We go through this every year. The first time snow is in the forecast everyone goes crazy. The guy on the radio is claiming up to 12″ of snow between Wednesday evening and Thursday morning. The meteorologist on the news is claiming 4 – 8″ of ice and snow mix, with a huge smile on his face I might add. He was almost giddy!
You would think the world is coming to an end. The grocery store is packed with people stocking up just in case they get snowed in. We live within the city limits, the snow plows will come thru here within 24 hours people! It makes me laugh because 9 times out of 10, the snow storm will move north or drop south and we will end up with a dusting of snow. At least we will all have a two month supply of toilet paper, bread, and milk!
I would like to have snow on the ground for Christmas this year. Statistically there is a 50/50 chance of having a white Christmas in Cedar Rapids. I can only remember 2 times in the 13 years that I have lived here that we had snow on the ground Christmas day, so we’ll see what happens.
I thought I would share a few photos of our tree:
The tree is decorated and the angel is perched on top. Now it is time to finally start baking some cookies!
Oh, you’re probably expecting a recipe aren’t you? This Chicken Tortilla Soup has become one of my favorite soups, I have made it three times already this winter. I do not like chunky soups so I pureed it with an immersion blender. If you prefer a chunkier soup, ignore the step to puree and continue with the remaining steps. Enjoy!
Chicken Tortilla Soup
|Serves||6 - 8|
|Prep time||10 minutes|
|Cook time||25 minutes|
|Total time||35 minutes|
|Meal type||Main Course, Soup|
- 3 Tablespoons olive oil (separated)
- 1 Medium red onion (diced)
- 4 Large garlic cloves (minced)
- 1 jalapeno (diced)
- 6 Cups organic chicken broth
- 1 14.5 ounce can fire roasted diced tomatoes
- 1 14.5 ounce can organic black beans (drained and rinsed)
- 1 14.5 ounce can organic corn (drained)
- 1 Pound organic chicken breasts (boneless, skinless)
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon chipotle chili powder
- 1 1/2 Teaspoons cumin
- 2 Small limes (juiced)
- 1 cup fresh cilantro leaves (chopped)
- 1 8-inch corn tortilla (grilled and cut into thin strips)
- shredded cheese (for garnish)
avocado slices, grated cheese, lime wedges
Seasoning Mix: I made a big batch of seasoning mix and poured it into an empty spice container (shown in photo). Then just sprinkle it onto chicken whenever you need to.