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Spring is here, kinda….

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Yea so technically it’s Spring here but the snow that we’ve been getting for the past week says otherwise. But, that’s Indiana for ya right?  I feel bad for all of the kids though because last week was Spring Break and we couldn’t really enjoy the outdoors like we normally do. But, we made the most of it. We spent Sunday at the Fairgrounds (pictured above) which ended up being pretty fun.  The kids got to see all types of animals and learn a lot about the foods we eat. We took a tour of The Chocolate Factory on Friday which was insanely chaotic.  I had two of the kids I babysit with me, no stroller because apparently mine was broken (found that out when we got to the Chocolate Factory) but it was still a good time. 

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Kira met her teeball coach last week AND daddy signed up to be assistant coach so she’s pretty excited about that.  She didn’t get to have her first practice though because of…..snow! All three of the older girls are practicing for the spring recital in gymnastics.  I didn’t sign Olivia up to participate because her attitude is way too iffy for me to be spending 50 bucks on…. Just keeping it real.  Some days she goes to class and she’s amazing.  Other days she has a complete meltdown if she can’t do something perfectly.  So, yea…. we’ll stick to regular classes for the moody three year old. 
Really grateful that IPA (Indiana Percussion Association) is over for Trey (my teenager) because I get to see a lot more of him.  I’m kinda freaking out though because his birthday is exactly two months away and I have no clue what to do for this kid. If you’re reading this and you have any ideas for a boy turning 15 please leave it in the comments.
Between him and the “super middles” (Caiden and Kaila) I’m at a loss. The super middles are really hard to find activities for. Caiden decided he didn’t want to do Taekwondo anymore but he wants to play soccer so we’re just waiting for that to start….and Kaila wants to play basketball this year so we’re looking for a league for her. 
I just wish time would slow down.  It seems like just yesterday they were all so little.
Ok, I need to stop before I get emotional.  Just wanted to catch everybody up with where we are in life.  Instagram is the best way to follow the day to day in this crazy zoo.  I’ll try to post more family updates on here as well.  Really looking forward to warmer weather and more adventures for The Krazy Eight!!

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Chilaquiles with Black Beans

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Here we are again with the Mexican food…..and as much as we try to stay away from dairy, cheese (and eggs) are our downfall. We only eat it once every couple of weeks or so but Oh it’s soooo good. So, I’m not gonna go on and on about our love for Mexican because y’all already know but I have been wanting to try to make chilaquiles for a long time. I was just really intimidated. The first time I had this dish was at a friends house and her mom made it and it was perfect. Even though I had never had it before it I knew it was. If you’ve never heard of this traditional Mexican dish, click here to learn a little more.

Anywho, since we don’t eat meat I wanted to make this dish with beans…and our favorite is black beans. I will say that I think this turned out awesome for the first time, especially considering how brave I was to try to mix it up on my first try. Hubby loved it, kids loved it and it didn’t take too long to cook so definitely a winner in my book.

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • 1 large red onion + 1/2 cup, diced
  • 3-4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 large green pepper, diced
  • 2 (15 oz) cans black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 jar of salsa
  • 1 bag of tortilla chips
  • 2 cups Mexican style cheese, shredded
  • green onions for topping
  • 3 tsp cumin
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • Salt to taste

 

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 375

Heat olive oil in nonstick skillet over medium high heat. Add one onion, bell pepper and garlic to skillet and cook for about 6-7 minutes or until starting to brown.

Add beans, salsa and tortilla chips to skillet, along with seasonings and stir until chips are coated with salsa.

Lightly coat a 13 x 9 inch casserole dish and pour the tortilla mixture in. Sprinkle cheese over the top evenly

Bake for about 15-20 minutes or until cheese is bubbly

Top with remaining red onions, and a few diced green onions

Enjoy

If you try this recipe let me know how you liked it or if you did anything different. I would also like to see your favorite chilaquile recipe!