Monthly Archives: January 2014

Super Chunky Chili

a couple tablespoons of olive oil/1 onion/1 pepper/a ton of garlic cloves/1 carrot/5 tomatoes/1 can of chick peas, black beans and kidney beans/seasonings: pepper/garlic/chili powder/cumin/and whatever else you would like

drain and rinse beans – dice up veggies

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heat olive oil in a pot and add garlic/onion/pepper and carrots – saute until soft and fragrant/stir


chunk up your tomatoes


add tomatoes/beans and seasoning to pot – stir and set at low to medium heat for about 45 min100_5959 100_5960 100_5962 100_5967

This was sort of a spur of the moment recipe and digging up some essential ingredients was making me want to pull out my hair – but the end result is surprisingly super yummy and perfect for a chilly 🙂 night!

Also, this is my first time making chili. Next batch is going to be a bit more loaded with some extra veggies/hot peppers….hmm….who knows what else!

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Enjoy! brrr……….

It’s Garlic Powder! (homemade)


All you need is as much fresh garlic as you’d like to use/nice sharp knife for slicing/cookie sheet

set your oven at it’s lowest temperature

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Peel, cut off ends and slice garlic very thin (not goodfellas thin though)

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line up garlic on cookie sheet and throw in the oven

*a bit of advice* if you have a dehydrator, that will definitely be quicker than using your basic oven – this takes a good 2 – 3 hours or more depending on how much you plan on making (I used about 2 and 1/2 bulbs) and you are going to have to check after an hour and flip over some pieces. Go watch a movie, get crafty, play with your animals – your house is going to smell heavenly!

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when your garlic is completely dried out (you want to be able to break it up in your hand) then it is time to get it into powder mode!

If you have a mortar and pestle that would be perfect or a food processor (I don’t have a mortar and pestle, but I do have a food processor and just decided to do a make shift mortar and pestle with a basic bowl and the end of a slicer)

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It took me about a good half hour (maybe more) to get the garlic into powder form. I also left some chunkier pieces to hang out.

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and here you have it – homemade garlic powder!

it smells so good! I dabbed a bit on my finger and WOW! gonna keep on making this one!

So, have fun if you plan on giving this garlic a whirl!