The rain began falling early this morning. However, the soft spatter of rain that I woke up to grew into a harder, yet steady rainfall by noon and it continued all day.

We were out today, braving the rain slick roads, flooded streets and puddled parking lots.  It was, at times, a challenge, and I laughed and said that we are in training for Tennessee.  True enough, we will need to be ready for more rainfall than we get here in Southern California once we move to Middle Tennessee. 

Tonight, we are snug in our house, sitting by a warm fire in our fireplace and we enjoyed bowls of chicken tortilla soup for dinner.  Recipe follows.  It is delicious!

Favorite Chicken Tortilla Soup

2 large chicken breasts (coated in chili powder, cooked in 1 tablespoon of olive oil and shredded.

Add to that 1 onion-chopped finely, 1- large carton of chicken stock, 1 large can of crushed tomatoes, 2- teaspoon dried crushed oregano, 1- teaspoon cumin, 2 cups of frozen white petite corn, 1- 7 oz can of crushed chiles, 1 small can of black beans. 
Simmer all until heated through. 
Top with sour cream, shredded cheese and sliced avocado.  
Serve with your favorite tortilla chips or cornbread with real butter.  YUM! 

Bruce also made our "Famous Margaritas" to have with our soup. 

Fill a 12 oz. glass with ice
2 shots Cuervo Gold Tequila
1 shot Triple Sec
1/2 shot Grand Mariner
3 shots Margarita Mix (or if you want to go "lite" on your mix, use 1 single serving Crystal Light Lemonade Mix with  12 oz. water to make your own calorie free mix)

Add a splash of prepared orange juice, fresh squeezed orange juice or fresh squeezed lime juice to perfect your Margarita.

After a very busy Saturday, we are enjoying a very laid back Saturday night.  Life is good!

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