in the last six weeks, i have become quite the traveler. i have spent more time packing, traveling, and unpacking than i have pretty much anything else. don't believe? these numbers don't lie!
17,072...number of miles flown
70...number of meals eaten out
5...number of meals eaten at in-n-out
19...number of nights in a hotel
6...number of destinations visited
8...number of trips taken (3 to california!)
7...number of cupcakeries visited
4...number of nights stayed with friends
needless to say, it's good to be home :)
so now that i'm done traveling, look forward to many good posts. i promise, i'll be much better than i have been the last six weeks. i feel like i said that two weeks ago. but look forward to many good things!
13 October 2011
so last weekend, inspired by the crisp autumn air, we came home from church and i made a big old pot of my white chicken chili. i don't know about you, but there is something just so cozy about coming home from a great morning at church, changing into my sweats, and smelling something good cooking on the stove. we did have to make a stop to grab a few things from the store on the way, but during the autumn/winter months, i like to keep the basics of this chili in the cabinet.
i love this recipe because its good, hearty, goes a long way, and is pretty simple.
feel free to take it and tweak it.
i should add that i make white chili because i have a pretty strong tomato intolerance, so normal chili is out the window for me. i've made it a few times (we host an annual christmas chili party for our friends) but i dont claim to be great at it, because i can't really taste it.
and, white chili is a little different flair. if you've not had it before, its got more of a tex-mex feel. its great served the same way as regular chili- i usually top mine with a little sour cream and cheese, with either fritos or cornbread. sometimes i even add in some fresh cilantro and maybe a chopped jalapeno.
so to start with, i get everything out and get ready. this time, i was making a double batch because i wanted to make enough for us to take for lunch to work all week.
|i was somewhat surprised to find local chicken at walmart?|
|for my chili, i like to use a combo of light colored beans. this time, i used navy beans, chick peas, and great northern white beans. pretty much though, you can use whatever you prefer, as long as they are light colored|
|so first step, start boiling the chicken in some salty water.|
|once you've got that going, drain your beans and get them ready. the recipe calls for about 1 lb of beans, so i used 6 cans (2 of each). i like my chili extra-beany.|
|as you can see, my recipe has been used several times. and i'm not very neat. ah well, its well loved!|
|so i also go ahead and get my pan ready to saute some onions.|
|isn't this guy fun? my dad picked us up this olive oil container and its great- it makes the perfect drizzle and doesn't drop or leak|
|so this is my workspace to prepare to chop the onions. tip: when chopping onions, if you have problems tearing up, either put a big chunk of bread in your mouth, or cut next to an open flame, the onion juices will burn up and you won't cry!|
|so i put half of those chopped onions in the chicken broth & beans, and i saute the other half. i get them good and soft and golden, then add in 2 cans of chopped green chilis. i let them saute for just a minute or so.|
|then i add all my spices to this and stir well. i add cumin, red pepper (cayenne), a little oregano, some lawrys & some lawrys season pepper. i'm pretty generious with how much, but you want at least 2 tsp cumin, 1 1/2 tsp cayenne, and 3/4 tsp oregano. and several good dashes of the seasoned salt and seasoned pepper.|
|stirred up and ready to go.|
|ok so once your chicken is boiled, it should look about like this.|
|so you want to tear/chop/whatev into small pieces/cubes. you can keep it as chunky as you like, or go for shreds. i opt for shreds..|
|and then, after your beans+broth have cooked down for a good 4 hours, you add the chicken and onions and peppers.|
|yum, huh?? now you want to let this cook for AT LEAST an hour. the longer, the better.|
|and there you go! yum, huh? here is my bowl, with some fresh cilantro, ready to devour.|
|a little sour cream goes a long way in adding a creaminess factor to it.|
|and of course, some fresh cheddar cheese on top.|
there you have it friends! white chicken chili! check out the recipe below:
1 lb. white beans (I like to use dried beans and soak them overnight- I combine 1/2 bag of Navy and 1/2 bag of Great Northern or something like that- I've tried a lot of different beans and they all taste about the same, just so long as they are white)
6 c. chicken broth
2 cloves minced garlic (1 tbsp)
2 medium onions, chopped
1 tbsp. olive oil
2 4 oz. cans of diced green chilis (last time, I accidently used diced jalapenos which made it super spicy)
2 tsp cumin
1 1/2 tsp. oregano
1/4 tsp cayenne (all my spices I eyeball instead of measure, and I always use probably triple what it calls for, because I like a lot of flavor)
4 c. cooked, diced chicken (I like to boil about 2 lbs of chicken and shread it)
1-2 Fresh Jalapenos, chopped
1. Combine beans, broth, garlic, and 1/2 onions in large pot and bring to boil. Go ahead and turn on your crock pot if you are going to use it so it will be hot. Once the mixture is boiling, transfer to crock pot and simmer 3+ hours (I've let it simmer all day before, but if you do that, just add extra broth or water)
2. In skillet, saute the rest of onions in oil until tender. Add chilis & seasoning and mix well. Add to crock pot, then add chicken. Simmer 1+ hour. Check, and right before you serve add chopped cilantro and fresh jalapeno to taste.
3. Serve and Enjoy!!
11 October 2011
if you'll notice, to the left of this post is a little blurb about how i am trying to gather your info for my records. pretty soon, i'll begin the process of getting our christmas cards together and i want to make sure i have everyone's info. i promise not to share anything you give me or anything like that, i just want to send you a christmas card.
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while nathan and i have been in san fran, we have seen a lot of different people. its always amazing to me how many people can come together in one place. even more apparent than the skin colors and languages we hear is the variety of food available. greek. chinese. thai. irish. mexican. italian. etc. we are surrounded by the world. we can't help but talk about how incredible it is that people from all over the world come together here in the US.
all of this made me excited to blog about the unreached people group this week. i know i have missed a few weeks, but to me, this is one blog topic that i like to take quite seriously.
today, i ask you to join me in praying for the zaza-dimli people of turkey. the joshua project has identified them as one of the top 10 people groups needing to be reached. a people group that is a type of kurdish people, the zaza-dimli have their own dialect as well as their own "sect" of islam. shocking to me was the fact that, although they number over 1.1 million, the government of turkey doesn't recognize them, and will not assist in meeting their basic needs. additionally, there are literally no believers among them. there is no copy of the bible in their language. and while they have been identified as in need of missionaries, there seem to be none present.
would you join me today in asking our Father to reveal himself to these people? pray for believers to be willing to go, to learn the language and translate the bible so that these zaza-dimli might be able to read and know our great God. pray also for a mindset shift within the government, that He would help meet the physical needs of these people through the government of Turkey. pray the God would raise up a generation of these kurds that would worship Him as the one True God.
so its hard to believe but this is my 100th post!
i must say, i am really enjoying this blogging thing.
here's a few pics from our trip so far.
and ps, here's some places you've GOT to check out if you come to san fran....
|yes my friends, we have arrived...at the in-n-out on the wharf|
|yes please! a little double double, some fries, and a strawberry shake...yum@|
|hanging out in muir woods with the 400+ year old trees (redwoods)|
|at the wharf...pretty cool, we got there and it turned out to be fleet week, so we got to see the blue angels and a lot of other pretty cool air shows!|
|yes, that is a REAL background :)|
07 October 2011
this past weekend, while up at berry for mountain day, nathan and i, along with our whole crew of buddies, ran in a 5k. it was a blast running berry's campus like i did as a student, plus it was fun to get active with my friends! (most of our hangouts involve lots of food and most of it on the not so healthy side:) ). to top it all off, i had an awesome time that i was quite proud of- 25:29!
06 October 2011
so the other night, i ordered new running shoes- yay!
i had to tell you about the site i used to order them- after going thru ebates, i found this site called roadrunnersports.com. not only did i get 8% cash back through ebates, they had this awesome option to purchase a VIP membership for 1.99 that ultimately saved me $14! so basically, i paid $2 for a $14 coupon. but the good news is, the membership lasts for a year! and it got me free shipping, which is basically another $7 or $8 off.
my shoes were shipped out within a few hours and i got a nifty email documenting that. they should come in tomorrow, which i am pumped about. all in all, i definitely recommend them!! check them out for your running gear!
last night, while driving to agnes scott, nathan and i were blown away by the annoucement of the passing of the great steve jobs. he truly was a remarkable guy, a visionary, and someone worthy of being looked up to. while he created a lot of great products, he also modeled what it is to pursue the impossible. nathan has shared this link before, but i wanted to repost the transcript from mr. jobs only commencement address, given in 2005 at standford university:
04 October 2011
03 October 2011
so this weekend, we loaded up the edge and headed up to sweet sweet berry. i loved by days at berry. they were full of learning, friends, outside, memories, coffee, and growth.
each october, we return for mountain day- an age old tradition to pay homage to miss martha berry, the found of the college. its hard to believe that my first mountain day was 6 years ago....
|christina, erin, and i our freshman year.|
so how mountain day works is that it is really a whole weekend. on friday, the dorms compete in an annual olympics. each dorm has a secret theme with tshirts and its just a blast. friendship (my dorm) always went way beyond just tshirts and did whole themes. freshman year, as can be seen above, we were girl scouts, complete with cookies that we gave out.
sophomore year, we were a baseball team, complete with jerseys and bags of popcorn.
|me & erin|
|erin & lyd|
|our class :)|
junior year, we were a naval fleet, aka the "friend ship" kind of lame, but we had fun.
and finally, senior year, we had some green recycling theme going on. kind of crazy.
then, on saturday, everyone goes up to the mountain for a picnic and the grand march. a strange old tradition, we basically line up and march down a hill, giving our age in pennies to the president in a basket as a gift. we march down, then come down in pairs, then come down in fours, then eights, and finally 16 across. its a big deal to be a senior, because typically, there are only enough boys to hold hands with the senior girls, and everyone else ends up holding hands with girls. its a fun tradition, and once we get down to the bottom in 16, we sing the alma mater and the class president gives the president the pennies. and that's the grand march! its a lot of fun, as crazy as it sounds. oh, and one other thing you will see below, there's a dress code. well, more of a color code. underclassman women wear pink, underclassmen guys wear blue, senior girls wear blue, and senior guys wear white. here's some pics throughout the years:
|me, christina, and our friend amory|
|one of our first pics together :)|
|me and christina- marching!|
|me and erin|
|getting ready to march- me, lyd, christina, and erin|
|trying to keep up!|
|check it out...boys!|
|the beginnings of the march|
|not sure if you can tell but i'm giving my pennies|
|we got to hold hands with boy!|
|lydia never would march- but she took lots of pics!|
|lydia capturing the commotion|
needless to say, it was always a good time. this year, we met up again to watch the march and enjoy remembering the glory days.
|this year, me, christina, eli, nathan, and graham|
|christina, lydia, erin, and me|
|nathan and his friend adam|
and here's our alma mater:
far up in the hills of georgia stands old berry tried and true
the shrine of many a memory of the silver and the blue
our loyalty and love we pledge
God keep thee without fail
behold the light
that shines for right
alma mater hail all hail!