Monday, February 16, 2009

Tasty Tuesday

Our Lives In a Nutshell

Chicken Tortilla Soup

This recipe is filled with so much awesomeness, you won’t believe your taste buds.  Try it, I dare you.


  • 4 T. extra-virgin olive oil

  • 5 large cloves of garlic, minced

  • 1 small brown onion, chopped  (I’m not sure what a brown onion is, so I just used whatever yellow or white onion I had on hand.)

  • 1 box (1 qt.) chicken broth    (Trader Joe’s)

  • 3/4 box (1 qt.) creamy tomato soup    (Trader Joe’s)

  • 3 cans (15 oz.) tomatoes.  Make 1 or 2 of the cans Fire Roasted.  Puree tomatoes undrained until smooth.

  • 1 t. pepper

  • 2 t. cumin

  • 2 t. chili powder

  • 4 frozen chicken breast halves

  • 1 1/2 cups frozen fire roasted corn kernels   (Trader Joe’s)

  • 1 can (15 oz.) black beans


  • In a large pot, or Dutch oven (like my sh019iny new one!!) sauté garlic and onion in evoo until soft.
  • Add all remaining ingredients except corn and beans and bring to a boil.  Lower heat and simmer approx. 1 hour.
  • Remove chicken, shred, and return to pot.  Add corn and beans, simmer 15 minutes more.
  • Serve with fresh cilantro, shredded cheese, diced avocado, sour cream, and tortilla chips.

I got this recipe from Karen, a lady in my church.  I’ve only met her one time very recently, but have been following her blog for a little while now.  Any recipe she puts up is so delicious.  I think I’ve made just about everything she’s posted in the last couple of months.  A while back she posted a recipe for a mean blueberry French toast that has now become our traditional Christmas morning breakfast.  She also, through her blog and emails, taught me to pour my own candles.  Awesome.  Enjoy the soup!

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Happy Day of Love!

My mother-in-law is rubbing off on me.  I’ve had our kitchen table decorated for Valentine’s Day most of the week.  The boys were sooo excited to see all the goodies.  My MIL is very into decorating for occasions and I’ve realized that it really does make the occasion/holiday seem more special.  And it’s just fun too.


This morning I made pink heart buttermilk pancakes, so yummy.  We’re doing haircuts now (well, Ryan is cutting the boys’ hair, then I’ll do his after) and for dinner I’m making them a dish that I know they love, which means they’ll eat it, which is different from most every other night.  I figure they could have a full belly on the love day.  I’m also making heart shaped rice krispy treats; I found a silicone heart mold at Target this week, can’t wait to try it out. 

Alrighty, have a great day celebrating loved ones!

Addendum: I suspect most of you probably just want to see pictures of my kids rather than reading my blah blah blah about Valentine’s Day, so here you go!





Friday, February 13, 2009

Movin’ On Up

Literally.  Aubrey is now pulling up to standing!  Egads, she’s only 8 months old.  She gets especially excited when she sees Steve on the couch.



Holding on to the bouncy chair.









She thinks she’s pretty hot stuff these days.

And finally, here is the Kid Train.  They (perhaps excluding Aubrey) were having a blast pretending they were on a train.


Have a lovely weekend all.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009


In case you’re wondering what’s in the economic “stimulus” bill, check out this article.  First, move any and all items away from your computer that can be thrown, because that will be your first instinct while reading said article.

I think when Ryan gets home this evening we’ll have a little talky-talk about not even looking for a job after seminary because we’ll be just fine living off of WIC and Food Stamps with all the money allocated to each of those “programs.”  Why work when the government can support you?  Ok, perhaps that was a bit of a pessimistic outlook, but read the article and then tell me what you think.

Happy Wednesday!!

Monday, February 9, 2009

My Little Sunshines

I need to say something nice about the rugrats now because they are all (minus the girl at the moment) being super winy and annoying.  I wish you could all hear this right now.  Oi.

So here’s some cute pictures of them to remind me of the better times.  :)


Hanging out in the stroller at Master’s Kids.







On the playground






It was America Day at Master’s Kids.





This is Jake’s friend from school, Evan and his sister Aubrie!  We were at their house for a play date a while back.




Munching on Charlie Brown







Wii boxing at Grammy & Papa’s







Warren’s Superman impression…don’t ask me why he thinks that’s Superman!  Notice the socks on his hands.






The trademark Trzeciak baby blues!




005 006 This is Aubrey’s new favorite toy.  Warren was showing her how to play the little piano.

Well all is quiet again on the homefront.  Ahh, peace.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Friday Funnies

You will laugh, I promise.

He Thought it was Yogurt.

This is one of those stories that is laugh out loud funny, but absolutely embarrassing to the poor kid.

Last week one evening before bed, Jake was reading books.  We were all going about our business as usual when Jake started crying uncontrollably.  We kept asking him what was wrong, and it eventually came out that there was spit up on one of the books that he had been reading.  (Aubrey had recently been playing in the area.)  We told him it was ok, wiped it off the book, and thought that was the end of it.

Well, much to our surprise, the little guy kept carrying on and on with the crying and we had no idea what was going on.  After doing our best to calm him down, he finally blurted out, “I ATE BARF!”  He had actually tasted some of the spit up on the book!  Ryan asked him why in the world he did that and he told us it was because he thought it was yogurt!  Yogurt!!  The poor guy was so traumatized over having tasted spit up!  We made sure to tell him that’s it’s best to eat yogurt only when it comes in the container.  Better to be safe than sorry I think.

007 The offending book.  Bad little animals.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Who Dressed That Baby?

It’s time again for the game “Who Dressed That Baby?”

Was it

  • (a) her mother
  • (b) her brother
  • (c) her father


Notice the polka dot pants (with footies, which are out of the shot), the striped tennis skirt outfit, and the too small pink jacket.  Your guess?  That’s right folks, it was the dad!

To his credit, he actually can dress himself very well, and usually does a fine job with Aubrey too.  I think in this instance he just grabbed whatever was on top in her drawers.  He’s great at matching ties with shirts and pants, and often on Sunday mornings I’m asking him if my outfit looks ok.  So, we’ll just consider this gem of an outfit a mishap, and capture it for posterity (and Aubrey’s baby album.)

She sure doesn’t seem to mind that she’s mismatched though, does she? :)