I keep telling myself that I need to get back on the regular blogging bandwagon. And then weeks go by, I realize that I missed another prompt monthly update.... we eat food that I want to share, but I forget to take pictures of it, Davis turns a month older, the boys do lots of cute things...some not so cute things and then I start the whole process all over over again.
We are back to newborn-like sleepless nights. There are so many things I don't want to forget at this stage of time. Yet it seems, some days the grogginess wins and I kick myself for not jotting down cute sayings or funny interactions between my brood.
There are lots of things I wish I could get done with my days. It seems to be the endless battle of prioritizing, tossing my daily lists over my shoulder, and choosing to endure another day of messiness in order to embrace the tantrums and sweetness.
It's just the way it is right now. Some days I look around and get incredibly overwhelmed by the cluttered counters, the stray baby wipes, the endless stream of random blocks, chopsticks taped to my walls (????), wikki sticks, and beautiful artistry that gather amongst my living room. Thankfully, the bathrooms stay pretty good and sanitized thanks to my littlest who loves to splash and play, and my middle who is desperately trying to be a big boy and take #2 matters into his own hands....literally. So that's a plus. :)
But nestled deep between the dust filled floor boards, there are little nuggets of beauty. Such as how Cole adds a "D" to certain words, like "Demember" (remember). I always want to "demember" that. Or when Davis fell (again) and gave himself a nice goose egg without even shedding more than two tears... I told him, "wow, you are one tough cookie!" A few minutes later Bennett waltzes on by, looks at Davis and goes, "you are a tough Christmas cookie...with sprinkles" Cole calls the Incredible Hulk the Incredible Hook. And both older boys are always asking their daddy to do "The MACHO Man" Which I guess is...or was? a real wrestler. And then they do wrestling things like drop kicks (?) and such. And Bennett gets so excited his whole body shakes and he sticks out his lips...because that makes him look tougher...and he talks in his lowest, most threatening voice.
Such wonderful little, laughable nuggets.
There have been so many other cute conversations and mispronounced words and I think I will have them locked in my treasure chest heart, only to find that I can barely remember what day it is, let alone what was said 5 minutes ago....
I don't make New Year's resolutions.....have never been a fan. But my goal this year is to stop and make notes more. Because those nuggets of gold, those sweet interactions, hilarious sayings, and kind interactions are the things I want to be able to look back on over and over. And laugh until tears form, instead of forming tears from all the things I wish I had more time to change or remember why I walked into a room.
So with all that said (and I'm reaching for a way to tie in food to this post) I want to "Demember" these meals, because they were a hit with picky and non-picky eaters alike. That is definitely something to take note of, because it doesn't always happen very often. (Success).
If you only make one thing from this list, make this. Please.
Tradtional Tejano Carne Guisada (Picture credit The Food Charlatan)
So yummy, so good, so much flavor....so easy. . The hardest part in making this was browning the beef before tossing it into the pot. (Oh, and I seem to have trouble using only one pot and not burning everything on the bottom when frying in batches. So i just used a big skillet to brown the meat, and then tossed it in my trusting Le Creuset dutch oven after cooking the onions. And then I channeled my inner 50's housewife vibe as I allowed the smells to waft throughout the entire house while I waltzed over to give it a stir ever so often. I whole heartily agree with eating it with avocado, we wrapped in tortilla's with guacamole, and sour cream...but I ate the leftovers with just sliced avocado and enjoyed it just as much.
Recipe Link HERE
Spicy Thai Noodles
Ok, maybe make the first recipe and then make this the next night. The great thing about these noodles is that you can throw in whatever veggie you want. I still have yet to make them with zucchini OR mushrooms. I have added shredded carrots and red bell pepper and some chicken. The second time I doubled the sauce, and they were even better. This is one of those super fast, just throw it together kind of meals. Love it. LOVE.IT.
Recip Link HERE
Healthy Mexican Casserole
Have i shared this already? I feel like I have, but then couldn't find it in past posts. Either way, it's good. I was hesitant the first time I made it because I had made something that looked similar riiiiight about the time I found at I was pregnant with Davis. And then two days later I found myself hugging the toilet for the next 20 something weeks. And even the thought of such a casserole made my tummy turn. So I almost didn't give this a shot....and thought surely it would be snubbed by the littlest food connoisseurs....because you know....that's what they do. Low and behold, both scarfed it down and I quote, said "you should make this everyday!" And they actually ate it for lunch the next day.....leftovers hardly ever fly when I suggest them for lunch.
Recipe Link HERE
Chicken Tamale Soup
And then because I always seem to be on a soup kick and apparently a Mexican flare kick.....this. While I didn't necessarily think it tasted like a tamale. It was soooooo flavorful, filling. and stick-to-your-bones substantial. Gotta love that you get to make your own enchilada sauce as well. Which, by the way I don't think i will ever buy enchilada sauce again. I need to share the recipe I always whip up. It's so stinkin easy, so cheap (especially if you buy the gigantic sized container of chili powder for Costco) and you don't get that tin taste that a lot of the store bought come with. If you like enchilada or fiesta chicken soup, and soup that doesn't lack flavor, you are going to LOVE this one. Also great leftovers. Bonus.
So there you have it. My favorite recipes from my dazed days. Let me know what you think. Enjoy!