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My Grandma Ruth loved me.

She would tell me she loved me with a kiss on my cheek and a simple “I love you, dear”.

And she would show me she loved me….

By cutting the crust off my sandwiches at lunch (on white Wonder Bread of course)

And always making sure the candy dish was freshly filled when I came to visit.

And stocking the freezer with “Awful Waffles” (aka: Eggo Waffles).

And freshly baked coffee cake waiting on the counter as soon as I arrived.

She loved my family and me through food every time we came to visit her house. She would serve us and my Grandpa tirelessly and always served a beautiful dinner every night… complete with a homemade dessert.

She was a beautiful example of what true service is in every way.

She never seemed flustered or too busy for me… even when I was trying to “help” her cook dinner.

She never complained about the dirty dishes in the sink.

She awoke before everyone else so she could have coffee ready and all the breakfast options waiting for us on the counter.

She and my grandpa even slept on the pull out couch in their living room so my family could use their bedroom and have plenty of space.

I long to be like my Grandma Ruth and serve in the way she did.

One of our favorite meals she would make was called Chili Con Carne and her recipe has been passed down and made by everyone in the family.

The only problem is, like most of her cooking, it is not exactly all that good for you.

But oh so tasty!

So, a few years ago I revised her recipe to be a bit better for you but still achieve the same Grandma’s Chili taste.

I hope you enjoy it as much as our family does!



*Serves 8ish and freezes perfectly!

*Contains dairy


2 packages of ground turkey (about 2.75lbs)

1 medium onion – chopped

1 T minced garlic

2 cans black beans - drained and rinsed

2 cans kidney beans - drained and rinsed

1 box of Trader Joes Roasted Red Pepper Tomato Soup

4 T chili powder

1 T cumin

1 tsp sea salt

½ tsp pepper

1 T flour (I used oat flour but any kind of four works)

Splash of water


Heat a bit of olive oil in a large pan. Add ground turkey and let it begin to brown.

Once it has cooked for a bit, break it up in to small chunks and add chopped onion and garlic.

While the meat is finishing cooking, combine chili powder, cumin, sea salt, pepper and flour in a bowl and stir well. Add a few tablespoons of water and stir well. It should make a thick paste.

Once the meat is finished cooking, add the paste to the meat and stir.

Add black beans, kidney beans and tomato soup.

Bring everything to a boil, and then reduce to a simmer for about 15 minutes to allow the flavors to combine.

Give it a taste and add more spices if needed. If you would like it a bit spicy, add some cayenne pepper.

*This meal works great when made ahead of time and reheated for dinner. It also freezes really well. I usually freeze half and then use the other half for dinner and leftovers.


  • My grandma ALWAYS served hers on bow-tie noodles. It may sound a bit strange to have chili with noodles… but it is AMAZING! I would recommend a good whole wheat noodle or brown rice noodle.
  • It also works on quinoa, just by itself… or a little corn bread never hurt either.
  • It can be topped with cheese, guacamole or sliced avocado, sour cream or plain Greek yogurt… or all of the above.


PS: she really did make the best Sour Cream Coffee Cake and Pineapple Upside Down Cake around and I plan to attempt a healthier version of those sometime soon as well!


(in case you didn't know, bananas can also be used as guns)

My house is full of boys.

Cousins to be exact.

My brother and sister-in-law (John Mark and Tammy) are currently in Uganda to bring home their new daughter and their two boys, Jude and Moses, are having a giant sleep over at Duke’s house for a few days.

All the boys were full of energy this morning (wait… when are they not full of energy?) and the clouds were pouring buckets outside. So, after hours of Nerf gun wars, action figure battles and karate matches… we decided to bake.

Growing up, my Grandma Sue would always bake us fresh loaves of her famous banana bread whenever we came to visit. Her banana bread is hands - down the best there is. So good in fact, that John Mark would take a loaf for himself and hide it strategically in the house to ensure that he got his fill during our visit. Yep, he is the oldest.

So, the boys and I attempted a somewhat healthier version of banana bread this morning. I don’t usually make up recipes for baked things because I have found several blogs that do a much better job then I do… but the overly brown bananas on my counter where taunting me to put them to good use and make my own recipe… and we had a whole lot of fun in the process!



BANANA BREAD: dairy + gluten free

(the three little monkeys)


  • 3 overly ripe bananas
  • 3 T ground flax seed + 1/4 C warm water
  • 1/4 C melted coconut oil
  • 1 T vanilla
  • ¼ C sugar
  • ½ C brown sugar
  • ¼ C unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 ½ C oat flour (It is sold in bulk at Whole Food and New Seasons or Bob’s Red Mill sells it by the package at most grocery stores. Or, you can grind old-fashioned oats in blender or food processor to make your own. If you use whole wheat flour instead, you may not need to bake it quite as long.)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 3 tsp cinnamon

TOPPINGS: optional but highly recommended!

  • cinnamon sugar + coconut flakes

Preheat oven to 350F.

In a small bowl, combine ground flax seed and warm water. Stir and set aside to thicken for a few minutes

In a mixing bowl, peal the bananas and mash well with a fork.

Add coconut oil, vanilla, sugar, brown sugar, applesauce, and flax seed mixture to the mashed bananas and stir.

In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cinnamon and stir well.

Add flour mixture to banana mixture and stir until combined.

Go ahead and sneak a taste of the batter like Duke. I won’t tell.

Pour batter into a greased loaf pan.

Sprinkle cinnamon sugar and coconut flakes on top. Feel free to be generous with the cinnamon sugar…. It’s for the kids, right?

Bake for about 45 minutes.

Duke and Moses got a little bored while it was baking and thought this would be a good idea...

Enjoy fresh out of the oven with a hot cup of tea in front of the fire…

Or, like this…

Off to have another fort making competition… see you next week!