Monday, March 30, 2009

Fruit of the Spirit

So, two weekends ago Lantz and I had a date night to paint pottery. We have been working on painting tiles with the fruits of the Spirit on them. For each "fruit" we have a different tile. The first tile painted was in 2006 (Love)- I painted it on a girls' night out with the youth group. I then decided to take Lantz with me and let him get in on the fun. Needless to say this hasn't been a rushed activity, because it's now 2009 and we still have one left. I promised finished photos, so here they are:
The above are the 2 painted a week and a half ago, and the ones below are all the ones completed thus far:
Our plan is to hang them somewhere in the house when we're done with them all. I'm not sure where we'll put them just yet, but I'm sure we'll find a place. If anything it's a wall of memories and great conversations that we've shared together. Which one is your favorite out of the 8 completed? How well do you know Galations? Can you figure out which one we still have left? (I put them in order for you.)

"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,_____________, and self-control." ~ Galatians 5:22-23


Sunday, March 29, 2009

Fun Time Weekend!

Lantz and I had a great weekend! Friday night we went over to our friends, Harry and Janelle's house. We love getting together with them and always have a blessed time with them. We used to all go to church together, but about a year ago they found a church they were better able to serve at. They invited over some missionaries from their new church- SP and Joy. I have to tell you that they were amazing. It was such a blessing getting to meet them and visit with them. They are from Uganda and are doing an internship here in Las Vegas for a year. They are working at a college doing abstinence ministries. It was incredible to hear their story and to listen to how God is working in Uganda. Hopefully we'll be able to get together with them again in the near future. Please keep SP and Joy and their ministry in your prayers.

Saturday we slept in, worked out, researched Rome for our Europe trip, and went to an amazing Christian concert with some friends from church. The concert tickets were only $10 and we got to see Addison Roads, 10th Avenue North, Hawk Nelson, Jeremy Camp, and Mercy Me. IT WAS SO AWESOME!!! I especially enjoyed 10th Avenue North and Mercy Me- we were pretty close to all the action too! Below are some pictures from the night.

10th Avenue North:
Jeremy Camp:
Mercy Me:
Group photo:
The Love of my Life:


Thursday, March 26, 2009


This summer we are going on a mission trip with a few of the teenagers and some young adults in our church. We will be going down to Honduras to work with the organization, Mission Lazarus. We will be building some classroom facilities for a poor fishing community about an hour away. I'm so excited about this trip! Lantz has done lots of short term missions, but I've only done few. In high school I went to Ensenada, Mexico twice to work with the City of Children, and in college I went on a Spring Break campaign to Philadelphia. I think that this trip will be extremely special and memorable for me. I really think that Mission Lazarus is a great organization with a clear and meaningful mission. Search their website to learn more.

I'd like to ask a few things of all my blogging friends out there.

1. Please pray for our group as we make preparations to go this summer. Pray for the people we will be working with, and that God will use us to further the kingdom in another part of the world. Pray for our hearts that we will be ready to do HIS work and that our hearts will be open to the lessons that HE may be wanting to teach us while there. Pray for our safety. Also, please pray for Mission Lazarus and the work that they are doing in Honduras.

2. Consider coming with us. We have a few open spots left for the trip. Check out the website and pray about it. We would love to have people join us on our mission there. Maybe some of you while reading this will feel your heart strings being tugged at, and maybe God will call you to come with us. We'd love to have you. We could work out airfare for you to meet up with us, or maybe you could come out to Vegas early and stay with us and take a few days of vacation before leaving with us to Honduras. Don't worry about the details. If you feel like this is something that you feel called to do- the details will work themselves out.

Again, I'm so excited about this trip. What a blessing it will be to serve the Lord in another part of the world for a week.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009


So, we technically finished P90X, cause it's only supposed to last 90 days. But, we have still been going on it- I think we're somewhere in the 120 days now. I feel great! I lost almost 3 whole inches in my waist, and Lantz did loose 3 whole inches in his waist! Yeah! Now, I still have a little belly to loose, but I think that will only come with changing my eating habits, and that's probably not going to happen. Lantz and I don't eat bad, but we didn't change every little detail like they suggested. Sorry- I'm not all about making myself miserable and not getting to enjoy food... yum... food. I love to eat, and so that's why I'm working out- so I can eat what I want. So... I may not have the body that will go on the front of a magazine, but I'm pretty proud of all that we've accomplished so far. I look forward to continuing this program, and hopefully trying to run some more. Happy exercising yall!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Comfort Food

So, I don't know what it is about a bowl of cereal, but I love it! I'm serious. After a long, hard day at work when I come home I crave cereal. Not just one bowl, but two. If I've had a great day- I want cereal. If I've had a bad day- I want cereal. It just does something for me. I don't know why. My dad used to always eat a bowl of Frosted Flakes, but I didn't eat cereal like him growing up. I guess it's something that I've grown into. I really like the new Honey Bunches of Oats- Cinnamon flavor. Yummy! I'm trying to cut back on my cereal eating, but it's so hard. I just always am wanting to eat it- even after dinner with a full meal. So, what is your comfort food- the thing you crave daily? Also, what's your favorite cereal??

Monday, March 23, 2009

Ravioli and Italian Sausage Bake

I found a recipe a few weeks back, and I've been excited to try it out. Lantz loves Italian sausage, and I love ravioli, so I thought this recipe would combine the best of both worlds. (I actually found 2 different recipes and combined them and made changes to come up with this one.) Tonight we tried it out, and really liked it! It was super yummy and pretty easy. I hope that you guys enjoy it too!
-1 1/2 to 2 pounds of bulk Italian sausage (we like hot)
-1 to 2 jars (26oz) of tomato pasta sauce- any kind- I used spaghetti. ( I only used one
jar, but I wish that I had used more. I wanted mine to be a little more saucy- I
don't think one is enough)
-1 to 1/2 pounds of frozen cheese-filled ravioli (I buy mine at Walmart and get the
Great Value brand. It's much cheaper and just as good.)
- 4 garlic cloves minced
- 1 package (10 oz size) frozen spinach, defrosted
- 1/4 cup of fresh chopped parsley
- 2 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

Heat oven to 320 degrees. Cook ravioli according to package and desired tenderness. Drain and set aside.

Meanwhile, in a large skillet brown Italian sausage with garlic and parsley; drain. Add spaghetti sauce and pull apart spinach and add it. Heat for a few minutes until warm.

Spoon and spread part of sausage mixture into an ungreased 13x9 baking dish. Arrange 1/2 of the ravioli over sausage mixture. Spoon more of sausage mixture. Add the other 1/2 of the ravioli. Spoon and spread remaining Italian sausage mixture over ravioli. Cover with foil.

Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Uncover dish; sprinkle with cheese. Bake another 5 to 10 minutes or until cheese is melted. I then turned my oven off and switched it to broil on high. I broiled it for about 3 to 4 minutes until my cheese started browning just a bit. Yummy! Ready to serve. Here are some pictures:

I don't really know why I started posting recipes on my blog. It just kind of happened. I sometimes have a hard time coming up with dinner ideas and get into a funk. I always appreciate any new ideas for meals that friends or family pass on to me. I thought that maybe some of you might get like me sometimes- in a funk, and not really knowing what to do for dinner. Hopefully you've been able to try out at least one of my recipes or more. (Hopefully you thought they were good!) I hope that they've worked for you and your family. Otherwise, I guess I'm just wasting time typing all these bad boys up. Oh well, at least I'll have them on file. Happy eating yall!


Sunday, March 22, 2009

Date Night

Last night Lantz and I had a ton of fun on our date. First, we headed to Chili's for dinner. We had a gift card from Christmas that we still needed to use. We decided to sit in the bar so that we could watch the Texas vs. Duke game. Although Texas didn't pull it out, we had tons of fun watching- and eating some yummy food. Then we headed over to the Artful Potter to paint some tiles. Lantz and I have done this occasionally throughout the 4 years that we've been here. We've been working on completing the Fruits of the Spirit. Last night Lantz worked on "faithfulness" and I worked on "goodness." We always have fun talking, painting, and snacking. Here are some pictures of our night:
1. Pre paint:
2. Base coat done... Lantz= Sour apple green/ Jessica= Siggie Yellow :)
3. Almost done:
4. All done! Lantz did great writing "faithfulness," but my "goodness" did not come out so great. I hate writing with those tiny paint bottles. I always seems to mess up and press down to hard, and then I get all jumbled and just slop it down before I mess up even more. Oh well... good enough. It's about the great memories!

I'll post pictures of the tiles after they have been fired and glazed. Happy Sunday!


Saturday, March 21, 2009

Friday Night Fun

Before Christmas break Lantz and I got in the bad habit of going out Friday night, all day Saturday, Saturday night, Sunday afternoon, and Sunday night. It was like, "Oh, it's the weekend- we deserve to go out like every 3 seconds...." Well, of course that was not a good plan. Since Christmas break we've done so much better about relaxing at home and not spending money. The Lord has truly blessed us with an amazing home, and it's nice to chill and enjoy it.

So, last night we talked to Kristal
, my amazing sister-in-law, for about an hour on speaker phone. It was good to catch up with her and hear all about what they've been up to and their future plans. We learned that Braxton, our oldest nephew, is the third fastest kid in his county. Wow! They live in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and so we don't get to see them very often. We actually haven't seen them since Thanksgiving 2007 when they lived in Indianapolis. We got to see Braxton last summer though; he flew out and spent a week in Vegas with us. It was so much fun! We are looking forward to spending Spring Break with them in Myrtle Beach in a few weeks. It should be lots of fun!

After talking with Kristal, we ran a mile with Cooper. We came back and ate leftover yummy chicken spaghetti. I made some sweet tea too, which was a treat for us. Then we plopped ourselves on the couch and watched some March Madness. We watched 2 games- Sienna vs. Ohio State and Wisconsin vs. Florida State. I was for both the underdogs- Sienna and Wisconsin. They were both super awesome games! Sienna and Ohio State went into double overtime, and Wisconsin and Florida State went into overtime. I love watching great games like those! (Currently I'm watching A&M get their boodies kicked!... I can't wait to watch the Texas vs. Duke game later today!)

So that was our Friday night fun! I hope that everyone else had as nice of a night as we did. I'm so lucky to get to spend each night with my best friend, soul mate, confidant, partner, and love....

Thursday, March 19, 2009


Lantz has been wanting a pair of Chacos for a couple of years now. He finally broke down and bought a pair off of Ebay. He is such a bargain shopper (like me) which is one more thing that I love about him! He got them for $40 cheaper than retail! You go honey! So yeah for Lantz getting something that he's been wanting, and yeah for him getting a great deal! (They are even orange... his favorite color!)


Chicken Spaghetti

Tonight we cooked one of my favorite recipes- Chicken Spaghetti. Now, I've never really been a Chicken Spaghetti girl, but I got this recipe from a girl in college and I can't get enough of it. We cook it probably at least once a month. It's so yummy, and way easy! Enjoy!
3 boneless skinless chicken breasts grilled and cut into bite sizes
2 cans of cream of chicken
1 can of cream of mushroom
1 can of Rotel (I like the Hot- but be careful- it's hot!)
1 package of spaghetti (We get whole grain of course cause it's healthier.)
shredded cheese (I like the Mexican blend- but something with cheddar)
salt and pepper to taste

1. Turn oven on to 375

2.Cook noodles according to package. Drain.

3. Heat soups, Rotel, chicken, and salt and pepper over medium heat until well blended. (I add about 1/4 cup of water.)

4. In a casarole dish layer spaghetti, soup mixture and cheese twice. I like to put lots of cheese on the top.

5. Bake in the oven at 375 degrees until the cheese is all melted (about 15 minutes). (I like to bake it for 15 minutes and then I like to Broil it on high for 5 minutes to brown the cheese some.)

How easy is that?? Serve it with a yummy salad or veggie and you're good to go! Tonight we ate it with sweet mini peppers. Here are some pictures:



I got my hair re-done tonight. Always fun to not have roots and to see my hair stylist! Speaking of stylist, Melanie moved salons, and so now she's over in Summerlin at Suite One. I really liked the new place even if it is a little longer drive now. (Melanie is great if you live in Vegas and are looking for someone to do your hair. I'll get you her number if you want!)

It's actually a little shorter than last time... but I think it's going to be just fine. It's not that big of a difference. We'll see more about all of that after I style it tomorrow morning. Either way I do love my hair shorter-- just probably not any shorter than this. Eventually I would like to go back to a dark brown. I'm thinking at the end of summer. It'll be good to change it up and keep people on their toes.


Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Venice, Italy

After we leave Munich, Germany the original plan was to head to Venice, Italy. Now, while we are looking at how we'd like to spend our days we are trying to decide if it's worth it to head there. So, should we skip it, or not? Anyone been there have any suggestions? If we do go, what would you recommend.

If we do end up going to Venice there is one thing I found online today that I think would be so fun. Kayaking tour through the whole city!!!! Doesn't that sound so cool? Forget a normal sight seeing tour... we could actually be taken on a full day's tour with a guide all to ourselves in kayaks. On our honeymoon when our cruise stopped in Cozumel, Mexico we kayaked... so it would kinda be fitting for our 5 year anniversary trip.

Well... what is your opinion on all of this??

Monday, March 16, 2009

Chicken Catch-A-Tory Ravioli Stew

Two weeks ago we had a soup cook-off at school. I made Chicken Catch-A-Tory Ravioli Soup and won 3rd place with this recipe! It so yummy and well worth the time and effort. (When I say time and effort, I don't mean that this is hard. And, it probably only takes about 30 to 45 minutes.) I got this recipe from my friend Darla. Her son was taking cooking classes a few years ago and made this dish. She brought it to school to share and I loved it! I got the recipe and found out it is one from Rachel Ray. It was actually in her kid's cook book. I changed a few things. So, if you want something so yummy.... here ya go:

  • 3 cloves garlic- minced
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
  • 2 stems fresh rosemary
  • 2 stems fresh thyme
  • 1 cup pre-sliced fresh mushrooms, or slice them yourself (I slice myself cause it's cheaper- you decide what's more important- time or money)
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • 1 can stewed tomatoes with peppers, onion, and celery (15 ounces)
  • 2 roasted red peppers from a jar, drained
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 1 package chopped frozen spinach, defrosted in microwave and drained (10 ounces)
  • 6 cups chicken broth (I typically use another 1 to 2 cups so 7 to 8 total)
  • 3 to 4 chicken breasts grilled and chopped into bite sizes
  • 1 pound fresh ravioli, any flavor- I like the 4 cheese. You can buy a one pound bad in the frozen section at Walmart- it's cheaper. I use 1 1/2 pounds or 1 and 1/2 bags so it goes further
  • Grated Italian cheese to pass at the table to top off your soup
  • Italian bread or rolls, to pass at the table
Heat a medium soup pot over medium-high heat.

Add the EVOO to the soup pot. Throw in the minced garlic. Pick the leaves off the Rosemary and thyme and add those to the pot. They say that you can throw the whole stem in and it will fall off, but I tried that and mine didn't and I had a big stem left in it.

Add the mushrooms and stir as the mushrooms cook, about 3-5 minutes. Season the mushrooms up with salt and pepper as they're cooking. Next, open the can of stewed tomatoes and add them to the pot.

Then, use a sharp, small knife to chop the roasted red peppers. Cut the peppers into bit sizes. Add the chopped up roasted red peppers and add one cup tomato sauce to the soup pot. I also pour 1/2 can of water in the pot so I use up every drop of the tomato sauce.

Put defrosted chopped spinach in a kitchen towel. Gather the towel up and twist it to get the water out of the spinach. Squeeze the spinach over a garbage bowl until it stops dripping. Separate spinach with your fingers and add it to the soup. I know this is kinda a gross way to drain the spinach, but it works best. Just wash your dish towel when done.

Pour in the chicken broth and stir the stew really slowly or it will slosh out of your pot! Cover the soup and raise the heat to high.

Add grilled bite sized chicken to the stew.

When the stew comes to a boil again, add the ravioli and leave the lid off. Cook the stew until the ravioli is done, about five to six minutes. All done! Here's what it should look like in the pot:

Serve with grated cheese over the top and garlic bread! You will not be disappointed! It's healthy and oh, so, yummy in my tummy!!


"Rope a Good Book Yall!"

This week we are celebrating Nevada Reading week. This year's theme is: "Discovering the Mysteries of the World." Each day we will have a different "dress up" day and activities. Today's dress up theme was: "Rope a Good Book Yall!" (I came up with it- of course being from Texas I had to represent!) Here is a picture:
P.S.- Thanks to the awesomest room-mate ever for the way super cute cowboy hat! Rheannon, can you believe that I'm still wearing it 5 years later?? I love it, and I got lots of compliments on it!

P.P.S.- That is a really awkward picture of me....


Sunday, March 15, 2009

The Secret Life of Bees

Last night Lantz and I rented the movie "The Secret Life of Bees." I really loved this movie. It was so good. I laughed and I cried. This movie will touch your heart and warm your soul. It's about a young girl named Lily who runs away with her African American house keeper. She lost her mother tragically when she was younger and her father is extremely hateful towards her. Deep in her heart she is trying to find the love of her mother that she lost long ago. When she runs she heads to a place that she knows holds the secret of who her mother once was long ago. She ends up at August, May, and June's house- 3 African American women who are in the honey business. She begins to learn the trade and fall in love with the family who openly accepts her and her house keeper.

This movie takes place in the South in 1964- at the heart of the Civil Rights Movement. Considering I just finished my Civil Rights unit last week with my students I greatly appreciated the historical accuracy of the time period. With that in mind there were several violent scenes and some inappropriate language. Other than that it was fairly clean.

The one thing that truly bothered me about this movie was this statue of Mary that the 3 sisters kept in their home. They told a beautiful story of how this statue represented hope and strength, and many times they put their hand to her heart to gain some of Mary's strength. They also at one point during a "church meeting" seemed to be worshiping this statue. I wish that this was left out. I felt that this was condoning idol worship and it really bothered me. Lantz and I both agreed that if they would have taken out Mary and the statue and replaced it with Jesus and prayer then it would have been so much more meaningful. This was only a small part of the movie, so don't let it totally discourage you from viewing it.

Again, overall I think that this was a great movie! It was made from a book, and so I hope to one day read it. I'm sure it will be just as great as the movie. The movie was pretty clean and it has a powerful message conveying that a true family is not about blood or appearance, but love and loyalty.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

3 Miles

I have never been much of a runner. I ran middle school track, and that was about the extent of my running career, minus running up and down the court for basketball. Well, Lantz and I ran about a mile every morning last summer, but that was the hardest thing ever for me. I'd finish and I would be gasping for air so hard you would think I'd just finished a marathon. We've been doing P90X now for a while, and I've seen some great results- mainly in my arm muscles and the fact that hardly any of my pants fit me anymore. I can now say that I actually feel some of the results.

Lantz and I skipped the P90X Yoga today (we typically always skip it actually cause Lantz has difficulty with it and I just think it's so boring), and decided that we'd run instead of putting in one of the other DVDs. We got started, and just kept going. I couldn't believe how easy running came to me today. Never, ever have I been able to run without getting winded. Even when we finally stopped I wasn't winded- my legs just hurt a little. Well, we ran 3 miles!!! Holy cow! Can you stand it? Lantz was like, "I don't remember the last time I ran three miles!" And I was like, "I don't think I've ever ran three miles!" And then he was like, "Yeah- actually I always cheated in high school when I was supposed to run that much. I don't think I've ever ran three miles either!" It was so funny. We are so proud of ourselves.

P.S. You may be wondering how we found out it was 3 miles... Well, as soon as we got home we jumped in the car and turned our odometer to measure it exactly. We took guesses- I guessed 3 miles and Lantz guessed like 3 and a half. I was right on the nose. We ran exactly 3 miles! I know... we are super dorks for getting in the car and checking, but we just had to know. Happy running yall!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

New Purple Coffee Mug

Every morning I take coffee to go with me. Lantz really likes coffee, and while being married to him I have grown more and more fond of my cup of joe each morning. Lantz likes to get the whole beans and grind it himself. I really like the cinnamon vanilla flavor from Coffee Mate and fresh cinnamon on the top of my glass too. We especially miss our favorite coffee from Texas called "A Taste of Abilene." You can only get it at the HEB grocery store in Abilene, Texas. While we were home over Christmas break we bought three bags. We froze 2 as soon as we got home. We just finished it all off a week or two ago. We were sad when it was all gone... Anyone still living in Abilene- feel free to mail us a bag! :)

Anyways, as I was saying... I always take a cup of coffee to go with me in the mornings so that I can drink it when I get to my desk. The only problem with that is that by the time I get to school, put my lunch in the teacher's lounge, check my mailbox, say hi to a few friends, unlock my door, turn my computer on, and finally sit down- my drink is cold.... unless I zap it in the microwave for 1 minute and 10 seconds right before I leave the house- then it is PERFECT! Long story short I had 2 microwavable glasses and I broke one a few months ago. I was down to one, but it had a crack down the side and water got through. I've been looking for a new microwavable travel mug for a month now, and let me tell you- not all plastic coffee mugs are microwavable. I couldn't find one anywhere.

Well... that is where my amazing husband comes in! He surprised me yesterday with an awesome, way super cute new purple coffee mug. It even said on it- "Microwave Safe- Make Hot drinks Hotter." How perfect is that??? Even though it's a sassy, spring purple it's "green." It is made completely from recycled material, and if I ever want to get rid of it I can recycle it. I LOVE IT! I got to carry it today for the first time and it was so exciting. I felt a little bit like a new woman! It microwaved fabulously and kept my drink hot! Here are 2 pictures:

Isn't it way cute? Well, if you want one for yourself it is an Aladdin Recycled and Recyclable 16 oz mug. Other colors include green, blue, and pink. Lantz got mine at Kohl's on sale for $8.99. It was such a fun surprise yesterday from the greatest guy in the whole world!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009


I am tired. Saturday night we stayed up late with the group from Harding, and we also had the time change on Sunday morning. We stayed up past bedtime again on Sunday night, and I hoped to catch up on my sleep last night. Well, unfortunately the Harding bus broke down and they had to stay another night- which was so not a big deal.... except for the fact that I like to socialize. So, instead of getting in bed early last night I stayed up a little later talking. To top it off we have testing this week which is stressful and exhausting. So yea... I'm tired. We skipped small group tonight so we could rest some. We never skip small group, but we felt that we really needed a night to ourselves. This is the first time in over a week and a half that we have stayed home just the two of us. It's nice to relax. But, I think I'm actually going to go to bed now... it's all starting to catch up with me- especially after P90X plyometrics and a mile run today. Happy sleeping!

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Munich, Germany

Well, this weekend amongst all the craziness we made 2 big purchases for our Europe trip. We bought our Euro-Rail passes that will get us all around the continent. We also got our hotel in Munich, Germany. We got a hotel for 2 nights. We used Price Line again, and got another great deal. For some reason last week Price Line emailed us a free $60 to use towards our next hotel purchase, and so we used it for our nights in Munich. We ended up with a 4 star hotel for $55 a night, but with our free $60 we will only pay $25 a night. Yeah! It's so fun to get a great deal and look forward to a nice nights stay.

While in Munich we plan on doing a bicycle tour around the city and also going about 30 minutes outside the city to Dachua concentration camp. Anyone else have any suggestions on what we should do there, places to see, not to see, to eat, not to eat??

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Weekend Plans

This weekend is eventful that's for sure. Last night we went down to the Rescue Mission for our First Friday serve. It's always a blessing to be down amongst those who are less fortunate because it snaps me back into reality and helps me realize how ungrateful and selfish that I can be. This is something that the youth group has been doing now for about 4 years. Unfortunately the last 4 or 5 times it's been mainly just Lantz and me. So, Lantz is thinking that we may have to cut it out of the youth calender and replace it with a new service opportunity and those who want to continue serving on Fridays can. I hope that we will continue to go down as a couple though.

This weekend we also have a group from Harding coming to do a worship workshop, potluck, and performance. So, Lantz and I got up early today and worked out and cleaned the house. We have 3 members of the group staying with us. We also cleaned up and went to Walmart and Sam's Club to get some things for the potluck. Lantz is currently down stairs searing a pork loin. He found a new recipe on Stubbs homepage that he is trying out. The original plan was for me to cook a cassarole today and then heat it up tomorrow before the potluck, but Lantz decided he'd do the pork loin instead... fine by me. So, tonight is the worship workshop, and then tomorrow after church we have the potluck and the performance. So, it should be an eventful night and day tomorrow.

Bacharach, Germany

Our second stop on our Europe trip will be to Bacharach, Germany. We are only staying one night because it's just a little stop on our way to Munich. I'm really excited about this place. It's a really small, personable town. Supposedly you can walk from one side to the other. We are planning on doing a small river boat cruise through the Rhine River. It's supposed to be gorgeous. I'm also excited about the place we'll be staying the night. We are staying in a quaint and cozy, super nice little bed and breakfast, and of course we feel that we got a deal on it for only$60 a night. The woman that works there speaks perfect English, and she supposedly outdoes herself on breakfast. I can't wait!

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Super Easy Chicken Tortialla Soup

One of my favorite recipes that I cycle through our dinner menu regularly is Tortilla Soup. My fabulous sister-in-law, Kristal, gave me this recipe like 4 years ago and it is still a favorite. Everyone I give this recipe to loves it. I hope that you love it too! It's cheap, easy, and oh so yummy... you can't ask for anything else!
3 grilled boneless skinless chicken breasts chopped up
3 cans of Cream of Chicken soup
1 can of Chicken broth
1 can water
1 can of Rotel (I use Hot rotel, but use regular if you don't like it spicy)
1 tablespoon of Cumin (reduce if you don't like it spicy)
1 teaspoon of chili powder(omit if you don't like it spicy)
1/2 white onion diced up
optional- cilantro, avocado, sour cream

Put soup, broth, water, rotel, chicken, onion, cumin, and chili powder in a big pot. Heat over medium heat for about 15 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve over chips crushed into bite sizes. Add cheese to top. Also add cilantro, avocado, or sour cream to top if you wish. Yummo! Here is a picture: