Unwind, Rewind

September 19, 2008

Great relaxing night tonight!! I didn’t get very much studying done today, which means I have some stuff to do tomorrow, my free day πŸ˜₯ But hopefully I can knock them off in the morning. I finished my projects around 6:30 and started on dinner. I asked myself what I was in the mood for while in Trader Joe’s this morning and tortilla chips came to mind, which made me crave Taco Salad . I put some lean ground beef in the cart and dinner was underway.

I cracked open a Cottonwood Pumpkin Ale and turned on my favorite weekend cooking music: Taylor Hicks’s CD! His season was the only American Idol season I’ve ever watched, and I just loved his style. His CD is awesome! I think some of my happiest moments come on Friday nights when I sip a drink while listening to music and cooking something special.


Our taco salads were quite the assembly. While they had lots of parts, it really wasn’t that hard of a meal to cook –

  • Romaine lettuce on the bottom
  • Then a pile of ground beef (with chilli powder, garlic powder, paprika, cumin, oregano, and red pepper flakes) with some frozen corn, fresh tomato, fresh green pepper and jalapeno.
  • Then a pile of homemade guac – avocado, tomato, cumin, lime juice and jalapeno.
  • Then some homemade queso sauce made with nutritional yeast (Recipe here – it’s great!)
  • Then a dollop of greek yogurt and some hot sauce on top
  • And lastly, some flax tortilla chips


Taco salad night is perhaps my favorite meal my mom used to make when I was in high school. She taught me to put plain yogurt on instead of sour cream for more nutrients!


Since it was movie night, we started Then She Found Me with dinner. It was still romantic!


He was a happy camper to have dinner all ready when he got home!


Unfortunately the movie was HORRIBLE . I hated it. Boring plot, bad characters, blah. Now I really wish I’d taken all of your advice and gone back for another!

I had the last big meringue for dessert – but I got a tub of tiny ones at TJ’s today – and also had a few of those!


Not sure what’s in store for the rest of the night. Maybe a little House Hunters! I’m getting tired though – I’ve been up since 5!

I noticed when VeggieGirl went into my spam folder today that a few more of your comments were in there. I get so much spam that it’s impossible for me to sort through it all, so if you notice that your comment is not up, please email and let me know so I can go hunt it down!!

Night all 8)

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1 Andrea September 19, 2008 at 8:54 pm

omgomg i was actually in LA on vaca with a friend when they were filming that american idol and i met Taylor Hicks!!!! he was SOOOOOOOO nice and let us take lots of pics with him :) yay!!

pumpkin beer seems to be the new thing! i need to try some soon!! i love the decor of your house by the way. and hubby looks too cute on the sofa πŸ˜‰


2 bobbi September 19, 2008 at 8:59 pm

yum…I love taco Tuesdays, I might just have to try your yummy taco salad to mix it up a bit!


3 Biz319 September 19, 2008 at 9:13 pm

That taco salad looks so good! It sucks when you have a night off and the movie isn’t good!

Maybe pay per view?


4 Laura September 19, 2008 at 9:24 pm

I liked Taylor Hicks too. :)

Do you like that brand of pumpkin ale? I’ve yet to try that one.


5 haya September 19, 2008 at 9:36 pm

i know this was discussed a lot before, but i came across this article that is a retaliation on the ridiculous HFCS ads on tv.

what do you think?


6 Jessica September 19, 2008 at 9:44 pm

Yum, taco salad! Great idea to use a bed of lettuce instead of a bed of chips!


7 Ruby Red Vegan September 19, 2008 at 9:48 pm

I love that you ate by the coffee table with a movie! Too bad the movie didn’t turn out so great. Yay for your dinner! It doesn’t happen often, but I was in a Mexican-style food mood today too and had two variations of beans + tortilla + guac fix for lunch and dinner…

Don’t stress too much during your free day tomorrow! It’s always disappointing to not get as much studying done as you’d like, though.

Haha, and it made me so happy that you looked at my blog! I am so silly about things like that!

Have a good night!


8 Kate(the teenager) September 19, 2008 at 9:57 pm

Hey Kath!! Great news, the “stress fracture” wasn’t a stress fracture after all. My flat feet were just causing me problems. I got custom orthotics and if you want to plan a run this fall, I’m up for it!!


9 Amber September 19, 2008 at 10:47 pm

Aww the husband and I taylor hicks! love your house, your style is too cute, and mmm makes me want taco salad! yum!


10 Amber September 19, 2008 at 10:48 pm

Oh and I love the spicy version of those flax chips, my favorite treat.


11 Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food) September 19, 2008 at 11:04 pm

That taco salad looks good!


12 sousa September 19, 2008 at 11:21 pm

Your blog showed up in my google alerts for Taylor Hicks.
Some wonderful recipes here, I think I’m going to be a regular.
So many older blogs to look at.
For anyone that missed it , you can still get Taylors cd at amazon.
And his new Early Works at target.
I love listening to him.
Now for the Chocolate, Coffe Kitchen, my two favorites.


13 madison (follow my weigh) September 20, 2008 at 2:38 am

yum, pumpkin beer does sound good…it reminds me of butter beer (or was it rum?) from harry potter…

i hate spam too!!


14 Christie I. September 20, 2008 at 6:58 am

Yum, taco salad is one of my favorites!


15 caitlin (seebriderun) September 20, 2008 at 7:11 am

sorry your movie was bad, but it looks like you had a nice night nevertheless!


16 cath September 20, 2008 at 7:24 am

Yep, I too got your blog through a Taylor Hicks Google Alert. Love the man’s music and love to watch him perform, but I am also going to come back here and check out the recipes. I think Taco Salad may be on the menu for next week.



17 VeggieGirl September 20, 2008 at 7:37 am

Ahh, too bad about the movie :-( But hooray for a relaxing evening and a delicious taco salad!! :-)

Also wanted to reiterate to you how relieved I am that my comment was not meant to be spammed – I was worried!


18 Jenny September 20, 2008 at 7:37 am

I love taco salads! And how wise of your mom to teach you to use yogurt instead of sour cream :)

Sorry about the movie, at least you know now! Good luck studying! :)


19 Gina September 20, 2008 at 8:34 am


I think you would love Miss Pettigrew for a day and it is out now. Right up your alley in terms of period pieces, but also a comedy!


20 Shelby September 20, 2008 at 9:09 am

Aww I love the dinner set up, it’s so romantic!

I’ve never tried taco salad, it looks tasty =)


21 Katrina September 20, 2008 at 9:18 am

I do like Taylor Hicks, but come on, you live in North Carolina and the most amazing AI lives there–Mr. Clay Aiken! Been following him around (to his concerts, and Spamalot, etc) since he started his journey.
Also, just wanted to tell you that I LOVE your black and white furniture!
And love your taco salad, minus onion! I made taco pizza last night with the same things you used, but put it on thin whole wheat crust. It was good!


22 ModelBehavior September 20, 2008 at 10:21 am

haya, thanks for the article! I have been looking for some kind of retaliation on these commercials!


23 Kath September 20, 2008 at 10:25 am

Laura ,
Love the Cottonwood pumpkin ale, but I thin it’s only available in NC since it’s brewed just north of Charlotte.

This is what I said on the topic last week:
I did see the HFCS commercial and rolled my eyes, because of course the whole campaign is sparked by the quest for money. But I agree with scientist that HFCS is really just sugar syrup – it’s not like trans-fat (which HAS been proven to have negative health effects) or artificial sweeteners (which MAY have potential side effects). But I think the lesson learned is that whole fruits have none of them :)

Kate(the teenager),
Great news!! Happy running :)

sousa + cath ,
Welcome to KERF! I saw Taylor in concert 2 4th of July’s ago – he’s great :)

madison (follow my weigh),
Someone NEEDS to make butter beer!!!! I imagine it like a Werthers Orignial with alcohol.

Katrina ,
I’m not a Clay fan because I didn’t watch that season…But Kellie Pickler is also from just down the road!! I saw her sing her song about going to Nashville before some concert (can’t remember the headline) and it was sooo emotional and good live knowing she was from the area – she started bawling and could barely finish.



24 Laurie September 20, 2008 at 12:41 pm

Got this blog through my Taylor Hicks Google alerts. And now I’m off to find pumpkin ale! So glad to hear from his fans. He really is an amazing performer.


25 Amy November 25, 2008 at 9:52 pm

I just caught this–I saw that movie and expected it to be so much better; it seemed like an interesting idea and a friend of mine really liked it but it was not good. I did read the book (after I saw the movie), which was good and completely different from the movie.


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