That being said, I wanted to share two wonderful creations I have crafted up lately: A winter white sangria and white chicken chili (the two not consumed together!)
Sangria: We had this delicious drink on NYE and I had stumbled across the recipe dying to try it out. Of course I put my own little spin on things!
What you'll need:
1 bottle of white wine use any kind of white wine you prefer, I of course used Moscato since it is my favorite! *mine was to serve 10 so I used a double bottle of wine*
1 2 liter 7 up (I used diet!)
1 bottle of Grand Mariner (I actually used Lime Smirnoff Vodka I had a bottle of it that I never drink so I figured why not put it to good use!)
1 lime (I also added 1 lemon and a package of raspberries!)
Pour the bottle of wine into a pitcher or punch bowl (See above I used a bowl!)
add 3 Cups 7 up (Since I was using a double bottle I ended up just pouring most of the 7up in there)
Put a few splashes of Grand Mariner (I used the lime vodka since it was only splashes and it turned out perfectly!.... and if I am being honest since it was NYE they were very BIG "splashes!")
Cut the lime (and lemon) into circular slices (discard the ends) and put into the Sangria add the raspberries and put the drink in the freezer for about 15 mins.
It is a fun bubbly drink and whomever you're hosting will think you put a ton of time into it! My friends loved it and kept trying to get me to make even more!
The next recipe is a delicious meal I used my Crock Pot for! (I love putting my Crock Pot to good use since it is still rather new) I decided to make a chili the other night because Boone was freezing and snowing and just miserable!
(I will admit by the picture I was not really sure it would taste very good, but mmm mm it is yummy!)
What you need:
2 frozen (do not defrost) chicken breasts
1 can corn kernels (do not drain)
1 can black beans (drained and washed)
1 can diced tomatoes (I used the ones with jalapenos to add some spice)
1 package Ranch Dressing Seasoning (original flavor)
1 package Cream Cheese (I used 1/3 less fat)
1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
1 and 1/2 teaspoon Cumin Spice
Put the chicken breasts in the pot. Top with corn, tomatoes, beans, Ranch seasoning, Garlic Powder, and Cumin. Put the Cream cheese on top of all of that. Put the lid on the pot and cook on low for 6-8 hours. Give the chili a stir about every 2 hours if you are able to (if not home it is perfectly fine not to stir) When the time is up and you are ready to serve stir the chili and the chicken will shred apart into perfect little pieces for the chili!
Eat as is, serve on rice, or break up some tortilla chips and put into the chili! It is tasty and will warm you right up on a cold night! Put the remainder in the fridge and heat up the next day. It is just as good the second day (I think even better!)
So there are just two recipes I have tried out lately! More to come since one of my resolutions is to try out many new cooking recipes! Have a great end to the week!