recipe: 3-bean chili + jalapeno cornbread

recipe: 3-bean chili + jalapeno cornbread
When it gets chilly, it's time for chili! I've been making this vegetarian version for years and it's a household favorite. You can play around with the ingredients to make it spicier or more mild.

chili ingredients
1 tbsp olive oil
1 onion, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
1 bell pepper, diced
1 anaheim pepper, diced
1 package soyrizo
1 can pinto beans
1 can black beans
1 can kidney beans
1 can crushed tomatoes
3 tbsp. chili powder
1/2 tbsp. cumin
cornbread ingredients
1 cup flour
1 cup cornmeal
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 tbsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
2 jalapenos, chopped
3/4 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup greek yogurt
2 eggs

recipe: 3-bean chili + jalapeno cornbread  recipe: 3-bean chili + jalapeno cornbread
To make the chili: In a large pot, heat the olive oil over high heat. Add the onion and cook until tender, then add the garlic, peppers and soyrizo and cook about 10 minutes. Add the beans and crushed tomatoes, then stir in the quinoa. Season with spices and let simmer for about 30 minutes. Serve warm and garnish with sour cream, green onions, avocado, jalapeno, chips/crackers, etc. Whatever you like!
To make the cornbread: Preheat oven to 375. Mix the dry ingredients and wet ingredients together separately. Then combine together by folding in the dry ingredients with the wet ingredients. Stir until moist. Scoop into a greased muffin tin and bake for 20-25 minutes. 
recipe: 3-bean chili + jalapeno cornbread

diy: botanical necklaces

diy: botanical necklace II gingersnapsblog When I was out thrifting a while back, I saw a girl wearing a necklace like this and fell in love. I decided I needed to make my own and got to work right away. Turns out these are pretty simple to make, and they are completely customizable! These would make a great gift for yourself or someone special in your life.

what you need: bakeable clay, pencil, paint & brush, clear sealant spray, chain, necklace clasp
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Roll the clay out and cut it down to your preferred size and shape. Using a bamboo skewer or tip of a knife, create two holes at the top of the shape. Bake according to instructions. Once completely cooled, paint the outside and back of your shape in desired color. Once the paint has dried, begin drawing branches/flowers/leaves/etc with a pencil. Get creative! Once you're happy with your pencil drawing, add in some colorful touches with a bit of paint. Spray with clear sealant spray so the pencil doesn't get smudged. Attach your chain and necklace clasp... and voila!
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diy: instagram coasters

diy instagram coasters II gingersnapsblog My best friend and I are obsessed with Instagram (#seriously) so I knew I wanted to incorporate it into her Christmas gift somehow. These were pretty simple to make and didn't cost very much. I really love how they turned out and will definitely be making a set for our own home. By the way, if you want to know what I'm eating (cheese, usually) or what my puppy is doing (probably chewing an important cord while I'm typing this), we can be IG friends here.

what you need: white tiles, printed IG photos, ModPodge, felt , glue, clear spray sealer
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Start with a clean, dry tile (I got mine from the kitchen department at Home Depot). Put a layer of ModPodge  on top of the tile and lay your photo on top. Then, using a sponge or paintbrush, apply another layer of ModPodge right over top of the photo, focusing on the edges.
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Once your ModPodge has fully dried, adhere felt corners to the bottom of the tiles. Spray the top of the tiles with moisture-resistant clear coating spray. Voila!
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