Thursday, February 13, 2020

Chicken Tortilla Soup

I found this recipe on the blog Lemon Stripes last week.  I decided to make it Tuesday night.  It was so easy and so delicious.  I served it with tortilla chips and really did not think it needed any was sooo good all by itself!!! Bon Appetit!!

_ 1 yellow onion
– 2 cloves, garlic
– 1/4 jalapeño pepper, seeded (You can use more if you like spice)
– 2 tbsp, olive oil
– 1 14oz can, diced fire-roasted tomatoes
– Salt to taste
– 6 cups chicken stock/broth
– 3-4 cups, shredded chicken (You can roast this yourself or buy a pre-cooked rotisserie chicken)
– Juice from 1 lime

You can top with sour cream, avocado, cilantro and/or shredded cheese

1. Peel and cut your onion into quarters, peel garlic, and seed jalapeño
2. In a food processor (or blender), mix onion, garlic, and jalapeño until it’s almost a paste
3. In a large pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat and sauté the onion/garlic mixture for 5 minutes.
4. Stir in diced tomatoes, chicken broth, shredded chicken, lime juice, cumin, chili powder, and salt to taste.
5. Bring the soup to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer, partially covered, stirring every 15-20 minutes.
6. How long you cook the soup is up to you but the flavors get better the longer it sits on the stove so I like to keep it there for at least an hour. That said, you could cook it for 20 minutes if you’re in a rush and it is still delicious.

7. Serve with Tortilla Chips!!!

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Palm Beach Kips Bay Decorator Show House 2020

I am so disappointed that I will not make it to the Palm Beach Kips Bay Decorator Show House this is definitely one of the BEST show houses that I have seen....the use of color and tropical elements displayed by the featured designers is really incredible and a sight to behold.  This year's house on Palmetto Lane in West Palm Beach does not disappoint...I really love all the bright colors, and prints and animal props...It closes on March 1st so if you are in the area, you must stop by!!!!!

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Monday, February 10, 2020

Book Club Monday

This week I am going back to a favorite that was on Reece Witherspoon's book club list Little Fires Everywhere:A Novel by Celeste Ng.  I just found out that this is going to be a HULU miniseries (8 episodes total) starting this month.  Here is the story:

The #1 New York Times bestseller!

Soon to be a Hulu limited series starring Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington.

“I read Little Fires Everywhere in a single, breathless sitting.” —Jodi Picoult

“To say I love this book is an understatement. It’s a deep psychological mystery about the power of motherhood, the intensity of teenage love, and the danger of perfection. It moved me to tears.” —Reese Witherspoon

“Extraordinary . . . books like Little Fires Everywhere don't come along often.” —John Green

From the bestselling author of Everything I Never Told You, a riveting novel that traces the intertwined fates of the picture-perfect Richardson family and the enigmatic mother and daughter who upend their lives.

In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is planned—from the layout of the winding roads, to the colors of the houses, to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules.

Enter Mia Warren—an enigmatic artist and single mother—who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenaged daughter Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons. Soon Mia and Pearl become more than tenants: all four Richardson children are drawn to the mother-daughter pair. But Mia carries with her a mysterious past and a disregard for the status quo that threatens to upend this carefully ordered community.

When old family friends of the Richardsons attempt to adopt a Chinese-American baby, a custody battle erupts that dramatically divides the town—and puts Mia and Elena on opposing sides.  Suspicious of Mia and her motives, Elena is determined to uncover the secrets in Mia’s past. But her obsession will come at unexpected and devastating costs.

Little Fires Everywhere explores the weight of secrets, the nature of art and identity, and the ferocious pull of motherhood—and the danger of believing that following the rules can avert disaster.- amazon

To purchase this book or for more information, click HERE

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Saturday, February 8, 2020

Sunshine Cake For the Weekend!!!!

I just read that Daphne Oz is the new Weight Watchers Ambassador.  Daphne is the uber-talented chef/author daughter of Dr. Oz.  You should check her out.  When I read about how much she loves WW, I decided to search for some WW friendly recipes.  And since we received a bunch of requests for healthier lower-calorie recipes....this 4 point Sunshine Cake looked like a good only has 4 points and if you are not familiar with the Weight Watchers program, that is very can definitely have a slice or 2!!!! I just took mine out of the oven and am about to go and ice it!!!  Bon Appetit!!!  


(adapted from recipe diaries)


  • 1 (15.25 oz) box yellow cake mix (18 oz cake mix works with this too)
  • 1 (20 oz) can crushed pineapple (do not drain)
  • 1 (8 oz) container fat-free cool whip (12 oz is ok)
  • 1 1 oz package of instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 (11oz) can of mandarin oranges, drained


  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. In a bowl, mix yellow cake mix and pineapple. Do not drain the pineapple.
  3. Spray a 9×13 cake pan with non-stick cooking spray.
  4. Pour cake mix you mixed together in step 2 into a pan and bake for approx 35 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted.
  5. While the cake is baking, prepare the frosting by mixing together the whipped dessert topping, the package of instant pudding (dry mix only), and the mandarin oranges(drained). Set frosting in a refrigerator to set. Frost when the cake has thoroughly cooled.

Thursday, February 6, 2020

More Wrapping with Wrap It Up!!!

Wrap It Up is at it again!!!!!   They are doing some really fun things for Valentine's Day and have expanded into wrapping all types of gifts throughout the year.  Wrap It Up is also now a vendor on The Knot as a resource for wrapping Wedding & Shower Presents and Favors!!!  Consider them for all your wrapping needs from Birthdays, to Baby Presents, they do it all.  Some of my favorite projects are highlighted below....To order or arrange for a pick up of your items to be wrapped, email

Send your Valentine's Gifts to Wrap It Up for the finishing touch...

Or order your Roses through Wrap It Up and they will package them and deliver them to your sweetheart!!!

Love this chocolate bouquet!!!  Email for prices...

Wrap It Up Services are now available on The Knot!!!

They will pick up and wrap your wedding gifts....

Or your birthday gifts....

Or your baby shower gifts....

Actually...all of your gifts, all year long!!!!

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Michael Jackson The Musical

Are you ready?  Michael Jackson, The Musical is coming to Broadway this fall.  It's going to be HUGE and probably one of the best shows our group has seen to date.  We were lucky enough to get a large block of orchestra tickets for the night of October 13th at 7:00pm.  Also, since this show is going to be very popular and in great demand, we are donating a percentage of the ticket sales to Buying Time And The Danny Butler Memorial Fund.  If you don't already know, Buying Time is dedicated to funding game-changing oncological research throughout the world. It is such an important mission and your donations, through this show ticket, will literally BUY TIME for patients and doctors.  I am so happy that we can work together to help this worthy cause.  Each ticket is $160 so Email Me, to save your spot, they are going to go fast.....

MJ is the electrifying new Broadway musical that takes audiences inside the creative process of one of the greatest entertainers in history. Featuring over 25 of Michael Jackson’s biggest hits, MJ allows us to rediscover the man in the mirror – with an explosion of music and theatricality as unforgettable as the artist himself. Book by Lynn Nottage. Directed & Choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon.