Chili club

I know I've shared my love for my book club in past posts here, here and here. It is such a perfect much needed girl time for this hosting loving momma! I had the craziest day Tuesday so was running around until the girls arrived at 7 but I went to bed with a full heart and full belly! This was our social   month so no book but currently on my Kindle are: Steadfast Love, Present over Perfect and Firefly Lane

Our fondest memories are made when gathered around the table!


Bacon wrapped water chesnuts
Cheese platter

Dinner-Chili bar
Spanish cornbread
White chicken chili
Southwest stew

Nothing Bundtinis

Here are the recipes, they are so easy BUT delicious!!

Bacon wrapped chestnuts

1 cup ketchup
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
2 cans (7oz) whole water chestnuts (drained/rinsed)
1 lb smoky bacon

Preheat oven to 425 degrees

Cute bacon slices into thirds. Wrap chestnuts in bacon and secure with toothpick. 
Place in 9x13 pan. 

Combine ketchup, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, and garlic powder.
 Pour over bacon and chestnuts.

Bake for 35 minutes.
    Chili bar
    Best additional offerings:
    Cheddar cheese
    Sour cream
    Chopped red onions
    Oyster crackers

    White chicken chili

    2 tbsp olive oil
    1 tbsp corn starch
    1 medium onion-chopped
    1 can chopped green chiles-drained
    2 cans white beans (I use Northern)
    2 tsp cumin
    2 tsp chili powder
    1 lb chicken tenders
    1 tsp salt
    1 tsp pepper
    2 cups chicken stock

    Place all ingredients in slow cooker. Cook on medium heat for 4-5 hours. Remove chicken, shred, and return to crock pot.

    Southwest Stew

    1.5 lbs ground beef browned
    1 can Rotel
    1 can Ranch style beans
    1 can diced tomatoes
    1 can beef broth
    1 can tomato sauce
    1 can tomato puree
    1 can Minestrone soup

    Combine all ingredients in large pan on stovetop. Bring to a boil, t
    hen reduce and let simmer. Serve warm. 
    You can also make this in a crock pot and keep on warm for 6 hours. I double this recipe
     for book club:)

    Spanish Corn Bread

    1 1/2 cups yellow corn meal
    1/2 cup flour
    1/4 cup sugar
    4 tsp baking powder
    1 tsp salt
    3 eggs
    1 cup milk
    1 lb ground beef-browned
    1 lg onion-chopped
    2 cans diced green chiles
    1/2 lb cheddar cheese
    1 can creamed corn

    Mix together in large bowl. Mix well then pour into 9x13 pan. 
    Bake at 425 degrees for 35 minutes or until brown on top.

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