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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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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Pam, Aliso Viejo

Note from the peanut gallery: I can’t help but add my own favorite Mustela product!   I love the Foam Shampoo for Newborns.  My newborn had pretty bad cradle cap, and this shampoo TOTALLY took it away! You can put it on and use a gentle toothbrush to massage the scalp.  It was amazing how quickly it cleared up.  

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To describe this park in one word would be LOVELY.  It is just lovely.

In a peaceful, gated area off Cress Street in Laguna Beach, this is truly a park that has it all.   Toddler play areas, older kid areas, tricycle/bicycle trails, a little bridge, trees for shade, gorgeous green grass, picnic tables, and my favorite, a CLEAN bathroom complete with kid’s size sink and potty.   What more could you need?

To get there, take Cress Street off PCH away from the ocean (it’s a light), and it will be on your right hand side before you hit Bluebird Canyon Road.  Mapquest address is: 798 Blue Bird Canyon Drive, Laguna Beach.  You can also turn right on Temple St., and there are a handful of parking spaces above the park.   I found this one on OC Family, and this park was # 1 on the 10 Best Playgrounds in OC list.  I plan to visit each one.  Stay tuned.

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Grab your jogger, load up the kiddos and take a walk back in time!  If you are looking for a fun outing, we love visiting Crystal Cove and looking at the refurbished vintage beach cottages.  To get there, park in the public lot at the “Los Trancos” light off PCH. In the peak months and weekends it is $10/day to park, but most times we have been there during the week, and the parking is free.  From the parking lot, there is a shuttle that runs down to the beach through the Beachcomber Restaurant for $1/pp or you can take the walking path down under the freeway. The kids can explore the beach and adjacent tide pools, and you can walk along the beach and check out the cottages. Make sure to take the road (or wooden staircase) up top where it says “check in” and you can enjoy the view from a huge wooden deck and get more information on renting the cottages.  My family has stayed down in the cottages many times, and it is amazing.  You feel like you are in another world.  Visit www.crystalcovebeachcottages.org for more information.

{2 images above from www.daytrippen.com – Featuring lots of fabulous Southern California Day Trips!}

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