Happy Feet

April 6, 2012


I had a glorious day at the bakery – 12 hours of fun work! But BOY are my legs exhausted. I really do feel as though I ran double digit miles. I came home and collapsed on the porch couch with my feet as high as possible.

They felt much, much better after a rest…until I had to stand up again! And wheeee, they get to do it again tomorrow : )

Sweet Karen wins Mother-In-Law of the Year for bringing us dinner tonight!


She made the taco salad recipe she made for Matt as a child. It’s very similar to the taco salads we make here except her version has a “fancy” meat sauce instead of just simple browned.


Recipe: Karen browns [grass-fed!] beef in a skillet and then drains it before adding 1/2 a cup of green peppers, 1 drained can of kidney beans, half a cup of any kind of BBQ sauce (the secret ingredient!),  a half tsp of cumin, cayenne to taste, and 8 ounces of shredded cheddar cheese. All stirred together and headed until it’s kind of a nacho-cheese chili.


It’s served over iceberg lettuce and blue corn chips with fresh chopped tomatoes, homemade guacamole (avocado, salt, lime juice mash) and greek yogurt!


Water in my wine glass!


Having not slept well last night, I am SO tired. I think a hot shower and my down comforter sound heavenly right about now!


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1 Molly @ RDexposed April 6, 2012 at 7:58 pm

Oh avocado and Geeek yogurt! Love smothering those on anything that I can.


2 Stephanie @ Legally Blinde April 6, 2012 at 8:02 pm

That was so nice of Karen. And a good thing that you didn’t have to prepare a dinner after your long day. Hope you can rest up and be ready for tomorrow :) Btw, my mom told me that she ordered a honey bunny from our local Great Harvest for Easter dinner! I’m so excited!


3 Presley @ Run Pretty April 6, 2012 at 8:06 pm

It’s crazy how long days can completely wipe you out when you’re pregnant. I’m beat just after a trip to the grocery store now haha


4 Cait's Plate April 6, 2012 at 8:13 pm

MAN does that taco salad looks good! Karen definitely wins MIL of the year award! And I just love how fabulous she’s looking these days – makes my heart swell with happiness :)


5 Allie@LiveLaughEat April 6, 2012 at 8:15 pm

Tacos without cheese?! Blasphemy!


6 KathEats April 6, 2012 at 8:18 pm

The cheese was in the beef sauce!


7 ~Christy @ wonderofallthings April 6, 2012 at 8:25 pm

Sleep well and sweet bunny dreams to you! :)


8 Kaila @healthyhelperblog! April 6, 2012 at 8:28 pm

Mmm I made taco salad for lunch today and it was delicious! Love me some guac and salsa!


9 Emily @LivingLongfellow April 6, 2012 at 8:30 pm

she’s so kind :) enjoy your rest tonight.


10 Becca April 6, 2012 at 8:39 pm

Oh wow they look delicious!! Great idea to cook the cheese in with the beef :)


11 Angel7 April 6, 2012 at 8:52 pm

How sweet and thoughtful of Karen to make you both dinner! It is like she can sense when you need a meal made :)



12 j3nn April 6, 2012 at 9:01 pm

Glad to hear you had a busy bakery day!! Busy = success :)

You need a pedicure, girl! I had the most amazing one today. You deserve it!


13 katie @KatieDid April 6, 2012 at 9:21 pm

mmm chip dinner, made that all the time back when I was learning to cook and it was one of our fancier meals we always looked forward to making.


14 The Healthy Apple April 6, 2012 at 9:36 pm

LOVE these pictures and the recipe. Yummy, Kath.


15 Liz April 6, 2012 at 10:28 pm

Yay for Karen bringing dinner! Looks delicious :)


16 dee April 6, 2012 at 10:32 pm

That taco salad looks super yum!


17 Khushboo April 6, 2012 at 10:46 pm

Karen has raised the bar for all mother-in-laws!!


18 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats April 6, 2012 at 10:52 pm

That was so thoughtful of Karen to make you all dinner! and it looks pretty good too! I hope you sleep better tonight!


19 Lexi @ Cura Personalis Foodie April 7, 2012 at 12:05 am

Love this taco salad idea ! I keep meaning to try greek yogurt as sour cream too


20 Averie @ Averie Cooks April 7, 2012 at 12:15 am

The taco salad looks great and those purple/blue corn chips are calling my name!


21 Laura Ann April 7, 2012 at 12:19 am

I think I need a Karen in my life!


22 JessicaE April 7, 2012 at 1:41 am

I’m 25 weeks pregnant today and work in retail so I really know how you feel about tired feet/legs. For me its not so much the moving around that tires my body out, its the standing still for long periods of time. Hips, lower back, legs, feet, oof! All unhappy after that :)


23 Lynn @ the actor's diet April 7, 2012 at 1:59 am

Happy feet, I got those happy feet…


24 Kayla April 7, 2012 at 6:45 am

wow i am definitely craving a taco salad right about now.. :)


25 Susan H. @ The Food Allergy Chronicles April 7, 2012 at 8:01 am

Wow! Yummy!


26 Nescett @ bananaoats April 7, 2012 at 8:03 am

Taco salad is one of my favorite meals. I love that you can make it pretty healthy but it’s in no way bland health food.


27 susan April 7, 2012 at 8:07 am

Just an FYI – take a bath or soak your feet using Epsom Salt – it helps soooo much with tired feet or muscles. I recently “rediscovered” it and it truly helps! Using it with a jet stream or whirlpool is even better.


28 KathEats April 7, 2012 at 8:08 am

I was dying to but I didn’t have any in the house!! (I used to do public relations for the Epsom Salt Council so I’m a big fan!)


29 Jeri April 7, 2012 at 9:16 am

I have been using your excel spreadsheet to get “my life” back in order, which includes a menu grocery shopping list. Guess what!?! I decided I was going to make Nachos this time for something different. I am sitting here making my list, checking for cabinets for ingredients and looking for coupons. Then I said to myself, “What’s Kath doing?” (As if I was going to call you or something). And I come to this post. OMGYUM! Tell Sweet Karen, best mother-in-law award winner that she has forever changed Taco Tuesday to Taco Nacho day! I think the kids will love this and I can sneak in veggies too. Yay me! yay Kath and double Yays to Karen!

You are THEEE FIRST R.D. who has ever made me see eating healthy can be fun and delicious. Thanks so much for making showing me the light.


30 KathEats April 7, 2012 at 9:20 am

Thanks so much Jeri!!


31 Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count April 7, 2012 at 10:07 am

Great Mother in Law you have there!


32 Zoe @ loseweightandgainhealth April 7, 2012 at 3:31 pm

That dinner looks amazing. I love all those flavours and it is so colourful with the purple/blue corn “chips”. One to add to the list of dinners to make.


33 Meghan April 8, 2012 at 3:37 am

When I was pregnant and On my feet a lot doing events I wore my compression running socks. They made a world of difference and I looked awesome with my bright colors sneaking out my jeans :)


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