A private little party

by Joanne on May 7, 2010

I love stormy skies.  When the rain is moving out and the sun is taking over, the sky looks kind of spooky, all dark on one side and bright on the other. 

On the way to work, to the left of me was the sun taking over….


To the right of me, was the storm from the night before moving out….


Love it!

Didn’t miss a workout.  Thursday in the gym, it was an easy 3.3 miles on the treadmill while watching “Paula’s Party”.  She was making “My Friend Flicker Pie” since she couldn’t say “Snickers Pie”…. and I was drooling over it at that early hour!   

Following the run, I had the gym to myself and worked with weights on back, triceps, shoulders and abs for 45 minutes.  Still no sign of Ted.  I went upstairs and woke Shane up.  Good guard dog!  We headed out for a 3 mile walk in the rain. Yes, we were soaked.  It was so nice to see that dark sky moving out.

Thursday night= bike night.

Fair / Windy:  59° F

Wind: From WNW at 24mph gusting to 38mph

Of course the wind was blowing.  Someone way, way up there is playing with my cycling determination.  I can only take so much of this.  Three weeks of high wind.  Every other day of the week, no wind.     Ted and I decided not to go with the group.  We were going to do our own thing.  I went upstairs to change and heard the wind howling outside the window. 

My Thoughts: “I’m not going to enjoy this.  I’m going to be nervous because of the traffic and the wind is going to put a real damper on my ride, once again.  If I keep having bad rides, I’m going to really hate cycling”.

Did I want to peddle along looking like a mad woman with the face of the mean, old witch on “The Wizard of Oz”?  No.


With those thoughts, I said to Ted he was going it alone.  He said he agreed with my reasoning and went out only to return 55 minutes later.  He said it was bad. It was worse than last week and the wind was rocking him on the bike.  Going down hill, the wind was actually holding the bike from picking up speed.    PHEW!  SO, SO glad I didn’t go.   There’s always next week.

We DID however hit a new restaurant in town.  Review to be posted on Saturday. 

Back to Cinco De Mayo….May 5th celebrates two dates: One a Mexican Victory and Two young Teddy’s birthday. 

Neither Ted nor I are of Mexican heritage.  Neither Ted nor I saw Teddy on his birthday.  We therefore celebrated both dates by ourselves. 

We decided to make Shrimp Burritos with Guacamole for 2


Out of curiosity, I bought a Burrito kit. It ended up being a waste of money since I ended up only using the tortillas.  I saved the black bean/rice mix and seasoning in case I wanted it for something else at some future date.

For our burritos, I added Mexican corn, fat free refried beans, some mild green chile enchilada sauce, fresh chopped veggies, put it all together with shrimp and this is EXACTLY how it went.


I made the guacamole first and set it in the fridge to chill.

Making the Burrito’s turned Wraps:  I over stuffed and couldn’t fold so I simply wrapped one time.  This recipe will serve 4 – 6



  • 1 lb bag cooked shrimp – take the tails off
  • 3/4 cup chopped bell peppers – I used a mix of yellow, red, and green
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 10 oz can Green Chile MILD Enchilada Sauce
  • 1 cup fresh baby spinach
  • 2 TBS chopped fresh cilantro
  • 11 oz can Mexican style corn
  • 16 oz can Fat Free Refried Beans
  • 1 cup Shredded Mexican blend cheese.

Heat a sauté pan on medium high heat – do not add oil.   Add the chopped peppers and the jalapeno and cook 2 minutes.  Add the spinach and cook just until it wilts.  Stir in the enchilada sauce and the cilantro.  Let it bubble a couple of times and remove from heat.

Preheat oven to 350 F. Lay out the burritos on a foil lined platter. Spray the foil with non-stick.


Spoon on the enchilada-veggie mix. 


Top that with the corn. 


Add some shrimp. 


Add about 1 1/2 TBS of refried beans. 


Fold over and turn so the seam side is down.  Top with any extra beans and sprinkle with cheese.


Bake for 25 minutes. Serve with the chilled guacamole.


A bit spicy.  Could have been the chile powder in the guacamole or it may have been the jalapeno in the burrito/wrap.


The spice was perfect for me but a bit much for Ted.

What’s your favorite:  Tacos? or Burritos?   Ted likes tacos but not the fact that they crack all over the place and are hard to eat.  I like burritos.


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    • At 2010.05.07 07:55, pegasuslegend said:

      I love your stories, and my favorite childhood wiz of oz is here so bonus! I just bought three avocado’s and this is what I will for sure be trying, looks quick and easy and I am sure everyone is going to love them…. I love the burrito easier to eat, your right the others do crack all over….nice post enjoyed the read 🙂
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      • At 2010.05.07 10:06, Joanne said:


        • At 2010.05.07 08:43, Simply Life said:

          I LOVE a bean and veggie burrito! that looks like one delicious fiesta! 🙂
          .-= Simply Life´s last blog .."Be in a dress by 6!" =-.

          • At 2010.05.07 10:06, Joanne said:

            Thanks. 🙂

            • At 2010.05.07 09:24, Lori (Finding Radiance) said:

              I was going to go biking yesterday, too – but those winds were fierce for sure! So it will be today. At least we have a nice Friday on tap, too bad the weekend looks like poo LOL!

              I really like burritos. But they must be made exactly as I want them with substitutions galore 😀
              .-= Lori (Finding Radiance)´s last blog ..Clean eats and no running. =-.

              • At 2010.05.07 10:07, Joanne said:

                It seems most of my meal choices require personalization for me to enjoy eating them. I’m with you on that.

                • At 2010.05.07 12:30, kalli@fitandfortysomething said:

                  I can see why you did not go on the ride-riding in the wind is AWFUL! happy Friday Joanne 🙂

                  • At 2010.05.07 14:56, Joanne said:

                    I felt bad about bailing but figured if it ruined future rides for me, it just wasn’t worth it.

                    • At 2010.05.07 12:34, runnerforever said:

                      I hate it when the weather does not cooperate. Great job still getting in workouts!
                      Your burrito wraps looks delicious! I am not a huge burrito or taco fan, I prefer tostadas.
                      .-= runnerforever´s last blog ..I’m sorry, please come back! =-.

                      • At 2010.05.07 14:57, Joanne said:

                        I hate it as well. 🙁

                        • At 2010.05.07 14:27, Hannah said:

                          I didn’t eat Mexican food on Cinco de Mayo (actually went out for sushi) but now I’m craving it. I’m more of a burrito kinda gal, myself.

                          • At 2010.05.08 03:58, Anne @ Food Loving Polar Bear said:

                            I like tacos more, but they’re so messy to eat so I usually end up eating burritos 😀
                            .-= Anne @ Food Loving Polar Bear´s last blog ..Stuffed =-.

                            • At 2010.05.19 06:38, Rice Scramble | Apple Crumbles said:

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