Friday, July 9, 2010

Tortilla Soup, First haircut and Sunflowers

As promised here is the Tortilla Soup Recipe that I made the other night!  It is SUPER easy and delish! The recipe made enough for our family of four to have it for supper and lunch the next day (3 adults and Emma).  The recipe would be easy to double or triple if needed!


2 large chicken breasts
6 Cups of water (or you can use 6 cups of chicken broth)
1 Chicken boullion cube (if you use chicken broth instead of water then eliminate this)
1/2 a jar of your favorite salsa (I used a big jar. So if your jar is smaller than use all of it!)
1/2 of an onion-diced pretty small
Salt (to taste)
Pepper (to taste)
Cumin- 1 tsp or MORE!
(This is my favorite spice so I put in quite a bit more than a tsp. 
The nice part is you can continue to add it until it's time to serve your soup.  So just experiment!)
2 cans of beans (black beans or canneloni white beans...or one of each! Live it up :) )

Put all of the ingredients (EXCEPT the beans) into your crockpot.  It's fine if your chicken breasts are frozen...just throw them in!  Cook on low all day or on high for half of a day.  About an hour before you serve the soup take your chicken breasts out and shred them.  Place back into the crockpot.  Add your beans as well.  Also in this last hour taste the broth and add more salt, pepper or cumin as needed.

To finish off ladle soup into bowls.  Top with a dallop of sour cream, fresh avacado and tortilla strips (you can find these at the grocery store by the salad fixings!). 

This soup is even better the second day around.  The flavors are DELISH!!!

And as you can tell alot of the recipe isn't exact measurements as far as the spices go.  That's the beauty of it!  I'm all about experimenting in the kitchen :)

Another quick and easy meal is to throw your chicken breasts in the crockpot with a whole jar of salsa.  Let it simmer all day.  Shred about an hour before serving and put chicken back into your crockpot.  It will soak up all the salsa during the last hour.  Then serve in tortillas for a delicious chicken taco!

If you have any questions regarding this helter-skelter recipe let me know :)

I buy my tortilla strips from Aldi.  I purchased the Santa Fe style and they are scrumptious!


This morning the babes and I headed to the mall where Bekka (my sister) cuts hair.  We stopped in to say hi and while we were there we thought Colt could use his first haircut :)  He had about 5 strands on the top that were out of control!  It kind of resembled Big Bird...

The finished product! Handsome little man :)


Before I forget to post these....

On our way home from Missouri we passed a HUMONGOUS sunflower field.  I have never seen anything like it!  There were about 6 fields in a row... absolutely gorgeous! 

Trav was sweet enough to pull the car over so I could take a picture of Emma by the sunflowers.


Off to take my laundry off the clothesline before the rain comes!
Hope everybody has a great weekend!!!

I'll leave you with one of my favorite Bible verses.
 I'm so thankful that I can rest knowing that my God is in control!

"I have said these things to you,
that in me you may have peace.
In the world you will have tribulation.
But take heart; I have overcome the world.”

                                               John 16:33


  1. I have actually clung to that verse in the last year. I rest easier knowing HE has overcome this world!! Love ya... have a great weekend!!

  2. I think we passed the same sunflowers on our way home from St. Louis! Makayla was asleep though, so no pictures.

    Your children are just adorable!

  3. I love that picture of Emma and Colt is just so freaken adorable!

  4. Ashley that picture of Emma by the sunflowers...BEAUTIFUL!