Where did this year go!?

Tomorrow is New Years Eve, 2019 has come and gone. I sit and reflect on what this year held, so many tears, my college graduation, my engagement, and a year navigating life without my mom. I started this project to feel closer to her and I have. I read something today that hit so close to home. Though she is gone she doesn’t have to be completely gone from my life. I can’t focus on the loss, but have to create new traditions and new ways to include her in my life. I am getting married next year and though she won’t be there, she will be there in spirit. It has taken a year to realize this. Christmas this year was very different, last Christmas came 1 week after losing her and everyone was numb. This year there was laughter and fun. It is amazing what growth can happen in a year. With the holidays behind me I am ready to start cooking again. The last 2 months have been a blur, vacation, my engagement, wedding planning, and the holidays I have not had time to do anything. My laptop died and the charger was stuck in a jar, but we are back in business now. I am new to the world of Instant Pots and I am learning by trial and error. Last night’s dinner was a flop, but tonight’s dinner was a success. My other half has been sick and wanted some tortilla soup. I found a promising recipe on pinterest and I decided to give it a go. https://thenovicechefblog.com/slow-cooker-chicken-tortilla-soup/


  • 6 cups chicken stock
  • 3 large chicken breasts
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 jalapeño, seeds removed and minced
  • 1 cans rotel tomatoes (do not drain)
  • 1 can diced green chilies
  • 1/3 cup lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons ground cumin
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/3 cup chopped cilantro


tortilla strips

shredded cheese

Sour Cream

avocado, diced


Combine all ingredients (except toppings) in Instant Pot and stir. Cook on high pressure for 25 minutes.

Serve with tortilla strips, shredded cheese and avocado! Enjoy!

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