To live content with small means; to seek elegance rather than luxury, and refinement rather than fashion; to be worthy, not respectable, and wealthy, not, rich; to listen to stars and birds, babes and sages, with open heart; to study hard; to think quietly, act frankly, talk gently, await occasions, hurry never; in a word, to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious, grow up through the common--this is my symphony.
~William Henry Channing

Monday, October 4, 2010

The Culberrito

Good morning friends! I hope your weekend was as enjoyable and relaxing as ours. And just look at how our Monday is starting...crisp air and bright sunshine! Have I mentioned how much I love Autumn?
One of the bummer things about living in a military town is that sometimes people are in our lives for too short a time before moving on to a new duty station. God in His graciousness allows some of the people to not just remain in our hearts and minds as sweet memories but they become part of our lives. We keep in touch and still visit together years later.
One such wonderful family is the Culbertson's. Granted they only moved away a few months ago but still...sometimes you just know when you've come upon one of those families that will become part of your extended family.
Anyway, they came to stay with us this weekend. Dad, Mom and all seven children and two dogs.
Yes, it was crowded.
Yes, it was noisy.
No, no one got hurt.
No, no one argued.
And get this. There were only two spills the entire weekend! That must be some kind of record because on any given day my kids can rack up three or four messes. (Usually the number of spills is in direct proportion to how hard I worked on cleaning the floor.)
So, how do you feed that many people? Well, first it helps that the Culbertson's are so laid back.
Me: "Hey, Mel I'm gonna make some beef stew for dinner. There may not be enough for everyone but I have some left over ziti. Will that be okay?"
Her: "Leftovers sound good to me."
It also helps when your friends are incredibly thrifty and come up with some inexpensive but yummy ways to feed a large number of people. I'm not sure where Melynda got the original idea/recipe from but it has been tweaked to now being known, at least in our house, as
The Culberrito.
tortillas (we had two packs and used about 15 of them I think.)
equal parts ground beef and refried beans (after browning meat add taco seasoning and mix in beans.)
taco seasoning
shredded lettuce
sour cream
You'll also need a large work space. Lay out your tortillas so that they overlap. Spoon the meat and bean mixture down the center of the tortillas.
Add your lettuce, onions and cheese.

Take a quick snap of the fabulous chefs!
Spoon on sour cream. (This step Mel said you could actually do first and smooth it on easier but, hey, I like globs :-) This is also the step where you pour your salsa on too.
It took three of us to roll the burrito. On your first fold you'll want to kind of tuck the tortilla under a little.
Finish rolling it over and then...

slice into desired serving size and enjoy! It is seriously good and there is just something super fun about chowing down on a six foot burrito.
I'm also wondering what else you could do like this. Think of your favorite salad wrap. Mel is trying to figure a way to create a cheeseburger kind of thing. If you try this or tweak it to make your own creation I'd love for you to let me know how it works out.
For breakfast on Saturday we had a batch of baked oatmeal and Kait baked up these delicious muffins. The recipe comes from Pioneer Woman so you know they're good.

After our friends got on the road we grilled hamburgers and settled in for a quiet night. But then the phone rang and a friend of ours wanted to come by and show Rob a car he was driving for the weekend.
Sarah asked if it was a 'nice' car. Nice is not the word I would use to describe a fire engine red convertible Tesla.
Sam loved it.
So did Claire.
Which makes me nervous.
Very nervous. That child does not need to develop a taste for fast cars.


iarepilotswife said...

Those pictures are awesome!

We had a great time this weekend, and I'm hoping we'll be able to come back very soon.

I dreamt of baptism all night last night, and of a lone flower in an odd shaped pot that you and Rob kept moving around the house in a ritual type fashion.
Not sure what that means. Maybe it just means that I'm weird.

Yeah, that's probably what it means.

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