Recipe: Pumpkin Turkey Chili

As Resolution #1 states, I’m on a quest to explore new recipes more often. When fall comes around, one of my favorite things to make is chili. Of course, the standard chili is something along the lines of beef, tomatoes, and beans. Last year, I stayed true to this with this recipe from my friend Linda at Giggles, Gobbles, and Gulps. In an effort to find creative ways to spice things up, I found a Thanksgiving-esque spin to basic chili.

In the spirit of all things fall, this recipe is basically the motherload of all recipes. If you’re like Kate and me, you’ve been counting down the days to Thanksgiving for weeks now. Well fortunately, this recipes includes turkey and pumpkin pie spice; and it’s perfect for a gathering. It was gobbled up this weekend before any pictures could be taken (as always… making it very difficult to food blog), but the blog it’s inspired from has some #foodporn worthy snapshots.

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Make It Meaningful

It’s been a little over a month since I’ve been trying to change my mindset to “becoming better.” So far, I’ve only had one super successful day, which was a few weeks ago. I went to the gym for the first time in 6 months, slept well, woke up at a decent hour, made a cup of warm lemon water, caught up on “news” (aka Twitter), and actually got dressed for work. When I got to work, everyone I saw commented on how “nice” I looked… to the point where it was more embarrassing than flattering. It put in perspective for me that I must not look very nice on most days.

It’s these easy and simple things that really create a completely different perspective. If I just took a couple more minutes each day to make every action more meaningful, it could go a long way in the way that I perceive things and how I am perceived. There already aren’t enough hours in a day, and this mentality will make each moment that much more valuable.

Since then I have yet to go back to the gym or continue waking up early, but I now know that I can. These few months leading up to the new year are for working on overcoming the overwhelming sense of laziness. Must. Power. Through.