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The Best White Chicken Chili

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Over the years I have perfected my white chicken chili recipe. I started with a recipe and kept adding and tweaking things every time I made it until I got it exactly how we like it. It's my go to meal to make for people when they have a baby or when I have to host and feed a crowd. Everyone loves it and it's easy. I've had so many people request the recipe and I always wish I had a blog post about it so that I can just direct them here. Every time I make it I forget to snap photos. Well, I finally remembered...so here you go!

It's super easy and there is absolutely nothing fancy about it. It's one of the easiest things to make and it always turns out delicious. I love to make it spicy but I usually leave out the spice when I'm serving other people, so it's versatile enough to tweak to your liking!

And it's the best when topped with shredded cheese, tortilla chips and sour cream. So good! we even entered this chili into a chili cook off at Lula's school. It didn't win, but we had so many people come over and tell us it was their favorite.

White Chicken Chili

4 cups cooked chicken breast - diced or shredded
1 cup chopped onion
1 tbs minced garlic
3 cups chicken broth (or more if you like it more soupy)
1-2 tsp crushed red pepper (you can leave this out if you don't want it spicy at all)
2 tsp cumin
2 cans great northern white beans
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 can chopped green chilis
 1 cup corn (optional)
Saute onion and garlic in butter. Combine all ingredients in a large soup pot and simmer for 1 hour. Serve with crushed tortilla chips, sour cream and grated cheese on top!

Watercolor Geometric Hearts

Friday, January 16, 2015

A few days ago I decided I wanted to come up with an easy Valentine's day painting.  I had the idea of painting some geometric shapes inside a series of hearts. It was easy and fun but the funny thing is that throughout the week I have seen a million geometric heart projects on Pinterest! So, apparently all the bloggers had the same idea. Great minds think alike, I guess.

I used liquid watercolor but I'm sure the cakes would work too, the colors just won't be as saturated.

After sketching out 4 hearts and filling them in with various triangles, I began painting inside with different shades of pinks and purples.

I thought it would be interesting to have each heart progressing with more color until the 4th one is totally full.

Erase the pencil lines and it's done!

An easy way to add some cheap Valentine's day cheer to your home!

Gold Leaf Number Canvas

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

My gold leaf canvas project from last year was one of my most popular posts of 2014. I decided to make another version of that project to hang along side my brush stroke cross painting.

I decided to make a number five gold leaf canvas. We are a family of five and we were married in 2005, so I figured it works!

It's pretty much the same process as my first gold leaf canvas painting. Instead of using stickers, I used painters tape to create the five.

I pretty much just made the number out of the tape and trimmed it up to get the shape I wanted, stuck it on the canvas and applied the gold leaf as I described in my first tutorial.

I hung it along with this cardboard deer head that I got at Joann's for $7. I'm not sure Reid is too thrilled with it (I think he's just mainly confused by it), but I think it's cute.

I can't wait to show the rest of the bedroom soon!

Brush Stroke Cross Painting

Thursday, January 8, 2015

I'm back with a tutorial...shocking!! I know, I've been so sporadic with blogging. I have made this excuse before, but life gets busy and blogging gets put on the back burner. The truth is, I love blogging but it is so competitive. In this Pinterest age, every photo must be magazine quality and there are a million DIY blogs out there. Sometimes it feels pointless. However, I love it. So, I am thinking through what this blog will mean for me in 2015. I don't want to give up just yet. But, I know of several bloggers that are calling it quits. Young House Love being the biggest. I think a lot of people are feeling the same way.  Once I compile my thoughts, I will share them. For now, I have a new tutorial. (with less than Pinterest perfect photos because the lighting in our bedroom is impossible)

I've seen these swiss crosses around for awhile and I love how minimal and simple they are.
 (throw from Urban Outfitters)

(photo credit)

When we recently got a new bed (more on that soon!), I wanted to revamp some decor in our bedroom. In classic Homemade Ginger style, I didn't want to spend any money and decided to reuse and repurpose some things we already had. I decided to use this frame to make my own version of the swiss cross pattern to bring into the room.

I started off with a large piece of poster board and measured out some general guidlines with a pencil.

Then, using a foam brush and some black paint, I started making my crosses. I wanted mine to have a looser brush stroke effect. To do this, make the middle of the cross first and then use less pressure to feather out the brush stroke a bit towards the ends of the lines.

I'm happy with how they turned out!

It was the most simple project ever!

I'm planning on doing a mini gallery wall and adding in some other elements. I will update you with the finished product!

Top Posts of 2014

Thursday, January 1, 2015

It's the new year and that means it's time to sum the top posts on Homemade Ginger! It's always so fun and interesting to see which posts had the most traffic. There are usually some in the list that are totally unexpected and baffle me as to why they were so popular!

I'll list the top 10 in order from least to most popular!

#10. Make Your Own Set of Watercolor Cards

#9. Homemade Lavender Bath Bombs

#8. Child Drawn Shirt Designs

#7. DIY Gold Leaf Canvas

#6. Marbled Dish Towels

#5.  Sewn Instagram Garland

#4. Geometric Planters

#3. Thrifted Owl Lamp

#2. Handmade Vinyl Record Book

#1. Ugly Coffee Table Turned Ottoman

Honorable Mentions (some of my favorites that almost made the cut!)

 Q-Tip Flowers

DIY Brush Stroke Letters

Gold Conversation Hearts

Once again, Thanks for a great year and I'm looking forward to what this blog holds for 2015!

Favorite Apps!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

One of the best things about the Intel Tablet I was sent  awhile back is the ability to have some useful apps!

My iphone is very old and I can't use most apps with it. So, it's been fun to have some useful, fun and educational things on my tablet. Here are some of my favorites and some that I would like to have in the future!

 Educational: PBS Parents Play and Learn, RAZ Kids (reading app)Teach Me Kindergarten, Little Writer (tracing app)

Miscellaneous: Pippit (kind of a combination of Pinterest and Bloglovin') Good Budget - This is probably my most used app. We track every single dollar we spend and each thing comes out of different "envelopes". This is a great alternative to the cash envelope system that we were always terrible at.

Shopping: Cartwheel - always always always check Cartwheel when you are at Target! Most likely something you are buying has a Cartwheel coupon for it! Groupon - if we go out to eat (which is rare), we usually go somewhere with a Groupon! Joann & Michaels Apps - never buy anything from either of these stores without a coupon!

Photography: A Beautiful Mess - I would love to buy this app for only $1. It lets you add handwriting to photos and other fun stuff! Rhonna Designs - Another amazing photo editing app that I want to get!

I hope you found at least one app that might interest you! Some of these that aren't free would make great little gifts.  And if you haven't already seen it, go check out how I made a tablet cover out of a shopping bag.

#spon: I'm required to disclose a relationship between our site and Intel. This could include the Intel Corporation providing us w/content, product, access or other forms of payment.

DIY Stamped Gift Wrap

Monday, December 15, 2014

Wow,  I have been totally out of the blog scene this month! December is always so busy and on top of that we had the stomach flu at our house for a full week. I had it the worst and it took so much out of me! I hope to be back to blogging regularly until Christmas.

I've loved sharing easy gift wrap ideas in the past and I have a super easy and quick one for you today that the kids will love to help with!

I made some stamps out of a sponge and created a scalloped design on some plain gift wrap. That's it! You just need a few simple materials that you probably already have on hand.

Cut a half circle or whatever shape you want out of the sponge.

And just stamp away. My lines are far from straight or perfect, but I kinda like it that way.

Try it on all different colors of wrapping paper and with different colors of paint. Let the paint dry and then wrap away! This is great because you can use it for any occasion, not just Christmas.

Well, that was short and sweet! BUT..don't worry I have more! Check out all of these other gift wrap tutorials from Homemade Ginger past:

Anthropologie Inspired Gift Wrap

DIY Pom Pom Gift Bows

Chalkboard Gift Tags

Brown Paper Packages


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