Get Crocked: Cassandra’s Chili

Can I let you in on a little secret? I love to “crock.” If I could use my crock pot for everything I would. I mean, who doesn’t love to come home to a hot crocked meal? Especially, when that hot crocked meal is chili! (I’m actually eating and typing this blog post.)

I’ve tried different variations of chili, but this here is my go to.


One pound of Butterball Ground Turkey

One 10 ounce can of Original Rotel Diced Tomatoes with Green Chiles

One 16 ounce can of Busch’s Best Chili Beans Pinto in Mild Sauce

One 15 ounce can of Hunt’s Tomato Sauce

One teaspoon sugar

One teaspoon garlic powder

One teaspoon of Onion Powder


Brown the Butterball Ground Turkey in a frying pan.

Combine the all of the ingredients in the crock pot. Stir, mixing together.

Cook on low for four hours.

Or today, I adjusted the crock pot to warm and it cooked the chili all day while I was at work, which was for a little over 8 hours.

Optional Toppings:

Kraft Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese

Daisy Sour Cream

Ritz Crackers

There you have it. So while y’all are reading, I’m going to help myself to seconds!

Iced Almond Coffee

Anyone who knows me, knows how much I love coffee. I practically drink it all day long – no judgment! For the past few years we had been using the Keurig, but I’d burn through k-cups in a few days.

Last Christmas my sweet husband bought me a good old-fashion coffee pot. I’ll admit, I frowned at first, but it made total sense for all the coffee I drank.

On rare occasions, I may have some coffee left over, and not wanting to waste I came up with this concoction.

Coffe Cubes
First, pour your remaining coffee into an ice tray and freeze.
Almond Milk
Second, pour Silk almond milk into a glass. I don’t care for sweet coffee, and opt for the original. I reckon the vanilla flavor would taste good as well.
Last, gently stir the ice cubes (coffee) and Silk almond milk. Now you have what I like to call, iced almond coffee.

Focus on Childhood Obesity: Healthy Snacks

Diet is as important as exercise. We’ve all heard it. I’ll admit, it is a struggle as a young family who is always on the move to always eat healthy. Trust me, we are frequents in the Chic-Fil-A drive through. But everything in moderation, right?

When I’m not cruising through Chic-Fil-A after our evening sports activities, I try to squeeze in some healthy snacks. Below are our favorites.

Apple Slices
Apple Slices – Both of my guys like apples. We prefer the apple slices, simply because they’re easier to eat and it keeps Trace from eating the entire apple – seeds included!
Whole Grain Cheerios – Aside from being easy to pack and clean up, Cheerios contain dietary fiber, vitamins and minerals all of which provide many health benefits
Strawberry Apple Smoothie – Tallen has taken a liking to “slushes.” I mix 1 cup of organic fresh or frozen strawberries, 1 cup of organic 100% apple juice and 1 cup of ice and voila. He loves it.
Low-Fat Yogurt – Our house is obsessed with yogurt! The T’s could eat their weight in it. There are so many nutrients in yogurt. I let them eat until their heart’s content.
Whole Wheat Waffle – Last but certainly not least, waffles. Like yogurt, the T’s could eat their weight in waffles. While, I don’t buy sugar-free syrup, I do opt for the healthier whole wheat version.

What are your favorite healthy snacks?

Focus on Childhood Obesity: Just Move It!

Go, Go, Go! Ripping and running up and down the soccer field. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that children get one hour of physical activity per day. I know, an hour sounds like a lot, but when you take into consideration your childs’ free play at school and athletic practices, I suspect they are getting the daily recommendation.

There are so many ways to get your child up and moving. My husband and I are former athletes. Naturally, we signed Tallen up for several different sports. Still, we considered the health component that comes along with being active; improved strength and endurance, healthy bones and muscles and increased self-esteem.

Most cities, counties and school districts have youth athletics. Dalton Parks and Recreation Department offers several youth athletic programs beginning at the age of 4 and the majority of them are at no cost. Not in Dalton, Georgia? I would recommend doing a little research in your local community to see what offerings are available.

Maybe sports aren’t your thing. There are still plenty of ways to get moving. Head to your local walking track or playground. Park a little further away at school and walk your children in. Go for a bike ride or walk your dog.

There are so many ways to get active. And if all else fails, your little one will sleep great, which is a win-win for Mom!

What are some ways your family gets active?