The week before we went on vacation was Gus's last week of preschool for the year. When I think back to September and how I didn't know if he was going to like it and if he'd want to stay by himself, I should have just laughed because he loved it. Two-year-old preschool is one of the best things we've done for him thus far. And then we were excited to find out there was going to be an end of the year picnic for all the families of the 2's. Everyone signed up to bring in food and we were all set to go when we got the phone call: rain today, no picnic. No plans to bring it inside, just cancelled. It was so disappointing, and Gus still asks about the picnic because he doesn't quite understand yet what "cancelled" means.
Not only that but we were left with a huge bag of tortilla chips that we wouldn't usually have. (Luckily I was going to buy the two gallons of lemonade and salsa on our way to the picnic. I feel bad for the person who offered to make sandwiches for the 22-family shindig.) Anyway, the chips aren't something I was going to return so I was thinking I'd have to come up with something to use with them and decided upon homemade guacamole. This was something I always thought was hard to make- any recipes I've found always have some weird, complicated step involved- but I've managed to combine a few different recipes to come up with a very simple mix. And luckily, avocados were on sale this week.
2-3 ripe avocados (should be soft to the touch when gently squeezed)
1 small tomato, chopped
1 thick slice of sweet onion, chopped
handful of citantro, chopped
1-2 teaspoons of crushed garlic
salt and pepper
In a bowl, place avocado fruit and roughly mash it with a fork. The more you mash it, the thinner it will become so work it until you find a consistency you like. Squeeze the juice of a half lemon over the avacado to coat it. This will help keep it from turning brown too quickly. Use more juice if it you think you need it. Add the tomatoes, onion, cilantro, garlic, a sprinkle of pepper and 1-2 teaspoons of salt (taste it as you add it). Stir carefully.
And that's it! This makes a great side with chips, but we've been loving it spread inside of steak fajitas lately.
Let me know if you try it or have a recipe for your own!