Sunday, January 15, 2012

Chicken Tortilla Soup

I am way behind on blogging, and those of you who know me are probably wondering about this blog's title. I am not a cook. I do not like to cook. I am not a good cook. I claim lack of time as a good reason not to cook. But I do like to eat.  Fortunately for me, I have a husband who likes to cook and is a very good one.

At the beginning of this month, Amanda, one of my friends and co-workers, told me about the Sweet as Pie Cooking Club. Basically, there are 5 recipes a month, all from the Pioneer Woman Cooks. Everyone cooks the same recipes and blogs about them. Since I need practice at blogging, and we desperately needed some new food ideas, I was all for it.  H, my husband, cooks, while I do the blogging.

After a busy week, we finally got around to the first recipe this weekend, Chicken Tortilla Soup.  According to H, the hardest part was the chopping and mixing of spices:

H loves to let soups/chilis simmer, so we got to smell a yummy preview all afternoon:
H did not add the second can of black beans that the Pioneer Woman had in her recipe.  According to H, it was not too difficult a recipe.  After sampling, we decided two things: (1) it was a little spicy for B's taste; and (2) it will definitely go on our recipe rotation. Unfortunately, I somehow lost my finished product photos, but I will say that the recommended condiments (tortilla strips, avocado, cheese, and sour cream) definitely made a good soup even better.

And just because it's cute:

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Breakfast with Santa

A much delayed post--with an overdue Christmas post to come.  On December 10, we went with friends to Breakfast with Santa at the zoo.  First, we ate breakfast.  Then, Santa made his entrance. Although B had talked up Santa big, he immediately began crying (as did his friend).  He was curious to approach Santa, but was not happy to sit in his lap by himself. He was happy, however, to sit with his cousin and to explore the zoo with his friend.  A few photos taken by my friend Amanda are below:

Not much eating got done after Santa made his entrance.  Below is B with his cousin and Santa:

And then there was the fun of walking around the zoo. It was cold, but we all had fun!

And my favorite of the morning:
We had a great time and will definitely go back next year!