Sunday, March 30, 2014

Amazing Chicken Tortilla Soup

Amazing Chicken Tortilla Soup

This might just be my favorite soup of all time. My sister in law Ava makes the most amazing food and while I was over she made me a bowl of this soup or a soup very close to this. I tried to remember the recipe as well as I could off of memory so I hope she approves.

I made this over the weekend and my husband and kids went nuts. My husband ate two bowls and ate it for lunch the next day and said "I want this again this week". He went on and on about the flavor. It really does have an amazing flavor that you will love. You will not be disappointed. I promise!

The garnishments on top make all the difference. The Homemade Tortilla Strips are a must!

You can buy these at the store now but I prefer to make my own and bag them up for salads or anything else I could use them on. They are so good! All you do is thinly slice up corn tortillas and pour Extra Virgin Olive Oil on them and make sure they are just coated but not soaking in it. Put in the oven at 400 degrees and just keep checking them and stir them around until they are crispy to your liking! I add some Kosher Salt to them as well. 

Homemade Tortilla Strips


4-5 small carrots chopped
4 stalks of celery chopped
 1 medium onion chopped
4 teaspoons cumin
salt and pepper to taste
3-4 T of olive oil
3 teaspoons of minced garlic
3 boxes free range chicken broth
3 large chicken breasts cooked and shredded (I boil mine in hot water)

Garnish with lots of homemade tortilla strips, cheese of choice,
avocado, green onions and cilantro.


In a large pot add in olive oil until hot on medium high and then saute celery, carrots and onion that are chopped. Add the minced garlic and cumin seasoning with some salt and pepper. Saute until soft but a little crunchy about 10 minutes. Add boxes of chicken broth, handful of cilantro (optional) and shredded chicken and let simmer for about 20 minutes on medium low (not boiling just simmer). Add more cumin to taste as well as salt and pepper. Serve in a bowl and garnish with toppings.  

I hope you enjoy this soup as much as our family does!
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Monday, February 3, 2014

Mexican Taco's with Fresh Pico De Gallo

Mexican Taco's with fresh
 Pico De Gallo

I made a HUGE batch of these yesterday for the Super Bowl. They are always a big hit and taste so GOOD! We had a great day with family even though our team didn't win. I LOVED the half time show. 

I really enjoy entertaining and cooking for lots of people. My girls even made their first batch of Cupcakes without my help, they insisted they could do it. They did it! Quite the mess but tasted great. Future bakers in the making. (Those are foot balls just so you know.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

NEW Jeddy's Blend Testimonials - A Natural Alternative for ADHD, ADD, Anxiety and more...

NEW Jeddy's Blend Testimonials 

We have been so incredibly blessed with the success of Jeddy's Blend and how it is helping children and adults all over the world. The testimonials keep coming in and it is so wonderful to see the changes each family is receiving. Thank you so much to all of you who continue to share your stories. They really do help others who might be in the same situation have hope.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Design your own EO Lotions

Design your own EO Lotions

It doesn't get much easier than this. One of Riches to Rags by Dori's readers and a friend Sandy gave me this wonderful idea. I had always done it with Jeddy's Blend but was thrilled at the endless possibilities with all the different oils out there. 

I made three different lotions that I use the most. The Wake-up with Wild Orange and Peppermint, Pain Relief and Jeddy's Blend. It is so easy since Spark Naturals already has the Unscented Lotion available so all you need is to mix it with the EO of your choice. 

Saturday, October 5, 2013

ADHD - A Natural Alternative vs Medication

ADHD - Natural Alternative vs. Medication

October is ADHD Awareness Month so I decided to do another post on ADHD because I want others to know our story and how we have dealt with ADHD in our home. 

My sister Rebecca (Camp Wander) sent me this documentary on The Drugging of Our Children from Healthy Holistic Living that I hope you will take the time to watch. There is some very eye opening information on the video and the page regarding the drugs that so many children are taking and how it is affecting them. 

Documentary - The Drugging of Our Children

The statistics are staggering for the amount of children who are on medication for ADHD. Many of them having terrible side effects from these medications as young as 3 years old. 

ADHD is real, I don't believe anyone can say it is not and have a child of their own that has it. It is so hard for a parent to sit and watch a child struggle daily and not know what to do to help.   I am not a doctor or therapist, just an average mother who needed help and I was getting pressured to put my son on medication in 1st grade! I couldn't stand the thought of it. I have ADD and as a blogger it is really hard to sit down and concentrate long enough to write a post like this. I tried medication several years ago, it made me sick, my body would get run down, I would get sick easily,  broke out in cold sores, I was angry, irritable, couldn't sleep, it was awful. I couldn't imagine doing that to my 6 year old. 

Does putting your child on medication make you a bad parent?  NO! Absolutely not. A parent knows what is best for their child and what they need.  There are some children that medication works wonderful for and is just right for their situation but in my opinion all other avenues of natural alternatives should be exhausted and medication should be the last resort. 

Teachers have such an important role in a child life. We have been so fortunate to have had some wonderful teachers the last couple of  years. His 1st grade teacher treated him like he was the worst child and it really affected Jeddy. He always had recess taken away, we were getting calls every day from the teacher, some days from the principle. His confidence spiraled downward and as a mother I was desperate to find something that would help him. That is when I created Jeddy's Blend

I have received hundreds of emails and comments from parents who are desperate to find something, anything to help their child because the medication is affecting their child so badly. Weight loss, mood swings, insomnia, crying, depressed, etc. It is heartbreaking. Some children are begging the parents not to make them take the medication because they feel so bad. I have such respect for these parents and know how difficult it must be to be in that position. 

Knowledge is Power!

Knowledge is power! If you have a child with ADHD research all you can. There is so much information out there on the internet on natural alternatives, diet and exercise. 

Diet is so important with children with ADHD as with all children. If Jeddy has a cupcake he is completely out of control the rest of the day. Something so simple as a cute little cupcake can ruin his whole day. I have had to teach him that he has to learn what things will make him feel bad and feel out of control. It is a learning process that we have to work together on. I am trying to teach him to take responsibility in what he eats because I can't be with him all the time. There are times when he chooses the cupcake and that's ok, he is a kid but he learns that he can't do that all the time. 

I don't claim to be a doctor, therapist or someone with all the answers with a cure. I just want others to know that for our family trying the natural alternative first was what worked for us and that I am so glad I didn't jump into medication first. 

You are the parent and no one can force you to do anything you don't want to for your child. Don't let anyone pressure you into doing something you don't want to do. You have the right to take them time to research and do what is best for your situation.

Get involved

Get involved! Find support and groups where you can interact with others who are going through the same struggles as you are. Facebook has so many support groups. It really is helpful and comforting to have someone to talk to especially on those rough days. Additude magazine is a great source of information.

Jeddy's Blend - A Natural Alternative for ADHD

Jeddy's Blend is a blend of Essential Oils that I created for my son several months ago. He has had and continues to have amazing results with it and so have many others around the world. Please give natural alternatives a try if you are faced with the decision to medicate and learn as much as you can.

If you haven't had a chance to read Jeddy's story you can read about it HERE along with many testimonials of this blend for others as well.

Remember as well to give yourself a break. You are doing much better than you think you are and so many people out there are in the same position as you are as parents. We do the very best we can and we love our children. Please stay involved and continue to be your child's advocate. Thanks you for everything you do.

For more information on Spark Naturals Essential Oils and how they are a big part of our family and Jeddy's Blend please visit my Facebook pages. I love to hear your Jeddy's Blend stories so please share!

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