Friday, February 02, 2007

Feeling better with friends, food

Thank you, one and all, for encouraging me yesterday. I should know better than to write when:
  1. My husband is out of town (home this afternoon!) so:
    1. I haven't used up my daily allotment of 25,000 words.
    2. I stay up way too late at night thinking.
    3. Even when I go to bed I'm still thinking.
    4. I wake up thinking.
    5. I begin to feel the weight of the world on me, and me alone.
  2. My tailbone is injured because I fell while trying to fix something in said husband's absence. Did I just have a baby or is this worse than an episiotomy?
  3. Beth Moore is overtaking my life (it's a good thing!)
I thought it was interesting that my encouragement came from all sorts: From Emily, a college student, whose friendship across cyberspace has encouraged me so much to raise my children to know God. From Granny, who is not nearly old enough to be my mother, but maybe she could be an aunt (pretty please?). From Michele, Caroline, Diedre, Elise, and Beck, whose children are younger than mine but who are journeying with me on this path. And from Christina and Susanne, who (thankfully!) are one step ahead of me. And for those of you who read but don't comment, I know you're out there, and that means so much!

I know my hope can't be in myself or in some "formula" that I plug in and *ding*! Out pop great kids.

My hope is in the Lord. I have to kick myself in the shorts (NOT the tailbone, please!) sometimes and say,
Why are you cast down, O my soul?
And why are you disquieted within me?
Hope in God;
For I shall yet praise Him,
The help of my countenance and my God.
Psalm 42:11 (NKJV)
He is my help and my hope. Thanks for reminding me.

Of course, food always helps me feel better, too, so I thought while I was at it I would post our traditional Superbowl chili. As if I care who wins this Superbowl since the Cowboys are not playing, but it is a great excuse to see my sister!

Chili Blanco (White Chili)

1 lb. dry white (Great Northern) beans
5 1/4 c. chicken broth (but who's measuring that carefully, huh?)
2 cloves minced garlic
1 lg. chopped white onion
1 tsp. white pepper (Use less, seriously. I use about 1/8 tsp.)
1 tsp. salt
1 T. oregano
1 T. cumin
1/2 t. cloves
5 c. diced cooked chicken
1 - 7-oz. can chopped green chilis
1-3/4 c. chicken broth (yes, more chicken broth)
1 T. diced jalapeno (optional)

Soak beans overnight (or do quick soak on pkg). Drain.

In large kettle combine beans, 5-1/4 c. broth, garlic, onion and spices. Simmer covered at least 5 hours until beans are tender, stirring occasionally. Stir in chilis, chicken and 1 3/4 c. broth. Add jalapenos if desired. Cover and simmer one more hour.

Serve in a tortilla-lined bowl with shredded jack cheese, black olives, salsa, sour cream, and avocado slices.

I also like to serve this with rice, corn bread and LOTS of tortilla chips.

Since it takes forever to cook, I usually make this in stages - cook the chicken one day and put everything together the next. And go ahead and double or triple it. It freezes well, and is just as good!

Have a great weekend!


Stephanie said...

Yum! That chili sounds great ... it may be an additional to our superbowl feast this year. :)

Susanne said...

Oh dear, I'm a list and formula kind of gal, but for some reason the formula keeps changing and I can't keep up! (c:

Thank God He never changes and His word does not change. My hope is in a solid Rock that does not shift.

I love how you just sashayed from children, to hope, right into food before we knew what was happening! Your my kind of gal!

That recipe sounds yummy! Enjoy the game on your great big new making hubby happy tv.

Tammy M. said...

That chilli recipe sounds AMAZING!!! I think I am going to make it for Sunday.
I saw this article on preachermike
click over if you want to read what the NFL is saying to a church who was planning a superbowl party!

If I didn't link it correctly just go to and link to it from there.

Granny said...

Oh, yes dear, I'll be your aunt...I'm Granny to enough people :-) Glad you got encouragement from lots of quarters...

Beck said...

That chili sounds REALLY good. I was a big cautious about white chilis for some reason until this year and now I love them!
Good post about raising kids. I often get kind of despairing about my skills, so I'll keep this in mind, too.

Emily said...

LOVE! :-)

Caroline said...

Privileged to be counted as a friend!


The recipe sounds incredible!!


Andrea said...

I love Super Bowl food!!!

Isn't it wonderful you have all that encouragement from so many different places..

Walking with you...with the Lord, Katherine...

Rachel Anne said...

Can't wait for the white chili! Better yet, to SEE YOU IN PERSON!!! Finally, an excuse to get together, as if we need one. Love you, sis!!

Anonymous said...

Beth Moore taking over can be a good thing. She is so wise and I always learn so much from what she has to say.
The Chili sounds good. I may have to try this one.

Christina said...

This recipe looks good. I love chili and so does my family so I will have to give this a try.

It's nice to hear about all the encouragement from the bloggers. Who would of thought this would become such a huge part of peoples lives.

amy@flexibledreams said...

Emily has that effect on me too.

Kelly said...

This looks like a great recipe! Thanks for passing it on.

Elise @A Path Made Straight said...

So grateful to be walking on that path together, Katherine.