Beyond the reasons I listed in my Getting to know me post, this was another reason for starting a blog: my review of the gluten-free Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownies from the new cookbook Gluten-Free Girl and the Chef!

I’ve only been reading the blog Gluten-Free Girl and the Chef for a few months, but I have enjoyed every single post since I started reading it!  When I heard that the author Shauna was giving out free recipes from her new cookbook, I jumped at the chance!  The only thing was she wanted us to share our experience in making the recipes, and I didn’t really have a good medium to share my experience in.  I have Flickr, but I wanted to write a bunch, so I started this blog.

But again, I digress.  I made the gluten-free Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownies and my review is this: they are wonderful!!!  Now I could end there, but that wouldn’t make a very good post now would it?

What I liked first and foremost about this recipe is that most of the ingredients are easy to find.  I only had to go to my gluten-free store for three items.  Then I started the actual process of making the batter, and it turned out to be easier than I expected!

After mixing all the ingredients, I tasted the batter.  It was amazing!  It was rich, but not overly so.  I could have eaten just the batter alone!  But it didn’t have the peanut butter in it yet and that was what I was most excited for!

The smells that came from these brownies while they were in the oven were great!  I couldn’t wait for them to finish!  They came out of the oven looking amazing and I just couldn’t wait for them to cool to try them!  I had my eye on one particular piece that had a big swirl of peanut butter in the corner!

I cut them up and noticed how light and fluffy they were, which is a big deal for gluten free items!  I took a bite and just as I suspected, they were wonderful!  Think of a Reese’s peanut butter cup in brownie form.  I had a few of my non gluten-free friends try them and they agreed that they were very good.  They did say that it was missing something that “normal” brownies have, but it wouldn’t stop them from eating them again.  I, on the other hand, couldn’t tell a difference at all!

So, in a nutshell, the recipe is very easy to make and the brownies are delicious!  If you are interested in the cookbook, which looks to have plenty more awesome gluten-free recipes, you can find it here on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Gluten-Free-Girl-Shauna-James-Ahern/dp/0470419717

or here on Barnes and Noble: http://search.barnesandnoble.com/Gluten-Free-Girl-and-the-Chef/Shauna-James-Ahern/e/9780470419717

When I was editing the pictures you see in this post, my husband called me a nerd!  It’s true…I am a nerd…and proud of it!  So here is my first “nerd” post I guess!

It has been getting pretty chilly in Minnesota lately!  Of course, what I call chilly now will be down right warm in a few months!  But I digress.  Since it is getting chilly around here, that means a few different things: Fall is coming, football season has begun, and it’s time for chili!!!  Chili has been a staple dish in my family for as long as I can remember and we would usually have it on Sunday nights while we watched the Vikings play football.  I have a lot of good memories of fun times with friends and family with chili as the meal.

So we bought a few pounds of hamburger one day and were trying to figure out what different meals we could make with it.  I remembered seeing a coworker having some homemade chili at work one night and I knew that I wanted to make some chili as well.  So we decided to start the chili the morning after one of my overnight shifts.  It was perfect since I could throw all the ingredients together and let it cook while I slept.  So I started out by browning the beef with the onion and green and orange peppers.

Browing the beef, onion, and peppers

Once the beef was cooked, I drained the fat and tossed it all in the crock pot.  I then added kidney and black beans, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, and a packet of chili seasoning.

All the ingredients in the crock-pot

I stirred it all together, put the top on, and went up to bed!  I swear, within about 15 minutes of cook time, the wonderful smell of chili was filling the house!  I woke up a couple of times during the day and the smell of chili greeted me every time!  If I wasn’t so tired, I probably would’ve eaten right then and there!  I finally woke up for good, but there was one more thing to make before I could have my chili: rice!  It seems like every one has a different way they eat chili.  One of my friends eats chili with a piece of bread with grape jelly on it!  My family eats chili with rice mixed in and it is amazing!

Once the rice was cooked, I piled some chili on top of my bed of rice, sprinkled on some cheese, a dollop of sour cream, and some tortilla chips (for just a bit of crunch).

The final product!

It was delicious!  I know chili is a simple meal, but it’s one I really enjoy making and enjoy eating even more!

I’m guessing that most of the people currently reading this blog are my friends and family, but for those of you who don’t know me, I thought I’d introduce myself.

As the title of this blog site says, I am Janet Archibald and I live in the beautiful state of Minnesota in the Twin Cities area.  I’ve lived here all my life and love every minute of it (especially right now as I’m writing this.  It’s currently 59 degrees Fahrenheit with a slight, crisp breeze!)!  I am a meteorologist so I may talk about weather from time to time here.  I am married, but no kids as of yet.  I have really gotten into photography lately, but I have loved it from a young age.  My Papa (Grandfather) was a wonderful photographer and would always have a camera with him.  I guess his interest has passed onto me.  Unfortunately, he has passed away.  I always wonder what he would think about all these digital cameras and Photoshop!  I would’ve loved to have talked to him about photography and any tips or tricks he might have for me.  Growing up, my family and I would always take pictures of different events and vacations.  My dad’s favorite line recently has been that he has to “document this”!  I have gotten some great tips and advice (and equipment!) from my friends and family so I want to say a big thank you to them for helping me evolve my photography skills!  I also love to travel, but with the way the economy and finances are, I tend not to take many big trips like I used to with my family.  I’m also a big fan of television and movies so I may talk about those on this blog as well.

My vision for this blog is to keep in touch with my friends and family and to showcase my interests, mainly through photography.  I have thought about turning my interest in photography into a side business, so I plan to post any photo shoots I may do in the future here as well.  Of course my vision may change as time goes on.  I’m sure the look of this blog will also change over time, but I have to teach myself the coding language so it may take some time!

I think that is about it for now.  I have a few blog posts already planned, but I have to wait for specific dates to do them.  They should be coming within the next few days though!  So thank you for visiting, I hope you enjoyed this little blog, and please come back again!

Gotta love the “Hello World” first posting.  Well, hello and welcome to my little blog.  I figured it was time I start taking this blogging thing seriously for a few different reasons that will become obvious here soon.  Bear with me as I learn how to edit and customize this thing.  Thanks for visiting and enjoy!

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