Easy, cheap, fast, super healthy chicken tortilla soup (bone broth to boot!)

The Best Soup I’ve ever had, Mom

So I just had to share! I’ve made several tortilla soups, but now I’ve come up with the ultimate one –  easy, cheap, fast, super healthy – and I agree with my kids – super yummy!

Instead of chicken breasts that many recipes call for, use organic drum sticks which are pennies on the dollar compared to those high falutin’ breasts. Also, the whole idea here is to have a bone broth soup, which you may not know is an awesome source of nutrition that most of us don’t get near enough of.  Boiling down the bones and cartilage is what gives us the building blocks of health, which I first became aware of when we were all into the Cure Tooth Decay diet. So, get those chicken legs in as early as you can, bring them to a boil and let them simmer as long as possible. If you are so inclined and have the time, you can use a whole chicken, but the legs are just so cheap!


2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 onion, diced
2-4 cloves minced garlic
1 large can diced tomatoes
8-10 organic chicken drumsticks
1 Tbsp cumin
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 cup roughly chopped fresh cilantro leaves
2 limes
2 avocados, pitted, sliced
2 cups shredded cheese and 1 bag of non-gmo tortilla strips

Optional: fresh jalapeno and a can of black beans, drained and rinsed

Fill your big soup pot (mine is 6 qt.) 2/3 full of water, bring it to a boil and put in the chicken legs, skin and all. Bring to a boil, then simmer as long as you have the time. 35 minutes will suffice, but all day is better. Remove the chicken, let it cool, pull the meat from the bones and shred. Discard the skin. In a large skillet, heat the vegetable oil. Add the onions and cook for 2 minutes. Once the onions have softened add the garlic (and jalapenos) and cook for another minute. Pour onion/garlic, tomatoes, chicken and (beans) into the soup pot.  At this point I like to put the bones back in to simmer for the benefits of the bone broth. Add fresh cilantro and cumin to the pot. Stir and serve. Garnish with lime, tortilla strips, avocado slices and cheese.

Time: 45 minutes to 8 hours

Serves 8-12

Enjoy! I’d love to know what your family thinks of this one!

When is enough enough?

A toddler’s face was blown up on our dime, America

Earlier this week, another atrocity was committed in the farcical name of “the War on Drugs.” During a raid, a flash bomb was thrown into a house and landed in a 19 month-old’s crib. It destroyed his face. He is now in a coma battling for his life. At the end of the article, an officer says that, given the circumstances, they’d do it again. Those circumstances being the War on Drugs.

When someone chooses to use drugs, they are voluntarily destroying their own life. When we choose to fight this voluntarism, we choose to destroy the lives of innocents. The only folks benefitting from this absurdity are the criminals at the top – the cartels and our politicians. The war on drugs doesn’t keep people from using drugs anyway, it only stuffs our prisons and destroys lives.

“See, if you look at the drug war from a purely economic point of view, the role of the government is to protect the drug cartel. That’s literally true.” – Milton Friedman

8 year-old killed during a drug raid, 64 year-old shot to death…

when the cops got the wrong address, 28 year-old pastor shot to death in a mix-up, 84 year-old bed ridden lady accidentally shot to death during a raid – the list is so long it will have you fuming by the end. Check it out here please.

If you have hang-ups about legalization, I suggest from my heart that you educate yourself on the matter. Don’t wait until one of these stories is about one of your loved ones. Here is a 4 minute bit on why drugs should be legal by one of the greatest thinkers alive today, Thomas Sowell.






















I’m so deeply saddened by what has happened to this little baby. His name is Bounkham Phonesavanh — known as Bou. You can make donations for his recovery here. He’s going to be kept in a coma until hopefully his lungs heal – about 3 more weeks. 

Everything has its place. Everything has its reason. But that doesn’t mean we can’t make a difference. We can.

Call your congress people now and tell them to end drug prohibition. And while you’re at it, tell them to investigate Benghazi publicly, to end the NSA, to institute the fair tax thereby shutting down the IRS, to uphold our Constitution, and to memorize the Bill of Rights. Tell them that keeping terrorists from illegally crossing our borders would be nice. And then, vote them all out in 2016 and vote in some freshies who haven’t tasted the kool-aid of power, privilege, and prestige. I have to believe there’s still time to take our country back.

“And that’s all I have to say about that.” – F. Gump

Totally delicious, sugar-free, healthy HOT CHOCOLATE

Sugar being Satan and all, my family is going sugar free for a while. It’s also raining and cool in Texas at the end of May. There is definitely something going on in the matrix, and it’s time for some hot chocolate.

Here’s the recipe:

For each 8 oz. cup of raw milk

Add 2 Tbsp of cocoa powder

2 Tbsp of agave nectar (maple syrup or honey might work too)

a teeny shake of salt

dashes of cinnamon and vanilla

Heat in a saucepan and serve


The kids say it’s the best hot chocolate they’ve ever had.


What is Reiki?

Japanese symbols for "Rei" and "Ki"

Japanese symbols for “Rei” and “Ki”

The word Reiki means spiritual wisdom (Rei) and life energy (Ki). It is a Japanese method of the laying on of hands which promotes stress reduction, relaxation, and healing. It’s a divine gift that was “discovered” in the 1920’s by Dr. Mikao Usui during meditation. It is important to note that the practitioner is not the one providing the energy that relaxes and heals; the practitioner is simply the pathway or channel through which the Reiki energy flows. Reiki is sometimes thought of as white healing light. It is available from the Infinite Source to anyone who seeks it. Reiki is not a religion and it blends with any healing modality, practice, or religion.

Hand Positions?

A set and order of hand positions is taught at the Reiki I level, but Reiki is effective when the hands are placed anywhere on the body, even if the hands are hovering a few inches away from the body. Reiki is based on intention, so Reiki can even be given at a distance. Long distance Reiki is taught at level II.


During each Reiki training session the teacher passes attunements to the student to “turn on” each level of Reiki. No one describes this process better than Reiki Master/Teacher, William Rand, so let me quote him here:

“Reiki is not taught in the way other healing techniques are taught. The ability to channel Reiki energy is transferred to the student by the Reiki master during an attunement process. During the attunement, the Rei or spiritual consciousness makes adjustments in the student’s chakras and energy pathways and also in deeper parts of ones’ consciousness to accommodate the ability to channel Reiki energy; it then links the student to the Reiki source. These changes are unique for each person. The Reiki master does not direct the process and is simply a channel for the attunement energy flowing from the spiritual consciousness.” – Reiki The Healing Touch by William Lee Rand

Does Reiki Work?

I personally have had multiple experiences that I would define as miraculous when both giving and receiving Reiki. There are countless stories of people experiencing healing, knowing, profound shifting, and downright miracles because of Reiki. In fact, a book has recently been endorsed by Dr. Oz which gives first hand accounts of Reiki miracles and healing. This healing can be physical, emotional or psychological in nature. In fact, when a person receives Reiki for one issue, others can be healed as well. Reiki heals what needs it.

Why take Reiki training?

Even if one doesn’t intend to become a Reiki practitioner, there are still wonderful benefits from taking Reiki classes. If you are in a profession where you are touching people – massage therapists, nurses, doctors, yoga instructors, martial arts instructors, aestheticians, etc., having a “Reiki touch” is extra special. Even for moms and dads, knowing that you have love and healing in your hands when you touch your children and those you love is a great feeling.

Reiki is a joyful way of life

Reiki encourages you to give self treatments, to meditate, and to be mindful of kindness and gratitude. It permeates your life to the extent that you invite it and practice it. It’s a joyful way of life that brings a song to your heart. It can cause no harm. If Reiki has been reaching out to you, sign up for a session or a class. You’ll be happy you did.

How to locate a Reiki practitioner or teacher near you

Here are a couple of resources if Reiki seems to being finding you:

International Association of Reiki Professionals

Reiki Membership Association

I recently retook my Reiki Master/Teacher level from Deb Karpek in Sedona, AZ. I am currently offering Reiki sessions and classes in Central Texas. Feel free to contact me by clicking “contact me” at the top of this page.