Monday, January 23, 2012

Getting to Know Christina M


 Christina M (2)

My name is: Christina M

My favorite dinner is: Shepherds pie

My favorite dessert is: Chocolate Banana bread & butter pudding, with caramel

My favorite flower is: White lily

My favorite hobby is: Lampwork

My favorite restaurant is: Olive Garden

A game I like to play is: Uno

The music I listen to most is: Colbie Caillat,Taylor Swift

My favorite thing to buy is: A new journal

A book I highly recommend is: Stephen R.Covey-The 8th Habit

A movie I watch over and over is: Home Alone

A smell that makes me pause is: Freshly baked cookies :)

The city I would most like to visit is: New York

The best vacation I ever had was: A month touring Europe, Greece & Italy are my favorite places.

If you could be any fictional character, who would you choose? Hermione

If you could learn to do anything, what would it be? Fly a plane

What chore do you absolutely hate doing? The dishes

When you have 30 minutes of free-time, how do you pass the time? Have a bath, relax and sing, while pretending i am auditioning for American Idol.

What is your dream vacation? Trip to Rio De Janeiro, chill on a Private Island, water sports, scuba dive

How did you meet your husband? How did he propose?

After my husband had served a mission in Scotland, he went on a study abroad to Israel for 6 months.

On his way back to the US, he got BYU to get him a 1 month layover in London so that he could visit his old companions. I met him the second day he was there, and the rest of his time was spent with me. 8 months later, we had already talked about getting married and he planned to come back to the UK to propose to me. He called me one night a few weeks before he left, and he sounded like he was going to propose. I said to him, "Please don't propose to me down the phone." He did. Ah well…he came over to the UK a few weeks later and gave me an engagement ring.

The best thing about being married is: Having your best friend with you everyday of your life.

What do you and your husband like to do together? Skiing and watching movies.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Chicken Noodle and Chicken Tortilla Soup


Chicken Noodle Soup
Jessica Robinson

Dissolve 6 Tbsp chicken bullion base in 2 1/2 quarts of water in a soup pot.  Add 3-10 oz. packages frozen mixed vegetables, 2-10 oz. cans diced chicken (or 1 1/2 lbs. precooked cut up chicken) and 6 oz. dry egg noodles.  Bring to a boil, simmer 5-10 minutes.  Makes 4 quarts finished soup.  (I added a can of cream of chicken soup, as well, just to make it a little creamy.)

Chicken Tortilla Soup
Lindsay Hansen

In a Large Stock Pot:

1 large onion, chopped  (use a sweet white onion like a Walla Walla)
1 clove garlic, minced

Saute the onion and garlic in 2 Tablespoons olive oil

6 Cups Chicken Broth (1-48oz. can)
2   10oz. cans Diced Tomatoes with Green Chiles
½ Cup Cilantro, chopped  (one handful)
2 Cups Frozen Super Sweet white Corn
2 - 15oz. can Black Beans, drained and rinsed
2 Cups cooked boneless skinless Chicken Breast or 2 cups of shredded Rotisserie Chicken
1 Bay Leaf (remove before serving)
1 Tablespoon Cumin
1 teaspoon Chili Powder
Juice of 1 Lime
Salt and pepper to taste

Garnish with shredded Monterey Jack Cheese, sliced Avocado, Sour Cream, a sprig of cilantro, and fried corn tortilla strips.