May 7, 2010

The post I kept putting off...

For reasons none other than I got busy doing other things. Or, when I did get a few extra minutes to post I chose to shower instead (I don't think M wants to hear me stay I stink too many more days in a row!) or I simply didn't feel like sitting down and trying to get the words in my head onto the screen. But, as always, I eventually get around to it.

So, Cinco de Mayo was a couple days ago and can I just say, yummy?! Since I married M (my handsome mexican!), every Cinco de Mayo I make mexican food + margaritas. It's not exactly authentic (although the beans recipe is on the back of a goya can), it's more "white girl style" as I call it, but it's always delicious. This year I made chicken tacos + black beans on white rice. Strawberry margaritas! And, sopapillas for dessert. Doesn't this look so good? It was even really tasty as leftovers last night...and thats saying something, because I don't eat leftovers.

The way I like 'em

Chicken tacos
Boil whatever amount of chicken breast you need (it'll take about 45 minutes to cook through) in salted water.
Pull them out of the water and set on a plate so they can cool. Then shred them. I just pull them apart with my fingers.
The good thing about this is you can make it ahead of time. The shredded chicken will last in the fridge a couple days so if you boil enough, you can make several meals. And, it makes the actual making dinner time faster.
Put the chicken in a skillet and top with packet of Ole El Paso taco mix, the water it calls for, and follow packet directions. (The Ole El Paso part is why I call it white girl style, in case you were wondering!)
Once it's done, add to taco shells or tortillas and top with whatever you like. I'm a hard shell with lettuce, tomatoes + cheese kind of gal. Simple + classic, as classic as tacos go, you know.

The way M likes 'em

Black Beans
What you need
1 can of black beans, undrained (I use Goya but you can use whatever you have around)
2 tbsp of olive oil
1/2 cup onion, chopped (I like smaller pieces, it's your preference)
2 cloves garlic, minced (I never have any on hand so I use garlic powder. The container has the chart that tells you how much powder equals a clove)
1/4 green pepper, chopped
3/4 cup water
1 tsp oregano
1 packet Sazon Goya without annatto
1 tbsp cider vinegar

What to do
Heat oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add onions + peppers + garlic, cook until tender (about 8 minutes). Stir in remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil then reduce heat and let simmer about 10 minutes. Serve over rice!

Margarita mix + tequila. I like 'em frozen. Need I say more?

But these, these were the best.
Back home in NC, there's a yummy little mexican restaurant named Arturo's. I LOVE them. I mean, I would eat there every day. With my friends. Or M, of course. This was our place. We were always there. Ever since I moved, I haven't found mexican food I like as good as theirs. Nothing ever matches up. I was feeling festive and knew I wanted a festive dessert. So, I thought back to my favorite restaurant and back to the memories of sharing a sopapilla with my friend. Hey, I can probably make that, it's just fried tortillas + toppings.
So, I (mostly M, because hot grease + me don't get along) did. And ohmygosh, they were so good. I went a little crazy. And ate alot. And ate alot yesterday too. And, I'm very sad there isn't any for me to eat alot of today.

Tortillas (we used 12 inches and cut them into triangles)
Vanilla icecream (it has to be vanilla, you want the taste of the honey + cinnamon to come out and have their glory; this dessert isn't about the icecream, for once)

Fry tortillas up in a skillet of hot oil.
Place them on a paper towel once they are done to soak up the extra grease.
Arrange on a plate, top with a scoop or two of ice cream and drizzle with honey and cinnamon.
Seriously, it's amazing.

And yes mom, I will be making them for you when you visit us next weekend. Yep, that's right. My parents are visiting and I am very excited about it!

Now, since my mouth is watering and my breakast of boiled eggs + wheat toast seems unsatisfying now, I'll move on.

In L news (because you know I always have news about her), she's a butterball. Seriously, she weighs as much as a Thanksgiving turkey does! She's 14 lbs 13 oz. So, she gained 1 lb and 12 oz, give or take, in a month. And, she grew half an inch...our little shorty. Her 4 month checkup went well yesterday. She showed the doctor how well she stands and how good she holds up that head of hers. She even gave the doctor some big smiles! That's probably because she didn't get any shots. We're having issues with insurance, though what's new. We skipped this round and she's going to get them as soon as she's fully covered by insurance which is basically the time of her 5 month appointment. But, we did get the a-okay clearance from her doctor before skipping them. We talked about her feedings and we were actually told it's okay for her to be on solids. We've been giving them to her once a day but she can actually have them twice a day. So she'll get her regular bottles but also a breakfast + a dinner. My babes is getting so big...

L with her new hat + shades. Thank you bubba, we love the sunglasses! And of course, thanks aunt shell for the big ole box of stuff! We love it!

Now, I remember saying something about that good news for M + I! We are moving into a 3 bedroom house! Okay, so maybe most of you aren't as thrilled but we are. My mom says that it means one more toilet to clean. That's okay, it's worth all the extra room! We'll still be in the same complex, so I think only the house number in our address will change. We have to wait for the people currently living in it to move (in like 2 weeks) and then housing has to get it cleaned or painted or whatever it needs to be living-ready again and it's all ours. The amazing thing is since the complex needs our 2 bedroom, they are letting us move before our lease is up and isn't making up pay the extra 1800! Let's just hope they keep their word...

It's the friday before Mother's Day! That means that it's military spouse appreciation day! I'm so proud to be the wife of my very sexy marine. I'm also proud of all you other military spouses, you ladies are amazingly strong!

I'm off to shower + get ready for my lunch with M this afternoon before L wakes up.
Hope everyone enjoys their weekend!

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