July 6, 2008

I'm three pounds heavier now....

...but it was SOOOO worth it!

Yesterday was our 1rst Annual Indian Taco Family Get-Together-Majig. Okay, so we don't actually have a name for it yet, but I sure hope we have one again next year! In case you don't know what an Indian Taco is, let me tell you: Deep-fried bread dough served like a big, open-faced taco.

Actually, let me just share the recipe with you:

Indian Tacos

1 Cup Flour
1 tsp Baking Powder
1 Pinch of Salt

Mix dry ingredients in large bowl. Add enough milk to mix to make semi-firm dough. Cut and roll dough together on a floured surface, but don't knead it too much! Form the dough into a ball and flatten until it's about 1/2 to 3/4" thick. Roll it flat and drop in in at least 3-4" of preheated oil. Flip it once, making sure both sides get crispy and golden brown.

It only takes a few minutes per piece of bread. Make sure the oil is hot enough, or you will have a soggy, greasy mess! Then, serve it IMMEDIATELY with all the toppings you would normally serve on a taco. For best results, don't let it cool down before you eat it.

Since we had about 30 people here, we had three fryers going. We had hoped to have all the toppings ready when the bread got going, but we were a little off. This was the first time we had ever made these things and we would definitely have an easier time with it in the future. The toughest part for me was getting the house ready, but that was my own fault for being such a pig to begin with! Plus, I added the task of hand-scrubbing all of the grout in my kitchen floor to my already long list of things to get done before yesterday. But, I actually so feel like I can breathe a little eaiser knowing that all the grime and dirt is off of my grout (for now!) and it appears to be the color it's actually supposed to be!

If I'm so much happier with a clean house, why don't I just keep it like this?
Because I'm a PIG, and I LIVE WITH PIGS, that's why! And because I've barely been near my computer in three days or knitted a single stitch of anything...and I like those things much more than cleaning anyhow!

In addition to the Indian Tacos, we had chips and dips and crackers and meats and cheese and.....I made CarliGirl's recipe for homemade ice cream. Now, THAT was YUMMY....so yummy, in fact, that it also contributed to my weight gain! There were also cobblers and pastries and my aunt's famous 'Okie Cake!' That and homemade ice cream and it tastes just like the 4th of Julys of my childhood! I ate sugar and flour and grease and....mmmmmmmmm.....

I will probably have a migraine later, but it will be totally worth it! The picture above is the Indian Taco that I just made today with the leftovers. The bread is not nearly as good as it is when it's fresh, but it's still SOOOOOO GOOOOOOOOD regardless! I didn't bother with the corn or the olives or the onions today. But, the meat and beans and hot sauce and sour cream and guacamole and lettuce and tomatoes and....

I think I need a nap now!

The girls are begging David to take them swimming, but I think he'd rather vegitate in front of the tv watching the 'Hogan's Heroes' marathon. We are all tired today and don't feel like doing much at all. I've already spent the first two hours of my morning just scrubbing the burnt-on grease from my stove top. Next year, we are doing ALL of the frying OUTSIDE!

Well, it looks like David caved and is heading to the pool. I doubt I'll be able to get out of going, too. PLUS, I have about a HUNDRED beach towels to wash...and hand towels. We must have had a lot of things to dry and messes to wipe up because I am totally out of clean dish towels!

Soccer and Lily didn't seem to mind the crowd at all! Soccer napped right by the front door most of the day, completely oblivious to all the foot traffic around him. Lily just followed me around for the most part. When she wasn't doing that, she was lying near the folks sitting out on the lawn under the tree, staying cool and waiting for someone to drop food! Everyone was so amazed with how calm and sweet she was! And they were even more amazed that we'd only had her for about a week and half! I was so busy with other things that I completely forgot to put Lily's hat on, but she did wear her stars and stripes bandana around her neck all day long! We also discovered that she looooooves to chase laser pointer lights just as much as a cat does. Plus, she was bouncing around through the weeds in the back and she looked like a little deer or something! My cousin and I were laughing about it and it really got me thinking: This dog TOTALLY needs a pair of antlers for Christmas!!! And she would probably wear them with pride because she's Lily and she's AWESOME!!!
....but she's still sort of afraid of my CAMERA!


stephanie (bad mom) said...

Pretty sure I've gained a couple of pounds just looking at that awesome picture...

Sounds like a delightful afternoon! Here's to many more.

Elle said...

That looks FABULOUS - and your little one is beautiful, too!