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My Favorite White Chicken Chili Recipe

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Yesterday we had the easiest and best meal you will ever make! I even ate the leftovers for lunch today. I have made this white chicken chili several times and still love it! I put it on in the morning and don’t have to think about it again until it’s time to eat. Crockpot cooking is the best on the days you remember to start something. 🙂

This white chicken chili recipe is creamy and flavorful. I found this recipe on Pinterest. Are you following me on there? I am always pinning some new wonderful inspiration and recipes. You really need to go see me over there so you don’t miss anything!

I pretty much followed The Chunky Chef’s recipe exactly. I love to add all the toppings I can. I used fresh guacamole, sour cream, cheese, cilantro, and chips. This is a fail-proof recipe that even my kids love. The best part is the minimal effort and easy cleanup.

If you need an easy dinner this week, I have got you covered. Perfect for the winter to warm you up. Go get the full recipe to this family favorite at The Chunky Chef. You won’t be disappointed. I am kind of a food snob so you can trust me. 🙂


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Simple Caprese Salad Recipe

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I am on a caprese salad kick lately. I just love how fresh and easy it is to make. There are so many variations of this recipe. You can really get as creative as you want. Whatever flavor and toppings you like can turn this into a custom favorite.

Tomatoes are so good during the summer. Especially if you have a garden or grow your own. I have a black thumb but I love when my neighbors and friends share their fresh tomatoes. This salad pairs perfectly with any dinner (summer or not).

The two secret ingredients that I have found to make this salad the easiest are pictured below. They really make this salad look like a gourmet masterpiece with minimal effort. Definitely my kind of cooking. The balsamic glaze is a perfect balance of savory and sweet. The easy to use squeeze bottle allows the drizzle to come out just right. Let’s be honest, chopping fresh basil is the worst. At least for me. Those leaves never cooperate and then I have big chunks and small bits. My hands smell like basil for the rest of the day. Not anymore. This Gourmet Garden lightly dried fresh basil is amazing. It stays fresh up to four weeks after you open the package. It is all finely chopped and ready to sprinkle over your salad.

This is my go-to salad recipe lately and I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. I added chopped macadamia nuts in the salad below. I love the added crunch and flavor it brings. However, pine nuts and other nuts would also be so good. The sky is the limit when it comes to toppings for this salad.


1 Large tomato

sliced mozzarella or pearls

Gourmet Garden Chopped Basil

Creamy Balsalmic Glaze

Olive Oil

Chopped Nuts of choice

Slice a large tomato on a plate and spread around. Slice mozzarella and layer on top of tomatoes. You can also just add mozzarella pearls. Next, sprinkle on chopped basil. Now drizzle your balsamic glaze and olive oil. Top the salad with your favorite chopped nuts and salt and pepper to taste. Simple and delicious!

Pancake Recipe Hack

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I can’t believe Halloween is over and its November! Where did the time go? Christmas is up everywhere and I may or may not have already started decorating. I just can’t help myself. I want all the Christmas for as long as I can. Today, I wanted to share one of our go-to breakfasts for holidays and every day. Its quick, easy, and the kids love it.

Our favorite pancake mix at our house is Krusteaz Buttermilk Pancake MixIt is so easy to have the mix on hand and just add water. Over the years we have perfected this pancake recipe. I should say Grandpa has perfected this. My husband’s dad is the master in the kitchen. He does everything so well and loves to cook. Mr. Whitelane definitely takes after him and is a dream in the kitchen. My husband can make a dinner out of nothing taste like a million bucks.

Our family secret to making this box mix taste like a homemade dream is…….sour cream or cottage cheese. I am telling you that these ingredients added to the mix create the fluffiest, softest, and melt in your mouth pancakes you will ever taste. It is kid approved and most people won’t even notice your little secret. Maybe a little more likely they will notice with the cottage cheese. The sour cream just blends right into the mix.

The trick is just to cut the water that the box/bag calls for in half. Instead of that other half of water, you are going to add the sour cream or cottage cheese. You will have equal parts water to the sour cream or cottage cheese. The consistency should be the same as it would normally look. Feel free to add less or more of each ingredient until you get the consistency you want.

Just bake them on the griddle following the normal package directions as usual and be amazed! It is such an easy little hack that makes the pancakes taste so much better. I like to top our pancakes with my favorite Mountain Berry Kodiak Syrup. Now go impress all your family with this simple breakfast hack and enjoy!


Easy Dinner Recipe

So, I had that nasty glucose test a couple weeks ago. The one you have to take when your prego. It checks for gestational diabetes. I have never had a problem in my past pregnancies and I didn’t think much of the test. That is until I got the phone call. The dreaded phone call telling me my test came back one point over. ONE POINT! That meant I had to go back and take a three-hour glucose test. Not fun! I had to drink the nasty drink again, fast, and get blood drawn 4 times in three hours. Anyway, while waiting for the results of the three-hour test, I started preparing for the worst.

I found a bunch of recipes on Pinterest that were low carb and low sugar. I feel like I already tend to eat pretty healthy, most of the time. I also try to work out a few times a week. Despite that, some things are just genetic or can’t be avoided. I was determined to make this little set back a positive fun change. While searching for yummy recipes I came across this one. I decided to give it a try because it seemed easy and I love egg rolls! It is supposed to be like eating the inside of an egg roll. Because who needs that fried wrapper anyway? P.S. check out my cilantro sprouting in my little kitchen garden back there.

I made a few modifications to the recipe. I only added a 1/4 cup of the soy sauce that it called for. I think a half of a cup is too much for my taste. Also, I added sesame seeds to the top. I like the added crunch and festive look. My kids love steamed broccoli. They could eat it alone as a meal. I know, amazing! I had to through some steamed broccoli into this recipe as well. Mr. Whitelane was not the biggest fan of this egg roll bowl. I didn’t mind it for an easy low carb dinner. My little boy also really enjoyed it. You have to start somewhere. I have few other recipes I will be trying out. I will let you know if they are worth sharing. 🙂

Easy Christmas Treat

Christmas is in a few days and maybe you still need something for your neighbors, coworkers, or friends. Don’t worry! This easy little treat will only take minutes to make. Everyone loves getting and giving Christmas goodies. Sometimes it is hard to keep up with everyone. Let’s be honest, there is always someone your forget. Then, you feel bad when they show up on your doorstep with some treat. That is why I always keep recipes like these Pretzel M&M Hugs around. 

Perfect for when you need to throw something together and get out the door. Maybe you just need an easy snack for a party or get together. Either way, these will not disappoint. I use this recipe for Cooking Classy. Jacklyn has some wonderful recipes. You will get lost for while trying to decide what else to make. Jacklyn from Cooking Classy has some major cooking skills. This is the Christmas edition of Pretzel M&M Hugs. However, you can make them year round by not using the holiday-themed candy. Your kids can even be your helpers to unwrap the candies. You really can’t mess this easy recipe up. Definitely my kind of cooking. Head over to Cooking Classy for all the details on these Pretzel M&M Hugs. 

Hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and Happy New Year!


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