Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Crock Pot Chicken Enchilada Soup

Hello there!

Long time, no blog!  We are having major internet issues at home and work is crazy...and I have a baby.  A super cute one if I do say so myself =)

But, I have a really good recipe to share today.  Thank you Pinterest, I found this here and changed it up just a bit.  I realize its getting a little warm for soup, but its never to warm for easy!

You will need the following:

1 can black beans, rinsed and drained (rinsing = less sodium)
1 can diced tomatoes, no salt added
10 oz frozen corn (use frozen instead of canned for less sodium)
1/2 white onion, chopped
1/2 bell pepper, chopped (doesn't matter what color, I had a green one so that's what I used)
10 oz can of enchilada sauce
1 can Healthy Request Cream of Chicken Soup
1 1/2 cups skim milk
5-6 frozen chicken breast strips (or 2-3 frozen chicken breasts)

After your onion and green pepper are chopped, combine them with the beans, tomatoes and corn in a slow cooker liner in your crock pot.

Place frozen chicken on top of veggies.

In a mixing bowl, combine enchilada sauce and cream of chicken soup.

Mix in milk until smooth.

Pour mixture into crock pot.

Cook on high for 4-6 hours or low for 6-8 hours.  Shred chicken (I just do it while it is still in the crock pot...its pretty tender so it just falls apart).

Top with low fat shredded cheese or sour cream, or better yet - avocado slices for some added healthy fats!


Saturday, March 3, 2012

3 Months

Here she is...3 months old!!

She is getting so big!

She is doing really well with holding her head up, and loves to sit up...with us holding her of course.

She is such a happy, easy going baby - we are very blessed and very thankful for that...but she has her moments!  Usually just when she is hungry (she is not shy about that) or when she is really tired.  Or, when I make her sit in this chair and take pictures for longer than she wants to...

One of the biggest changes in Sawyer's life this month is that I went back to work.  But, I am VERY fortunate to have a job that I can take her with me.  I have been taking her to work a few days a week.

She doesn't really hold her bottle on her own, I put her hands there and she stayed there for a minute or so...long enough to snap a picture!  She is so good at work, she hangs out on her play mat and smiles for everyone when they come in my office...

She has also gone to work with Barry a few times.

And has spent a lot of quality time with her grandmas on the other days - which we are also very thankful for!  When she is at home, she still loves to hang out on her play mat...

And take lots of naps...anywhere and every where.

The other major change in Sawyer's life this month...she sleeps through the night!!  Right around 9 weeks she did it a couple times...then stopped.  She started again at 11 weeks and hasn't looked back...its AMAZING!  She is amazing.

She goes to bed around 8 every night and sleeps till about 6.  Lucky for Barry, she got her sleeping habits from me =)

But they still take their share of naps together...such a daddy's girl already.

As much as Barry and I love having Sawyer around and have pretty much adjusted to being a family of 3, I cannot say the same for Lori.  She is in serious denial that there is a new person in the house!  She doesn't pay much attention to Sawyer, a few sniffs here and there.  But otherwise, Lori pretends to not even see her!
Another highlight from the last month...first Valentine's Day...

And just some other pictures of this sweet smile I can't get enough of!

It's hard to believe that she has gone from this at the beginning of February...

To this now...

That's her serious face.  She has moved up to size one diapers and is now in all 0-3 and 3 month clothes.  My baby isn't a new born anymore!  She has recently discovered that she can blow bubbles and is constantly doing that, and talking.  She is starting to discover her voice more and more and makes all sorts of crazy noises - she has earned herself the nickname of Squeaker because she sounds like a little mouse.  She is soooo close to laughing...I can't wait!  Right now its more of a gasp with a huge smile on her face.

The other AWESOME thing that happened is Sawyer's life is that her Aunt Brie got accepted into A&M...we are sooo proud!!

Sawyer is more and more fun with every day and I can't possible imagine loving her more than I do right now.  My favorite part of the day is going to get her out of her bed in the morning and seeing her smile at me.  She wakes up in a good mood usually - unlike her mother.  I'm working on it.  Kinda.

One more picture, just because I like it...

We love you Squeaks!!