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Build your own taco night

Build your own taco night

Aloha friends!

Do you ever feel overwhelmed when you plan to have people over, or do you feel overwhelmed just at the mere thought of having to entertain?? I feel ya! I have a love-hate feeling towards entertaining. LOVE the fact that it's an opportunity to get my friends together, as life only gets busier as we get older. Usually our shindigs end up with everyone around the kitchen table munching on food, catching up, reliving old memories, and there is lots of laughter. HATE the fact I get so stressed, but mostly because it's the stress I create for myself. I am usually running around like a mad woman trying to plan, clean, shop, and prep. When my friends arrive, I'm the social butterfly trying to make sure everyone is being fed and having a good time. It can be exhausting. But I will let you in on a little secret, it doesn't have to be! You can still whip up a little something and still impress your guests. 

It's not a secret that I'm a HUGE walking dead fan. The past few weeks my friends and I have been endlessly theorizing about who was going to be killed on the season finale #nerdalert.  I figured I might as well round us all up for a finale watching party, but I wondered what I should make for dinner. This time I decided to keep it simple -- build your own taco. Easy right!?

This meal idea was great because the "hardest" part was dragging myself out in the ice rain storm to get all the ingredients. I went to the local market to pick up corn tortillas. I saw these awhile back and decided to make the extra trip to get tortillas that were a bit more authentic, since I wasn't in the mood to make my own from scratch.

3-ingredient tortillas

3-ingredient tortillas

I had ground turkey in the freezer, and so my friend made a taco seasoning (onion powder, garlic powder, smoked paprika, cayenne pepper, salt, black pepper) -- that's right I put my guests to work sometimes. I made guacamole (avocado, grape tomato, red onion, lime, salt, and a whole lotta black peppa!) and mango salsa (mango, grape tomato, cilantro, salt, pepper, and lime) for taco toppings. I also bought cheese, green onion, lettuce, olives, and sour cream for added toppings. And of course to fit with the theme I picked up Corona from the LCBO. 

For dessert I decided to make oreo macarons. I already know what you are thinking...tacos and macarons???? No logic there. I just wanted to tackle those pesky macarons again. I'm determined, but that will be a topic for another post. Since the whole point of the party was for the walking dead finale, I turned my oreo macarons into blood smeared macarons. Lovely, I know. My roomie commented that if she didn't know me she would think I was weird. I had to laugh. I've always been a big fan of horror, so I didn't think twice about making my macarons gruesome.

The ironic part of the evening is that my cable company was having technical issues because of the ice storm. This meant that we painfully sat through the whole 90 minute episode while the TV  froze every minute. We missed most of the important dialogue, but we were still able to pick up the jist of the ending -- the agonizing cliff hanger. After weeks of analysis we did not have the answer to the question we were dying to know. C'est la vie. Now we can just continue to theorize for the next 7 months until the show starts back up again...

@$#&!!!

@$#&!!!

The good news? My dinner and dessert was a hit, and it took minimal effort to put together. Huzzah!

So the next time you are getting stressed about entertaining, just take a moment to think about a simple meal idea that will still impress your guests and have them leaving your house complimenting your hosting skills. It doesn't always need to be a big extravaganza.

Happy entertaining!

xoxo Michelle

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