Cleaning Experiment & Nesting Combo

My new green act for the day:  I cleaned the bathroom counter today with a mixture of water and vinegar.  It did a fabulous job.  I have to retrain myself to think of the smell of vinegar as the smell of clean rather than the various chemically smells that I’ve associated with clean in the past.  Also, as a bonus, I decided to use the mixture to clean the horizontal blinds in the bathroom.  As you can imagine, this is pure pregnancy nesting because I’ve never thought of cleaning that area before.  Thus, lots’ o built up grime.  At one point, in my scrubbing, some of the concoction splashed onto my face and almost into my eye.  I was happy it was harmless non-toxic vinegar, rather than the alternative.

Tonight we’re entertaining the in-laws.  I am serving crostinis baked with homemade spinach/artichoke dip on top as appetizers.  Then a tortilla soup, recipe below.  Then a cobbler made from local plums, cranberries, and raspberries. 

  • 8 ounces carrots, diced
  • 8 ounces celery
  • 8 ounces onions
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons corn oil
  • 4 cans chicken broth
  • 1 can tomatoes, diced
  • 1 can Rotel tomatoes & chilies, Diced
  • 1(1.25-1 1/2ounce)packet taco seasoning
  • 1(10count)package corn tortillas, broken into small pieces
  • 12 ounces chicken meat, diced, poached or grilled fajita meat
  • 1 cup milk
  • 12 ounces monterey jack cheese, shredded
  • corn tortilla chips, broken into small pieces
  • Saute carrots, onions, celery in corn oil, Garlic Powder, Salt and Pepper until tender.

  • Add chicken broth and bring to boil.
  • Add tomatoes, Rotel, taco seasoning, and chicken.
  • Cut Tortillas into small pieces and add to broth mixture.
  • Let boil for 20 minutes or until tortillas are thoroughly incorporated into soup stirring occasionally to keep from sticking.
  • Reduce heat and add 8 oz. cheese. Simmer for additional 10 minutes.
  • Add milk and simmer for additional 10 minutes.
  • If thicker soup is desired, add more diced tortillas and let incorporate into soup.
  • Garnish with shredded cheese and broken tortilla chips.
  • Substitutions: 1 cup Masa Harina (Masa Flour) for 1 12 ct. package of Yellow Corn Tortillas Gradually add masa flour mixing into broth.
  • Mixing thoroughly into broth.
  • If thicker soup is desired, add more masa flour.
  • I like to add cubed avocado as a garnish — great texture.

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