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a brand new week . . .

LilacAfter a weekend filled with my loves, it’s back to work today. I’m filled with gratitude for my two boys. I love this time of year when blooms that are on the top on my list, begin to make an appearance – white lilac is one of my chosen favorites. At the farmers market, I’m also seeing more produce beginning to make an appearance and that makes my heart skip a beat.

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On the Menu: Tortilla Soup

Tortilla Soup


I have a serious love of Mexican food. I could eat Mexican food for days on end and be completely happy. I have a local Mexican restaurant near my house and get take out from there way too much. I try and convince myself that is it healthy because of all the fresh flavors, but too much of a good thing might be a bad thing right? Maybe but hopefully not in this case. I don’t just limit my love of Mexican food and flavors to tacos and margaritas, but also braises, salads and soups. This tortilla soup has everything I love about Mexican food, bright flavors, fresh ingredients and delicious toppings.

 

Soups are so underrated sometimes. They are great make ahead meals that can be reheated and eaten a couple days after. Not to mention frozen and saved for future meals. I love this tortilla soup because it is easy, there is minimal prep, and it is delicious, healthy and satisfying. Plus I love any recipe that I can customize with some delicious toppings of my choice.

 

Enjoy! ~ Amanda


Tortilla Soup


Tortilla Soup

Ingredients| Sacramento Street

  • Tortilla Soup
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 4 large cloves garlic, smashed
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon ancho chili powder (regular chili powder is fine if you can’t find ancho)
  • 1 1/2 quarts canned low-sodium chicken broth or homemade stock
  • 1 28 oz canned crushed tomatoes
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 6-inch corn tortillas roughly chopped

 

Directions | Sacramento Street

1.) In a large pot, heat the oil over medium high heat. Add onion, garlic, and spices; cook, stirring, for 5 minutes. Add chicken broth, canned tomatoes with puree, bay leaves, fresh tortillas and large pinch of salt. Bring to a simmer. Cook, uncovered, for 30 minutes; remove the bay leaves.

 

2.) In a blender, puree the soup in batches; pour it back into the pot and taste for salt and pepper.

 

3.) To serve, top a bowl of tortilla soup with toppings of choice such as pulled chicken, cotija cheese, cilantro, tortilla strips and red onion.


Toppings: pulled cooked chicken, avocado, cotija cheese, cilantro, tortilla strips, green onion, red onion, lime wedges.


Recipe & Photos by Amanda Frederickson for Sacramento Street

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Changing Table Essential: The Diaper Pail

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In an earlier post, I wrote about the perfect changing table arrangement. While I felt confident in deciding the decor of Jackson’s nursery, I had absolutely no clue about the most useful essentials to have at my fingertips next to the table. Quickly, I discovered I needed advice from mothers with more experience than I had.


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One item they unanimously suggested was a good diaper pail that would keep the smell of dirty diapers out of the nursery. Overwhelmingly, they recommended the Arm & Hammer Diaper Pail by Munchkin. The top of the pail has an odor-busting Armor & Hammer baking soda that deodorizes as well as a self-sealing lid. I think the best part for me is the ability to open it with one hand. As Jackson becomes more active, it’s important that I can accomplish changing him while always keeping a firm hand on him. Luckily, along with having great function, it also looks great. Sleek and simple design make the pail unobtrusive and visually pleasing.

 

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Do you have a favorite item you couldn’t live without for your changing table?


This post is a partnership with Munchkin. All opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting sponsored posts that keep Sacramento Street doors open.


Image by Heather Day for Sacramento Street

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a brand new week . . .

NYC

 

Happy Monday! Last week marked my last week of maternity leave – I decided to spend some quality time with my little man. I can’t believe that he’s already three months old. We had a wonderful last few weeks together traveling to NYC (more details later this week on that), went to Arizona and just had some good quality hang out time. It’s bittersweet going back to work, but I know that it’ll be good for both of us. Did any of you feel this way when you went back to work after having a little one?


There is a lot in store this week – stay tuned for a lot inspiration! It’s good to be back!


Photo by Caitlin Flemming

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On the Hunt: Dining Room Chairs

On The Hunt : Chairs | Sacramento Street

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A great way to avoid having a home that looks cookie-cutter is to make sure there is a mix of both old and new. What better way to do this than mixing modern and vintage chairs at your dining room table.

On The Hunt : Chairs Inspiration | Sacramento Street1.) Burke Tulip Chairs


2.) Mid-Century Modern Arm Chair


3.) Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams Armchairs


4.) Knoll Tulip Chairs


5.) Stratham Mid-Century Modern Loveseat


6.) Nicos Zographos Chairs


At my table I have four modern chairs with sheepskins on the seat to add a bit of comfort. In between these chairs, I’ve added two vintage bentwood chairs from Spain.

 

Another trick is to have a loveseat on one side of the table. Not only is this a comfortable option, but it helps to make your dining room warm and inviting.

 

Finally, why not have an upholstered chair at each end of the table? I guarantee it will draw you in and you’ll linger with a good book and a cup of tea. These easy ideas can be the difference in a dining room never being used or a place you enjoy and choose to use.

 

One of my go-to places for unique items is Chairish. This is a site you want to use often, as the merchandise is always changing. You can find a unique set of chairs to mix with those you already have. And before you know it, you’ll want to hang in the often-overlooked dining room.

 


Shop more of my favorite side tables on Chairish.


This post is a partnership with Chairish. All opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting sponsored posts that keep Sacramento Street doors open.

 

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