Happiness Is…

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Happiness is Family Fun Week.  After having surgery last year during Spring Break, I really felt like I had cheated my children out of a week of fun, so I really wanted to make up for it this year.

Happiness is bowling with the littles.

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Happiness is Sea World.  It truly is a magical place for our family of five.

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Happiness is Texas Bluebonnets.  I find that I cannot see Bluebonnets or look back at pictures without smiling.  There is just something about the tradition that truly makes me happy.

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Happiness is The Lorax.  I wrote about how it was a defining moment for me, and I truly hope that I do not forget the feeling or the message that I took away from it.  Because, it did make me very happy.

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Happiness is a nature walk, a waterfall, dinosaur tracks, and a dip in the cool water at San Gabriel River.  I loved everything about the afternoon from the name of the river to the soaking wet clothes.  Happiness is watching my children be free little spirits and loving every second of it.

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Happiness is hearing, “This is the best Spring Break ever, Momma!”.

Have a happy weekend!  I am sure that you have noticed that recipes have been scarce this week.  While I do love cooking for my kids and sharing recipes, this week has been much more about playing with my kids and creating memories, which I love even more.  The recipes will definitely continue, as will sharing our journey, our story, our family fun.

 

Family Fun Day – Recipes: Tex-Mex Fish Tacos and Creamy Taco Sauce

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We decided to start our spring break a little early.   Sean had taken Friday off work so that we go could to Sea World.  Since it was rainy and cold, Sea World was out.  But, not being ones to let a little rain drag us down, we changed our plans and declared it Family Fun Day. We went to lunch. Photobucket Photobucket And, then we went bowling. Photobucket It was Summer and Ethan’s first time to bowl. They started with the little bowling rack and then advanced to rolling the ball all by themselves. Gabriel was the ultimate big brother, helping them with their first bowling adventure. Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Watching the littles bowl was the highlight of the trip.  They had so much fun.  Ethan was full of cheers and high-fives.  I loved his enthusiasm about it all. Photobucket And, watching Summer’s joyful heart, as she jumped, cheered, and gave it her all, was simply infectious. Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket After bowling, they played a few video games. Photobucket The finale of the day was a trip to Toys R Us, where they each picked out a toy, game or movie. Photobucket Truth be told, I was not feeling my best.  I had a little stomach bug on Thursday, and I was still feeling off on Friday.  However, it is amazing how Family Fun Day took my mind off of not feeling well.  My family has a way of bringing out the best in me, even on my not-so-good days. It is one of the many wonderful things about being a mom. I did not make these Fish Tacos on Family Fun Day, but I wanted to share them with you today because the day that I made them was an impromptu family fun in the kitchen day.   The littles were all in the kitchen with me, and we were listening to music, having a great time.  For some reason, I just had it all together that day, and everything was coming along magically…until…Ethan accidentally dumped salsa all over Dakota, our sweet dog. I did kind of freak out for a second because I was rolling out homemade tortillas, looking at salsa everywhere, and wondering how everything went from smooth sailing to chaos in .5 seconds.  But, somehow, someway, everything still came together.  I told Dakota to freeze, and she actually obeyed me.  The littles went to play.  I finished rolling tortillas.  And, then I bathed Dakota.  Miracle of all miracles is that dinner was still on the table by the time that Sean got home.  And by dinner, I mean, fish tacos, homemade spicy coleslaw, and delicious fresh tortillas.  Unicorns, rainbows, and fairies all must have appeared to pull that off.  Best of all…it was an absolutely amazing dinner.

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Tex-Mex Fish Tacos

Tex-Mex Fish Tacos

The fish portion of the fish tacos was inspired by a recipe that I found on All Recipes.

Ingredients

Fish Tacos

2 pounds tilapia fillets

3 cloves garlic, minced

1/4 cup olive oil

1 whole lime, juiced

3 tablespoons soy sauce

1 teaspoon chili powder

1 teaspoon cumin

Kosher salt, sprinkled over fish

Black pepper, sprinkled over fish

Toppings

Black beans, cooked

Frozen corn, cooked

Creamy taco sauce

Homemade tortillas

Instructions

  1. Combine olive oil, lime juice, soy sauce, chili powder, cumin and garlic.
  2. Sprinkle fish with salt and pepper, and place in a ziplock bag or large bowl.
  3. Pour marinade over fish, cover, and refrigerate for at least 15 minutes.
  4. Preheat broiler to high.
  5. Place foil on baking pan, and spray lightly with cooking spray.
  6. Add the fish, in a single layer, to the baking pan.
  7. Broil fish for 2-3 minutes, turn, and broil for another 2-3 minutes on the other side.
  8. While the fish is broiling, cook the black bean and corn.
  9. After the fish is cooked, and can easily flake with a fork, remove it to a platter. Using two forks, cut it into chunks.
  10. Serve in homemade tortillas with corn, black beans, and creamy taco sauce.
http://cookingformykids.com/2012/03/12/family-fun-day-recipes-tex-mex-fish-tacos-and-creamy-taco-sauce/

Creamy Fish Taco Sauce

Creamy Fish Taco Sauce

Ingredients

1/2 cup mayonnaise

1/2 cup sour cream

1/2 lime, juiced

1/2 jalapeno

Kosher salt, to taste

Ground black pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Place everything into a blender or food processor.
  2. Blend until smooth and creamy.
  3. Serve drizzled over fish tacos or on the side, as a dipping sauce.
http://cookingformykids.com/2012/03/12/family-fun-day-recipes-tex-mex-fish-tacos-and-creamy-taco-sauce/

I will share the recipes for the spicy coleslaw and homemade tortillas later this week.

Enjoy!

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