Spicy cream of tomato-chipotle tortilla soup

I love cool weather foods, but they don’t have to be unhealthy!

I adore autumn with the crisp air, crunchy, colorful leaves, wearing a new pink motorcycle jacket (I know!), and the comfort of a hot soup.

I stopped by the farmer’s market at Grove Path Plaza in Jersey City this week and picked up a big bag of soft tomatoes. They’re usually marked down because they’re a bit too ripe and/or soft, or maybe bruised, and are perfect for sauce or soups, but not much else.

I used a fat-free half-and-half with this because I don’t want to blow out my fat macros for the day, and still have a couple of bowls. If you’re not worried about that, feel free to use whole milk or regular half-and-half.

This is a larger recipe because you’ll want a couple of bowls yourself, and if anyone is around, so will they!


2 TBSP of olive or coconut oil

7-8 large, very ripe Jersey-type tomatoes cut into quarters, or if you use roma tomatoes, you’ll need to double the number.

1 medium onion, diced

3-5 garlic cloves depending on size, chopped

1-2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, including some of the sauce, chopped roughly. The more sauce, the smokier the flavor, but also, the spicier!

1/4 cup tomato paste or sauce, or if you have some marinara or something like that leftover in the refrigerator, you can use that, too!

4-5 soft corn tortillas, torn into 2 inch or so pieces

2-3 tsp Trader Joe’s 21 seasoning salute (you don’t have to use this, you can grab chili spices, or your favorite blend. I wanted to make it easy to make without buying a ton of spices, and the combination is great)

1-2 tsp Mexican or Italian oregano

salt and pepper to taste

4 cups water or broth

1.5 cups fat-free cream or milk

Heat oil over medium-low heat in a 3-4 quart pot. Saute onion in heated oil until the onion is transparent and starting to get some color around the edges. Add garlic and saute for a minute or so, not allowing the garlic to burn. Add tortillas and saute for 30 seconds or so but don’t let them get crisp or burn the other ingredients.

Add tomatoes, chipotle peppers, tomato sauce, herbs and spices, and saute together for 2-3 minutes.

Add water or broth, bring to a boil and immediately turn down to a simmer.

Simmer for 30 minutes uncovered, or until some of the broth has reduced.

Remove from heat and either blend with a stick blender until smooth right in the pot (carefully), or let cool 15-20 minutes and blend in batches in a blender. If it seems very watery, you can simmer on low for 10 more minutes until it thickens up a little, but remember, it’s a soup, not a stew, so it should not be the consistency of your Sunday Sauce.

Slowly stir in cream or milk with a whisk, making sure to keep it moving so it doesn’t curdle.

Salt and pepper to taste and if necessary, re-heat on low heat.

Serve over sliced avocado and tortilla strips if you like.



Weight loss update Sept. 3, 2016

I was a little lazy this week, but still moving down

It was a tough week for health, haha! We had birthdays at work, I was particularly sleep deprived, and so I didn’t watch my macros as well as I should, or exercise as much as I’d like. However, I didn’t gain, and I lost half to one pound regardless. This is all good. I’m just under 147 lbs although I should be at 145, oops! Gotta pick the ball up, again, this week! I do have a rocking headache from a combination of fire pit smoke and a few craft beers, but hopefully I can shake that off and enjoy the gorgeous weather and at least go for a long walk, if not a run.


I will put some food for the week together later today. I’ll show you some stuff I’ve been eating this week, too!


Thanks, and much love!


Birchbox points haul

Once again, showing off the stuff I got for my points from Birchbox. I love this subscription, and don’t believe it’s not worth it. Take the 30 seconds per item you get to review them for 10 points each review from your box plus one point per dollar spent on your full-sized orders, and every 100 points means $10 off a  purchase.


Try out Birchbox

find me on Instagram at GloriaChapa1.

Much Love,


Enchanted Polish February release

Enchanted FEB 2016

Start off 2016 with gorgeousness

These new polish shades by Chelsea are just absolutely loverly! They look like the sorts of rich, gorgeous, holo, shade-shifters of yore. I’m not saying they’re mere repeats, but that they hark back to her fantasy-inspired and captivating polishes from the Dime Piece and Water for Unicorns era. I missed out on Stellar, and she also re-offered Valentine and Sweet Mint, which I sold to someone after the original release last year, since I can get cremes like that with other indie brands.

I’m in love.


TulleSpace ghost


Time Travel

Rainbow Ashes

Tulle looks like the sleeper. It’s a beautiful blush holo that looks like a perfect, extra-special everyday color that people will notice. It’s the color you wish you could keep buying and make it your go-to. Faerydae is really chrome-sparkly-magical, too. I love all of them. ALL. Space Ghost makes me all happy and oooooo-y. Telenovela makes me want to call my friend Omar, accuse him of cheating on me, and then slap him, then beg for forgiveness, then plot to get him back and back at those pesky kids, too…wait, sorry, went too far.

Time Travel is such a rich teal with color shifting, that I can’t wait to wear that out on a weekend. Plus, Rainbow Ashes, I mean, the name? What? Silver holo? You got me.

I’ll do swatches this week, too, so check back!

Meanwhile, I did this month’s Birchbox unboxing, so check it out!

Much Love,


July 4th 2015 NOTD

Cold brew and fireworks

Cold brew and fireworks

july4th2015Here’s a hasty celebratory nail before I head out to the (Middle Earth themed!) BBQ

Apparently there’s fire pit roasted suckling pig and game hens and lots of pie. Obviously, I’ll be eating the pie.

Using Julep: Bunny, Margot, Lacey and America plus a few nail gems and the Oxygen topcoat.

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Enjoy your Independence, and remember: everyone is entitled to the same freedom and kindness.

Be Safe!


Cheap and Shiny Sephora face masks

I read about these new Sephora face treatment masks…and after a (NOT cheap) $300 Elizabeth Arden Red Door Facial, I thought let’s try some upkeep.

For my birthday, I wanted to take care of my skin, and my stylist recommended Elizabeth Arden. She knows everyone because she used to work there, and although it was quite pricey, she did a wonderful job. I saw Claudia at the 5th Avenue location and got a diamond dermabrasion and collagen treatment with the facial. My skin needed it, especially as I wear so much foundation on a daily basis. My skin is still smooth and glowing, but since I don’t want to get a facial more than a few times a year, I tend to do masks and care at home.

At $6 each Sephora’s new Face Mask Collection is a bargain, especially when you consider that a mask is an expensive add-on during a facial. They have a variety with different ingredients to address different skin needs. I picked the Honey Mask: Nourishes and balances to soothe and refresh dry or sensitive skin.


Hi Honey!

I love honey for my skin, and I wanted something simple. The ingredients are surprisingly nice:

-Natural Honey Extract: Supports nourished, soft, velvety, and comfortable skin.
-Aloe Vera Leaf Extract: Soothes sensitive skin.

Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Peg-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Triethanolamine, Mel Extract (Honey Extract), Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Extract, Tremella Fuciformis (Mushroom) Extract, Piroctone Olamine, Polyquaternium-51, Maltodextrin, Citric Acid, Brassica Oleracea Italica (Broccoli) Extract, Potassium Sorbate, Fragrance, Sorbic Acid, Sodium Benzoate.

You use it on a clean, washed face, and very important: make sure your skin is absolutely dry. I waited a few minutes after washing to make sure I had no water left on my face. If you have water on your face, it will inhibit absorption according to my esthetician.

You open the mask, and unfold the cloth carefully so you don’t rip it. Put it in place, and smooth the edges down. Also, be prepared to not answer the door.

Even with a small smile, this looks scary. Glad I hadn't ordered food delivery!

Even with a small smile, this looks scary. Glad I hadn’t ordered food delivery!

After looking in the mirror, I felt like the look was missing something.

Yes, I run with scissors!

Yes, I run with scissors!

Yeah…maybe not.

I left it on about 20 minutes, removed the cloth, and massaged the serum left on my skin into my face, neck and hands. I didn’t take a close look at my skin until the next morning, when I went into work and got ready to do my makeup.

I may look unhappy (it was 3:30am!) but very happy with the way my skin felt and looked. Perfect canvas for foundation.

I may look unhappy (it was 3:30am!) but very happy with the way my skin felt and looked. Perfect canvas for foundation.

I have a bit of redness on my cheeks normally, but I think it left my skin bright, smooth, and hydrated.

All in all, I had a great experience with the Honey Mask, and will use the Rose Mask this week since I’m a big fan of Rose for facial beauty. From my limited experience with it, I recommend it as a nice, cheap way to keep your skin looking happy and healthy.

But I don’t recommend running with scissors, no matter what that picture says.

Much Love,