Hotel room chili & some awesome bodyweight WODs


Happy Monday!

Happy Cat



So totally can’t wait!!!

Thing 2 started school today.

I’m actually a little jealous.

She has somewhere to go and will meet new people and make friends.

Not that I want to go back to high school.

Grumpy cat no

Been there, done that, got the diploma and the jacket to prove it.

But, I do have some things to do to keep me busy.

Like, a kickass body weight WOD.



I got through 4 of the 10 rounds and really started to question my sanity.

Not sure what made me think 100 burpees on a Monday was a good idea.

I totally would have done upside down starfish as my cool down but some random, slightly creepy guy showed up in the fitness center and was trying to figure out what he should do while trying to strike up a conversation.

Um. Again –

Grumpy cat no

So NOT trying to strike up a conversation with random creepy hotel guy.

Anyway, I did a google search last night for “Crossfit travel WODs” and that’s how I found that one.

In fact, I found quite a few excellent sites with all kinds of crazy hard awesome bodyweight WODs.

This is the site that I used: CrossFit Steele Creek

But, I also browsed these and will probably pull from them too:

The Traveling WOD

No Excuses CrossFit

There’s even an app  you can download to your phone!

CrossFit Travel

All really awesome stuff!

Just because you’re away from your box doesn’t mean you can’t get your WOD on. 🙂

No Excuses!!

Okay, now on to the best part!

I made some totally awesome chili last night!

In the hotel room!!


One pot.

A few ingredients (thanks to this wicked cool package).


Under normal circumstances, I would use my own blend of spices, etc. but, we’re in a hotel with limited space and I don’t want to buy a ton of things I’m just going to have once we get our stuff into the new house.

I checked the ingredients list before I committed and it’s all good stuff.  Nothing I didn’t know how to pronounce and all things I would add on my own.  Of course, I didn’t follow the package directions EXACTLY – where’s the adventure in that?!

It all worked out deliciously!

Hotel Room Chili
makes about 4 gigantic servings

1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 green pepper, diced
1/4 yellow onion, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 package six gun chili mixin’s
1 can (14.5 ounce) fire roasted diced tomatoes
1 can (15 ounce) kidney beans, drained and rinsed (optional)
1/2 pound ground sirloin (use a full pound for the full package of chili mixin’s)
1/2 pound hot italian sausage (use a full pound for the full package of chili mixin’s)

1. Prepare pouches of Mixin’s according to package directions. (There are 2 pouches. I used 1/2 of each because I cut the recipe in half.)

2. Saute pepper, onion, and garlic in olive oil in a large pot/dutch oven until onion is translucent. Add ground sirloin and sausage and cook until brown. Drain fat.

3. Add diced tomatoes to meat.

4. Stir in Mixin’s and water mixture and drained beans (if desired) and bring to a boil.

5. Add desired amount of seasoning from red pepper packet and simmer, uncovered, 30 minutes or longer, adding water if necessary.

*The package comes with a Masa Flour pouch that I did not use. Directions are on the package.*

6. Put into bowls, top how you prefer and gobble it down! Don’t be surprised if the neighbors come knocking! 🙂

Question: Do you work out when you’re traveling or on vacation?

– jennifer

Randomness, Things I’m listening to and Chutney Chicken One Pot


Happy Monday!


So, do you ever have random songs just pop into your head? And, by random, I mean songs you don’t normally hear on the radio. Is that just me?

Well, this morning, out of nowhere – and I really can’t explain it because I spent time watching pre-season football this weekend, NOT children’s shows – came this doozy:

I know. I’m sorry. I should be ashamed of myself. One for the song bomb and two, because I subjected you to Barney!


I’m sorry. Really, I am.

If you only knew how much I am NOT a fan of Barney, you would understand my consternation. Ugh.

Moving on….it’s the only way…..

I love listening to music when I’m cooking or cleaning or just hanging around. I have a wide variety of tastes (see above) but lately, I’ve been reaching for these artists:

    1. Amy Winehouse
    2. Etta James
    3. Ray LaMontagne

If you don’t know who Ray LaMontagne is, you are totally missing out.

    4. Liz Longley

Same with Liz Longley. Check her stuff out. You won’t be sorry!

    5. Duffy

It seems they’re always in my CD player.

Yes, I still have CDs. I’m old-fashioned. You don’t EVEN want me to tell you about the reel-to-reel player I have! Now, THAT’s old school.

Anyway, if I’m not playing one of those, I’m usually playing some standards or maybe some Ella Fitzgerald.

And, then, while relaxing in my kitchen, I make things like this:


Chutney Chicken One Pot! Click the photo to go to the recipe on my Facebook page!

Chutney Chicken One Pot.

Oh. So. Yummy.

Do you like my ginormous cast iron skillet?


1. Do you cook with cast iron?

2. What are you listening to these days? I love suggestions!

3. Can you forgive me for the purple dinosaur?

– jennifer