The Best Crockpot Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili Recipe

Anyone who says they have the best crockpot (or slow cooker) white chicken chili recipe, it had better contain corn.  That’s all I have to say about that.  Corn is what makes this recipe different and a must-have for any type of chicken chili.  Trust me on this one, corn is essential.  And spicy chicken chili is delicious, so don’t skimp on the heat.  Let’s get to the recipe:

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 – 1/4 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breast – defrosted and trimmed, sliced into cubes
  • 4 cups chicken stock (32 ounces)
  • 2 15oz. cans of white beans – prefer Italian style, like cannellini – rinsed and drained thoroughly
  • 1 15oz. can of corn
  • 4-5 cloves garlic, minced (or use a garlic press)
  • 1 medium to large onion – sweet vidalia or even a white cooking onion would work, cut into small pieces
  • 1/2 package taco seasoning
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon chili seasoning
  • salt & pepper (fresh ground, preferred)
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • sliced jalapenos (optional, but delicious)

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Place cubed chicken at the bottom of your crockpot or slow cooker.  Top with chicken broth, white beans, corn, garlic, onion, cumin, oregano, cayenne pepper, taco seasoning, chili seasoning, and sprinkle with salt & pepper.  Stir to combine thoroughly.
  2. Ensure all the chicken is below the broth line, cover with lid and turn your crockpot / slow cooker to high for 1 hour. After the first hour, stir once and replace lid.  Turn crockpot / slow cooker to medium and let cook for another 1.5 – 2 hours.   Cook times vary crockpot to crockpot so make sure you know how fast yours cooks.  It’s very difficult to overcook this recipe, so even if you leave it in for too long – you’ll still end up with incredible results.
  3. Once cooked, turn off crockpot and throw (optional) a handful of jalapeno slices in (4-5) depending on taste.  The white chicken chili will already be spicy without the jalapenos but add some extra at the end for a little wow factor!
  4. Let cool (it will be hot for a while!!) and serve.

OPTIONAL SERVING SUGGESTIONS:

Feel free to add fresh limes, sour cream on top, shredded cheese, layer the chicken chili on top of tortilla chips for a new take on frito pie! (I LOVE FRITO PIE!!!) The options are endless!!!

 

Giant Large Dog & Puppy Crate Play Pen Gate High Panel Fence

If you own a giant or large breed dog, you know that big puppies grow up to be giant dogs!!! And what happens when your Giant Great Dane Puppy starts to outgrow their crate? That’s exactly what happened to me…

 

No longer did my precious Gia fit in her crate.  She would go in there.. but didn’t have room to do very much and I felt guilty keeping her in there for any period of time.  I ordered the Safstar 40″ High Panel Dog Crate Alternative for that very reason.  I wanted a play pen where she had room to hang out during the day since she’s not old enough that I can trust her to be alone in the house without eating or destroying it!

This panel fence kit was super easy to put together.  Panels and rods. So simple. Just push the panels together and drop the metal rod in the top and bottom.  I had the entire play pen assembled in 90 seconds from unboxing to finish.   It literally could NOT be any easier.  The metal sections are very well constructed and are built to last.  There’s a door in one of the panels to make it easy for your puppy (or dog) to get in and out with ease.  You don’t even need to use all the sections, either!  I left 2 sections out so that the Great Dane doesn’t have too much room — I don’t want her to be able to relieve herself in one section of the playpen and be able to avoid and walk around it.  Let’s make no mistake – I still want her to feel like it’s her dog crate… I just want her to have more room – especially head room for a dog with long legs!!!

My guess is that you could also just use it as a fence or barrier to keep your pet out of a particular room or area as well… I used to use a baby gate for this, but now that I have this product – I’ll be using it instead when I need it.  Oh and one other thing – you could probably use this to put around your Christmas Tree to keep the dogs from getting AT the tree.  How ingenious is that!?!  My only minor complaint is that the metal rods could maybe have a rubber foot on them in case your dog pushes the fence so that it doesn’t have a chance to scrape up the floor.  I ordered a set of rubber end caps (just search rubber end caps!) from Amazon so I’ll give that a try and see if it works.  But I’ve been using this for a few days now and nothing like that has happened… maybe I’m worrying for nothing!!  Regardless, I highly recommend this dog crate alternative!! It’s a great play pen for my huge puppy!!!!

Oh and don’t let her puppy eyes fool you… she’s MUCH happier in this playpen than in her crate!!!!!!

See it at Amazon.com

Sanity Now Anti-Stress Wine Glass Kit


What to buy the hard to shop for the girl in your life? Is she a wine lover? Are you looking for the perfect holiday gift?  Perfect secret santa gift?  Holiday gift exchange at the office?  Seriously… this is the ultimate wine lovers gift!!! Especially for mom’s that need a little “sanity now”!!!!

This is an anti-stress “Sanity Now” Wine Glass Kit for the wine drinking woman!  It’s one of the most unique gifts I’ve ever seen!  It comes with a beautifully etched wine glass and since it’s not painted, it can fit in your dishwasher (I put mine in the top rack and it’s just fine!)  It also has a beautiful coaster that doubles as a refrigerator magnet – you’ll always know where the coaster is!!! There’s a stress-ball that’s absolutely adorable…. it’s a squeeze ball stress head for when your life is out of control.  And last but not least a hilarious “Handsome Henry’s Fun Mini Booklet for Wine Education!”  It comes in a fun gift box and with the holidays right around the corner – this is the perfect secret santa gift!!

See this wine lovers gift at: Amazon.com

Indoor Outdoor Thermometer Digital Hygrometer Large Display Temperature Monitor

I wanted a remote thermometer weather station so I could remotely monitor the temperature in my clubhouse. I didn’t want an app, but rather a large display monitor that also told me the humidity.  This Indoor / Outdoor Weather Station with Hygrometer is EXACTLY what I was looking for!!

Now first, let me tell you that I bought a cheap thermometer with humidity sensor off amazon about a year ago. I’ve had it in my basement and that way I know if I need to turn up the heat or keep the dehumidifier running longer.  I’ve never known if it was accurate or not.  I took it upstairs and compared it with my thermostat in the house and neither one ever read the same.  My dad (God rest his soul) was an engineer and had a precision pocket thermometer with hygrometer – but I could never get that, the amazon one, and my house’s thermostat to actually agree on a temperature or humidity value.  I literally have been stumped for over a year trying to figure out what the actual temp and humidity levels were in my house.

This product by YOULANDA has solved the mystery!!  Take a look at the product: HERE ON AMAZON.

This unit is VERY accurate as compared to my father’s high tech calibration device so I don’t think you can get much better than that!! Especially for a home unit.  What this also proved to me was that the cheap one I bought at amazon was completely wrong and that my home’s thermostat is off by 2 degrees!  So when I set my home’s heat to 70, i’m really setting it to 72.  That makes a big difference!!!

The remote sensor for this unit is simple and small.  Takes (2) AAA batteries and I’ve had this in for a couple weeks and I took the batteries out and tested them and it looks like it’s very low power consumption.  I have the remote sensor in my clubhouse which is over 150 feet away in an indoor structure and my receiver is near the window but it definitely works through walls!  I was very pleasantly surprised!!

 

Now the instructions tell you that the base station and the remote sensor have different types of thermometers and humidity sensors – so if you put them side by side, the values won’t always be completely the same.  Which is understandable.  I walked away from it and came back 10 minutes later and the temps were within .2 degrees and the humidity was within 5%.  Not unexpected in any way.  This unit is fantastic!!!

Bottom line: It’s a solid weather station with lots of cool features. The best one for me was letting me know that my home’s thermostat was off by 2 DEGREES!!! It’s very accurate and the range is fantastic.  I cannot comment on if it went outside, but for what I wanted it for it was absolutely perfect!!!! Money well spent!!!

Check it out on Amazon.com

 

 

Polaroid Zip Review Zink Instant Photo Printer

Remember the old Polaroid 600 Instant Cameras? “Shake it like a Polaroid Picture” was a real thing. (Sidenote: new Polaroid Pictures you should NOT shake. I did not know this.  Go ahead and google “Should I shake a polaroid picture”.  CNN and other media outlets warn not to shake the picture.  You learn something new every day don’t you?)

The image “never touches air, so shaking or waving has no effect,” the company said on its site. “In fact, shaking or waving can actually damage the image. Rapid movement during development can cause portions of the film to separate prematurely, or can cause ‘blobs’ in the picture.”

Anyhow, this is a hands on in depth review of the Polaroid Zip Zink Instant Photo Printer … which you don’t need to shake!  ZINK stands for Zero Ink Technology.  There’s no ribbons or cartridges, no ink, no smudge, just a perfect image in seconds.

Let’s talk about the Zink Zero Ink technology.  There’s a great article over at tectogizmo.com that explains What is Zink Zero-Ink Photo Printing and How Does it Work? A really excellent article and I recommend you read it.  Tons of information on what Zink is all about.  Now let’s look at the Zip Printer:


The photo printer is small and very portable. Comes in a couple different colors and is pretty much ready to go.  Nothing elaborate or difficult to assemble.  Unbox and start the process!

The printer paper is not a Polaroid Film, but rather Zink Smartsheet Photo Paper.  It’s easy to install, just ensure you have it the right way and load the Polaroid Zip with the Photo Paper the way you would any standard printer.  50 Sheets of Paper were very inexpensive as compared to what Polaroid actual film costs!!  It’s 2 inch by 3 inch and compatible with the Polaroid Snap, Snap Touch, Z2300, SocialMatic Instant Camera, as well as this Zip Instant Printer.  And there’s also “fun packs” with different bundles and combinations.  They are very affordable and a great alternative to the traditional Polaroid film.

Now, one minor thing to note, this Zip Printer came with a URL Scan Code that was supposed to take you to the iPhone App Store to download the application quickly and easily.  It did not work:

Don’t worry about that though.  I literally went into the iPhone App Store and just typed in Polaroid Zip and it came right up immediately.  The app is super easy to use, just import the picture you want to print, there’s a variety of stickers / emojis you can add – add text if you want – and once the image is how you want it, send it to the printer.  Connecting the app to the phone was easy, connects via Bluetooth – just search for the device and click connect.  Out of the box it’s ready to pair with your android or iPhone in seconds!

Once you send to the printer, in under 30 seconds you have a perfect image on the 2″x3″ Zink Paper that’s crystal clear and also the paper is peel and stick.  Yes, the entire photo is a sticker.  It’s borderless so it’s actually a bigger image than the Polaroid Film Prints – and much more versatile, too.   Quick and easy.  Oh and it’s FUN TOO.  Kids love making their own stickers and it’s inexpensive enough that you can let them do a bunch and not feel like you’re wasting a lot of money.

It makes a great addition to scrapbooks, photo albums, or use clips and build a little display with them!  Hang them in your room, office, or use at an event for decoration!

In summary, the Polaroid Zip Printer is a lot of fun to use, makes high quality Zero Ink (ZINK) images on small 2″x3″ peel and stick photo paper.  It’s economical, easy to use, versatile, and images come out in seconds.  It connects via Bluetooth to your iPad, iPhone, or Android device.  Deep vibrant color images that are smudge proof and long lasting.  It’s an incredible deal and makes the perfect gift for the hard to buy for people on your shopping list.

See this amazing little printer at: Amazon.com

 

Great inexpensive iPhone X Screen Protector – Skinomi

First of all, I’m a long time Screen Protection customer with a well-known product that begins with the letter Z. I have used them on every iPhone in the last 4 years, usually replacing them at least a couple times a year. They’re expensive. So I finally decided to try something different as a less expensive alternative.

The Skinomi iPhone X Screen Protector gives you 3 for a fraction of the price of one I typically buy at the mall kiosk!!! It is perfectly molded to the phone and is simple to install. I always have shy-ed away from doing this install myself but it was so easy. I used the microfiber cloth, held the glass screen protector on the sides and put it down – aligned on all sides. I used the silicone squeegee to get out the air bubbles – and now it’s perfect!!! The protector is well made and I can’t tell any different between this one and the ones I’ve purchased at 6x the price!!! PLUS…. I have 2 backups. Let’s face it, i’ll probably drop my phone at some point… so now I have 2 backup screen protectors when I do!!

I cannot recommend this product enough – great protection at a very low price!!