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Get Well Soon Mexican Chicken Soup And Other Cold Remedies

Get Well Soon Mexican Chicken Soup And Other Cold Remedies

Get Well Soon Mexican Chicken Soup #WMTMoms

It’s that time of year where every germ known to man wants to be your friend. Awww I dread the stuffy nose, and pounding headache of a cold or flu. There is nothing worse then a cold that makes it hard to breathe or sleep. As much as we have zero desire to engage in these unkind happenings…. most of us are destined to experience it anyway. Instead of avoiding the situation, I just go right ahead and face the music… even if it is to the beat of a running nose. I’d rather be safe than sorry, so I stock up before the uncomfortable illness hits.

Walmart has all the cold and flu supplies I need. I run up one aisle and grab kleenex, then look for the sign that says “cold and flu” and see what I think is the best remedy for me and Walmart cold and flu medicinesmy family. I like to have Airborne on hand in the event someone comes into the house that might be sick. Just plop it in water and this gets my defense up and helps keep the adults in the house healthy. I give my son Oscillococcinum, a homeopathic medicine the second I hear him sneeze or complain of not feeling well. If used at the first sign of a flu, it will help reduce the symptoms. I also like the Mucinex that you can drink like a hot tea, it has seriously helped me in the past, and hopefully will work wonders again now that I need it, as I am officially sick as of today. Last but not least I head to the grocery section and get a packet of chicken, dried chiles, garlic, onion, limes, and anything else I think will smash the cold right out of me. Here is a simple get well Mexican soup that is made really quickly, and yet so tasty. Drink lots of water and try and get well soon.

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Ingredients for get well soon Mexican chicken soup:

  • 1 – tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 – carrots (peeled and sliced)
  • 1 – onion (sliced big)
  • 4 – garlic cloves (smashed whole)
  • 1 – dried chipotle chile (sliced)
  • 4 – cups chicken broth
  • 1 – pound chicken breasts (sliced into strips)
  • green onion (sliced)
  • lime
  • avocado (cut into chunks)
  • cilantro
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Add olive oil to a pot or dutch oven. Place over a medium flame.
  2. Add in carrots and onion and sauté for 10 minutes.Carrots and onions
  3. Add in garlic and chipotle pepper slices. Cook for an additional 5 minutes.vegetables and dried chile for soup base #WMTMoms
  4. Add in chicken broth and bring to a boil. broth
  5. Once chicken broth is boiling add in chicken breasts slices. Cook chicken in broth for 6 to 7 minutes. raw chicken slices for soup #WMTMoms
  6. Ladle soup into bowl, then top with green onion, a squeeze of fresh lime, avocado, cilantro, and salt and pepper.
  7. Enjoy!

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Mango Lime Refresher

Mango Lime Refresher

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Preparation Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours

Number of Servings: 10

Let’s elevate the tailgate experience at your place. Nothing like watching college football from home, while enjoying all your favorite treats. In honor of the season I created a lovely drink that has become the number one request in my house. This mango lime refresher brings a tropical freshness to the tailgating experience. Offering a cool balance between bites, and quenching your thirst at the same time. Give it a try, my guess is you will love it as much as my family does. Then hop over to the awesome “Tailgate At Your Place” site , the digital destination that will help you throw the “ultimate” home tailgate party. It is such a wealth of tailgating party info, you’ll be able to find college football trivia, party tips, and other recipes. Throwing parties has never been so easy. Here’s the bonus part, when you interact with the site, you have a chance to win one of hundreds of prizes! Isn’t that cool? Make this drink! Go to the site and be ready to enjoy the football season!

Ingredients:

  • 2 – large ripe mangos (peeled, and all flesh cut from bone)
  • 2 – limes (peeling removed)
  • 1 – 1 inch strip of lime peel (reserved from peelings of lime)
  • 1/2 – cup sugar
  • 9 – cups water
  • 10 – strawberries

Steps:

  1. Add mango pieces, lime, lime peeling, sugar, and 2 cups water to a blender.
  2. Blend until smooth.
  3. Strain mixture through a sieve. Allowing all liquid to pass through. Discard pulp.
  4. Add mango/lime liquid to a pitcher, then add remaining 7 cups of water to pitcher and mix to combine.
  5. Place pitcher in the fridge for a minimum of and hour and a half to chill.
  6. Serve cold and garnish glass with a strawberry.
  7. Enjoy!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Red Baron. The opinions and text are all mine.

Spicy Sangrita Completo For National Tequila Day

Spicy Sangrita Completo For National Tequila Day

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by the spicy Tabasco family. I am proud to be a Tabasco Tastemaker. Opinions and recipe are my own.

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There have been many partners in crime throughout time. I think of the great ones like chocolate chips and cookies, or Bonnie and Clyde, or bacon wrapped hot dogs, or Tom and Jerry, and find it important not to over look the precious pair known as “Sangrita Completo.” For those of you that are not familiar with sangrita, it is a beautiful spicy tart slightly sweet chaser/accompaniment served with a shot of tequila, when you serve the two together they are called “completo.”  You have the option of either sipping them side by side or going for the gusto and shooting the hard stuff back first, then following it with a delicious sangrita.

In celebration of National Tequila Day (July 24th), I decided to prepare a batch of Tequila’s best friend Sangrita. Since it is a special day I added the smokey kick of Tabasco’s Chipotle Hot Sauce to the sangrita, and rimmed the shot glass with Tabasco’s spicy salt. These two additions made for the most wonderful flavor, and really made the pair COMPLETO!

I hope you enjoy this gorgeous sangrita this National Tequila Day or make it any time your tequila needs a friend.

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Ingredients for spicy sangrita completo:

  • 5 – ounces vegetable juice
  • 1 – cup clamato
  • 3 – limes (juiced) + 1 extra lime cut into wedges
  • 1/3 – cup tangerine juice
  • 7 – dashes Tabasco Chipotle Hot Sauce
  • 1 – tablespoon Tabasco Spicy Salt
  • Tequila (reposado) (I used Don Julio)

Directions:

  1. In a pitcher or carafe combine vegetable juice, clamato, lime juice, tangerine juice, and Tabasco Chipotle Hot Sauce. Stir to combine.
  2. Place sangrita in the fridge to chill.
  3. With a lime wedge, rub it along side the rim of the shot glass.
  4. Place Tabasco spicy salt in a shallow bowl, then dip the rim of the shot glass into the salt.
  5. Fill the salt rimmed shot glass with sangrita.
  6. Fill a different shot glass with tequila.
  7. Serve both shot glasses side by side for a completo pair.
  8. Happy National Tequila Day! sangrita and tequila meet and become completo #TabascoTastemakers collage of spicy sangrita completo #TabascoTasteMakers
It’s Not Summer Until You Have A Watermelon Margarita! Follow It Up With 7 Wonderful Watermelon Recipes

It’s Not Summer Until You Have A Watermelon Margarita! Follow It Up With 7 Wonderful Watermelon Recipes

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Watermelon – I can’t even say the word or even think it without a flood of images and memories shooting through my mind.  It’s funny because as a child I wouldn’t eat it because I hated the laborious task of having to take out the seeds.  Then came along the genius seedless watermelon.  Since then I’m all over it, and have had a mad amour with the fleshy red fruit.  I have many watermelon recipes here on my blog t0 prove it!  To tell you the truth, in my opinion,  it makes for the perfect Summer after-dinner dessert, or drink / agua, or salad, or eat while you watch t.v., or anything else you might fancy it in.  I must Nicole Presley singing in Boca De Sandíamention  I use to sing in a band many moons ago called “Boca De Sandía” ( which means “Watermelon Mouth” in spanish), and I only have glorious memories as the front person of a band with such a cool name.  Yes, I’m consistent with what I like.  I have always incorporated food into my art or music.  Who nows, maybe it was the influence of Frida Kahlo’s piece “Viva La Vida” (pictured below) that got me so into watermelon and in turn inspired me to name my band that.  All I know is I’m here today and I love me some sandía.

Frida Kahlo's Vida La Viva

I decided as a way to welcome in Summer, I was going to make myself a nice Watermelon margarita and revisit some of the other sandía recipes I have here on my blog.  Heck, I’m even going to showcase a few ideas from my friends.  Get the recipe for my Watermelon margarita below and/or check out a handful of other wonderful watermelon recipes.  Stick around for tips on how to pick the perfect watermelon video.  We are all ready for watermelon and Walmart is the place to buy them.  That’s where I got mine and they’re super sweet, seedless, and 100% fresh guaranteed or your money back!

watermelon margarita ingredients

 

Ingredients for watermelon margaritas: 

  • 1 – small lemon
  • 1 – small lime
  • 1/3 – cup sugar
  • 1 – small seedless watermelon
  • 1/2 – cup tequila
  • 7 – cups ice
  • optional: sugar, or salt, or tajin
  • 2 – strawberries
  • mint

Directions:

  1. Cut the peeling off both the lemon and lime, and place the peelings in a glass. Pour the sugar over the peelings. Then squeeze the inner flesh of the lime over the sugar. Set to the side for 1 hour. This will make a citrus syrup.
  2. Cut watermelon in half. With a large spoon, scoop out the inside of the watermelon. You will now have two watermelon shells, that can be used as cups.
  3. Place all the insides of the watermelon into a blender.
  4. Place a strainer on top of the blender then pour the citrus syrup through the strainer, catching all the citrus peel.
  5. Now pour the tequila through the strainer on top of the citrus peel. This will remove any sugar left on the peel.
  6. Remove the strainer from the top of the blender and place lid on top. Blend watermelon mixture till smooth.
  7. Then add ice to blender and blend again till frosty smooth.
  8. Dip watermelon shell in either sugar, salt or tajin to rim the edges. I used tajin.
  9. Pour margarita into the center.
  10. Garnish with strawberries, lemon slices, and mint. sandia margarita
  11. Enjoy!

MORE WATERMELON RECIPES:

Beet Watermelon Cucumber Salad In A Honey Lime Dressing : Presley’s Pantry

beet watermelon cucumber salad in a honey lime dressing

Bionico (Mexican Fruit Salad): Presley’s Pantry

bionico made with watermelon

Watermelon Jicama Salad: At The Fire Hydrant 

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Minty Melon Salad: Nibbles and Feasts 

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Paletas De Sandia Y Pepino: Sassy Mama In LA

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 Strawberry Watermelon Smoothie: Mommy’s Kitchen

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Watermelon Granita: MomAdvice

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WATCH THE VIDEO BELOW ON HOW TO PICK A GREAT WATERMELON!!!!!

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Agua De Pepino Y Yerba Buena: Cucumber Mint Water

Agua De Pepino Y Yerba Buena: Cucumber Mint Water

agua de pepino y yerba buena or cucumber mint water

It’s been a little over a month and I have been working hard at my exercise routine. Trying my hardest to be as active as possible at least 5 times a week. I am very fortunate that I have a great support team behind me. My fiance joins me most of the time for a serious hike or a walk/run/jog/walk, and then I have my pilates class which my best friend A-dre (who recently moved next door to me, I know I’m lucky to have my best gal living a few steps away) likes to join me for. I must admit this wellness/exercise thing is a serious commitment. I tell myself as I’m sweating buckets in the California heat “it is all for the greater good of my health.”  Of course I’m doing it for vanity (I need to lose some lbs.), but I’m also doing it for sanity. I love the feeling of an accomplished workout at the beginning of my day.

Lately I have been making a refreshing “agua de pepino y yerba buena” that I like to keep on tap chilled in the fridge. It’s my reward when I come back home with a complete overheated RED face from a thorough workout. Walmart makes it easy to keep it handy and with low prices on both cucumber and mint, why wouldn’t I make it often? This is the way I’m staying hydrated this spring/summer, with the people I love most drinking a glass beside me. Cheers to cucumber mint water.

cucumber mint for agua

Ingredients for agua de pepino y yerba buena:

  • 3 – large cucumbers (cut into big pieces)
  • 1 – lemon peeled
  • 1/2 – cup mint leaves (stems removed/leaves only – I used Melissa’s Produce)
  • 1/2 – cup sugar
  • 10 – cups water

Directions:

  1. Place cucumbers, lemon, mint leaves, sugar in a blender, and then add a cup of water. Blend until smooth.
  2. Pour the mixture through a sieve that pours into a pitcher.
  3. Add the remaining water to the pitcher and give it a stir.
  4. Place the pitcher in the fridge and allow to chill.
  5. Pour agua into a cup and garnish with a mint sprig.
  6. Enjoy!

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Muscat Grape And Watermelon Water: Agua De Uvas Y Sandía

Muscat Grape And Watermelon Water: Agua De Uvas Y Sandía

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Whole Foods Market. The recipe and opinions are 100% my own. 

Ingredients for auga de uvas and sandia

There is no other way to describe this drink other than “Mmmmm, that’s good.” Those were the first words out of my fiances mouth as I poured him a tall sip. Let me rewind a little and tell you the back story. It starts with Muscat grapes. Have you ever tried a Muscat grape? The Muscat Grape is a pink seedless grape, with a very sweet and rich flavor. These grapes come all the way from Chile and range in color from light green to deeply blushed with pink (the ripest and best), with a softer succulent texture. Basically they are a dreamy grape that need to be adored. The tricky part is they are only available for a short time at Whole Foods Market in my lovely California, from now thru late mid-April. Okay, with those facts in mind I know that I am only able to appreciate their beautiful-ness for a short period of time. SO, the other day I was at Whole Foods Market buying some mangos and a pile of cheese when I spotted the muscat grapes. I made a serious bee-line for them and started to stock up. My fiance says “What? Why are you buying so many grapes?” I come back at him with “Well my Tia Brilla is in town and what if she wants grapes, and maybe we can freeze some and have as a healthy late night snack, and they taste great in salads, and I’ve been wanting to make agua de uvas.” He shook his head, and gave me a look like I was CRAZY! Until he tried them himself of course. Isn’t it always like that? I definitely threw some in the freezer, add a few to a salad I made over the weekend, served my Tia Brilla some during her visit, and made a big jug of agua de uvas y sandía. YUM! I highly suggest you stock up now, before it’s way too late.

Muscat grapes and watermelon water: Agua de uvas y sandía

Ingredients for grape and watermelon water:

  • 2 – pounds muscat grapes (seedless) (stem removed)
  • 8 – cups of chopped up watermelon (peeling removed)
  • 6 – cups water
  • 1/2 – cup sugar
  • 2 – limes (juiced)

Directions:

  1. Place grapes in blender with 1 cup water. You may have to do this step several times depending on the size of your blender.
  2. Blend until smooth.
  3. Pour grape blend through sieve and allow all liquid to pass through and fall into a pitcher. This step will collect all the skin from the grapes. You may have to scrape the inside of the sieve with a spoon to allow any remaining liquid to pass through. blended grapes poured into sieve
  4. Next blend all the watermelon. Again add a cup of water to the blender and this time add in the sugar. Blend till smooth.
  5. Pour watermelon blend through the sieve and allow it to fall into the same pitcher as the grape blend.
  6. Add in remaining water and lime juice. Mix to combine.
  7. Chill in fridge until super cold.
  8. Serve and enjoy!
Drinking Old Orchard Juice

Drinking Old Orchard Juice

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If you read my blog, then you know how much I adore my grandfather. He has made such a huge impact on my everyday character, and who I am in general. Without him as a role model, I don’t think I would have the joie de vie attitude mixed with I don’t care what people say or think about me…. I’m just happy. It is his love for family and survival that has molded my disposition and  sunny outlook on life.

Recently my grandfather had a doctor’s appointment for no reason other then he goes to the Dr. every few months because he’ll be 90 years old soon and we have to keep a close eye on our favorite guy. As usual the doctor gave him shining results and said he is healthy as can be. Lucky me! The only thing the Dr. did say is he should slow down and hold back a little on his sugar intake. What? Right before Easter? He didn’t say he couldn’t have sugar, he just said it shouldn’t be so often. Well here’s the thing, my beautiful old grandpa just loves a tall glass of juice in the morning, and I can’t deprive him of that.

The other day I was at Walmart and found a juice in the frozen section made by Old Orchard. What caught my attention was the fact that it read clear as day “No sugar added.” That already was better than the sugar loaded juice my grandpa drinks in the morning. I reached for a can of Old Orchard to investigate it further, and to my delight it has  no artificial flavors and no preservatives. Each 8-oz glass equals two servings of fruit and contains 120% of the daily recommended value of Vitamin C. Thumbs up! Plus it ONLY cost $1.47 at Walmart– say what? And my grandfather gets to still have his juice in the morning…. Love it! I brought a few plastic cans of juice home and put them to the test. We found a winner. Grandpa liked the natural sweetness from the juice and I liked serving him something his Dr. wouldn’t frown upon. I love my Grandpa, god bless his soon to be 90 year old soul. The whole family will raise a glass with him.

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