Monday, November 19, 2018
Crunch time for Christmas crafting
This year I really felt differently. It was on my heart to make a few simple gifts for the Nevada grands, so far away. I also wanted to make a couple of very simple items for my two daughters. And then, wouldn't you know, I signed up to take part in an ornament exchange!
I'm not worried about that. I have a handmade ornament or two on hand, and plenty of things I can easily embellish if I choose to make something new.
But it's crunch time on the handmade gifts. Out of 8 simple things that I wanted to make, I have one completed (and a second one started). And eleven days before December 1! I'm really going to have to work diligently to get those completed in the allotted time.
To that end, I'm rethinking my meals for this week and next. I think the crockpot is going to be coming into play a LOT between now and December 1, and our meals (other than Thanksgiving) are going to be extremely simple.
Here's what we're having tonight:
TORTILLA ENCHILADA SOUP
4 cups chicken broth
2 cans chicken with rice soup
1 small boneless skinless chicken breast (frozen is fine)
1 cup salsa or picante sauce
1 can red enchilada sauce
Shredded cheddar cheese OR cubes of velveeta-type cheese
In crock pot combine the broth, soup, chicken breast, salsa, and enchilada sauce. Cook on low for about 4 hours. Remove chicken breast from soup; shred it or cut in small pieces. Return to soup.
When ready to eat, cut flour tortillas into strips (scissors work best for this).
Put tortilla strips in each bowl and ladle the hot soup on top. Top with shredded cheddar or cubed velveeta.
About 6 servings.
How about you? Are your handmade gifts completed? Do you have any helpful tips for time management and/or easy meals during this crunch time?