I really enjoyed blogging with Homestead Blogger. They recently moved their whole operation to Word Press. It looked promising at first, but after trying to make a few changes I realized it was not very easy to work with. So I made the choice to switch to a new blogger. I am very happy so far with this one! I hope it will continue to work well. I was able to import all my blog pages from my pervious blog over here, so I did not lose any of my posts!
I hope now to be able to get back to the business of blogging.. which I enjoy more than the setting up and learning my way around new programs! LOL..
Updates from the Homestead…
I got back from my vacation and felt nicely rested and refreshed and ready to tackle life again. I am encouraged because my favorite season is just around the corner.. Summer!! I love summer.. I love long hot days, swimming in my pond, working in my garden, getting tanned, making ice cream, easy freezer meals to make kitchen time at a minimum, and so on.. aww.. yes.. :)
In the meantime, my garden plant starters have grown quite big! But I am feeling it is still a bit early to put them in the ground. So they are still waiting.. I have been taking them outside to harden off but still bringing them in at night. Today the weather here looked something like this: rain, sun, wind, rain, hail, sun, wind, rain, etc… LOL.. sooo I am glad they are not in the garden yet. I know the nice weather will be here soon and it will be time to plant. I am actually hoping maybe this weekend or early next week.
Another good thing about this time of year is that we are just about done with our homeschool year.. Yea!! The kids and I can’t wait! In the meantime we are finishing up are last assignments. My older girls keep on working on their college degrees. Emily is down to the last 12 credits! Woo Hoo!!! .. we are planning a big graduation celebration when the time comes.. and Leanne is now in her Junior year after a year of concentrated effort. She won’t be far behind her sister.
When I got home I was also feeling a bit creative in the kitchen. I made a pot of white bean chicken chili (my pantry was a bit low due to being gone so I looked through it all and came up with this recipe..) it was sooo good.. well, at least my family loved it! I made a huge pot and it lasted 2 nights.
Here is the recipe:
White Bean Chicken Chili
4 cups small white beans
16 cups water
4 t salt
1lb boneless chicken meat (can be defrosted boneless/skinless chicken thighs or breast meat)
2 to 4T olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
a few jalapeño slices (depends on how hot you like it)
2T chili powder
1 cup grated cheese (cheddar, Monterey jack, Colby.. your choice)
½ cup half-n-half (whole milk will work too)
In a large (6 to 8qt) stock pot combine beans, water and salt. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and cover. Simmer for about 2 ½ to 3 hours or until beans are soft.
Cut up chicken meat into bite size pieces. Heat olive oil in a large frying pan. Add chicken meat, chopped onion and jalapeno pepper slices. Sauté this until the meat is cooked and the onions are nice and soft.
When the beans are done cooking remove a good amount of the bean broth (several cups worth.. you will be adding some of it back in so save the water). Add the cooked meat/onion mixture. Add spices, cheese and half n half. Now add back as much bean broth to get the consistency you desire (can be thick like stew or thinner like soup.. it is up to you).
Heat it all back up and serve!
I served this meal with homemade soft bread sticks and a nice big green salad with homemade ranch dressing.
This makes a lot of soup.. so if you don’t have a big crowd to feed like I do, you can cut the recipe in half or you can freeze some for another meal.
I wanted to do a cost break down for this meal because it was made with economical ingredients and because I was able to stretch the meal out over 2 meals. BUT.. I spent all my online time moving my blog! LOL.. maybe I can get to it soon..
That is all from my homestead for now! I hope you have a great weekend! :)