Monthly Archives: April 2012

Chicken Tortilla Soup


Happy Monday!

It has been a busy weekend here! I worked Saturday then in the evening my husband, youngest daughter and I made it out to have some pizza,Archiver’s and to watch  “The Hunger Games”. I didn’t want to see it but then my husband reminded me how I made him go see a movie that he didn’t want to see, so off we went! I thought the movie was kind of slow, but it was really a good movie! My daughter cried and said that it made her really sad. What made me sad was that the theatre was completely full (not one empty seat!) and it was hotter than heck! The funniest thing that happened was that someone threw a big old fart during the movie! I don’t know if it was real or not but it was hilarious! We didn’t get home until about 10:30 and that is the latest I’ve gotten home in a long time…how sad!

On Sunday my girls , best friend and I went out to look for my daughter’s prom shoes and jewelry which we were able to find. All we need is for the day to get here so we can get her all glammed up!

Since the weather has been rainy and dreary here I have a delicious soup recipe for you.

The picture isn’t good, but the soup was good especially at 3 WW points per serving.


4 small boneless skinless chicken breasts
2 teaspoons olive oil
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 medium onion, chopped
1/2 medium green pepper
1 medium jalapeno pepper, chopped
2 cups frozen corn
1 teaspoon chili powder
2 teaspoons cumin
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 cup dry white wine or 1/2 cup water
4 (14 ounce) cans chicken broth
2 (8 ounce) cans tomato sauce
2 (14 ounce) cans diced tomatoes
1 cup non-fat tortilla chips (optional, for topping)
1. In a large pot, saute the garlic, onion, green pepper and jalapeno with olive oil until soft.
2. Add all the other ingredients to the large pot and bring to a boil.
3. Remove the chicken breasts and shred (using two forks to pull the meat apart) after about 15 minutes.
4. Return the shredded chicken to the pot and simmer for about 45 more minutes.
5. Serve topped with crushed tortilla chips (if desired).

I didn’t add the jalapeño pepper so that everyone could eat it and I opted not to use the tortilla chips as a topping. I chose to add some chopped avocado to the top of mine because I love the creaminess of avocado in soups. Of course I added some hot sauce to mine to give it a little kick too!
Have a great day!
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Scrapbook Saturday-Maná


Hey! Hey!

Finally the weekend is here and I have to work. The weather is cold and blustery so It’s ok that I have to work. If it was beautiful and sunny I would be really upset!

I absolutely love my girlfriends! I have known my best friends practically our whole lives. We started hanging around when I was about 11 or so I think. Our parents know each other and even our grandparents and great-grand parents knew each other. Our families are from the same town in Mexico. I can’t imagine my life without them! They are Godmothers to my daughters and they can’t imagine their live without them either! When a great concert is announced they are the first people I think about! One of them is missing from this picture. I don’t remember why she didn’t go, but we probably had more fun than whatever she did that night!

Check out our cool picture from a concert last year….

Maná is a Spanish rock group from Jalisco, Mexico. They are awesome! Going to their concert is so much fun! The screaming, dancing, excitement…you would think I am 18 years old when I go to their concert! If you get a chance listen to their music. It is absolutely great!

Have a great weekend!



Supplies: Stampin’Up, October Afternoon, House of Three, Sizzix, DCWV, misc. glitter paper and rhinestone

Orange Crush Soda Cupcakes




How’s it going? Hope you all had a great week and that today goes quickly so the weekend could get started! It’s going to be a busy weekend and I hope I get to wear these beauties!

Aren’t they gorgeous? I LOVE shoes!  I was actually shoe shopping for my daughter but when I saw these my heart skipped a beat! Unfortunately with my feet problems I don’t wear as many different types of shoes as I used to. My feet feel better in wedges and pumps so I couldn’t resist these! I found them for only $5.00 at Shoe Carnival! I couldn’t not buy them! Now I just have to find somewhere to wear them! If I could I would buy tons of beautiful shoes and put them in their own giant dressing room I would!

Let’s move on to something sweet. I made these cupcakes for a my daughter to share at a party.

Orange Crush Soda Cupcakes
350 degrees
13 – 15 minutes (convection oven)



1 cup butter
2 cup sugar
4 eggs
4 cup sifted all-purpose flour
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 bottle of Orange Crush Soda (12 oz)
1 TBS fresh orange zest

  • Butter is best at room temperature.  Cream together your butter and sugar.
  • One at a time, add in your eggs and beat for a minute more.
  • Add in your sifted flour and baking soda, and alternate 1 cup of flour and some of your soda. Till you have added and blended it all together well.
  • Mix in your orange zest and vanilla last.
  • Pour into your cupcake liners. We use an icecream scoop that scrapes the icecream out. One hefty scoop per cupcake filled it 3/4 of the way.
  • Bake for 13-15 minutes (convection oven) And 19-23 minutes regular oven. But watch them. They will not need to get golden brown. Just till toothpick inserted and removed is clean.
  • Cool completely before you add your frosting/icing.


1 cup butter
4 cups powdered sugar
1/8 cup fresh orange juice
1 TBS orange zest
1 tsp vanilla
(Approx) 1/8 cup Orange Crush Soda
Gummy Orange Slices

  • Butter at room temperature beat your butter till nicely whipped.
  • Add in slowly your 4 cups of powder sugar alternating with your 1/8 cup of fresh orange juice.
  • Add in your orange zest and Vanilla.
  • If your frosting is too thick, I added approx. 1/8 cup of Orange Crush Soda to the frosting. Adding a little at a time till I got the consistency I wanted.
  • Pipe frosting on your cooled cupcakes.
  • Garnish with orange slice candy.
These cupcakes were absolutely delicious! The consistency was more of a pound cake than a cake. The frosting was to die for!!!! It is the best most flavorful frosting I have ever made. These are so perfect for summer (or anytime of year)! I chose to garnish them with a small slice of orange. I could have eaten all of them.
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Bean Thinking About You



Hope you’ve had a great week so far. I have been pretty busy both at work and at home. I love being busy! It is very hard for me to just sit and do nothing. I have to be cooking, cleaning or crafting…anything but doing nothing! This time of year in a school office is pretty busy and I love it! Working on the current school year and getting ready for the next school year makes for a busy and fast day!

How many times do you think about people that maybe you haven’t spoken to in a while? I think about them quite a bit! Sometimes I see something that will remind me of someone and that makes me want to call them, text them or e-mail them but nothing beats a handwritten expression!

This card is perfect to send a little hand written note to someone that maybe you haven’t seen or talked to in a bit. The color combination of the teal and brown is so pretty. Can you see my great sewing skills?

Have a great Wednesday!



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Supplies: Papertrey Ink, Stampin’ Up!, Gina K Designs, Authentique, vintage sheet music



Reading Adventures-One Hundred Years of Solitude



Happy Monday! I hope you all enjoyed your weekend! I had a great and busy weekend! I babysat my nephews and niece this weekend and had a very tiring but rewarding experience! My arms actually hurt from picking my niece up. Maybe it will build some much needed muscle! It was great playing with them and getting hugs and kisses for no reason! I was exhausted when I came home but it was well worth it!

I finally finished reading “One Hundred Years of Solitude” by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. It was absolutely excellent!

It took me a long time to read (just like any other book lately) but it was well worth not abandoning. I’ve heard that if in three days you are not enjoying the book to give it up…this one should not be given up. Written on the last page of the book is this:

“Blending the everyday and the miraculous, the historical and the fabulous, psychological realism and surreal flights of fancy,One Hundred Years of Solitude has influenced nearly every important novelist around the world. The rise and fall, birth and death of mythical but intensely real, Macondo and the glories and disaster of the wonderful Buendía family make up an instensely brilliant chronicle of humankind’s comedies and tragedies. All of the many varieties of life are captured here: inventively, amusingly, magnetically, sadly, humorously, luminously, truthfully. One Hundred Years of Solitude has become one of the hallmarks of twentieth-century fiction.

I thought it was kind of hard keeping track of all the names of the male family members, but that just might be me! As I was reading this book I felt like I was right there in Macondo with the Buendía family!





Bubble Up Enchiladas



It seems like this week has been really long! I picked up my daughters prom dress and it is beautiful! I can’t wait to share how beautiful she will look.

So my dieting has been been kind of waning. I think I just need a break from all the point counting and recipe planning. I plan to be back on starting Monday. It is just so difficult but I am determined to lose 22 more pounds.

This recipe looks so cute when it’s all hot and bubbly right from the oven!

This picture isn’t so good, but the recipe was great!


  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 (10 ounce) can enchilada sauce
  • 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1 can reduced fat refrigerator biscuits
  • 1 ¼ cups shredded low fat Mexican Cheese
Preheat oven to 350 F
Brown Turkey and drain juices if needed
Pour and mix enchilada and tomato sauce over browned turkey.
Cut refrigerated biscuits into fourths and stir into meat mixture.
Dump into a greased 9X13 casserole pan and bake for 25 minutes.
Take out of oven and sprinkle cheese on top.  Bake for an additional 10 minutes.
Let stand for 5 minutes.
That was all for a quick easy dinner!
This weekend I will be baby sitting my niece and nephews so it will be a fun weekend!

I am actually posted a portion of this post from my iPad so we’ll see how this goes so I am apologizing right now! I’ve never posted from my iPad before so I’m kind of scared! I really need to learn to use it more!

Hope you enjoy your weekend



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Overnight Oats



It’s been an uneventful week here so far. I’ll be picking up my daughters embellished prom dress this week. I can’t wait to see it! I guess an uneventful week is ok. It’s better than tons of drama!

About a month ago my husband bought some chia seeds because he said he was going to make some sort of drink out of them. Well, that drink never appeared! I needed a recipe to use these chia seeds…remember “waste not want not”! As I was looking through Pinterest one day I saw a recipe for “Overnight Oats”. Sounded healthy and I could use those darn chia seeds!

Don’t those chia seeds look cute? I have been eating this “oatmeal” every morning for about a week now. This recipe is delicious! I absolutely love the consistency of it and not to mention the health benefits.


  • ½ cup rolled oats (not quick cooking)
  • ½ cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds

Mix all the ingredients in a bowl or jar, cover with a lid or plastic wrap, and allow the mixture to sit in the refrigerator overnight. In the morning, stir in the mix-ins of your choosing.

This recipe is for one large serving. I tripled the recipe into a large mixing bowl and the next morning  split it among my mason jars.  In the morning when I am ready to eat it (or if I’m taking it to work) I add a tablespoon of jelly, jam or preserves. I’ve also added chopped fresh strawberries or bananas. I think almost any fruit you mix in will be delicious.

The weight loss plan has kind of come to a standstill for the moment. I haven’t gained any weight back since I haven’t counted my points for about three weeks now. I have been really watching my portions, but have been snacking a bit more. I kind of feel like my children’s eating is suffering. Lately they have not wanted to eat what I’ve been cooking. I really don’t get it! My children are used to eating whatever it is I cook and all of a sudden they don’t want to. I think I need to change the direction of the meals for a while…maybe I should cook regular meals for them and a quick easy  weight watcher based meal for me that might last me a few days? Does anyone have any suggestions? I would love someone’s advice on this! I think I feel guilty because I want my children to eat well too…what to do, what to do?



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