Chicken Tortilla Soup

Hey y’all!

So browsing one of my favorite bloggers, photographers and chefs (Ree Drummond) website, I seen a recipe that I thought would be awesome!

It’s Chicken Tortilla Soup and the simplicity and uniqueness of the recipe is what drew me to it.

Here is the link to her recipe of the soup.

I changed it up just slightly because I wanted to put my own touch to it.

I added turmeric to the spices used on the chicken and in the soup. It gave it a wonderful flavor and an even better color.

I also sauteed the vegetable in olive oil AND butter.

I live in the south…

Butter is part of the holy food trinity here.

I also used 1 can of black beans, 2 cans of navy beans and 1 can of corn.

Ree’s recipe doesn’t call for corn at all, but hey, why not?

I substituted Sun Dried Tomato Paste for the regular stuff also.

I brushed each tortilla with olive oil and baked them in the oven until crisp, and then pinched off pieces to garnish the soup.

The cherry on top of the whole thing is that I added half a block of shredded gruyere cheese.

The gruyere along with some scallions was also used to garnish the soup.

But anywho, enjoy these pictures of the soup while I suffer through this food coma.

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It. Was. Divine.

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Nikon D7000!

Every Christmas my grandparents, aunt and uncle, and my family all switch having Christmas dinner at each of our houses.

This year we are having it at ours, which is super exciting!

What’s also super exciting is that my parents decided to open presents last night.

Apparently I’ve been good all year (yeah, sure) because Santa was good to me this year! Haha.

D7000

I got a Nikon D7000, which is a HUGE upgrade to the camera that I’ve been using, the Nikon D3000.

I immediately took a quick few photos of my dogs (of course) and here are the pictures.

Most of these are barely edited whatsoever, which is something that is so nice, because on my D5000 I had to constantly edit out noise, sharpen, adjust contrast, etc.

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I’m trying to sleep here!

Do you have pets?

Do your pets like to cuddle?

Do your pets like to cuddle when your preoccupied?

Do your pets

Okay, I’ll stop.

But my dogs do like to cuddle, especially when I’m asleep.

Normally, that doesn’t bother me because they just get all warm and cuddly beside me, but every once in a while cuddling isn’t what’s on their mind.

That was this morning.

They were bound and determined to get me up because I made the mistake of saying “treat” when trying to get a shot of Prissy.

I got the shot and the excited licks in the face.

Needless to say, my dogs like Peanut Butter and Oats treats.

Here’s what I was able to capture:

My Golden Haired Sputnick

This picture I took in my back yard earlier today.

It was so beautiful out today that I had to let the dogs out to run around and enjoy it.

The dog above, if you don’t already know, is my dog Sputnick.

And to me, he is absolutely the best looking dog I’ve ever seen.

His hair curls the moment it gets longer than an inch and looks like it’s made out of gold when he’s in the sun.

He’s my Goldilocks…. if she were a male.

And a dog.

I also edited this picture with Photoshop Elements 11.

I upgraded to it from Elements 9, and at first I didn’t think I would like the new layout and feel, but now that I’ve gotten used to it I like it a lot.

Adding actions, and using them for that matter, is so much easier.

Definitely worth the upgrade.

Flightless Bird and My Biggest Editing Secret

This evening, while cooking with my mother, our dog outside started barking.

And not just barking, but going crazy!

I figured that maybe someone was outside near our yard or something, so I went out to check on things and found a little visitor.

This little guy was our visitor.

He couldn’t fly so he was just hopping around tormenting our dog.

When I seen it, I ran in and got my camera really quick because I LOVE to do animal shots.

He was very brave and let me get very, very close to him before he would scatter a few feet away.

On this picture, I decided that I wanted to do a faded sort of look.

So, I decided to use The Pioneer Woman’s actions for Photoshop Elements.

The Pioneer Woman, if you didn’t already know, is one of my biggest inspirations in the photography world.

She started out by taking pictures of her kids, husband she calls Marlboro Man, life on her ranch and food.

She started her own blog, which was my biggest inspiration to start my own, and has since started her own tv show on The Food Network.

Ree Drummond, which is her real name, is very good at her photography.

So, she decided to add her own actions to her blog an they are available to download for free!

In the picture above, I used the Sharpen This, Boost and Faded actions.

Actions make life for a photo editor easy breezy, because they do all the work for you!

Here is the link to download the actions for free! – Photoshop Actions

Here is the link to Ree’s blog as well! – The Pioneer Woman