Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!
I can’t believe it is here already… the New Year!  December flew by… actually every year as I get older seems to fly by.  Too fast!
We have had such a busy end of the year, with many wonderful blessings.  I would love to share them with you.
We started our kids Christmas with a trip to Disney World…  if you are planning a Disney trip, I would recommend staying on site at a Disney Resort.  We stayed at the Boardwalk, just a walk away from Epcot, and a boat ride away from 
Hollywood Studios.  
 When they talk about Magic at Disney… they are not kidding… it really is magical!   
The Christmas lights blew us away at Hollywood Studios.
When we returned home, we had a Christmas gathering with a couple of couples my husband works with.  All of the kids and adults gathered around the piano to sing songs.  We also tried our best at Karaoke.  That was a hoot!  After our Elephant gift exchange and some laughs, we played “the game of things”.  What a fun game this is!  It is an adult game, but we found the kiddos can play too if the adults don’t get too crazy.  (Hee Hee).
For dinner we sat down for one of my favorite soup recipes ever.  I am sharing the recipe which I received from a friend… Southwestern Chicken Chili.  It is so yummy, and be ready to feed a crowd or have leftovers.  I freeze my leftover soup, it tastes just as good when I get it out of the freezer and put it on the stove.
Southwestern Chicken Chili
Boil 6 chicken Breasts in water for approx. 20 minutes
While that is boiling start preparing the soup (below).
In a large soup or stock pot…
1 cup or 2 sticks of butter
Saute with
1 cup green pepper chopped
1 cup onion chopped
1 cup carrots diced
1 tsp. garlic chopped
Once sautéed, add…
4 cups milk
2 cups half and half
2 cups whipping cream or 1 cup milk and 1 cup whipping cream
2 cans rotel tomatoes original
3 cups frozen corn
3 cans cream of mushroom soup
3 cans cream of chicken soup
After the chicken boils mix
1 cup of flour with warm chicken stock adding gradually until pasty.  Add this to soup pot.
Shred chicken into bite size pieces for soup.  Add 5 cups of chicken to soup.
1 Tbsp. salt
1 Tbsp. paprika
1 Tbsp. pepper
1 Tbsp. cumin
Cook or simmer until bubbly hot.
Serve with:
Grated Cheese, Green Onion, Bacon Bits, Tortilla strips etc., and a great bread.
If you make this… please let me know what you think in the comment section.  I truly think this is better than any soup you can order at a restaurant.
 Before the year came to a close, my grandma visited with my parents.  They were only here for a short period of time, but every day was a blessing to share with them. I am going to share more about my grandma and her visit in a later post.  She is an amazing women!

I hope your year was a great one.
I hope 2012 brings you even more joy than the previous!


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