05 December 2016

Meal Plan Week #12

This was the stand out from last week:

Oven Baked Pork Tacos.

This is basically what they look like before we top them with our favorite fixin's like guacamole and pico de gallo. It's no secret, we LOVE our tacos in this family and we can easily have them once a week! We like them all: chicken, fish, pork, or beef. Typically, for years, we've eaten them on soft corn tortillas but lately, we've been OVEN BAKING them and the family always raves about them!
We use the Old El Paso Stand and Stuff Shells. They work perfectly for any kind of tacos. Just stuff them with your favorite meat and cheese and bake them at 425 for 12 minutes. It's like having tacos and chips, all in one! Plus, I like the portion control it gives us. The girls and I typically have 2 each while Morgan eats three. Zach might have one. They save in the fridge really well, too! Sometimes, I'll have leftovers for lunch the next day. They are super yummy and a twist on tacos for the fall and winter months when you don't mind turning on the oven. If you haven't baked your tacos recently, give it a try!  

Tip: Depending on the meat I'm using and how "wet" it is, I'll put refried beans on the bottom layer so the shells won't get soggy. Either way though, they come out delicious!
#weloveourtacos #weloveourmexicanfood

Meal Plan Week #12
  • Tamales!!
  • Sausage and Corn Chowder
  • BBQ Chicken Sandwiches
  • Japanese Fried Rice
  • Pizza

I get not one, but TWO free days of cooking this week with our tamales from the festival and pizza from Winco on Friday. I'm cooking for a crowd over the weekend so pizza on Friday is an easy treat!
And hey, it's December, so I'll take any help I can get! 😛

04 December 2016

Tamale Festival & Christmas Parade

We live in the City of Festivals and this one is a favorite each year!

Zach couldn't just sit on the curb and wait for the parade to start. He had to walk around and check out everything. He looks like such a big boy here!

There he goes, pushing his stroller around with Morgan following him.

The kids anxiously waiting for the parade to start.

So fun to be with friends!

Trick cars and low riders. Only in So. California!  

Karen & Hailey saved us a curb.

Love these two blondies in my life.

Hailey was giving Karen a back massage. Now that's a good friend!

He LOVED watching the marching bands!

And the horses!

And he spotted a fire truck!

Bounce house fun with Grace.

He kept doing these twisted sick moves in the bounce house. 😜

So far, he's never met a bounce house he didn't like.

And then he insisted on pushing his own stroller through the festival.

This is about as close as we get to a hometown parade in our neck of the woods. The bonus is that we get to eat award winning tamales afterwards. This year, we bought a dozen to take home and they were the best yet! The kids' favorites were the pineapple ones and Morgan and I loved the spicy pork!

So much for cooler weather. In years past, we've been COLD at the parade but this year, we could have worn shorts! We definitely had on too many layers. Oh, well!

Zach came home and immediately picked up his drum and started marching with it. So cute!! 
Fun memories at his first ever parade!

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