White Chicken Chili

This is by far one of my favorite things to make on a cold day. It’s full of yummy ingredients and it’s pretty easy to make. I try to avoid dairy, so I don’t use the cheese or sour cream and to be honest I don’t miss it at all, this chili still taste wonderful without it. I hope you love this recipe as much as I do.

White Chicken Chili

3 16 oz. cans Great Northern Beans, drained

2 chicken breast, cooked and chopped (in a pinch I use a rotisserie chicken from the deli)

1 Tbsp. olive oil

1/2 c. chopped white onion

4 cloves garlic, minced

1 4 oz. can chopped green chilies

1/4 tsp. black pepper

2 tsp. cumin

1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper

1 1/2 tsp. dried oregano

4 c. chicken broth

Monterey Jack cheese (optional)

sour cream (optional)

crushed tortilla chips (optional)

Shred or chop chicken and set it aside. In a large saucepan heat olive oil and add chopped onions. Saute until translucent, about 8-10 minutes. Stir in garlic, chilies (with juice), cumin, cayenne pepper, oregano and saute 2 minutes. Add broth and undrained beans. Bring to boil, stirring frequently. Reduce heat and add chicken. Keep at low heat and stir frequently for about 10 minutes. Ladle into bowls and add cheese, sour cream and crushed tortilla chips if desired. Enjoy! (I like to serve this with a big slice of cornbread.)

Banana Bread

This time of year I feel like all I want to do is bake and watch Hallmark movies!!! There is something about the smell of something sweet baking in the oven that I just love soooo much. Okay, so speaking of baking, today I wanted to share a really yummy banana bread recipe that I’ve been playing with for the last few months. It has such great flavor and is perfect in the morning with a cup of coffee or even as a late night snack:). It’s a quick recipe to put together and your house will smell amazing while it’s in the oven.

Banana Bread

4 medium over-ripe bananas

2 eggs, beaten

8 Tbsp. butter, softened

3/4 c. brown sugar

1 tsp. baking soda

1/8 tsp. salt

2 c. flour

sugar to sprinkle on top, optional

Preheat oven to 350 and grease a loaf pan. In large bowl mash bananas with a fork and add butter, eggs and brown sugar. Mix together. In another bowl mix flour, salt and baking soda together. Slowly add flour mixture to banana mixture and mix. Spoon into loaf pan and sprinkle with sugar (optional, but it adds a great level of texture to the bread!). Bake for 45-55 min. or until toothpick comes out clean when placed in center of bread. Let cool in pan for 10 min then place on a wire rack to finish cooling. Serve alone or with butter (my favorite way to eat it). Enjoy!

Fireball Apple Pie Drink

With Thanksgiving just a few days a way I wanted to share one final recipe with you and I saved the best one for last! This drink is such a festive drink that not only taste wonderful, but is pretty to look at too! I hope you’ve enjoyed my weekly recipes I have shared these past few weeks…I’ve enjoyed sharing the recipes my family enjoys at Thanksgiving with you all.

Fireball Apple Pie Drink

1 shot Fireball Whiskey

1 c. Apple Cider

1 splash Ginger Ale

1 Tbsp. Cinnamon Sugar

1 Cinnamon Stick (optional, to garnish)

1 apple slice (optional)

Dip the rim of cocktail glass in water on plate then put cinnamon sugar on plate and roll rim of glass in it to cover. Put ice in glass (I prefer single ice balls). Pour Fireball over ice then add apple cider. Finish with a splash of ginger ale and stir. Serve with cinnamon stick or apple slice on top (or if your feeling extra fancy, both 😉).

Enjoy responsibly!

Fresh Green Bean Casserole

We are another week closer to Thanksgiving and I wanted to share another recipe that is a favorite in my house! I use fresh green beans in this casserole and I think it makes such a big difference so if you can use fresh green beans instead of frozen or canned I HIGHLY recommend it!

Fresh Green Bean Casserole

1 1/2 lbs. fresh green beans (rinsed and trimmed)

3 Tbsp. butter

2 cloves minced garlic

2 Tbsp. all-purpose flour

3/4 c. chicken broth

1 1/3 c. milk

1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. pepper

1 c. French’s Fried Onions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Grease 9×13 baking dish. Cook green beans in boiling water for 5-7 minutes. Drain green beans and put aside. In a medium saucepan melt butter. Add garlic and let it cook for about 30 seconds. Whisk in flour until smooth. Cook for 1 minute-stirring constantly. Add chicken broth and let cook for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Pour in milk and lower heat to low. Continue stirring until sauce thickens (about 10 minutes). Stir in salt and pepper. Pour sauce evenly over green beans and gentle mix together. Pour green bean mixture in baking dish. Top evenly with fried onions. Bake for 20-25 minutes. Place foil over casserole for the last 10 minutes of cooking to prevent the fried onions from burning. Enjoy!

I hope you enjoy this weeks recipe for Thanksgiving. Be sure to check back next week when I share another recipe that is a favorite at my house for Thanksgiving.

Easy Dutch Apple Pie

Thanksgiving will be here before you know it so I thought for the next few weeks I’d some of my favorite recipes that won’t leave you in the kitchen for hours! This week I’m sharing a Easy Dutch Apple Pie recipe. It is a highly requested recipe at my house & doesn’t take much time to make. I use a pre-made pie crust (shhh it’s our little secret!) and Honeycrisp or Jonagold apples (I once read they are good for baking because they don’t get mushy). My daughters help with this recipe too so it makes me enjoy it even more! Come back next week for another recipe that would be a perfect addition for your table this Thanksgiving.

Easy Dutch Apple Pie

1 pre-made pie crust, softened per box directions

Filling:

5 c. peeled and semi thin sliced apples ( I like Honeycrisp or Jonagold)

1/3 c. white sugar

3 Tbsp. flour

1 tsp. cinnamon

1/4 tsp. salt

1/8 tsp. apple pie spice

1 Tbsp. lemon juice

Topping:

8 Tbsp. cold butter, sliced

3/4 c. flour

3/4 c. brown sugar

1/2 tsp. cinnamon

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place pie crust in 9 inch pie plate according to box directions. Mix sliced apples with flour, sugar, spices and lemon juice. Once mixed well spoon on top of crust lined pie plate. In a medium bowl mix together topping ingredients using a pastry blender until it becomes crumbly. Sprinkle over apples. Bake 45-50 minutes or until crumb topping is golden brown. After 15 minutes of baking cover crust with pie crust shield and continue baking. Let cool 2 hours before serving. Enjoy!

Christmas Cookie recipe

Hi! I’m getting ready to start making my grocery list for all of the ingredients I need to make all of the cookies I’ll be baking in the next week and I wanted to share with you one of my families favorites! I always ask my husband and both of my daughters to choose a cookie they want me to make and I always know this is at the top of their list! I found this recipe years ago and have tweaked it here and there to make it perfect (in my opinion!). It has chocolate and cherries…need I say more!

Chocolate Cherry Kiss Cookies

1 c. powdered sugar

1 c. butter, softened

3 tsp. maraschino cherry liquid

1/2 tsp.almond extract

4-6 drops red food coloring

2 1/2 all purpose flour

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 c maraschino cherries drained & chopped up

1 bag Hershey kisses

Heat oven to 350. Combine powdered sugar, butter, cherry liquid, almond extract and food coloring together until mixed well. Mix in the flour and salt and then add the chopped up cherries. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour (this will help firm up the mixture). Shape dough in small balls (about 1-inch). Place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet. (I like to use cookie baking parchment sheets for easier cleanup.) Bake at 350 for 11-13 minutes or until edges are a light golden brown. Immediately after they come out of the oven press a Hershey kisses in the middle of the cookie and allow to cool on a cooling rack until chocolate kiss is set. Enjoy!

That is one of my families favorites…what are yours? I always like to make atleast one new cookie recipe each Christmas so If you have a recipe you really like let me know.

Apple Cake

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Hello:)  Today I want to share one of my favorite desserts that I like to make in the Fall.  (Last week I was talking about making this too!) This cake is so yummy and has been one of my favorite desserts ever since my mom would make it when I was a little girl.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!  It’s pretty easy to make (the most time consuming thing is cutting up the apples) and your house will smell SOOOOO good while it’s baking… so worth it!

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Okay so here’s what you’ll need…

Apple Cake

1 1/2 c. sugar

1 c. oil (I used Canola)

2 tsp. vanilla

2 eggs (beaten)

1 tsp. cinnamon

3/4 tsp. salt

3 c. flour

1 1/4 tsp. baking soda

3 c. apples (peeled & chopped)

1-2 tsp. powdered sugar (optional for top)

Combine sugar, oil, vanilla, eggs and salt in mixing bowl.  Beat until combined.  Mix flour, baking soda and cinnamon in separate bowl and then combine with first mixture.  Stir in apples.  Scoop mixture into a greased tube or bundt pan (it will be thick).

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Bake at 325 degrees for about 1 1/2 hrs. or until cake tester comes out clean.

 

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And here is the finished product.  This cake is yummy served alone or with a light dusting of powdered sugar on top too!  Enjoy.

Until next time!

Beth

 

Apple Cake

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Isn’t this just the cutest little apple:)

Hello:)  Today I want to share one of my favorite desserts that I make after we go apple picking.  This cake is so yummy and has been one of my favorite desserts ever since my mom would make it when I was a little girl.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!  It’s pretty easy to make (the most time is spent cutting up the apples) and your house will smell SOOOOO good while it’s baking so it’s worth it!

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Okay so here’s what you’ll need…

Apple Cake

2 c. sugar

1 c. oil (I used Canola)

2 tsp. vanilla

2 eggs (beaten)

1 tsp. cinnamon

3/4 tsp. salt

3 c. flour

1 1/4 tsp. baking soda

3 c. apples (peeled & chopped)

1-2 tsp. powdered sugar (optional for top)

Combine sugar, oil, vanilla, eggs and salt in mixing bowl.  Beat until combined.  Mix flour, baking soda and cinnamon in separate bowl and then combine with first mixture.  Stir in apples.  Scoop mixture into a greased tube or bundt pan (it will be thick).

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Bake at 325 degrees for about 1 1/2 hrs. or until cake tester comes out clean.

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And here is the finished product.  This cake is yummy served alone or with a light dusting of powdered sugar on top too!  Enjoy.

Until next time!

Beth

 

Friday Favorites!

I don’t know about you, but I love learning about new things that other people have had luck with so here are a few items that I’ve been really liking…

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Peter Thomas Roth Skin To Die For   This primer ROCKS!  I can 100% tell a difference from the way my foundation wears when I have this on.  It helps my foundation wear longer, blurs my pores and helps control the shine I usually get a few hours into my day.  I highly recommend this to anyone who is

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Supergoop Defense Refresh Setting Mist   This setting spray is the perfect way to set my makeup during the hot weather we have had here in St. Louis and I love that it has SPF 50 also.  This is also nice to use on my daughters too after they have been in and out of the pool and hasn’t caused any breakouts of any of our skin.  I have the travel size which is perfect for my pool bag!

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Addison & Gates Blackberry Vanilla hand cream.  I found this at World Market (I love that place). It smells really good and is perfect for my purse or nightstand.

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Stella & Dot Essential Hammered Hoops in Gold  These featherweight hammered hoops are great.  I have been wearing them a ton and they are so lightweight I can’t even feel them in my ear!  (They come in silver too)

 

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Flatout Foldit  This flatbread has quickly become a lunchtime staple for me.  It has great flavor, only 100 calories and 6 grams of protein.  It comes in a few other flavors too which I’m excited to try.

Ok, there you have it!  I hope you all have a great Friday-I’m relishing the last few weeks of summer break with my daughters.

Have a great day!

Beth

 

 

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