Red Chicken Chile with Black Beans and Rice

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At the end of a long day the last thing you want to do is spend your evening in the kitchen.  This delicious Red Chicken Chile with Black Beans and Rice is simple, quick and best of all it’s cooked all in one pot.  This is a favorite in our family as it’s a hearty meal, it’s not spicy and best of all you can top it with sour cream, salsa or whatever suits your taste.  We often like to eat this up with tortilla chips as well.

This is definitely one that will become a regular on your meal planning schedule.  ;-)

Red Chicken Chile with Black Beans and Rice
 
 
This one pot dish will feed your whole family and be on the table in 30 minutes.
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil, divided
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves (about 1.5 pounds), cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 ½ tablespoons chili powder, divided
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 ½ cups rice
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 ½ cups chicken broth
  • 1 (15 oz.) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • ¼ cup chopped green onions (about 3-4 green onions), roots and wilted outer leaves removed before chopping OR ⅓ cup chopped cilantro
  • Salsa and sour cream for serving
Instructions
  1. Heat one tablespoon of the oil in a medium-large heavy pot over medium heat. Sprinkle the diced chicken breast with salt and ½ tablespoon of the chili powder. Place the chicken in the hot oil and brown , stirring and flipping occasionally, until browned, 2-3 minutes (the chicken doesn’t need to be cooked all the way through because it will finish cooking later). Remove the chicken to a plate.
  2. Add the second tablespoon of oil to the pot and add the onion and rice. Cook on medium-low, stirring for several minutes, until the rice turns from translucent to opaque. Add the garlic and the remaining 1 tablespoon chili powder. Cook one minute, and then add the broth and salt (between ½ to 1 teaspoon) to taste. Stir well. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to low. Cover, and cook for 10 minutes.
  3. Add the chicken to the pot along with the beans, give it all a good stir. Recover the pot and cook on low for 10-12 minutes longer, taking care that the mixture isn’t cooking to hot or else it will burn on the bottom.
  4. Sprinkle the green onions and test a kernel of rice. It should be tender, in which case you place the cover back on, remove it from the heat and let it stand 5-10 minutes. If it’s not cooked, cook for another 5 minutes or so, stirring and checking often to make sure the mixture doesn’t burn.
  5. Fluff the mixture with a fork and serve with salsa and sour cream.

 

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Pilgrim Hat Cookies Recipe!

Pilgrim Hat Cookies

Thanksgiving is just around the corner and my daughter and I are always looking for creative and fun foods to make to make the season just a little more festive!  These are super simple and your kids are going to love making these adorable Pilgrim Hat Cookies Recipe!

Pligrim Hat Cookies Ingredients

Pilgrim Hat Cookies Recipe!
 
 
Ingredients
  • Fudge Stripe Cookies
  • Reese’s miniature peanut butter cups, unwrapped
  • Butter Cream frosting
  • Food Coloring
Instructions
  1. Mix food coloring into frosting to create an orange color
  2. Spoon frosting into piping bag. Use smallest round decorating tip, or cut a very small hole into the edge of the bag
  3. Place Fudge Stripe Cookies upside down, so chocolate side is facing up
  4. Pipe a small square on the front of the Reese’s cup. Flip it upside down and pipe a generous amount of frosting around the edges. Place the Reese’s cup (frosting side down) in the middle of the Fudge Stripe Cookie. Frosting should spillover, but touch up as needed.

 

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Santa’s Snack Mix Recipe!

Santas Snack Mix Recipe

YUM!  I am loving this Santa’s Snack Mix recipe.  This is a simple snack mix recipe that is sure to be a hit at your get together or this would be great to put in snack bags for treats for the kids on the go!

Santa’s Snack Mix Recipe:

Ingredients
  • 2 cups Honey-Nut Cheerios
  • 2 cups chow mein noodles
  • 1 cup honey-roasted peanuts
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup holiday milk chocolate M&M’s
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter chips
  • 1/2 cup vanilla or white chips
Instructions

In two wide-mouth quart jars, layer all of the ingredients. Cover jars. Decorate with fabric and ribbon. To serve, pour into a bowl and stir to combine. Yield: 7 cups

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Reese’s Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe!

Reeses Cookies

These Reese’s Peanut Butter cookies make a yummy treat for any time of the year however if you are getting your list together for Christmas cookies you may just want to add this one to the list because who doesn’t love Reese’s! :-)  Put these on a cute tray and you have a perfect gift for teachers, coaches and neighbors!

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cookies (Yield about 3 dozen)

INGREDIENTS
11 oz Bag Reeses Miniatures
1/2 cup softened Butter
1/2 cup Sugar
1/2 cup Light Brown Sugar
1/2 cup Peanut Butter
1 Egg
1/2 tsp Vanilla
1 1/2 cup Flour
3/4 tsp Baking Soda
1/2 tsp Salt

DIRECTIONS
Combine butter, sugars, peanut butter, egg and vanilla and beat until fluffy.
Combine flour, baking soda and salt and gradually add to the butter mixture.
Beat until well blended.
Form into 1 inch balls and drop into cups on small muffin pan.
Bake 12 minutes or until puffy and lightly brown.
Press unwrapped Reese in center or each cookie and allow to cool completely in muffin pan.

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Traditional Green Bean Casserole Recipe!

Tradional Green Bean Casserole Recipe

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This is a favorite and everyone loves the Traditional Green Bean Casserole and for us it’s a MUST at each Thanksgiving! I always forget how to make it unless I am looking at the back of the French Fried Onion cans! ;-)  This recipe will help you remember and make a delicious side dish all throughout the year.

Traditional Green Bean Casserole

INGREDIENTS
1 can Cream of Mushroom Soup
1 lb Green Beans
1/4 cup Milk or Water
4 oz French Fried Onions

DIRECTIONS
Wash green Bean and remove stems.
In a large pot boil green beans for 20-25 minutes.
Remove from heat and drain.
In a medium sized bowl mix green beans, soup and milk/water.
Pour into a casserole dish.
Add a half of French Fried onions.
Bake in 350 Oven for 30 minutes.
Remove from oven and add remaining French Fried Onions.
Bake for an additional 10 minutes.

 

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Crockpot Ham & Potato Soup Recipe!

 

If you are always looking for new crockpot recipes this is one to add to your list!  I know I have said it many times before but between working and homeschool and kids the crockpot is my best friend ;-) This recipe is SUPER quick to whip up and when you walk in the door you will have not only an amazing smelling home but a delicious dinner ready to go.

Crockpot Ham & Potato Soup Recipe

3-1/2 c. potatoes, peeled and diced
4-1/4 c. water
1/3 c. celery, chopped
1/3 c. onion, finely chopped
3/4 c. cooked ham, diced
6 cubes chicken bouillon
1 t. pepper
1/2 t. salt
5 T. butter
5 T. all-purpose flour
2 c. milk
Garnish: celery leaves

Combine all ingredients except butter, flour and milk in a 5 quart slow cooker, Cover and cook on low setting for 6 to 8 hours, or until potatoes are fork-tender. About 20 minutes before serving, melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat, stir in flour. Gradually add milk stirring constantly until thickened. Stir mixture into soup in slow cooker. Cover and cook on low setting 15 to 20 more minutes, until thickened. Serves 8.

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20 Halloween Treats for Kids

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Halloween Treats for Kids

It’s that time of year when there are so many fun things to do with kids.  Making spooky and fun foods gets them so excited and if you sneak some fruits and veggies in with it they might actually eat it. ;-)

Check out this great list of Halloween Treats for kids

1.  Ghost Pudding Cups from Sea of Savings 

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2.  Yummy mummy treats from Crazy Little Projects

3.  Spooky Oreo eyeballs from 100 directions

4.  Oreo Spiders from Mom.me

5.  Mini donut spiders from It’s Always Autumn

6.  Glow in the Dark Lemonade

7.  Boonana pops from Skinny Taste

8.  Candy corn marshmallow people from Knead to Cook

9.  Pumpkin rice krispies from Yummy Healthy Easy

 

10.    Spooky Salty Sweet Pretzel Toffee 

 

11.  Pumpkin Spice Spiderweb Cookie Pizza 

12.    Mummy Calzone 

 

13.    Dracula’s Dentures 

14.  Witch brooms from Make and Takes

 

15.  Zombie marshmallows from The Decorated Cookie

 

16.  Witch hat surprise cookies from This Mama Loves

 

17.  Spider pops from Spoonful

18.  Gooey monster eyes cookies from Lil’ Luna

 

 

 

19.  White chocolate ghosts from Crazy Little Projects

20.  pooky bones from Simple Designing

 

Happy Halloween!!!

 

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Ghost Pudding Cups Recipe!

Ghost Pudding CupsGhost Pudding Cups Recipe

If you’re looking for something fun and spooky to serve up as we get closer to Halloween check out these adorable Ghost Pudding Cups! These are quick and simple to make and the kids are going to LOVE it!

Ghost Pudding Cups

Recipe yields 8 servings

Ingredients:

  • 35 Oreos (about 2/3 of package), fillings removed
  • 1 8 oz. container Cool Whip
  • 2 packages vanilla instant pudding mix
  • 4 cups of milk (2 per package of pudding)
  • Orange food coloring
  • *For eyes, options can include: chocolate chips, black gel icing, or M&M’s

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Directions:

1. Make pudding according to the directions on package. Add orange food coloring and place in refrigerator to cool.
2. Place Oreos (with fillings removed) into a plastic bag and crush until all pieces are broken into small chunks.
3. Divide amount in half, and distribute first half in bottom of cups. Add 1⁄2 cup of pudding to each cup, and top with remaining Oreos.
4. Fill a large Ziploc bag with Cool Whip and snip off a corner to pipe on the ghost toppers.
5. Use chocolate chips, black gel icing or M&M’s to add eyes.

 

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Perfect Pumpkin Pie Recipe

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Fall is here and that means I am super happy because it’s time for  pumpkin everything!!! :-)  Pumpkin Pie is one of my favorites and there is nothing like filling up your home with the delicious smell of perfect pumpkin pie.  This pumpkin pie recipe is one that you can serve up for a great fall dessert or use for the smorgasbord of desserts at Thanksgiving.   The crust has a perfect buttery flavor and you will be pleased with a burst of pumpkin deliciousness in every bite.

Perfect Pumpkin Pie Recipe

Ingredients:
1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin
1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 (9 inch) unbaked pie crust

Directions:

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Whisk pumpkin, sweetened condensed milk, eggs, spices and salt in medium bowl until smooth. Pour into crust. Bake 15 minutes.
Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees F and continue baking 35 to 40 minutes or until knife inserted 1 inch from crust comes out clean. Cool. Garnish as desired. Store leftovers covered in refrigerator.

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Copycat Wendy’s Chili Recipe!

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What’s better on a cold day than some delicious Wendy’s chili?  It’s super simple to make and it makes for lots of full belly’s at our house.  Not many places serve up chili and Wendy’s chili is one you must try.  It’s one of my favorites and if your dining in you’ll notice even people ordering the popular Wendy’s Chili on warm days too!  Yes it’s that delicious

The mix of Onion and green pepper, raw instead of sauteed with the beef, goes right in the crock pot to simmer the flavor into the mix.  The seasoning is easy and most of the ingredients you probably already have on hand.  Simple ingredients, but it makes an amazing chili that is just like Wendy’s Chili. :-)

Wendy’s Chili

Ingredients:

2 pounds ground beef
One 29 ounce can tomato sauce
One 29 ounce can kidney beans, with liquid
One 29 ounce can pinto beans, with liquid
1 cup diced onion (1 medium onion)
½ cup diced green chili (2 chilies)
¼ cup diced celery (1 stalk)
3 medium tomatoes, chopped
2 teaspoons cumin powder
3 Tablespoons chili powder
1 ½ teaspoons black pepper
2 teaspoons salt
2 cups water

Directions:

1. Brown the ground beef in a skillet over medium heat; drain off the fat.

2. Using a fork, crumble the cooked beef into pea-size pieces.

3. In a large pot, combine the beef plus all the remaining ingredients, and bring to a simmer over low heat.

4. Cook, stirring every 15 minutes, for 2 to 3 hours.

5. For spicier chili, add ½ teaspoon more black pepper. For much spicier chili, add 1 teaspoon black pepper and a tablespoon cayenne pepper. For super hot spicy, add 5 or 6 sliced jalapeño peppers to the pot.

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