Turkey Pumpkin Chili

  • In a skillet, add the turkey, onion, pepper and garlic; cook and stir until tender. Drain if needed.
  • Transfer to slow cooker.  Add remaining ingredients and stir to combine.  Cook, covered on low for 5-6 hours

* Feel free to top with cubed avocado and thinly sliced green onions, cilantro or any other yummy chili fixin’s you like!

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How delicious does this look? And it’s falllllll and it’s coooolder out and it’s cooozzzzzy! And it’s so easy to make and every one will love it, promise :)

Congrats! I you made it to the end of this post! As a reward, I have a surprise for you!

Drum roll please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!…………………………..

EAT LAUGH CRAFT’S FIRST GIVEAWAY!!!

Yahoo!! Ok as stated above Red Gold contacted me about my blog and offered to send me a goodie box filled with product samples and some other various red gold logo items. They sent me a really really nice wooden spoon that says “Red Gold Official Blogger” ooooh fancy! It is heavy and a really good quality! Then they sent me a cute Red Tomato Apron, 6 cans of different Red Gold products (two of which I used for this recipe) and a little collection of recipes. How nice right?!?!? Well I would like to hook one lucky reader up with a similar package of goodies! Don’t you want all of what is below?!? Yes, yes you do.

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So you have one week from today to enter yourself into the drawing and I will announce the winner after the giveaway closes. The giveaway will run from Friday 9/26 until Friday 10/3. I will randomly pick a winner shortly after that! Due to some hosting issues with my blog, I am having issues running this giveaway exactly as I would like.

So there are two ways to enter into the giveaway:

1) Go to our Eat Laugh Craft Facebook page and go to the “GIVEAWAY’ tab, just below the cover photo. Then you will have a box appear with 4 ways in which you can enter to win! Do at least 1 or all 4!

2) Because I personally hate contests that only allow Facebook entries I will also enter anyone into the drawing who comments on their favorite post here on the blog (this post or any other). Take a look around a find a post you maybe haven’t seen before. Make sure to use the hashtag #eatlaughcraft just so I can know you saw this giveaway and want to be entered.

That’s it! So easy! Now get out there and enter yourselves and win this goodie box!!!!

OH!!! one more thing. Red Gold Tomatoes is currently hosting their OWN giveaway called “2 A Day Crockpot Giveaway”, where you guessed it, they are giving away two crockpots a day from now until October 8th! All you need to do it go to their Facebook page and enter yourself to win. GOOD LUCK!

Whewwww- I’m done. Promise :) Thank you so much for stopping by and good luck in the giveaway(s)!!

xoxo

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Detox Bath

Detox Bath

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Hi Hi Hi! This post is something a little different than the regular foodie post but still I really wanted to share this with all of you!

I had heard about detox baths for so long, but never had tried them. I honestly didn’t understand them or comprehend that it was more than just a regular hot relaxing bath. I thought it was totally just a mental/relaxation thing (that IS part of it) but had no idea what a detox bath could actualllllyyy do for your body. Until recently….

I have been detoxing internally for about 3 weeks now. That involves an elimination diet of caffeine, alcohol, gluten, dairy, soy as well as eating as whole and natural as possible (i.e. just because a cracker is gluten free- I still shouldn’t be eating it). The detox program I’m doing is through Arbonne (more on that later) but really it involves sticking to the above guidelines, having one of their protein shakes for breakfast and or lunch followed by a healthy dinner. This is my second detox program (they last 28 days) and the first one I did I lost 14 pounds! So I’m excited to report back after I complete this second one. Anyway, somehow the idea of a detox bath popped into my head and that I should try one. Seriously I don’t know where the idea came from other than I knew I had a Friday night to myself and thought- hey why not. I looked up several “recipes” and combined several to make the version I used.

First before I get into my experience- lets just talk about what the hell a detox bath is in the first place.  Our bodies naturally detoxify themselves on a constant basis. As humans we are exposed to toxins at high levels and particularly in this day and age each of us are exposed to more toxins than ever before. We are exposed the second we wake up. We breath in polluted air, we take showers with water that is full of residual pollutants and toxins, we use shampoo and beauty care products full of chemicals, we brush our teeth with toothpaste that most likely contains fluoride, then we move on to eating breakfast. Breakfast probably consists of food that has been exposed to harsh chemicals and pesticides or genetically modified . We don’t even have to leave the house to put excessive strain on our bodies natural detoxification abilities. Then just imagine what happens when you leave your house and are out and about in our dirty, albeit beautiful, world. Our bodies can’t keep up with all the stuff we keep exposing it to. It would be virtually impossible to eliminate all toxins from our body but there are ways we can encourage our body and promote it’s natural ability to boost our health, strengthen our immune system and prevent illnesses.

Our bodies have several ways in which it detoxifies. One is through the liver which removes harmful toxins and metabolic waste, converts them to water soluble compounds and excretes them from our body through our urine. For toxins that cannot be converted to water soluble or aren’t water soluble, our livers excrete this through bile which then travels through our intestinal tract and is  removed by going #2 :) There are still some toxins yet, that can not be or aren’t removed through these two methods and usually we end up sweating those out through our skin.

In a world where:

  • 2,100 chemicals, including pesticides, herbicides, medications such as antidepressants and recreational drugs are in our water supply
  • 80,000 metric tons of carcinogens are released into the air annually in North America
  • Over 80% of foods have genetically modified ingredients
  • The EPA estimates that the average U.S. citizen has residues from over 400 toxic compounds in their body
  • 82,000 chemicals are in use today in the United States, but only a fourth have ever been tested for toxicity ∗

You can see why it’s important to aid our bodies all that we can. I’m not sure who thought of a detox bath but I’m glad they did! For centuries people have been using Mineral Salts (Epsom, dead sea) to aid in healing various illnesses and improving overall health and well being. Most detox baths do have empsom salt(also known as Magnesium Sulfate) in them. Due to it’s properties to help with easing stress, regulate activity of 300+ enzymes, reduce inflammation and relieve sore muscles, flush toxins, and improve circulation. Good stuff!!

Now as I said I sort of combined several “recipes” that I had found and created my own. I’ll briefly go over what and why for each ingredient.

- Epsom Salt – see above :)

- Sea Salt- see above :)

- Baking Soda- this will not only help help neutralize your water (if you don’t have filtered water) but also improve mineral absorption.

- Bentonite Clay – this is a unique healing natural clay that has electrical components that assist in the ability to absorb toxins specifically heavy metals and chemicals. If you are having troubles finding this you can order online or try looking at your local coop or health foods store. For my fellow Madisonians- Willy Street Coop has a great selection of natural clay powders.

- Ginger-  Not only does ginger smell great but it has anti inflammatory properties and for some reason or another it is supposed to really make you sweat. Which is why I added it to my bath- to aid in sweating out all the bad! :)

- Raw Apple Cider Vinegar – Not only do I love AC Vinegar for it’s fermentation and all around rock star healthy living awesomeness (I should do a whole post on this stuff) but this is also specifically used in this bath to help remove and flush Uric Acid from your body. But I recommend using raw with the “mother” as this is the most pure and natural form of it and most likely will do a better job. THIS is an amazing brand to use.

- Essential Oils- really meant to help with the mind and relaxation part of this bath. When it smells good you can close your eyes and pretend you are on an island with the water crashing around you…..oh I mean that’s what I did anyway. You can use anything you want (that is safe for topical use) I used a mix of Lavender oil and Tee Tree Oil but you could use whatever you wanted. Make sure you are using pure oils. Unfortunately a lot on the market today have many fillers in them. Young Living  is a great brand and my personal favorite but doTerra is another good option.  Here is a great source for some ideas on which oils to use for different symptoms.

So now that you know the ‘why’, I’ll tell you how!

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Seriously- I’m not kidding when I say, STAY HYDRATED!! On a normal day I drink about 100 oz of water. The day I did this bath, I had already drank about 120 oz by 4 pm and then drank another 32 oz while in the bath, and then another 32 oz when I got out. And I was still suuuuuppper light headed when I got out of the bath. I realize I that drink more water than the average person so please take care of yourself and drink lots of water!!

I was amazed how much I sweat when I was in the bath- seriously my face was dripping in it, even by the end of my 40 minutes in the tub, I was still hot hot hot. And I continued to sweat for about 30 minutes after getting out. It was amazing. Also, without going into took gory of details, my sweat smelled FUNKY! Like I don’t even know how to explain it. But I usually sweat a lot (like I would say more than the average person) and it never smells but this sweat was a little funky smelling. Also when I was done with the bath I noticed it had a beige grey brown tone to it. Way more so than at the beginning of the bath. I mean I know I put ginger and AC Vinegar in there but it was definitely a different color at the end than it was at the beginning.

I was so tired when I was done. My body was exhausted and my muscles were really sore! Almost as if I’d just done a really good workout. Not the sore where it “hurt” but the good sore feeling. You know what I’m talking about, right? :) I couldn’t believe how good I felt afterwards and all of the signs that the bath actually worked and it wasn’t all in my head. Seriously, I’m sold. I’ll be doing these on the regular from here on out.

Hope you learned something today and I hope that you give a detox bath a try! As always that you for stopping by and checking out the blog!

xoxo

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∗Some of this information (and specifically the stats cited above) were pulled from http://www.healthylivinghowto.com on September 14th 2014. 
∗These opinions are my own. Please do not use as medical advice and consult a doctor if you have questions or concerns before starting a detox regime. 

Homemade Ice Cream

Homemade Ice Cream

(No Machine!)

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Heyoooo! Happy Friday!

So I love ice cream- but it doesn’t love me or my intestinal tract. If you catch my drift……. so it’s definitely a once in a while treat. And Custard it pretty much a no go. Butttt I came across this recipe for home made ice cream with no machine needed?!? whaaaat? of course I needed to try that. And I’m so glad that I did. This is virtually limitless with possibilities I you could put so many different flavors into this!! My favorite ice cream of all time is Chunky Monkey by Ben and Jerry’s. TO. DIE. FOR.  This sort of reminded me of it but even better since it contains peanut butter :) I can’t wait to come up with the next concoction for this recipe.

I couldn’t believe how much like regular real ice cream this was! Jake literally didn’t believe me that I made it. You need to give this a try and let me know what you think! Also please share your flavor ideas with me in the comments below! Here are some of my original thoughts:

  • Cookie Dough with caramel swirl
  • Coffee Ice cream with chunks of chocolate truffle
  • Peanut Butter Caramel Pretzel
  • Brown Sugar & Brandy
  • Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp
  • Pumpkin Pie
  • Creme Brulee
  • Cannoli

Clearly you can tell it’s taking a LOT of self control to have only made this recipe once. Take peek and let me know what you think!

Banana Pudding Ice Cream with Peanut Butter and Chocolate Fudge Swirls

Ingredients:

1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
1 pkg (3.4 oz) banana cream instant pudding mix
1 banana, sliced
2 graham crackers, broken into small pieces
2 cups (1 pint) heavy cream
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup hot fudge ice cream topping

Instructions:

1. Put peanut butter into a bowl, and place in the freezer for about 30 minutes to firm up. Meanwhile, whisk pudding mix into sweetened condensed milk. Stir in sliced banana and graham cracker pieces.

2. In a large bowl beat heavy cream until it resembles whipped cream(you may need an electric or stand mixer for this). Fold the whipped cream into the sweetened condensed milk mixture. Retrieve peanut butter from the freezer and pinch off teaspoon-sized dollops and drop into the ice cream. Next squeeze teaspoon-sized dollops of room temperature hot fudge topping into the ice cream. Gently fold it all together.

3. Store in a two-quart container and freeze overnight. Serve the next day, topped with whatever your little heart desires!

Here is a picture of it in it’s container ready for the freezer!!

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Chicken Fajita Pizza

Chicken Fajita Pizza

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Helllooooooo fabulous readers!

So can you believe it’s September? I can’t. Although I’m pretty happy about it. Fall is hands down, 1000%, no doubt about it, my favorite season. Today I went for a walk and it was still a nice day (75) but the air was cooler and the breeze was awesome, and it just got me so excited for Fall to come. I’m all prepped for it. I have THESE amazing new boots in brown (thats dad!!!) and I am just pumped for the first day I can wear them! Also have some new scarves and a beautiful jacket (similar). Not to mention some pumpkin recipes :)

Jake and I also have our engagement pictures this fall! Sometime in October so we have that to prep and look forward to! Tonight I’m going to Jake’s football game (he’s the coach) and yesterday the regular season football season started (on a bad note for my beloved pack) but none the less all signs point to Fall!!!!!! And I’m loving every minute.

As summer comes to an end you may be drowning in some veggies (hello tomatoes and peppers!!). Here is a great way to use them up. So delicious. Jake loves anything pizza related and I enjoy that you can make so many different varieties.

I modified the recipe to this a bit- feel free to add/change/remove anything you don’t like :)

INGREDIENTS:

1 (11 oz) package Pillsbury pizza dough (although I made my own with this. THE BOMB!)
1/2 cup salsa
1/4 cup re-fried beans
2 cups shredded cooked chicken
1 1/2 cups red, green and yellow sliced peppers or jalapenos depending how much you like heat!
1/4 cup sliced onion
2 cups shredded cheese of your choice
2 tablespoons freshly chopped cilantro, for garnish

DIRECTIONS:

- Heat oven to 400°. Stretch dough to the size of a jelly roll pan. Or follow the directions of the Pizza crust you are using. Once it’s ready to have toppings do the following:

- Mix together the re-fried beans and the salsa in a small bowl and then spread salsa mix over crust as the base.
– Sprinkle 1 cup of the shredded cheese over salsa.
– Top with chicken, bell peppers and onion and then the rest of the cheese.

- Bake according to crust directions or until cheese has melted and pizza is starting to brown around the edges.

- Garnish the pizza with fresh cilantro and some avocado if you’d like.

Sooo good!

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There you have it! Another delicious pizza idea in the never ending world of pizza possibilities! Thank you for stopping by and don’t forget about the awesome giveaway coming up this month on the blog!!

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Better Than Takeout Beef & Broccoli

Better Than Takeout Beef & Broccoli

Hi my lovelies!

I have had my share of cheap, delicious, questionable ingredients, Chinese take-out. In college that was my ultimate hang over remedy. Nothing like Sundays filled with headaches, Chinese, and the Green Bay Packers. Buttttttt those days were quite a while ago and since then I’ve (as you know) put a huge effort in to live a healthier life than back then. Somedays though, the craving for the old favorite strikes. So I’ve come up with this healthified version of my favorite and I have to say it tastes EVEN BETTER! You could so easily add way more or different veggies and it would be amazing. Yummmmmm I need to make this again.

One quick note: coming up within the next couple weeks I’m going to be hosting my very first GIVEAWAY on the blog!! I’m really excited about it and can’t wait to share more with you all in the next coming weeks! Make sure to check back often so you don’t miss your chance to win!

Now back to the fooood!

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I even have take out chopsticks to make the whole “experience” :)

Ingredients:
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp sugar
1 tbsp cornstarch
1 tbsp low-sodium soy sauce
1 tbsp water
2 tbsp oil of your choice
1/2 lbs flank steak, sliced into thin strips
1/2 c low-sodium soy sauce
2 tbsp brown sugar
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 tbsp flour of your choice (I used almond flour)
1 tbsp rice wine vinegar
3 tbsp oil of your choice
2 heads broccoli, cut into pieces
3 or 4 small sweet peppers, cut into strips

Instructions:

1. Whisk together the baking soda, sugar, cornstarch, soy sauce, water, and oil in a large bowl. Toss the steak with the marinade to coat. Cover and refrigerate at least 1 hour.

2. In a small bowl, stir together the soy sauce, brown sugar, garlic, flour and vinegar until smooth. Set aside.

3. In a large wok, heat 2 tablespoons of oil over high heat until shimmering. Add broccoli and saute 3 minutes, stirring often. Transfer broccoli to a plate. I like my broccoli to still be crunchy but if you don’t like that- cook for a little longer.

4. Reduce heat to medium-high. Carefully add the remaining tablespoon of oil to the pan. Add the marinated meat and half of the sauce mixture and saute for 3- 4 minutes, stirring often, until the meat is cooked through. Stir in the broccoli that you had set aside, the pepper strips, and the remaining sauce. Saute 1 minute more to heat it all through. Serve over rice and fall in love!

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So simple and delish! Give it a try and let me know what you think! As always thanks for stopping by the blog and come back soon to make sure you enter for your chance to win the giveaway!

xoxo

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