. . . back by popular demand! i've been asked several times in the last six months for my tortilla soup recipe. sorry it's taken so long. you would have enjoyed it so much during this long hard winter. what can i say? i was in hibernation. at last here tis though. truly worth the wait.
fill a soup/stock pot past halfway with water. throw in a pack of split chicken breasts. these are the ones with bones in them and skin on them. there are usually 2-3 breasts in one pack. add salt and pepper to taste. add about a half a little bag of frozen onions. this is the only acceptable shortcut. frozen onions vs the real deal don't seem to affect the taste any for my taste buds. if you're going to cut up an onion yourself, then do a whole small one or a half a big one. add a handful of finely shredded cilantro. dried cilantro is junk. get the fresh stuff. just pick off the leaves and chop them a bit. do NOT put in the stems if you want me to eat your tortilla soup. blech. add 7 or 8 baby carrots thinly sliced. you can add twice that if you like carrots. i don't particularly care for cooked carrots, but they add such pretty color and make me feel healthy. and really you can barely taste them with all that other good stuff on your spoon. ok. now boil everything. this is WAY important. do NOT let it hard boil. this will make your chicken rubbery. the boil should be barely there. this goes on for 40 minutes to an hour. sometime during the early stages of the boil you'll see some funky foamy white stuff floating on top of your pretty soup. skim off as much as you can. the rest will go away. when you think the birds must be close to done, just pull one out and check for blood. once you're sure they're good and dead,turn off your soup, pull all the birds out, and let them cool a bit before picking the meat and throwing it back in the pot. now pour in a can of rotel. if you're into sales and couponing, you'll be happy to know that petite diced tomatoes with green chilies will work just fine. if corn on the cob is in season, go all out and cut the kernels off the cobs of 3 or 4 of those. DEliciousness. if there's no corn on the cob around then a small bag of frozen is the next best thing. bring it all to a boil again and it's done. garnish with a bit of finely shredded cheese. i usually use the mexican blend, but colby jack works just as well. if you like avocado, then avacado wedges are fun too. my sister taught me that one. she had it in a restaurant like that one time. serve with tortilla chips. i keep mine in an extra bowl to the side and just add a few at a time. i don't like the soggies.
mmmmmm . . . buen provecho!
1 package split chicken breasts (2-3 breasts)
salt (to taste)
pepper (to taste)
1/2 a small bag of frozen onions or one small onion or half a large onion
my angel baby took his very first swim lesson tonight. he swam the entire length of the pool to the 10 foot end! i couldn't believe it! he is the little dot on the left side of that middle cluster. he can't decide if he wants to be a diver or a fisherman when he grows up.
i need a new 50mm lens. i lost the lens cap to mine and it hasn't taken long to ruin the glass. i should have been more careful. sigh. gotta order a new one as soon as i do my taxes. i really need to do my taxes. times a tickin.
i made a pretty cool pretty green layout for the american crafts blog. it's one of my favorites. i can't post it here, but you can see it there.
have you been checking out all the guest stars over at the jbs inspiration blog? tomorrow's guest will be hosting a giveaway. i'm in the know. ;)
and speaking of two peas and challenges and fabulous layouts, you really must check out the year long series that shannon tidwell has going on. i've done january and february so far and am still on target to get march in under the wire.
oh! you say you are in need of blogging challenges. or were you saying i am in need of blogging challenges? i definitely resemble that remark. well, get it scrapped! has just the thing for the both of us. a whole forum dedicated to blog challenges. good stuff.
i should probably also mention that i had a rather big birthday last week. my friends threw me a surprise party friday night. i was surprised i swear. i really did swear. you would too if the kazoos were aimed at you. it was a rather startling cacophony. thank you dear friends.
ok. up past our bedtime for the third night in a row. oops. night all.
. . . otherwise known as spring break. i basically did nothing for two entire weeks. i could bemoan the fact that i got nothing done so i'm still in the same harried state that i was in prior to spring break. i prefer to look at the bright side . . . those two weeks of were niiiiiiiice.
yesterday i finally found the productivity factor. we left the house at 12:30 on a misson and didn't get home till 7:30. this is what we got done . . . returned videos, did some packing at the jbs warehouse, dropped off a kit at annie's, took g to swim at the ymca's indoor pool for an hour then we signed him up for swim lessons (that start tomorrow), i did a mile and a half on the treadmill (g only left me 20 minutes of childcare time after his swim), dropped by target to spend a little birthday money, returned library books, and did a major grocery run to kroger (i saved $68.27)! after we got home i managed to cook dinner (and start a pot of tortilla soup for the next day), sweep, mop, and vacuum, tidy the kitchen, wash the bedding, and go over g's site words in preparation for returning to school on monday.
monday came early. i really wasn't sure what i was doing all day either. two weeks off the job makes one a little rusty. it all came back to me rather quickly though. gotta be able to think fast on my feet around teenagers.
. . . or a kid . . . no worries . . . nothing pressing to do . . . don't they look relaxed?
i am so strung out right now that yesterday i tried to call sherri all day long and was totally freaking out that my phone was going to voicemail when i did. i finally had melissa look at the darn thing last night to see if she could figure out what was wrong with it. turns out the phone was fine. i had been calling MYSELF all day instead of sherri. yea. melissa was in tears she was laughing so hard as she told sherri all about it on MY phone. some friends. ha.
so this was today, which is typical of my week so far:
6:00 wake-up call. 6:20 actually get out of bed. 6:40 wake-up the gman. 6:50 make a mcd's hotcakes pit-stop. 7:12 actually got g to school on time. 7:30 get to my school. 7:50 make plans to test a student who doesn't want to be tested because he'd rather not miss p.e. class. 8:00 kids show up. 8:15 class starts. 8:30 begin oral testing listening to 11 students answer the same 16 questions all period and then some until 10:30. two hours of brain drain. 10:30 head to the next school. 11:00 get unexpected news that one of my darlings needs help with an honors biology test. how's that going to fit into the mix? 11:17-1:29 the mix: administer that same oral test from the morning five more times. help kids with their to kill a mockingbird test. also two of the dears needed help with physical science test redos, one needed help finishing her algebra mid-term, two needed help with health projects, not to mention that biology honors exam i already mentioned. serious brain drain. 1:45 head to the jbs warehouse. pack 2 boxes and tie a few tickets. 3:30 head out to pick up the gman. 4:00 three gas station stops in search of "juicy drop pops dare to drop" and a kroger stop for hyacinths. 4:30 home to freshen up, photograph some cards, knock out g's homework, and say hello to the kitties. 5:00 off to shirley's for dinner and a little relaxing. whew! 7:30 head back home. deal with a few online jobbies anda little blogging. 9:00 thinking we should get the bedtime routine going, don't you?
my son is no bug assassin. he is merely reenacting the scene of a dead one he saw out on the landing. he says he likes this picture a lot. i like this layout a lot. it makes me laugh. i like to laugh. it's one i made for this month's kit over at jbs mercantile. some awesome stuff in there. check it out!
you may have already heard. i was the loser in calvinball again this year. loser if you consider scoring 100 points in the month of february a loss. i'll take it as a win. yes i will. i made 11 layouts (one a 2 pager), 26 cards, and 2 BIG mini-albums. i call that productive! celeste came out on top with 250 points and paula was a very close second with 200 points. yay team!
spring is in the air! spring is in the air! spring is in the air! i did a little spring cleaning this weekend. the important thing isn't that i could germinate a seed in what i swept up and dusted. no. the important thing is the little green plant that will rise to the warmth of the sun. aaaaaaaah. i have thawed. my mind has escaped hibernation mode. i am ready to pack up my early 90's flannel shirts and $12 clearance heater and live again! i have declared march 1 my official new year. bring it on world!
p.s. my class start date has been moved to march 8th as spring thaws have not yet started where poor debbie lives.
p.s.s. just one more giggle. here's a close-up of buggy boy in case you didn't laugh hard enough the first time . . .