Tinsel and Tacos

I am so excited about hosting my parents for Christmas, and our Christmas Eve Eve dinner is one of my favorite traditions! There will be lots more to share about Christmas Eve Eve dinner soon!

Our Christmas season has been pretty busy, as I’m sure yours has been too. Tonight we stayed in to work on a few final decorations. Our family’s decorations have to be a combination of whimsical and rustic elements.This year, I focused on color using candy reds and bright greens.

I started with this simple berry wreath from Target.


Added some candle sticks from Target and Home Goods


Then filled in the space with greenery and these huge poinsettias I found at Hobby Lobby. I added some green floral picks I also found at Hobby Lobby to add a little length and more green.


Together, the whole mantle looks like this


Our stockings are now hung by the chimney with care. And floral wire. And electrical tape. And nails.  But mainly with care.

When things get busy around our house, we get tacos. This little tradition started when Dan and I were planning our wedding. We quickly realized there were lots of things to do and errands to run. When things got too crazy we would take a taco break at one of our favorite Mexican restaurants. This tradition has continued, and any time things get a little overwhelming we get a taco.

In the busyness of Christmas it’s no surprise that we’re taking taco breaks this season. I love to go out, but sometimes you just need to recreate that taco break at home.

Taco night is one of my favorite nights at home!  It is super easy, fast, and bonus- it doesn’t get too many dishes dirty.

This recipe can easily be modified to fit your taste.  The “secret” ingredient is the can of Rotel.  It’s a game changer.

To make the taco meat, brown 1.5 lbs ground beef with:

1/2 chopped onion

1 tbsp. garlic powder

1 tbs. cumin

1/2 tsp. salt

1 tsp. pepper

1/4 tsp. chili powder

When the meat is cooked through, drain and return to the skillet.

Add to the skillet:

2 cloves garlic, minced

1/2 tbsp. cumin

1/2 tbsp. garlic

1/2 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. pepper

1 can mild Rotel

Let this simmer for 10-15 minutes.

Don’t be surprised if you hear more about tacos! We’ll be having our small group over on Monday to say Feliz Navidad, and I’m already dreaming about a Cinco de Mayo fiesta!

I hope you are enjoying this holiday season!  If things are getting too busy, you should probably take a taco break.

I am so looking forward to sharing more about our family’s holiday traditions! I hope you’ll stop by Mim and Olive later this week to hear more!


3 thoughts on “Tinsel and Tacos

  1. I got your parents Christmas card and note about the blog. Read the blog from start to finish and love it all. I love hearing about Tootsie, Grandma and You together. Keep blogging,…you’re the only one I blog with 🙂


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