Can This Marriage Be Saved?

Case History: A husband and wife, married 13 years. Four kids ages; 16, 13, 12, 10. Pretty good marriage except for that problem in the bedroom. Let's hear their side of the story...

Her: You know Doctor, I'm sick of this problem. I have had to deal with it for 15 years of living with him. I'm sick of it and I want a divorce. What's the problem? YOU WANT TO KNOW...WHAT'S THE PROBLEM? He's a blanket hog. The weather is turning cold and he takes all the blankets. Leaving me freezing and my lily white butt naked and uncovered, shriveled in the cold air. HE also sleeps in the middle of the bed. Not only do I not get any blankets, I only get a postage sized piece of mattress. Last time I checked, I live in California and I am entitled to HALF and since I'm not getting half, I want a divorce...or at least separate beds like you see in Leave It To Beaver.

His: I'm really sorry she feels this way but I only do it so she'll snuggle up to me at night and keep me warm. See, she's a heater box and she's always complaining she's hot and she's also not much of a cuddle-er. So I have to take away the blankets so she'll sleep close to me at night and keep me warm. As a wife, isn't she suppose to do this type of thing? As for the postage size stamp of mattress she gets... I'm a big guy, what did you expect?

Well folks, can this marriage be saved?

Dr. Melissa* says yes. Make this soup and everything will be better. In her expert opinion, soup makes everything better. If this soup inspired a blog, so it could probably bring about world peace and maybe a little matrimonial harmony.

Chicken Tortilla Soup: (adapted from Alosha's Kitchen)

1 onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 28-oz. can crushed tomatoes (use about 2/3 of the can)
6 cups chicken broth
1/2 to 1 jalapeno pepper, finely chopped. Start off with a little and adjust to your taste
1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
about 4 corn tortillas cut into one inch squares (this will help thicken up the soup)
¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
3 boneless chicken breast halves, cooked and cut into bite-sized pieces
salt and pepper to taste


crushed tortilla chips
sliced avocado
sour cream
shredded cheese (monterey jack, cheddar jack, mexican blend, cheddar, whatever)
chopped green onions
lime wedges to squeeze into soup

In a medium stock pot, heat oil over medium heat. Saute onion and garlic in oil until soft. Stir in chili powder, oregano, tomatoes and broth. Bring to a boil, and simmer for 5 to 10 minutes. Stir in corn tortillas, jalapeno, beans, cilantro, and chicken. Simmer for 10 minutes. Ladle soup into individual serving bowls, and top with the above options.

Tasting Notes: Oh so good. I made this in the morning and let it simmer all day on the stove. After a rainy day, it was perfect. Warm and spicy. Enough to fill you up and take the chill off without making you feel like you have a lead belly. This soup is now on my regular menu.

So, can this marriage be saved?

*Dr. Melissa isn't a real doctor. She only plays one on the Internet. I had to find a way to tie this post together and this is the best I could come up with... please forgive me.


The Lady in Pearls said...

Separate beds definetly saved mine and Ward's marriage! ; )

Snooty Primadona said...

I loved the doctor visit, lol. Very funny.

I made chili tonight but may have to make some good ole Tortilla Soup tomorrow night.

Anonymous said...

My hubby doesn't steel my blankets but he puts his part on top of me so I am get hot as heck and wake up sweating to death. I guess it could be worse but that soup, I want it.

Anonymous said...

Ah! The Germans have the answer! While traveling in German, every place we stayed in had two sets of blankets. Okay, two comforters. When making up the bed, they are folded in half width-wise and turned sideways on the bed. No sheets to fuss with and we get our own blankets. My hubby and I get to have different thickness of blankets. It's awesome. Plus, no cold draft down your back where the blanket is pulled tight:)

That soups looks great!

Anonymous said...

Thank you Drs. Melissa and ECM. That soup looks fantastic! My tortilla soup recipe requires way too many cans of stuff, this looks much better. And I love that bowl and plate! I would eat anything that came in that bowl...

MrOrph said...

Maybe a bigger bed? IT is tough for us too. My wife is 6 feet tall with very long legs that stretch across the bed leaving me with little space.

Excellent job on the soup.

PG said...

I'm going to have to show this picture to Mr. I Like to Hog the Sheets. He likes to claim that I throw the sheets on his side of the bed but was mystified at how the blanket ended up completely on his side of the bed when I was out of town.

You've been tagged!

Deeba PAB said...

Same problem, different continets,different beds. lemme know if the soup worked...LOL! Great read!

Anonymous said...

What if your sig. other snores so loud that you are forced to sleep on the couch...with the kids...or one time in the car? I WISH I had a blanket stealer....

Anonymous said...

this is one of my favorite winter "easy meals" to make. try shredding the chicken next time, it's really great when it's like that!

Melissa said...

I am blushing furiously. And making that cringy face. Hee. :D

I'm so glad you made this. It's funny I had the caprese pasta this week and I also made the Mario pork chop. That was the second one of his I was referring to in my post.

You're my favorite, K. ♥

P.S. Can this marriage be saved? Ha. I used to read those on the Lifestyle section of msn for years. Wasn't that a Ladies Home Journal feature? Jeez. :P

grace said...

i forgive you. :)
meanwhile, this soup is a balm for all sorts of woes...like the fact that tomorrow is monday. :)

Anonymous said...

Ah the age old issues of heat/cold, blanket thievery and snoring. TOG and I have them all. I doubt that soup would fix them, but yours looks up to the task! Yummy!

Sharon said...

I have more of a blanket piler, as in I wake up and all of the blankets are on top of me and I"m sweating uncontrollably!

giz said...

I was kind of wondering where you were going with that and then the lightbulb went off - soup - of course, the soup - why didn't I think of that? Duhh... I could have saved myself alot of grief and lawyer's fees :)

Music Food and Love said...

How about getting an extra large blanket? It could be worse, he could snore!
That tortilla soup sounds wonderfull, now with the cold weather.

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