Mesquite Chicken Sticks

Mesquite Chicken Sticks

I have had chicken cooked hundreds of ways in my life, but this is by far the best chicken I have had in a looooong time.

Mesquite Chicken Sticks are grill ready chicken tenders with a kick of mesquite flavor.

Honey and a stout beer….in my case Guinness, make for a sweet flavorful marinade. Add some red pepper flakes for heat…..we love heat in this house!! Continue reading “Mesquite Chicken Sticks”

Avocado Toast

Avocado Toast

Avocado Toast

It’s my first official day of Spring Break……yeah!!!!!!!!

My first official order of business…sleep in……well, that failed! So, instead I got up and at it. To  get your motor running, you need fuel, a.k.a. breakfast. I eat breakfast everyday, it may  be a smoothie, my favorite is our Raspberry Chia Smoothie or a granola bar. If we are home Tim and I liked scrambled eggs or Tim’s famous egg sandwich……he makes the best egg sandwich!!!

I have decided on my Spring Break to work on my eating habits……they are way out of hand. I have jumped on the Avocado Toast band wagon. There are a million recipes, that I am sure are just like mine……but I really like my Avocado Toast!!!

It’s simple, easy, quick, and has just a touch of red pepper flakes, to rev you up.

Lemon Squeeze
Place avocado in small bowl and squeeze with fresh lemon juice.
Salt & Red Pepper
Sprinkle in salt and red pepper flakes to taste and mash.

Half an avocado, mashed with lemon juice, salt, and red pepper flakes, then spread on toast…..for me an english muffin. I prefer english muffins to toast. The perfect breakfast! or Lunch!


Spread on Muffin
Spread on english muffin or toast choice.


Avocados are full of vitamins, fiber, and healthy fats….a super food. With just around 225 calories the avocado toast ( calories can vary depending on your choice of bread) won’t break the calorie bank and will keep satisfied until lunch……speaking of lunch……….

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Avocado Toast

  • Author: Marty Boyd
  • Yield: 1 1x


  • 1/2 ripe avocado, diced
  • 1/4 fresh lemon, squeezed
  • pinch each salt and red pepper flakes (to taste)
  • toasted bread of your choice


  1. Place diced avocado, and remaining ingredients in a small bowl.
  2. Mash lightly ( I like mine a little chunky ).
  3. Spread on toast.
  4. Enjoy!


Sweet and Spicy Chili

Sweet and Spicy Chili

Sweet and Spicy Chili

Chili ………congers up images of winter, football, and Sunday!

I was going to stun you with my incredible chili knowledge…….you know the history of chili……..yada…..yada……yada. Well, it seems there is quite a controversy as to the origins of chili so, if you are really all that interested, you will have to google it. By the time I wrote all of it down and you read it ……..holy moly.

So, instead, I will amaze you with this Sweet and Spicy Chili. First, let me say that chili is Tim’s thing. There are a few items in the food world that for some reason are beyond my scope…….for reasons unknown………chili is one of them.

As we were planning our next recipe Tim suggested chili. I tried to steer the planning anywhere but there, but he kept coming back to it. The next words out of his mouth were music to my ears…… “I’ll make my chili”……..done!

Only one problem……….he had never written it down into a recipe. So, as he added ingredients I wrote them down. Now let me say that we always have the same spice conversation……

Tim: “ It needs more spice”
Marty :“ Tim, not everyone likes that much spice”
Tim: “Just a little bit more”
Marty: “ No, its fine”…….and then he adds more.

Tim Chili

Turns out, in this recipe he was totally right! It was not too spicy……. it was perfect. Chili powder, cumin, red pepper flakes, and two things I have not had in chili before…….cocoa powder and cinnamon.

I had a big ????? with the cocoa and the cinnamon. They are that in the background taste, you can’t quite pick them out, but they make the dish. We also added brown sugar and salsa…….that added that some’m..some’m………and it all came together perfectly.

Sweet and Spicy Chili 1

Just spicy enough, with a touch of sweet. We did not add any toppings to ours but feel free to add whatever you like……. we ate ours with biscuits…….or as Tim calls them skits.

However you top it or whatever you eat with it, Sweet and Spicy Chili will warm you up, make your favorite team win, and let you have a super Sunday.

It makes a small batch, it will serve 4-6, and if its just for two you can have it again and you know how it goes with chili …….even better the next day!

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Sweet and Spicy Chili

Sweet and Spicy Chili

  • Author: Tim Boyd
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Category: Soup
  • Method: Simmer
  • Cuisine: American


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 14.5 oz. can chopped green chilies
  • 115 oz. can dark red kidney beans
  • 128 oz. can diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoons cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes


  1. In a large pot over medium heat, brown ground beef, onion, and garlic. Meanwhile mix together brown sugar, chili powder, cocoa powder, cumin, cinnamon, salt, pepper and red pepper flakes in a small bowl. Add to the browning meat mixture. Cook for 2-3 minutes to let the spices release their flavor. Add remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 30-45 minutes. Serve with shredded cheese or your favorite chili topper.

Keywords: chili, sweet, spicy, ground beef, kidney beans, tomatoes, soup