January 17, 2010

Baby Dedication

My little Clyde was dedicated at church today. He can have a bit of stranger anxiety so I was slightly nervous when I handed him over to the minister. But he did great and didn't make a peep....even tried to get the minster's glasses.

We had a luncheon at our house afterwards. We served two types of chili with all the fixings, corn muffins and chocolate cream cheese cupcakes. See below for the White Bean Chicken Chili recipe. It is delicious and super easy. Great for a rainy Sunday.

1 tbsp olive oil
1 cup chopped onion
2 tsp chopped garlic
1.5 lbs bones chicken cut into bite size pieces
1 packet taco seasoning
1 cup water
1 small can or jan of articoke hearts, drained and quartered
1 (14.5 oz) can of diced tomatoes
1 (15 oz) can white bean, drained and rinsed

In a dutch oven, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion and saute until softened 3-5 minutes. Add the garlic, chicken and 1/2 tsp of the taco seasoning. Cook until the chicken is no longer pink.

Add water and remaining taco seasoning. Bring to a boil. Add the artichoke hearts, diced tomatoes and beans. Simmer uncovered for 5 minutes before serving.

And here are a couple cost saving tips for party planning. We were short on bowls for all of guests. I ran out to the Dollar Tree and found these great bowls there...5 for $5. Almost as much as I would have spent to buy plastic bowls for the whole event and these I will have for next time.

Also, instead of fresh flowers, I looked in my yard for flower/plants. I have a ton of Aucuba bushes and cut a few branches and displayed in vases on my sideboard and table.

1 comment:

  1. Hey Alyson -
    love the blog! took your advice and have some aucuba on my dining room table. can't wait for more updates.
    mandy miller