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game day leftovers {MEXICAN MOUNTAINS}

Our family loves Mexican food.  Truth be told, my Mom could live on it. So one of the most popular dishes in our household growing up was something my Mom’s family always called MEXICAN MOUNTAINS. It’s basically a way of taking all of your favorite Mexican food cravings and piling them up as a big salad {or mountain in this case}! These are great for a  party or crowd because you can set out a bunch of ingredients and everyone can make them to their preferences. Also, I usually have a ton of these ingredients left-over after Game Day or a Taco Night in our house…so this is a great way to eat up all those LEFTOVERS! I hope you enjoy this Taco Salad (sort of) as much as our family does!
Here is how we make them!
::Mexican Mountains (a Taco Salad sort-of)::

Ingredients:

Tortilla Chips and/or Frito’s
torn Lettuce and/or shredded Cabbage
Taco Meat {prepared to your preferences…we usually brown ground beef or turkey and add taco seasoning…my mom loves to add a can of re-fried beans right into the mix}
shredded Cheese
Tomatoes
chopped Cilantro
Onions (I prefer green onion or red onion for this)
Avocado or Guacamole
Sour Cream
Salsa
Any other ingredients you prefer such as sliced Black Olives, Jalapenos, Beans, Mexican Rice {the possibilities are endless}
How to Make It:
Simply start by layering the chips on the bottom of a large plate {we break them up into smaller pieces in our hands to make them more “bite-size”}
Then add the meat on top of the chips and pile on the rest of the ingredients you love until you have a mountain of Mexican food deliciousness! Enjoy!

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let’s talk {FOOTBALL}

Football talk is in the air!
Let’s start with Friday Night Lights!I just finished watching THIS series on Netflix. Oh man, was I obsessed. I loved it!And really, what’s not to love about this show? If you like the following things then you will be just as smitten as I am.
  • I love high school football and a touch of teenage drama, mixed in with real life conflicts and big Texas accents.
  • Anytime people say things like, “Y’all” and “Listen here son” and “Hun” on a regular basis…I’m in!
  • It’s like being in a time machine that has rushed me back to my teenage days. I loved football in high school and never missed a game. Hearing the sounds, seeing the lights and the cheering fans and remembering how “life-altering” one games win or loss could feel just brings it all back…I can smell the concession popcorn even now!
  • I was a cheerleader for 3 years in high school and loved every minute of cheering and being so close to the game. We got to be on the side lines and travel by bus to each away game, be a part of pep-rally’s and anticipate the upcoming win along with my friends on the squad…it was so fun! (I admit this hesitantly so don’t judge, cheer-leading was great for me and although it should not matter I promise that we were nice, smart, leadership girls)!
  • Football talk aside, I also love the supportive and respectful relationship between two of the main characters: Coach Taylor and his wife Tami. Their “romance” has officially made it on my list of favorite fictional couples {Other favorites include Luke & Lorelai, Jim & Pam, Chandler & Monica…sigh}.
  • I will say I could do without some of the excessive drinking and sometimes inappropriate sexual content (if you are sensitive about these things…this is not your show) but the emotional content redeems it for me…making it valuable enough to look beyond all that stuff.
  • Also, the way they film the show is totally unique and refreshing…wide angles, close ups and things I don’t have the first hand knowledge todescribe…you just have to see it for yourself!
  • The bottom line is: Who doesn’t love an inspirational sports drama? I do {now & then}. And I don’t even like sports that much!
SPOILER ALERT: If you have watched the series you will love this clip. If you have not…it’s quite the spoiler…so proceed with caution {I personally hate knowing what is going to happen ahead of time}!

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On a separate note, I’m actually excited about the Super Bowl this weekend. I grew up watching football with my Dad for years and while I didn’t always love that it dominated our TV during football season I do love that I learned so much about the game. We rarely make sports a priority in our house…but this weekend I will be watching! My Dad loved the 49ers and would have seriously been on the edge of his seat watching this game {I feel happy and sad just thinking about it}!
So good luck NINERS…win it for my Dad!
P.S. Check out THIS Super Bowl Cheat Sheet {from Rae @ ARMOMMY} if you are totally in the dark about what is happening tomorrow!
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