There is something magical in the air, just in time for the Holidays. This year, Universal Studios Hollywood has turned Hogwarts castle into an even more magical version of itself. Whether you are a fan of Harry Potter or not, the lights at Hogwarts are beautiful and breathtaking. "Christmas in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter" takes place nightly now through January 8.Read More
This post is sponsored, thanks to JCPenney. All opinions and photos are my own.
And just like that, my girls are grown. No longer are the days of picking out cute little matching outfits that I like. Now, all of a sudden and what seems like out of nowhere, my girls have opinions of their own and style preferences. The early tween age is pretty tricky, it’s a balance of them finding themselves while still guiding them to not make poor or inappropriate fashion decisions. JCPenney has so many great deals throughout the store. I was able to find an adorable dress, jeggings, a really cool top and stocking stuffers too!Read More
The holidays are here! Are you hosting any holiday parties? It seems like lately all we have are parties and gatherings one after another. Today I'm going to tell you about this awesome new beverage cooler that would make a great addition to any home. The NewAir 96 can Beverage Cooler is pretty awesome and although this might sound silly, it's really pretty too.Read More
Right now, the Ontario Mills Mall is not only your one stop shopping destination, it is also your one stop destination for the classic, must-do, annual Santa photo! You can find Santa at Ontario Mills through December 24 to spread the holiday cheer. Enjoy the magic of the holiday season at the brand new World of Wishes set, which transforms California’s largest shopping destination into a winter wonderland full of Nutcracker figures, festive trees and garland arrangements.Read More
Okay friends! Happy Who-lidays! I love visiting Universal Studios during Grinchmas. I mean, Universal Studios is always fun and there is pretty much always a new attraction to check out. But there is something even more amazing about the way that they bring Whoville to life. Each time I visit I am blown away by the beautiful 60 foot tall tree, but even more so by the citizens of Whoville.Read More
The holiday spirit is alive and in full swing at Knott's Berry Farm, in fact Knott's has completely transformed into the merriest place around- Knott's Merry Farm! My family and I were lucky enough to attend for the 3rd year and this time with a little bit of surprise SoCal rain. Knott's Merry Farm is open now through January 8, 2017. Keep reading to hear about some of the fun stuff you can expect.Read More
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As much as I love Halloween, I am kinda glad it's over. We finally had some cooler weather and rain this weekend and in this house cooler temps mean cozy food and no more barbecues (besides my husbands traditional Christmas Eve barbecue). The holidays can be such a busy time of year, with all of the running around from store to store, but for me the one place that I like to do all of my grocery shopping for the holidays, is Smart & Final. Keep reading for my yummy Slow Cooker Corn Chowder recipe.
My favorite part of Fall is the food, it is the only time of year I can get away with making soups, stews and chowders in my house. Today I am sharing my slow cooker corn chowder recipe. For me, life is easier when you can just throw everything together and forget about it until later. This is the perfect recipe for those busy days when you just don't have time to stand over the stove and oven for dinner or those cozy days that just want to be spent watching movies.
Do you shop at Smart & Final? This warehouse store makes every day shopping and holiday shopping so easy and affordable. Their home brands are easily half the price of their competitor and are great quality. The holiday season is the best time to save as much as possible.
All of my ingredients for this recipe fit in a small basket, were First Street brand, and cost under $30.
Here is my yummy Slow Cooker Corn Chowder recipe:
1 lb First Street Bacon
1 stick of First Street Unsalted Butter
1 Large Brown Onion
8-10 Medium Golden potatoes
2 (3 lb) Cans of First Street Chicken Broth
*I only use 1 1/2 cans for the recipe
1 1/2 cups of First Street Half & Half
1/4 cup First Street Corn Starch (not pictured)
3 cups of First Street Frozen Whole Kernel Golden Corn
4 cups of First Street Mild Cheddar
Salt and Pepper to taste
Before you start chopping, set your slow cooker to high to get it nice and hot and now get ready to chop.
1. Start by chopping the bacon to 1 inch pieces and cook until crispy. Remove from drippings and set aside for later.
2. Add the stick of butter to the hot crock pot to melt.
3. Dice the large Brown Onion and add to butter, cook until translucent.
4. Add the 1/4 cup of corn starch to the butter and onions and mix well. It will be thick.
5. Next add the chicken broth, slowly at first while whisking the corn starch. Continue to add all of the broth.
6. Peel and chop the potatoes and add to the slow cooker.
7. Add 1 1/2 cups of Half & Half and Frozen Corn. Stir to mix.
Now, walk away. Depending on how long you will be away, you can set to low or high and when you are ready to serve, mix in the cheese and salt and pepper to taste.
I know you were wondering what you were going to do with that yummy bacon, well here it is. Serve yourselves a warm bowl of your fresh corn chowder and add the bacon crumbles and maybe some chopped chives to the top. Serve and enjoy.
What I love about this recipe is that you can completely prepare ahead of time and just throw it all together when you're ready. I like to sit and peel then chop the potatoes, onions and bacon at the same time. After that, you can mostly throw it all together.
Another note for this recipe is that you can substitute and add whatever you have on hand. If you don't have bacon, chop some ham and throw it in there, or instead of corn, add frozen broccoli. If you don't have mild cheddar, throw in Monterrey Jack cheese or a mixture. The next time you're at
keep in mind you can pay half price if you buy their First Street products.