Barefoot by the Sea

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Crockpot Black Bean Chili with Butternut Squash (Easy Recipe)

With temperatures ready to dip into the low 30s this week here on the East Coast, I was looking for a hearty, warm and delicious meal to serve after a long day at school and work. I've never made Chili with Butternut Squash before but this recipe did not disappoint! Easy, economical and hearty, this is a delicious recipe to try on a cold Fall or Winter night! 

Crockpot Black Bean Chili with Butternut Squash

  • One medium butternut squash, peeled seeded and cut into 1/2 inch cubes
  • One can of Black Beans, drained
  • One can of diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 package of Trader Joes Fire Roasted Onions and Peppers
  • 2 tablespoons Chili Powder
  • Crushed Red Pepper, to taste

In crockpot, combine black beans, tomatoes, onions, peppers and squash. Add chili powder and toss to combine. Heat on low for 4 hours and season with salt, pepper and crushed red pepper as desired. Serve with sour cream, cheese and cilantro as desired. 

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Glee Gum Pops Feature and a Coupon!

*I did receive a pack of Glee Gum pops to review for this post however, all opinions are 100% my own!" 
Have you guys figured out what you're handing out for Halloween this year? Anybody who's read my blog know that Glee Gum has been a staple here at Barefoot by the Sea over the past several years. We really love the retro style packaging and the fact that it's made of all natural ingredients with NO preservatives, artificial colors, flavors or sweeteners! Glee Gum has a unique gum base made with chicle to help conserve rainforest (learn more about that process here) and  is gluten, dairy, soy and nut free. Naturally, I was thrilled to hear about Glee Gum's newest addition to their line: GUM POPS!
Bulk Glee Gum Pops
These are perfect for Halloween! The very first all natural gum pops! They come in yummy flavors like Sweet Strawberry, Crisp Green Apple and Juicy Orange. These pops are vegan, gluten free and allergy friendly. You can buy them in bulk or in their Halloween packs. These are lollipops you can feel good about giving your trick or treaters! We gad a chance to try all three flavors and they were all great. Riley liked the Juicy Orange the best and Sydney loved the Sweet Strawberry. They both liked the Crisp Green Apple too! 
Not sure what to get? Check out their whole line of gum here! This is where you'll find Glee Gum's newest flavors - did I mention that their mini packs make great stocking stuffers? It's never too early to think about that! 

I'm happy to let you know that Glee Gum is offering a 15 off code for Barefoot by the Sea's readers! Save 15% on EVERYTHING GLEE GUM! 
Coupon code: BAREFOOT
Please note, this offer is only valid on web-store orders placed at Enter coupon code in the lower left of your shopping cart & hit "apply coupon." One time only; one coupon code per order. Offer ends 12/31/17 at 11:59 pm ET

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Toliet Tablets for Quick Cleaning (Recipe)

If you've been around here for a while you know I have a fondness for cleaning. I do like a clean house, things feel more organized when my house is neat, tidy and fresh. It means we have more time for relaxation and enjoying life. Recently, I snagged a recipe off Do It On a Dime for Toilet Fizzies to refresh your bowl. I know, not your typically exciting recipe but one worthy of sharing. Anybody who's cleaned a toilet would agree it would be nice to have something to use in between cleanings. These fit the bill, are super economical and work great!
You'll need
1 cup Baking Soda
1/4 cup Citric Acid
1 tsp vinegar
1 tbsp hydrogen peroxide
12 drops of the Essential Oil of your choice (I used Lavender)
1 tbsp 50/50 water/vinegar spray
Mix together your dry ingredients. Slowly pour your wet ingredients over the top and avoid as much fizz as possible. Form into balls or tablets. Spray with a 50/50 vinegar/water blend (this helps avoid crumbles) and let dry overnight. The vinegar mixture will "puff up" the tabs a bit. You can also put the powder into a mason jar or other container with a scoop and use as needed. I toss these into our toilet mid week for a freshen up! They work great!

For more great ideas and natural cleaning recipes check out Do it On A Dime! She shares so many great ideas! 

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Hodgepodge Time!

Thank you Joyce, as always for hosting this week's Hodgepodge. Click here if you want to link up. 

From this Side of the Pond

1.  Have you ever spent time on a farm? Tell us a little bit about it. Have you ever grown your own pumpkin? Been on a hayride? Driven a tractor? Milked a cow? YES! We spend a lot of time on our local farms. For one, my Mom works at one so we visit often and it's a wonderful way to spend the day! No, I've never grown my own pumpkin. Yes, I've been on many hayrides (pretty much annually), yes, I've driven a tractor and no I have never milked a cow but we've gone to the UNH dairy barn and watched! Farms really do bring us so much joy! On a side note, I wrote about the oldest farm in New Hampshire, Tuttles back in the Fall of 2010 (you can read more about that here). That farm was purchased by another farm and is where my Mom works! Full circle!

2. What's something younger you would like about you now? That you should never compromise who you are to please someone else. Sometimes we learn these things throughout life. I'd also like my younger self to know that it's okay to say "no" and put yourself first. Finally, I'd like to remind my younger self to spend time with my grandparents and listen to their stories. 

3. What are three things you'd like to do more often? Three things you'd like to do less often? I'd like to travel, go on long walks and relax as a family more often. I'd like complain, stress and worry less. 

4. What's on your nachos? Fresh salsa, hot peppers and cheese. So good! 

5. What's the most random thing in your purse or wallet? Does it need to stay there? Little pictures my girls have drawn me through the years. Tiny sketches, snapshots in time and yes, they need to stay there...for me! 

6.  Insert your own random thought here.

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