Thursday, October 14, 2010

Taco Soup & Apple Nachos (Recipes)

Yesterday was such a beautiful day with temperatures finally agreeing with the calender.  After a half-day of kindergarten and preschool for the little ones, we loaded up the van and headed to the park in town.  Unfortunately, I forgot the camera. The irony here is that I never seem to forget the big DSLR, but since my husband took it to Washington, D.C. with him I have the little, convenient, point and shoot and keep forgetting it!  So, no park pictures.

Instead, I'll grace you with the photos I took of our "Mexican" Fall meal.  I apologize in advance for the crummy food photos...I even read a blog post on how to shoot food shots...and still found it a challenge! 

Our dinner last night was Taco Soup.  I found the recipe at Mennonite Girls Can Cook.  I thought it turned out delicious, but I think my husband might find it too bland.  He is a spicy eater!  The jury is still out on the little ones...Mary liked the taco meat and corn, but not the beans.  Ben liked the taco meat and beans, but not the corn.  And since I'm not a mama that cooks to "special order", I found myself straining bowls of soup to get my somewhat picky eaters to eat.  They both agreed that putting their own cheese and sour cream on the top was fun.

After dinner, I had a special treat nachos.  If you haven't seen these floating around in blog-land yet you are missing out!  This treat is especially fun for the little ones.  I discovered the recipe from Monica over at The Homespun Heart during her "Make Your Home a Haven Day 2.

"The 'goodies' for making Apple Nachos!"

"Thinly slice those apples!"

"The final product."  Yum!
Recipe for Apple Nachos (adapted from Taste of Home recipe)

2 Apples thinly sliced
Drizzle of Caramel ice cream topping
3 Tbsp. of mini chocolate chips
3 Tbsp. of chopped dry roasted peanuts
1 Tbsp. of sprinkles

I realized that we forgot the chopped dry roasted peanuts that we had gotten into just a few hours before.  Oh well...that's what "next times" are for!

Today we pick up Daddy from the airport. The little ones are so very excited. And even though we Skyped nearly everyday, there's just no substitution for the real thing...hugging and tickling and laughing with Daddy in person.  I have a special dinner planned for Daddy who has had to endure two weeks of government dorm food.  bleh!  Homemade S'mores for dessert.  Another recipe to follow!

Wishing everyone a great weekend,


  1. Glad to hear that the hubby will be home this weekend--it's hard to have the spouse gone.
    The apple nachos sound really good.
    Have a great weekend!


  2. Both recipes sound very yummy. Like you, I have a few picky eaters. Each would have one item they would not like. I will have to add these recipes to my list that I want to try.

  3. I´ve never eaten Taco soup before. But I love tacos and I love soup so I might try this one :-)

    The Apple nachos didn´t look especially bad either :-) :-)

    Have a great day now!

  4. Looks yummy...and HELLO when were you going to tell me you got rid of "From our Front Porch Looking In"? I thought you left the blogging world forever. So So glad I found you here.


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