The Hobbyholic

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Chicken Tortilla Soup August 31, 2009

Filed under: Recipes — thehobbyholic @ 7:28 pm

… is what is for dinner.

Some of my favorite recipes have come from They have a wonderful search capability (search for specific recipes or by ingredients you want or don’t want) and lots of great ideas. I found this recipe for (Chicken Tortilla Soup I)  a few years ago and always seem to come back to it after trying others.



  • 2 skinless, boneless chicken breasts
  • 1/2 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 (14.5 ounce) cans chicken broth
  • 1 cup frozen corn kernels
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 cup chunky salsa (Embassa Salsa or Rotel)
  • 8 ounces corn tortilla chips
  • 1/2 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese (optional)


  1. In a large pot over medium heat, saute the chicken in the oil for 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cumin and mix well. Then add the broth, corn, onion, chili powder, lemon juice and salsa. Reduce heat to low and simmer for about 20 to 30 minutes.
  2. Break up some tortilla chips into individual bowls and pour soup over chips. Top with the Monterey Jack cheese and a little sour cream.

**** Drained and rinsed black beans are a good addition.


Getting Closer August 30, 2009

Filed under: Quilting — thehobbyholic @ 11:47 pm

I completed my weekend goal. I finished all the blocks to the new quilt I started on Wednesday. After a final press and a quick photo op, here they are.


I would say, about half the quilts I make, I’m not so sure about at this stage. This one included. I love the block and the finished setting, just not sure about this particular one as a whole yet. I will keep an open mind…


My First…

Filed under: Uncategorized — thehobbyholic @ 9:32 pm


It was delicious! I have heard of these before, but never had one. I think the waitress was a little surprised I didn’t know what it was. But she was nice and didn’t laugh at my lack of knowledge.

Now you too, might not know what it is. Allow me to explain..
Fried pastry dough, sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar and drizzled with honey.

The Sopaipilla only seconds after it hit the table.

The sopaipilla only seconds after it hit the table.

It is my understanding there are sopaipillas that are not sweet. But for now, I think this is my preferred variety. Yum!


I would rather… August 27, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — thehobbyholic @ 8:40 pm

I would rather sew than…
do dishes.
do laundry.
go to work.
fold clothes.
cook dinner.
mop the floors.
And the list could go on.

With that said, I have started a new quilt.


Fettuccine Alfredo August 23, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — thehobbyholic @ 2:15 pm

Yesterday we went to Joyce and Brett’s again. This time we made Fettuccine Alfredo from scratch. I have never made noodles before and I must say it was fun. I am interested in making it again, but not sure I will give up the ease of pre-made.

First you start with dough and rolling it out…


When it finally gets to the right texture you let it dry for 10-15 min.


After drying you cut it into the desired noodle size.



After cutting the noodles, they need more drying time.

While waiting, prep salad and taste the wine.

While waiting, prep salad and taste the wine.

Grate the cheese

Grate the cheese

Prep the asparagus.

Prep the asparagus.

Chat with the bird.

Chat with the bird.

Start the alfredo.

Start the alfredo.

Bake the bread.

Bake the bread.

Have some appetizers. (Garlic stuffed olives.)

Have some appetizers. (Garlic stuffed olives.)

Sautee shrimp.

Saute shrimp.

Make the brownies for dessert.

Make the brownies for dessert.

And when all is done…

A delicious meal!

A delicious meal!

And if brownies aren’t enough…

These desserts will put you over the edge. So cute and so tasty.

These desserts will put you over the edge. So cute and so tasty.

In the words of Julia Child “Bon Appetit”.


Flowers for Clara August 22, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — thehobbyholic @ 10:54 pm

18 days and I finished with the quilt!


I must say, I am very happy with the outcome. Not something I would have normally picked, but after all those half square triangles, I’m a little attached.


My Husband Rocks Friday August 21, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — thehobbyholic @ 8:56 am

Our friend Nick refers to us as “Sweet and Savory”. I like to bake and Paul likes to cook. I am truly blessed with a husband that likes to do such a thing and I am okay with handing over the kitchen to him. He has his favorites… steak, bacon, steak, steak, bacon and steak. You see the trend? But he also has some other recipes I enjoy. Wednesday he made one of my favorites. (of course, there is one of the two ingredients he loves in it – bacon)

Apple and bacon topped pork steak on a bead of leaks.

Pork steaks topped with apples, bacon, shallots and balsamic on a bead of chard.

This was the dish he came up with for Valentine’s Day this year and I enjoy it each time he makes it again. My husband rocks.