Happy day to you! The first week of the New Year is done and we are having some really cold days here in Minnesota. Although I don't like the cold (-3 degrees), it is perfect for staying inside and doing some stitching or quilting. There is nothing better than putting chili in the crock pot, lighting a fire, popping in a good movie and stitching the day away (or even just a few hours!)
One of my family's favorite chili recipes is White Chicken Chili~
- 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts
- 1 yellow onion diced
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 24 oz. chicken broth
- 2 15oz cans great Northern beans drained and rinsed
- 2 4oz cans diced green chili's
- 1 15oz can whole kernel corn drained
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 1 tsp cumin
- 3/4 tsp oregano
- 1/2 tsp chili powder
- 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
- small handful fresh cilantro chopped
- 4 oz cream cheese softened
- 1/4 cup half and half
Add chicken breasts to bottom of crock pot, top with salt, pepper, cumin, oregano, chili powder, and cayenne pepper.
Top with diced onion, minced garlic, great Northern beans, green chiles, corn, chicken broth and cilantro. Stir.
Cover and cook on LOW for 8 hours or on HIGH for 3-4 hours.
Remove chicken to large mixing bowl, shred, then return to slow cooker.
Add cream cheese and half and half, stir, then cover and cook on HIGH for 15 minutes, or until chili is creamy and slightly thickened.
Stir well and serve with desired toppings. (We like cheese, sour cream and tortilla strips.)
I have always been a fan of seasonal quilts that I can keep up all year. Several years ago I designed my Seasons embroidery quilt. The stitching patterns were on cute little note cards so you stitch up the embroidery and share the card with a friend. The note cards have been sold out for a while now but I still love this quilt. There is an embroidery pattern to represent the different seasons.
We start off with winter~
Then some Valentine love birds~
For spring there is a sweet little bunny~
Some birdhouses in the garden for summer~
Of course we need a pumpkin patch for Autumn~
And sweet caroling snowmen for the Holidays~
To finish all these blocks into a quilt, I used my scrap bind. It's a great scrap busting quilt and finishes to 40" X 54".
All though I made this quilt in warm colors tones, you can always make in any color scheme. One of the best things about quilting is taking a pattern and using the colors you like, no matter what is shown on the pattern. I think this quilt would be darling in bright fabrics from Bonnie and Camille or even Figtree. When you want to switch up the colors, I like suggest you pick your fabrics and then pick your embroidery floss to match. Have fun with it and make it in what you like!
If you would like to jump in and start this fun quilt, the finishing pattern is on my website under the free patterns tab. And because the note cards are no longer available, I have added the embroidery patterns to my Etsy shop as download patterns so you can print them off right away and start stitching.
I would love to see what you have been sewing too! Tag me on Instagram or share on my Facebook page. And you can also find me HERE in my Sweet Stitchin Group on Facebook. We will be starting another mystery next year in my group and we would love to have you would like to join us.