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Southwestern Chicken Chili

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Busy weeknights are a common place occurrence at the Jennirific house.  Sometimes dinner makes it into the crockpot in the morning and sometimes it just doesn’t.  I am sure we all have those days. 
This recipe is a go to for me because it turns out wonderfully no matter which method I am able to apply to it, crockpot or stove top.  Packed with veggies, protein, and fiber this meal will keep the family fueled through all their activities!

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 fresh jalapeno chile peppers, seeded and chopped (you may increase amount to taste)
  • 2 medium chopped red, green, and/or yellow bell pepper
  • 2 15- to 15-1/2 ounce cans Great Northern, pinto, or cannellini (white kidney) beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 15 ounce can Black Beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups chicken stock
  • 1 pot of Pot of Gold Bouillion
  • 1 lb chopped cooked chicken* (see note below)
  • 1 bunch fresh cilantro, chopped.
  • Shredded Monterey Jack cheese (optional)
  • Broken tortilla chips (optional)

STOVE TOP METHOD:

  1. Add olive oil to a 4 quart or larger stock pan along with chopped onions.
  2. Sauté onions until translucent, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add garlic and jalapeno pepper and continue to sauté, 1 minute
  4. Add bell pepper, beans, cumin, salt, chicken stock, and bouillon.
  5. Allow to come to boil
  6. Add chicken, cover, and reduce heat to a low simmer.
  7. Cook for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.  If chili seems too thin to your taste, remove lid while cooking to help reduce the liquid and thicken the chili.  The chili will continue to thicken after cooking, do not reduce all liquid.
  8. Stir in about ½ cup of chopped cilantro
  9. Serve, garnish with cheese and chips if desired.

Finished cooking and ready to serve!

CROCKPOT METHOD:

  • In a slow cooker stir together the drained beans, chicken, onion, sweet pepper, jalapeno pepper, garlic, cumin and salt. Stir in chicken broth.
  • Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 8 to 10 hours or on high-heat setting for 4 to 5 hours. If desired, top each serving with shredded cheese and broken tortilla chips.

*A note regarding adding cooked meat into recipes.
 For this recipe I usually cook boneless, skinless chicken breasts in the same pot I will cook the chili in.  This allows the chili to soak up all the flavors left over from the cooked chicken.  That being said, you have to season the meat before cooking.  A simple sprinkle of black pepper, salt, garlic powder, and onion powder will give your meat a great flavor and ensure the dish you are adding it to also has a great taste.  Meat without seasoning equals bland food as an end result. 

The Summerhouse by Jude Deveraux

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The Summerhouse (Summerhouse, #1)The Summerhouse by Jude Deveraux

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is a romance novel about second chances. Three young women meet on their birthday at the New York DMV. Ellie, Madison, and Leslie are seated together and they instantly decide they want to be friends. We learn that Madison is beautiful and is sent from her hometown in Montana to become a model. Leslie is a graceful dancer wishing to make it big. Moreover, Ellie is going to become an artist that shows her creative spirit. It seems that these women have their whole life ahead of them.
Flash to nineteen years later when the three meet up again at a borrowed old summer house in Maine. Things have not quite worked out the way they had envisioned when they were young. The three are then given a magical opportunity to go back in time to change the mistakes they made.
I thought this was decent read. I enjoyed Madison’s story more than the other stories. Some of the later concepts introduced by the author were not very believable. There were some areas of the story that I flipped quickly through, because I was bored. In the chapters that discussed Madison’s life, I felt very connected with the character and sympathized with her problems. Morally, I had a few issues with the choices the main characters made. Nothing horrible, but it still made me question. The writing was light and easy to follow. I feel that book was good and it generally held my interest; however, it was not the greatest book I have ever read.

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Ode to the Truck Driver

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We take for granted all the truck drivers who travel America’s intricate web of pick-up and delivery every day, seven days a week, supplying us with our integral needs. They make it possible for us to buy broccoli from California in the middle of winter, Angus beef from Iowa for our grilled hamburgers, and French fries from Idaho potatoes. Our medicines, hospital equipment, building supplies, and the sheets on our beds all come to us because of a truck driver.

The impact on the day-to-day living of the average American would be severely felt if the trucking system were interrupted.  The possibility of a catastrophe such as a terrorist attack, a pandemic, or a natural disaster could put people who depend on the delivery of even the most simplistic items in a crisis. According to a report put out by the American Trucking Association, a shutdown of the trucking system would result in “a swift and devastating impact on the food, healthcare, transportation, waste removal, retail, manufacturing, and financial sectors.

It is time for us to recognize the importance of the trucking industry and the truck drivers in our nation.  We need to devise ways to keep their roadways open and secure.  We need to encourage those men and woman who choose to drive a truck for a living by giving them a decent wage and decent work environment.  Not only is this fair, it is imperative in keeping the flow of goods coming to every town, parish, store, hospital, and gas station in our country.

So, the next time you are behind a semi-truck cursing them for going too slow, take a moment and thank them for all the things they deliver for you every day. Say a prayer that their jobs will not be eliminated, and that they will continue to service all Americans, come what may.

Copyright © Jamie Nowinski and Grandmother Wisdom/ Grandmother Musings 2012-2013.
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Facebook Manners

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     The lessons of life never stop educating.  It does not matter how old or young you are, everyday there is something new to learn.  Let us take the Facebook phenomenon for instance… people are learning how to socialize in a revolutionary way.  In some cases, they are learning the hard way that good old fashion manners are necessary even when using new fangled devices. Here are some manners and etiquette rules that any Face book user should try to abide:

1.      Never say anything on Face book that you would not say around the table at a family dinner.

That means…if you would not discuss politics at Thanksgiving with Uncle Matthew, then do not discuss it with him on Facebook.

2.      Swearing is rude and should not be used in a social context. 

3.    You do not have to be friends with every person who requests a friendship.  Just like in real life, we have true friends and then acquaintances.  We do not invite every acquaintance over every day for a chat.

4.  Some things are personal and should not be shared with everyone.  Discussing your bedroom antics, personal body issues, and foot fungus is not only disgusting and offensive; it is downright stupid.

5.  Remember:  What you speak can be denied, but what you write is written in stone.  Things you write can be copied and possibly used against you.  Be careful what you engrave in the stone of eternity.

Copyright © Jamie Nowinski and Grandmother Wisdom/ Grandmother Musings 2012-2013.
Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Jamie Nowinski – Grandmother Wisdom/Grandmother Musings with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.
 
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