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The BEST Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe

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When I was younger, I used to work at a Red Robin Restaurant. They had the most delicious Tortilla Soup I had ever tasted up to that point. Here is my own version of that tortilla soup that I used to love so much, but with a few additions that I believe make this even better than Red Robbin’s. This soup is so good, you’ll want to eat it all winter long.

Chicken Tortilla Soup
Serves 16
The Best Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe you will ever find.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
40 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
40 min
Ingredients
  1. 4 cans chicken broth
  2. 1 can diced tomatoes
  3. 1 can diced tomatoes w/jalapeños
  4. 1 can sweet kernel corn
  5. 1 can black beans
  6. 1 packet taco seasoning
  7. 10-15 corn tortillas (I use 12, add more if you want thicker)
  8. 1 cup carrots, diced
  9. 1 cup celery, diced
  10. 1 cup onion, diced (I use yellow or white onion)
  11. 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  12. 2-3 chicken breasts or thighs (boneless, skinless meat)
  13. Salt and pepper
  14. Corn oil
  15. 2 ½ cups shredded cheese (I use Mexican blend or 4 cheese blend)
  16. 1 cup milk
  17. Sour cream
  18. Tortilla chips
Instructions
  1. Defrost chicken meat & cut meat into cubes (I use kitchen shears – much easier).
  2. Add salt and pepper and half the garlic to the chicken. Then, cook the cubes in a lightly oiled pan.
  3. Pour the cans of broth, tomatoes, corn, beans and taco seasoning into a large pot. Start to bring the soup to a boil.
  4. Dice the carrots, celery, onion and mince the garlic. Then, sauté them in a bit of corn oil until they are soft (about 10 minutes).
  5. Cut up the tortillas, and throw them in with the vegetable mix after you have sautéd them (this step helps the tortillas absorb all the remaining oil and it also softens the tortillas a little bit).
  6. Add the veggies and tortillas to the broth mix. Bring to a boil. Then, reduce to medium.
  7. Boil the soup for about 20 minutes, stirring about every 5 minutes, to keep the vegetables and tortillas from burning at the bottom of pot. (WATCH OUT: When you stir and scrape the bottom of the pot, sometimes pent up pressure will cause the mix to POP up, so be careful to stir slowly and don't lean over the pot so you don’t get burnt).
  8. After about 20 minutes, bring the boiling soup down to a simmer.
  9. Add 2 cups of shredded cheese to soup (saving about ½ cup to top the finished soup with) and simmer another 10 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent anything from burning the bottom of the pot).
  10. WARNING: After the cheese is added, the soup is prone to burn at the bottom, so stir it often.
  11. Add 1 cup milk and stir. Then, simmer another 10 minutes, stirring every few minutes to keep the bottom from burning.
  12. Turn off the Stove. Your Chicken Tortilla Soup is done!
  13. Serve in a bowl w/a dollop of sour cream, some shredded cheese and broken up tortilla chips.
  14. Enjoy!
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Messy Laundry Detergent? Save money and keep your laundry room clean with this tip

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Do you use liquid laundry detergent? Does it make a mess everywhere? Do you feel as though you are wasting detergent (and wasting money) because the liquid soap runs everywhere or the cup that it comes with sits on top of your washer collecting a big puddle of soap?

Here’s a helpful tip that can help save you money and keep your laundry room nice and tidy:

You will need a small container of liquid detergent. Make sure it is the kind with the lid that is the dispenser, not the kind that uses a separate cup to measure out the soap. I bought a small (25 loads) container of liquid Tide at Family Dollar. It was on sale for $4, but with my .50 off coupon it was only $3.50.

I used the detergent in the smaller container for laundry as normal. Then, when the container was empty, I simply refilled the smaller container, using the liquid from the Large (120 loads) container of Kirkland liquid detergent that I bought at Costco. Every week or so, I just refill the smaller container. 

I now have a cleaner laundry area and I am saving money by not wasting any of the detergent.

I’m going to attempt to make my own laundry soap one of these days… but for now, I am happy not to waste the stuff I bought.

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How To Create A Harlequin Pattern On A Wall

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Here is an easy to follow picture tutorial on how to paint a harlequin pattern on a bedroom wall.

 

The Before and After:

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Step 1:

First, paint the wall with your basecoat color. I used a lighter paint color as my base color (I used Behr Premium with Primer in the Paint – Expedition Khaki) and I chose a slightly darker shade for the lines (I used Behr Premium with Primer in the Paint – Beachwalk). Here, I measured left to right and top to bottom and found the center of the wall. Mark this point with a pencil.

Wall step 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 2:

Use a pencil so you can erase your grid lines with a wall eraser or Mr. Clean eraser later. I used a long level and drew a line strait across, horizontally. I wanted the diamonds to be 9 in wide, so i marked 4.5 inches to the left and then 4.5 inches to the right of my center mark (I marked on the line I drew with the level, so it would be exact). Then, I did the same thing, only top to bottom, except, since I wanted the diamond shape to be 18 inches, I measured 9 inches above the center mark and 9 inches below it (again, I marked on the lines I drew with the level). 

Wall step 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Center mark. Then, left at 4.5 inches, right at 4.5 inches (to make the diamond 9 inches wide), and 9 inches top and 9 inches bottom of center mark (to make the diamond 18 inches tall).

Wall step 3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 3: Start creating your grid. You are going to erase all of your pencil lines later, so don’t draw your lines too dark if you can help it.

Wall step 5

 
  

 

 

 

 

 

 Here is a better idea of what your grid will look like all across the wall. 

Wall step 6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Step 4: Start connecting the points for the the diamond.

Wall step 4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 5: Just keep following your grid lines to create the same pattern across the entire wall. After you have drawn out all of your lines with a pencil, go over just the diamond pattern with your secondary paint color, using a small paint brush. Again, only paint the lines that create your pattern. The grid is just to keep everything straight and even.

Wall step 7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 6: Erase the pencil lines. I used a Mr. Clean Eraser. Then, I went over the lines I had pained one more time, so they completely covered the pencil marks. I also used my base paint color to go back and fill in any areas that I thought looked crooked or the lines appeared too thick. Enjoy!

Wall step 8

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Christian Has Two Loose Teeth

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A Conversation with Christian, 7 yrs old

Christian (rushing up to me as I stand in the kitchen): Mommy! Mommy! I have TWO loose teeth now. But don’t worry mommy. They are my baby teeth, so they are supposed to fall out.

Me: Oh? Well then, that does sound exciting!

Christian: And my grown up teeth will be in and need to stay there… for like 75 years or something. 

Me: Well, I guess you should take care of them.

Christian: Yes. (He looks down very solemnly) or I will die.

Me: You will die?

Christian: Well, I won’t be able to eat crackers anymore so I might as well die. It’s practically the same thing.

(10 minutes later…) Wait, wait. I’ve changed my mind. I won’t die. I can still eat peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. 

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