Cinco de Mayo

06 May
Cinco de Mayo

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
  1. Combine all ingredients in a heavy bottomed saucepan over medium heat. Stir until combined and thoroughly melted. 

Serve with chips.


Posted by on May 6, 2014 in Favorite Recipes, Recipe


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4 responses to “Cinco de Mayo

  1. Kate @ Did That Just Happen?

    May 7, 2014 at 11:19 am

    Okay, now that is a queso that isn’t full of tomatoes – I can eat that! I’ll totally put that on my list to try!

    Congrats on the new washer and dryer! That’s exciting 🙂 And I hope that the clog is a thing of the past!

    • ortsofsorts

      May 7, 2014 at 11:21 am

      You could probably try it without the tomato paste, too! Enjoy!

      It is exciting to have a new washer and dryer! We gave the older set to Daughter Number 1, and have been slogging the laundry to my mom’s house for the past couple of weeks. This is so much better!

  2. Mzunga

    May 7, 2014 at 11:36 am

    I want to know more about the avocado fries!

    • ortsofsorts

      May 12, 2014 at 7:17 pm

      I will share the avocado fries recipe soon! Promise.

      Also, I agree that the atmosphere and ambiance at the ‘old’ Pachamama’s was SO much better. The food is still great, though!


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