Veggie Soup

During the winter I make soup once a week, which varies depending on: what I have in the fridge, what's on sale, and what has been lacking in my diet.  This week I made a soup I get in a pre-packaged bag from the produce man at the swapmeet.  I know, it sounds weird, but it's totally good and good for you.  Here is what it contains:

Garbanzo beans.

I added in some other stuff.
Bay leaves

I began by sauteing the onion on low.  When they become translucent, add the garlic and saute for one minute.  Keep stirring.  Add in the celery, carrots, and turmeric, salt and pepper.  Stir and cover.  Allow veggies to soften a bit, then add in pre-packaged bag of veggies, Bay leaf, Thyme and cover with water.  Bring to a boil and simmer for minutes.  Upon completion you can add cilantro leaves right into the pot and let the cilantro stew a little before serving.  Squeeze of lime is delicious in this right before eating.

Enjoy with a side of toast, cornbread, or biscuit.  Perfect on those cold rainy days.



Potato Tacos

One of my favorite indulgences is Potato Tacos. They are super easy, adaptable, and vegetarian!  The only thing is I don't really measure anything, I taste as I go, so just keep this in mind.
8 potatoes
1 onion diced
1 or 2 garlic cloves, mashed
1/2 tbsp cumin
Zest of one Lemon
Corn tortillas
Boil potatoes, set aside.  In a skillet saute onions on medium heat until slightly translucent, add garlic and cumin. Saute until garlic is fragrant, turn heat off.  Let mixture cool. 
Mash the potatoes  with a fork into small chunks.  Add in the mixture, lemon zest, salt and pepper to taste.
The next step is not necessary, but I highly recommend doing it.
Take the corn tortillas and heat up slightly on a griddle.  Take a tortilla, fill with stuffing and use a toothpick to "seal" it. (see picture)
Use a deep frying pan.  Add enough oil to cover the tacos once you add them.  Wait for it to heat up.  Use tongs to add one taco at a time, my pan fit 4 at a time.  Brown on one side and turn.  Once done place on baking tray with lined paper. 
These can be eaten with sour cream, salsa, and cheese.  I originally added the cilantro before frying, but honestly, it's better to add after frying, for a clean, fresh contrast.  Best way, is however you love to eat your crunchy tacos.
A side of mexican rice and you're good to go. Hope you enjoy this classic (in my family) dish.


Holiday Decorations

This weekend was filled with preparation.  For the impeding holiday.  Incredible, we're in December and the New Year is a few short days away.  I, for one, am excited for the new year, although the world is supposed to end as well, so we'll see. 
The girls and I decided to make our own decorations this year. We made these mini houses.  I cut up some cardstock, icons of the Mother and Child and we went to town.  I even stamped some of the white cardstock.  We had a blast and it was super easy.

I also made my Christmas cards.  I dusted off my cricut and made snowflakes with white cardstock.  I used a variety of shapes , and then I stamped them.  I used a big flowery shape stamp and covered all the white.  I then mounted them to white blank greeting cards and inked the edge in red, green, or black, depending on the snowflake color.  They came out pretty awesome, I think.  I love crafts.  Do you?  Make any traditional things?