Thursday, January 27, 2011

Chicken Tortilla Soup

Last night I made Chicken Tortilla Soup and it was amazing!!
By far one of my favorite soup's ever!! So, naturally, I wanted to share the recipe with the world... or whoever reads my blog!

1 cup Pace® Picante Sauce

2 cans (10 3/4 ounces each) Campbell's® Condensed Cream of Chicken Soup

1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut into 1/2-inch pieces

2 cups frozen whole kernel corn

1 can (about 15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained

1 soup can water

1 teaspoon ground cumin

4 corn tortillas (6-inch), cut into strips

1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese (about 4 ounces)

1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves

  • Stir the picante sauce, soup, chicken, corn, beans, water and cumin in a 4-quart slow cooker.
  • Cover and cook on LOW for 4 to 5 hours or until the chicken is cooked through.
  • Stir the tortillas, cheese and cilantro into the cooker. Cover and cook for 15 minutes. Serve with additional cheese, if desired.
You can also find this recipe at the Campbell's Kitchen Website.
Once I got everything in the Crockpot it didn't seem like very much soup... and I wanted leftovers! So I added 2 extra cans of water, and some tomato juice (1-2 cups)... this gave me a larger mass of food and it also made it more soup like... the recipe called it "creamy", but mine was just plain thick, which isn't a bad thing, just not what I was going for! Also, instead of using corn tortilla's I used flour and instead of using pace picante sauce, I used salsa ... again, just a preference/what I had on hand thing. The family loved it, even the kids! It's really good by itself or as a chip dip if you're not into soups!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

25 Degrees

It was 25 degrees out yesterday so the kids and I bundled up and headed out to have some fun in the snow! It's not very often I get all 3 kids together in one picture so these pics are super special! We made some fun memories!

Friday, January 21, 2011

Mischievous Little Girl

This is what becomes of cereal when a 20 month old gets a hold of it... 2 boxes all over the living room, she was so proud!!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Goodbye Tank

This last weekend our family was out of town and we came home to find that our beloved pit bull Tank had died.
Death is never easy, even when it's a family pet... we are all doing well though. We've had a couple days now to soak it all in, and it seems to almost get harder... him not greeting us when we come home is sad. Bennett is 20 months old and really loved him, but she cannot understand that she won't see him again... she's been asking "where's Tank?" whenever we go past his house outside. We explained everything to the boys and let them see him one last time for closure/finality... They are doing good, and excited to get another dog someday.
Tank had 6 great years with us (and Ted & Lori) and we have lots of fun memories with him!... He will be missed...