Wednesday, July 23, 2014

I Believe in Tacos

Well hello there, strangers.

Hi. I haven't been around in, oh, about a week.
But I had my reasons.

I just spent four days in Arkansas with most of the (in)courage contributors, and I learned a few things while I was gone, things like Don't Forget To Pack Deodorant, and If You Do, Pray For A Really Generous Roommate With A Low Germaphobe Index.

Give me a little space, an extra glug of oxygen and air, and I end up figuring out what I believe in. I believe in not opening the laptop for 5 days straight. I believe in crazy wallpaper. I believe (still) that gingham is a neutral.

I believe I landed the best kids and husband on the planet.

I believe there's a thread of solidarity and humanity stitched between every woman. I believe our differences make us stronger. I believe in telling the truth.

I believe in lime La Croix. I believe God loves me enough to draw me in and settle me down, every time, no matter what.

I believe the best way to keep writing is to sometimes stop for a while.

I believe in affirming each other and not laughing when I am affirmed. (I believe I still need help with this.)

I believe in tacos.

If I have one regret from my time away it's that I didn't properly prioritize the taco truck across from the hotel. I just can't shake the guilt.

Which may explain why the first thing I did after coming home and tucking my babies in was to plate up one of my favorite meals in the history of always. At 9 pm.

Because I believe a pork taco with asian slaw is a perfectly acceptable re-entry plan.

{I swear there's meat under there...}

Pork Tacos with Asian Slaw

2 T chili powder
1 T coarse salt
2 tsp cumin
1 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper
pinch of cloves or cinnamon
1 bay leaf

Combine all spices except bay leaf and rub into all sides of a pork roast.
Sear rubbed roast over high heat in a skillet, until browned and a crust begins to form.

Transfer roast to a slow cooker.

While skillet is still hot, pour 1/2 cup of water (or stock/broth) into the pan, deglazing the browned bits from the roast.

Pour this "broth" over the roast. Top with 1 bay leaf, or 2 if you're wild like me.

Cook on low for 8-10 hours.

I usually check the meat an hour or so before dinner. If it's not falling apart yet, I crank the cooker up to high.

When meat is tender, pull it apart with two forks.

Chop half a head of cabbage and mix with the juice of one lime, a little salt, and a couple glugs of Thai chili sauce.

I like my tacos topped with sour cream mixed with a little chipotle-in-adobo, sliced avocado, and a hearty drizzle of Sriracha.

PS - Robert (snifffff) taught me to cook the tortillas over the "eye", which translates to holding each tortilla over the open flame of my gas stove and setting off the smoke alarm approximately 62 times over the course of the 8 months he lived with us. Be careful doing this. Be ye not distracted. But oh, WILL YOU EVER BE A BELIEVER.


  1. welcome back! i'd like to read more about how God's love draws you in and settles you down. i need that.

  2. So glad you for your refreshing restorative days away-- I wanted to comment on your last sitting there for days post and ask if you were OK, where oh where were you? -- but I know that sound like being a pest. So here's just to say it's fine to see you back!!

    1. I will admit, I felt bad that I left you guys with such a morose post on the books. ;)
      All is well!! And you're never a pest. NEVAH!

  3. You were in Arkansas while I was away! Sad. I don't know where you were when you came to AR, but maybe you came to my hometown? Where Dayspring home office is? If you did come here, or really anywhere in NWA I need to know about this taco truck. I could use a good taco truck in my life.

    1. You got it!!
      There's a taco truck AND a French crepe truck across from the hotel we stayed in in Bentonville. Right down from the Farmer's market. :)

  4. We seriously need to go to New Buffalo to the Stray Dog for fish tacos. They slayed so much, I wanna go back! And I'm not usually a fish taco person.

  5. I believe I'm 27 weeks pregnant and now can't stop thinking about tacos. I believe i will coerce my husband into tacos for dinner ;)

  6. gingham is mos def a neutral.
    i also believe in tacos. and you. amen.

  7. Next time you forget your deodorant, throw on some baby powder. No germs from other pits there😊. That's all I've used for the past 10 years. Works like a dream!

  8. Sounds like it was a good break for you. Yeah for you, you deserve it.

  9. I'm so sorry if this posts twice - I hit "publish" and it disappeared into interweb nothingness. Recap: I share your taco truck regret, but did love the fish tacos :) And I also - as always - wish I'd had more time to chat with you! Love your heart (and your style!)

  10. This is so weird. I feel like maybe being around you, I'm channeling some Shannon. I wrote an I believe post on my way home from Arkansas in the Houston airport during my layover, but it's not done yet. Same format. I will say for now I believe I do like you. I believe the absence of proper taco truck timing was a momentary lapse in judgement and I left with a repentant heart as well. I believe that my pb&j when I got home was not nearly as good as your culinary masterpiece above and will be making up for that with Korean BBQ tacos tonight. I'm all about penance at this point. I believe that after seeing your gingham, it might very well be a neutral but I'd have never thought it. I believe I like your style in lots more ways than your outfits and hair and easy way about you. I believe if you like La Croix the way to go is their peach/pear. I am 70% water, 10% peach pear la croix and 20% other random life necessitating organ-y parts. I believe this is the longest comment in the history of the world and might as well be a blog post. I had a good time with you and I'd have voxed all of this as well as many a good selfie tip but alas, I believe you don't believe in voxer. So pretend this is a text. ;)

  11. i'm thinking about getting married to a taco. God bless america i love them so much.

  12. I was thinking about Robert and Ruby last night - we were out at Family Camp - Camp Meeting - at the old, wonderful, Fairmount Wesleyan Campground on HWY 26. There was a little boy with the most beautiful ringlets you could ever hope to see. His hair was alive. He has poetry growing and springing out of his head! so i was thinking about Ruby's hair situation and how Robert helped you out and remembering that post; it made me weep. anyway - glad you got to get away, glad you are safely at home. Tell Robert hello for me - i know i'm weird, but I just don't care anymore. Sometimes it's nice to know a stranger is thinking of you and praying for you. The tacos look good enough to drive 2 hours for :) one last thing - i finally activated my twitter account just so that when we travel i'll know where the food trucks are!

  13. I've always firmly believed gingham is a neutral.

    And if I didn't think you were awesome before, lime La Croix is the clincher.

  14. When I saw the "I believe in Tacos" title, for some reason my mind went to the lyrics "I believe in Miracles..."'

    And of course, that reminds me of Rat Race. One of the best.movies.ever.made.

    On a more serious note, this:
    I believe in affirming each other and not laughing when I am affirmed. (I believe I still need help with this.) ME TOO!

  15. is it the tacos tuesday as in lego movie.

  16. Two things...I wore gingham yesterday, ate pork tacos with sriacha and a sprinkle of feta, and read a bit of slow church....basically, you were sitting right next to me. And it was good.

  17. These pictures were so enticing I am making this NOW! The pork is done and it turned out perfectly--I just hope I don't screw up the slaw! Is the Thai Chili Sauce in the slaw different from the Sriracha???

  18. It was an Asian slaw miracle! I guessed and bought the Thai Sweet Chili Sauce before I saw your email and oh my, my. The whole family ate this meal. Officially adding this to the greatest hits rotation.

  19. Ohhhh, I belive in tacos too. Had one very similar to this in Nashville not too long ago. Obcessed about it for days after.