Don't be alarmed, Johnny had to have surgery a few weeks ago so the tour and new album has been pushed out to 2012. I'm wondering if the new one will top Continuum. On second thought, I don't think it's possible to top Continuum but I'm really excited about the new album.
I just took my cowboy boots in to get re-stretched so I can replicate this look. I never knew I had thick calves until I tried to buy boots but thankfully, the Shoe Guy on D Street is a miracle worker and very reasonably priced.
As you can see, I got a lot done over the past 4 days. Except the laundry. Or cleaning the bathroom. Or vacuuming. Oops. At least I caught up on my Pinerest!
Everyone I know is putting up their Christmas decorations today. I think our neighbors are having a competition to see who can get it all done first. But I really don’t mind because it makes the neighborhood so festive and cozy and when I pull up into the driveway and see all the beautiful lights I can’t help “feeling that gingerbread feeling.” That was a joke, it’s a line from a Home Alone song that always makes me laugh. What exactly is “that gingerbread feeling?” Is it different from that “candy cane feeling?” or “that figgy pudding feeling?” and if I had a bad day would it be “that lump of coal feeling?”
I digress. Ahem…
Jones Design Company (whose blog you should check out any way because she is full of divine inspiration) has provided this lovely (and free) Christmas printable and it sums it all up and to be completely honest, kinda chokes me up because in all the craziness of the holidays it’s so easy forget what it’s all about:
To us a child is born, to us a son is given and he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6
It comes in 2 colors and all you have to do is print it out and pop it into a frame. I just love it and can’t wait to print mine out. What a great way to start out the Christmas season.
It's the day after Thanksgiving and I'm betting you have a fridge full of leftovers. Well, my dad kept all the leftovers at his house so I bought a little turkey to cook tomorrow specifically for the purpose of having turkey sandwiches and turkey soup. But I'm not going to make just any soup, mine is going to have a Latin flair. I'm loosely basing it off of a recipe for Tortilla Soup by Lourdes Castro. As a side note, I really recommend this book, (even though she isn't Mexican, she's Cuban. Oh well, everyone can't be perfect )
Now, I know some of you indulged a little too much yesterday and are having to live in your stretchy pant today. It's OK, this recipe is not creamy and heavy like some of the tortilla soups served in chain restaurants (blech!). This soup is light, brothy, smokey, de-licious and very healthy.
I know what some of you are thinking: "Carey made this so it must have 12 hot peppers in it." Guess what? There are NO hot peppers in this recipe. You can make it spicy if you want to but the base is just tomato, onion & garlic and it so flavorful you won't miss the punch of hot peppers.
So I just adapted the recipe to turkey, using my turkey carcass for homemade stock but you can use canned chicken stock too. Oh, and this base will freeze beautifully, just leave the "toppings" out until just before serving.
Turkey Tortilla Soup (adapted from Lourdes Castro's Tortilla Soup)
2 large tomatoes
1 small white onion, peeled and quartered
3 cloves of garlic, unpeeled
2 tablespoons canola oil (or other vegetable oil)
6 cups of low sodium turkey broth (or chicken)
Leftover turkey, chopped into small pieces (roughly 2 cups)
Over medium high heat, heat up a dry cast iron skillet (or non-stick). Put the tomatoes, onion and garlic in the pan and allow to cook, getting black spots on all sides. When veggies are toasted and softened remove to a blender BUT allow to cool for a few minutes (don't puree hot food, you'll be sorry!). Pop the garlic out of it's skin. Once cooled, puree veggies until all chunks are gone.
In a large soup pot heat up the oil over medium high heat. Add the veggie puree and watch out because it will sputter and splatter at you. Cook and stir the mixture until it darkens and reduces by almost half. If you need some spice in your soup, now would be a good time to add a pinch of chile powder. You can also add a scant pinch of salt and pepper but don't go crazy with the salt because we will be reducing the soup again.
Add the broth and turkey, give it a stir then allow it to come up to a low boil then reduce to a simmer. Allow to simmer uncovered for about 20 minutes then test for seasoning. Add a pinch of salt if needed. That's the base, now it's time for the toppings.
shredded or crumbled cheese (preferably Mexican queso fresco but Monterrey Jack is a good option)
cilantro, roughly chopped
tortilla chips, roughly crumbled
avocado, thinly sliced
Serve the soup in warmed bowls and then top with the above toppings or anything else that suits your fancy!
Sorry the posts are light, my computer has been backing up for over 2 weeks but hopefully tonight I can wrangle it back for a few minutes.
I hope your Thanksgiving Day plans are coming together! I'm making 500 angel biscuits tonight because my family is ridiculously huge. If you would like to come over and be my indentured kitchen slave please submit your application.
You know when you are standing in line at a store to checkout, and they have all those tempting little goodies just before you get to the register? Well, sometimes it pays off to get suckered into those last minute purchases because that’s how I found my Minimergency Kit one day while checking out at Sephora.
What is it? It is a pint sized superhero! First of all, let me show you just how “mini” it is:
It measures 3.5” x 2” x 2” and inside this itty bitty bag you will find all of these emergency items:
How often do you find yourself away from home and in need of stain remover? Or a band aid? Or nail polish remover? I have needed all three of those things in the past week! I bought this little baby in the gold bag and I keep it in my car. I can think of a lot of other places I need to stash one: my desk drawer at work, my gym bag, my suitcase, my overnight bag, my purse…..
Just before writing this post I looked up the website listed on the package, msandmrs.com and whoa! There are LOTS of different kits and different colored bags.
How about a kit for your fella?
Or a Bride Essentials Kit?
They even have a College Survival Kit:
The kits range in price from $16 to $50, depending on size and they would be a great stocking stuffer. I’m buying more!
It’s Friday!!! And I’m hungry; no really, I’m hungry. I’ve had soup for like, 3 days in a row and while soup is great and has it’s place I am craving something a little more substantial. That’s why I’m so glad I ran across this recipe from janalaurene.com.
It’s a stuffed pork tenderloin, which isn’t as difficult as it sounds. In a nutshell, you butterfly open the tenderloin then smear in a mixture of garlic, spinach, cream cheese, sun dried tomato and goat cheese. Then wrap it all back up and bake it. You can get the full recipe here. Since I”m not a huge fan of sun dried tomato, I think I will substitute for pesto or maybe even some chipotle in adobo. Or chopped artichoke hearts. Or olives. I must stop. Toasted pine nuts! Oh my gosh, it’s like I have food-tourretes!
I hope you cook something yummy this weekend and if not, I hope somebody else cooks something yummy for you!
I have run across a blog (it might be more of a full blown site or a vlog) that I MUST share with you:
Digitwirl!! Carley Knoblock is the host of the weekly web show called Digitwirl and each week she tackles a problem and solves it with technology. But not just any technology, she (and I’m assuming her team) research all the most popular apps, programs and techno goodies to see which one works best. Her videos are humorous but not too campy, informative but not geeky.
I will try to embed her videos here but I will definitely do so on our Facebook Page so you can see what I’m so excited about, topics like:
I have learned so much from Carley and I can’t wait to see what topic she tackles next.
All you have to do to get your weekly Digitwirl is go to the website and sign up to receive notification of when the newest Digitwirl is ready for viewing. Once you are in the site you can also browse all the past episodes as well.
Let me just stop and tell you right now, when you believe in something be prepared to do the hard work for it. Launching a campaign is hard. It is a world that not too many people have an iota of understanding about and the learning curve for us has been steep. We have scrambled to do the research, we have networked, we have taken some big steps of faith and finally here we at LAUNCH DAY!
What does that mean for our little gathering place here? Well, to tell you the truth I'm not sure (she says with a nervous laugh). It's very early on in the campaign so the work load for me at present is light. BUT... as we move closer and closer to the primary (June 4, 2012) I will bet getting busier and busier.
I love what I do here on According To Carey, I am so grateful for the friendships made and the sharing that you all do either through comments here or at the Facebook Page or even in real life when I happen to bump into you so THE SHOW WILL GO ON HERE, I promise! Only time will tell if slight adjustments to my posting schedule will be necessary and perhaps some of you will want to guest post now and then...huh, yeah, maybe?? We will just roll with the proverbial punches and try to have a really great time along the way!
And of course, I would love for you to at least drop by the campaign site, Carlos2012.com and see what we are trying accomplish. You can also keep up with the campaign at the campaign Facebook Page and Twitter.