During busy times it’s always nice to have quick go-to recipes that will last your family the day or weekend. Here’s one of my absolute favorites!
Chicken Tortilla Soup
4 cooked boneless, skinless chicken breast cut into bite-sized pieces (I just boil the chicken up and cut it up or put the uncooked chicken with a little water in the slow cooker the day before you make the recipe or whenever and freeze it if you’re not ready to use)
1 15-oz can black beans, undrained
2 15-oz cans low-sodium Mexican stewed tomatoes, or Rotel tomatoes
1 cup low-sodium salsa (mild, medium or hot, whichever you prefer…I prefer homemade)
4-oz can chopped green chilies, undrained
2-14.5 oz cans chicken brother (I like the stuff with garlic in it)
1 T. ground cumin
chili powder to taste
baked tortilla chips
grated low-fat cheese
low-fat sour cream
1. Combine all the ingredients except chips, cheese and sour cream in large slow cooker.
2. Cover. Cook on low 8 hours. Stir when you think of it…not required just more fun.
3. To serve, put a handful of chips in each individual soup bowl. Ladle soup over chips. Top with cheese and sour cream.
I have discovered today that Cedi is what one would call a ‘close talker’. You know, that person who is talking to you that just gets too close and doesn’t seem to leave you your personal space?…well, that’s Cedi.
Today, at the apple store, a little girl came in and Cedi decided that she REALLY wanted to be her friend. So, to do this she just stood really, really, really, really close to her. Every time the little girl backed up, Cedi would move with her.
After purchasing a few things the customers decided to go outside and explore the orchard (they ended up having a lot of fun on the tire swing). Of course, Cedi wanted to follow. Luckily, Grandma was watering flowers and she decided it would be more fun to do that. I’m going to take a wild guess that the little girl is not going to become friends with my ‘close talking’ daughter.
A good friend of mine, Noah, showed up at the store to buy apples not long after this took place. I introduced him to Frank, Diane and the girls and took him on a quick tour of the orchard. When we returned to the shed I saw that my girls had decided to go for a ‘swim’. What we saw were two naked little butts peaking over buckets of water. Both girls were standing in 5 gallon buckets and having fun ‘swimming’. I guess whatever keeps them happy right!?
Cedi spent the weekend with her Papa at Uncle Buddy’s campout. She had a lot of fun playing with Great Grandma and Great Grandpa, following her cousin Kamryn around like a puppy dog, falling asleep on Grandma’s lap at the camp fire, bobbing for apples, and camping out in the trailer with Papa.
Along with the campout came mosquito bites…lots and lots. Papa did put on bug spray but Cedi must just be too sweet to resist.
I felt really bad for her yesterday morning so I thought I would give her just a little Benadryl to help her get through the crazy itchiness. BIG MISTAKE! At first she just laid around and watched her movie calmly while I worked at the apple store. Then, she just started to act wacko…it was so weird! She was throwing things, making mean faces and just not being herself at all. At first it was funny but then I started to get nervous. Grandma Lapacek thought she was being weird too. When Papa came back from his first load of picking we sent her back with him in hopes of her taking a nap. She didn’t sleep at first but the Benadryl must have started to wear off…as she started to act more and more herself.
I’ll have to admit I was scared for a bit…but I’m glad she’s fine and now I know…no Benadryl for awhile yet…