Monday, September 15, 2008

Our Favorite Recipie

I took the kids into Jewel with me and in the canned veggie aisle, I noticed our favorite tomatoes were buy one get one free. They’re Red Gold brand petite diced olive oil and garlic flavor and we call them ‘magic tomatoes’ because whatever we add them to seems to taste incredible (even salad!). These tomatoes created the Tiki Taco base dish and I said we should make it for dinner. Mattie and Wolfie started chanting, ‘Tiki Taco Dilla, Tiki Taco Dilla’ to the conga line beat like we usually do at home when we're making it. All the ladies in the aisle were laughing, but quietly and to themselves. Funny that no one asked me for the recipe though. Here it is for you:

Tiki Taco Dilla Mix
1 pound ground beef
1/2 packet Taco seasoning mix
1 can Red Gold Petite Diced Tomatoes, Olive Oil & Garlic

Brown ground beef and drain. Sprinkle Taco seasoning liberally and stir to coat beef evenly. Stir in tomatoes and heat about five more minutes.

The Options:
Make Nachos with it (tortilla chips, cheese & sour cream)
Make a "Pie" by layering with cheese and flour tortillas
Make a casserole with mix on the bottom, then some cheese and cornbread mix
Make Quesadillas
Make 'hamburger helper' by adding cooked pasta

If you think of some more, let me know.

Tuesday, September 09, 2008


At bedtime Mattie asked me if God made just one sunflower or a whole bunch. I almost responded with ‘God makes all the flowers’ when I realized what she was really asking. Wow! Her brain just amazes me. Later I asked if she had talked to God that day and she said she prayed for the rain (at Grama’s filling the backyard) to stop and she forgot to fold her hands and it ‘worked’ anyway. This led to a discussion of God not being magic and granting wishes, but helping us to get things for ourselves. We also talked about the good gifts God does give and how they last forever. Such deep discussions with my FOUR-year old -