Wendy’s Knock Off Chili

I LOVE Wendy’s Chili.  I have a friend who had worked at Wendy’s and I’m not too crazy about how they make it.  So I searched and I came across this Wendy’s Knock off Chili and it is pretty darn close to Wendy’s Chili and this makes me happy happy happy!

When I have a reason to pull out my GIANT Tramontina 12 quart stock pot I make the Tim the Toolman Taylor caveman grunt


What I needed:
An electric can opener
A food chopper
A nice camera

What I had:
a very sharp knife
a manual can opener and my bicep
Refer to the blog where I got the recipe for nice pictures.

My changes to the recipe were very minimal:
I used 5 pounds of ground meat in my freezer which was:
2 pounds 94% lean ground beef
2 pounds 99% lean ground turkey breast
1 pound ground bison meat

I have also used ground venison. ANY combo of LEAN ground meat will do!

I added:
1 whole bunch of parsley roughly picked off the stems and roughly chopped.
A LOT more minced garlic like a ton more.  Hello, my name is Shannon and I am a garlicholic.
3 red bell peppers
4 green bell pepper (I could NOT bring myself to use all green…2 hours later…Burp! green bell pepper)

It freezes well in zip locks which makes the core of my being sing with joy. For my family of 5 I have 5 meals from one pot.  And all the people said AMEN!



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Blend your own laundry detergent


Yep Ill admit it. I made my own blend of laundry detergent and I LOVE it better than anything I have ever used.  I only have to make it 2 times a year so it is every economical. I refuse … Read the rest of this entry

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Loaf of meat aka meatloaf.


This is my go to comfort meal. When I make this I make 2. One mess 2 meals.  Yes please!  If I had 4 pans I would make 4. I don’t have any pictures b/c I was tired, I forgot, … Read the rest of this entry

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Ugly Yellow Chicken Chairs…Makeover


Remember these awful but beautiful chairs I bought at a GARAGE SALE? They had good bones. They were solid. The padding was perfect. They were $50 for 4. They were brush painted horribly. They had ugly rooster print material. I, … Read the rest of this entry

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40 years of traversing         40 years of taking in all of God’s glory           40 years of laughing   40 years of lending   30 months of incubation Boy 1-17-2001 Girl 12-31-2002 … Read the rest of this entry

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Happy Valentine’s Day


I have a love/hate relationship with Valentine’s.  The card variety, that is.  Jessi and I always made her cards for her classmates from scratch until last year when she asked to please buy some from the store.  I enjoyed making these, … Read the rest of this entry

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Belly Laughs

I never claimed to be a photographer.

Most kids have something they cling too. It may be a blanket, a paci, or a stuffie love. Jessi sucked her thumb. Wade had his ‘beebee’. Westin has his…. Belly. More specifically his belly button.   He won’t wear overalls … Read the rest of this entry

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Sunday Mernin’ Meatballs


It is bring a dish to Sunday School.  The first Sunday of the month.  It’s your groups turn.  What do you bring?  Meatballs.  You thought that too?  Ha! Great minds think alike. This is my go to thing to bring. … Read the rest of this entry

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Signs, Signs, Everywhere are signs…

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While on my travels, I love to take pictures of signs. These are actual signs that I took pics of b/c they intrigued me or made me laugh. I love the little skulls that say you might die.  My friends … Read the rest of this entry

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Best Appetizer On The Planet!

Any events coming up that you may need a GREAT appetizer? and One that no one has probably had before? and one that is NOT a dip?  Super bowl Party Anyone?

Every time I make these the plate is EMPTY and they are begging for more.

Sweet and Spicy Bacon Wrapped Sausages

1 package Kielbasa sausage – I like the Garlic Flavor.

1 bottle crushed pickled Jalapeños

couple hand fulls of brown sugar

1 Package regular bacon


An appetite

Some friends

Sorry I unwrapped it before I took the pic!  Kielbasa sausage.  I like the garlic flavored.  You will see jalapeño flavor and think you can then skip the pickled jalapeño step.  I’m stomping my foot and saying NO! NO! NO!  It is NOT the same.  Glad we cleared that up.

Cut the sausage into disks like this.  A serrated knife works best to get through the skin.

I LOVE this stuff.  If you can’t find it then just get a jar of sliced pickled Jalapeños and squish them up with a fork.

Put a little dollop onto each sausage.

They all have a dot.  Don’t worry they are only a little hot.  Just hot enough to be perfect.

Cheap Bacon

Cut into 3rds

Wrap the bacon around each one and secure it with a toothpick.  They should be pretty close together.

All snug in the bacon.

Sprinkle with brown sugar.  Not too much though.  About 3 handfuls.  Make sure each one gets some sugar.

Bake this at 375 for about 20 minutes.  You will smell it when it is done.  Watch them.

All baked up and ready to go!  They will look like this when they are done.  I like to dab them on a paper towel before I put them in the to go container or serving platter.

All snug in my mouth!

Happy Times,


P.S.  Take my advice and make double.

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