Life Lately in Photos {+ a shop update}

I know, I know, I’m the worst blogger ever.  It started when our cable and internet went out a few weeks ago and then I just got lazy from there.  I have no other excuse.  I stopped taking pictures of the food and instead I just threw it on the table.  I promise I’ll get back to being motivated and sharing fabulous recipes again soon.

I also wanted to share that Banana Bean Design launched a fabulous new line of crocheted baby blankets and accessories along with our ever popular wine items {something for the kids and something for the mamas!}.  I’ve been feeling so inspired with a crochet hook in hand that I just can’t stop creating new fun things!

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My sweet baby girl is becoming a total ham for the camera // Posing on one of her favorite warm and cozy chevron blankets

A custom order chevron blanket that I seriously wanted to steal and keep, so I had to add it to the shop // We ran a 5K and I think I’m re-addicted to racing {fun fact: I ran cross country in high school}…

Cheering for our Bruins and enjoying March Madness // So Cal winters with lots of family outside time are the best

A little something for my ladies…a crochet wrap bracelet that’s comfy and cute! //  The first birthday party crafting has begun.  Bring on the pink

Snuggly security “cloud” blankets are so soft that you’re going to want one too // On our rare chilly days {I’m talking 60 degrees..} the kid rocks her little earflap hat

So check out the shop and I promise I’ll be back with a recipe or two before you know it!

Slow Cooker Thai Curry Chicken Noodle Soup

Slow Cooker Thai Curry Chicken Noodle Soup | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

You know how traditional chicken noodle soup is good for the soul?  I like to think that this is a fun twist on that classic dish…but still just as heart warming and delicious.  Except this one has creamy coconut milk, spicy curry and scrumptious rice noodles to make it extra special.

I think I’ve been pretty vocal about my love of curry, but in the past I’ve always used curry powder or paste, or a blend of my own spices, to get the job done.  This time I spotted a bottle of red curry sauce at Trader Joe’s and decided to try it.  And omg it’s delish.  I added some extra here and theres and spices and such like I always do, but this sauce was pretty killer on its own.  I’m thinking about just dousing a couple of chicken breasts in it, throwing it in the slow cooker, and serving it shredded on some flat bread in the future.  It’s rich and creamy and delicious.

Slow Cooker Thai Curry Chicken Noodle Soup | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

And no, this isn’t a sponsored post by Trader Joe’s.  I wish it was, because I’m slightly obsessed with their products and might die if they offered to sponsor my little blog.  But unfortunately for me, I’m just sharing the love while I sit here and eat my chocolate covered sea salt butterscotch caramels {yes for real, from TJ’s too}.  Anyone else out there have a favorite snack or find?  I feel like there’s all kind of hidden gems just waiting to be devoured every time I walk in to do my grocery shopping.

Slow Cooker Spicy Thai Curry Chicken Noodle Soup
Recipe type: Soup
Cuisine: Thai
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 4-6
  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 cups of chicken broth
  • 1 – 12 oz bottle of red curry sauce (I got mine at Trader Joe’s)
  • 1 T chili oil
  • 1½ t garlic salt
  • 1½ t ginger
  • 1 t black pepper
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 2 cups rice noodles
  • 1 T fresh cilantro, plus more to garnish
  • 1 T chopped green onions, plus more to garnish
  1. Put everything except coconut milk, rice noodles, cilantro and green onions in the slow cooker and stir to combine.
  2. Cook on low for 8 hours or high for 4-5 hours.
  3. Shred chicken with two forks
  4. Add coconut milk, cilantro, green onions, and rice noodles. Stir to combine.
  5. Cook for an additional 10 – 20 minutes, or until rice noodles are desired texture.
  6. Serve hot and garnish with cilantro and green onions.

Slow Cooker Thai Curry Chicken Noodle Soup | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

Spicy Semi-Slow Cooker Chicken Enchiladas

Spicy Semi-Slow Cooker Chicken Enchiladas | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

Ok so apparently I'm on a Mexican kick now.  Let's be honest, I'm always on a Mexican kick.  I could eat Mexican food every night of the week if my husband would let me.  I love food with tons of spice and big flavors, and it always seems to fit the bill for me. These enchiladas were totally … [Continue reading]

Spicy Corn Cakes with Chunky Avocado Salsa

Spicy Corn Cakes with Chunky Avocado Salsa | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

Confession.  I'm eating one of these right now.  It's cold...I didn't even bother to heat it up because it's still good like this.  I made over a dozen decent sized cakes last night and we're down to one and a half now.  I can't stop.  So anyway, this recipe is good.  Really good. Remember how I … [Continue reading]

Slow Cooker Spicy Mexican Lime Chicken Soup

Slow Cooker Spicy Mexican Lime Chicken Soup | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

Guys, I'm going to seven weddings this summer.  Seven.  Not to mention all of the showers, bachelorettes, and now baby birthday parties I'll be attending {and hosting}.  We're going to be busy bees starting this spring and flying all the way through until the fall.  Like I look at the calendar and … [Continue reading]

Gnocchi and Asparagus with Brown Butter Sage Sauce

Gnocchi and Asparagus with Brown Butter Sage Sauce | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

On our first wedding anniversary, we went all out.  We stayed in the hotel that we got married at, walked the grounds, took photos, and went to the fancy restaurant.  It was romantic and fun and we still felt like newlyweds. Fast forward three years to our four year anniversary.  I still feel … [Continue reading]

Slow Cooker Potato Bacon Chowder

Slow Cooker Potato Bacon Chowder | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

This recipe started off as a yummy, relatively healthy crock pot recipe.  And then bacon happened.  And it turned into a not so healthy, totally delicious, knock your socks off kind of a recipe.  I'm glad that bacon happened.  I always am.  It's not quite as simple as some of my other slow cooker … [Continue reading]

Spinach & Basil Tortellini

Spinach & Basil Tortellini | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

One of our resolutions this year is to spend less money.  I guess it's always a good resolution, but it's especially important now that we're down to only one income.  One of the things that we could easily cut back on is the amount of money that we spent on food.  I always knew that I could come up … [Continue reading]

Curry Quinoa Twice Baked Butternut Squash

Curry Quinoa Twice Baked Butternut Squash | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

Oh hey there everyone, how has 2014 been treating you so far?  I've spent the majority of it celebrating Christmas part deux and stuffing my face with deliciousness over at my mother-in-law's house...she cooks up such deliciousness that it's hard to say no.  So now that we're back in town, I'm back … [Continue reading]

The Countdown {Top Recipes of 2013}

Happy New Year's Eve, my friends!  I'm sure you're all going to fabulous soirees and planning to drink fancy champagne and dance on table tops.  My plans?  Baby down by 8pm, a glass of red wine {or three} and a Breaking Bad marathon {we're totally addicted}.  Woooo crazy party animals... Anyway, … [Continue reading]