This blog is just about my life and mostly revolves around my son, Jamie. This blog is a combination of everything, whether it may be a new recipe I tried, a good freebie I found, something funny Jamie said, or feelings I'm having about life in general. There's little rhyme or reason. I'll never win any blogging awards, but I enjoy writing about our lives and I mostly do it for my son. It's so easy to forget moments over the years. I've got all these little tidbits of our life in print and I hope that someday Jamie can enjoy them.

I called this blog Mother of Life, Mother of Loss because of my issues with pregnancy loss and the joy of finally bringing this wonderful person into the world. Truly, I feel the pains of loss, but you won't see too much of that here. I am blessed and I am, above all else, a mother of life.

After all the years of infertility and loss, Matthew and I were blessed with a surprise pregnancy. We were pregnant with twins, but unfortunately, Baby A could not stay with us. Baby B grew into a healthy and happy baby girl that we named Bella Marie. We are so blessed to have two beautiful children.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Low Carb Crock Pot Chili

This recipe made everyone in my family happy, low-carb dieter or not. This is kind of spicy. I love spicy foods. If I'm not cooking for the kids I will add even more red pepper, but I don't want to burn the kids up. This is how I prepared it tonight for the family...

  • 2 lbs of ground beef

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1 teaspoon of cumin

  • 2 teaspoons of red pepper (to cook with meat)

  • 1 teaspoon red pepper (to add to pot)

  • 1 teaspoon of black pepper

  • 1/2 medium size onion (chopped small)

  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

  • 2 cloves of garlic (minced)

  • 6 oz can of tomato paste

  • 1 quart water

Brown meat with 2 teaspoons of red pepper. When done, drain fat from meat and put the meat in the crock pot. Add remaining ingredients. This needs to cook at least four hours on high. You can simmer it all day on low if you want. In my book, the longer the better. I just didn't have time to cook it so long today.

This recipe has less than 30 carbs for the entire pot. It is another one of those recipes that you can have your fill of without too much concern.

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