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White Chicken Chili

This recipe is soup-er easy and fast.  It was a hit with the family too which I was a little unsure of at first.  Warm up with this one served with a side of corn bread.

The easy secret is the white chicken chili spice packet from McCormick. I just slightly adapted the directions on the back.
Ingredients & Directions:
Cubed up chicken 1-2 chicken breasts and and cook about 8-9 minutes in a stockpot.
Add mix packet
1-2 cans of white (northern) beans - undrained
1 large box of chicken stock

Serve topped with sour cream and cheese, yum!

Can also be adapted for slow cooker, just mix all ingredients together and cook on low 4-6 hours.  Top with sour cream.  You can also add more heat with a small can of diced chilies or veggies such as corn or tomatoes.  Beans are also optional and black beans would be another good option.

*as with any chili, the more broth or water you add the more liquid you'll have.  If you like it thicker, add liquid broth or water a little at a time until …

Product Rave & Review : Lush Cosmetics

LUSH Cosmetics It has been awhile since I had bought any of their products, but when I saw their store in the Orlando airport and know the current condition of my stretching and growing midsection, I didn't hesitate to purchase myself some goodies.


I love their massage lotion bars and body butters. I have those little rough patches on my elbows that never seem to go away and with the Buffy Body Butter, they have. 

Simply amazing and they smell so fresh.  Not like a package of chemical fragrances that other body lotions are full of.

I do have to probably put these products on my "buy for me" list along with Aveda products I love.  They are a little hard on the wallet and can go through uses quickly, but seriously they are so worth it!

Buffy Body Butter My favorite product

Storm Emergency Kit

When we were smacked with Cabin Fever last week, the world around me was apparently preparing themselves for an awesome French Toast Festival since all stores were out of bread, eggs and milk.

We ourselves unexpectedly also lost power for about an hour.  No big whoop, but it came on the eve of about 4 days being record lows (and what was supposed to be 8 inches of snow that was really rain).  While we were scrambling around for lights, I realized all of my flashlights were full of dead batteries, thanks to being my kid's favorite toys, and all of our candles were gone due to the fact that I've replaced them with Scentsy burners.  Oops.  Now my father has worked for the American Red Cross Disaster services helping people all over the country prepare and my brother is a Fire Prevention Chief, so I probably should know better.  Anyways, it got my butt in gear that night to run out to the store and drop some money on an emergency preparedness kit.

Now, I am no where near Doomsday …

Cabin Fever

Thanks to the Arctic Vortex, where I live is currently and literally colder than parts of Alaska.  Insanity!  It has delightfully bestowed upon me 2 more days to my Christmas break, so I'm not complaining.  It has been too cold to even let the boys play outside, and I haven't been MOTY by doing awesome science experiments outside nor creating crafts a plenty inside.  Yes, perhaps too many movies have been watched over break but I'm limiting their screen time at least.  I suppose it probably would've been a perfect time to get my Valentine's Day crafts started too, but who am I kidding?  I'm not doing squat for Valentine's Day decorating.

I've just been enjoying time with my little ones and the extra time getting the nursery prepped for Tater Tot's arrival.  (Only one cry-fest so far about that)  Oh and consuming copious amounts of Hot Chocolate.

What have you been doing to keep yourself warm and occupied? PG-rated of course ;)

Easy Cheese Ball Recipe Goodness

I am in love with this easy recipe!

Ingredients:  4 oz. cream cheese (room temp.)
1 jar Kraft Old English Cheese (pictured below)
1 jar Kraft Roka Blue Cheese (pictured below)
Garlic Powder (or fresh minced) - to taste, I like to use a lot
Chopped Pecans

Directions: Mix all ingredients together making sure they are combined well, minus pecans
Roll into a bowl and chill for at least 15 minutes
Roll ball into chopped pecans, chill again for 15 minutes then serve

Special Notes:   The Old English spread the week of Christmas was no where to be found in 3 of my local grocery stores, so I substitutied for Alouette Sharp Cheddar spread (see picture below).  This tasted just as yummy, but I think required more chilling time to set up.  The Kraft jar cheeses should be located near the Velveeta cheesed in your grocery store.