Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Recipe: White Chicken Chili:

When we were back home in Jacksonville, FL over Thanksgiving, my best friend Christie had us over for dinner and cocktails, and she made us this for dinner! My mom also has an amazing White Chicken Chili recipe, but the one I made tonight was the one Christie gave me! And it sure is delicious!

Ummm, if you know my husband, you know he absolutely HATES onions... but he knows how amazingly good this dish is, so he actually lets me cook them for this meal! (Christie, aren't you so proud of him?! Can you even believe it?!)

1 tbsp vegetable oil
1/2 cup onion chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced (I just used 1 tbsp minced garlic tonight)
1/2 tbsp ground cumin
1 4.5 ounce can chopped green chilies
4 pickled jalapeno rings, minced
2 chicken breasts, cooked and shredded (I did 3 tonight)
1 can northern beans, drained and rinsed
2 cups chicken broth
dash oregano
salt & pepper
green Tabasco sauce, to taste
1 tbsp cornmeal
1/4 cup milk

In a large pot, saute onion in oil on medium heat until onions are translucent. Add garlic and cumin, stir until fragrant (about a minute)

Add all ingredients from green chilies to Tabasco sauce into pot and bring to boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes.

Stir cornmeal and milk together, add to pot and continue to simmer for another 10 minutes.

We serve the chili over a little rice! Enjoy!

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

NPS Basketball Game:

Steven has been playing basketball, flag football, and softball during the two years he has been here at NPS. I have gone and cheered him on the first year, but have not made it out to watch him since Charli has been born because his games are usually after we put her to bed, but last night his basketball game was earlier, so Charli and I got to cheer daddy on at his game!! 

Charli is definitely either going to be a Cheerleader, or she really wants to play... She was yelling  cheering for the boys! So cute! I of course snapped a few pictures! 

My man has ups!

The guys played awesome, and were ahead most of the game. It was tied up with just a couple of minutes left in the game, and the other teamed scored... With seconds left in the game, Steven scored to tie the game back up to head into overtime! Woohoo!! 

They played great during overtime and won the game! Way to go guys! Great game! I am glad we could go and cheer them on!  

Charli with daddy after the game! 

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Weekend Update: Girls Weekend! Charli's first trip to Napa:

Steven was in New York for the weekend for one of his best friend's bachelor parties... So what better way for Charli and I to spend the weekend, then to head up to Napa and have a girls weekend with my Aunt Traci (yes, I was named after her!). So our weekend started super early on Friday morning, as we drove Steven to the San Fran airport at 4 AM. Which meant we made it to Napa just in time to watch the sun rise over the mountains and vineyards!

We also made it to my Aunt's house just in time for a little coffee and breakfast together! And for all the fur children to play! :) We always bring Bailey and Bogey with us to Napa, so they can spend time with their cousins Kobie and Penny (Aunt Traci's 2 fur babies!)

Friday started off with a nice little nap taken by both Charli and I, then we headed out to my Aunt's barn to spend the gorgeous afternoon picnicking, sipping on champagne, and giving Charli her very first riding lesson!  (Yes, she has ridden a horse before she could even crawl!) ;)


Baby's first Levi's! hehe

Lucky Charm

Charli's first ride!

Such a little natural

bahahaha! Oh Lucky!

Lucky, why are you chewing on the rope sir?

Such a handsome boy

We ended Friday with walking up to the local Mexican restaurant in downtown Calistoga (had a margarita for National Margarita day of course), and listened to the mariachi band while we had a wonderful dinner!

Saturday morning we woke up and took all the fur children for a morning walk and let them run around the park for a little bit, then headed home to get ready for yet another gorgeous day in the Napa Valley! We went to a few wineries, followed by another perfect picnic on the lawn of Trinchero! It was an absolutely perfect day!

And yes, that is Bailey riding on the stroller... such a little princess...

I love love when the mustard is out! How beautiful is that!

A baby napping in a winery during a wine tasting... appropriate? I think yes! You have to start them early!

Alpha Omega Winery

Tamber Bey Winery

Charli with her great Aunt Traci

Perfect picnic spot at Trinchero Winery

Already so in love with our sweet girl! 

We woke up Sunday morning and said our goodbyes, and headed off to the San Fran airport to pick up daddy! Charli also got her first "I (heart) NY" onesie from daddy! We all made it home safe and sound, and I think it is safe to say it was a fun weekend had by all! 

Here are a couple of videos I got while in Napa!
(this is the first time trying to upload videos, so I hope it works)

Charli thought Kobie was the funniest thing ever! Adorable! 

A new trick that Charli learned on Saturday! :)

I hope everyone had an amazing weekend!