Happy Cinco de Mayo! I know, I know…it’s really Seis de Mayo, but unplanned events of the evening yesterday did NOT allow for any cooking to go in my house.
I actually got off work a little bit early yesterday to cook and do some cleaning and prep work leading up to the delivery of a new washer and dryer today (May 6). There were a couple of quick things to start the prep for cooking, like washing and sorting pinto beans that needed to be done.
I had started the girls on a composition lesson (that’s one of my parts of homeschooling) and headed down to the laundry room. Imagine how shocked, saddened, distraught, and about 50 other emotions all at once when I heard the slosh. I hollered up the stairs for the girls to get their Daddy as I waded through water that was already above my toes. We must have a clog somewhere. Very long story shortened somewhat, The Hubs and I tried everything we knew to unclog the drain. The water was rising to about ankle level and edging toward our bedroom when we decided to throw in the towel (we had already thrown several of them at the water) and call a plumber.
A plumber was there within 2 hours, which I thought was pretty speedy. He found the clog and took care of it in about another hour. The next few hours were spent driving back and forth to my mother’s to do laundry (remember, no washer or dryer).
I got a call from The Hubs while I was at her house washing some towels and enjoying an icy cold beverage. There was water coming up from the drain in the floor again. Apparently, the clog had not been completely removed. I went home to help work on the problem.
We could call the plumber back out, or flush this drain out ourselves (you have to love the internet). So we chose the second option (I was going to say Number 2, but that’s just not funny right now). We tried a couple of things and then The Hubs made a quick trip to Lowe’s (45 minutes). He used the extra strength clog remover foam, and in 30 minutes the drain was completely cleared. By this time, it was way past everyone’s bedtime. I got cleaned up and went to bed.
I took the day off of work today to clean up the rest of the mess that had been caused by the clogged drain, flooded basement. I scrubbed and scrubbed. We did have a little wetness on the drywall, but we have a heavy duty fan that took care of that! The room was ready in time for the delivery of my brand new washer and dryer!
I got to spend the rest of the day doing laundry which is much more exciting with a new washer and dryer and no standing water. The girls and I also made some crafts and I, of course, did some cooking!
For dinner I finished the slow cooker not so refried beans that I had started working on when the plumbing problem was discovered. I had intended on making some homemade salsa, chicken breasts, and a fabulous dessert, but because of everything that had gone on I simplified a bit. I browned some ground beef and added some seasonings for taco burritos (as the girls call them). Then I made some oven avocado fries, guacamole, and Chili con Queso. I diced onion, tomato, cilantro, jalapeno, and shredded cheese for toppings. Our drinks consisted of apricot nectar and orange juice.
The queso was nothing short of fantastic. The recipe for the Chili Con Queso came from my dad which he got out of a little cookbook with a Velvet matador on the cover, sometime before I was born.
I’m not sure if was the rough day yesterday, the long day today, or if it really was that delicious! Be on the lookout for more Cinco de Mayo Orts.
Chile Con Queso
- 10 ounces shredded cheddar cheese (I used a combination of Sharp and Colby Jack)
- ¾ cup Evaporated Milk
- 2 Tablespoons tomato paste
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- ¼ cup green onion
- 1 small can green chiles
Combine all ingredients in a heavy bottomed saucepan over medium heat. Stir until combined and thoroughly melted.
Serve with chips.