Thursday, December 18, 2008

SNOW & Slow Cooking Thursday

WINNERS FROM YESTERDAY: Here are the 3 randomly chosen winners of the Restaurant.com gift certificates from yesterday...CONGRATS! I'll be contacting you in a few minutes. :)
1. The Queen in Residence
2. mine, by magpie
3. Imperfect

Winners...please email me your full name, the state you live in and the email address you'd like me to email the certificate to. I'll be contacting you in case you don't see the blog this morning. :)

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ENTER AGAIN TODAY for another chance to win one of THREE $10 gift certificates to Restaurant.com! Just leave a comment on this post (any comment) today by midnight PST as well as a way for me to contact you. I'll pick 3 winners and post them tomorrow. GOOD LUCK! I'll be doing more of this, so come back!

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So, it's been snowing off and on this week. I live somewhere that it doesn't usually snow...we're LOVING it! I feel like a kid just staring out the back door going, "Look Pumpkin Doodles! It's SNOWING! It's SNOWING!" Of course, Pumpkin Doodles gets excited, but not nearly as much as her silly mom. The photo was taken on my camera phone before the snow got really piled up. I'm horrible at downloading photos off my real camera. lol

I'm one of those crazy moms who likes to be cooped up in cold weather like this. I've been helping the little one build forts and coloring pictures for daddy (from printables online...I'm posting some of them.) Luckily, she loves to sit in her highchair to watch me bake Christmas goodies, too. I should be tackling my Christmas cards that just got in, but I'm not. I'm thinking the weekend will be reserved for that and hot cocoa. :)

FREE Printables for a cold day indoors...
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Learning Worksheets (Alphabet, Telling Time, Senses, Measurements, etc.)


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Slow Cooker Chicken Taco Soup

I found this fabulously-yummy-great-for-cold-days recipe at allrecipes.com ...

INGREDIENTS
1 onion, chopped
1 (16 ounce) can chili beans
1 (15 ounce) can black beans
1 (15 ounce) can whole kernel corn, drained
1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
1 (12 fluid ounce) can or bottle beer
2 (10 ounce) cans diced tomatoes with green chilies, undrained
1 (1.25 ounce) package taco seasoning
3 whole skinless, boneless chicken breasts
shredded Cheddar cheese (optional)
sour cream (optional)
crushed tortilla chips (optional)

*I add 1 tsp garlic powder, 1/2 tsp cumin and sub a can of chicken broth for the beer.


DIRECTIONS
1. Place the onion, chili beans, black beans, corn, tomato sauce, beer, and diced tomatoes in a slow cooker. Add taco seasoning, and stir to blend. Lay chicken breasts on top of the mixture, pressing down slightly until just covered by the other ingredients. Set slow cooker for low heat, cover, and cook for 5 hours.

2. Remove chicken breasts from the soup, and allow to cool long enough to be handled. Stir the shredded chicken back into the soup, and continue cooking for 2 hours. Serve topped with shredded Cheddar cheese, a dollop of sour cream, and crushed tortilla chips, if desired.

Head over to Diary of a Stay at Home Mom for more Slow Cooking recipes and to participate in Slow Cooking Thursday!


Question of the Day
What's your favorite cold weather day meal?


33 comments:

Joanne said...

Now that I think about it, I don't have a favorite cold weather day meal. That Taco Soup recipe might be it though. It sounds so yummy.

Mari said...

This looks so good! It would be a great cold weather meal. I think soup or chili are what I like best on those cold days. I make those things a lot throughout the winter.

Keeper of the Skies Wife said...

That would be Chili for sure!!! YUMMO!

Imperfect said...

Ooo...I won something. Exciting! And I think I'll be one of those moms who likes to hunker down and make forts in cold weather too. Heck, I'm hoping for snow here (which also happens rarely) so Hubby and I have an excuse to stay inside and snuggle in our PJs all day! Hope you are having a wonderful holiday!

Lynette said...

left over stew
we throw all ourleft oveer meats, veggies, pasta, rice and tators into a large covered bowl in the freezer. once it is full we take it out, thaw it and cook it with some water and seasonings. thus left over stew. does not really take long since everything was precooked.
always different always good.

Sandy Toes said...

That soup looks divine!!! Never have made taco soup! My favorite cold weather meal...pizza..delivery...YES! I am not trying to be funny either!
-sandy toes

The Go-To Girl said...

Stopping by from SITS...I am sooooo loving your blog! That taco soup sounds delish!

Grabbing a button and putting you on my sidebar since you're so FAB =)

FatGirlsSkinny said...

Baked tater soup, I made it last night, mmmm. I love it so.

~Trish~ said...

Def chilli with lots of cheese and crackers...YUM

Melissa said...

When it's cold, I love a big bowl of chilli with cheese on it!! That taco soup looks delicious!

mine, by magpie said...

woohoo!!!!!!!! thanks!!

mmm...i'm attempting to make chicken pot pie for the first time today :)

Michelle said...

Wow you have a beautiful back yard! my fave cold weather meal is my grandpa's chicken soup.

Steph said...

Ok it seems that all of my bloggy friends have had some sort of snow! I want some please send it my way I promise I am doing the snow dance! :)

"The Queen in Residence" said...

I cannot bleieve it, am I hallucinating or is that me on that winner list!!!! You just made my day!!!! I NEVER WIN ANYTHING-EVER!!!! I am loving this!!!

I will e-mail you all the details and so enjoy this moment, Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!♥♥

Favorite cold weather meal is Campbells' tomatoes soup and grilled cheese sandwiches. Yummy!!

Michele said...

I love anything crockpotty. Is that a word? Crockpotty? :-)

KDLOST said...

i love chili on a cold day! too bad it's hot down here... i guess i'll settle for a hot dog. lol

that soup sounds tasty!

Michelle said...

Hmmm......I love eating soup on a cold day!

cindysherritt said...

My favs would be chili or taco soup with Jiffy cornbread muffins!! it's been cold, wet and dreary in the dallas area and I just bought the stuff for soup last night - yummmmm.
Cindy
j.sherritt@tx.rr.com

gingela5 said...

That recipe sounds delightful! I love to eat either chicken noodle soup or chili on cold days! I'm jealous that you're getting snow--all we have in OK is FOG--boring!

Vicki said...

Wonder how this would taste with something added in place of beer?

angie said...

I love making either broccoli cheese soup or corn chowder. Yum!

jenny k said...

Great deals and the recipe looks so good! I think I'll make it this weekend. The weather is perfect for it!

Thanks!

Sandra said...

That sounds really good, thank you for sharing :)

Tabitha Blue said...

Oh, oh, oh, pick me!!! Pick me!!!!!

Sounds like a great giveaway.... I ALWAYS like to eat out ;)

And I think weekends are perfect for hot cocoa and cards!!!! The soup looks delish, yum!!!!!!!!!!!

:)
~Tabitha~

freshmommyblog..com

Lisa said...

I absolutely fell in love with a Black Bean Soup recipe I tried about this time last year. That is our warm meal choice.

Sarah said...

Stew with dumplings! I wish it were not in the 80's, otherwise I would make some :)

Fifi Flowers said...

Soup is best in cold weather! YUM!

~TAMY 3 Sides of Crazy~ said...

OH YUM! I have to add this to the menu!

mace spray said...

My favorite cold weather meal is ramen! Very delicious specially when it is served hot.I'll try doing your chicken taco soup, 'cause it's so mouth-watering.

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