A Pinch of Positivity for Peak Performance Day.

I love this song.

I love many songs, mind you, but this is the one on my radar this week.

I heard that his former bandmates kicked him out because they thought he had an “annoying voice”.

Hah!

I wonder how those bandmates are feeling about his voice these days?

It just goes to show you… you really can only do what you do.

Control you.

Live your life.

Love it too.

No matter what.

I cannot express how much I embrace the concept, but yes, by all means, sing at the top of your voice.

Happy Peak Performance Day, everyone.

Use what talents you possess; the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best. ~Henry Van Dyke (1852-1933)

I hope today finds you happy, healthy and with something to look forward to.

 

 

* Realizing a “picture” is a good thing to have in every post, I went searching and found this on a fun blog about teaching piano. The picture is cute. The blog is really great. Pinterest is a blogger’s BFF. Seriously!

Chimichanga! As fun to eat, as it is to say!

*Bonus! How to fill and fold a Chimichanga for leak-free baking!

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**Bonus bonus! “Homemade” Guacamole with Rick Bayless “Frontera” enhancement.

***Thing Bonus! The reasons I do the things I do.

I hope you enjoyed seeing our “Tex-Mex Week” as much as we enjoyed documenting it.

 

Do you ever pick a theme and explore it with your kiddos? What kinds of things does your family do to learn about different cultures, countries or cuisines?

If you decide to have a Tex-Mex week – or another theme week, I’d love to hear all about it!

Here’s to a happy and stress-free week! (What?!? I hear that’s *totally* a thing!)

MYO Pizza: Tex-Mex Week Edition (aka Mexican Pizza)

Friday was Mexican Pizza day on the “Tex-Mex Week” menu and it was awesome!

First of all, here is another meal where everyone gets to express their creativity or, depending on personality type, maintain creative control. This ensures everyone eats and everyone likes what they eat or at the very least everyone is responsible for their liking and/or not liking of what they make. Shall I over explain some more?

Secondly, I was extremely pleased to find La Tortilla Factory tortillas at Pete’s Frootique (I *love* Pete’s!) and then blissfully happy to find a gluten free tortilla made by the same company. There may or may not have been happy dancing in the bread aisle. (Who’s to say? It’s a mystery, really. Well maybe that nice lady who smiled as I danced saw, but I can’t be totally sure, but I digress…)

Thirdly, we took our time getting around to making them and it was really relaxing because there wasn’t a whole lot of prep for anything. The crusts were easy (tortillas). The cheese was pre-shredded (nacho cheese blend, fyi). The sauce was from a jar (Mrs. Renfrew’s Medium Salsa). The tomatoes were speedily sliced. Dicing the red pepper is always fun anyway, so it was enjoyable to make that happy little dice of red pepper “confetti”. The most effort came from slicing a jalapeño which was fun to show the Things because I could explain how most of the heat came from the seeds and pith while I removed them. (The seeds and pith, not the Things!) Oh! I did slice the red onion excruciatingly thinly, but that was really more about entertaining myself than anything else. (In other news, I have mad knife skills, yo! You could practically see through the slices!)

Fourthly, (yeah I’m going with that) the pizzas turned out to be some of the yummiest on record at Chez Peady. Here, have a look!

 

 

 

Bonus: All about Pete!

Burritos for the Bro!

 

Huevos Rancheros – It’s like Brinner in a sombrero!

Last night was Huevos Rancheros night on the “Tex-Mex Week” menu and it went even better than expected.

Breakfast for dinner, or “Brinner”, is always a popular meal at Chez Peady and it (conveniently) seems to fall, most often, mid-week, which is exactly when I need the break – and I mean I need a break, fast (Hah!) – of a simple supper. Since it is Tex-Mex Week, and on a Wednesday, Huevos Rancheros was the logical choice!

Now there are a lot of really fancy ways* to make this extremely simple dish, but remember that break I needed… yes, I had places to go and people to see. In fact there was an especially good reason for me to choose a simple and speedy approach to last night’s dinner. There  was a thing at a place with some stuff** and well, I had to be there – on time!

Once again, the goal was to offer a delicious, healthy meal that everyone would enjoy. Since we have one tomato lover and one tomato tolerator, I decided to make the components separately and allow each diner to customize Brinner to his or her liking. This is what works best for my family, generally speaking, but especially on an evening when I am pressed for time. The last thing I want is to have to have a discussion about trying new things, when all I really am trying to do is bolt. (Should I wait here for all the parenting awards? Or…?)

Not surprisingly, Thing 1 and Thing 2 tried everything, anyway. Thing 1 *loves* this meal. There were lots of spicy, bold flavours and that’s what he enjoys. Thing 2 tried the Chorizo and decided it was a tad too hot for her taste, but piled on lots of fresh tomato. So, it’s really just another case of “To each, his/her own”. In the end, everyone was full, happy, and I wasn’t too late for my thing.

Here is what it all looked like!

 

Huevos Rancheros Wednesday was wonderful!

Have you ever had Huevos Rancheros? Do you enjoy breakfast for dinner? Do you call it “Brinner”? What is your go-to breakfast for dinner? What would be on your ideal breakfast for dinner menu?

 

*Like this, this, this or this!

**I had to be at an event at Thing 2’s school at 7 to hear a talk given by a person who has helped Thing 1 immensely. I was *not* going to miss it!

Tostadas Tuesday! (also in pictures) (mostly) (With a bonus song!)

Tex-Mex Week is in full swing at Chez Peady and as you may already know, Monday’s Fajita Fiesta was fabulous.

In keeping with our theme, Tostada Tuesday was terrific.

Do you know what a tostada is? Have you ever had a tostada? Oh, you are in for a treat! Honestly, it is a thing of joy.

Here, let me just show you.

 

That’s Tostadas Tuesday, in a taco shell! (Get it? Like nutshell.. but because it’s Tex-Mex Week I said “taco” instead of “nut”.. see? Shall I over explain it some more? I’m sorry. I’ll just stop talking now.)

It is an easy, delicious meal and can be customized to individual tastes. I love that Thing 1 & Thing 2 can make their own. Kids make pretty good choices when left to their own devices. They can be as creative as they wish! Don’t you just love that?

Tell me, will you give Tostadas a try? I hope you will.

 

And now, as promised, I give you your bonus song*.

 

*Okay. Okay. It’s a mind worm. I admit it, but my Things were just playing it and it seemed fitting!

 

Fajita Fiesta! (in pictures) (mostly)

It’s “Tex-Mex Week” at Chez Peady and so far, it’s been muy perfecto.

We started our week with Cinco de Mayo (Isn’t that timely?) on Monday.

It was “Fajitas ‘n’ Fixin’s” night. Always a hit!

Here’s a little peek at our dinner!

If you take a closer look at my photos, they will reveal last night’s recipe.

Over the next week, I plan on sharing our “Tex-Mex Week” meals and the recipes I use. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask. I’m all about the sharing!

Did you celebrate Cinco de Mayo? Do you enjoy flavours inspired by Mexico? What is your favourite meal? What is your favourite cuisine?

Hasta Mañana!