International Foods Project: Mexican Meal!

 I am in an International Foods Class this semester. Our big project was to pick a country and prepare a big meal for at least 6 people with recipes from that country. I chose Mexico, considering Jared went there on his mission, and he would love me forever, it was an easy choice. I had my brother Skyler, his girlfriend Mallory, our friend Ross, and our friends Dawson and Janie over for the huge meal, and we all left stuffed! So here's pictures of what I made, and at the end I have a self-evaluation that I had to do for the project. Enjoy!

Rolling out sopapillas
Guacamole, Homemade salsa verde, and picante sauce

Tomatillo Rice (my favorite!)
Chiles Rellenos
Chicken Flautas
The Table!
My plate

I am very proud of the meal that I prepared for my international foods project. I chose to do my project on Mexico. I chose six recipes to prepare for this meal, these included; Chiles Rellenos, Tomatillo Rice, Chicken Flautas, Guacamole, Horchata, and Sopapillas. In going about preparing this, I spent a lot of time writing out a schedule or duty log. This duty log helped immensely in the execution of this project. I was able to stick to the times I had laid out, and was able to get everything done, and at the right temperature for serving, at exactly the right time.

I also think I chose great recipes. They were all clear and precise, and ended up being absolutely delicious. My conversion factors were very accurate, so I was able to make an exact amount of food, that left virtually no leftovers, but kept everyone stuffed. Part of the reason we had no leftovers was because we all ate, and then sat at the table for about two hours just talking! As the time went on we all eventually ate everything that was left. This worked out perfectly. I love that because of a meal I made we were able to gather and talk and bond. Without this food we would not have been able to have that opportunity. That is one of the biggest reasons I love cooking, it brings people together!
Something I could have worked on was delegating more. I have done meals like this in the past, and just have found that I think it is easier to do everything myself. My husband did help me in the preparation of this meal, especially in the set-up of the table and room, and in the clean-up. Also, whenever I was feeling a little overwhelmed I would ask for his help, but as for planning for help, I did not do that very well. I definitely could have assigned him more jobs. However, none of these recipes were extremely difficult, so in this situation it worked out rather well, but in other situations where I would be preparing a lot more, or more difficult dishes, I would need a lot more help, and this experience taught me how to ask for that help.



This post is for me...I have to remember this hehe
Yesterday and today I have been feeling under the weather. When Jared asked "what are we doing for dinner tonight" I got my pouty face on and said, "could you make it?"
Since then he has been sneaking around on his computer, and when I came over he shut it and got all bashful. He has been secretly looking at recipes for dinner, even asking me if we had spinach (haha...no.)
Then he just went into the other bedroom and printed something off. A recipe. I don't think Jared has ever even looked at a recipe.
Oh and while he is in there rinsing, and chopping, he is listening to Michael Buble. 
I have the cutest husband in the world.


Paper Chains

Ever since I was little I loved countdowns to big events. This passion involved a LOT of paper chains.
Our family's big vacation to Pismo Beach, California one year, I think we started like 200 days in advance
I think for my 10th or 11th birthday I made a paper chain that was 365 links long, for my next birthday!
Christmases, fieldtrips, off-tracks, I made paper chains all of the time. 
And this was not just a childhood passion. I made a paper chain for my high school graduation, and then again after Jared and I got engaged, for both when we went to North Carolina, and for our Wedding day!
Well my little kid self has sprung forth again, when last night I spent a good hour making a paper chain. 
The technique is much more precise when the 21-year-old me makes paper chains vs. the 6-year-old me (I measured the chains to make sure they were even. I hate when you have those really fat links, they are so ugly!)
Then I wrote the numbers on each of the links that we'll rip off for that day, and the day of the week. 
Now this beauty is hanging in our bedroom, and we start the countdown tonight!
11 days until we pre-move to Boise to go sign our lease and get our keys
32 days until we graduate
35 until we move everything else.

I may be about as mature as a 12-year old, but at least I have so much fun! and the 35-link-long chain seems SOOOO much more promising than the 365 link long one for my birthday. 
We are so close!
Aside from this I have done so many grown up things...such as...
reserve our moving truck
Pay the deposit for our town home
sell our washer and dryer to our apartment owners (score)
schedule shut off dates for both the internet and power
(had to get through that one fast because that may or may not be one of those 12-year-old maturity level things...)
continue to go to school despite my overwhelming desire to not.
Isn't being a grown up fun?