——creativity never goes out of style——


Kale and Vegetable Soup

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For those of you that work a regular Monday to Friday schedule…. it’s officially half way through the week and only a couple of days till the weekend! This week I have been feeling extra domesticated in the kitchen. I have been on a creative spree and have managed to try a new recipe every night for the past five days and so far each one has been successful! My cooking creativity was partially inspired by a boredom of dinner ideas and partially because I’m paying closer attention to the quality of food I take in. This soup is a combination of several different soup recipes that I felt should all be united into one slow cooker. Continue reading


Healthy Slow Cooker Clam Chowder

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Happy Monday everyone!! I hope you all had a great weekend! If you read my post the other day you might remember me ranting and raving about the best clam chowder I had on the coast. I’m sure it was composed from a vat of cream and an ample amount of butter, so in order to enjoy it on a regular basis I knew I had to Chels-ify the typical chowder recipe. I re-created an equally creamy and delicious version with a fraction of the fat. Continue reading


Spicy Sausage Soup

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Happy Friday everyone! I just got home from the gym and since I’m famished and already thinking about food, it’s the perfect time to share a recipe. This is my slow cooker spicy sausage soup. I just love the combination of spice with a hearty vegetable base so I used spicy Italian sausage in this soup and it was the perfect amount of kick for my liking. Enough to tingle the tongue but not enough to send me face first into a carton of milk. This soup is packed with nutritious ingredients and served aside fresh cheesy garlic bread or homemade biscuits, you’ll be in comfort food heaven. Be creative too! I made mine basic but you could add chick peas, beans, lentils, orzo or even cooked noodles at the end. The more the better! Enjoy!

Ingredients:

  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3-4 spicy sausage links
  • 2 cans reduced sodium beef broth
  • 1 can reduced sodium chicken broth
  • 2 (14.5 ounce) cans Italian style stewed tomatoes
  • 1 cup carrots, chopped
  • 1 cup celery, chopped
  • 3 cups spinach, rinsed and chopped
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp rosemary
  • 1/2 tsp parsley

Directions:

1. In medium pan over medium-high heat add oil and saute onions and garlic. Squeeze sausages from casings and cook until no longer pink.

2. Add onions, garlic and sausage to slow cooker. Add remaining ingredients and cook on low for 6-8 hours.

For those of you devouring a homemade meal tonight…. I will live vicariously through you. Tonight I will be eating while driving safely operating a motor vehicle with due attention. (If there were ever such thing as car-dining Olympics I would come in first place) We are going with close friends to Penticton tonight to see a country concert! I have always loved a wide array of music but ever since I was a kid, country music has been my bread and butter for music choice. So for those of you that are in the honky tonk loop… tonight we are seeing Eric Church and Colt Ford! I cannot wait to see him perform live…. who knows, I might even dig out my cowboy boots to boot. (haha) These are some of the musicians I have seen live.

  • Trisha Yearwood
  • LeAnn Rimes
  • Clink Black
  • Terri Clark
  • Julian Austin
  • Jo Dee Messina
  • Patricia Conroy
  • Cruise Arrows
  • The Wilkinsons
  • Adam Gregory
  • Alan Jackson
  • Big and Rich
  • Emerson Drive
  • Johnny Reid
  • Aaron Lines
  • Deric Ruttan
  • Dean Brody
  • Aaron Pritchett

There’s something that always puts me in a good mood when I listen to country music, so I’m excited to end the week with great company and great music!

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A few years ago when I met Aaron Pritchett.

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Last year when I met Dean Brody, Aaron Lines and Deric Ruttan….. my hubby was such a good sport while I soaked in the spotlight with three other men! haha

She likes huntin’, loves fishin’, and she can hold her own in the kitchen – Colt Ford


Skinny Minestrone

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I hope all of you are enjoying your weekend, because I know I am! Last night my girlfriend and I went to see the movie Silver Linings Playbook. I personally find that my opinion on a movie is always affected by the reviews I hear before-hand. Movie reviews to me are silly because your feelings towards a movie are about as personal as your food and wine preferences. To each their own. So when everyone says Continue reading