I dropped Charlotte on her head last week. No joke. Okay so I didn’t actually drop her, she fell, but it was definitely my fault.

We were in the Walmart parking lot. I had her all dressed up in this cute outfit (you know your life is boring when the biggest events of your week are Walmart and church) but she had a massive explosion on the way there, and of course I had forgotten to pack extra clothes. So I took her out of her car seat and stripped her down, using every single wipe I had. She was sitting up on the seat in nothing but a diaper (not the car seat, the window seat, with the door open). I was standing right there so I thought there was no way she could fall. I bent down to gather up her clothes that I had thrown on the ground…and looked up just in time to see her fall directly on her head.

The weird part is that she only cried for about 30 seconds. I’m pretty sure that if I fell on my head I would cry longer than that. I called my brother, who’s an ER doctor, and he said if she’s acting normal then there’s nothing to worry about. Great. Now all I have to worry about is what kind of mother I am. I’m sure everyone else in Walmart was having that exact thought as I carted my baby through the store in nothing but a diaper, avoiding eye contact. Why do they always put the baby clothes all the way in the back? I was a little comforted when a lady walked by and, seeing me as I dressed my naked baby in clothes with the tags still on them that I had just taken off the rack, said, Yep, been there before.

Even if you are now questioning my mothering skills, do not question my crock pot skills. I am so good at throwing stuff in a pot and letting it sit. There are a lot of good Americanized Mexican soups out there, but so far this one is my favorite. You have to try this recipe. Maybe before you call child protective services.

Slow Cooker Chicken Taco Soup
Source: Allrecipes.com

1 onion, chopped
1 (16 ounce) can kidney beans
1 (15 ounce) can black beans
1 or 1 1/2 cups frozen corn (however much you like, I actually didn’t measure)
1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
2 (14 ounce) cans diced tomatoes
1 (7 ounce) can diced green chiles
1 tablespoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
3 whole skinless, boneless chicken breasts (I used 2 that were completely frozen and it was fine)
fresh lime juice
shredded Cheddar cheese or Pepper Jack Cheese
sour cream
crushed tortilla chips

Drain and rinse the beans. Place the onion, beans, corn, tomato sauce, and diced tomatoes in a slow cooker. Add spices, and stir to blend. Lay chicken breasts on top of the mixture, pressing down slightly until just covered by the other ingredients. Set slow cooker for low heat, cover, and cook for 5 hours.

Remove chicken breasts from the soup, allow to cool long enough to be handled, and shred or chop. Stir the chicken back into the soup, and continue cooking for 2 hours. Serve topped with shredded cheddar cheese (or pepper jack if you like a little more heat), a dollop of sour cream, a few squirts of lime juice, chopped cilantro, and crushed tortilla chips.

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  1. Love your site! I think I will make this recipe for tonight.
    I had to buy Cyrene a new outfit after she wet herself at JC Penney. We had just taken family pictures and she said she need to go potty, but by the time we got to the elevator, she couldn’t hold it any longer and there she went…all over the floor. Good thing the kids clothes were right there :)

    1. Nooo haha! Super convenient that you happened to be surrounded by clothes for sale ;) Enjoy the soup!!

  2. Love your recipes, but I really look forward to just receiving them. Your weird sense of humor always makes me LAUGH OUT LOUD! Your family is beautiful and I’m sure your house is the FUN house. I lost it when I got to the picture of the soup in the crock pot. Thank you so much. I love to put cooked apples in the Dutch Baby pancakes. It really is a dessert, right?

    1. Ha, thanks so much Kami!! Sometimes I read back on these old stories and have to laugh too. good times. thanks so much for reading!!

  3. First post here. Love your blog. I do have a question about this soup recipe. How much liquid do you end up with when the soup is done? It doesn’t seem Like there would be much from the tomato sauce and the juice from the diced tomatoes. Being a totally talentless cook, just thought I’d ask before trying it. No chicken broth, water, or ???

    Your children are cuties. :)

    1. Hi Martha! No, no extra liquid is needed for this soup! The chicken will release juices as it cooks as well as all the vegetables, making a tasty broth. If you are worried about it you can throw in a cup or two of chicken broth but I don’t think it’s necessary. Great question! Enjoy the soup!

  4. i don’t know who i feel sorrier for, you or charlotte! i dropped eric on his head when he was about 6 months old – well, same thing as you, he flipped himself off his changing table when i was standing right there. i cried longer than he did, i swear…

  5. It’s true. I called my brother right after so that he could reassure me that she would be okay, and Sandi answered. When I told her that Charlotte had fallen on her head in the Walmart parking lot, she said well why are you at Walmart?

  6. Ha ha! I dropped a Watermelon on my six-year old’s head at Walmart. It was terrible. I think there is something about that place that causes bad things to happen.

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