Monday, December 20, 2010

Chicken (or Turkey) Tortilla Soup

Okay, so I've really been a bad blogger.  BUT, in my defense I have finished school (for now) and am waiting to take my boards (NCLEX) so I can be a "real" nurse.  Right now, I'm just a pseudo-nurse.  Haha.  Well, I've been SUPER busy this last few weeks, but here's a couple pictures from my pinning ceremony:

This is my husband putting my nursing pin on me.

This is one of my best friends from nursing school, without her, I think I would have pulled out all of my hair.

My sweet husband, and myself after the pinning.  Can you see the relief on his face??

So, since I have finished school, and am now free on Monday nights (until I start working), I have had ample free time.  I roasted a 15 lb turkey last was in my freezer and needed to be eaten.  Actually it was on the back deck and then needed to defrost in my fridge and then be roasted, but thats neither here nor there.  I have 15 lbs of turkey (well, I guess its really like 8 or so pounds).  One of my other friends from school called me and wanted to hang out tonight.  She suggested I make chicken tortilla soup, and gave me the recipe.  I made some alterations to the plan, so this is what I made:

2 cans of chicken broth
1 can green enchilada sauce
1 can red enchilada sauce
1 can rotel
1 can fiesta corn
1 small can green chilies
2 blocks cream cheese
shredded cheddar (about 1.5 cups for each can of broth)
Chicken (either two cans of white breast meat in water...or TURKEY!)

That's right, I used turkey, because while I had canned chicken...the chicken is in a can, and isn't going to go bad.  I chopped up quite a bit of white meat turkey and added it to the soup. 

Basically, pour all the cans into the crockpot (I drained the corn, rotel, green chilies though), add cream cheese (in small cubes to promote meltage), and shredded cheese (I had pre-shredded on hand).  Then, I let it sit on "High" for about 2-3 hours, or until it is hot and bubbly good.  I guess you could cook it on low all day, and if you like more spice, add more spice-by all means.  This was plenty spicy for me though. 

That was dinner, and it was good.  I followed it up with some gooey butter cookies.

Now, for something else exciting-my niece is due in about 6-8 weeks (I think it will be 6 weeks, but the official due date is 8 weeks)...I have a HUGE surprise I get to blog about, and I'm so excited I can hardly stand it!!!

Thanks for stopping by! 

P.S. I'm linking up to:

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  1. Congratulations! What a huge accomplishment! Thanks for visiting my blog :o)

  2. Hey Jess, I'm stopping by from Creative Mommas with an answer to your question, I hope:)
    I traced the cushions for a pattern. I also used piping. After I covered the piping, I sewed the pieces I had cut, with the piping between, and then turned them right side out. (I left a side open so the I could turn it right side out and so I could put the cushion in.) Then I hand stitched the open side to close it. The previous cushions had little velcro straps connecting the the back and seat cushions to the glider. And the arm rest were connected by big snaps. I didn't use anything to connect the back and seat cushions because I haven't needed to. The arm rest cushions are just stapled to the chair underneath the seat cushion. I hope that helps. THanks for stopping by and leaving a comment! Good luck with the glider!

  3. Hi! thank you for posting about the brick wall in my the home we are remodeling. I think eventually, things will all come together and it won't stick out like a sore thumb so that is good! lol

    I also wanted to say congratulations on your nursing degree. My sister is a nurse and my mother was a nurse and I am an occupational therapist (I stay at home now with 4 kids). I think you chose a wonderful career for yourself. I know it was a hard journey, but it will come with many rewards!

    Congratulations again!



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