Fun News and More Fun News

Hi sweet friends!  For those of you I’m just meeting, I’m so glad you came for a visit!  Today is a super fun day!  Last October, I hosted a Chili Cook Off for friends, took pictures, and wrote a post with my recipe (here).  About a month later, author, Gina Hyams contacted me…

…and a few months later: I’ve been published…picture, recipe, interview, blog…all of it!  I have a copy of my very own and my sweet new friend and author, Gina Hyams has a copy to giveaway to one of my readers!   Did you know October is National Chili Month!?!  A Chili Cook Off is a fun fall tradition because they are totally easy to organize and great for young and old alike!  It’s the perfect occasion to relax and enjoy your company!  You can order this awesome kit on sale right now, here.

The booklet in Chili Cook Off in a Box explains why chili cook-offs matter today, and describes the history of chili from pre-Columbian campfires to today’s vegan versions. It gives instructions on how to organize the event around themes, such as five-alarm, vegetarian, carnivore’s delight, red chili, green chili, etc., and has profiles of chili cook-off winners with prize-winning recipes and tips.

Also included in the kit are:

  • Sheet to Track Entries (name, type of chili, designated number)
  • Numbered Table Tents (so judges don’t know whose chili is whose)
  • Scorecards (rating taste, texture, appearance, creativity)
  • Judge Badges
  • Prize Ribbons for Contest Winner

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– my more fun news is further down –

Here’s a little snipit of the interview questions…

Do you have any tips for Chili Cook Off competitors?

Relax and enjoy the process!  There are so many varieties of chili, explore and find a couple that you love, then tweak it and make it your own!  

What do you think makes the difference between a good chili and a great one?

There are so many varieties and inspirations for chili.  A GREAT chili is accomplished when it has a rich, complex flavor.  It takes time for the ingredients to develop and blend, so start early and allow your chili to simmer!  Your labor of love will result in a savory pot of chili!

A brief bio saying where you’re from, how old you are, what sort of work you do if you work, and a bit about your cooking history – who taught you to make chili?

My name is Aimee Lane and live in Fort Worth, Texas.  I am a full-time mommy and full-time blogger.  My blog is called It’s Overflowing, endless DIY projects and loving every moment!  I post daily about how to Build, Make, and Thrift – creative DIY, Decor, and Crafts! http://www.itsoverflowing.com/.  I’ve always enjoyed cooking and creating an ambiance that is inviting for friends and family.  My grandparents owned a bakery for many years and that has always inspired me to create tasty indulgences.  I am proud to carry on that legacy and create dishes that put smiles on faces!

Lastly, can you say why you love chili?

Chili brings back memories of cold autumn evenings with close friends and family.  I love getting to instill similar traditions for my children!

And now for the more fun news! 

My sweet forever bestie – bloggy – buddies,

I’m thrilled to introduce you to…

a new blog…

a new recipe blog…

my new recipe blog…

-recipes that inspire smiles | click on the header above –

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  1. How did I miss this! Congratulations…so exciting for you! So when I move to Texas can I come to your chili cook off! I won a prize on July 4th for my chili (and one for my dessert) here at my friends cook off! Seriously – that is so AMAZING!

  2. That is so awesome, Aimee; much, much congrats! Looking forward to the new blog, too!

  3. Ed Nemmers says:

    I heart chili!

  4. Oh how exciting, congrats!

  5. Richard Morris says:
  6. Bobbilynne says:

    Congrats, that’s so awesome!!!

  7. Richard Morris says:
  8. Melinda @ Mom on the Make says:

    Congratulations! It must be so thrilling to be published. Chili reminds me of the Fall, and makes me think about the holidays just around the corner. Chili is such a cozy food to be shared with family and friends.

    Keep up your amazing work!

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  10. Little Gumnut says:

    That’s a new one to me! I’ve never heard of a chilli cookoff before!

  11. Ashley says:

    This is so exciting Aimee! Congrats!!!

  12. Richard Morris says:

    i subscribe via email at this address:

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  14. ColleenB. says:

    The chili book looks like it could be a great addition to my cookbook library.
    Thank you for this opportunity

  15. Congratulations, Aimee!! That is fabulous news! I’m excited to follow along on your new blog 🙂

  16. Such fun and exciting news! Congratulations, girl!

  17. That is so awesome, Aimee! Congratulations!

  18. Jaime from Crafty Scrappy Happy says:

    yayyy yayyy yayyy for you my sweet friend! I LOVE your interview. You are just so wonderful I know there will be so many great things like this happening for you!!! 🙂

  19. Kim says:

    Congrats and I don’t know how you do all you do. Two blogs and kids and DIY and crafts and cooking. When do you sleep??

  20. Randi - Dukes and Duchesses says:

    Congratulations … what a fun-looking book! And the new site looks great.

  21. Libby says:

    Wow, you have been quite the busy one! Congratulations on the feature, being published, and the new blog. Wishing you continued success. 🙂

  22. Emily says:

    Awesome, Aimee!! How fun!

  23. Abbie @ Five days...5 ways says:

    This is so COOL, friend! Look at you go, rockin’ it! (Though…exactly WHEN are you going to write two blogs???? : )).

    If anybody can pull it off, it’s you!

    Congrats on getting published too, by the way!

  24. Tanya@TakeSix says:

    Congratulations, Aimee!! That is wonderful.

  25. kristin says:

    That is so cool! So happy for you!

  26. Congratulations on being published. How exciting is that. Can’t wait to try more of your recipes and enjoy your new blog too. Hugs, Marty

  27. How cool is that!! Congrats on your great accomplishments!

  28. BARNS & NOODLES… makes me want to read & eat. Great combo 🙂 HUGE congrats on your new venture. I wish you every success imaginable!!

  29. That’s wonderful news, Aimee! Congrats!! Megan

  30. Congratulations Aimee, you must be so excited!!! Good for you and I will follow your recipe blog for sure!!

  31. Oh my goodness!!!! Aimee that is just so exciting and I couldn’t be happier for you! You look beautiful in that photo and I just think this is so cool. Congratulations my friend! 🙂
    P.S. I’m thinking we might need to get you to autograph a copy for us! 😉

  32. Jessica @ Mom 4 Real says:

    Wow, Aimee! How cool is that? Way to go!

  33. Kimberly @ A Night Owl says:

    Yay Aimee! That is SUPER awesome!! Sounds like a fabulous and fun book. xo, Kimberly

  34. Tonya @ Love of Family & Home says:

    Congratulations Aimee!! How fun & exciting!!

  35. Congratulations! I am so happy for you!!! Looking forward to the new blog, too!

    Take care,


  36. Good golly, girl! You are workin’ it! I love it!!! Can’t wait to get my weekly menus from Barns & Noodles!!! 🙂