This combo tastes amazing as chili.

PDF of Recipe

I am posting if for ONE AWESOME CUSTOMER that came through my line last night. I can’t remember your name but I hope you find this post and can create an amazing chili in your Instant Pot!

4T chili powder
2T cumin powder
1t onion powder
1t red pepper flakes
1t paprika
1t oregano
2t salt
3t black pepper

Blend it all with a fork in a bowl. Store it in a regular jar with a good lid.

This will make a LOT of chili spice!


1 drizzle (to cover ¼ the base of the IP) EVOO
1 onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves, chopped
2 c shredded and chopped kale
2 carrots, shredded in the food processor (makes 1 cup of shredded carrots)
1 russet potato, cubed to dice size

1 can (14 oz) stewed tomato
2T of above spice combo
2 cans (14oz) drained kidney beans
1 can (14oz) drained pinto beans
1 jar (24oz) of Rao’s Marinara sauce


Drain beans
Add onions, sauté a minute or two
Add garlic, stir and sauté another minute
Add carrot and blend/stir with a spoon
Add kale, blend with a spoon

All of that should be tossed and combined
Add chopped potato
Add entire can stewed tomato (juice and all)
Stir in the 2T of chili spice blend

Add beans

Add Rao’s marinara sauce
Fill the glass jar you just emptied with water, put the lid on it and shake it to get all remaining sauce then add to IP

Place lid on IP
Put pressure valve to CLOSED position
Manual settings: HIGH
Time: 25 minutes

Allow pressure to release on its own. If you are in a hurry, you can release it (pull the valve toward you and stand clear). Make sure your IP valve release area has space. I often place a dish towel over it to try to reduce the spray. Open when the valve indicator has dropped (to the right of the valve itself).

I made home-made corn bread from scratch with my chili and it was deeeelish!

Healthy Wrap (Vegan)

My instructional  video of making a vegetable wrap that you will LOVE the tastes and nutritional benefits of.
Ta-Da! Me and my ingredients.

Vegan Wrap Entertainment

Well…I finally did it.

I finally put together a video of me making a vegan wrap. Who knows what’s next!

This is all because of two very influential people in my life. Randy and Bogie.

Bogie is keeps himself on the “cutting edge” of marketing and built his business Art Of Saving from scratch. He is seriously brilliant and always interested/investigating things to see how they work (or don’t work!).

I’ve known him as long as I have known Randy, minus a few weeks I think.

Seems I’ve gotten off task!

Here’s my video and my recipe on how to make a delicious and healthy vegan wrap.



Tin foil (optional: for the wrap-to-go)
Mission veggie wrap
Randy’s hummus
Frank’s Original Hot Sauce
Black Olives
Romaine Lettuce
Kale, chopped up
Carrots, shredded
Small tomatos, chopped in half or thirds.
¼ avocado

The ingredients are built to enjoy a bit of each of them in every bite.

I warm my wrap a tiny bit to make it more pliable.

Directions (as they unfold in my video)

Place a warmed wrap on foil.
Spread hummus across it.
Place your romaine lettuce with the top of the leaf toward the top of your wrap.
Kale is then placed on top of the lettuce wrap, then carrot shreddings.
Splash Frank’s Hot Sauce all over it!
Add the tomatoes down one side of the wrap.
Place black olives next to the tomatoes.
Add your avocado from the top to the bottom.

Time to fold it up.
Bottom up first then side to side. Use the foil to help keep it in place.

That’s it!

That Wasn’t Very Fun

Goodbye 2018.

Hello 2019.

Handling my own problems with painting.

January 1st, 2019

WELL. We made it. Survived the entire year scraping by.

I wrote a lot of actual LETTERS last year. I took a photo of each envelope to make sure I replied to all of the letters I received plus I wanted to look back on all of the colorful envelopes I made.

Randy has been pushing me to keep creating too. It’s hard and discouraging.

Seems like people aren’t interested in writing letters anymore. It’s a ‘digital age’ and the younger folks are going to miss out.

I cannot imagine this. I’ll be writing letters to people I love and care about until I die whether or not I get a response. I always hope to of course.

Luckily 2018 had a friend that kept me from losing my mind working at a place that was paralyzing on happiness. I had to fake it most every single day just to make it to the end and throw my exhausted bones onto our tiny cheap couch hanging out with our dogs Zoey and Kona plus our cat Piper.

My husband and I sat down at the start of December in our new home to make a list of all of the great things about 2018. It was so fun to remember THOSE THINGS and write them down! It is never to late to reflect on a period of time and pick out the great stuff within it.

ANYWHO…we’re buzzing along here in freezing cold Colorado learning AGAIN how to start from scratch. By the end of our adventures (if not now) I think we can help someone else map out WHAT NOT TO DO! HA HA!!

Zone where LBs have nested.

I’ve put on a few LBs, managed to mess up my left hand (which makes is super fun to write, paint, type and use my mouse), last year in September I tore my rotator cuff during one of the grocery store case lot sales followed by a FIVE 12-PACKS of Coke Products/Pepsi Products for $10. This reduced my yoga participation by about 25% so I’ve been working on kettlebell and free weight 30 minute exercises.

I know that 80% of any body change battle starts with my food habits.

So, I resurrected my food journal.

Randy and I wrote this baby and used it at our boot camp business for over a decade. It was tweaked and modified…updated and changed…all to make it more effective.

I’m putting a page here for you to download and use if you want to make some changes to any habits you are not happy with.

For me: I want to stick to a healthier food choice plan and get back to drinking the right amount of water…OH AND I WANT TO KEEP EXERCISING despite a -6 degree temperature outside.

Right now I’m staring out my back window as 8 deer are chomping away at whatever they can find. It’s butt ass cold out and in the last two months I’ve watched these deer (must be a family) roam through our backyard. Their fur is darker and the babies are growing up. One boy deer lost one antler (we hunted for it but no dice) so he’s wandering around with ONE antler. It doesn’t seem to be affecting him though and the lady-deer are just as irritated with him trying to insist on some hanky-panky time chasing them all through the trees.

For 2019 I plan to get my feet solid on the ground again.

I have things I want to accomplish. Not really RESOLUTIONS. More like accomplishments that I want to have on my list NEXT December.

OK gotta go.

I hope you download this food journal page if you need help. It’s free from Randy and I.

We are offering our entire food journal in electronic download too, if you are interested. We are pricing it at $12 (not $15). It WILL help you go 6 weeks straight, just like the old days at 805 Boot Camp.


Recent adventures…in photos (in case you wondered).

The Prophet



I saw this book for the first time in the 1970’s and began reading it at age 8. Back then my mom was searching for answers and The Prophet (without annotations) was part of our lives as well as a bookshelf of other self-help and religious books.

Reading it then (my mom taught me to read very young) I scanned over the Chapters looking for one that piqued my interest. Every night, at dinner, we would read a meaningful passage before dinner.

It was just my mom, my little sister and myself.

I could not put the thoughts together to give them meaning. They were just words linked together randomly with titles I recognized

Good and Evil

Those were some of them.

Today, 4 decades later, I finished the book understanding more than I ever could.

The annotations at the end of each chapter were very helpful. Gibran wrote plenty of books and it seems mountains of letters to two women, one of them he proposed to and was turned down. The bits and pieces of his life are covered and I appreciated getting an even deeper understanding of how he “thought” or even possibly came up with some of his writings.

His thoughts were epic.

The book was originally published in 1923. The depth of wisdom he gives is life changing if you really allow it.

In today’s world we are wrapped up in instant gratification and this book forces you to slow down and absorb the meaning of each word, sentence, page and chapter.

If you are searching for the meaning to basic questions, Kahlil Gibran might help you find them.

This is a book to own, not borrow.

To be able to underline and highlight what has impact on you and your life and thoughts.

Since none of us are the same it will have different meaning.

I also think you have to have an open mind before reading this. Willing to see a different perspective.

To me, we are all The Prophet in our lives. We have answers to the same questions the villagers had of this man that stayed for 12 years.

We have people in our lives that want to know our thoughts on these topics before we leave.

I know I wish I knew my mother’s explanation of LOVE (to begin with).

Please read this book.

Meal Planning: Easy…NOT easy

Making a meal plan is NOT easy.

So much life just distracts you.  For me, sitting as quietly as possible in a room without anyone else and zero music playing…only dogs licking themselves off and on bothering me… it took me an HOUR.

I wanted to use what was IN my cupboards, fridge and freezer.

Here’s what I came up with.

Week 1 Plan 

I ran it by Randy to see if he wanted to make any changes. We had eggs so he decided to switch out breakfasts a few times.

I created my grocery shopping list and because I know what/where items are in the grocery store I organized it to be super efficient in that task.  This is a bonus as a Vegan Chef – I know where the odd things are.


Life began to happen and we almost fell off within 2 days. 

I began baking and creating the dishes that we would have.  The house smelled great.  This was only possible because I am not working right now. REALITY CHECK.

Randy began to look for my beat up planning paper to ask what we’d be having for dinner which inspired me to stick to the plan.

Our grocery shopping for WEEK 1 was about $68.  Again, I had resources in my kitchen but I was pretty stoked to only spend that much for a full week of meals ALL HOME COOKED, packed with flavor, low on salt and always enough for LEFTOVERS!

I also planned out my exercise and the pet’s meals (we are all dining on the ritz).  The $68 INCLUDED their 7 days, 2 meals a day. 


  1. You need TIME to plan and execute a meal plan.
  2. It is important to have a dessert (in our house).  You can make them with less junk in them – with lots of flavors. 
  3. It is cheaper to plan meals and cook.
  4. Once we got rolling it was easier.  It’s not EASY yet (and I’m going to be working again…which means a lot of cooking on days off).  I’ve got Week 2 planned out and I’m excited to make that chocolate cake (vegan of course).
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