Friday, November 8, 2013

five on friday

I'm linking up with Darci and the girls again this week with some of my favorites from the week!

ONE: Marley Lilly monogrammed leather cuff bracelet.  I need one of these.  I came across these the other day on Pinterest and fell in love. When I went to their website, I found all of the other colors available.  What a hard decision.  I really like the mint, orange, silver mocha, and so many more!

TWO: Sunshine box/basket.  I have seen these on Pinterest and other blogs and I just love the concept of sending someone a little "sunshine" to put a smile on their face.  I recently had a friend who was in definite need of one of these so with a little help from friends, we came up with lots of fun yellow things for the basket.  Here were some of the things we started with.  The yellow bag on the right had Burt's Bees hand cream, a yellow nail file, yellow Essie nail polish and Juicy Fruit gum. 
My friend, Beth, created that super cute sunshine printable for me to add a little extra cheer.  You should definitely check out her Etsy shop if you want to send someone a little sunshine, or if you're in the market for invitations, fun printables, and even Christmas cards!   
Here it is all finished.  Some of the things we added to the things you saw above were golden Oreos, a Hallmark blooming expression and Burt's Bees lip balm.

THREE: White Chicken Chili.  I went to a friend's Christmas pajama party one year and she served the best white chicken chili I have ever eaten.  I actually think it was the first time I had ever had white chicken chili.  I got her recipe and I have been making it ever since.  This past weekend my MOPS group had a family chili cook-off and I brought the white chicken chili.  And guess what?!?  I WON!!
I forgot to take a picture of my chili, but this one looked the most like mine and when I checked the recipe, it was very similar.
White Chicken Chili

1lb boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1/2 inch cubes (or smaller)
1 med. onion chopped
1-1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
2 cans (15 1/2 ounces each) great northern beans, rinsed and drained
1 can (14 1/2 ounces) chicken broth
2 cans (4 ounces each) chopped green chilis
1 tsp salt
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp dried oregano
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (we add more sometimes)
1/2 tsp pepper
1 cup (8 oz) sour cream
1/2 cup whipping cream

In a large saucepan, saute chicken, onions and garlic powder in oil until chicken is no longer pink. Add beans, broth, chilies and seasonings. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered for 30 min. Remove from heat; stir in sour cream and whipping cream. Serve immediately. (7 servings)
FOUR: Lark bake shoppe and cafĂ©.  For any of you locals, this is a must try!  I always feel bad promoting other bakeries since Jason's family is in the bakery business, but this is a different type of bakery so I guess it's ok.  I got a salted caramel dulce de leche cupcake and it was SO good.  We'll definitely visit again soon!.
FIVE:  Upside down Christmas trees.  What in the world?  I stumbled on these when I was searching for a new Christmas tree the other day and I thought it was so strange.  Is it a new trend?  I'm not sure I could get into this look, but I googled it and found tons of images of other people who apparently like the look.  I'm not sure I'll be getting into this trend anytime soon!
 Happy Friday!


Elise @ Cheers Yall said...

that chili looks amazing. i definitely want to try it!!! YUM! and upside down christmas trees?! what in the world?! crazy! who knew!!! :)

happy friday! xx

Makeshift Margaritas said...

I just pinned that white chicken chili, can't wait to try it! Happy friday!

Taylor Jeavons said...

Those bracelets are super cute! Loving them!

Jodi said...

The chili recipe looks great for a cold night. And I totally love the Box of Sunshine idea :)

Morgan Teichert said...

Found you on the link-up....LOVE the basket full of sunshine! What a great idea!!! You are a good friend, and i'm definitely going to steal it. The upside down Christmas tree makes me sad...BUT I can see it being very practical, especially with a 9 month old crawling around. Hmmmmm

Anonymous said...

Your blog is adorable :) I love those bracelets. So cute!! I love the idea behind a sunshine basket! I'm trying that White Chicken Chili soon, it looks great!

April of A. Liz Adventures said...

That is one of the cutest sunshine baskets I've seen yet ... nice job and props to you gals for being so incredibly thoughtful for your friend!

Thanks SO much for linking up with us :)

Brenda @ Chatting Over Chocolate said...

Visiting from Five on Friday! L-O-V-E your basket full of sunshine! The chili looks perfect for this time of year! Thanks for sharing!! Have a fabulous weekend! :*)

A Wedding Story said...

Wow! The basket looks amazing. It really came together so nicely. I'm sure your friend really appreciated it.

Zoe Chandry said...

I have been looking for a white chicken chili recipe for the longest! I can't wait to try this!