Cinco de Mayo Food, Family, and Fun – Recipe: Corn Salsa

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We celebrate Cinco de Mayo with my sister’s family every year.  It is a tradition that we all love.  There is Mexican food, a pinata, decorations, a lot of laughter, and good, family fun.  Something special…or different…seems to happen each year that make me remember that specific Cinco de Mayo.  And, I love that.  I love that we have created a tradition for our family that is so much fun that the memories remain with us year after year.

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Another thing that I love…When I asked Gabriel if he knew what happened this weekend.  He smiled and said, “Cinco de Mayo!”  While sometimes a little bit of work goes into creating a lot of fun, it is so, so worth it to see that the memories we are creating make such a big impact on our children.

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My sister and I had a quick phone call on Sunday that started with, “We  have not discussed our plans for Cinco de Mayo yet.”  I immediately told  her what all I wanted to make, as well as what decorations I already had.  And, she told me what she was headed to the store to buy.  Our plan was put into motion, and we were both giddy.  Yes, it makes people laugh when we tell them how much we love to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, but that is just part of the fun of it all.  It is a tradition that dates back to when Summer was just 3 weeks old, so this will be our 6th year to celebrate it.  It makes me excited just thinking about.

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As I have been planning our menu, I thought of many different things that would be great.

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Mexican Pizza would be a great appetizer.  You could make it into a rectangle shape and cut it into small pieces to serve.

Chips and Queso is always a hit,

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Especially when you add in a little Pico de Gallo.

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This Black Bean Dip is delicious, too. The last time I made it for a get-together, it was a huge hit.

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We are having fajitas, and, if I have time, I really want to make these homemade Texas Flour Tortillas.

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I really think that these Stuffed Jalapenos would be good inside a fajita. I might just have to give it a try.

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And, I am definitely making this Corn Salsa. After drooling over it when I read the amazingly talented Jessica’s blog post, I knew that I needed it in my life very, very soon. I actually made it that weekend, and it was everything that I dreamed it would be. I am sure that you have visited How Sweet It Is on at least one occasion…or maybe you are like me and stalk it multiple times per week. I love her recipes and adore the humor in her blog posts. She creates amazing food, and this Corn Salsa is no exception. If it is making it to our Cinco de Mayo menu, then it must be pretty special, because we do not let just any food make the cut on a day that is so fun for our family.

Corn Salsa

Corn Salsa

Ingredients

1 12-ounce bag of frozen sweet yellow corn, defrosted and drained

2 jalapenos, diced

1/2 red onion, finely chopped

3/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped

2 limes, juiced

1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

Instructions

  1. Combine corn, jalapenos, onion, and cilantro in a bowl, and gently mix together.
  2. Pour in the lime juice, salt, and pepper, and mix thoroughly.
  3. Serve with chips, fajitas, burritos, or tacos.
http://cookingformykids.com/2012/05/01/cinco-de-mayo-food-family-and-fun-recipe-corn-salsa/

Enjoy!

Weekend Things – Recipe: Mexican Pizza

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We had a great weekend, one that started with the usual, added in a little busy, and ended with an appropriate mix of fun family relaxation.

1.  We had our typical Pizza and Movie Night on Friday.  We did not have a new movie that we wanted to watch. Since Gabriel is re-reading Harry Potter, he wanted to watch Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, and we happily agreed on that one.  We never get tired of watching Harry Potter, and Summer has started enjoying it in small bursts, too.  She can never sit through the whole movie, but she came into to snuggle for the last hour.

2.  A relaxing Friday night changed very quickly into a busy Saturday morning that started with an alarm that startled me awake, convinced that something was wrong.  Why else would my phone be ringing at 6:30 am on a Saturday?  Oh, yes, it was the alarm that I set for Gabriel’s 8 am soccer game.

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3.  The soccer game was fun, and we enjoyed our oldest boy win his last game of the season.

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4.  After I did some work in the yard and garden, my sweet husband let me take a 2-hour nap Saturday afternoon while he guarded the bedroom door and kept the house quiet for me.  And, as if the nap was not enough, he also cooked a delicious beef and vegetable stir-fry for dinner.  It is all of the little things that combine into one big thing that makes me love him so much.

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5.  Sunday found us eating our normal late breakfast, enjoying the beautiful day, and listening to the littles and their cousins play in our sun room most of the day.  While we were not ready for the weekend to end, it was definitely a nice ending to a weekend that had a perfect mix of busy and relaxing.

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6.  I also made some yummy food this weekend, which I will be sharing throughout the week.  One of my favorite things was this Mexican Pizza.  I was so tired after soccer that it occurred to me at around 11 am that I needed to determine what to feed the family.  I could not believe that I had not planned better.  Then, I remembered that I did have a plan.  Leftover pizza dough plus leftover taco meat equals Mexican Pizza.  I love it when leftovers create something fantastic, which was definitely the case with this Mexican Pizza.

Mexican Pizza

Mexican Pizza

Ingredients

Pizza dough

Refried beans

3/4 pound taco meat

1 cup corn, cooked

2 cups cheese

1 jalapeno, diced

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 500.
  2. Prepare a pizza sheet or baking pan by spraying it with cooking spray.
  3. Roll or push the dough out with your hands, making a giant circle or rectangle.
  4. Bake for 5 minutes.
  5. Remove from the oven, and spread the refried beans on the dough.
  6. Add the taco meat to the beans, making sure to completely cover the beans, creating a 2nd layer of toppings.
  7. Sprinkle the corn on top of the taco meat.
  8. Sprinkle the cheese all over corn.
  9. Sprinkle the diced jalapenos all over the cheese.
  10. Bake for 10-12 minutes.
  11. Serve with salsa and sour cream.
http://cookingformykids.com/2012/04/30/weekend-things-recipe-mexican-pizza/

Have a great week!

I linked up at the following:

Add a Pinch for Mingle Monday

Mrs. Happy Homemaker for Makin’ You Crave Monday

Delightffully Dowling for Mangia Mondays

Field Trip Fun – Recipe: Taco Soup

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After a busy, fun weekend, I was not ready to see the weekend come to a close.  Fortunately, my mother stayed with us an extra day and did not leave until Monday.

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Ethan had his field trip on Monday, and, even though siblings were allowed to attend, my mother offered to keep Summer so that I could enjoy the day with Ethan.  Since the littles started school, I have never had the opportunity to have a one-on-one field trip.  I usually have at least two, if not all three, littles with me.  As wonderful as those memories have been, I was very happy to have the special time with Ethan yesterday.

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We went to Inner Space Caverns, and it was so much fun to explore the cave through Ethan’s eyes.  He had apparently listened to the other children, so he was a bit frightened at first to head down into the dark.  But, he quickly became fascinated with all of the formations that surrounded us.

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It was quite a hike down into the cave, which made the journey back up all up hill, with the final stretch being quite steep.  It was good physical and occupational therapy for Ethan, so I considered it a very well-rounded day.

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After meeting up with his class for some pictures, we left early to meet my mother and Summer for lunch before my mom had to head back out of town.  Then, I did something that I hardly ever do.  I put a movie on for Summer and Ethan and took a nap.  I was just exhausted, and I knew that I still had to make it through a busy evening that included soccer practice.

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Since we are not big on fast food or dining out, when we have busy days, I always try to plan ahead so that we still have a hot dinner on the table.  While we did not have this Taco Soup for dinner last night, it is a perfect soup for busy days that start with a field trip and end with evening soccer practice.  It is so easy to put together, and it can easily heat up on the stove while everyone is grabbing those last minute pre-dinner showers.

Taco Soup

Taco Soup

Ingredients

1-2 pounds hamburger meat

1 tablespoon chili powder

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes

1/2 teaspoon paprika

1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1 teaspoon black pepper

1 can Bush's Chili Beans, with juice

1 can kidney beans, drained and rinsed

1 12 ounce package frozen corn

16 ounces beef broth

1 10 ounce can Rotel tomatoes, blended

2 15 ounce cans diced tomatoes, blended

Shredded cheese, optional

Cilantro, optional

Sour cream, optional

Instructions

  1. In a large cooking pan, brown the ground beef.
  2. Drain and return to the pan.
  3. Add all of the seasonings, mixing together until just combined.
  4. Pour in both cans of beans, the corn, the beef broth, and the blended tomatoes.
  5. Stir together, and simmer for 30 minutes.
  6. Test to see if you want to add additional spices. This one is mild so that the littles can eat it.
  7. Spoon into bowls, and top with shredded cheese, cilantro, and sour cream.
http://cookingformykids.com/2012/04/03/field-trip-fun-recipe-taco-soup-2/

Enjoy!

I linked up at the following:

BruCrew Life for Trick or Treat Tuesday

Naptime Creations for Tasty Tuesday Party

Blessed with Grace for Tempt My Tummy Tuesday

Mandy’s Recipe Box for Totally Tasty Tuesdays

Chef in Training for Tuesday Talent Show

33 Shades of Green for Tasty Tuesdays