Wendy’s Copycat Slow Cooker Chili Recipe

Wendy’s Copycat Crockpot Chili

Wendy’s Copycat Slow Cooker Chili Recipe

Course Main Course
Cuisine Slow Cooker
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 large onion diced
  • 1 green pepper diced
  • 1 15 ounce can stewed tomatoes
  • 1 29 ounce can tomato sauce
  • 1 15 ounce can dark red kidney beans
  • 1 15 ounce can light red kidney beans
  • 1 15 ounce can pinto beans
  • 1 1.25 ounce package chili seasoning about 7 teaspoons

Instructions

  1. Brown the ground beef.
  2. Add all ingredients to crock pot and stir well.
  3. Cook 8 hours on low heat.
  4. Serve with saltine crackers, shredded cheddar cheese, and diced onions.

Recipe Notes

Original recipe: Copycat Wendy’s Chili in the Crockpot Recipe from Raining Hot Coupons.

Ziti Ratatouille Recipe

Slow Cooker Ziti Ratatouille

Ziti Ratatouille Recipe

Course Main Course
Cuisine Slow Cooker
Cook Time 4 hours 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 large eggplant peeled and cut into 1/2 inch cubes (about 1 1/2 pounds)
  • 2 zucchini cut into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 1 green or red bell pepper cut into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 jar 24 ounces marinara sauce
  • 2 cans 14 ounces each diced tomatoes with garlic and onions
  • 1 package 8 ounces uncooked ziti pasta
  • 1 can 6 ounces pitted black olives, drained
  • Grated Parmesean cheese

Instructions

  1. Layer eggplant, zucchini, bell pepper, onion, garlic, marinara sauce, and tomatoes in crock pot; cover and cook on low 4 1/2 hours
  2. Stir in pasta and olives; cover and cook on low 25 minutes or until pasta is tender.

Recipe Notes

Original recipe: Crock-Pot – The Original Slow Cooker: Potluck for All Occasion

Slow Cooker Cheesy Chicken Spaghetti Recipe

Slow Cooker Cheesy Chicken Spaghetti

Slow Cooker Cheesy Chicken Spaghetti

Course Main Course
Cuisine Pasta, Slow Cooker
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 20 minutes
Servings 12 1-cup servings

Ingredients

  • 1 pound 16 ounces spaghetti, cooked
  • 1 pound 16 ounces Velveeta cheese
  • 2 cups chicken cooked and chopped
  • 1 10-3/4 ounce can cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 10-3/4 ounce can cream of chicken soup
  • 1 pint 16 ounces tomatoes, diced
  • 1 4 ounce can mild green chilies
  • 1 4 ounce can mushroom stems & pieces, drained
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth or water
  • 1 small onion diced
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Spray crockpot with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. Combine all ingredients in the crockpot and stir well.
  3. Cook on low for 2-3 hours.
  4. Stir well before stirring.

Recipe Notes

Original recipe: The Cutest Blog on the Block’s Crockpot Cheesy Chicken Spaghetti.

Pie Iron Cinnamon Rolls Recipe

Pie Iron Cinnamon Rolls

Pie Iron Cinnamon Rolls Recipe

Course Dessert
Cuisine Camping, Pie Iron
Prep Time 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 package refrigerated cinnamon rolls

Instructions

  1. Oil or butter your pie iron.
  2. Place the cinnamon rolls in the pie iron – we were able to fit 4 cinnamon rolls in a double pie iron; close the pie iron.
  3. Place the pie iron over what would be medium-low heat, as you want to make sure the inside gets done before the outside burns; flip often.
  4. When done, remove from pie iron and top with frosting or glaze.

Recipe Notes

A roll of cinnamon rolls did not take up much room at all, but provided more than enough for breakfast us (2 adults and 1 child).

Mozzarella Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

Mozzarella Macaroni and Cheese

Mozzarella Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

Course Main Course
Cuisine Macaroni & Cheese
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 2 cups milk
  • 3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese divided
  • 2 teaspoons basil

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400.
  2. Cook and drain macaroni as directed on package.
  3. In large skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Using a whisk, add flour, salt, pepper, and garlic. Cook 2-3 minutes, or until mixture is golden color, stirring constantly.
  4. Beat in milk. Continue stirring until mixture begins to boil.
  5. Remove from heat. Stir in 2 cups cheese and basil.
  6. Pour into lightly greased 2-quart casserole dish.
  7. Sprinkle remaining cheese evenly over the top.
  8. Bake for 20 minutes, or until lightly browned.

Recipe Notes

Original Recipe: Betty Crocker’s Mozzarella Macaroni and Cheese.

Automatically Updating Copyright Year Using PHP

Code Snippet

There is an easy way to automatically update your copyright date using PHP so you don’t have to remember to do it every year. This can save you a lot of time if you have very many sites to update.

Current Year

Code

Example 1: &copy; <?php echo date("Y"); ?>

Example 2: Copyright &copy; <?php echo date("Y"); ?> All rights reserved.

Example Output

Example 1: © 2018

Example 2: Copyright © 2018 All rights reserved.

Year Range

Code

Example 1: &copy; 2008-<?php echo date("Y"); ?>

Example 2: Copyright &copy; 2008-<?php echo date("Y"); ?> All rights reserved.

Example Output

Example 1: © 2008- 2018

Example 2: Copyright © 2008- 2018 All rights reserved.

Usage

Place the code above wherever you want the copyright date displayed. If you’re using WordPress, you can put this in your child theme’s footer.

Month in Review: April 2018

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Aloha and Happy Lei Day!  This was an unexpectedly busy month.  I’m eligible for promotion in the Navy Reserve to the rank of chief (E-7).  As part of that, we found out at the beginning of the month there is a 40-hour course we need to complete in order to even be competitive.  Once I got into the course, I quickly realized it was in fact not a 40-hour course, but a 70-hour one.  That’s where most of my time went this month.


Learning Development

freeCodeCamp

I completed the following items in freeCodeCamp‘s JavaScript Algorithms and Data Structures section.

  • JavaScript Algorithms and Data Structures
  • ES6
  • Regular Expressions
  • Debugging
  • Basic Data Structures

Now I’m working on Basic Algorithm Scripting.  I intend to start working on freeCodeCamp a lot more as of this month, with a goal of at least seven hours a week. 

LinkedIn Learning

I made some progress on the Become a Front-End Web Developer learning path in addition to a course on writing by completing:

  • Programming Foundations: Fundamentals
  • User Experience for Web Designers
  • Completed UX Foundations:  Accessibility
  • Completed Writing to be Heard on LinkedIn

As I start to work more on freeCodeCamp, that extra time has to come from somewhere.  I’m going to cut back on my LinkedIn Learning courses to a couple hours a week, plus whatever else I can squeeze in.


Projects I Worked On

JavaScript Guessing Game (Fixed Number)

Live Example:  http://geoffreyshilling.com/404
GitHub:  https://github.com/geoffreyshilling/javascript-guessing-game-fixed-number

Progress:  This has been almost done for a while but finally made time to get it knocked out.  I took the photos and added the number of minifigs to the game.  The game has been added to my 404 error page on this site.  I’ll probably make a few tweaks (including adding a photo of the minifigs spread out), but it’s up and working.

Island of Aloha

URL:  https://geoffreyshilling.com/

Purpose:  This is a new personal site for all things non-development, with a focus on Hawai’i and recipes.  I’ve spent a little time checking out what recipe plugins are available and working on a “start here” page.

Mug Monday

Purpose:  I love coffee and the mugs it goes in.  I think it would be fun to get the week started with sharing a different mug each Monday.  Although this won’t be a permanent feature, I have enough to keep it going for at over two years!

Progress:  I experimented during a lunch break and actually got the entire thing working.  There is a “Mug Monday” custom post type that uses a Gutenberg template.


Project Goals for The Month

  • Island of Aloha [Website]. The main goal this month is to do more research and decide on a plugin to use for my recipes.  Once that’s done, it shouldn’t take me too long to get all the posts transferred over from Household Discoveries to Island of Aloha.
  • Mug Monday [Plugin].  I’m hoping to have Mug Monday finished up this month.  It only took me a lunch hour to get it going, but I want to clean some things up a bit.
  • #100DaysOfCode. They say the best way to learn something is by doing.  I had previously started the challenge but it wasn’t working out with my schedule.  I certainly don’t have any more free time, but I’m going to do my #100DaysOfCode working on freeCodeCamp’s challenges from beta.freecodecamp.org.
    I’m just about done with a separate post on this and I will be sharing that in the next couple days.

Ongoing

  • Blogging.  I’ve wanted to start writing for a while, but this month I plan to do it.  My initial goal is to start with one post every 2nd Tuesday of the month and see how that goes.
  • WordPress.org Support Forums.  I haven’t been able to spend much time providing support lately, but I hope to get back into that.  I miss it.  My goal is to spend at least 30 minutes each day in the forums.
  • freeCodeCamp. I’ll be continuing on with the JavaScript Algorithms and Data Structures section, finishing up the ES6 portion this week.

Why I’m Postponing my Monthly Blogging Until May

Hourglass on Stones

I've mentioned in the past that I want to start writing more. Since this is a new thing for me, I'll be starting off with a modest goal of one post per month. I was hoping to start this last Tuesday – and I almost made it. The post is almost done, but other priorities have come up that are going to force me to wait until next month to start.

In case you didn't already know, I'm a First Class Petty Officer in the Navy Reserve; that's the rank of E-6. Late last week I found out I'm board eligible. That means there is a slight chance of being promoted to chief (E-7). This is my first time going through the process and I'm learning a lot. One of the things I learned over the weekend is that there is a 40-hour course I need to complete by the end of the month. The website was also down until a couple days ago. Most of the time I would be spending on writing, learning, or developing, will now go to getting course that finished up.

That's what happens when you have a lot of things you're involved with. You have to be flexible and roll with things as they come in.

Month in Review: March 2018

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This month started out slow for development because I was still finishing up my Navy Reserve annual training, with a drill weekend following my return.  Then I was working to get caught up with being gone for a couple weeks.

Once a year our Fire Department holds a reverse raffle as a fundraiser.  Of course, it was the third Saturday of the month.  This meant all the finishing touches were being wrapped up in the middle of all my Navy stuff.  There was a lot going on at once.

Starting tomorrow things should be closer to being back to "normal."  I made a couple changes this month:

  • Moved fitness from a "hobby" to a priority.  It's been too easy to not go for a run or push-ups/curl-ups because there is something else to do.  My Navy PRT goals are 1.5 mile run in 11:23, 78 curl-ups in 2 minutes, and 60 push-ups in 2 minutes.  That's not going to happen without working for it.
  • Received Michael Hyatt’s Full Focus Planner a few days ago and plan to start using it today.

Learning Development

freeCodeCamp

I completed the Basic JavaScript section of JavaScript Algorithms and Data Structures and started on ES6. This week I should be able to start in on Regular Expressions.

LinkedIn Learning

My premium subscription to Lynda.com ran out at the end of April and I was going to go without, but then I realized how much I was using it.  I decided to try LinkedIn Learning and go for another year.  So far, there are just a few little things I don't like as much as Lynda.com, but I'm going to give it a little more time.

As much as I want to jump in to React so I can start building more with Gutenberg, I'm going to (painfully) limit myself and proceed in logical order.  I already do pretty well with HTML and CSS, but I really want to get a strong foundation of JavaScript before I move on.

Right now my plan is to take the Become a Front End Web Developer learning path, and then the Become a Vanilla JavaScript Developer learning path.


Projects I Worked On

Island of Aloha

Purpose

This is basically going to be my blog for all things non-development.  I originally was going to name this Aloha from Dad, but decided to change it to Island of Aloha because there is going to be quite a bit of stuff related to Hawai’i.  I have an old site that hasn’t been updated in a long time where I started to keep some of our favorite recipes and household tips; I’ll be moving these posts over to Island of Aloha.

Progress

I have the domain purchased and a maintenance page set up.  I created a local copy of my old site as well as one for the new site.  The posts are starting to move over from the old site.  Since the page URLs will be changing, I’ve also started looking into page redirects.  The site doesn’t get a lot of traffic, but there are a couple popular recipes on there.


Goals for The Month

  • WordPress.org Support Forums.  I haven't been able to spend much time in the forums lately, but I hope to get back into that.  My goal is to spend 30 minutes each day providing support.
  • JavaScript Guessing Game (Fixed Number). I still have to take the picture of the mini-figs and this will be finished..
  • Island of Aloha [Website]. I'm going to slowly continue working on transferring my old Household Discoveries site to Aloha from Dad.  This will also involve creating a recipe custom post type.
  • freeCodeCamp. I'll be continuing on with the JavaScript Algorithms and Data Structures section, finishing up the ES6 portion this week.
  • Blogging.  I've wanted to start writing for a while, but this month I plan to start.  My initial goal is to start with one post every 2nd Tuesday of the month.

Month in Review: February 2018

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This was a very slow month for coding because of my Navy Reserve annual training.  I'm finishing that up today and I haven't done much outside of that the past couple weeks.  I'm posting this from my hotel room in Norfolk, VA before I head for the airport. 

I'll be getting back into things on Monday morning and March should be much more productive.


freeCodeCamp

I completed the Applied Responsive Web Design projects, which was the last part of the Responsive Web Design section.  The next section is JavaScript Algorithms and Data Structures.  I made it about halfway through the Basic JavaScript section before leaving for my annual training.


Projects I Worked On

Client Questionnaire

Purpose

Have a checklist of things to go over when helping friends and family members plan and build their sites.

Progress

Completed.  After spending some time looking at what others were using, I decided I was wasting my time.  I have no desire to be a freelancer, so it's not like this is something I'm going to use that often.  It just didn't make sense for me to spend a lot of time working on it.  I decided I'm going to use iTheme's 65 Questions to Ask During Your Next Freelance Client Meeting and be done with it.


Goals for The Month

  • JavaScript Guessing Game (Fixed Number).
    I didn't get the picture taken to finish this up, but that's all I need and it will be done.
  • PRT Tracker [WordPress Plugin].
    This is to track my running, push-ups, and curl-ups for our Navy Reserve Physical Fitness Test (PFA).  I  started a plugin before and had the basic functionality working.  I'm going to start over and make it work with Gutenberg.  The plugin will feature a custom post type to collect workout information and progress reports based on my goals.  This will be a little slow since I'm also going to need to learn about developing with Gutenberg.
  • Aloha from Dad [Website].
    I'm going to slowly continue working on transferring my old Household Discoveries site to Aloha from Dad.  This will also involve creating a recipe custom post type.
  • freeCodeCamp.
    I'll be continuing on with the JavaScript Algorithms and Data Structures section, with the goal of spending six hours a week.