Instant Pot White Chicken Chili

A couple of weeks ago, I could no longer resist my urge to make soup, despite the fact that the fall weather was not cooperating at all. I had a hankering for white chicken chili and, since my brother and his wife had just welcomed their 5th baby into the world, I had an occasion to make a ridiculously huge batch of it!

I looked at a few recipes on Pinterest, but didn't love any of them enough to go all in. I also am never as prepared as I want to be in the meal-planning department. So I kind of made up my own recipe and decided to use my Instant Pot to save time and the result was delicious. Even my husband, who admittedly doesn't really like soup and has asked me to dial it back in the soup-making, said it was delicious! #winning

The Instant Pot, you guys. I cannot sing it's praises enough. I basically use it every day. It saves my bacon several times a week because I can make dinner in less than an hour, which is about how much advance warning I give myself to get dinner on the table. The BEST part about the recipe below is that it takes ingredients literally straight out of your freezer and your pantry and delivers a scrumptious bowl of chili to your table in an hour!! When I made this recipe, I made one batch and cooked it while making brownies and some cornbread to take to my brother's family. When their batch was done, I put the second batch ingredients in the Instant Pot and let it cook while I ran food to their house, so dinner was fresh & done as soon as we walked in the door! I hope you enjoy it as much as we did!




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Instant Pot White Chicken Chili
A super quick and absolutely delicious white chicken chili cooked in the Instant Pot!
Ingredients
  • 4-6 Frozen Chicken Breasts
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion (I used frozen)
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 3 15oz cans Great Northern Beans (undrained)
  • 1 15oz can   Diced Tomatoes with Green Chiles (undrained)
  • 1 15oz can Corn (undrained)
  • 1 quart Chicken Broth
  • 2 tsp oregano
  • 1 1/2 tsp cumin
  • to taste salt & pepper
  • 1 12oz container sour cream
  • to garnish shredded Pepper Jack cheese
Instructions
Add frozen chicken breasts to bottom of Instant Pot. Add all other ingredients on top and then pour chicken broth over everything. Close lid on Instant Pot and set top vent to "Sealing". Select "Manual" and then increase time to 60 minutes and keep on High Pressure (default). When finished, do a quick pressure release and then remove lid of Instant Pot carefully after all pressure is released. Shred chicken breasts with 2 forks. Stir in container of sour cream. Top with pepper jack cheese and enjoy! We loved this with corn chips for crunch or corn bread!
Details
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 8 servings

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Lottie is 11 Months (And First Pumpkin Patch)!



 Our little Lottie Jean is 11 months old! I feel like this may have been the fastest month of my life so far. Time most definitely speeds up when you have a little one - and especially when your little one is a very busy girl! 


Lottie is all kinds of talkative these days, and her babbling is starting to sound a lot more like words. We know for sure in her vocabulary are Dada, Mama, Yes or Yeah, and Hi (always accompanied by a wave)! She can shake her head no and is working on nodding. She mimics all kinds of sounds and inflection that she hears us making, and we have even heard her mimicking tunes that we are singing! We know she understands what "No" means now, because she has started pitching a fit whenever she hears it! 

  Lottie now has her top two middle teeth and her bottom two middle teeth, and she is working on some more! Her hair has started getting a little bit more substantial in the past few weeks, too. She is still wearing 18-24 month clothes and in the last week or two is tall enough to reach into the refrigerator when it is open. 


Earlier this month I spent 2 weekends in a row at business events for Young Living, so Lottie got to hang out with Daddy and her grandparents for those days! I missed my little munchkin, but I know it was so good for her to be a little bit independent from me and be taken care of by others who love her. Since I stay home with her and we spend our days together, she is very attached and very much a Mama's girl. While I love that, it totally warms my heart to see her wanting and asking to go to Daddy these days, because they totally bonded while I was away. 

It is fun and makes me a little sad that Lottie is rapidly turning into a toddler and becoming less and less of a baby each day. Her will is STRONG and we are realizing that it is very much time to start implementing discipline and training to mold her into a person who respects and understands authority. She is very spirited and independent, curious, and smart as a whip! Daddy has been teaching her how to take a few steps with help from him or her little walker toy. It has been amazing to watch how quickly she figured out how! She used her walker toy to cruise all the way across our living room this past week - much to her delight! We think her favorite part about doing that is the celebration and praise we give her! 

Loren's birthday was this past week, so today we went with my whole family to a pumpkin patch to celebrate. Lottie was quite fascinated by all the animals at the petting zoo! Jersey cows, llamas, sheep, goats, a bull, and a burro. No surprise because this girl loves animals and is starting to learn their sounds. We took a hayride and then "tailgated" for lunch out of Grammy's trunk, where we were all pestered by bees that were interested in our food, and all the kids were terrified of being stung. Miraculously, no one was stung and minimal emotional scarring took place. 
I know I'm her mama and all, but I think she is beautiful.

Next month our little pumpkin turns ONE!

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How the Mama App is Making the World a Better Place

I have always had a very soft spot in my heart for cheap, cute accessories. Since I was a little girl myself, I have loved all things sparkly, frilly, feminine - bracelets, necklaces, earrings, hair bows, etc. And the cheaper they are, the better! When I was in college, I discovered an entire store that sold $1 Jewelry and it was my favorite place ever and I shared it with every person who was important to me. 

We decided to be surprised by the gender when we had Lottie, so once I knew she was a girl I was over the moon excited about all things hair bows and headbands and frilly baby things! One of my cousins told me over Christmas about the Mama App and how they had really cute & cheap hair bows - my personal history means obviously I was all over that, and now the Mama App is one of my favorite things ever! Read on for why it is seriously making the world a better place with all of its cheap and adorable things!


So baby stuff is super cute and tiny and precious. It also is super expensive to buy it in stores or boutiques, especially considering that it will probably only fit them for a couple months and the chances are high it will get dirty and possibly ruined. Babies are gremlins. SO, the Mama App is awesome, because all their items are super inexpensive. I'm talking baby shoes for $3 and hair bows for $2 including shipping.

How is it possible for all this stuff to be so cheap? Well, you have to be okay with it coming from halfway across the world. You also have to be okay with it sometimes taking several weeks to arrive at your house from across the world. No Prime 2-day shipping here. BUT - everything is SO inexpensive. My favorite thing about the Mama App is the absolutely adorable $1 hair bows for babies. I was super skeptical at first, thinking that this was going to be too good to be true and everything I bought was going to be terrible quality and fall apart and smell weird, etc.
But GUYS - it's not! The cheap hair bows and head bands are actually really, really good.  Below are some case-in-point examples of the super cheap, super adorable baby items I've gotten from Mama:

1. Super soft & stretchy, black & cream animal print turban headband for $1. I love how soft this headband is. I'm excited for her to be able to use it this winter to keep her ears warm, too!

2. These little lace & chiffon headbands with super blingy rhinestone centers for $1 each. These came in a variety of colors, including white, yellow, hot pink, etc. But I opted to get more of the unique colors like royal blue and a light mint and I LOVE them! The chiffon part has a nice, soft felt backing so it doesn't irritate baby's head. 
Yes, I was bribing her with food so I could get pictures of her wearing these bows. 

3. Okay, now I was SUPER excited about these next 2 pictures. They came in a pack of 6 different colors for $10. I have seen these exact same bows glued onto headbands in children's boutiques selling for $10 EACH. These bows have alligator clips on the back so you can attach them to whatever headband you choose. The clips on the backside are somewhat large, which is kind of a downside, but they haven't been an issue for us. 

I LOVE THESE BOWS SO MUCH!!


4. I absolutely love this multi-color glittery bow headband, again for $1! It goes with EVERYTHING and I am super relieved that the glitter stays on the bow and does not shed everywhere like some glittery items do. It is attached to a white, super-stretchy headband and has a felt backing on the back of the bow. This one came in a gold and silver version, and I got the silver. I LOVE it so much! 


5. I saved the very best for last! This one, guys. This one takes the cake! For $1, we got this gorgeous rhinestone & beaded applique headband attached to a black stretchy ribbon. It also came in a variety of color options for the ribbon. It is SO PRETTY in person. Seriously, I saw headbands like this a few months ago and loved them, but they were selling for $20 each. I got this one that looks exactly the same for $1. ONE DOLLAR!




Other awesome cheap stuff I've gotten from the Mama App includes:
  • silicone baby bibs for $2 (as opposed to $8 or more on Amazon)
  • baby moccasin shoes for $2-6 - not real leather and not as high quality as the real leather ones you can find on places like Etsy. However, I refuse to pay $20 for baby shoes so I was thrilled to find cheap versions that are still cute and do the job. My kid never leaves shoes on for longer than 10 minutes anyway. 
  • a portable baby chair harness for $10 that allows me to securely strap Lottie to any chair. I LOVE this thing because if there isn't a highchair available or I need a place to securely set her, I can always have this stashed in my diaper bag. It folds up into itself in a little bag, too! 
  • Various plastic bath toys and kids toys for less than $3 each. Including one slightly obnoxious and strange light-up toy that makes VERY LOUD animal noises and says a few phrases in Chinese. However, Lottie likes it and it keeps her occupied for awhile so therefore, I like it. 
So there you have it. The Mama App - a somewhat strange marketplace of very cheap accessories and kids items that might take several weeks to arrive at your doorstep. I have to say, I have overall been very impressed at the quality of items I have gotten! If you're like me and love cute, cheap stuff for babies, check it out! I am not being compensated by Mama in any way and all of the opinions in this post are my own. I just wanted to share something I love with you all because I know there are some mamas out there who need to know about cheap and adorable hair bows for their babies! 




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