Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Slower Cooker Chicken Tortellini Soup and Losing My Mind

Do you ever have those moments when you feel like you are truly losing your mind?  I've been having those all too often lately.,.to the point where some days I don't know which direction I am going.

About eight months ago I purchased some curtains for our dining room.  The wall had been plain since we moved in and it was really starting to get to me.  I'm one of those that must have color and textures around them.  I don't do well with sparse and minimalism.  I found the perfect pair at an unbelievable sale price, which was an extra added bonus.  The colors were spot on to the color of our dining room chairs and I couldn't be more thrilled.

Since we had a few months before spring and I still had my "winter table decor" out, I tucked them away until it was time to do the color change out...yeah I know...don't judge.

At any rate, I "tucked them away" so well when springtime came I could not find them.  I found all the other dining items for spring that I packed away for winter...accent pillows for chairs, table runner, candle holders, placemats, etc...for the life of me, I could not find those curtains!  

I looked everywhere!  Cabinets, buffet, secretary armoire, extra empty dresser drawers, cardboard boxes in the basement...everywhere!!  Did I accidentally throw them away in their shopping bag?  Did I accidentally put them in the Goodwill donation box?  I really felt sorry for my family...every week I was interrogating them..."Are you sure you haven't seen my new curtains anywhere?"!!!

September finally came and I gave up looking for my curtains.  Soon I would be doing the color change out anyway.  I stumbled on a new pair of curtains while I was out one Saturday.  They were on clearance and the perfect autumn colors to match my fall table decor.

I said goodbye to my spring collection, packed everything up and brought out the fall dining room items.  Just then my husband came in and said "Are these the curtains you've been looking for?" holding my eight month old curtains!!!!!!  I didn't know whether to laugh or cry.  "Where did you find them?", I screeched.  Apparently I hung them in the coat closet so they wouldn't get wrinkled (it's all starting to come back to me now).  He found them while grabbing a jacket for the fall morning...ugh!!

The good news is this soup doesn't take much brain power or memory!  You throw most of the ingredients in the slow cooker and let it do it's magic during the day (just remember to turn your slower cooker on in the morning before you leave)...just saying!

You will come home to the most wonderful aroma that is inviting and comforting to eat.  Enjoy!

Slow Cooker Chicken Tortellini Soup
Courtesy of therecipecritic.com

1-1/2 pounds boneless chicken breast
3 medium carrots, peeled and diced
3 stalks celery, diced
1 medium onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
6 cups low sodium chicken broth
1 cup water
2 bay leaves
1 tsp Italian seasoning
2 cups cheese tortellini
chopped fresh parsley for serving, if desired
salt and pepper to taste

Add all of the ingredients to a slower cooker (except for the tortellini).

Cook on low for 6 hours

Remove the cooked chicken from the slow cooker and shred or cube, and add back to the slow cooker.

Add in the tortellini and cook for 15 minutes or until they are cooked all the way through.

Season with salt and pepper to taste.  Discard bay leaves and serve immediately with chopped parsley, if desired.

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