be sure their environment will be the best one possible for the family and the animal. Why would anyone conceal that information? The ad was worded very nicely, and it’s not like we were calling him the spawn of the devil. Just simply stated that due to his particular temperment, a home with small children may not be the best fit for him. Why would ANYONE have a problem with that?! Maybe it’s because he is a “designer breed”? (Or some ignorant people may classify him as such, although he is a pure-blooded Pekingese.) It seems a TON of people get angry at seeing small breed dogs listed. So it’s okay to adopt out countless dogs with a reputation (deserved or not) like pits or rotties, or full-blown mutts, but a pure-bred “designer doggy” is not allowed? It just seems that these so-called Craigslist Crusaders have their priorities ass-backwards….If they truly had a love for animals and didn’t want to see them unnecessarily be sent to kill-shelters, then why on earth would they waste their time and energy flagging ads that obeyed all of the rules? The goal is to find good homes for these pets and keep them OUT of the shelters. Just because Pugsley is not a good fit for my family since we have a baby and another on the way doesn’t mean he wouldn’t make a wonderful companion for someone who could offer him a less chaotic environment. I have tried rewording and reposting, and I just keep getting flagged. I don’t get it. We want to find Pugs a good home, and it seems that we may be ultimately forced to take him to a shelter because crazy people won’t allow us to try and find him the right home. This is an injustice to the poor pets that end up victimized because well-intentioned people are not “allowed” to try and rehome their pets.

September 29, 2010 Posted by | My Story | 2 Comments

The new eco friendly and fashionable trend in cloth diapers


The new eco friendly and fashionable trend in cloth diapers.

September 25, 2010 Posted by | My Story | Leave a comment

Bring On The Dreaded Orange Goop! The Truth About Glucose Tolerance Tests


So here I am, preparing for probably my least favorite prenatal visit of all…The dreaded Glucose Tolerance test. This is a routine test given to pregnant women between 24-28 weeks. This tests to see how the body processes sugars, therefore determining whether or not Momma has gestational diabetes. Gestational diabetes is fairly common, and usually clears itself up after giving birth. It does, however, often require at the very least dietary changes, and in the worst case, insulin injections. Often if a woman has gestational diabetes, it poses risk to both her and her baby, and the babies of diabetic mothers are often born overly large, and end up requiring a C-section delivery. So it is very important that all expecting moms be tested for this.

While it is an essential test during pregnancy, it is a VERY unpleasant one. You go to your doctor’s office or a lab, whichever happens to be the case. You’re not supposed to have anything to eat or drink beforehand, so a morning appointment is best, the earlier the better! Otherwise, you just might find yourself ready and willing to commit serious felonies in exchange for a cheeseburger! Once you arrive, they give you a highly concentrated orange (or sometimes lime or fruit punch flavored) drink that contains a TON of sugar. They will probably tell you it’s like drinking a flat soda, but I tend to disagree with that statement. I would better describe it by saying it would be similar to the frozen OJ concentrate you can buy in the freezer section, thawed, and without adding water. It is thick, it is sickeningly sweet, and on an empty tummy, it is absolute torture. They expect you to down in in 5 minutes or less, and then you have to sit and wait for an hour. You’re not supposed to get up and walk around, and you can’t even chase the gunk with water. And if you happen to get sick, you get to go home and come back and do it all over again. So NOT the most pleasant experience. After the hour is up, they will draw your blood to measure sugar levels and see if your body has processed the “drink” efficiently and properly. I usually end up looking like a pin-cushion afterwards, as they never seem to be able to find my veins…It takes 4 or 5 tries most times. If your levels are normal after the blood draw, congratulations, you’re done! If they come back questionable or on the high side, you get to come back for another round…..

And here is the 3 Hour Glucose test…The worst of all! You go in again, and they give you the same drink, but with DOUBLE the sugar content. It’s like drinking syrup. They usually take your blood before you drink it to establish a baseline, and then every hour for 3 hours after you drink the glop. At my lab, they at least sit you in a separate waiting room and even give you a blanket if you want to take a nap. (which isn’t the easiest thing to do when you feel like you’re about to projectile vomit!)

I had to take the 3 hour when I was pregnant with Sophie. It was MY fault, because I unknowingly threw off my original glucose test, and it came back at a 199! Which is just about diabetic levels….Was I actually diabetic? No. I made the mistake of sipping on some soda when I woke up that morning and in the car because I was thirsty, and I also made the mistake of chewing gum. Yes, it was sugar-free, but apparently, that doesn’t matter. It still affects the way the sugar in your body is processed. So I was terrified I was diabetic, and had to endure the 3 hour test, just to find out I was fine, and I had unwittingly sabatoged the first test! And to make matters worse, I had to sit in the waiting room with some woman who was absolutely obsessed with reality TV and wouldn’t stop talking about John and Kate Plus 8 and the Duggar family…for 3 whole hours!  The woman was on her 9th pregnancy herself, and said she wanted to contact TLC and get her own show. Now, I have nothing against John or Kate or any other TV families….I just don’t watch a lot of TV, therefore had NO idea what she was talking about! So I obviously didn’t get my nap,lol…

So now I get to gear up for the dreaded test…I go to my doctor on the 7th, and he already informed me that during that visit, they’ll be giving me the forms to take to the lab for the awful test. I’m sure I will be fine. I am not taking any chances this time,lol… No soda, no gum, no walking around when I am supposed to be sitting…Heck, I won’t even so much as sniff a candy bar, lol This time I am not going to make myself endure the agony that is the 3 Hour Test if I can help it!

As unpleasant as this test is, it is a very important part of receiving proper prenatal care. It cannot be skipped. The test is not only for your safety, but helps ensure the health and well-being of your baby. I would much rather choke down the nastiness that is the sugar drink than take any chances when it comes to my health or Xander’s health. I am just grateful that after this one, I am DONE.

September 25, 2010 Posted by | What They DON'T Tell You About Pregnancy-The Nitty Gritty | Leave a comment

A Special Favorite Things Thursday. Sometimes The Best Things Aren’t Tangible.


Well, I was going to feature the Philosophy Amazing Grace line this week, but I may get to that next week. This week, a lot has happened that I am incredibly grateful for. This collection of events has truly humbled me, and touched my heart. So my favorite thing this week isn’t necessarily one given “thing”, it is more the kindness and generosity of people I have been blessed to know, as well as a few I don’t know.

Anyone who knows me and anything about my life right now knows that we have been having a very rough time financially and making ends meet. And with another baby on the way, and me not being able to work, I have been incredibly stressed-out. I literally have been crying myself to sleep everyday, just worrying about how we’re going to take care of our family. The hubby has a job that he loves, but he works long hours and his pay keeps getting shorted. He isn’t going to walk-out, because he likes his job and his coworkers, and we cannot afford for him not to be working, but the amount he is being shorted has literally made a difference in whether or not we can even afford groceries, formula, baby food, and diapers. Once all the other bills are paid, that’s it. Literally. He has mentioned this over and over to his employer, but nothing has been done about it yet, and it is killing us.

Anyone who knows me also knows that when I am able, I am always willing to help someone in need in any way I can….Whether it be babysitting their kids, donating food or money when I can, or giving baby clothes and gear to those who need it, I am always happy to do it, no strings attached. That’s just the kind of person I am. So is my husband. We always try our best to be the best people we can be, and honestly, it feels wonderful to know I’ve made even a small difference in someone’s life.

This week, things have been especially stressful…And next week looks like it will be just as hard, as all the bigger bills are due. But through all of this stress, I have been blessed with the unexpected kindness of both people I know, as well as people I don’t. First, a prize package I won from HEB and Momma Findings blog came in. It was a tote bag full of grocery items. It wasn’t much, but when your pantry is bare, anything helps. There was also a HEB gift card, but as we don’t have a HEB in Virginia, I will be sending this to my sister-in-law who lives in Texas, as she can definitely use this. So while it wasn’t much, at least I can provide my family with a meal or two that I wouldn’t have been able to otherwise.

Then, I started receiving “care packages” from a few moms I met on a CD site. They decided to send me some baby boy’s clothing, and one momma even sent me a cloth diaper. These wonderful ladies don’t know me, and had no real reason to help us out, other than out of the goodness of their hearts. This was soooo touching to me, and I promised them that as soon as we’re better off, I plan to return the favor to someone in need and “Pay It Forward.”

And to top it all off, a good friend from high school sent me a package,too. I guess she has had it laying around for a couple of months, and finally came across it and sent it. Inside were 2 cans of baby formula, which we desperately needed, and about 15-20 cloth diapers. I literally cried my eyes out after thanking her and getting off the phone with her. And this weekend, another friend is giving us 5 HUGE bags of clothing her 1 year old son has outgrown. So that’s one less thing I need to stress over. In exchange, we will be giving her items that Sophie has outgrown for her newborn daughters.

Sometimes it is easy to get caught up in the everyday stresses of life, and it’s easy to get discouraged. Sometimes it can feel like trying to be kind may get you nowhere….This week, I have been reminded in a big way that every day, we are surrounded by angels who are there to help, and the help usually comes exactly when you need it, and sometimes when you haven’t even asked for it. These angels may not have wings and halos…They may be people you’ve known all your life, or they may be people you’ve never met before. But there is one common denominator, and that is that regardless of what walk of life they come from, and how they present themselves, they are all FRIENDS. I thank God every day for the people He has blessed me with. Now if only the Paycheck Angel would come down and fix Dan’s pay, then our worries would be over…Guess I will keep praying for that one!

September 23, 2010 Posted by | My Story | 2 Comments

Since We Can’t Really Name The Baby Oops Giveaway Now CLOSED. Winner Is…..


Okay, so this has been fun! I have really enjoyed seeing what names everyone has come up with, and I think it’s funny that almost everyone had thought I would be having a girl!

Well, HE is definitely all boy, and his name will be Xander Eric Nelson! I can finally announce his name now that this giveaway is closed!

The randomly picked winner is Danielle W. (Which I find funny, as she actually used the name Xander as one of her picks! Random.org did the picking, though! It wasn’t rigged! lol)

Danielle, I will be e-mailing you shortly. You have 48 hours to respond to the winner’s e-mail, or I will sadly have to choose another winner!

Please allow 30 days for shipping, as I need to notify the sponsor and get it shipped out!

I will be hosting 2 more giveaways in the next few weeks, so check back regularly for more awesome freebies!

September 22, 2010 Posted by | My Story | 1 Comment

Oooh! Dan Has Given Me A Little Project! Something To Do!!


So Dan is the manager of an auto shop, and the previous manager was completely and totally incompetent. He was literally tanking the place. Dan has the not-too-easy job of re-establishing clientele, and repairing the reputation of his particular location. Things have gotten much better since he’s taken over, but they aren’t yet where he’d like them to be.

I have been brainstorming and thinking of ways to attract business, such as posting ads on CL for a discount on the total invoice, and I am going to be setting up a Facebook page for his particular location, and running contests on Facebook Promotions for things like free oil changes and state inspections. I will also be putting together a customer appreciation Holiday brunch with things like ham, roasts, appetizer platters, a casserole or two, and of course pizza and hot dogs for the kids.  I have also decided to donate some of my unused bath and beauty products to raffle as prizes. For example, for every 100.00 spent, a customer would gain one entry. I am going to make cute gift baskets that would be great for the holidays as first and second prizes, and the grand prize will be FREE LIFETIME oil changes! That’s right…Free oil changes for the life of the vehicle! (Which is something they offer for around 300.00!)

So I am pretty excited. I am stuck here pregnant and taking care of Sophie, which is exactly where I want and need to be, but that doesn’ t really contribute to the household income. It makes me feel good that I can do things to help with his business, so I can feel like I am helping our bottom line at least a little bit.

If anyone has any other ideas to attract business, please comment and let me know! What kind of dishes would YOU like to see at a customer appreciation luncheon? What kinds of products would you like to see in a raffle gift basket? What else would you do to market and get people in the door? Let me know! I’d love to hear any and all ideas you might have!

September 21, 2010 Posted by | For Adults Only...More Mature Posts regarding Marriage, Sex, and Other Blunders And Reviews | Leave a comment

What A Weekend! I Got The Flu, and the Bears Actually Won….And So Did I!!


Wow, it’s been a hectic weekend here! A week or so ago, Kyle came home sick from school, and then Sophie caught whatever he had. Luckily, all she experienced was a cough, viral conjunctivitis which is now gone (thank God!) and a little sneeze. No fever whatsoever. Which I am soooo thankful for, as there is nothing scarier than a little baby with a high temp…Talk about losing sleep!  I *thought* I was in the clear, but then Friday night, I ended up sick. And I mean VERY sick….Maybe it was something I ate, but I am thinking it was the flu, since I am still suffering somewhat. At least the trips to the restroom have slowed down just a little this evening.

So today, I have had a great day! I watched the Chicago vs Dallas game, and the Bears actually WON! Which was a total shocker, as Dallas is usually considered a much more formidable opponent! We’re Bears fans in my household. I never really watched football at all till I met my husband. The first season or two we were together, I just kinda went off and did my own thing while he made an ass of himself screaming at the TV. I just didn’t GET it….Then the next season, when they booted Grossman and replaced him with Orton as starting QB, I started paying more attention in an attempt to understand my husband’s obsession. It took a few games, but I started to understand the game. Pretty soon, I was hooked, and I was actually yelling louder than he did,lol…Last season they sucked. I was pretty upset that they traded Orton for Cutler. Orton was a good QB and worked well with the team. Cutler never really impressed me until today. I’m eager to see how he does the rest of the season. But Chicago has won their first 2 regular season games, and that’s a darn good start! Not to mention, Dan was in a very good mood for the rest of the day! GO BEARS!!!!

Today we also made the difficult decision that we need to try and re-home our Pekingese, Pugsley. We have been going back and forth on this issue for months. He isn’t a horrible dog, but an environment with children just isn’t the best thing for him. He is very skittish and cannot handle sudden movements, and has been known to freely nip at anything that alarms him. Even friends’ children and family have been afraid of him because of his agressive nature. 95% of the time he’s fine, but the other 5%, he is pretty vicious. He has bitten me, my hubby, my son, and has even nipped at the baby and other kids that have been around…And all they were doing was just being high-energy kids. With Sophie here and another baby on the way, we just cannot take that kind of risk. I have been wanting to find him another home for awhile now, and Dan finally agreed that it’s something we just need to do. We posted an ad on our local Craigslist, and hopefully we will find him a more suitable home soon. Of course, we did specify he needs  a home without small children.

I also found out I am the lucky winner of a Simple Wishes Pumping Bustier from the My Sentiments ExactLee blog! I have been wanting one ever since I first saw it on Kourtney and Khloe Take Miami! It is a nursing/breast-pumping accessory that allows you to pump hands-free! And anyone who has pumped knows how time consuming pumping can be, even with an electric pump. Holding the cups on your tata’s for 20-30 minutes a stretch doesn’t allow for much multi-tasking at all! This is a bustier that holds the shield in place for you, and you can do other things at the same time. I am sooooo excited about this win! You can expect a review once our son is born in January. This is too cool not to share!

And last but not least, I have started going through and trying to organize the nursery. I have been trying to sort through and make room for things for the new baby, as well as weed out any of Sophie’s clothing that doesn’t fit. I have also been trying to see what, if anything, will work for a baby boy. When we were expecting Sophie, money was better, and we WAY over-bought. This child has more clothing than anyone I know! So I was able to fill up an entire crib full of clothing to post on EBay and the proceeds will go towards our cloth diaper fund. Between giving some to friends, and selling the rest, it should make considerable room for the new baby’s things, and hopefully will bring in enough money to get a good supply of diapers for both babies. Cloth diapers are crazy expensive, and there is no way we’d be able to afford a stockpile for 2 babies otherwise! I have found a few WAHM diaper makers that have super-cute dipes I will definitely be trying, and there is always diaperswappers.com, hyenacart.com, and EBay to buy our diapers from. I actually just ordered a couple from EBay dirt cheap. I am not going to buy these in bulk without trying them first, even if they are inexpensive. I mean, they are coming directly from some factory in China…But 12 dollars for 2 OS diapers with inserts isn’t a huge investment, and worth a shot. Maybe I will be pleasantly surprised.  Anyway, now my nursery literally looks like a tornado hit it, due to all the sorting and separating items. Thank God Sophie is still sleeping in our room…we would probably lose her in there right now! I took pics just to show how crazy awful it looks right now. Remember, nothing is put away or organized yet…Just sorted. Boy, I have my work cut out for me. It’s going to take months to get the nursery functional!

Sophie’s stuff that FITS and needs to be put away:(Yes, the crib is FULL)

Pile of stuff that is possibly gender neutral enough to work on the new baby and needs to be put away: (With the exception of the few pink items that just need to be hung-up)

HELLO, EBay!!! Stuff I need to sort into lots and sell…Literally hundreds of items! Temporarily making their home in Baby-To-Be’s crib!

And I think we need another toy box….Stuffed animals, anyone?

So the task of getting the nursery baby ready is going to be daunting, to say the least! At least we have a few months to do it!

So that was my weekend….Other than being super-sick, it was pretty good!

What was everyone else up to? Anything exciting? Comment and let me know!

September 20, 2010 Posted by | My Story | 2 Comments

In Facebook Jail All In The Name Of Cloth Diapers :(


I am so upset!!!!! I was on Facebook participating in a HUGE giveaway event another blogger was hosting…It started at 10:00, and was going till probably 2:00AM. Every 3 minutes, she was giving away a new prize, and choosing winners using random.org. To enter, you had to “like” a sponsor’s page and leave a comment. Then after 3 minutes or so, she would announce a winner or a particular prize, and move on to the next item. I was PSYCHED about this, because this blogger gives away a TON of cloth diapers. Which we DESPERATELY need for Sophie and soon for Xander, and just cannot afford. I was clicking away, following all instructions, and even congratulated all the winners. I was having fun! I don’t think I have ever hit refresh so many times in my life, but hey, we’re talking diapers here! I was more than willing to do whatever it took!

So it was a couple hours in, and I hadn’t won yet….FINALLY, she started rolling out the cloth diaper giveaways! I went to a sponsor’s FB page, clicked “like”, and BAM….I could not comment! FB said I apparently was engaging in behavior that was abusive or annoying, and I could not comment on any post for a period of time lasting anywhere from a few hours to a few DAYS….WTF?! And all I was doing was following the flipping directions!!! Apparently, I hadn’t pissed anyone off…Facebook saw that I left a lot of comments, which is what I was supposed to do, and it flagged me as SPAM. And JUST as the cloth diaper giveaways began!

I got so upset, I literally cried! I have been SOOOOO stressed over how we were going to get a supply of cloth diapers for the babies. It is something we NEED to do…Financially, there is no way around it. But the start-up cost, although one time, is HUGE….And we just don’t have the money at all. Heck, till they fix Dan’s check, we don’t have money for Sophie’s diapers! And here was this awesome opportunity to win several diapers, and I was not able to enter. I have been praying to win some diapers, just to take a little of the burden off of us, but I just haven’t gotten that lucky yet. And tonight’s giveaway would have been perfect!

So here I am, MORE stressed, more upset and hormonal, AND I cannot respond to anything on FB for God knows HOW long…. I was just trying to help my family and follow the rules, and the damn FB spam detectors screwed me! Dan is mad, too. Maybe I should sell a kidney in exchange for diapers, cause it seems I am never going to be able to get any and my babies will have to poop in old newspapers, lol

I am NOT having a good evening…Not to mention my headache that I have had for 2 days now….Grrrrrr

September 18, 2010 Posted by | For Adults Only...More Mature Posts regarding Marriage, Sex, and Other Blunders And Reviews, My Story | 2 Comments

I DID it! I made a “Real” Chili The Hubby LOVED!


As I have stated in previous posts, my husband is picky…He hates veggies, and he hates anything with tomatoes. So I am always looking for ways to doctor up my dishes to make them “Dan-friendly”.

Well, we are low on groceries and need to go on grocery run badly….Yesterday, I was looking in the pantry and trying to figure out what I had the ingredients on hand to make for dinner. Ground beef? Check. Hot Italian sausage? Check. Beans? Triple check. Tomatoes? Check….Chili it is! He can deal for one day, right?

I played around with the ingredients in my head, and tried to figure out a way to make this dish palatable for my chili-hating hubby. When he came home, he commented that something smelled good. I had to break it to him that I was making one of his least favorite dishes, but that I hoped he would like it, anyway. When dinnertime finally came around, not only did he eat it, he went back for seconds and ate 2 full bowls! He said the ONLY other time that has happened with chili was back in 1988 in Springfield, Illinois at a local mom and pop restaurant his friend’s parents owned. He told me I should memorize whatever the heck I did, and that it was fantastic.  So I figured since I got such rave reviews, I would share my concoction with you all.

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds ground beef chuck
  • 1 pound bulk Hot Italian sausage
  • 1 can pinto beans
  • 1 can black beans
  • 1 (15 ounce) can red kidney beans
  • 1 (28 ounce) cans diced tomatoes with juice
  • 1 cup instant mashed potato flakes (for thickening and texture)
  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped
  • 3 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 2 green chile peppers, seeded and chopped
  • 6 slices of cooked, crumbled bacon
  • 4 cubes beef bouillon
  • 1 12 oz can of beer
  • 1/4 cup chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons  minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons hot pepper sauce (I like Louisiana Crystal sauce!)
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 (10.5 ounce) bag corn chips such as Fritos
  • 1 (8 ounce) package shredded Cheddar cheese

Directions

  1. Heat a large stock pot over medium-high heat. Crumble the ground chuck and sausage into the hot pan, and cook until evenly browned. Drain off excess grease.
  2. Pour in all of the beans, diced tomatoes. Add the onion, celery, green and red bell peppers, chile peppers, crumbled bacon,bouillon, and beer. Season with chili powder, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, oregano, cumin, hot pepper sauce, basil, salt, pepper, cayenne, paprika, and sugar. Stir to blend, then cover and simmer over low heat for at least 2 hours, stirring occasionally.
  3. After 2 hours, taste, and adjust salt, pepper, and chili powder if necessary. The longer the chili simmers, the better it will taste. Add mashed potato flakes and stir. Remove from heat and serve, or refrigerate, and serve the next day.
  4. To serve, ladle into bowls, and top with corn chips and shredded Cheddar cheese.

**This can also be cooked in a slow cooker with wonderful results. Just make sure to brown the ground chuck and sausage first!**

September 16, 2010 Posted by | Food, Glorious Food! My recipes and reviews | 2 Comments

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