Just The Girls

Knitting Party! (friday night)

We had fun. I arrived at Kelly’s early and helped cut up fruit and do a nice presention, it’s all about presentation LOL. Got everything set up and ready. Then it was 6:30 and we decided we were hungry and started eating! She made this taco soup:

Paula’s Taco Soup

2 lbs ground beef
2 cups diced onions
2 (15 ½-oz) cans pinto beans
1 (15 ½-oz) can red kidney beans
1 (15 ½-oz) can whole kernel corn, drained
1 (14 ½-oz) can Mexican style stewed tomatoes
1 (14 ½-oz) can diced tomatoes
1 (14 ½-oz) can tomatoes and green chilies
2 (4 5/8-oz) can black olives, drained and sliced
½ cup green olives, sliced (optional)
1 (1 ¼-oz) package taco seasoning mix
1 (1-oz) package ranch dressing mix

Corn chips, for serving
Sour cream, for garnish
Grated cheese, for garnish
Chopped green onions, for garnish
Sliced jalapenos, for garnish

Brown the ground beef and onions in a large skillet; drain off excess fat and transfer browned beef and onions to a large slow cooker or stockpot.

Add the beans, corn, tomatoes, green chilies, black olives, green olives, taco seasoning and ranch dressing mix.

Simmer over low heat for about 1 hour (or 6-8 hours on low setting in crock pot).

To serve, place a few corn chips in each bowl and ladle soup over them.

Top with sour cream, cheese, green onions, and jalapenos.

Yield: 12-16 servings

Time: 1 hour 15 minutes or 6-8 hours  15 minutes prep

It is amazingly good! I could have eaten the whole crockpot, that is how good it is! Then Lynn from church showed up and ate with us. Neither of us had met Lynn before. She was really nice, older than us, she has a 13 yo son. After that we started knitting. Well Kelly and Lynn started knitting and I started crocheting. Renee showed up and she is very funny. She doesn’t have any kids but they have a miniature dauschhund, so that is her baby. We would share stories of our kids and she would share stories of hers 😉 Then Mel showed up, that is Kelly’s sister and she just cracks me up. So funny, she and I could get into real trouble I think!

I stayed until 9:30 and then went to pick up Katie. I was so exhausted, but it turned out to be a longer night than I thought when I got home and turned on the computer to see “everything” that had gone on…