I Gave my Crockpot the Weekend Off

Thoughtful of me…I know!

The BOY and I did our grocery shopping on Saturday, so we had to have our plan set early.  Sunday was a gorgeous day!  I had a lot of things that I needed to do around the house including hanging my new arts and craft project (seen below) and my marathon poster.


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Plus, I organized the pantry.




Meanwhile, Cooper enjoyed some time in the sunshine!




I also got started with this week’s meal prep.  On tap for lunch this week, Buffalo Turkey Chili.  I should admit that this is also a Pinterest find (and imagine how much more I will find when I have time off between jobs).  The original recipe is from Whipped for Buffalo Chicken Chili, but since we are having chicken for dinner this week, I thought I’d go with turkey.




I started chopping veggies and was struggling.  Then remembered that I could use the BOY’s awesome new knife!  I sliced up all of the veggies for my chili and made a few bags of fresh veggies for the week ahead.  This knife works so well and is SUPER sharp.  It almost makes veggie chopping fun!




I’m not a huge hot sauce girl, but thought I would try adding a few drops (about 1/8th of a cup) of the BOY’s smoked chipotle hot sauce.


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I let everything simmer for a LONG time because I like my veggies really soft.




This chili has a smoky flavor that makes it unique and delicious!

Save this recipe for the next time you want to give your Crockpot a weekend off!



Meal Planning 11/03/13

Sunday: Mac n Cheese


Monday: Out for Dinner


Tuesday: Leftovers


Wednesday: Beer Can Chicken


Thursday: TBD


Lunch: Buffalo Turkey Chili



What did you do this Sunday?

Do you prepare bags of healthy snacks ahead of time?



Buffalo Turkey Chili

Adapted from Whipped



1 tablespoon olive oil

1.25 lbs ground turkey (97/3%)

1 (15-ounce) can white beans, drained and rinsed

1 small onion, chopped

3 large carrot, finely diced

3 celery stalks, finely diced

3 garlic cloves, minced

1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes

1/2 tablespoon smoked paprika

1/2 tablespoon cumin

1/4 cup hot sauce (I used 1/8 cup of smoked chipotle hot sauce)



Heat oil in a 4- quart pot over medium-high heat. Add chicken, paprika, and cumin; cook, breaking up the meat, for about 6 minutes until browned.

Add the onion, carrot, celery, and garlic; cook for 8 minutes, until the vegetables begin to soften.

Add tomatoes and hot sauce, bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer for 60-75 minutes.

Stir in white beans and continue to simmer for a another15 minutes until the veggies are soft. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Top with sour cream, avocado, or blue cheese.

22 thoughts on “I Gave my Crockpot the Weekend Off

    • Thanks!
      I had more than enough corks which prob should be embarrassing. I’m thinking we could use it as a pin board for notes and stuff too since it’s in the kitchen. Im so not creative, so I was quite proud of myself : )

    • Thanks for stopping by! The cork art was very fun to make : ) and I still can’t believe it turned out since I am so uncreative! I am all about veggies in my stew and chilis. Yum!

  1. The cork art piece is really cool-everyone is creative in one way or another and that “cork board” is very literal.Enjoy this time off-most of us don’t ever get to take time off like that so get out and do what you love best. Be careful though sites like pinterest although very cool can be a complete time suck! Good luck on the strength training.

    • I have learned about the Pinterest time suck! It’s why I waited so long to get on. I’m really hoping to pick up some extra yoga classes with my time off. I feel so lucky to have just a little more down time before diving back into work!

  2. Awesome craft project- it looks great!!
    I was on a course all weekend so didn’t really have much time for R&R! This weekend will be a long one though, and I’m already looking forward to it!

  3. I wish I prepared healthy snacks ahead of time! SUnday was spent looking after my sick hubby! 🙂

  4. Love the wine cork pic! Great idea! We’ve been collecting corks forever and don’t have nearly enough to do that… guess that means we need to drink more wine 😉

    • Or that I drink too much : ) I’m hoping to add some tacks and use it as a real cork board but it was fun to make. You can also make some cool looking trivets and coasters. I dunno why but I love the look!

  5. I love your cork board!! I have been saving my corks and didn’t have any plan for them UNTIL NOW!! Thanks!!

    • It was really easy. I looked around a bunch and then ended up just buying the board on amazon because I thought it would be the easiest. There are some great ideas out there for corks. Have fun! Happy DIY!

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