29 October 2012

White Chicken Chili

WHAT?  I'm posting a recipe?  That hasn't happened in like, oh, a LONG time.

But I couldn't go through my day knowing I haven't shared it because this is one heck of a recipe.  

Three reasons why I love it:

1. It's fast
2. It's cheap
3. It's yummy

Those are good enough, right?

I adapted this recipe from allrecipes.com to make it a little less spicy and a little more yummy. ;)

White Chicken Chili 

- 1 onion
- 2 cloves garlic (or just sprinkle some garlic powder)
- 1/4 cup diced jalapeno peppers
- 1 4 oz can chopped green chile peppers
-2 teaspoons ground cumin
-1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 3/4 to 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
-2 14.5 oz chicken broth (I made my own)
-3 cups chopped chicken breasts
-3 cans white beans (I used two cans of northern beans, and one can of cannellini beans)
-1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
-sour cream for topping

Cook the chicken, shred the chicken, then pour all ingredients into a crockpot set on low for a few hours OR throw into a pot over the stove on low until heated. 

Seriously, it's that easy!

And so delicious.  I ate it for leftovers for three days straight. 

Serve with Red Lobster's Cheddar Bay biscuits! You won't be disappointed.

28 October 2012

In our new house...

Lots has happened in the Jones household!

My boss quit at work very unexpectedly and so I've been working extra hours doing her job.  Let me tell you, that's NOT easy.  The first week she was gone, I would come home from work, eat a hotdog for dinner, and go to bed! I was that tired.

Now that I've gotten used to the extra workload (and they've hired someone to replace her, PTL!) I hope to post more often.  I've missed this creative outlet for myself.  And plus, I gotta keep up with what's going on.  This is my way of telling our story and I don't want to let myself or my future kiddos down when they read this in ten years (at least that's what I *hope* will happen).  ;)

Usually when the first inkling of fall weather hits, I break out the pumpkins, fall scented candles, and burlap...but this year with us moving in September and having a lot on my plate at work, I've not blogged about it! Shame on me!

I had this itch to get everything done in our new house...and we've only been here a month and a half! I have to remember it's a process and that not everything has to be done by Christmas. But I will say I've been working extremely hard to make it homey.  One of my friends gave me a huge compliment last weekend- she said "Man, it looks like you've been here for years!"  YAY!!  I love having a home that looks lived in.


I snapped a few quick photos with my iphone and I know the quality is not that great, but let's face it: it's a HECK of a lot easier than getting out my camera.

::sigh::  I love fall.  The pumpkins, the oranges, yellows, and reds..the smells..  I wish it would be fall all year around.  Well okay, not really.  I love Christmas more.  And Spring.

Here is a photo dump of the past few weeks with our new pup, Darla. 
Let me just say she is the SWEETEST dog we've ever had (Penny was just as sweet in her own way)

She is constantly learning new things and is so stinkin' smart!  She has not once had an accident inside, and when someone comes up to the door, she barks-i love that. hehe!

I had blocked her in the kitchen because this was when she still had a few fleas and I did NOT want them getting in the living room...like that was really helping...but she was trying to get out and it was adorable.

 Anytime I'm on my computer and not paying attention to her, she'll put her paw up on the couch.  Makes me melt!

 On an unrelated note,  we went and saw Scotty McCreery in concert a couple weeks ago.  It was wonderful.  If you didn't know- I have a major celeb crush on him.  He used to live a couple blocks down from our rental house and I would see him around town.  I even asked him to sing me a song once..he just laughed and said "next time." :)

 And this past weekend, we had a handful of friends over.  It made me SO super happy that we fit TEN adults around my farmhouse table...seriously made me so joyful.

I can't wait to fill it up with kiddos one day.  Maybe not ten...but several. 

 Hope your weekend was fabulous!  I'm hoping to post photos of our kitchen and the rest of our dining room this week.



Christmas Cards

Have y'all thought about Christmas Cards yet? 
 I sure hope so-it'll be here before you know it!

Every year, I always get mine from Shutterfly.
  I love their products and I want to share how wonderful they are with you!  

I order them online and it only take me like twenty minutes (15 of that is spend trying to decide between the fabulous designs!) and they ship super quick.  

 Then I wait by the mailbox until they come. Well not really, but I always LOVE the way they turn out. This will be the fourth year in a row I've ordered from them.

I love how many designs they carry and it's so easy to customize.

Happy Shopping!! Remember it's never to early to shop for Christmas!

*This post is sponsored by Shutterfly*

10 October 2012

Farmhouse Table!

That i made with my own two hands.  I am so proud. 

I'll share a few details about it later, but for now, enjoy the photos!



 I still have to work on the chairs.. I believe I am going to paint them all white and the three that you see on the side are going away..i have three more that i'm working on! ;)
In some photos, it looks red-ish, but in real life it's a beautiful gray/brown stain...I'll share how I stained it in an upcoming post.

I can see many children sitting around this table one day.. :)


07 October 2012


This weekend we welcomed a new dog into our family!  We adopted her from a family who had been neglecting her pretty badly and so we don't know exactly how healthy she is (we are taking her to the veterinarian first thing tomorrow) but all that matters is that we are going to give her the best home in the world!

Introducing: Darla!  Our sweet golden retriever.

 We gave her a bath and she LOVED it!  We know she loves water, loves to fetch, can sit, lay down, and shake and loves a good belly rub.  She is such a sweet girl. 

I was hesitant to get another dog so soon after Penny passed away (it's been just over a month) but you know what?  It's helping me heal from our loss and I know she needed a good home.  It will take some getting used to because she is already so different than our Penny girl, but I know she is going to be a great addition to our family.

I love her.

Welcome to our family, sweet Darla.