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As fall slowly turns to winter, I’ve been reaching for my comforts: warm blankets, large mugs of coffee, tights & boots, family & loved ones, soul foods. Chili has been at the top of the list this season, as I’ve been slowly working my way through the “Vegan Planet” stew & soups section. On this week’s menu was “Quick as Lightening” chili, and that it was. An easy mixture of salsa, black beans, stewed tomatoes, chili powder, and Boca crumbles, this version is true to its title.

Before I started , I had the best intentions of saving money and riding the bus. Upon realizing the bus ride would be at least one-hour in length, those intentions went out the window. However, I did end up buying some , and this gem was one of them.

I use this nearly every day, and I’m a big fan. The components are on the smaller side, so it helps me keep my portions in check. It fits snugly into my purse, and it doesn’t spill. My only complaint would be that the lid-fit containers don’t close as tightly as I would prefer. I wish it would snap or lock into place, as other Tupperware does. In addition, the “laptop” case itself is hard to clean and gets finger print stains rather easily. Other than that, I’d say this was definitely worth the money, and I hope to use it for a long while.

Already knowing this batch of chili would go quickly, I asked my roommate to pick up more ingredients so we can make another batch. It seems that at this season in my life, what I need most is what I love the most. Those items that bring me comfort also seem to bring me happiness, too. This feels like a nice place to be. Yesterday, I did some freelance work for my old job in the attempts of making some extra holiday cash. Just the smell of the chili cooking made me more motivated to get my work done. It’s the little things.

I never thought I’d say this, but I can’t wait to make a batch of chili for a family someday. My family, complete with well-behaved children, that is.

It is the summer, and I am in love.

Last night, my housemate and I joked about our beverage selections for guests.  “Would you like water, or, uh….maybe water… with ice?.. Wait, there’s some half and half here. How about some half and half… over ice?”

Needless to say, we have little desire for anything outside of the water spectrum. We are cheap. We are trying to live healthy lives. But you know, once in a while – I’d just like to have a taste of something that isn’t translucent. So entered the ginger tea, and my new love.

Before the boyfriend was my boyfriend, he went on vacation and brought back this container. “I thought you liked tea.” In fact, I do like tea. I had been collecting tea from my days as a food blogger, where I used to get bags for free. At one point, I had so much tea that I donated much of it to my writer’s workshop. I simply couldn’t drink enough tea to keep up with my collection. That is, until I started brewing it in mass quantities (mainly to get rid of it) this summer for iced tea.

This is literally one of the easiest and cheapest things I’ve ever done. Please follow these steps and fall quickly in love. It may seem simple. It may seem rudimentary. Maybe you feel like you don’t have time to brew your own tea. You do. Don’t be lazy. We all have 15 minutes.

Step 1: Collect 12-15 bags of tea.

Step 2: Boil them in 12-15 cups of water for 12-15 minutes.

Step 3: Remove tea bags.

Step 4: Pour into a pitcher. Maybe add ice right away. Maybe not. Maybe add water to water it down. Maybe not. (I always add water).

Step 5: Enjoy the tea of your labor with ice.


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