Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Make today awesome. And nachos.

So today was fun.  You know that kind of day when you show up for a birthday party that is actually tomorrow?
At least it wasn't yesterday, I suppose.
Still.  I am a grown up who might be taking this whole summer vibes deal too seriously, and might lack a little bit in the whole details on the calendar thing.
Remember last year when I was all cute and organized?
So, ya.  That was last year.
This summer has been pretty much not that.

Summer vibes forever.  Responsibility never.

So tonight I am going to make pulled pork nachos for dinner.  Because it is America and I can do what I want.

I could post a recipe, but I made a totally unrelated printable for you instead.
(Link to the free 8x10 download here.
Fake brick wall and masking tape not included.)

Glitter and nachos can make any catastrophe of a day awesome.

Well, maybe a sort of recipe would be awesome.  It's not really a recipe.
I am not taking pictures of the process.
Because I don't want to clean the kitchen.
Plus, it is just throwing some ingredients on chips and then sticking them in the oven.

If you need a step by step of that, I think there are some bigger issues at play.  Namely your deprived childhood where clearly you were raised by nacho hating wolves.

In case you are curious here is what you need:

Two of my ingredients are from Trader Joe's.  If you don't have a Trader Joe's nearby I have the number of a great real estate agent.
Chips (hello)
Cheese (duh)
Pulled pork
Plain Greek yogurt (or sour cream)
Chipotle salsa
Whatever your family likes on their nachos

My family is drama and only likes cheese.  They don't even like the sauce.  So I make them a lame plain pan and I make myself a loaded, spicy, saucy, one.  Jalapenos are my love language.  So is not sharing my nachos.

Prepare pork according to package
Cover a cookie sheet with foil (no scrubbing is awesome)
Throw chips on cookie sheet
Throw pork on top of chips
Add any other awesome ingredients
Top with gobs of cheese

Bake at 400ยบ until cheese is melty

While baking make the chipotle sauce.
Highly complicated recipe:
Stir one part greek yogurt with one part salsa

Take nachos out of oven and drizzle with sauce.
Eat them right off the pan.  Remember.  America.  You can do what you want.  You are a grown up.  Even if you forget birthday parties.

So there you go.
A weird day, a printable, and totally unpinnable recipe all in one.
How awesome did today just get?

Thursday, July 17, 2014

If you give a kid a camera.

 We recently returned from two of my favorite places in the world (Yosmite and Bass Lake) in which we camped in tents.  Real tents. On the ground.  However, this isn't about the tents, or the ground, this is about an old camera and an eight year old girl.

A long time ago I bought a cheap refurbished waterproof camera
Then I forgot about it.  It was hidden in a drawer collecting dust as I shot frame after frame with my iPhone.  Summer was approaching and I was contemplating getting a Lifeproof case for my phone.  As one was sitting in my Amazon cart, I remembered that little green camera.
Out it came, and the instant Lucy saw it she asked if she could use it.
From the second she took her first photograph she was smitten.  I knew right then that I could let her show responsibility and maturity and let her take custody of it. 

What I didn't expect was to see what she would capture.
Giving it to her was perhaps one of the best things I could ever have done.
I wonder if Drew needs an assistant.

Here are a few of her shots.  All straight out of the camera, all straight from her eight year old perspective.  No edits.  No cropping.  
Dig your old point and shoot out of that junk drawer.  Give it to your kid and see your world through their eyes.  
Also, squirrels.  Because Lucy.