Ranch Water aka Easy Margarita

Ok, so maybe it’s not a true margarita but sure is tasty and easy to make!

The pictures are from when I made a small taco bar for Mark and I. He had one small taco. I had a taco bowl with cauliflower rice and a few Ranch Waters.

*food waste lately is awful around here with. Mark not eating much at all … plus some days I feel like a short order cook but then I pinch myself and think how thankful I am to be able to feed him when he is ready to eat*

So anyway. Back to the cocktail of the month. If you love margaritas but hate the calories and sugar in the premade aka easy mix stuff, you need to give this a whirl!

Super simple … my only issue is the last 2 times I’ve not been able to find the mineral water …

1 bottle Topo Chico Lime sparkling mineral water (12 oz)

6 oz good tequila

Juice of 1 lime (or lime lime juice)

Lime slices

I cheated and wanted to see how I could use this as a pantry type (snowed in/quarantine/etc) cocktail so opted to use the lime juice and it was perfect and beats squeezing limes!

Ok, ready? Grab a large picture, dump in all the ingredients. Taste and add more lime juice if desired. I liked it with a lot, personally.

Fill up a couple of tall glasses with ice and serve up.

Yes, you can do a salt rim. I did it both ways and well, I like salt but don’t think this is a requirement, especially if you are going with a ‘skinny margarita’

Enjoy and make sure you drink responsibly!

#Margaritas #StayAtHome #Tequila

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Oven Baked Tacos

It’s been a long time since we’ve done the Taco Tuesday theme. I mean, heck, for a few years there, Taco Tuesday and Margaritas were an expectation on Tuesday …

That esophageal cancer certainly did change a lot of things in our life.

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So the other night, I was digging around in that chest freezer and found a lonely package of ground beef.

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I’ll be honest, I’m not a huge fan of Aldi’s Grass Fed Beef even though it was only $3.99 … it’s got a chewy texture and that just wigs us out a little bit so I was glad to use it for tacos instead of burgers!

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I was also thankful that Publix had these taco kits on sale B1G1F when I ran in for something else. I normally do NOT buy the kits but this time I did!

I had a bag of frozen corn in the freezer so that’s what I used as well …

1 pound ground beef

1 onion chopped

12 taco shells (corn,  you know the crunchy ones!)

shredded cheese

taco seasoning packet

1/2 cup water

can of corn, drained

avocado sliced

hot sauce of choice

Ready to get your Taco Tuesday on? Let’s do this!

Cook your onion and ground beef in a large skillet til no longer pink. Drain the excess fat off. Might as well go make yourself a margarita while this is going on! I’ll take mine on the rocks with salt please!

Add your corn (drained!) and sprinkle the taco seasoning over all the meat/onion/corn mixture. Pour in your 1/2 cup of water and stir. Let simmer on low heat until the moisture has pretty much cooked out.

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Grab a large baking dish and turn the oven on to 350 degrees.

Stand up your shells, the best you can, and fill the base with cheese. As much or as little as you’d like because it’s cheese!

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Then top with the meat mixture, making sure to drain as much liquid as possible so the shells don’t get soft …

Top with MORE cheese, because … it’s cheese!

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Bake in the oven for 15 minutes or until the cheese is melted and you are really ready to start the Taco Tuesday festivities … did I forget to tell you to make yourself a margarita while the meat was cooking??

Top with shredded lettuce and avocado and serve up! Yummy! And 2nd margarita is totally optional!

#TacoTuesday  #DinnerAtHome   #EatAtHome

Looking forward to sharing with some of these GREAT Parties … go check them out!

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