When I think about my favorite soup, I think about a wonderful tortilla soup in Tucson, Arizona.  This recipe comes so close to the favorite tortilla soup we enjoyed so much. With each spoonful fun memories would flash back.  The addition to the soup, we added mesquite wood smoked chicken.  Wood smoked chicken provided a fabulous flavor enhancement with all the other flavors combined.  Grab a bowl and spoon, and let’s enjoy some Mesquite Smoked Chicken Tortilla Soup together.

Mesquite Smoked Chicken Tortilla Soup #RecipeRedux

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Well, 2015 is off to a perfect start! This week I celebrated my 40th birthday in style!  My sister and her family traveled down from Michigan to be a part of the celebration.  Having my sisters and niece here made this week so much more fun!  Since we all live too far away to enjoy each other’s homemade meals, we are cramming a few family favorites in the short time we have.  My sister-in-law is half Italian, so you definitely know what meal we begged her to make.  She makes a killer homemade pasta meat sauce, and her sausage and peppers were to-die-for!

I love homemade Italian!  If you are a regular here at Cafe Terra, you know that a happy dance while eating indicates a perfect meal.  The sauce that she made has a hint of sweetness to give it a unique blend of flavors on your palette.  To make it killer?  Well… she made homemade meatballs to add to the sauce.  Every bite is filled with love and happiness for sure.  Who wants seconds on this fabulous Traditional Italian Family Dinner?

Traditional Italian Family Dinner

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If you are a regular here at Cafe Terra, then you know of my many health issues that surfaced in 2014.  Now my diet consists of a diabetic diet, with gluten free, vegan, and vegetarian intermingled.  Why not have variety, right?  With my many changes, there have been many nights where I go to bed slightly hungry, or wake up at 3:00am starving.  Choosing the perfect late night snack is important.  Here is a fun and delicious option, that is also a healthier choice.  Let’s grab one Midnight Crunch and one Cookies n’Dreams bar to feel happy and satisfied.

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Nightfood bars have two different flavors to choose from, midnight chocolate crunch and cookies n’dreams.  They will satisfy your after dinner cravings, and support better sleep.  The bars are a good source of protein and fiber, fewer calories, and formulated to not leave you hungry. [click to continue…]

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Boozy Gluten-Free Cranberry Orange Muffins

January 8, 2015

These muffins are the very definition of boozy, and include a perfect flavor combination.  At first, these little morsels were going to be a fun traveling snack.  Instead, it may be a better snack to enjoy in the comfort of your home.  The tart flavors of cranberry mix with the orange liquor, and gluten-free flours […]

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Best Recipes of 2014

January 3, 2015

Happy New Year to my fabulous blog followers!  To say 2014 was challenging is putting it mildly.  Last year was more like a crazy roller coaster ride, with so many ups and downs.  There were some fabulous parts to the year, such as; many delicious recipes were shared.  So, I have compiled the top twelve […]

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Cranberry Spice Cake

December 29, 2014

Okay, one more cranberry recipe before the holiday season disappears.  This recipe shares all the flavors of a spice cake, but with just a bit less spice. The spice in this recipe comes from the delicious flavors in the coconut milk egg nog.  The cranberry sauce recipe includes oranges, walnuts, brandy, and sugar.  Bringing all […]

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Baked Cranberry Sauce & Egg Nog Oatmeal

December 22, 2014

This is definitely a special holiday recipe, and a perfect breakfast or snack option! Baked oatmeal is fun, easy to make, and so versatile.  In my household we always have leftover cranberry sauce, probably because I make extra!  With egg nog it is a must to have extra.  So, to use up some of your […]

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