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The Easiest Turkey Chili Recipe
September 16, 2016 at 1:35 am 2
So during football season and throughout the fall I have a serious obsession with cooking Turkey Chili. I make it for my family and friends at least once a week (if not more), and it is a perfect way to feed a large amount of people if you are hosting. I found this recipe years ago on All Recipes and doctored it up a bit to make it my own. It is seriously delicious! See the ingredient list and cooking instructions below: 2016-09-09_chicmamas_final-14

1 1/2 teaspoons olive oil

1 pound ground turkey

1 medium yellow onion, chopped

2 cups chicken bouillon (the original recipe calls for water, but I think the bouillon adds more flavor)

1 (28 oz) can organic crushed tomatoes

1 (16 oz) can organic tri-blend beans, crushed (the recipe calls for kidney beans)

1 tablespoon garlic, minced

2 tablespoons chili powder

1/2 teaspoon paprika

1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

1/2 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper (I tend to leave this out if children will be eating)

1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon paprika

Garnish: avocado (cubed), shredded cheese, sour cream, jalapeños (sliced), and tortilla chips

DIRECTIONS:

Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat. Place turkey in the pot, and cook until evenly brown. Stir in onion, and cook until tender.

Pour chicken bouillon into the pot. Mix in tomatoes,  beans, and garlic. Season chili powder, paprika, oregano, cayenne pepper, cumin, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer 30 minutes.

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Photo Credit: Kate Hauschka Photography

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DIY Picture Transfer with Etsy Shop “From Kelly With Love”
February 12, 2015 at 4:31 am 0
  I personally love DIY gift ideas. I feel that these gifts are those that people cherish and value the most. This inspiration came from the Chic Mama, Kelly Duffy, who owns an Etsy shop called "From Kelly With Love". She is an incredibly talented artist who hand makes wooden wedding and home decor. She helped me make a rustic sign that I gave to Aj last Father's Day with a picture of him and Willow. He loved it! It's still hanging in her nursery. So I thought I would share this easy, picture transfer process with all of you Chic Mamas. Gather your supplies: Step 1 Select the picture you would like to transfer. **Make sure you mirror the image on your computer before printing it. Print out your picture on a laser printer. If you don't own a laser printer, no worries! Find your nearest Kinkos or Staples and use their printing center to print the picture. Step 2 Cut out the picture to your desired size and shape. Then, on the image side, paint on a thick coat of LIQUITEX ultra matte gel medium. Immediately after, put the image side down onto your untreated piece of wood. Use a credit card to swipe across the top to get all the bubbles and excess gel off of the image. Let dry for 6-8 hours. If drying outside in the sun, it may only take 2-3 hours. Step 3 Once dry, use a damp rag and dampen the entire image. Then use your fingers to gently rub off the excess paper. Don't rub too hard or the image may come off. This is the tedious part. It may take multiple rounds to get all of the paper off.   Step 4 Once you got most of the paper off, paint on a thick even layer of MOD PODGE. This will be thick and white looking at first but it dries clear. This final step seals the image onto the wood. Step 5 Paint and decorate the wood around your picture how ever you like! Once the paint dries you can always grab a piece of sandpaper and distress around the edges for that vintage feel! See the finished product below (Kelly made this for  her sisters wedding last year!)   image-6 Shop "From Kelly With Love"  (Here) 
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DIY Tea Set
November 6, 2014 at 7:10 pm 1
We here at The Chic Mamas love a good DIY project and anything to do with flea markets, garage sales, estate sales, farmers markets...the list goes on. We definitely live by "one man's trash, is another man's treasure"! Recently we have been finding different pieces of random tea sets and thought we could make our own eclectic, mix and match set! All you need is several ceramic pieces and an oil based Sharpie paint pen (you can find them at any crafting store). They come in regular or metallic colors.   photo 4   Step 1. Decorate your heart out!!! photo 5-1   photo-14 Step 2. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes to 1 hour (you can place individual pieces on a cookie sheet) and let cool! tea1   We love how all of these pieces turned out! It's a great activity to do with the kiddos and they make great, personalized gifts! photo 2-2 photo 3-2   photo 1   Mama's always need one more cup! Heck Yes We Do!!!                    
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Throw an Amazing Bridal Shower
November 4, 2014 at 5:15 am 2
My sister, Alyshia is getting married!! I had the privilege of throwing her a bridal shower recently with some of her bridesmaids. It turned out so beautiful! We had a henna tattoo artist, as well as flash tattoos that everyone could wear (if they didn't want the more permanent henna). There was a flower crown station, where all the girls made their own, personalized crown. It was complete with wedding goodies for the bride and little gift bags for the guests. My mom and I even made the paper pom pom's in the trees! 6   4   9   8   5   2   10   3   13   11   12   7   14   1   Alyshia's White Dress:L'atiste by Amy www.latiste.com Alyshia's Necklace: c/o Pandora Jewelry www.pandora.net Abby's Dress: c/o Rachel Pally www.rachelpally.com
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Have The Best Pumpkins On The Block!
October 30, 2014 at 2:55 am 0
This year for Halloween, metallic pumpkins are all the rage! So naturally we had to try it!! I think we did a pretty good job! These pumpkins will look amazing on your front porch or even inside your house to decorate a mantle or table. Gather Your Supplies: Variety of Metallic Spray Paint (any color you choose) Drill Pumpkin Carving Tools (To cut the top and hollow out) photo3 1. Clean pumpkins with a wet rag to remove any dirt, and let dry. Lay newspaper or an old blanket down to cover the floor or ground where you will be painting your pumpkins. Ensure before painting that you pick an area that is very well ventilated. 2. Hold the pumpking by the stem and spray evenly to cover the entire surface of the pumpkin. Let the pumpkin dry and add more coats to darken the color. Make sure to let the pumpkins dry for a day (if you are carving them) photo4 3. We left some pumpkins just painted, then we used a drill to poke holes and create different designs on our pumpkins. photo 2-2 photo 14. Drop a tea light candle in them and enjoy! photo-13  
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