Archive | January 2012

Free camera anyone?

Me, me!!  Or, I hope so, at least, but join in and be my competition 🙂

I recently posted about different dslrs after getting a great review from a friend from church.  I’ve decided on the Canon 5D, and wouldn’t you know it, that’s one of the two being given away.  Yippee!!

Here’s the information:

http://www.mcpactions.com/blog/2012/01/19/win-canon-5dmkii-nikond700/

I hope I will, but if I don’t, I hope you do. 😉

 

As a sidenote, I’ve postponed blogging this week simply because I’ve needed to rest due to a few inhabitants partying it up in my sinus cavity.  Feel a bit better now, and will resume postings next week.  I hope you all stay well this Winter!

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I keep my cilantro in the freezer

Is it weird that my leftover cilantro is in the freezer?

I really love to freeze everything.  I confess.

It was purchased in a fresh bunch as a soup garnish, and found this great idea on pinterest.com.  Success!

But… it took forever.  Separating the leaves from the stems can take quite a bit of time, so be prepared.  That’s the only downside I could find, and it really isn’t so bad.  Waste is worse.

Just chop up said leaves (I used scissors), fill the tray, add a little water to it, and pop them in the freezer.  Tada!  Once frozen, I popped the cubes out of the tray and put them in a labeled Ziploc freezer bag.

I’m curious to hear if you try this and how it works for you – please respond and let me know!

A few of my favorite things

I hope you’re singing from the “Sound of Music” with me!

work field trips into Baltimore

my elephant teapot from Target

cinnamon tea in said teapot (why and why I love cinnamon)

successful attempts at “fancy schmancy” recipes

sweet, happy lovies

(healthy lovies, too)

learning something new, thanks to Lazarus

steadfastly working on my resolutions, and getting organized

Monk reruns

breaking in my first piece of stoneware – a gift from my generous momma for Christmas

different shades of white in baking

new decor tools

 

And, my Word and Song of the Week postings!

🙂

Chicken Tortilla Soup

It’s my boss’ birthday today – Happy birthday, H-dawg! – and as a surprise I made Chicken Tortilla Soup last night for today’s lunch, along with enough for him to take home and share with his sweet wife.

I’m low carbing it and he’s (and his wife) not, but it was really easy to adjust it to both tastes.

I used the recipe listed below.  It is very unlike me to use only one recipe, especially when I’m making something for the first time.  I usually like to combine three, so that’s what I did.

Meghan’s Chicken Tortilla Soup
(print recipe)

1 onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 T. olive oil
2 tsp. chili powder
1 tsp. dried oregano
1 tsp. cumin
1 28-oz. can diced tomatoes
32 oz. chicken broth
1 14-oz. can corn, drained
2 boneless chicken breast halves, cooked and shredded into bite-size pieces (roasted deli chicken works great!)
2 tsp. freshly squeezed lime juice

optional garnishes:
fresh avocado, cut into 1″ chunks
fresh mozzarella, cut into 1″ chunks
chopped fresh cilantro
chopped green onions
tortilla crisps (shown in photos, found near the croutons and salad toppings in the fresh produce area)
fresh lime slices

In a medium stock pot, heat oil over medium heat.  Saute onion and garlic in oil until soft.  Stir in chili powder, oregano, cumin, tomatoes, and broth.  Bring to a boil and simmer for 5 to 10 minutes.  Stir in corn, chicken, and lime juice.  Simmer for 10 minutes, or until heated throughout.

Place avocado and mozzarella in the bottom of individual serving bowls.  Ladle the soup over the top.  Cheese will stay in its form but become melted and ooey-gooey…yummy!  Top with cilantro, green onions, and tortilla crisps (or Tostitos ‘hint of lime’ tortilla chips instead of the tortilla crisps), with slices of fresh lime on the side.

The changes I made:

  • I added 2 diced jalapeno peppers to the onion and garlic to be sauteed (from here).  Please note you have to be VERY careful when handling these peppers (unfortunately, this is from experience).  GuidelinesA tip from my roomie, Laura #2, is to use the grocery bag they come in as a make-shift glove.  Tried it, worked great!
  • I added 2 Tbsp. of enchilada sauce to the broth, diced tomatoes, and spices.  (recipe from here, but I lowered the amount used by A LOT)
  • The two additions above added a bit of a kick, and I wasn’t sure how much of a kick, so I only used half (1 tsp, instead of 2) of red chili powder. 

After tasting it, my mouth didn’t burn, but there’s no doubt there is something spicy in it.  Just right for me (and H-dawg), but depending on preference, you may need more or less of these three ingredients.

  • With 5 minutes left to cook, I added the cut up mozzarella cheese.  (it does clump a bit.  it’s probably best to add to the bottom of the bowl, as the recipe suggests)
  • I also made homemade tortilla strips by baking corn tortillas that I sliced.  Super easy!

To keep this low carb, I separated about one-third of the soup into a container for my consumption.  To the remaining two-thirds I added roasted corn (bought this in the frozen section at Trader Joe’s) and heated for 5 more mins, and then put into a container for my boss and his wife.

For lunch, he garnished w/ tortilla strips, and I opted for fresh cilantro and avocado.  It so fun to know how easy it is personalize this to diet and allergy restrictions, and the many garnish options available.  I probably never would have thought of mozzarella cheese on my own!

This will definitely make a steady rotation during this upcoming Winter!

Bmore work field trip

As much as I enjoy visiting larger cities like NYC, the quaintness of Annapolis is probably why I’ll never leave – such history, beautiful brick buildings, and water front views. 

Baltimore, in its own quirky way is similar – just a bit bigger and certainly more crime ridden.

I tried to capture some of that beauty (and quirkyness) while I made a field trip up there for work two days ago.  While I managed to find my destination fine and find a spot only two blocks away (yahoo!), my genius self pulled out said parking spot before I had return directions.

So, yep, I was wondering around, almost not so great parts of the city, for 20+ minutes, while I tried to get my phone and Garmin to cooperate.

What’s a field trip without a little adventure?!?

hope you enjoyed!

Canon camera review

This is a friend’s response to my questions regarding three different Canon DSLR models (5D, 7D, and 60D) and I thought it was very well laid out – so well, in fact, I’m sharing it here.

I have the 5D. It really depends on how serious you are about your hobby. The 5D is expensive, but worth every penny if you plan on using it to its potential. If you aren’t planning on printing out poster-size pictures or producing high-qua…lity videos, the 60D may be the best fit. The main difference with the 5D is that it has the full frame sensor. That’s why it costs $2500. I love it. The 7D is also a great option. It also shoots 1080P video and has an extremely fast burst rate (I think 8 pictures (jpg) per second sustained). Plus it is over $1000 cheaper than the 5D. So if you really want that full frame, go for it. If not, I’d go for the 7D.
-H. Mitchell
 
I hope this is of some help if any of you are pondering between these models!
 
 

S>O>W: Fleet Foxes, Lorelai

The second Song of the Week is here!

Quite possibly, this is my favorite regular posting.  While I love finding words, I love music tons more.  I may have a list already for the rest of the year.

I find I always forget how much I Fleet Foxes tunes until I come across one on the radio or my iPod.  Never again!

Fleet Foxes, Lorelai

 

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