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Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe

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I don't know what a "bomb cyclone" is but honestly I want nothing to do with it. (And that's coming from somebody who loves cold weather.) I just want to know what it feels like to be warm again and stop fussing over our outdoor plants and water faucets. In an effort to make the best of it, our 2018 has been filled with lots of soup and lots of wine. (Probably equal parts. Oops.) In the past couple of months, we've made everything from taco soup and chili to chicken noodle and vegetable. Because January is National Soup Month, I thought I'd share one of our favorite soup recipes! Kat and I were both shocked when we realized we have never blogged about this recipe because it's actually one of our all time faves. You can make a big batch and freeze it into individual servings, it's actually pretty healthy, and it's delicious!

Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe

  • 1 Tbs Olive Oil
  • 8oz boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1/4 Cup finely diced onions
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/8 tsp red pepper
  • 14.5 oz can chicken broth
  • 2 Cups frozen whole kernel corn, thawed
  • 15 oz can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 14.5 oz can Mexican style stewed tomatoes
  • 2 Tbs chopped cilantro
  • Tortillas cut into 1/2 inch strips

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Heat oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add chicken and cook for 3-4 minutes or until opaque. Add onion, garlic, cumin, salt, chili powder, and red pepper. Cook 1-2 minutes, stirring frequently until garlic and spices are fragrant. 

Stir in broth, corn, beans, and tomatoes (with juice) and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 15 minutes. 

Meanwhile, spread tortilla strips in a single layer on baking sheets. Bake for 5 minutes, stirring until crisp and lightly brown. Stir cilantro into soup (neither of us like cilantro so we always leave this off) and ladle into bowls. Top with tortilla strips. If you're not too worried about the calories, you can always add a dollop of sour cream or shredded cheese to the top! Note: This makes around 4 servings but you can easily double or triple the recipe for more. 

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It's such an easy recipe and definitely a staple in our home. Be sure to check out more of our soup recipes including chicken chili, chicken and wild rice, and chipotle zoodle. Happy National Soup Month! (And try to stay warm out there!)

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Easy Cranberry Moscow Mule Recipe

RecipesKat RainwaterComment
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I think it's safe to say that New Year's Eve is one of the biggest party nights of the year! Of course, you want to pop open some champagne as the countdown begins but you should probably enjoy a cocktail or two before midnight. Am I right?! 

I fell in love with Moscow Mules a couple years ago (along with the rest of the world) and it was basically so my drink would arrive in a cute copper mug! Who knew I would actaully love the taste? That was a major bonus. Ever since then I've been playing around with different variations to come up with my own recipe and I have finally settled on the perfect holiday Moscow Mule. Whether you're ringing in the new year at home or heading to a party with friends this cocktail will be the perfect addition to your New Year's Eve celebration!

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Easy Cranberry Moscow Mule

  • Ginger beer
  • Fresh lime juice
  • Cranberry juice
  • Vodka
  • Crushed ice 
  • Cranberries and limes for garnish

Pour 1 ounce of vodka and 1 tablespoon of lime juice in your glass. Next, add a scoop of crushed ice and fill with ginger beer. Top it off with a splash or two of cranberry juice and garnish with cranberries and a lime wedge. Stir and voila, you've got yourself the perfect little holiday cocktail that tastes as good as it looks! 

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Let me be the first to wish you a Happy New Year- let's catch up in 2018!

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Wallpaper Wednesday - Christmas Edition!

Free DownloadsCason Rainwater
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It's officially the most wonderful time of year! Kat and I had our last show of 2017 this past weekend in Nashville so we're ready to slow things down a bit and enjoy the season. We've had to play catch up a little to ensure we don't miss any of our traditions but we're slowly getting them all checked off!

One tradition we haven't brought back yet since resurrecting the blog is Wallpaper Wednesday. What better reason to kick off our first one than a Christmas edition?! You've probably decked the halls as this point but have you given your tech gear a holiday makeover? We have two different designs available for download so go ahead and give your devices a festive upgrade!

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Happy Wallpaper Wednesday and Happy holidays to you and your family!

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2017 Holiday Gift Guides

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2017 Holiday Gift Guide

DRUMROLL PLEASE!!! It basically feels like Christmas morning over here because we've been so excited to release our 10 gift guides for the holiday season. We've searched high and low for both splurges and steals for all the ladies in your life. Because shopping small is so close to our hearts, we made sure to include at least one small biz in every guide. A lot of our guides include women-owned, mom-owned, and locally-owned small businesses so we hope you'll show them some love! Whether you're from the south, became a mom this year, or love to rack up those frequent flyer miles- we've got you covered! Gifts are our love language so you can trust that we took this task very seriously. Without further ado...

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SPLURGE

ONE. FANCY CANDLE $64
FIVE. SET OF 4 MONOGRAM WINE GLASSES $60

STEAL

TWO. TABLE TOPICS $25
THREE. CHEERS COCKTAIL NAPKINS $9
FOUR. GUEST SOAPS $23

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SPLURGE 

TWO. VELVET RING BOX $75
THREE. KNEE LENGTH KIMONO ROBE $68

STEAL

ONE. THANK YOU NOTES $14
FOUR. JUST ENGAGED ORNAMENT $20.95
FIVE. CHAMPAGNE CORK SAFE $13.50

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SPLURGE

THREE. GLAMGLOW FACE MASK TRIO $39
FOUR. VANITY MIRROR $58.99
FIVE. HAIR TOOLS BAG $30

STEAL

ONE. CANVAS COSMETIC BAG $18
TWO. MODERN MAKEUP REMOVER $22

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SPLURGE

TWO. BLUETOOTH RECORD PLAYER $99
FOUR. WATERPROOF BLUETOOTH SPEAKER $100

STEAL

ONE. SING IT BACK MUSIC TRIVIA GAME $12
THREE. CHRISTMAS VINYL RECORDS $20

It's time to officially shop away! We hope you make someone's day with one of these finds and we'll even let you take all the credit! 

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Happy Thanksgiving + Free Printable

Free DownloadsCason RainwaterComment
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Happy Thanksgiving friends! We have so much to be thankful for this year and that includes you. We are constantly overwhelmed with the love and support that our friends, family, and customers show to When it Rains Paper Co. Kat and I truly enjoy what we do and it's only made possible by your support. 

It's not much but we wanted to give back in a small way to all of you. We designed this Thanksgiving print for our mom's kitchen last year and wanted to share! She went with a simple black and white theme but we've got 6 different color schemes you can choose from. Simply click on the color you want to download the PDF. You can use as your desktop wallpaper, print and frame, change to your iPhone background - whatever your heart desires!

Happy Thanksgiving from our home to yours! We hope you all have a wonderful weekend and enjoy some much needed rest and time with your loved ones. It's officially the most wonderful time of year!

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