**This is a repost from last year. I sure miss entertaining, makes me very ready to be healthy again!
I have some very special women in my life. We used to get together for a Bible study at my house every Wednesday morning. We did this for 4 years, and it was always a highlight of my week. We had to stop meeting, due to schedule changes and life taking us in different directions. I thought it would be great to have them all over for a ladies luncheon, and thought “What better time to do it than Christmastime?”
I set the table, made sure the candles were lit, and the Christmas music was playing. I left a Christmas treat by each of their plates (Lindt Lindor Truffles), which added a little touch of Christmas color to my black and white table.
Soup-Chicken Tortilla Soup
Salad-Cranberry Spinach Salad
Bread-Honey Whole Wheat Bread
Dessert-Andes Mint Cookies
Something Fun To Drink-Cranberry Spritzer
Something Warm To Drink-Coffee & Hot Tea
It was a very cold and snowy week here in Nebraska, so soup was an obvious choice. My cousin, Keeli, passed on a Chicken Tortilla Soup recipe that I have been wanting to try, so I did—and boy, am I glad I did! Yum! I set out chips, salsa, shredded cheese; tortilla strips and brown rice, and let them help themselves to whatever toppings they wanted.
Chicken Tortilla Soup
1 pound shredded, cooked chicken 1(15oz) can whole peeled tomatoes,mashed 1(10oz) can enchilada sauce 1 medium onion, chopped 1(4oz) can chopped green chile peppers 2 cloves garlic, minced 2 cups water 1(14.5 oz) can chicken broth 1t cumin 1t chili powder 1t salt 1/4t black pepper 1 bay leaf 1(10oz) frozen corn
Flour Tortillas, cut into strips, optional
Shredded Cheese, optional
Place chicken, tomatoes, enchilada sauce, onion, green chiles and garlic into a slow cooker. Pour in water and chicken broth, and season with cumin, chili powder, salt, pepper, and bay leaf. Stir in corn. Cover, and cook on low setting for 6-8 hours or on high for 3-4 hours. Serve in bowl topped with tortilla strips and shredded cheese, if desired
I had shredded chicken on hand b/c
I had made this recipe. I put it together the night before and then just plugged it in and set it on high and it was ready in time for lunch.
This is my go-to easy salad recipe. Whenever I am asked to bring a dish, this is one I often choose to bring. I can just buy the ingredients, bring a bowl and tongs, dump it all a bowl and toss once I am there. This is a no-recipe, recipe.
Dump Spinach into large bowl. Add the rest of ingredients, amounts according to taste. Toss and Serve.
Honey Whole Wheat Bread
I like this recipe because I can just put it in my bread maker and choose the dough option. Once it beeps, I put it into a loaf pan and let it rise another 1/2 hour or until about double, then bake. I could just leave it in my bread maker and choose loaf setting, but I like the shape of a regular loaf pan.