Creamy White Chili

We are trying to eat more meatless meals at our house in an effort to eat healthier and save money. This is a recipe from a friend of mine that I altered a bit to make more Weight Watchers friendly. You can also add chicken to it. We are having it for dinner tonight and it smells heavenly.

Creamy White Chili

1 med. onion, chopped
1 Tbs extra virgin olive oil
2-15 oz cans of great northern beans, rinsed and drained
2 tsp garlic, minced
2 c chicken or veg broth
1-4 oz can chopped green chiles
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp oregano
1/4 tsp pepper
1 c light sour cream
1/3 c fat free half & half
Monterrey Jack cheese and tortilla chips for serving (I omitted these for my serving)

Saying this makes 4 servings puts it at 8 Weight Watchers Points Plus Value. Having not made it before, I am not sure the size of the servings.

This is just like white chicken chili, but with no chicken. In stock pot, saute onion in oil until translucent. Add garlic and saute until fragrant. Add beans, broth, chiles and seasonings. Bring to a boil; reduce heat; simmer uncovered 30 min. Remove from heat; stir in sour cream and whipping cream. Serve topped with cheese and handful of crushed chips.



I’ve been seeing many people posting things that they are thankful for as their Facebook status. Since I’m usually a little late to the party anyway, I thought I’d list 16 things I am thankful for on here to catch up.

1. a God who loves me unconditionally even when I screw up majorly

2. Jerry, he is my partner, best friend, and lover. Without each other, we would not have made it as far as we have.

3. Julian, my first born, he is wise beyond his years. I joke frequently that he is 4 going on 40. His love of John Lasseter and unbelievable insight are just 2 of the bajillion things that I love about this kid. He is all boy, loves to run, jump, yell, yet can be so gentle with his baby sister, and loves to give his mama snuggles and back rubs.

4. Elliot Louise, my tiny dancer. Still so much a baby, but so exciting to get small glimpses of the  lovely young woman she will all too quickly grow into. She is a wonderful mix of rough and tumble and princess. It is so heartwarming to see her interact with each of her siblings. She strives to keep up with her older brother, yet when it is just her and the baby, she is gentle and nurturing to her sister.

5. Amelie Faith, 17 months old today. She is quickly carving out her place within this family. Rarely without a smile on that adorable little face of hers, she is a joy and delight to parent. As she transitions from baby to toddler, even with the occasional melt down she is the sweetest snuggler and best smoocher.

6. A home that is warm that I can come home to and snuggle with my babies. Even though finances are tough for us right now as I finish up Nursing school, I know that I have a home with my precious family in it to return to every day.

7. A job pending my graduation. I will be starting at MMC on the ortho floor in January. It will be such a blessing to my family.

8. Lazy days where I don’t have school, we don’t have to be anywhere, and can hang out at home in our jammies under the blankets, watching movies all day long. Those days are few and far between, but oh so  nice.

9. A wonderful preschool that is both free and my son loves going to. It warms my heart to hear him so excited about what he did at school each day. He has amazing teachers who I couldn’t be more thankful for. They have certainly made this transition so much smoother for us this year!

10. My MOPS group. A super group of Christian women that I can learn, grow, pray, and celebrate with. Despite our differences in parenting styles and backgrounds we are able to come together on our mothering journey. I look forward to the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays each month in anticipation of reconnecting and feeling refreshed after each meeting.

11. Babywearing. It has helped me tremendously in my parenting journey. With Julian having a g-tube as an infant, it allowed me to be hands free, but still holding him as I fed him amongst the tangle of tubes and syringes. I am able to have my hands free while still meeting the needs of my child. As we transitioned from one to two children and then two to three, babywearing helped me to get through each transition that much easier. Not only that, but I have met some pretty awesome mamas thanks to babywearing!

12. Stephanie and Terra. Two amazing, long time girlfriends of 15 years or so. Despite our busy lives, we are able to catch up and reconnect like no time has ever passed since our last chat. I love that we each had little girls in 2009 and am excited to watch our children grow up together. I am so proud of the mothers that these ladies have become.

13. Carrie. A really great friend, mama and wife. She is a joy to call friend and we always have a great time. There isn’t anyone I’d rather shake my booty at Zumba with. 😉 I look up to her and her husband as an example of a wonderful couple that brings joy to many lives.

14. My family. My family has been a great source of support as Jerry and I have tackled both parenthood and Nursing school. Whether it has been financially, child care, prayer, or well wishes, we are equally thankful for each and wouldn’t be as far as we are without any of it.

15. Connected Parenting. Over the past several months, I have met an incredible group of women. I have never come across such an amazing group as this. Full of support and encouragement, these parents band together in a time of need as well as offer vast knowledge in many areas in parenting and just about any other field you could think of. I feel blessed to have happened upon this group. I just wish that they weren’t in Peoria.

16. Cosleeping. As I log off here to head to bed, I think about what is waiting for me upstairs. I’m sure both Jerry and Julian are snoring on one side of the bed and sprawled out on each other. On the other side is Amelie, curled up on her tummy. Elliot starts out in her own bed, but will surely make an appearance in mine before morning. I will go upstairs and scoot everyone over enough to snuggle in myself. Although some nights I would love to stretch out and claim my own space, bed sharing is one way I am able to reconnect with these tiny humans in my life and get some extra snuggles. They won’t want to sleep in my bed forever. In a blink of an eye, these days will be long past and I’d like to think I’ve gotten in as many snuggles as I possibly can.


Feeling blessed…

School is wrapping up and I am finding it hard to believe that I am really graduating in 3.5 weeks. Is that possible? It seems like I have been working on my RN for an eternity, but it’s really been more like 4 years counting my pre-requisite classes. After 3 different schools and 3 different career paths since I graduated high school 11 years ago, I am finally getting a degree. At 29, a mommy to 3 amazing children, with a husband who works hard to provide for his family I am feeling blessed. I look around at the chaos of my home this morning…trains & tracks scattered about by the 4 year old, the baby running around the dining room pushed her dolly in a stroller, the 3 year old carrying on quite the conversation with two of her Little People.

I couldn’t be happier. Really.

I look forward with eager anticipation to this next chapter in our lives. The kiddos are getting older, I will start working in January, and hopefully things will slow down just a little in our lives.

Motivated Monday

I didn’t have such a great week. I made it to the gym Monday and Wednesday for Zumba and did the elliptical machine for 35 minutes one other day. Not so good.

This week I will definitely be stepping it back up. I had been going to the gym 7 days a week for most of the summer and have gotten away from that. It is time to get back to that. I missed Zumba this morning because my kiddos all slept late, but will be going to the gym this afternoon definitely.

I have also gotten lazy with my food and water. Starting today I will get back to logging everything I eat and drink as well as ensuring I drink at least 64 oz of water each day.

So there you have it, last week sucked. This week has got to be better!

Foodie Friday

I haven’t tried any new recipes this week, but I did happen upon a fantastic blog!

There are soooooo many recipes on this blog that I am dying to try. Will definitely be picking up some tomatoes as well as other assorted goodies at farmer’s market tomorrow to try out some new things this week.  Yum!


I am going to try out some themed days to help me get started and make blogging a habit. I’ll see how it goes and go on from there. To start I will have:

Motivated Monday: I will post about my success/failure in working out and eating the week before. This will help me reflect on the previous week and see what I can do to improve the new week.

Toddler Tuesday: Life with a preschooler and 2 toddlers is never dull. They have some of the funniest things to say! On Tuesdays I will share something funny one of my kiddos have said or done.

Wordless Wednesdays: A simple picture to depict what is going on in my world that day or week

Three Word Thursday: I will use 3 words to describe my day.

Foodie Fridays: I love to cook, but don’t make nearly enough time for it. I will post a healthy recipe that I have tried and liked.

Sharing Saturday: On Saturdays I will share any arts and crafts I have been doing. It might be something I have done with the kiddos, for MOPS, or just for myself.

I think this will be a good start to keep me on track.

A resurrection of sorts…

I had good intentions of maintaining this blog when I started it last December. However, we can all see how well that worked. I have been getting the itch to blog for some time now, but was dragging my feet about it. Do I care if anyone else reads this? Not really. Are they welcome to? Sure! I think I will use this space as somewhere to put great recipes I come across, document my successes and failures (as there are sure to be some) with eating and exercising, post pictures of my cutie pie kiddos (cause they are too adorable), share crafts that I do with MOPS and at home as well as crafts with the kiddos, and share about our daily adventures. So here’s to another start, let’s hope I stick with it this time!

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