Sunday, October 13, 2013

Neighborhood Block Party

Over the summer, our church hosted a block party in hopes that we would turn around and go out and host our own. While we had all intentions of going to the actual church block party we had to turn the car around due to a feverish baby and very worried parents who kept calling and paging the on-call pediatrician. Bless that doctor's heart.  So we never made it. However, we did host our own block party a few weeks later so that has to count for something.

We live in a very diverse neighborhood of people of ages. I am talking people who have lived here for 50 something years. And they are lovely and we love them.  But it is fun to have friends in your neighborhood who you don't have to help back their sweet little Buicks out of their driveways because they can't see the best. Yes, this happens.  So every now and then, we see a younger couple and we have to track them down to be their friends ASAP. In Nashville, we had wonderful neighbors who were all our age. It was perfect. But here? We had to try hard to find the younger couples... but we did! And we had them all over to our house. A grand total of 5 couples...
It was a little risky because no one else had met but it worked out and everyone got along fabulously. There were even two other couples with baby girls.  The night went along great but of course, there is nothing like calling in backup to your husband who is still entertaining your new guests because your child decides she is going to poop in the bathtub on that very same night....perfect timing.
(me and the pooper before she decided to poop in the bathtub)
Everyone brought something to eat and I knew we would be fast friends when they walked in with amazing, pinterest inspired dishes. Jason and I supplied the main course, Taco Burgers and a Zesty Corn Dip to snack on. Both were hits! We even made extra taco burgers to freeze for later and they came out just as delicious when we made them again. Any recipe that makes enough to eat some and freeze some is my new favorite recipe! Anything to save this momma a night of having to worry about dinner:) And caution, the corn dip is highly addictive...

Taco Burgers
(Makes 6)
1 cup finely crushed tortilla chips 
1 envelope taco seasoning
1 Tbsp dried minced onion
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 1/2 pounds ground meat
6 slices pepperjack cheese
6 kaiser rolls
lettuce leaves
tomatoes slices

In large bowl, combine chips, seasoning, onion, egg and meat. Make 6 burgers. Grill until juices run clear. 
Top with cheese, lettuce, tomato and salsa. 
So easy and so good! 

Corn Dip 
2 cans Mexicorn, drained
10 oz. sharp cheddar cheese, grated
8 oz. sour cream
1 small can chopped green chilies, drined
4jalapenos, chopped fine
1 cup mayonaise
1/4 tsp. sugar
Mix all ingredients well. Chill overnight to let flavors blend. Serve with tortilla chips. 
Enjoy! Perfect to make ahead. 

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