Mexican Grabbits

You are probably wondering what they heck they are!  Well, wonder no more.  Mexican Grabbits are a tasty version of meatloaf on a corn shell with a Mexican twist.  When my mom first made this recipe for us, she used mini taco shells.  Old El Paso doesn’t make those anymore so we’ve had to improvise. 

We now normally make them using Tostitoes Big Scoops, but tonight I decided to change it up a bit and made them in regular size taco shells.  They turned out pretty good and here’s how you can try them out for yourself!

Here’s what you need:

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 can rotel
  • 1 egg
  • Bread crumbs
  • Taco shells or tortilla chips

the ingredients

Here’s what you do:

Mix all the ingredients together except for the shells or chips.

mix it together

Pop them in the oven at 375 for 25 minutes.  Flip them over to the other side and back for an additional 25 minutes.  If you are making them on the chips you’ll of course adjust and reduce your cooking time.

bake them

After baking let them cool just a bit and then they are ready to eat!

done

We usually serve ours with hot sauce and sour cream but there are lots of options!

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Let me know if you tried them and how they turned out!

(((hugs))) ~lisa

How to make a mini piñata!

I love ALL things miniature.  I’m not sure why, but I do.  Maybe because I am only 5’ tall?  A subconscious bonding with things that are small? 

I came across a pic of a miniature piñata and immediately knew I had to try it.  It was just one of those things that called my name and I was more than happy to answer.  I was looking for some fun things to send my youngest triplet daughter who is on staff at a Christian camp this summer, and this looked like a super cute idea.  

After I decided I was going to make one, I found several blogs that had ideas to help me bring my mini piñata to life.

I had all the supplies for this project on hand, so there was nothing really stopping from getting my creative action on! 

You will need a cereal box, or other similar box

cereal box

Some tissue or crepe paper.  I saved some tissue paper that came in a gift bag.  It was a little wrinkly but for this project, it was perfect!

tissue paper

The pattern for my piñata came from, A Blackbird’s Epiphany.  More thoughts on that in a minute.

pinata pattern

Other items needed are tape, glue and scissors.

I cut out the two sides of the piñata out and then cut a long strip to use to put the two sides together. 

putting the sides together

Just before I had it completely closed up, I put in a couple of pennies, a small Hello Kitty rock that I had painted and a bottle cap.  It was more for the sound effects than anything.  If she does decide to bust it open I wanted at least a couple of little things inside.

Once I went completely around and taped the two sides together with the strip I was ready to add the tissue paper part.

finished base

It’s at this point where I was kind of thinking that this didn’t really look like a donkey so much as a dog.  The legs are a little chunky but I had already cut and taped everything so I figured that there was no going back now.

I cut several strips of tissue paper and then cut those to make a fringe.  I did not know this but they actually make fringe scissors!  Who knew?  They are actually quite inexpensive but since I don’t own a pair, I cut my fringe the old fashioned way. 😉

cutting fringe

Once I had all the fringe pieces ready to go, I started gluing it on, section by section.

adding fringe

Continue that process until your piñata is completely covered. 

Now…we can be completely honest with each, right?  I mean we are friends after all.

This is my finished piñata.  It is *supposed* to be a donkey.  But I think it looks more like some sort of colorful sheep dog or something.  So I guess I will tell folks that it is a sheep dog piñata!  Yeah, that’s it!!  That way folks will think that it was supposed to turn out this way!! 😉 

finished pinata

For my first attempt at making a piñata, I was pretty pleased with the results.  Next time, if I try to make another donkey, I’ll look for a little bit different pattern.  I actually plan on making another and *hopefully* it will resemble what it is supposed to look like.  We shall see!

Have you tried to create anything different lately?  I’d love to hear about it.

(((hugs)))  ~lisa