Tuesday, July 20, 2010


I just finished my last lesson on Mexican cooking and I have to say that it was my favorite recipe. We made Pozole and it was soooo good.

Here is what you need-

2 lb of pork roast, cut in to pieces
2 lb of pork ribs (best to buy at a Mexican store but I got at Walmart)
1 bag of large red chilies, deseeded
1 garlic head
2 onions
1 6 lb can of hominy
1 chicken and 2 beef bouillon cubes
1 ice burg lettuce
6-7 radishes
bag of tostadas

Here is what you do-

In the biggest pot you have put your cut meat (including bone), 1 onion cut into chunks, 6 garlic cloves peeled and cut into chunks, 2 beef bouillon cubes and fill 3/4 of the pot with water. Bring to boiling and let sit.
In another pot, put chili pods, 1 chicken bouillon cube, 1/2 onion, and 2 garlic cloves with 1/2 pot of water and let boil. Boil for 30 minutes and then blend in blender. Add 1/2 tsp of salt to blended mixture.
Open can of hominy and rinse it in a colander. Add corn to the soup. As the soup cooks, skim the top as needed. Pour 2 hand fulls of salt in the pot.
Strain the chili sauce into the soup. The soup should be really dark red after you are done. Let boil for at least 3 hours.
Dice 1/2 onion, cut radishes and lettuce and limes. Top the soup with the radishes, onion, and lettuce. Squeeze the lime over and enjoy!

There is also this really spicy sauce that we made that you can spoon inside the soup as well....but it was REALLY hot. If anyone wants the sauce let me know.

Monday, July 5, 2010

The Zoo

For the 4th of July (actually the third this year) we went to the zoo. I know it's not a typical activity for the 4th...but Jess HATES parades and would not budge on this one. The weather turned out great and although it was a bit crowded, we got in free with Jess's military ID. So all in all it was a good choice. The kids all had fun.

It was Grant's first time at the zoo so I was curious to what he would find interesting. He liked the animals ok...but he mostly just liked having a lot of room to run around. He also took every opportunity to find rocks and trash to throw at whoever was walking by.

Grant did not like the carousel so this is the only picture we got of him on it. He ended up getting off before it started.

Here Sierra is looking at her 10th set of monkeys. As you can see she is not that interested in them anymore. Both girls said they were "monkeyed out" by the end.

The girls really liked the playground. I always wonder why they put playgrounds in zoos and why kids like to play on them more than watching the animals.

Friday, July 2, 2010


Last weekend I finally got my carpet. Thanks Tricia! So I brought everything up, put down the carpet, and brought everything back down.
Now I have a place to store my food and water....

a place to store my stuff.....

and a place to store my kids.
So far they love it and play down there every day.