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When your children become teenagers, they begin to not need you as much.
As a parent, it is great to know you are raising them to be independent, but at the same time it’s a little sad that your role in their life has changed.
The one time my daughter still lets me know she needs me (besides when she needs money or clean laundry) is when she is sick. Who doesn’t want their mom to take care of them when their sick?
My daughter always wants the same thing when she’s not feeling well. She wants me to watch movies with her all day, she wants Kleenex brand tissues (she has her mom’s sensitive skin, and she knows they are the softest), and she wants a batch of Tortilla Soup.
She likes having the tortilla soup for two reasons: One, she loves the taste; and Two, it’s spicy and it clears her head.
I have tried many different tortilla soup recipes over the years, and I ended up taking bits and pieces from several recipes and made my own.
Here is the recipe I use:
- 1 Rotisserie Chicken (you can cook some if you’re inclined — but we typically buy it cooked from the grocery store)
- 6 cups Water
- 1 tsp. Salt
- 1 can Chicken Broth
- 1 can Water
- 14 1/2 oz can Diced/Peeled tomatoes
- 1 c. Salsa
- 2 tsp. Ground cumin
- 1 can Kernel corn
- 2 tsp. Paprika
- 1 Tbs. Lime juice
- 1 Jalapeno pepper, seeded, chopped fine
- 1/4 c. Chopped, cilantro (I use the SlapChop — works great)
- 1 1/2 c. Cooked rice (I use Uncle Ben’s Roasted Chicken Ready Rice)
- 8 oz. Monterrey Jack cheese, shredded
- Sour Cream (optional)
- 1 package tortilla chips
Place 6 cups of water in a pot and heat on medium.
Add the rotisserie chicken. We typically use just the white meat, and then set the dark meat aside for the dogs’ medicine later on. You can cut or tear the chicken into small pieces, but here’s a great shortcut. HINT: Take your cooked chicken, place it in a KitchenAid mixer with the flat paddle beater, and spin it for 30 seconds — makes perfectly shredded chicken each time.
Add the seasonings, broth, 1 can of water, lime juice, salsa, corn, pepper, cilantro, and rice. Basically, everything else but the cheese and chips.
Bring the soup to a boil for a couple of minutes, and then lower the temp to a low/medium heat for about an hour.
Pour soup into bowl, and garnish with sour cream (optional), Jack cheese, and tortilla chips.
That’s it. Makes about six good-sized bowls of soup.
The unnamed child had a terrible head cold this weekend, so off I went to Target to get her beloved Kleenex and the soup ingredients.Her cold was pretty bad, and I had a feeling after spending the weekend in close proximity to all of her hacking and coughing, that I would get it next, so I went ahead and got the Kleenex 4-pack just to be safe.
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We spent all day Saturday watching movies. We have a giant cushy sectional sofa and the child that wishes to remain anonymous, myself, and the pups grabbed some fluffy blankets and settled in for a cozy day. I love that my love for the classics has rubbed off on her — we watched White Christmas and Miracle on 34th Street.
I took a small break and prepared the tortilla soup, and while that was cooking we watched Holiday Inn. Then it was time for dinner.
This recipe is not only the unnamed child’s favorite, but one of my hubby and mine as well.
Once the soup is poured into individual bowls, we top them with Mexican shredded cheese and crumble tortilla chips on top. The great thing about this recipe is that it makes a lot and that means left overs for the next day!
On Sunday the child was feeling a bit better. After blowing her nose a million times, I expected her to be really sore, but since she was using Kleenex on her sensitive little nose, she said it really wasn’t bad.
After watching all those holiday movies, we were in the Christmas spirit, so even though we are going to be hosting Thanksgiving here, we went ahead and put up the Christmas decorations!
I love Christmas, and I love having my decor up as long as possible.
Even though I had tons of projects I needed to be doing this weekend, I am glad I spent the weekend with my daughter. She will only be living with us for another couple years, and I need to remember to take advantage of anytime I can spend with her (especially when she is needy and sweet).
Do you have any traditions that you do when illness strikes your house? Any special recipes you make?