This is my sweet, sweet friend Denise! We have known each other for 8 years now-and our friendship just keeps getting better. This picture cracks me up. It was taken this past year when we went down to the National Mall and did the "Walk for the Cure". We had just run into "Carlos" from Desperate Housewives in a store downtown. Denise - my crazy, always up for anything friend wanted to get our picture with him. She had remembered that he had lost his mother to breast cancer and wanted to use me (her breast cancer friend) as a decoy to get a picture with him! I love her - and on any given day I probably would have been up for it - but I was literally having a panic attack on the spot. My inside voice kept saying, "Your hair looks like a guy, you're 20 pounds over weight, and you would look like an idiot in the picture anyway - so what is the point of taking a picture you wouldn't show any one anyway!" I HATE that little voice. I have since stopped listening to it. Needless to say - today I wish I had thrown myself into "Carlos' " arms and told Denise, "Take a picture". Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda's!! Doesn't she have cheek bones to die for? By the way, she is an AMAZING tennis player and just went to the national level with her Ashburn tennis team.
Denise's Chicken Tortilla Soup 2-3 Chicken Breast Cubed (you can use raw or pre-cooked chicken)
2 Cans of Cream of Chicken Soup whisked with 2 cans of water 2 celery stalks chopped 1 onion chopped 1/4 cup of Fresh Cilantro chopped (I do this in the food processor with the onion) 1 Red Bell Pepper finely chopped 16 oz of Corn 1/2 cup of Cheddar Cheese or Mexican Cheese mix Tabasco to taste (you may want to add that to only your own portion since it can be too spicy for kids)
4 to 6 hours in Crock Pot (my kids have fun topping the soup) with the following that make the soup a success:
Favorite Tortilla Chips broken Dollop of Sour Cream Fresh Salsa (Giant has the best) Shredded Cheese Guacamole (if you like) Tabasco
I love this soup. Denise brought it to me the day after my surgery and I have been hooked ever since. Hope you enjoy it too!