“Owning less is better than organizing more.”  Joshua Becker

We recently had a group of people over for dinner.  Being the perfect hostess I vacuumed up most of the cat hair and washed one of the windows.  I thought about polishing furniture but I didn’t want to set the bar too high.  My goal is to make people feel good about their own homes.

My main focus for the evening was on the food.  I’m also conscious of where I set the bar in this department.  I took a page out of my oldest son’s book and served what he generally severs when there’s a gang coming over to eat.  He serves a Southwestern Buffet.

This buffet is easy and provides variety and choices.  Diners can enjoy either soft shell tacos, taco salad, or nachos.  Just set out ingredients and let people have at it.


taco seasoned ground beef in a crock pot

cheese sauce in a small crock pot

chopped tomatoes iab (in a bowl)

shredded or chopped lettuce, iab

diced onion, iab

shredded cheese, iab

guacamole, iab

sour cream, yes

salsa and hot sauce, a variety

tortilla chips

soft shell tortillas


Almost everything can be made up the day before.  The soft shell tortillas simply need to be wrapped in foil and put into the oven for 10 minutes at 350 degrees.

taco bar

This picture is an amazing array of leftovers.  Of course, I forgot to take a picture on the night of the event when everything was out and people were admiring the one clean window I had washed.

I put out paper plates but used real flatware.  That would be forks.  For beverages I set out pre-mixed Margaritas along with lemonade, iced tea, pink grapefruit Perrier, a bowl of ice, and Spotted Cow.  Yes, we live in Wisconsin.  For dessert I purchased two amazing cakes from Whole Foods.

The majority of our guests had never experienced a Southwestern Buffet.  I guess their friends and relatives are not as lazy  ambitious and organized.  After a tentative first trip to the buffet everyone returned for a second and sometimes third trip.

Hosting such an event means that I get to sit with our guests instead of spending time in the kitchen.  And besides a small stack of serving bowls and a bunch of flatware there really wasn’t much to do for the cleanup.

Next year (this is going to be an annual event) I’m probably going to serve a baked potato buffet.  Loving it!

Loveya – The Grandma





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Artist, African hand drum student, yoga neophyte, and Grandmother of 22 or so grandchildren. I enjoy cooking and writing. I value good friends and quiet times for reading.

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