Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Chilly Weather and Chicken Soup

It is finally starting to feel like winter in Denver this week, and I am oh so excited. I have been wearing my North Face parka in protest of the 60 degree weather, and now it has paid off!

We actually got some snow last night, and it is currently a balmy 17 degrees outside.

Yesterday was a busy day of homework, studying, nannying and a final, so I decided to give us something to look forward to at the end of the day. Something that smells and tastes delicious to be precise: Crock pot chicken tortilla soup.

It was so easy to make:

  •  Mix up some spices - I used cumin, chili powder, cayenne pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, and a little salt
  • Drizzle a little olive oil and some of your spices over a package of chicken breasts. Bake at 375 for 20-25 minutes. 
  • While the chicken is cooking, prepare the veggies that you want in your soup. It really depends on what you like, I used:
    • one can of corn (drained)
    • one can of black beans (drained) 
    • one green bell pepper (diced)
    • one half yellow onion(diced) (I cooked the bell pepper and onion on the stove with some of the spices before adding them to the crock pot)
    •  and one can of crushed tomatoes (not drained)
  • Once your chicken is done, shred it with two forks.
  • Add everything to the crock pot, as well as the rest of your spices (add these to taste)
  • Cook on low for really however many hours you would like. Everything is cooked so you don't have to worry about raw chicken or anything like that. I let mine go from noon to about 7:00 and it was so delicious. 
  • Top with whatever you would like! I used sour cream, cilantro, a bit of cheese and some tortilla chip pieces. 
The perfect end to a cold and busy day!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Wish Listing...

ONE - Drool-worthy boots from Madewell.

TWO - Christmas in a cookie by The Faux Martha. Making these...

THREE - One Sheepish Girl is one of my new favorite blogs. This is such a cute idea!

FOUR - Still trying to get organized at home a bit... loving this bar cart from Ikea.

FIVE - This would be such a great Christmas dress from Urban. I am always dreaming of holiday outfits...

SIX - Another really great Urban dress. I am in LOVE with this one.

SEVEN - I am in desperate need of a nice winter jacket. This one from Madewell is pretty wonderful.

EIGHT - This jewelry stand (again, from Urban) is so cute!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012


Hello, I am back! Things seem to have finally calmed down a bit, finally!

There has been a lot going on, but we actually have internet now, and that is just great.

I have been Christmas crafting a little bit lately... and I am loving it!

 Last week I made these snow globes, which I found on Pinterest (of course). Original tutorial found here.

Today I made this Joyeux Noel banner, which was so simple.

I found the template for the letters at OH! Happy Day (I was going to make the marquis sign, but it was a little too ambitions for me, maybe next year...)

 I traced and cut the letters out on brown craft paper, cut out red and green felt flags, glued them all together, and strung them on some yarn. Et voila: Joyeux Noel!

Sleepy Oskar.