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Warm Wishes- Easy Crockpot Chili & 12 Cozy Spaces to Inspire

Hi Guys!  I’m popping in this weekend to share a delicious recipe and some cozy design inspiration!  Temperatures outside plummeted this week and it got me yearning for my favorite chili (as well as my couch, throw, and design magazines)!  My husband was introduced to this recipe by a college roommate–it was a family recipe.

5 years ago my husband signed us up to bring a pot of chili to our church’s Chili Cookoff.  I told my husband that since he signed us up he would need to be the one to make it!!:-)  He was actually excited about it because he had an idea to add a bit of barbeque sauce to the already awesome chili recipe.

The Chili Cookoff was held on a Friday night so I decided I would go ahead and make it since my husband would only have time to swing by from work and pick us up.  I added the bit of barbeque sauce trusting my husband wouldn’t lead me astray.

Well,  I  we won the Chili Cookoff that night!!:-)  Out of 30 pots of chili 6 judges concluded that ours was the best!

Award Winning Crockpot Chili

What was our award??  A set of plastic measuring cups.  Woohoo!;-)  Although the original recipe is to cook it in a regular pot I make it in a crockpot because it’s easier for me.  I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do!


Easy Award Winning Chili 😉

1 lb ground beef

2 cans of kidney beans (undrained)

2 cans of stewed tomatoes (undrained)

1/2 cup diced onion (uncooked)

2 TBSP of chili powder

1/4 cup of sugar

1 1/2 tsp of salt

1/2 tsp pepper

1/4 cup barbeque sauce (optional)


Cook meat and drain fat.  Pour cooked meat into crockpot.  Pour all other ingredients into crockpot and stir well.  Cook on low for 6- 8  hours or high for 3-4 hours.

**If you want to do it in a normal pot heat to boiling and then reduce to medium-low with the lid on, stirring twice the first 10 minutes and then every 10 minutes thereafter.  Cook for approx. a total of 50 minutes.

***You can adjust the level of spiciness by putting in less or more chili  powder.


And after you get filled up with chili wouldn’t you love spending sometime in these cozy spaces?  Wish I could just hop into the photos and read a book or take a little mid-day snooze!


Yes, please!




 I know this is a kid’s room but I want to jump to the top buuk and draw those privacy drapes closed behind me!:-)



Just needs a fire in the fireplace and it would be perfect!


 My idea of a cozy bath retreat


via Houzz






What’s the coziest space in your home???  Where do you go to relax?  Mine is the family room particularly the long couch across from the fireplace.  It is a dangerously comfortable couch and I love it!


It could possibly be cozier if it had some more layers in the room as photoshopped below but for now it is still my happy place.
Layers demonstration Family Room2


Stay warm and have a great day!

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