Baked Tacos

Still on a food kick here. I was talking to a friend today about easy, nourishing meals that the kids will eat, but that don’t require hours of time in the kitchen.

Another friend shared this recipe with me and I modified it to suit my needs. We always have beans, tortillas and salsa in the fridge so these are super easy and convenient. This version happens to be vegetarian, but I admit I do like some ground or shredded beef in addition to the beans. IIf you’re like me you always adjust recipes anyway, so have at it.

Baked Tacos

  • Servings: 4
  • Time: no time at all
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • Corn or flour tortillas
  • Black Beans
  • Onion, minced
  • Salsa
  • Cheese


Heat oven to 400. Grease cookie sheet or baking pan. Warm the tortillas in the microwave. They should be just warm enough so they don’t break when folded.

Place one tortilla on the greased cookie sheet. Spread beans, onions salsa and cheese on one side of the tortilla. Then fold the other side over in half like a taco and set bottom down in the baking pan.

Two tablespoons of beans will fill the taco and let some beans and cheese ooze out as they bake. We like this, especially when the cheese gets bubbly. If you like less filling try a spoonful of beans.

Repeat till you’ve filled all the tacos.

Stick pan in oven and bake till golden brown. Takes about 15-20 minutes.


More Food for the Soul from a Disorganized Cook

I’ve been dealing with some weird allergy issues and so in an attempt to fulfill my need for yummy things and try to avoid the things that make me react, I’ve been eating a lot of nourishing soups. My main problem is that I forget where I originally found a recipe and can never get back to it. Back in the olden days I’d write it down on a recipe card and put the card in a recipe box. OK, not really, I never did that, but I’ve heard other people do it. Once upon a time I did make copies of recipes and put them in a binder.

Yes, I know there are a million apps to manage recipes and whatnot, but honestly, when I’m ready to make something I want to just pull it up, throw the things together, and move on. I cannot be bothered with recipe management.

Now, occasionally someone asks me for a recipe. And so it finally hit me. I have a BLOG!!! I can put my faves on here and then my friends can find their own recipe! Brilliant. But I’m not a foodie, so there is no food blog in my future. We’ll just have to make due with the occasional recipe posted here thank you very much.

Red Lentil and Sweet Potato Soup

  • Servings: 4
  • Time: 20ish mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 2 Tbsp. coconut oil
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1-inch piece ginger, peeled and minced
  • 1/2 tsp. each of turmeric, ground cumin, ground coriander, fennel
  • 1 1/2 cups red lentils, (soaked overnight)
  • 1/2 sweet potato, peeled, and chopped
  • 5 cups stock or broth (if using plain water instead, season the soup with 1 tsp. salt)


In a large pot, heat the oil and stir in onion, garlic and ginger. Let cook over medium-high till softened and just light browned.

Add spices, stir. Add lentils, potato and stock and stir over high heat until boiling. Lower heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer for 20 minutes.

When everything is soft purée the soup till silky smooth, or leave as-is.

A Wild Hair

Freshly back home from 5 weeks away and we’re messing around with our backyard already. The downside of itchy feet is that if I can’t travel somewhere I either rearrange the furniture or create backyard projects. Right now I’ve got it bad, as usually a trip, like the aforementioned 5 weeks away, is enough to sooth the urge.


Church on an Iowa Roadside

I love little churches in the countryside. It was hard to tell if this one is in use, but it’s really well kept and super pretty.


Elk across the street! How cool is that?


Right next to the church, another one of my favorites, straight rows of some green thing or other growing in a field. I dislike living in the country, but I love to look at it :)


WordCamp Philly 2014

Two of my colleagues (Deborah Beckett and Elizabeth Urello) and I spoke about support at WordCamp Philadelphia this weekend. This is a modification of the talk I did in Nicaragua a few weeks ago. Elizabeth Urello gets credit for the original idea :)

Sadly, these images don’t let you hear our delightful anecdotes and as I like simple slides with not too much info you will just have to imagine the spoken bit. Someday soonish I am sure it will be up on WordCamp.tv. So stay tuned.

Here are the slides:



I am blown away every time the cactuses in my front yard bloom. They are so beautiful. I mean, who knew that a cactus could grow the most amazing flowers? It’s an amazing little secret of the desert.

Not only do I love these bold flowers, the bees go nuts over them. I caught this adorable little guy on camera today, check him out:


WordCamp Las Peñitas, Nicaragua 2014

I’m in Nicaragua for the third time in my life. The first was when I was born and the second was last year for WordCamp Managua 2013. This time I’m at WordCamp again. We’re in a lovely beach town called Las Peñitas, just outside of León, about an hour from Managua.

I just gave a presentation about the importance of support for developers and if you are interested (and can read Spanish) here are my slides :)

I’ll be doing this talk (modified) again in a few weeks with some colleagues of mine. So stay tuned for the English version soon.

Tugging at Your Heart Strings

The last two nights my husband and I have watched some super depressing movies. The first, Remember Me, is a movie about a young man who recently lost his brother and a young woman whose mom is murdered in the first scene. They meet, fall in love, fight, get back together, blah blah blah. Other stuff happens and you find yourself at the end really rooting for them. And then BAM!!! I won’t spoil it, but I will say, I do not enjoy being dragged along and manipulated in just such a way.

Then we watched The Greatest. It opens with a young couple in love and I don’t think it’s a spoiler to say there is a car crash less than 5 minutes into the movie. The rest of the movie is about a young teenage girl and the family of her boyfriend. Slightly a bit more uplifting than the movie from the night before but still.

So tonight we’re taking a break from emotional roller coasters and watching Bond. James Bond.