Delicious Details

March 7th

green chile corn bread

The more I craft, the more I love the details — in packaging, tiny stitches, finding just the right button. My art is slowly but certainly changing from the “make lots of stuff quickly no matter how shoddy the results” to “make a few things and give each one 100%.” This shift comes from watching others tend to the details so, so well.
This bunny I received from Nicole during Backtack is a regular reminder to slow down, enjoy the process and take the extra time to make the project at hand just right. A few others who seem to work this way inherently are Colleen, Meg, and June. {I stare at their projects in Flickr — sometimes for hours — taking notes.}

soup bottled and ready to go

So when presented with the opportunity to make some “get well soon” soup for a girlfriend yesterday, I didn’t just rush off to the store to pick up a few supplies. I went through a dozen cookbooks to find a recipe I thought she would love. Then, I took a swing through the dollar store for the right containers. The dollar store and Big Lots are great places to find a pretty plate, bowl, jar, spool of ribbon, tissue paper, and other supplies on the cheap. I scooped up four of these lovely turquoise jars and a green plate. I love these shades together and thought the colors went nicely with the menu: white chicken chili and green chile cornbread.

white chili

White Chicken Chili:
6 (15 oz.) cans of great white northern beans
6 cups of cooked chicken, diced or shredded
2 tsp. cumin
5 cups chicken broth
2 medium onions, diced
2 (4 oz.) cans chopped green chilies
1 1/2 tsp. ground oregano
1/2 tsp. red or cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp. pepper
24 oz. sour cream

{Yield: 10-12 servings}
Fill a large sauce pan with 6 cups of water. Place raw chicken in water and boil for 15-20 minutes. Take chicken out of water and place in a glass dish. Allow to cool and then dice/shred. To remaining water, add chicken bouillon (or if you like, throw this out and put in your 5 cups of chicken broth). Add diced onion. Boil in broth for 15 minutes. Add all remaining ingredients to pot, except sour cream; simmer one hour. Fold in sour cream before serving.

plate of bread

Green Chili Cornbread:
Easy! Buy a couple Jiffy cornbread boxes, add necessary ingredients and 2 (4 oz) cans of green chiles and follow directions on box. Voila — yummy, spicy bread.

soup with tag

While the bread was baking and the soup simmering, I took a few minutes to stamp some labels for the jars. It was a great way to spend a late afternoon.


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31 Responses

  1. You always have such cute stamps. Where do you find them?!

  2. omg. you are the best friend. lucky friend to get some of your soup and cornbread!

  3. what a very thoughtful gift. and from the heart.

  4. I love that you stare at other bloggers’ projects for hours – at least I’m not alone in my online stalking! The soup and cornbread look super yummy; I will definitely be trying that soup recipe soon.

    Your friends are so lucky to have you! We could all use friends like you…:)

  5. I was the lucky recipient! Yum, I had some lovely white chili for breakfast!!!!

    And it will be my lunch menu too.

    Thank you!

  6. See, that is all the way cute. I think getting a gift like that would make me feel better right away. Plus, the cornbread looks yum.

  7. I have been reading your blog for the past month. Your kindness and generosity continue to amaze me. Thank you for sharing!

  8. That cornbread looks SO GOOD!!!!

  9. what great packaging of delicious goodies! love the stamps.

  10. It sure does sound like a good afternoon. The tags are darling, and you can’t go wrong with soups. A comfort food, that will be well receieved.

  11. Aha! Something I can do with the chicken tonight. What a fabulous gift!

  12. Yummy… and such a nice, thoughful gift.

    Thanks so much for the kind words about my crafting 🙂

  13. That sounds very yummy, I’ll have to try it out. I, too, love packaging and could buy things just because the way it looks. I absolutely love the jars, what a nice and thoughtful gift!

  14. Oh, yum! And you really have a nice touch with all the details.

  15. Mmm, creamy! I’ve been jonesing to bust out my crock pot for weeks now, but haven’t been in the mood for regular chili – I’m going to try your recipe with dry beans and add the chicken at the last minute.

  16. Kelli, I am so touched by your kind words about my crafting endeavors. I truly believe that making anything–be it cooking, sewing, gardening, whatever–should always come from the heart. Your thoughtful planning (I adore all the details in your gift) and generosity in this food gift for an ill friend is another demonstration that everything you do comes from your own loving and caring heart. What a blessing for her! You create wonderful things for us all to marvel and I thank you for sharing your heart and your ideas with all of us.

  17. Kelli, if this is slowing down, I can not imagine what you accomplished in the fast days! Incredibly generous and more than a little coak!

  18. I too stalk other crafters/knitters photo’s to see what they are doing. I used to rush my pottery when I was getting ready for shows and usually regretted it. Especially the firing process and cool down. I lived to regret it many times of course and now if I can get back to the studion I will take my time and enjoy the process. Of course now I’m not doing shows any more just selling at source I can do that…great looking soup. ciao

  19. sounds so yummy! such a nice gift.

  20. As my Aunt Donna always says, “Presentation is everything!” Way to go.

    Also, thanks for mentioning Big Lots. I would have never thought to look there for a good container, serving dish, what-have-you. Perfect suggestion!

  21. all these food pics make me hungry

  22. Kelli! I’ve been slack lately. I’ve been reading though! You’re a constant inspiration and such a sweetie. NX.

  23. I’d whish we live closer, I get ill often during the winter, and it would be very nice to have a friend like you at hand!

  24. you sweet, sweet woman! what a lovely friend you are.
    i completely agree with you on this shift in craft philosophy… i too felt for a long time that i wanted to crank things out… quantity and speed were important… and i am recognizing that i am becoming much more interested in the process. i don’t really think of it as product *versus* process, rather more of an integration… it’s making me happy 🙂

  25. YOur giraffe stamp is adorable. I love pound shops too, you just don’t know what you’ll find.

  26. Wow what a thoughtful and beautiful thing to do.
    I am good at making things that are useful, not so much at beautiful. Need to work on that. Presentation makes a huge impression.

  27. I know what you mean about noticing the beauty in the details. That is a truly cute bunny!

  28. Look at you! That looks both thoughtful and delicious — double score.

    I’m ready to tell you my secret now: I’ve been working at becoming more detail-oriented as well. My mother has always been a shining example of the quality vs. quantity principle. Sadly, it’s not my natural tendency, but I’m so touched (and encouraged!) that you would lump me into this category! 🙂

  29. Hey! I made the chili this past weekend and it was as great as expected. I also added canned corn niblets for no reason.

  30. Hi Kelli,
    your spirit is great!
    Did you got the stamps at the cheap store or are they kind of a brand so I could purchase them online? Love them.