My Abortion Story


 

Abortion Saved My Life

 

 

I have found myself trolling all the abortion topics on Twitter and Facebook lately. I guess I know how the Anti Abortion people feel in a sense. I feel like talking to these people is a waste of time, yet I still try to make them comprehend their feelings about fetuses are compromising their feelings about living and breathing women. Yet they don’t care. They continue to spout a woman should just suffer out a pregnancy that is unwanted. “Just put the child up for adoption” they say, while ignoring the fact that 23,000 children will age out of foster care (aka cheapest way to adopt) each year without ever finding a family. They ignore simple facts. Like if abortion became illegal, and say only 1/4 of those born children were placed up for adoption, we would need an ADDITIONAL 163,159 adopted parents per year when we can’t even get the 23,000 aged out foster children adopted. So I want to share my story. A story that a hand full of anti abortion folks will understand, while the rest will still shout I should have put the child up for adoption.

I am a sexual abuse survivor. And what I am about to say next is not an insult to other sexual abuse survivors. However my case was not the average. I was raped over 3,000 times and held captive in my home much of my childhood until I was 14. I’m one of those crazy cases you only hear about once in a while. Thankfully I was “saved” by foster care before the times of constant news, so my story didn’t end up blasted all over the internet and TV.

My father had make shift traps around doors and windows to keep me from escaping during the nights the older I got. In my younger years I had no idea that what was happening to me wasn’t normal. I was allowed to go to school unless I misbehaved. Mostly because my father had trained me from my youngest years to think “this is how daddy’s show their love”.  Around 10 I realized it was wrong. I told the school what was happening to me. They called in CPS/DSS who took pictures of my bruised covered back and butt. Then they sent me home. A caseworker came out to our house on a surprise visit about a week later. My father didn’t even let her in, she was a black woman in the mid 90’s, and I later found out she was truly scared of my father when she became my first caseworker when I went in at 14. And I pretty much get it, but still, the system pretty much failed me by leaving me there an additional 4 years.

In that 4 years the rapes got much more violent. The traps were installed. The isolation grew more and more. School was a luxury for not fighting back and keeping my mouth shut. The threats towards my mother grew, with the occasional back hand to her face in front of me to prove how serious he was if I talked. So I behaved. I submitted in the only way I knew to protect myself and my mother.

Then comes a month after my 14th birthday. I missed my period for the second month. My father, who always kept track of this was the first to notice. Another week went by. He told my mother he was taking me fishing for the day. I wasn’t sure if I should be excited or fearful. Fishing meant an entire day out of the house. It also meant pulling into a cove for 15 minutes while he had his way with me in exchange for the freedom. So we packed the car, loaded the boat, and left the house. When we pulled into the landing and he dropped the boat off in the parking lot I was confused. I asked what was happening as we pulled away and the water view left my sight. He informed me that we were going to a doctors office and that I was to keep my mouth shut and let him talk.  That is when I realized he must have known about my missed period.

We arrived at a doctors office about 2 hours later. When we got in my dad approached the desk and began talking about how his daughter was promiscuous and needed to be seen. I was told to go sit down, he continued talking. Shortly after I peed in a cup. Then I was put in a darkish room. I was given 2 pills, that I have no idea what were. They put me in a gown, made me lie down, and did a vaginal ultra sound. I was in fact pregnant. I heard the heart beat. I heard them talking about a timeline.  10 weeks. I laid there thinking about the fetus inside of me. My child who was also my sister or brother. I felt anger. Then I drifted off to sleep from whatever meds they gave me. I woke up in a room, in a chair, where other women were also laying. Recovery they said. And in that moment I fully comprehended the fetus inside of me was gone.

Now here I am an adult, 3 children of my own, an amazing husband, and in my 30’s. Now I can fully comprehend the reality of that moment. That moment saved my life. I am not sure I would have been physically or mentally strong enough to carry to term. I’ve never had a suicidal moment in my life, and I truly believe not continuing pregnancy is the only reason why. I could not imagine having to face my child sibling. Having to see my father’s face when looking at it. This, while simply saving his own ass, was the only good thing my father ever did for me. I realize that had I carried to term, my father would have likely had a much harsher sentencing than the plea deal he got. However it saved me from hating myself the rest of my life. It saved me from wanting to die. It saved me from carrying a child I never asked for.

I’ve made this long enough, probably so long most of you want even make it this far. However if you have, I want you to remember something. The next time you say a rape victim should just put the child up for adoption, somewhere there is a scared 14 year old carrying a fetus that is the product of incest fearing the changes about to come. You can’t say you are pro life while ignoring the life of that 14 year old little girl! You are a hypocrite if you believe that child shouldn’t be able to abort.

Incest and Child Abuse ~ Moving On

I survived 10 years of incest and child abuse. I hear people say they have moved on, but I wonder what that opinion of moving on is. I can’t say I fully have or ever fully will. Even though I am living a pretty good life, I still have moments where as I fall asleep at night I think of my father getting into my bed as a child. I worry about men I see at the park while my children are playing. After years of therapy I have accepted what happened to me. I learned that harping on it would not make me a better person. That thinking about it constantly would not help me move on.

I have not seen either of my parents since July 15, 1998. That day is a day I will never forget.

I hope that the child abuse and incest I have been through can be helpful to someone, even if it is just one person.
I have gone through a lot since that day in 1998. Those moments have led me to a pretty good part of my life. So I hope if you have found this page because you are a survivor, that you will know it IS possible to make it through the storm.

The one thing I think is most important for all survivors to remember is that no matter what, it was not your fault. Typically incest is brainwashed into children. The victim is either taught that what is happening is right or scared into not telling. No matter which case yours is you should understand that you couldn’t have made it better. No form of child abuse is your fault!!

The second most important thing, in my opinion, is to get help. No matter how many times you may have been to a therapist or a counselor more therapy usually can’t hurt any. Be honest with them, and tell them what you need out of them. The next thing is remember no one will ever fully understand. While I think you should expect your significant other to recognize your issues and respect the fact you may have different needs, you can’t expect them to understand the incest and child abuse you went through. It’s impossible!

You may be less trusting, over needy, extremely independent, or you may act like nothing ever happen. Just realize it takes a lot of love and compassion to be willing and able to be in a relationship with someone with deep issues. As time goes by I think we all learn a little more. We bring ourselves to higher levels, or we bring ourselves down further than we were. Don’t let the child abuse that happened to you bring you down further. Stay strong.

Don’t spend life wishing you were normal. Spend life being happy that you aren’t! Love yourself before you expect other to love you. In group therapy the one thing we all seemed to agree on was that we were more insecure than we wanted to be. Learn to find things about yourself that are great. Do not let that nasty word incest make you feel like you aren’t capable of loving yourself as you are!

Get the help you need to become sexual again if you aren’t. Sometimes having a happy sex life can make for a happier you. Learning that the one we are with now is NOT the person that hurt us is a great thing.

Finally be happy. Do the things that make you feel great! Live happy. Learn to deal with it and excuse the expression, but learn to suck it up. Always know that there is someone out there that has had it a lot worse than you. If need be seek out those people. Learn from them and move on in your own way!

Originally written by me 5 years ago. Times have changed! I am so much happier now and thankful to have survived my childhood!

Sore Throat – 10 Natural Home Remedies



What Caused My Sore Throat?

Before starting a natural remedy for a sore throat you need to know why your throat is hurting. Some causes need to be seen by a doctor. Even if you choose to treat the pain with a natural remedy you may need a medication to treat the cause.

The most common causes for a sore throat are viruses such as cold, flu, and occasionally mononucleosis. Also bacterial infections such as strep throat and tonsillitis can cause a sever sore throat. A sore throat caused by a virus is great to be treated with home remedies. However if you have a bacterial infection a doctor would need to prescribe an antibiotic to clear the cause of the sore throat.

Sometimes when dealing with a sore throat you may need to use natural remedies to treat a cough. Often the constant hacking can cause the sore throat. So the easiest way to treat the sore throat is to treat the cough.

If you only need to treat a sore throat then here are a few tips.

 

10 Ways To Treat Your Sore Throat at Home

  1. Salt water– Just mix a couple of teaspoons of salt in warm water and gargle. Do not swallow this mixture. Repeat every couple of hours.
  2. Garlic– Okay so this one doesn’t taste great but it works. Get 3 pieces of garlic out and peel them. Take the first two pieces and place at the back of your teeth and chew them. Let the warm juices go down your throat. After you are done swallow them. Take the third piece and suck on it for a few minutes, then swallow it whole like a pill. Repeat up to 3 times a day.
  3. Apple Cider Vinegar– This should be done at the first signs of a sore throat. It can often keep the pain from getting worse and if caught early enough it may get rid of it all together. Just gargle a small amount of Natural apple Cider Vinegar then swallow it.
  4. Honey– Take a teaspoon of natural (preferably local) honey every hour. It will coat your throat and give you some relief.
  5. Ginger– I like to take a 3 quart pot and throw in one peeled ginger root. Boil for 15 minutes then simmer for another 15 minutes (longer if you have time). Remove the ginger root and drink warm to help a sore throat.
  6. Cayenne Pepper– OK so this one taste HORRIBLE but it works so I suggest if all else fails, or if you like cayenne pepper give it a try. You can do this multiple ways. If you have access to just powdered cayenne then add a teaspoon to a cup of warm water and drink. I prefer the actual pepper. You can chop it very fine and eat it straight. I like to let it linger at the back of my mouth to let the juices run down my throat.
  7. Peroxide– Gargle peroxide twice a day. Do NOT swallow. Gargle and spit. This is a good one if you have an infection and are on antibiotics. Peroxide is known for being great at killing bacteria.
  8. Onion– If you can take it raw then that is best. If you however are like me and can’t bite into an onion like an apple you may need to try getting creative with how you use it. Do NOT cook it though. The best solution I have found is to chop it down into tiny pieces and add to a cup of warm water. Then wash it down as quick as you can.
  9. Lemon– Again this is one where you get the most benefit if you can eat it by itself. Just cut in half and eat. Water can be used if you don’t think eating plain lemon will work for you.
  10. Mixture– I have found the best thing is to mix a few of these throughout the day. A nice glass of ginger water with honey and lemon added to it makes a good breakfast time drink. Mix apple cider Vinegar and onion at lunch time. Cayenne pepper and garlic at dinner. Peroxide at night before bed.

 

If your sore throat persists for more than 7 days see a doctor. Any time you use a new product in your body always talk to your doctor first.

Athlete’s Foot ~ 5 Natural Home Remedies

What is Athlete’s Foot?

Athlete’s foot is a type of rash located on the foot or both feet. Athlete’s foot is caused by a fungus that grows on or in the top layer of skin. This fungi typically grows best in warm and damp locations such as between the toes.

Athlete’s foot is contagious. You can get it from sharing shoes, showering in public showers without shoes, or walking barefoot in public places that may harbor athlete’s foot.

There are three different types of Athletes foot. Between the three almost every part of your foot can be infected, and in severe cases the toe nails can become infected. This can lead to cracking, pealing, discoloration, or even the nail coming off. However the most common part of the foot to become infected with this fungus is between the toes.

Symptoms of Athlete’s Foot

With all the symptoms of athlete’s foot you would think everyone who had it would know. Unfortunately many suffer from this condition and have no idea. Some even think the symptoms are normal parts of age, working on their feet, or just from walking around bare foot. While some things can cause it the symptoms should never be taken as normal. I want bore you with the details of what Athlete’s foot is since if you are here you probably already know what it is. However here are the symptoms if you are unsure.

Painful cracks between and on the bottom of the toes. Peeling blisters and skin. Toenails become yellow. Finally a warm or itchy feeling may be present.

Natural Home Remedies For Athlete’s Foot

  1. Apple Cider vinegar has been one of the most used natural remedies for athlete’s foot (and really almost all other illnesses). The easiest method is to make a warm foot bath and add a cup of apple cider vinegar. Soak for 15-20 minutes. When you finish dry feet very well. Take an apple cider soaked q-tip and rub along the cuticles. Repeat once or twice a day. Do not put your feet immediately back into shoes. You will need your feet to air out for a bit for them to fully dry before putting shoes or socks back on.
  2. Coconut oil is wonderful for so many things and this is another great use for it. When you wake up in the morning just massage into your feet making sure you get it in between toes and around nails. Let it dry into your foot as best ass possible before adding shoes or socks back on to your feet.
  3. Garlic, while a smelly fix, it does work. It is an antiseptic and anti fungal. You can simply apply crushed raw garlic between the toes and on the nails twice a day for one to two weeks. Now you have to be careful with garlic because too much direct contact with the skin can cause added irritation. The best option is to crush 2 cloves of garlic into a teaspoon of coconut oil. You will then add the blended garlic to your feet. Now you get the added benefits of 2 great products at ones.
  4. Cloves can be used in the form of an essential oil or salve. Apply several times a day or twice a day if using in combination with the garlic. Do not eat any clove essential oil or salve. You can also place the cloves in a food processor with a teaspoon of coconut oil and use it just as you would the garlic. Cloves were used in Chinese medicine since many years B.C.
  5. Tea tree oil is known for its many uses. This is another great use. Just apply a 25% oil solution or cream two to three times a day. The only down side is some dry skin has been reported with long term use. If that is an issue for you and your skin just mix it in with the coconut oil just like with the other 2 natural remedies.

Warning!!!!

While I am very PRO natural remedy you need to keep in mind that when all else fails see a doctor. It’s not recommended to use natural remedies for more than 3 weeks if there are no signs of improvement. Please see a doctor if symptoms do not improve within 3 weeks.

Onion Cheddar Hamburger Recipe – Dinner Under $10

Yummy Onion Cheddar Burgers

This is a favorite in my house. There is nothing like cheddar oozing out of a good hamburger when you bite into it. By putting the ingredients on the inside I have also found this eliminates a good bit of burger shrinkage. The patties actually balloon up as it cooks instead of shrinking.

A good bit of the ingredients are also things we always have at the house, and lets all be honest, there is nothing like a nice juicy homemade hamburger!

 

 

Cheap Under $10 Grocery List

  • 1 pound Ground Beef, $3.99
  • 1 Box Lipton Onion Recipe Secrets, $1.29
  • 1 Small Onion, .63
  • 1 loaf Bread, $1.29
  • 1 8oz Block Cheese, $2
  • Seasonings on hand
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp Hamburger Seasoning

 

 

Prepping and Cooking Your Onion Cheddar Hamburgers

  1. In a medium bowl add ground beef, seasonings, and one packet of Lipton Recipe Secrets Onion mix. Mix with hands until all seasonings are equally throughout the ground beef.
  2. Grab 1/3 – 1/4 a pound of ground beef and flatten on plate.
  3. Dice Onion
  4. Slice half the block of cheese.
  5. Add 2 slices of the cheese and 1 tablespoon of onion to the center of the flattened ground beef.
  6. Fold the ground beef edges over the middle tucking the onion in first. Continue folding and shaping until no cheese or onion is visible. Then shape the patty into a circle with your hands.
  7. Continue this until all of your ground beef has been used.
  8. Refrigerate your patties for 1 hour. If you don’t they will crumble when being cooked. A nice cold patty will stay shaped in the pan better as it cooks.
  9. One hour later heat a pan on the stove at medium heat.
  10. Add the burger patties to the pan carefully and cook 5 minutes each side. Do not flip more than needed.
  11. While your patties are cooking toast your bread. You can always add a bit of better and garlic powder to the outsides of the bread before toasting for even more flavor.
  12. Assemble you burgers and devour!!

 

 

 

What Makes This Recipe So Cheap?

First of all I like to make sure everyone knows that I am in rural, southern USA. Prices are awesome compared to other parts of the country, however with frugal shopping you can find similar prices just about anywhere outside of the major cities in the USA.

I like buying my ground beef in bulk when I find a sale for $2.99 a pound at the grocery store. This time though I wanted to try out some 90/10 ground beef being sold at a locally owned discount food business. They get meats locally and I like the idea of knowing where my meat is processed. This turned out to be a good buy.

I know some people prefer using actual hamburger buns. Personally I think they are a huge waste of money. They usually get soggy just as quick as regular sliced bread, and I always feel like I can’t use them for anything else. Regular sliced bread though is $1.29 for store brand, I can toast it up with some garlic powder on it, and I can use the rest of the loaf for anything I want.

For most of my recipes I assume whoever will be cooking them has the basic seasonings around the house. As someone who cooks often I have an entire seasoning cabinet over my stove. For the basic seasonings I will not include them in costs or in the shopping list because I assume you already have them, and if you don’t you should if you plan on cooking at home on a regular basis.

Similarly I don’t add in “add on ingredients” such as lettuce on these type recipes. I hope that if you eat at home you have these things for other uses. I only included bread on this list because of how much would be needed to make 4 burgers. Why? Most people have bread in their home, but we need 8 slices to make 4 burgers, so in case you’ve used half your loaf you will need to replace it.

If I will be using a lot of one ingredient then it goes on the list to buy.

Enjoy!

Southern Bacon Hoppin’ John’s Recipe

Every year I see post after post on social media talking about Hoppin’ John’s followed by the inevitable “What are Hoppin’ John’s” questions. Well Hoppin’ John’s in their true fashion are a southern, southeastern to be more exact, New Years traditional food. Personally, I like to eat it year round. It is filling, easy to make, and in true southern ways, it is greasy and bacony! The recipe changes depending on who you ask, however I was raised in Charleston, South Carolina, and while I know the long, home made version of this, my recipe here will be the one you do if you don’t want to spend the day cooking. So let me start with saying, if you want to spend the night soaking peas,  and an hour cooking rice be my guest. My New Year Day is better spent playing with the kids and shooting fireworks!

While this is a great New Year’s dish, it is a great meal year round.

 

 

 

 

Ingredients

  • 1 1 lb Pack of Bacon
  • 1 Can of Black Eye Peas Rinsed
  • 1 Red Belle Peppers
  • 1 Large Onion
  • 1 cup sliced Mushrooms
  • 2 Cloves of Garlic
  • 3 bags of cook in bag Rice

 

 

 

 

 

Cooking Instructions

  • Cook all of the bacon and place in the refrigerator to cool while cooking the rest of your ingredients
  • Save 2/3 of the bacon grease
  • Cook rice according to package instructions
  • While Rice is cooking dice onion, garlic, bell pepper, and mushrooms
  • Add leftover grease to large pan
  • Add onion, garlic, bell pepper, and mushrooms to grease and saute for or 5 minutes or until tender
  • Leave all grease in pan
  • Add rinsed black eye peas to the veggies during the last minute of sauteing
  • Add cooked rice to the pan with the sauteed veggies and peas
  • Once bacon has cooled crumble or cut into 1 inch piece
  • Mix in bacon
  • Stir fully while on low heat for 5 minutes
  • Serve

 

 

Again, you can always cook your peas and rice the long home cooked way, the outcome may be ever so slightly better. On regular days when I cook this I will often use regular rice. I have only home cooked the peas once, and the outcome was so minimally better that I decided not to go that route again. This is a dish we cook at least once every couple of months. Tasty, filling, not all that healthy, but we could do worse! I hope you enjoy. If you aren’t use to southern greasy food, this may not be your thing, and that is ok! If you like southern bacon flavored dishes though, give it a try!

 

I’m a Bad Mom and That is Okay!

Yes I said it! I’m a Bad Mom!

Please don’t say “oh no, you’re a great mom”. I’m not! It took me a while to come to this point, and for me to realize that I am OK with being a bad mother. My children have a roof, food, clothes, gadgets, toys, and are loved. I have come to the conclusion that I am OK with it just being that.

I created 3 amazing kids, but I am no longer going to pretend I am a great mom. I am someone who wanted children for selfish reasons. My children were all brought into this world so that I could create and be responsible for little people. My lack of family lead me to want to create my own family. Which I did. Now these beautiful little me children are my responsibility, which leads to why I am a bad mother!

10 Reasons I am a Horrible Mom and a Bad Parent

  1. I hate playing with kids! I always have. I would rather talk science or show them how to garden than have a tea party or watch their magic show (did I say I hate magic, well I do I HATE magic even though my oldest loves it). The thing is I have ZERO imagination or creativity! I mean none! I don’t plan on pretending to like any of these things either. I also do not intend to pretend to like playing with dolls or racing little cars around on the floor. I just won’t do it! They can join me outside in the garden or play some minecraft with me, but I will never do the pretend stuff.
  2. I use bad words A LOT!! I mean a lot. I am never going to believe that cussing around my children will some how turn them into horrible people. So yes, I cuss in front of my children. Do I run around dropping the F bomb every two minutes? No, but that has nothing to do with the kids, I just don’t use the F word often. I don’t cuss in front of other people’s children, but mine know that mommy says words that aren’t ok said anywhere other than home or with close friends.
  3. I have zero patience and I’m a control freak! These go together because I am demanding. I want things done the way I want them, when I want them. My expectations are really high! This is not something that goes well with the average view of parenting at all.
  4. I am not a peaceful parent! As much as I like to think I can be a peaceful parent and as much as I TRY to be a peaceful parent, my natural personality leads me to be loud, demanding, and hold my little children to grown up expectations. I keep wanting to be the mom who never raises her voice, that remembers children will be children, and to always treat my kids the way I want to be treated. It doesn’t always work that way for me. I’m a loud person. This goes with the demanding part of me. It’s kind of hard to hold my children to my high expectations AND be a peaceful parent. Sometimes I yell, and (gasp) argue with my tween!
  5. My kids eat fast food sometimes. Once a week we eat food that is horrible for us. Yes I do feed my kids that pink slime (McDonalds) sometimes even though I know it will likely cause cancer for some people.
  6. I don’t home school. This is a big trend right now. I’m happy for those who can make it work, but there is no way in hell I will ever have the want or ability to home school. I really give credit to those who can. Such an amazing ability to keep their kids out of crappy public schools, but my schedule, life, and body will never allow me to home school.
  7. Sometimes breakfast is candy! Yup, I simply give in and say yes to candy for breakfast sometimes! No I do not argue the benefits of a healthy breakfast every single time. I just say “here, have it”
  8. Bed time is Bed time! I mean it. Unless you’re sick, dying, the house is on fire, you have to pee, or there is a burglar in your room I will not come back in and tuck you in 20 times and you will not get up and down. You don’t have to go to sleep, but my kids aren’t going to be bothering me after their bed time. That’s my me time and my couples time with my husband! Sorry, but I have to have uninterrupted time without children each day to stay sane!
  9. I don’t force my children to shower every day. Would I like it if my two stinky boys washed daily? Of course, but I have explained to them the possible consequences of not washing, if they want to deal with it then that’s on them! My toddler gets a bath when she asks unless of course I can no longer tell what color her skin is because she’s covered it in mud.
  10. My kids play a ton of video games and love TV. Everyone in my house enjoys gaming and TV, and (gasp) sometimes a lot! TV’s stay on most of the time in our home and there are 4 tablets usually going at the same time with a possibility that the XBOX might be on too! We are gamers and netflix bingers!

Why Am I OK With Being A Bad Mom?

Until recently I wanted to keep pushing towards being a better parent, to be the parent everyone pretends they are. Then I woke up this morning and said screw it! My kids are smart, healthy, and provided for! I have an 11 year old who is smart beyond my understanding. He’s a critical thinker of all things. He questions everything, and that is amazing! I have a 9 year old who can throw a football further than many grown men. No matter the sport he can conquer it like a natural. He puts me to shame every time he competes against me and I think that is pretty freaking cool! My baby is 4. She is so bright and creative that sometime I forget she is only 4. She’s been drawing little people since she was 1. She draws better than I do. On top of that she has conversations like an adult would. She is the little more amazing version of me!!

So why should I feel bad about being a crappy mom? My kids are cool!! So be NORMAL people! You can read a million studies about what is best for your children, but when it comes down to it if they are happy and healthy, maybe, just maybe, you aren’t that bad of a parent!

To All of You Perfect Parents

No matter how perfect you think your parenting is, reality is we all screw our kids up a little! We just do. You are no different than any of us “bad parents”, your kids might just be screwed up in a different way!

So I will take being a crappy mom, because trying or pretending to be a great mom is exhausting! If my kids will end up messed up either way, I might as well keep myself in the process and not fake it till I make it! After all, we are talking about little people with brains of their owns. As long as they are provided for and not abused they will make it!

I love my kids, they love me! That is all that really matters!

 

Fast and Easy Chili With Beans

Chili with beans recipe

Ingredients For Quick and Easy Budget Chili:

 

1 15.5 oz can kidney beans

1 15.5 oz can chili beans

1 Teaspoon Spike Onion Seasoning

1 Big 28 oz can of whole or diced tomatoes (2 cans of rotel can be substituted)

1 Large bell pepper any color

1 drained can sweet corn (or one cob cut)

1 large onion minced

3 cloves of garlic minced

1 pre-mixed packet of chili powder + 1 tsp chili powder

1 pound ground beef

  

 

 Prep Time:

15 Minutes

Cook Time: 

15-20 Minutes

Serves:

4-6 People

 

Cooking Instructions:

Mince Onion and Garlic

Dice Bell Pepper Make sure you seed the pepper. Throw away or store seeds, but do not add the seeds to the recipe.

Add ground beef to a 5 quart pot and brown for 2 minutes.The ground beef should have produced some grease for the pan by now, so add onion, garlic, and bell pepper. Finish browning beef with the onion, garlic, and pepper.

Add all canned items with juices except the corn. Make sure you drain all juices from the canned corn.

Slowly stir in the seasoning packet, Spike Onion Seasoning, and chili powder.

Simmer for 10-15 minutes stirring every couple of minutes.

Serve with crackers, bread rolls, baked potatoes, cornbread, fritos, cheese, or yogurt. 

 

This is a very basic chili recipe for nights when cooking from scratch or making a big meal simply isn’t an option. 

 

As a stay at home mom I usually have time to make scratch meals, but since the kids have gotten older and we have more errands to run around to this has become a great quick fix. It’s also super cheap so when I am feeding 2 boys who eat like grown men it helps stretch the budget a bit more. 

easy chili recipe

 

 

 

Reliable iPhone Portable Charging Bank

If you are looking for a good portable charging bank for your iPhone or iPod this is a great buy. When I got it I charged it out of the box for 8 hours before using it.

This plugs into the wall. It charges in the outlet easily. Then when you are ready to use it the outlet plug actually folds back into it so that you don’t have an ugly plug sticking out. The cord that attaches to your iphone is built in. So no worrying about losing it or having to look for another one. The cord actually folds into the charging bank when you are not using it. This is great for me because I probably have 10 of these cords but I always manage to lose them.

After an 8 hour charge it charged my phone in about an hour from 11 percent to 100 percent. Not bad at all. I really like using this when waiting for my kids to get out of school. Being in the car rider line for an hour is boring. So I usually play my phone the whole time. Quite often I forget to charge it to 100% before going to pick them up. So I just have it hooked up while waiting in the line.

On top of all that, this is small enough to fit in your back pocket. So if your kids or you like to play Pokemon Go or just spend a lot of time on your phone you can easily have this power bank on you so that you can charge anywhere!