Easy Weeknight Dinner Recipes – Shrimp Tacos

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1 lb of large shrimp (the frozen bag from Trader Joe’s are yummy and EASY)
Small tin of diced green chilies
Head of lettuce
1 White Onion
1 Lime
Sour Cream
Shredded Cheese
Hot Sauce or Salsa
1 bag of Corn Tortillas
1 x packet of Taco Seasoning
1 Ripe avocado
Canola Oil

1. Sauté the shrimp in a skillet with a small amount of olive oil,  when cooked add in the tin of diced green chilies
2. Add about 1/2 the packet of the seasoning mix
3. Take the head of lettuce and cut in half and then cut the lettuce into really thin slivers
4. Cut the onion into thin slices also
5. Cut the limes into small wedges
6. In another skillet heat about a cup of canola oil until very hot.   You can test if it is ready by  putting the edge of a tortilla into the oil.  If it immediately bubbles, you are good to go.
7. Take a corn tortilla and place into the hot oil.  It will start bubbling.   Then take some kitchen tongs and fold it in half and cook until it starts to get a little bit brown and crispy looking (you can do two tortillas at a time).  In a colander put some paper towels and as each tortilla is ready stand them up in the colander to drain.
8. When they are done, take a tortilla shell and in the bottom place a layer of shrimp, then a layer of cheese, then lettuce, then onion, then sliced avocado and a dollop of sour cream and a drizzle of hot sauce or salsa and add some salt, pepper and a squeeze of lime.
9. Serve with Mexican rice and beans if desired (oh, yeah, and a margarita too!)

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Here is an awesome tip from Sarah, a savvy mom with lots of ideas on how to save money.

“Pancakes with fresh fruit and big cups of coffee are some of our favorite ways to spend summer Sundays. Just as families find their summer rhythm, school supply lists come out and major retailers run circulars in Sunday papers advertising serious Back-to-School sales. Rather than letting this phenomenon act as a dud in an otherwise smashing series of summer fireworks, consider using those sales with the ENTIRE calendar year in mind.  Think about the squeals your kids will emit when they pull out brand new markers or crayons from their stockings come December. Do you donate to holiday charities? Pull together an art station for several kids for pennies and you will save yourself time and money come the holiday season. Or, plan an Easter Art Show with your brood. Buy all the art supplies this month and stash them away until Easter. On Easter morning, have the baskets ready and ask the kids to create masterpieces while you hide eggs.  Throughout the year, you will use many of the supplies available for major discounts this month. Look around, make a list, and stock up. You will save yourself time and money.”

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– Sally, Costa Mesa

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Michael Stars launched Mikey Stars on 5/10 at The Americana at Brand (that Rick Caruso marriage between The Grove and Main Street USA).  I haven’t seen it yet (Americana or the shirts), but if the tees at all resemble Big Brother Michael Stars, brace yourself for an addiction in the making.  Mikey Stars…as if your didn’t twinkle enough already… 

Jolie, Beverly Hills


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I have to admit, I didn’t used to get the Croc craze. They were kind of weird looking to me, and I was always surprised at how it seemed like EVERY kid at the mall or park were sporting a pair. Then, my daughter started toddling around and I realized how much time it took to take her tennies off and on when she just wanted to run outside for a minute. I thought, maybe these parents are onto something, and I bit the bullet and bought her a pair.  We opted for a light pink pair, and after the first day, we both were HOOKED.  They are easy for them to get on and off, they are waterproof (great for summer) and easy to clean.  I love the Croc Kiosk at the Irvine Spectrum (by Nordstrom’s and Anthropologie) under the big ferris wheel.  Great selection to pick up some “flare” AKA. Jibbetz! 71 Fortune Dr. Irvine 92618 – 949.450.9218

Crocs is sponsoring an awesome program called Soles United , which takes used pairs of donated Crocs and recycles them for distribution to people in need around the globe.  Check out the website for participating locations for drop off or instructions on how to mail them. The Irvine Spectrum has a collection bag. What a beautiful way to spread the love, one croc at a time! 

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