How to get free food or discounted food from Restaurants

McAlister's Club Sandwich

Try these tried and true methods for getting free food or discounted food from your favorite restaurants.

Going out to eat these days can be so expensive, especially if you have three kids like we do. Families these days are often so busy that they rarely have time to cook dinner and are forced to eat out during the week. This can be so expensive. I am going to show you a few tips and tricks that we use to get free or discounted food from your favorite chain restaurants. Follow along with these tried and true methods that we often use when we are heading out on the town. Continue reading “How to get free food or discounted food from Restaurants”

Southern Food Junkie Chili

Chili cooking in the Dutch Oven
Chili cooking in the Southern Food Junkie test kitchen

Southern Food Junkie World Famous Hot Dog Chili

Yesterday was the official “first day of Spring” and you know what that means, it is time for longer days and warmer weather. The time has come upon us when we break out our old grills and clean them up. We get out our bristle brushes and scrape off all the old crude from the previous grilling season. This signals the time through some hot dogs and hamburgers on the grill. We all know that nothing is better for a hot dog and hamburger (think Carolina burger) than good chili. After all, what is a hot dog without chili? We think it should be a crime. That is why we are finally sharing our world famous (at least we think so, haha) Southern Food Junkie Chili with the world.

Southern Food Junkie Hot Dog ChiliI developed this recipe about 1o years ago when my wife and I first moved into our first home together. We both love this Southern Food Junkie chili and love to cook out on the grill. This chili has a good bit of heat to it so you can adjust that for your needs. What makes Southern Food Junkie Chili special is how thin it is. This is not a chunky chili. It has a very fine texture that is perfect for hot dogs and hamburgers. The method we use to cook it is what makes it so special. Make sure to follow the directions closely and you too can experience the world’s best chili. Drop us a comment and let us know if you tried it and how you liked it We always love to have feedback.

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This spicy hot dog chili features a smooth texture that is sure to please your lips.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
  1. Start with a small stock pot on medium high heat and add olive oil to the pot.
  2. Wait till oil is hot then add the chopped onion.
  3. After onion is translucent (about 5 mins) add your 16 ozs of water.
  4. Next, add the hamburger meat to the water and break the meat apart with a wooden spoon. The water will help the meat to break down real fine.
  5. Bring water to a boil then reduce heat to medium low.
  6. Add remaining ingredient and stir.
  7. Continue to check periodically and stir chili.
  8. Simmer till chili has reduced by half or you reach the desired consitensty you would prefer.
Recipe Notes

Make sure you do not brown your meat first as you will add the raw meat to the water. It will have a slightly undesirable color for a few mins but hold tight and it will turn out perfect. If you would like to simmer longer, just add a little more water till you are done. This will make a fine texture chili that is perfect for hot dogs and hamburgers.

Please rate our recipe and drop us a comment if you like it. Feel free to share also. We love our SFJ Chili and hope you do too!

The Loose Moose Cottage Concord NC

Great Wolf Lodge Concord, NC

Fancy buffet dining inside Great Wolf Lodge at The Loose Moose Cottage

I have, to be honest with you, I am not a big fan of buffets. Especially the franchise restaurants you go to like Golden Corral and Ryan’s, yeah not a fan of those. Most of the time the food is bland, and taste like it all came out of a can. What I am a fan of, though, is buffets at little country restaurants. The quality is better and the place is usually cleaner. Now on a recent overnight stay at Great Wolf Lodge (Click link for that post) in Concord, NC, we ate at a buffet restaurant. This is the review of The Loose Moose Cottage in Concord, NC.

Although it is still a commercialized restaurant, it is different than your Ryan’s and Golden Corrals.

The Loose Moose CottageThe Loose Moose Cottage is a buffet restaurant located inside Great Wolf Lodge. Although it is still a commercialized restaurant, it is different than your Ryan’s and Golden Corrals. The food is much better here at The Loose Moose Cottage. They serve a better quality of food also. The Loose Moose Cottage serves Breakfast and dinner. What makes it especially nice is the convenience of it. Since it is located within Great Wolf Lodge, you just walk over and eat. It is really that simple.

One of the best things that I had here was the baked ham.

The food was really good here. The only thing I really did not like on this occasion was the chocolate cake. It was pretty dry, almost like it had been sitting out for a while. One of the best things that I had here was the baked ham. It was to die for. Several people in my group also commented on it too. As stated above, the food seems to be a better quality here, that also means a higher price. I am not sure if the price was higher because of the convenience factor or not. This could also be the case.

Great Wolf Lodge can seem like a money pit while staying here. They have everything to entice your kids to want to spend money on. Once they get you in the door they have so many things to do and spend money on. I am sure there are other options as far as restaurants go that are close by. The food may be just as good as The Loose Moose Cottage but by the time you leave you could have just stayed in the house and enjoyed a world class buffet.

Click on our video to see our review of The Loose Moose Cottage

Great Wolf Lodge

Story Time at Great Wolf Lodge

A fun family atmosphere at Great Wolf Lodge in Concord, NC

Right before Christmas this past year we moved out of our home and into a temporary place to stay. We are a little cramped for room and since the kids have plenty of toys we thought it would be nice to tell the grandparents to get them something other than toys. We had this great idea to take them to Great Wolf Lodge in Concord, NC.

All this is geared towards kids.

Great Wolf Lodge Water Park
Indoor water park at Great Wolf Lodge

Now, Great Wolf Lodge is a family friendly resort that has an indoor water park.
The indoor water park is the main draw for the place.
They also have two restaurants, a grill, a pizza place, ice cream shop, Dunkin Donuts, mini bowling alley, arcade, spa, and much more. All this is geared towards kids. There are a few located around the US but the one that is closest to us is in Concord, NC.


There is so much to do to keep you busy while here but be careful, it can be a money trap.

Bentley at the Indoor Water Park
Bentley in the Kiddie Water Park at Great Wolf Lodge

This ended up being an awesome present for the kids. This was our second time
coming here and we have had a blast both times. My parents are the ones who gave the present to our kids and also gave each one of the kid’s gifts certificates to Build A Bear. There is so much to do to keep you busy while here but be careful, it can be a money trap. A few money saving tips would be to book your stay at least three months in advance. Another tip would be to stay during the week. This will also give you a cheaper rate, but it will also be less crowded.

Photo Frame at Great Wolf LodgeFollow along on our journey. Of Course, if you follow our Youtube channel you already know we regularly post our video journeys on our trips we take. We are going to start posting them in here too so our readers can go along with us too. Posted below will be two separate videos for Day 1 and Day 2. If you want to stay up to date on our Youtube channel, make sure you subscribe to it also. Furthermore, we will have a restaurant review coming Thursday from a restaurant within Great Wolf Lodge.

Day 1 Click on the video to watch

Day 2 Click on the video to watch

Texas Hash

Texas Hash

Try this quick, easy, and delicious Texas Hash Recipe!

Ok, Let say it is Monday night and it has been a rough day. You get home and think, I got to cook tonight but I really do not want to. You did not lay anything out to cook. You need something that is good and quick to fix for supper. What do you do? Well, I got the perfect recipe for you, Texas Hash. Texas Hash is a combination of hamburger meat, stewed tomatoes, green peppers, spices then served over rice.  If you did not have any meat thawed, just defrost your hamburger meat and you are golden.

Not only is this a cheap, easy meal to fix, it is really good too.

Texas Hash is one of my families favorite. I have been enjoying this delicious dish since I was a kid. Not only is this a cheap, easy meal to fix, it is really good too. Follow along with us as we show you how to make it. We also have a video we made a few months back that you can watch too. Continue reading “Texas Hash”

The Junction Landrum, SC

The Junction Landrum SC

The Junction is serving up a country style buffet that will leave you with a smile

Take a drive down South Carolina Scenic Highway 11 from Campobello, SC to Landrum SC and you will come to an intersection, a junction. Sitting on one of the corners is a rustic building with old Glory waving as you pass by. Stepping through the doors is like taking a time travel back to a simpler time when food was simple but good.  This is the restaurant review for The Junction in Landrum, SC.  Continue reading “The Junction Landrum, SC”