Summer is here! Yesterday we even went to the beach. There is a state park about 10 minutes away from where we live that has a nice beach. The kids played in the sand, played on the playground, and enjoyed the water. I am looking forward to more days like this as the summer goes by. Unfortunately, I think they will be few and far between. I can’t believe how full our calendar is this summer. We were supposed to move this weekend, but that has been pushed back a couple weeks. I already had a great line-up of guest posters set up, so for the next couple weeks I will be featuring some of my favorite bloggers.
I am also in the process of setting up a bake sale auction to help raise money for the High Park Fire victims in Fort Collins. The auction will be on July 8th. I have 25+ amazing bloggers donating some great items for you to bid on. I also have some great raffle prizes! Le Creuset, Green Mountain Coffee, Kerrygold Cheese…… Mark your calendars and make sure to come back on the 8th!! If you are interested in donating, let me know, I still have a couple slots left.
I can’t leave you empty handed before I go! I have Pork Carnitas! These are perfect for summer. They are made in the crock pot. You might think that is strange for summer, but think about it. No oven, gives off very little heat, you get to enjoy the beach while dinner cooks? Sounds like a win to me. So go pour yourself a drink, and have these for dinner
A friend sent me this recipe, that she got from a friend, so I have no idea what the source is. You can serve these with whatever toppings you like. I did traditional taco toppings: cheese, tomatoes, lettuce, guacamole etc. I also have plans for the leftovers, so stay tuned.
A couple weeks ago we went out to lunch to celebrate my husband’s birthday. We were at Red Robin, and they had a display for shrimp tacos, that sounded interesting. My husband asked if I could make them at home? I could try, based on the description, but seeing as now neither of us has tasted them, it would be a little tricky. So I got out my phone, took a picture of the display, and used that to make the tacos.
The description said “Ancho-seasoned sauteed shrimp wrapped into three flour tortillas. Topped with fresh avocado slices, shredded cabbage, diced tomato, and drizzled with a chipotle lime sauce.” Well, I came up with something we both really liked. I have no idea how it compares. Probably not even close, because I didn’t use all the butter and oil that I am sure they did. This was relatively healthy, and a quick dinner. Lots of flavor from the shrimp and the sauce. My sauce ended up a little spicy, so if you aren’t big on heat, cut down on the amount of peppers in the sauce.
Tonight is the last night in our house. The movers come tomorrow to load up everything, and then we are on our way to Colorado. My son’s teacher is throwing him a going away party at school today. He is very excited for that, but he really is going to miss all of his friends and his teacher. He is such a sensitive little boy, I feel bad for him today. It is sad to leave everyone, but what is to come is so exciting. Unfortunately, at age 6 you just don’t understand that. He is very excited to get to see Daddy again, and for the separation to be over. That part has been harder on him than I ever thought it would be.
In my mission to clean out my kitchen I came up with these little Taco Cups. I had leftover Wonton Wrappers and Taco Meat. I thought the Wontons would make a great “shell”. They didn’t get as crispy as I would have liked, but I think my impatience was the problem there. There isn’t really a recipe here, so I will just tell you what I did.
I filled muffin tins with 2 wonton wrappers each.
I laid them at angles, so all of the sides were covered.
Spray with nonstick spray, and bake at 400 degrees for about 10 minutes.
You have to watch them, so they don’t burn.
Fill with whatever toppings you want!
I picked Taco Meat, Cheese, Guacamole
, and Tomatoes.
I mixed the warm taco meat and the cheese together, so the cheese was nice and melted.
You could add in black beans, corn, salsa, black olives…the possibilities are endless!
This made for a quick lunch, so I could get back to packing!
This would make a fun appetizer for a party too! You could set up a little “bar” and everyone could pick their own toppings. I love serving fun, finger foods at parties. It always seems like everyone has more fun!
Posted in Dinners
Tagged mexican, tacos