Archive for February 6, 2012

Recipe Exploration: Blue Ribbon Chili

February 6, 2012 1 comment
Name: Blue Ribbon Chili
By: Renee (modified from All Recipe)

Prep Time: 10 min
Cook Time: 1 hr

Servings: 8


  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • ¼ teaspoon of red pepper chili flakes
  • 1 28 ounce can tomato sauce
  • 1 (8 ounce) jar salsa
  • 1 package of chili seasoning mix
  • ½  (15 ounce) can light red kidney beans
  • ½  (15 ounce) can dark red kidney beans
  • ½  (15 ounce) can of chili beans


  1. In a large pot over medium heat, combine the ground beef and the onion and saute for 10 minutes, or until meat is browned and onion is tender. Drain grease, if desired.
  2. Add the ground black pepper, garlic salt, red pepper flakes, tomato sauce, salsa, chili seasoning mix and beans. Mix well, reduce heat to low and simmer for at least an hour.


* Can spice up this chili with any seasonings you would like.  It’s very versatile.

Episode 047 – Furniture Hopping

February 6, 2012 1 comment
The @Valentine Podcast Show Notes


Coming to you, from Louisville, KY!  It’s the @Valentine Podcast with your furniture hopping couple, J and Renee Valentine.Intro Music – Who Loves Me by Pretty Lights –

Today is Monday, February 6, 2012 and this is Episode 47!

Weekend Wrap-up

  • Furniture Store (instead of club hopping)
  • Packing
  • Super Bowl Hating

Tech (Gadgets, Computers, etc.)

  • gMusic giveaway
  • Renee’s new headphone story

Media (Movies, Games, Books, Television Shows, Music)

  • Movies By Chance: Result: 132 – The Brothers; 93 – The Burning Bed
  • Movie for Next Week: 99 – Wristcutters: A Love Story; 134 – I Spy
  • The Voice
  • The Colony
  • Downton Abbey
  • Finished The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss
  • Started Dead Reckoning: A Cookie Snackhouse Novel
  • Failed to Play Demo…I fail
  • Star Wars


Odds and Ends (Bumper provided by Johnny Feisty)

  • Packing is hard

Podcast of the Week (Until we run out of Podcasts)

  • BT Radio Mixes and More (Follow on Twitter @BigTiggerShow! )


  • Email from Nora

Contact Information
You can reach us by email at You can also see our blog at  The podcast Twitter feed is ValentineCast. Video can be seen at  J’s Twitter feed is theCaoboi and Renee’s twitter feed is theIceflow

Outro Music:  Pretty Lights – Solamente

Recipe Exploration: Chewy Granola Bars

February 6, 2012 1 comment
Name: Chewy Granola Bars
By: Renee (modified from All Recipes)
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Bake Time: 20 minutesServings: 18


  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 2/3 cup melted butter
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½  cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips
  • ½ cup raisins
  • ½ cup chopped peanuts
  • ½ cup dried cranberries


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Lightly grease one 9×13 inch pan.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the honey, melted butter, brown sugar and vanilla extract.  Mix until completely combined.
  3. In another bowl mix the oats, flour, baking soda and cinnamon.  Slowly add oat mixture to honey mixture stirring as you go.  Stir in 2 cups assorted chocolate chips, raisins, nuts etc.
  4. Lightly press mixture into the prepared pan. Bake at 325 degrees F (165 degrees C) for 18 to 22 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool for 10 minutes then cut into bars. Let bars cool completely in pan before removing or serving.


  • Feel free to experiment with the nuts and fruit inside these bars.
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