What is a monkeybox?

When I was a little girl, we had a pet monkey named Amanda. My Dad worked in the produce business, so each night he brought home that days culls in a big box - spotty cucumbers, pithy apples, limp celery, moldy oranges and the like. We called it a monkeybox. It was really just trash, but my Mom would take each piece of fruit and trim it, pare it and cut it up to make a beautiful fruit platter for Amanda. Even though it was deemed trash by one, it still had life left in it and was good for the purpose we needed it. That's how I live my life - thrifting, yard saling, looking for another's trash to be my treasure.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Family Taco Night

***The winner is Dicity!  Thanks for leaving your comments. 

Around our house, we eat Mexican food about three times a week.  We love Burritos, Tostadoes, Mexican Chicken Casserole and our very favorite - TACOS!  Since we don't eat meat, we use Refried Beans in all of our creations.  The Breadman and I always loved Refried Beans, but it took several years (about 13 years, actually) to get THE BEAN (oddly named, huh?) to try them.  I finally persuaded him to try a can of Bean Dip one day.  He said it was good and asked what sort of dip it was.  I just kept telling him it was Chip Dip - Dip for Chips, etc. until he had knocked off the entire can. Ha! Then I told him it was BEANS.  He's been devouring all things Mexican ever since.

The nice folks at Old El Paso and My Blog Spark have sent me a fun Family Taco Night package complete with a packet of Old El Paso Taco Seasoning, a cute cactus shaped chip and salsa serving dish and three pepper shaped serving dishes as well as a $10.00 prepaid VISA card to buy the remaining items I need to round out our next Family Taco Night.  Which will be tonight.  We do love our Tacos!

Here is a FREE game you can print out and plat on your next family taco Night El Tacodor.

Also, a few delicious recipes:  Double layer Tacos  and Chicken Ranch Tacos.

Here is a coupon for you to print for 60¢ of TWO Old El Paso items:  Coupon

Now for YOU:  Do you love Tacos or Mexican food in general?  Leave a comment telling me your favorite Mexican dish or your favorite aspect of sharing a meal together or just say, "I MEXICAN LOVE FOOD!" and I will put your names in a virtual hat and ONE lucky winner will get their very own Old El Paso Family Taco Night Prize Package.  Don't forget to leave some way of getting in touch with you - email, blog, etc.   I'll pick a winner on Friday, so enter NOW!  Blogspark will mail you your prize package.



  1. Anonymous11:19 AM

    Love it! My 10 month old daughter will eat an entire dinner of rice and refried black beans w/jalopenos if we let her! (I won't mention the resulting diapers.) Thanks! JessicaD

  2. Anonymous2:19 PM

    My entire family loves Mexican! My sons favorite is my Taco Pie which is pretty much a taco just crusthed up into a casserole dish and baked with a lot of cheesy goodness.
    Thanks Shara, you know I love ya!
    Amy James

  3. Kim Musselwhite6:25 PM

    I Love Mexican Food, especially Fajitas! kimberlylegg@aol.com

  4. I LOVE MEXICAN FOOD! I'm from S. Texas, so I was kind of raised on it. We eat it fairly often, in fact.

  5. I Love Mexican Food! I love tacos, quesdillas and burritos the most. So good and yes beans are the best!

  6. Anonymous9:00 PM

    We love Mexican Food! Our favorites are tacos, chicken enchiladas, mexican rice & taco soup!
    Thanks, Tracy

  7. Loooove Mexican food - at home, soft shell tacos with chicken or beef. If we go out, we get the chicken chimichangas. Nom nom nom.

  8. I like the Fajitas!



    among many other types of foods.

  10. OMG! I love Mexican food like you wouldn't believe. It's a ritual around here on Fridays yo go out for Mexican. Tostadas are my favorite too!

  11. Enchilladas are our 'go to' meal when neither of us are feeling too motivated !! We always have tortilla shells & ground beef in the freezer and the rest of the makings in the pantry... 'just in case'! We have the 'recipe' taped inside a cupboard door, and 'the drill' down to a science. DH does all of the stove top/ beef cooking and I do all of the gathering & prep & measuring.... then we both fill and roll the shells... ((POOF)) 25 minutes later, a COMPLETE meal! Gotta love that!

    Mexican seems to be the one type of food that both DH & I can agree on 8-) (TEQUILA?!!)

    ...now to get him to make FRIED ICE CREAM for me.... hmmmmmm

  12. Janet K.4:26 PM

    Hey Miss Shara, I made chicken enchiladas once for my grandsons and they have been crazy for them ever since. My favorite is a chicken soft taco with mucho cheese! HTH Janet Babyx22@verizon.net

  13. Congratulations to the winner!

  14. In London I saw a TV commercial for Old El Paso EXTRA mild fajita kits. That cracked me up--those people eat spicy Indian curries all the day long, yet Mexican food has to be not just mild, but EXTRA mild for them to touch it. LOL


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