It was kind of a crazy/hectic night around here. Isla has this baby radar that makes her wake up and freak the heck out as soon as she sees us sit down to eat dinner. Needless to say, I’ve perfected the art of shoveling my food down in 30 seconds flat. It’s attractive. So she screamed for a while, then passed out on my chest- I was essentially glued to the couch for an hour, too afraid to move and wake her up. Then Jack ran into Brian in the hallway and basically bounced off him and into the wall. So there’s more screaming. Hooray! (He’s fine, by the way.)

Dinner was good. At least, I think it was… I ate it so fast it’s hard to remember. I have several folders crammed full of recipes that I’ve either printed off or ripped out of magazines, and recently I’ve been trying to pare those down. While sifting through them, I found an old recipe from Real Simple for Slow Cooker Cuban Braised Beef and Peppers. It’s appealing because it’s simple and healthy- just onions, peppers, tomatoes, flank steak and spices. Oh, and none of that browning the meat beforehand business. You just toss it in the crockpot and that’s it.

The recipe calls for serving it on top of white rice, but we had it on soft corn tortillas with avocado, cilantro and limes… taco-style.

(For the record, I would recommend doubling up on the tortillas- mine kind of fell apart.)

On the side- cucumbers marinated in cider vinegar, sugar and salt.

All in all a good, simple summer dinner! Hope you had a CALM night. Both kids are asleep now so I’m going to go find some hidden chocolate* and attempt to decompress.

*Okay, I found chocolate. Semi-sweet chips in the baking cabinet. Desperate times, people. Desperate times.

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