Saturday, February 26, 2011

Taco Salad

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One of my dear friends who I have known since I was in 7th grade came over last night. In honor of Kim's visit, we made something that we used to make all of the time when we were young - Taco Salad.

I could kick myself for not taking a picture of Kim to share with you. You will have to believe me when I tell you she still looks like a teenager.

Anyway, I've described this dish to adults I know now and at least one person in particular makes fun of it whenever possible.

"Dorito's in a salad?!? That's not right!"

To him I say, "don't knock it until you have tried it!"

Here's the recipe:

1 pound of ground turkey or hamburger (I used turkey) cooked and drained.
1 head of lettuce, chopped
Cilantro - chopped
Tomatoes - chopped
Black olives, sliced and drained
Shredded cheese
Avocado (the ones I had weren't ripe, so they didn't get added this time)
1 can Ranch Style beans, drain and reserve the liquid
Doritos Nacho Cheese flavored chips (crush some of the chips and add to the salad to your liking)

Basically combine everything above and then put the dressing below on.

Honey - about 2 tablespoons
Mayonnaise - about 2 tablespoons
Ketchup - about 2 tablespoons
Vinegar - about 1 tablespoons
Reserved liquid from beans

Mix these ingredients into a jar and shake, or mix up in a bowl. I keep tasting the dressing until it tastes "right." And honestly, if you didn't feel like making a dressing then you could use something like a French dressing.

Here's the dressing ingredients:
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Don't forget to drain the beans and reserve the liquid for the dressing.
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Most of the salad ingredients:
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And again, here's the finished product. This really is good and quite addicting.
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Monday, February 7, 2011

Playing Catch Up

Sorry I haven't posted in a while. Things have been kinda busy around here.

I'm not sure if you have heard, but we held a little game here last Sunday. So, just to catch you up on everything, here's what I've been up to.

About a week ago we went to the NFL Experience in Downtown Dallas.
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Poor Rominal. He's not going to like this at all. Don't let his big grin fool you.
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Actually, Rominal loves football. So he was quite pleased to be at the NFL Experience.

Our friend Steve tried on a Broncos outfit, because he's a big Broncos fan.
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This ball had special meaning. It was the ball from the Cowboys versus Steelers Super Bowl game back on January 28, 1996. It was the last time that the Cowboys have been in a Super Bowl. About two weeks later, Bailey was born.


Rominal thinks not.
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Here's me and Bailey - I've got a goofy smile, but oh well.
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A big part of the NFL Experience is where kids, and kids at heart, can try running formations or tossing the ball. Rominal had to try this out.

Here he is right before he runs his formation.
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And here he is running for the ball.
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We'll just assume he catches it, ok? Yeah, go with that.

Where's Rominal?
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Here's me again as a Cowboy. This is way more difficult than it looks, because I'm having to stand on this statue's feet in order to be tall enough to get my head over the shoulders. I'm really hanging on as best I can.
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They had a mock-up of a locker room and I got these shots of Bailey and Rominal.
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And now on for the weather related events.

Last week we had some ice, and some snow. It was pretty crazy.

First on Tuesday, we got a ton of ice. Everything was shut down - I stood in the doorway long enough to take this picture and that was it. You can see that our patio and grass is coated in ice.
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The ice stayed with us through the week. Then on Friday, we got snow. And a lot of snow for around here.
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Here's Rominal outside in our back yard. Hey, what's he doing with that snowball?
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Hey! Hey now! That is uncalled for!
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Yeah, well luckily I was standing inside taking pictures and I was not touched by snow. I know you were concerned.

We thought we would let Twister get a taste of the snow.
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He's not real sure what to think.
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I think he's starting to realize it's nice and warm inside, and not so much outside.
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Look at his little snow covered paws. So cute!
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All of the school districts closed on Tuesday through Friday, so the kids all enjoyed a nice, long weekend.

One last picture - from my front porch, because I too did not step food outside of the house.
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And of course, in typical Texas fashion, all of the snow has melted away and this is now just a memory. However, they are predicting snow again for Wednesday. I'll keep my fingers crossed.

Hope you are warm where you are!