January 16, 2015

Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe


One of the things I do like about Winter time is the soups, I love cooking and finding new things for us to try. Most days and most of the time I am cooking for one {myself}, my son is a little picky and wont eat allot of the foods that I make. Hoping one day he will outgrow that and enjoy the dinners with me. This soup was amazing and as a added tip, if you like spicy soups add in a minced jalapeno {which I did} This one was crunchy with the home made friend chips on top and full of flavor and I just love avocados.

This one I found over here on lilluna's blog

Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe
 
Ingredients
  • 1 lb chicken breast cooked and shredded
  • 1 15 oz can corn
  • 1½ 15 oz diced tomatoes drained
  • 1 can black beans, drained
  • 6 cups chicken stock
  • ½ tsp. cumin
  • ½ cup onion chopped optional
  • 1 small can diced green chilis
  • 2 tsp. minced garlic
  • ¼ tsp. chili powder
  • 1½ tsp. salt
  • ¾ tsp. pepper
  • monterey jack cheese, shredded
  • corn tortillas for chip topping we cut and fried corn tortillas
  • avocados cubed
Instructions
  1. Cook and shred (or cube) chicken.
  2. Add all the ingredients, except the cheese, corn tortilla strips and avocados to your crock pot. Cook on low for 8 hours (or high for 3-4 hours).
  3. Add cheese just before serving.
  4. To make this soup extra delicious, add some crunchy tortilla strips. Slice up corn tortillas with a pizza cutter. Flash Fry in hot oil and sprinkle on top of your soup. Add cubed avocados too!


January 15, 2015

Hand Stamped Keychain Giveaway >> Refuse To Sink!



Its been awhile since my last giveaway, think we are due now that the craziness of the holidays are over. This one is from my shop, Yourcharmedlife Inc.

I have tons of really cute hand stamped personalized and non-personalized keychains in the section titles "keychains" go check them out!

Valentines Day is right around the corner and I offer some really cute affordable options for your loved ones! See some examples below

This giveaway is totally free to enter, must live in the USA. Will run for 7 days, will email if won and will have 3 days to answer me back, then moves to the next person if not claimed.

Have fun!





January 12, 2015

Snow Sledding in Colorado



I don't like the cold, we don't get along. I grew up in Texas and lived there most of my life, I like heat. Not cold. I am prob. living in the wrong state then right? No, I do really like Colorado. Just not Winters, it gets down right cold here in the negatives with wind chill factors. One of the things I do like about CO and winter time is that you get to go snow sledding. Every year we do this and own a few sleds for both of us to have fun. This time my brother Gary, was visiting us and got to go experience it as well. I looked up on the net, best places to snow sled in CO and this hill was brought  up on the list here in my city. We all went and had a blast







January 6, 2015

Leftover Ham Bone Soup



So we had a very yummy Ham for our Christmas dinner, I wanted to use the leftovers for future meals and found the perfect recipe. This one is literally one of my favorite soups I have ever tried. Its full of natural flavors and goodness. I had double bowls and tons of leftovers. Think of off the good minerals and vitamins packed in here. I had never thought of saving my ham bone and boiling it for a natural stock for soup but I'm sold now! I think I need to buy another ham, just so we can make this soup again before Winters over.

I frequent Pinterest often looking for good meal ideas and there is one particular website that has not failed me yet and this is where I found this soup here

Ingredients
  • 1 leftover hambone
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 carrots, peeled and diced
  • 1 russet potato, peeled and diced
  • 1 cup canned white kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 3/4 cup frozen corn kernels
  • 3/4 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
  • 2 bay leaves
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 1/2 cups leftover diced ham
Instructions
  • Place leftover hambone in a large stockpot or Dutch oven and add enough water to cover the bone halfway, about 6-7 cups. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer until very fragrant, about 30 minutes to 1 hour; remove and discard hambone.
  • Heat olive oil in a large stockpot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add garlic, onion, carrots and potato. Cook, stirring occasionally, until onions have become translucent, about 2-3 minutes. Stir in ham stock, beans, corn, thyme and bay leaves; season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  • Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer until potatoes are tender, about 10-12 minutes. Stir in ham until heated through, about 1-2 minutes.
  • Serve immediately.


For the ham, I wanted to also share how ours turned out, it was a keeper. Found it here

December 27, 2014

Merry Christmas // Our Christmas 2014

Christmas eve

Did that really just happen? Did another year just fly by? All the prepping, shopping and getting ready for it to be over in a blink of a eye. We had a magical Christmas this year, Santa came and visited and left behind his boot prints in our living area!



We then opened the stocking Santa left

and had a very special breakfast, I got this idea from Pinterest and my son loved it. You dye the pancake batter green with food coloring and then layer it to look like a tree and top it off with a star of some sort. I carved on from a Yellow apple and then sprinkle the pancakes with candies. FUN.



After a change of clothes and a much needed cup of Joe we opened our gifts, my mother and father live in another state and Christmas Eve we opened a package that had a video camera in it. So we all opened gifts over the camera on Skype!!



For this next picture I feel the need to explain the WHY IN THE WORLD DOES THIS KID HAVE SO MY TOYS?! So here it is, he is my only, he is the only grandchild, only nephew, only a lot on my side of the family and...These gifts are from: Santa, me, his dad, his grandma, grandpa, uncle, great uncle, my cousin etc. etc. He is loved and he is blessed, Amen.


So then my son left for a few hours to go and do his Christmas with his dad and his other grandma/grandpa. The kid had 3 separate family Christmas's this year. I took the time to un-wind and enjoy some quite time.

back from his dads
 
So this year was my first year ever to cook a ham for us, I found a amazing recipe here. The glaze was soooo good and sweet made the ham very tasteful
 
 
So that's our Christmas, it was a busy one with my kiddo in and out all day between his dads and friends house. I didn't mind it one bit. We kind of create our own traditions as we go and that's ok./ Hope you all had a very Merry Christmas 2014!!

December 24, 2014

Merry Christmas Eve + Candy Cane Festival


Merry Christmas Eve, what are your plans for today?

My son will be leaving with his Dad in a few and I'm going to get a little work done. Yep, working on Christmas Eve. That's ok what else would I do? We are super excited for tomorrow and will get my son the entire day. Hope you all have a very merry Christmas.

We attended last week Denver's Candy Cane Festival at Hammonds Candy Factory. We got a tour too see how the candies are made and enjoyed tons of arts and crafts. Very fun!