It seems like we all spend an inordinate amount of time working toward the big events in life only to be disappointed when they don’t live up to the hype. Think about the time you spent getting ready for the big dance and how often that turned out to be a major downer. Christmas with all the preparation, buying presents and wrapping and planning for every little thing was often just a giant let down. And that doesn’t even count the disappointment most of us feel when we open our own presents.
What I have realized over the years is that the unexpected small things are the ones that give me real flashes of joy. I had no expectations so the event had nothing to prove.
Last week, I was grocery shopping with my husband. As wives everywhere can attest, this is more likely to be stressful than joyful since they either wander off or keep saying things like “Are we done yet? Are we really having that again?”
On this occasion, I was already in the check out line when he wandered over with a box in his hand and said, “Why don’t we buy this?”
“This” was the newest “As seen on TV” gimmick – little pans that let you turn a taco into a freestanding shell to hold salad without frying! I absolutely never order anything off those commercials but I had secretly lusted after the little pans. Guess what? They work exactly as advertised!
The pictures show a single pan and the set with tacos inserted. I didn’t want to lift them into the 400F oven one at a time, so I turned over a cooling rack and put them in two at a time. The feet on the rack face up so they won’t snag the oven rack.
Eight minutes later they came out perfectly browned. I didn’t bother waiting for them to cool but used hot mitts to dump them out and fill them up. I keep homemade cooked Mexican style chicken in the freezer. I chopped up some lettuce and added cheese, spicy corn & chile from Trader Joe’s and salsa.
If you are one of those people who likes pre-eaten beans, you could put those in, too. Or add olives, guacamole or sour cream on top.
I’m not ashamed to admit that we each had two both nights. We are trying to think up other things to put inside – like scrambled eggs with the extras of your choice such as mushrooms, peppers or fried onions.
This was a lot of pleasure for just $11!