Saturday, February 27, 2010

Creamy Tortilla Soup

Creamy Tortilla Soup

8 corn tortillas
1 T olive oil
1 onion
3 cloves of garlic pressed or minced
2 whole carrots grated
2 whole zucchini grated
5 cups fat free chicken broth
2 cups salsa
2 t. cumin
2 t. chili powder
½ t. pepper
3 c. frozen corn
1 can black beans
4 T cornstarch
1/3 c. cold water
1 lb. boneless chicken breast shredded
1/3 c. cilantro fresh
4 cups fat-free half and half
4 oz reduce-fat cheese

Preheat oven to 350. Cut six of the tortillas in half then slice into ¼ inch strips. Place on a baking sheet and spray with cooking spray . Place in the over and turn after 4 minutes. Cook another 4 minutes until crispy. Remove from oven and cool. Cut the remaining tortillas, into diced pieces. Very small squares. In a large pot warm oil and saute the onion and garlic. Add broth if necessary. Add carrots and cook then add zucchini and cook. Add broth as needed. Add the diced tortilla cover and cook 2 minutes.

Add the rest of the chicken broth and bring to a boil Add salsa, spices, corn and black beans.
Combine the cornstarch and water, stir until completely dissolved and add to the pot stirring constantly until it boils and thickens. Add the chicken and half of the cilantro. Add the half and half but do not boil. Serves 10

Recipe courtesy of my mom and image from yourheartout.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Hey Mister Sandman

Bring me a dream!!!

Could Be a Recipe for Disaster

Anyone who knows me, I mean really knows me, knows that jello and I do not play well together. My jello usually turns out too soft or too firm or too runny or too not-jelloy. Don't ask me how it happens. It must be a trade secret. But, I came across this recipe and thought I might try it. How badly could I mess it up? It doesn't even have to set.

1 container Cool Whip, 8 oz.
1 container small curd cottage cheese, 16 oz.
1 small box orange jello (can use sugar free or other flavors)
1 large can crushed pineapple, 20 oz., well drained
1-2 can mandarin oranges, well drained (to taste)

Gently combine cool whip, cottage cheese, drained pineapple, and dry jello powder in a large bowl. Gently stir in mandarin oranges, reserving some for garnishing if desired.Garnish with mandarin oranges. Chill well before serving.

Thursday, February 25, 2010


In my e-travels I recently came across a friend's friend's post about a nifty find that I hadn't really appreciated before. Here are some helpful tips and tricks--some may be more applicable than others.

Who would have guessed that coffee filters could be so versatile? And fairly inexpensive. What can you do with them? I'm so glad you asked...

1. Excellent covers--cofee filter cover bowls or dishes when cooking in the microwave.
2. Clean windows, mirrors, and chrome... Coffee filters are lint-free so they'll leave windows sparkling.
3. Protect China by separating your good dishes with a coffee filter between each dish.
4. Filter broken cork from wine. If you break the cork when opening a wine bottle, filter the wine through a coffee filter. (Not sure that I'll need this idea often.)
5. Protect a cast-iron skillet. Place a coffee filter in the skillet to absorb moisture and prevent rust. Bet this would work for a dutch oven too!
6. Apply shoe polish. Ball up a lint-free coffee filter.
7. Recycle frying oil. After frying, strain oil through a sieve lined with a coffee filter. (Nor this one.)
8. Weigh chopped foods. Place chopped ingredients in a coffee filter on a kitchen scale.
9. Hold tacos. Coffee filters make convenient wrappers for messy foods.
10. Stop the soil from leaking out of a plant pot. Line a plant pot with a coffee filter to prevent the soil from going through the drainage holes.
11. Prevent a Popsicle from dripping. Poke one or two holes as needed in a coffee filter.
12. Do you think we used expensive strips to wax eyebrows? Use strips of coffee filters.. (Love it!)
13. Put a few in a plate and put your fried bacon, French fries, chicken fingers, etc on them to soak up the grease. (Ewwww.)
14. Keep in the bathroom. They make great "razor nick fixers."
15. As a sewing backing. Use a filter as an easy-to-tear backing for embroidering or appliqueing soft fabrics.
16. Put baking soda into a coffee filter and insert into shoes or a closet to absorb or prevent odors.
17. Use them to strain soup stock and to tie fresh herbs in to put in soups and stews.
18. Use a coffee filter to prevent spilling when you add fluids to your car.
19. Use them as a spoon rest while cooking and clean up small counter spills.
20. Can use to hold dry ingredients when baking or when cutting a piece of fruit or veggies.. Saves on having extra bowls to wash.
21. Use them to wrap Christmas ornaments for storage.
22. Use them to remove fingernail polish when out of cotton balls.
23. Use them to sprout seeds. Simply dampen the coffee filter, place seeds inside, fold it and place it into a plastic baggie until they sprout.
24. Use coffee filters as blotting paper for pressed flowers. Place the flowers between two coffee filters and put the coffee filters in phone book.
25. Use as a disposable "snack bowl" for popcorn, chips, etc. (Great for nursery and Sunbeams!)

Wednesday, February 24, 2010


I see dance being used as communication between body and soul, to express what it too deep to find for words.

Ruth St. Denis

Saturday, February 20, 2010

What's That Supposed to Mean?

A friend at work (from a different department, may I add) sent this cartoon to my team. Guess I'm soulless.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Cootie Cure

Whoever said corporate America was dull? Someone at Nestle's sure has a great sense of humor!

A friend told me about Nestle's "funner" automatic message system. It even offers a cure for cooties - and I had to try it.

Dial 1-800-295-0051. Wait until after the automatic operator says to press 1 for English or 2 for Spanish. Don't dial anything. Don't say anything. Then you will will be asked to push 3 for nutrition information and the asterisk for Pig Latin. Press 4 to access the "funner" menu. Press 7 to find the long sought cure for cooties. Pressing 4 to access the "funner" menu and then pressing 1 will tell knock, knock jokes!

What a way to brighten someone's day. Thanks Nestle!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Just How Horrible?

A friend introduced me to the zany online antics of Dr. Horrible and his nemesis Captain Hammer. So silly. Here is a trailer.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

How Horrible?

A friend introduced me to the zany online antics of Dr. Horrible and his nemesis Captain Hammer. So silly. Here is a trailer.

Monday, February 15, 2010


This was a funny picture I took in the middle of a downpour in Salt Lake at the 2009 Arts Festival last summer. It seriously felt like someone had turned on a faucet and let the water run unmonitored and uncontrolled.

A sweet guy shared his umbrella with me and two friends. From this picture you can tell we were uber dry. Good times!

It's a Love Thing

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Sunday, February 14, 2010


You can dance anywhere, even if only in your heart.

Author Unknown

Happy Valentine's Day!

All's Fair in Love and Tales

Friday, February 12, 2010

Walk (or Run) this Way

Last June a friend of a friend (Brett) was diagnosed with Stage 3 testicular cancer. After numerous surgeries and six rounds of chemotheraphy his doctor has still found some residual cancer. He is now undergoing what is called salvage chemotheraphy which comes as back to back bone marrow transplants.

There has been a 5K run/walk put together to help raise money for Brett and his never ending medical expenses. If you, your family, or your friends are interested in participating or simply donating, please go to

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Au Naturel

This Sengoku warrior on horseback was created from hundreds of thousands of rice plants. The colors and shapes come from the different varieties of rice plants grown together. On the ground, the pattern is unintelligible. From the air it is amazing. The photo was taken in Inakadate, Japan.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Monday, February 8, 2010


Stifling an urge to dance is bad for your health - it rusts your spirit and your hips.

Adabella Radici

Saturday, February 6, 2010

It's Your Birthday

Happy birthday, little red riding hood! Watch out for wolves and bugs along your way...
Thanks for teaching me that life and family are precious and should be held close.
Thanks for knowing how and when to laugh.
Thanks for loving me too. Hope you have the best birthday ever and that this year all your greatest wishes come true. (Just think it's your last employeed birthday...)

Friday, February 5, 2010

Must Be Warped

My cousin Facebooked this YouTube video recently. It's a potter puppets skit - I think I'm warped forever. Lollipop. POP!

(I couldn't get the video to load into to blogger. I'll try again later. For now the upper link will have to be enough. And here is the video sped up.)

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Write On

Dancing in all its forms cannot be excluded from the curriculum of all noble education; dancing with the feet, with ideas, with words, and, need I add that one must also be able to dance with the pen?

Friedrich Nietzsche

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Exercise makes me sick

Last month, my mom tried yoga, but quit because it made her extremely nauseous after each session. One of my friends at work and I were talking about exercise and nausea and decided to google connections between the two. The information found was interesting. Most of it came from commentary on chat boards, based on e-people's experiences. Nothing seemed too out-there overall, so I am jotting it here as a reminder of what to or not do the next time I feel sick rather than feel the burn.

Exercise pointers "from those who know":

* Drink. Dehydration can cause nausea. Drink plenty of water before and after exercising; sip during your workout. Exercise such as yoga kicks up toxins in the body and water helps flush them out. Be sure to drink lots of water even several days after a yoga class. (Just don't drink too much as that can also cause nausea.)

* Fill the tank. An upset stomache may mean your body needs water, electrolytes, and protein. In short, your fuel tank is empty. To stave off nausea, drink a 16-ounce bottle of water an hour before class. Post-exercise, injest a sports drink like Gatorade and a protein-spiked snack (think turkey and cheese on an English muffin or yogurt or protein bar or shake). When eating something prior to exercising, keep it light and simple 30 to 60 minutes prior to your activity .

* Gauge your intensity. If you feel nauseous, dial it down a notch and build up to full throttle over time. Bring in a fan, strip off a layer of clothing, cool down with a drink. You may be overheating or simply working too hard.

* Cool down. Avoid abruptly ending a workout. Take the time to regulate your body with a cool down.

* Yoga/exercise alone doesn't trigger illness. There can be many contributing factors including current state of health and lifestyle (too much or not enough sleep, coming down with something, emotionally stressed, etc.), age, fitness level, the type of yoga, the teacher's experience and your approach. The activity may be your body's "final straw".

* Shop around. Find a class or exercise that fits you. People shop for clothes, cars, houses, etc., why not an exercise they like?