In Lifestyle on
November 20, 2017

Look Good. Feel Good. Do Good.

It all starts with a t-shirt and a hat. If you’ve never heard of MatchBack, you are truly missing out on something phenomenal. Long story short, this organization cares about our underprivileged youth and wants to make sure each of them has something special and new that they can wear and be proud of.

Basically, the way it works is, when you buy a bundle, they give a bundle to a teen in need. How cool is that?! They have an entire network already set up with charitable mentoring organizations, foster care service providers, group homes, school administration, coaches, counselors, case managers, social workers, U.S. Military Officer organizations, Police/Sheriff departments, and other nonprofit children’s charities.

Isn’t it so true that when we get to show off a brand new outfit, it almost changes the way we go about our entire day? We walk with more confidence, and overall, it just makes us feel good!  For some of these kids, all they know is hand-me downs and clothing from Goodwill. With a significance far greater than just a t-shirt or hat, each bundle gifted to a youth works to build confidence and self-worth while serving as a reminder that they are cared for.

The cool thing about these bundles are that they change each month! Meaning, when you sign up for a subscription, you can expect a new bundle each month with high quality t-shirts and hats. This month, MatchBack partnered with Sevenly.org to distribute the fabulous items shown here!

When I received my bundle, I was so excited to see what was inside. I was blown away by the quality of the items, and it made me feel so good to know that somewhere around the world, there’s a teen in need that was probably feeling the same way! The t-shirts are so incredibly soft, and I’m pretty sure my hubby has already stolen BOTH hats. 😉

Every year for Christmas, I’ve adopted the “White Envelope” tradition as a gift for my husband. If you’ve never heard of the White Envelope, you can read more about it here. Long story short, I choose an organization or individual group in need to donate in his name for Christmas, and hide it in a white envelope on our tree! It’s become such a special tradition between the two of us, and it’s one of the most anticipated gifts of the year on Christmas morning.  I know that this year for sure, I’ll be “adopting” Matchback.org because it’s such an amazing cause [shh, don’t tell!]. I hope you’ll consider doing the same. 🙂

What’s in the box?

• The exclusive Sevenly/MatchBack Bundle: (1) shirt & (1) hat

• MatchBack’s Signature “Do Good” Bundle: (1) shirt & (1) hat*

(*New subscribers only. Active subscribers will receive an additional “Do Good” Bundle as an anniversary gift from us every year!)

• Your matched teen-in-need will receive the Sevenly/MatchBack apparel bundle (sans advertising materials) on your behalf—no action required on your part!

Ready to support this amazing organization? Click here to sign up!

Use “haley” at checkout for FREE SHIPPING! 🙂

In Lifestyle on
November 20, 2017

Vegetable Chili Recipe

I get so many questions about my hubby and I’s infamous vegetable chili recipe, that I figured I would share it here for y’all! This chili has become like a staple in our household and it’s so, so good for you. It all began with our first Daniels Fast together a couple years ago.

The thing I love about this recipe is that it’s so quick and easy. It’s a favorite on a lazy, cold Sunday when you just want something quick and easy to whip up! I promise this will be a family favorite!

You can make this recipe a couple of different ways or add your own twist! We tweak it almost every time we make it. Most recently, we discovered beefless ground, which is basically Gods greatest gift to earth! It tastes almost exactly like ground beef, and it is so much healthier for you! If you’re not a fan, making it without is still delicious, too!

Feel free to post your pictures after making your own! I’d love to see/hear how it turns out! Enjoy!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cans of spicy chipotle corn (11 oz)
  • 1 can whole kernel corn (11 oz)
  • 1 can black beans (15 oz)
  • 2 cans kidney beans (15 oz)
  • 1 can dice green chiles (4 oz)
  • 1 can tomato paste (6 oz)
  • 1 can original Mexican style diced tomatoes (10 oz)
  • 1 extra large can diced tomatoes (28 oz)
  • 2 onions
  • 1 green pepper
  • 1 yellow pepper
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1 squash
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 bag Gardien beefless ground
  • 1 packet taco seasoning mix
  • olive oil
  • chili powder
  • roasted garlic powder

 

Don’t be intimidated by the humongous list of ingredients! I know it seems like a lot, but essentially we will just be measuring out a few of the items and combining.

Start by chopping up all of your vegetables. You can make the slices of squash and cucumber as thick or as thin as you like. I like to keep mine pretty thick, but it’s all about your preference!

Once everything is all nice and chopped up, place in your stock pot on the stove and begin to heat all of the veggies! You’ll want to add a dash of olive oil just to keep them from burning or sticking to the pan. This is usually where we add the roasted garlic powder and chili powder. I didn’t list an amount in the ingredients, because you can make it as spicy or mild as you like! We like ours pretty spicy, so we’re usually pretty generous with the chili powder. 😉 The garlic powder is just for a little extra seasoning, so I would use just a dash or so.

While these are cooking, go ahead and start on your beefless ground. You’ll cook this exactly as you would ground beef. Just be careful not to burn or overcook it, because again, it’s not beef! I add about a 1/2 cup of water to prevent it from overcooking. Add your chopped onion and taco seasoning mix as you cook the ground. It adds so much yummy flavor!

Next, you’ll begin adding all of the canned goods into the stock pot. Make sure that your vegetables have been thoroughly cooked and do not drain them. You want to keep all of the juices to keep your chili from being too thick!

 

Lastly, add your beefless ground to the pot. Cover and let sit on medium low for about 20-30 more minutes to make sure that everything is cooked through thoroughly. It is important to stir about every 5 minutes to make sure that your chili isn’t sticking to the bottom of your pot!

Optional: Serve with cheddar cheese and sour cream for even more deliciousness!

Enjoy! 🙂