Happy Thanksgiving, a Birthday and Barefoot Blogging!

by lisa on November 27, 2008 · 40 comments

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! The kiddos started their morning with setting up camp in our family room. They are peeking out for a picture. I hope you are all spending the day with friends or family and are able to count the blessings in your lives. I have too many blessings to count. This blog and my many blogging friends are two of them so thanks to all of you.
Not only is today Thanksgiving but it is also my little guy’s birthday. He doesn’t like being called a little guy so it is my big seven year old’s birthday. He will be having a delayed bowling party with his friends but today he asked for a crumb birthday cake to eat for breakfast. I thought it was funny but I went and made Camilla’s Enlightened Starbuck’s Coffeecake. For the recipe click here. Enlightened Cooking is a great blog and Camilla is so knowledgeable about healthy cooking. I decided to make this in a round springform pan. Here is the happy boy with his breakfast.

The wonderful hubby took the little guy to a high school football game so my daughter and I are just relaxing and lounging this morning. We are going to a good friends house later for dinner. In case you have leftover turkey, here is my Barefoot Bloggers recipe for this week. It started out as Mexican Chicken Soup picked by Judy’s Gross Eats but I made some changes and now it is Mexican Turkey Vegetable soup. For the original chicken soup recipe by Ina, click here. It is quite healthy and I am looking forward to eating it for lunch tomorrow.

Don’t forget about my Wholly Wholesome Giveaway. Scroll down or click here to enter. You have until Friday at 11:59 EST. Happy Turkey Day!

Mexican Chicken Vegetable Soup

2 TBS olive oil
1 onion, chopped
1 cup chopped celery
2 cups chopped carrots
4 large cloves garlic, chopped
2 1/2 quarts chicken stock, preferably homemade
1 (28-ounce) can whole tomatoes in puree, crushed
1 can (4 oz) fire roasted jalapenos
1 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon paprika
2 cups frozen corn
1 can (15 oz) black beans, rinsed and drained
4 cups cooked shredded turkey (or chicken)
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves

salt and pepper to taste

In a large Dutch oven, heat olive oil and saute onion, celery, carrots and garlic for 5 minutes or until veggies start to brown. Add chicken stock, tomatoes, jalapenos, cumin, paprika, corn and beans. Bring to boil, reduce heat to low and simmer for 25 minutes. Add chicken and cilantro and simmer for 5 more minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Makes about 6 servings.

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RecipeGirl November 27, 2008 at 12:59 pm

How funny that we both have Mexican soups today!

Happy t Day!


Rosie November 27, 2008 at 2:07 pm

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family 🙂 Also Happy Birthday to big guy – a huge 7 today!!

Your soup looks scrummy Lisa.

Rosie x


mikky November 27, 2008 at 2:26 pm

Happy Thanksgiving… Enjoy your celebration… and Happy Bday to the happy boy too… 🙂


Suzie November 27, 2008 at 2:47 pm

Happy Thanksgiving – and your little boy looks thrilled. What is not to love about a cake at breakfast? Hope you all had a great day.


Yasmeen November 27, 2008 at 3:14 pm

Birthday boy sure looks elated to have a scrumptious cake for breakfast.My best wishes for his birthday.
Warm soup chicken\turkey soup looks inviting.Hope you have pleasant evening with your pals.Happy turkey day!


Terry B November 27, 2008 at 4:29 pm

What a great shot of your kiddos! Have a lovely Thanksgiving, Lisa.


The Blonde Duck November 27, 2008 at 5:16 pm

Happy Thanksgiving!


Debinhawaii November 27, 2008 at 5:58 pm

Love your version of the soup–black beans would be a great addition. Happy Thanksgiving!


Clumbsy Cookie November 27, 2008 at 6:04 pm

Your kid has the cutest face! Happy birthday to him! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Lisa!


Beth November 27, 2008 at 6:31 pm

They look so cute in that tent!!!


Kirsten November 27, 2008 at 9:43 pm

I like the changes you made. Happy Thanksgiving and Birthday to your not so little 7 year old!


Leslie November 27, 2008 at 9:57 pm

Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Birthday to your little one!


Chef E November 27, 2008 at 10:45 pm

Happy Thanksgiving to your family! I am staying away from the kitchen, since we ate soooo much nibbles today…


Aggie November 27, 2008 at 10:46 pm

Happy birthday to your little guy! Your soup looks good! I am going to make it this weekend and post later…hope you had a wonderful day with your family!!


Lori November 28, 2008 at 3:15 am

Happy Thanksgiving Lisa and Happy Birthday to your little/big guy!


Bellini Valli November 28, 2008 at 7:26 am

I still have some of my soup leftover so think that corn and black beans will see there way into it for that extra bit of texture and flavour:D


kat November 28, 2008 at 10:47 am

I hope you had a great Thanksgiving & Happy Birthday you your big boy!


Patsyk November 28, 2008 at 11:26 am

Happy (belated) Thanksgiving! And, a Happy Birthday to your Big Guy! My almost 7 year old would have the same problem with me calling him little guy, too!

Soup sounds great to me today!


Sara November 28, 2008 at 11:51 am

Your soup looks great – hope you had a good thanksgiving!


Megan November 28, 2008 at 1:02 pm

The coffee cake looks great! The soup was good too. Looks like a very active day in your world!!! Enjoy The long weekend. 🙂


Esi November 28, 2008 at 1:30 pm

Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!! I like the changes you made. This is a good way to use up leftover turkey.


Pam November 28, 2008 at 1:46 pm

Happy birthday to your little one. The cake looks great but that soup is calling my name.


natalia November 28, 2008 at 2:22 pm

Ciao Lisa ! Happy birthday ! Happy thanksgiving ! It was my husband birthday too yesterday !


Dawn November 28, 2008 at 6:13 pm

I need to try this soup. I keep seeing it here in food blogger-land and on food TV. Everyone raves about it; I must join in.


Erica November 28, 2008 at 7:27 pm

Your kids are so cute! Happy birthday to the “big man” 😉


black eyed susans kitchen November 28, 2008 at 7:42 pm

Happy Birthday to the your seven year old young man, and Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. That cake looked mighty yummy!
♥, Susan


Mary November 28, 2008 at 9:24 pm

Happy Birthday to your big boy. The cake looks terrific and he looks awfully cute.


Christy November 29, 2008 at 10:18 am

Looks like you had a fantastic Thanksgiving! Happy Birthday to your little guy! Your soup looks amazing, great for a cold, wintery day!


Maria November 29, 2008 at 12:45 pm

The soup looks wonderful!! And happy birthday to the birthday boy!!


Katrina November 29, 2008 at 1:49 pm

I hate it when I miss a giveaway! 😉 The holidays do that, I guess.
Happy Birthday to the BIG 7 year old! Yum to the warming soup, too!
That crumb cake looks great! What a birthday request.


Emily November 29, 2008 at 3:39 pm

Happy Thanksgiving and happy birthday to your son!

The Mexican soup looks delicious. So does the crumb cake.


Jo November 29, 2008 at 4:36 pm

yum… I could totally eat some of that soup right now 🙂 looks wonderful!


That Girl November 29, 2008 at 4:54 pm

I was just commenting on another blog this would be fantastic to use up Thanksgiving leftovers.


Jan November 29, 2008 at 8:47 pm

It looks like you all had a fabulous day. And your son is so lucky to get his favorite cake for his birthday breakfast.

That soup looks amazing, too. A great way to use up the turkey leftovers.


Lisa magicsprinkles November 29, 2008 at 10:19 pm

I love those little faces peeking out! Happy T-day and Happy B-day! Cake for breakfast is the best!


Mandy November 29, 2008 at 10:29 pm

I hope you had a great thanksgiving, thanks for sharing the yummy soup recipe!


Tanya November 30, 2008 at 9:26 am

Sounds like a great day! That Mexican soup looks great!


ChefDruck December 1, 2008 at 1:00 am

That sounds delicious. I’m going to try it this week.


Candy December 1, 2008 at 10:21 am

Looks great! I’m going to have to make this one later!


Meg December 1, 2008 at 2:11 pm

I need to try that coffeecake recipe! Happy Birthday to your little guy..a couple days late! Hope you had a great Thanksgiving!


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