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Tex_Mex Chicken Salad

I have been in a big time funk with all things photography and social media lately. It’s a slow time- a time of figuring things out.

That’s ok.

We all need time to readjust.

Tried this recipe the other night- olders thought it was good, youngers needed an alternative.


Found the recipe here

Here it is


1/4 C white vinegar
2 Tbsp sugar
2 Tbsp vegetable oil
2 Tbsp minced onion
1 Tbsp taco seasoning mix
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp. ground cumin
1 Tbsp lime juice
1 Tbsp chopped fresh cilantro
2 C cooked chicken cubed
6 C lettuce (romaine and spring mix)
1 tomato, chopped
1 Can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 avocado, diced
1/2 C cheddar cheese, grated
tortilla strips for garnish


Combine all the ingredients and stir to mix.
Set aside until ready to serve
Combine all ingredients except for chips.
Toss with dressing.
Garnish with chips.

Tiffany - Looks good…we should catch up:)


Hannah - Yeah. I totally get you. I’m less and less on line anymore. I have zero desire for FB or instagram lately…I’m trying to force myself to blog for the kids, but even that is just blah to me. Work through your stuff, enjoy your time. I’m way happier offline than I am going through FB. I take more walks, play more games with the kids, bake more cookies…Hmm…maybe I should sign back on ;)

The salad looks awesome. My mom still works and she has a cafeteria at her work, they make everything fresh and organic if possible but they only make one meal each day. You either buy that thing they made or go somewhere else. Anyway, they made a salad the other day, so my mom got one… She requested raspberry vinaigrette. Which would have been fine…except it was a taco salad and she didn’t realize it. By the way, she says that tacos and raspberries don’t mix well ;)

Ranch Life

Teaching the boys how to feed a horse without getting your fingers bit off was kinda funny


Austin seemed the most interested in the horses. Blake and Max kept daring each other to eat a horse booger- I think they said the would do it for $50.


This horse is used by the boys 2nd cousin Emily- it’s a cutting horse. Which I’m not sure exactly what that means- but she had a cute pink bridle for him


This barn kitty was pretty cute


And the ranch dogs only wanted to fetch- over and over again



The twins were looking extra twinny in their red shirts


Not sure whats going on here


A couple rare shots of the first born


Lots more pics are still sitting on my memory card. I have been SO unmotivated lately. Need to get my groove back.

Hannah - I’m glad you had a chance to get away for Spring Break. I loved the pictures, the twins always crack me up…don’t they usually end up matching at least once during visits together?

I’ve been in a bit of a computer/iphone vacation. I had scheduled a few posts but only really got on to post Dmitry’s birthday post because I couldn’t skip it. I’m in a quiet phase

missy - LOVE the pictures of our pets and place!! So glad yall were to come out for a visit!! fyi~ a Cutting Horse is a horse that is trained to cut cows/calves away from the herd of cows, to keep the single cow away from the others for a 2.30 minute time period when competing in a Cutting Show. This would also be used in a ranch setting when trying to work cattle. My kids love to show their horses! Have a great day and can’t wait to see more pics, they’re great shots!!

Spring Break 2014

I have been so slow to even look at my pictures so I guess I will start with iphone


We rented an extra long Expedition for the trip which was great until we got a flat tire in Arkansas


Eva was fascinated by this dead deer on the side of the road while we waited for the tire to be changed.


They kept watch for predators


Then it was back on the road


And finally some Texas sunshine


We went to a mini family reunion- and had fun with the horses


Except for Max, who was afraid of them


Did some riding on Grandads Cushmans



Then it was down to Austin


Where Blake had his pre-dinner poolside


And Cole jumped in the freezing pool- for $3


The look-alike cousins


A cute pizza delivery boy


One of the best parts of the trip was hooking up with Chapel Hill friends


We spent a lot of time in the car- Blake learned the hard way that you shouldn’t fall asleep with your mouth open- Cole stuffed the strings of his sweatshirt in his mouth.


Hoping to go thru all my other pics soon!


I’m supposed to be packing but I wanted to pop in to give a house progress report!


Yesterday the front porch roof was built and today the metal is going on- can’t wait to see it.

Now I just need to decide the size of the two windows that are going in the middle.


So that’s where the house is right now.

Hannah - It. Looks. Awesome.

Elizabeth's - Looks great!!!

Spiced Bean Avocado Tacos

I haven’t made these in a while and I am not sure why. I LOVE them. My kids however do not. They are ok with beans but not the goat cheese and avocado.


I usually make the kids burritos when we have these- straight up refried beans and cheese.

This is the original recipe, from this blog.

Author: Erin Alderson
Recipe type: Vegetarian Main Course
Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 15 mins
Total time: 25 mins
Serves: 2

1 tablespoon coriander seeds
½ tablespoon cumin seeds
pinch dried pepper flakes
½ cup black beans, with liquids
1 avocado
1 teaspoon olive oil
juice and zest from ½ lime
2 teaspoons honey
¼ cup goat cheese
4 corn or flour tortillas*

Preheat Grill
In a dry skillet over medium-low heat, toast the coriander and cumin seeds for 2-3 minutes. Seeds should be fragrant and beginning to brown. Place in a pestle with dried pepper flakes and crush until spices are ground.
Return spices to the skillet and add ½ cup of black beans and liquids. Heat over medium low and let cook until liquids have cooked out, anywhere from 5-10 minutes. Taste and adjust pepper if needed.
Take avocado and slice in half. Brush with the one teaspoon of olive oil and place cut side down on grill. Let cook until lightly charred. Remove and carefully slice avocado out of skin.
To assemble tacos, place ¼ of the black bean mixture in the center of the tortilla, layer avocado and goat cheese on top. Finally, whisk together juice and zest from half a lime along with honey. Lightly drizzle over taco filling.

We don’t make them this way.

We buy seasoned black beans in a can, put sliced avocados on top and goat cheese on top of that. We use corn tortillas. It’s fast and easy and really really good.

If you try the above way- let me know!

Hannah - These look so good. Neither of my kids are big on beans, but these look yummy to me!