When Life Doesn’t Go As Planned

I have to admit–earlier this week, I was seriously thinking about quitting the blog thing.  I’m just not happy with my numbers–no non-spam comments, small number of views, etc.  The problem with that is that I’m not in the habit of quitting things easily.  I never have been.  Well some things.  Some things I quit pretty easily–like dieting.  Exercising.  Okay scratch that, maybe I quit about half of the things in my life, but that’s not the point.

Getting something started is even more difficult than keeping it going, though.  There are always those excuses running through my head: “I can’t, because I don’t have time.  I don’t have the money.  I don’t have the energy.  I’m not smart enough, beautiful enough…”  The list could go on forever.  You get the gist.

I can’t tell you how many times I thought I should just give up Thirty-One, because I don’t have the sales I want.  Heck sometimes I want to quit parenting.  (Who doesn’t?)

At the end of the day, the best laid plans don’t always work out.  For instance, I lay out my schedule all nice and neat at the beginning of the week, but here I am on Thursday evening, and I haven’t put much work into my blog, I haven’t booked nearly enough parties or talked enough about recruiting.  I haven’t done enough work for the church, and I haven’t done my filing.  Or the ironing.  Or finishing the laundry in general.

But that’s because I have two kids with ear infections.  And one got bitten by the dog yesterday when she shut him in our teeny tiny bathroom (who wouldn’t be claustrophobic in there with the door closed???)…so one thing leads to another, and I’ve lost countless hours of time that I could have been doing “more important things”.

Instead, I was a parent.  I sat with my little girl in the Emergency Room, stroked her hair, cleaned her wounds, gave her medicine, researched earache remedies (again), took temperatures, and got up in the middle of the night to snuggle.

So I suppose at the end of the day, it’s okay that I missed out on my business opportunities, my clean house, etc.  Because I got to spend some much-needed time with my kids.  There are so many more children out there who need that.

Taco Bake

Taco bake

Recently, it occurred to me that, at age 14, Cinderella needs to become responsible for helping to cook meals.  Not only will it help me, but it will also give her some responsibility while helping her learn some good recipes for the day when she is out on her own.  She was in the mood for tacos when we spoke about it, so she was all about taking over the Taco Bake recipe tonight.

Now, I can’t start this post without mentioning that I got this recipe from The Country Cook.  You can find her original post here.

1 pound ground beef
1 packet taco seasoning
* water as called for on back of seasoning packet
3 large flour tortillas (8-inch size)
1/2 cup Salsa Con Queso

1 1/2-2 cups shredded Mexican cheese blend
  • Brown beef, and drain excess grease.  We used meat directly fromTaco bake before baking the butcher, which didn’t have much fat, apparently, because there wasn’t much to drain off.  This is good news for my diet.
  • Add in taco seasoning (we used McCormick’s mild, low sodium) and water, following directions on back of seasoning packet.
  • Once the taco meat is ready, turn off heat and add in 1/2 cup salsa con queso.  We used Tostitos Smooth & Cheesy Dip so that it wouldn’t be so spicy.  This worked very well for our recipe!
  • Stir until thoroughly combined.
  • Preheat oven to 350F degrees.
  • Spray an 8-inch round baking pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Layer the bottom of  the pan with a flour tortilla.  (Ours were a little bigger than what were called for, but it worked out anyway).
  • Add about 1/3 of the ground beef taco filling on the the first layer, followed by 1/3 of the shredded cheese (generic worked just fine for this recipe).
  • Continue until you are done with all the layers: another tortilla, more taco mixture, more
  • Bake for about 15-20 minutes, until cheese is melted and edges are slightly golden brown.

This recipe went over very well at our house.  The only person who didn’t like it was Tinkerbell, and she doesn’t like anything.

Hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we did!