FOUR of your FAVORITE recipes

Prepare for some new food!  Since moving to Portland, I have found a fun and crafty friend.  She pretty much rocks. Here's Lisa's blog tom & lisa + 2 that you need to go check out.  She loves to find some random looking furniture, make it gorgeous, and then sell it.  I have several projects ready to pay her to do.  :)

Not only is she crafty, but she's fun to talk to and poses thoughtful life questions.  Her search for balance in motherhood is one understood by all us SAHM (stay at home moms).   Between her projects she has a good voice and witty personality.

Here are a few of my favorites:

A recent make-over that I would love as a bedside table.

Adorable earring combos...she's really good at that.

And a headboard to die for!  I want my little girl to have a room with this shade of pink and then maybe some accents with green and brown.
SO the real reason for this post is her amazing food!  I've been really tired of everything on our "usual" list, so in the past month we probably haven't eaten the same thing twice...except these recipes.

Just a little side-note...each of these deserve their own post, because they are that good, but I don't want to deprive you that long.  So here you go.  You're welcome.  Thanks, Lisa.

Taco Cones 
(AKA Taco Ice Cream Cones)
4-5 big tomatoes, chopped
1 can olives, drained and chopped
2 avocados, chopped
2 cans kidney beans
1 bundle of green onions, chopped
Couple handfuls of grated cheddar cheese

1 pt. sour cream
16 oz. medium salsa
1-2 Tbsp lemon juice
Dash of garlic salt
About 2/3 bag of corn chips, smashed

Burrito-size flour tortillas

Mix all ingredients together.  Cut tortillas in half, then roll to make a cone.  Fill with mixture.

Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad
(do not be afraid that there is lettuce AND pasta together in this salad)
3 cups (about 12 oz) shredded cooked chicken breast / or grilled (may use less)
3 cups cooked penne pasta (about 6 oz. uncooked)
2 cups thinly sliced romaine lettuce
1 ½ cup halved cherry tomatoes
½ cup thinly sliced fresh basil
½ cup chopped green onions
1/3 cup Caesar dressing (or to taste)
¼ cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
1 (4-oz.) pkg. crumbled feta cheese
1 garlic clove, minced
Sea salt to taste

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl, toss well. Best when chilled 10-15 minutes before serving. 

Tortellini and Bean Soup
Light, yet perfectly filling with the tortellini
3 Tbsp olive oil
1 med onion, chopped
1 garlic clove, crushed
1 can petite diced tomatoes, drained
8 cups low-salt chicken broth
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp dried basil
3 15 oz cans black beans, drained and rinsed
2 Tbsp rice vinegar
Black pepper, to taste
12 oz fresh or frozen cheese tortellini

In a large soup pot, heat olive oil over medium heat.  Add the onion and saute for 3 minutes.  Add the garlic and drained tomatoes and cook for 2 minutes.  Add the chicken broth, oregano, basil, black beans, vinegar, and black pepper to taste.  Reduce heat to low and simmer for 15-20 minutes.  Finally, add the tortellini to the soup and cook for 5-8 minutes or until tender.  Serves 8.

Chicken Enchilada Soup
HOLY COW this is good!  I made this last night and really really really want to make it again for tonight.
28 oz chicken broth
2 cups cooked, diced chicken
4-6 oz diced green chilies (when doubling, add 3 cans)
1 15 oz can corn, drained
1 10.75 oz can Cream of Chicken soup
1/2 tsp ground cumin (or more if you love it)
2-3 tsp lime juice

Chopped tomatoes
Shredded cheddar cheese
Chopped green onions
Sliced olives
Diced avocados
Sour Cream
Fresh chopped cilantro

Bring the soup ingredients to a boil, adding the chicken last.  Let it simmer for about 10 minutes.  Ladle into bowls and let everyone choose their toppings.  Double this for company or for yourself (it keeps well in the fridge).  This one never fails.


  1. Okay, first of all, talk about validation!

    And, since you moved to Portland, I'VE found a 'fun and crafty friend' that 'pretty much rocks' too. (Cool how that worked out for both of us!) Thanks for the kind words lady!

  2. wow, the mexican rap was amazing! We got tickets and went to the salt lake show. HOla Co-MO ESt-as! I loved that one the most

  3. Oh yum! The pasta salad and enchilada soup are going on my menu right away. Thanks!!


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