I had a great Tuesday, a terrific Tuesday. I was able to run downriver for a few hours to spend time with Nikki and Eric. There is no denying Eric loves his time with his momma and there is no denying Nikki is a terrific mother. These two are a team, with the exception of work and school, where one goes the other follows.
It was a good day for Eric too and not just because we were able to spend time together. Today was Parent/Teacher conferences and the teacher told Nikki Eric is doing well, he’s on target.
Remember when I posted in a blog a conversation that Eric and I had about school? I had asked Eric how school was going and he looked at me and very seriously said “Grandma they are teaching me how to play, we play all day.” Well that’s not entirely true he is learning a lot, quickly and I think that what he assumes is “playing” is really a method his teacher uses for getting the kids to learn. She gets things out of him that we can’t get him to sit still for.
Today Eric and I worked on his homework, this week is “B” week. We went through magazines and Eric had to cut out photo’s that began with the sound of “b.” He did really well, we got quite a few pictures cut but he does get bored easily. I was actually surprised that he gets homework! Not opposed, just surprised, I think it’s a good idea, it gets the parents involved as well.
We had a good visit today, it’s one of the positives about being home….unscheduled, spontaneous get-together’s, unexpected or planned visits and outings. Being able to attend afternoon school functions with the grandbabies. All good stuff.
Another good thing was coming home to dinner already cooking. I put the “Slow Cooker Beef Taco’s” on before I left and when I walked through the door the aroma was unbelievable. My mouth watered and my stomach growled….it smelled just like a mexican restaurant. I found this recipe on Plain Chicken; http://www.plainchicken.com/2010/01/slow-cooker-beef-tacos.html who I believe found it originally through Southern Living.
At first glance it looked like we weren’t going to get very many taco’s out of the meat, but once we took out the chunks of beef and shredded it I knew we were going to have a lot left over which isn’t a bad thing, Walt will take them to work.
The tacos were actually quite tasty just a few things to note next time I make them:
- Add more red pepper flakes to give it a little more kick
- Make plain rice to use up all the sauce, there is a lot of it
Walt liked them and even though he said his favorite is the ground beef version the man ate six hard shell taco’s. Before you say “WOW” let me share that Walt had a slight lunch “oh-oh” moment yesterday. On Monday night Walt packed his lunch for Tuesday, he made up two Tupperware containers with mashed potatoes and two with the cubed steak. One set was supposed to go with Walt for his lunch, the other set either for me for lunch or for Walt to take later in the week.
When Walt got to work yesterday and went to put his lunch in the refrigerator he discovered that he took both of the mashed potato containers and left the cube steak container in our refrigerator at home. His lunch was mashed potatoes, just mashed potatoes. By the time Walt arrived home for dinner, he was pretty hungry which explains the six taco’s.
If you love mexican food and are looking for a dish you can put together quickly and easily and let it cook all day…this is the recipe for you, you won’t be disappointed.
Slow Cooker Beef Taco’s
What You’ll Need
1.5- 2 pounds Boneless beef chuck roast, cut into 1-inch cubes (I used beef stew meat)
1 teaspoon Salt
1 tablespoon Chili powder
1 (6-oz.) can Tomato paste
2 cups Beef broth
1 small White onion
1 (8-oz.) can Tomato sauce
2 Garlic cloves, minced
- Sprinkle beef evenly with salt.
- In a bowl, combine remaining ingredients except tortillas.
- Stir to combine.
- Place beef in a slow cooker; cover with the tomato mixture.
- Cook on HIGH 4 hours or on LOW 8 hours (longer the better) or until beef is tender.
- Serve with warm tortillas and desired toppings.