Monday, November 29, 2021

No Guilt::Go Quilt - Green Enchilada Chicken Soup

Where would I be with out my slow cooker??? Stuck in the kitchen making dinner, that's where!

Thanks to my personal assistant and sous chef, my crockpot, I was able to FINALLY complete a few items that had been on my To-do list for weeks.  I'll share the recipe in a minute...

✔  The pattern test is DONE!  I can't share the finished top, but as I stated last week (and shared), one of the options allows you to use a panel at the center.  I had to add to the panel I had selected to get it the correct size... 

Here's a peek at what came next...

The other item completed was the Christmas stocking for our newest grand-daughter, Hanna.

After we celebrated Thanksgiving on Wednesday evening the three darling girls came home with us since their Mom & Dad had to work the remainder of the week/weekend.  

Naps were needed as we "watched" the Thanksgiving Day parade...

Once everyone was refreshed and recharged the afternoon involved riding and driving Dave's new-to-him tractor...

Hanna was hanging out with me inside, happy and content with her plethora of toys offering entertainment as I enjoyed some Hallmark movies...

After a repeat of day one on day two, we ventured into town for the Tree Lighting Ceremony.

Grand times with the Grand-babies! 💗  But alas, the fun came to an end when our other daughter, Rebecca picked them up to return to Pueblo so that they could all sleep in their own beds for Saturday night.  They trimmed her tree, colored/decorated eggs, watched Aladdin and played hide and seek...

That was when I called out my crock to help me out.  On the menu was Green Enchilada Chicken Soup 

2.5 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs
28 oz can green enchilada sauce
24 oz chicken or vegetable broth
1 small onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
salt & pepper to taste

Cook for 6-8 hours.  Shred chicken.  Stir in 4 oz cream cheese until melted/blended.

Optional garnish:  avocado, green onion, sour cream, cilantro

Serve with quesadillas or chips

I used dairy-free cream cheese and it was delish!  Dave loved it as well. :)

✔  While the soup was simmering away, I was finishing Hanna's stocking.  Ta-da!

❧  On the cutting table next is a collection of little lovey blankets that came with Disney Babies.  This is a custom memory quilt... 

The little blankets  are two-sided and I'll be using a layout similar to the "Little Princess" one in the lower right corner.

I'll need to add some other fabric to make it a 60"x80" finished quilt, but this should be a fun project.

❧  I'll also be getting the pattern for the label of the Pieces of the Santa Fe Trail quilt finalized and tested, as well as a wrap-up of Marion's Memoir.

I continue to search for another "topic" for another special sew along, several suggestions have been made.  Keep the suggestions coming!  I'm still on the hunt.  

One book I have ordered is about five women that made aviation history.  Another I have looked at is by Rose Wilder Lane written in 1925... the only book I have located happens to be selling for $70 and I'm not sure I want to invest quite that much money.  It is a fictional biography of Jack London with a San Francisco setting.  

One last idea I have had was to do a collection of classic books with each having a block of their own.  

What do you think?

Leave a comment... I'm open to ideas and I'd love to hear from you!

Be blessed and keep piecing,


Linking with:

Oh Scrap! at Quilting is More Fun Than Housework
Sunday Stash at QuiltPaintCreate
Patchwork & Quilts at The Quilting Patch
Monday Making at Love Laugh Quilt
Design Wall Monday at Small Quilts and Doll Quilts
To Do Tuesday at Texas Quilt Gal
Mid-week Makers at Quilt Fabrication
Wednesday Wait Loss at The Inquiring Quilter
Put Your Foot Down at For the Love of Geese
Needle & Thread Thursday at My Quilt Infatuation


  1. The Nativity prayer quilt is lovely with the brightly coloured rectangles dancing around it. The black and colours remind me of a beautiful stain glass window. Love the photo of your grands snoozing, being hugged by all those lovely quilts. It sounds as if you enjoyed the best Thanksgiving celebration with your loved ones.

  2. Love that picture of a content Hanna playing with toys while the others rode Grandpa's tractor. Your Grands are adorable. Thanks for the soup recipe - sounds simple and delicious. Hanna's stocking turned out so pretty!

    Had we already spoken about Joe Leaphorn books? I'm not sure how those would translate to a sew-along. The Blessing Way is a good one, although my favorite Jim Chee isn't in that one. I love anything based in New Mexico or the Four Corners area. But I'll love anything you pick!

  3. Hi,
    I think your Classic Book block idea is awesome.
    Have a great day!

  4. Tell more about the little blankets!

  5. Hi Melva! Oh, the pictures!! What a fun time everyone had. I especially love the after turkey naps!! I love the new Christmas stocking. We just gave Andrea the one we made for Chase. It's time to hang them! {{Hugs}} ~smile~ Roseanne

  6. I am not familiar with the tradition of coloring eggs this time of year.

  7. Beautiful family. Of course I love your geese, they are so colorful. Thank you for linking up to Put your foot down.

  8. Sounds like you had such fun! Great projects underway. Thanks for sharing on Wednesday Wait Loss.