The Five of Us, Spring 2014

The Five of Us, Spring 2014

Easy Pleasy Vegan Burritos

This is a recipe I found and improved upon. We all like it so much, I think I'll keep making it even after the fast.

1 can black beans (not drained)
2 c cooked brown rice (perfect use for those leftovers!)
1 T taco seasoning
1/2 t oregano

1 can Mexican style stewed tomatoes

2 med tomatoes, diced
1/2 med onion, diced
1/2 jalepeno, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
cilantro, chopped, to taste
squeeze of lime

1 avacado, diced

shredded cheddar cheese or cheese substitute (if really wanting to be vegan)

Mission Brand multi-grain tortillas (we really like these!)

Mix first 4 ingredients in medium saucepan. Heat over med heat until hot.

Puree entire contents of stewed tomatoes can in blender or food processor. Heat in a small saucepan over low heat until hot.

Mix next 6 ingredients in medium bowl to make salsa/pico de gallo and let stand to allow flavors to mingle.

Assemble burritos as you like. The tortillas are a bit small for me to cram all the goodies in, so some things wind up on top. I kinda like to put all the warm stuff inside (rice/beans, stewed tomato sauce and cheese) and the cool ingredients on top (salsa, avacado). I like to keep the rice/beans and tomato sauce warm on the stove because we have to go back for seconds! Those who like their food hot can also add hot sauce.

If you're using leftover rice, this comes together in minutes. It's a wonderful, healthy recharger in a busy day.


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My Man and Me
married 7/7/2001


ours through biology, born 7/25/2004, home 8/1/2004


ours through adoption from Liberia, West Africa, born 7/15/2005, home 10/25/2007


ours through domestic adoption, born 1/15/2011, home 2/10/2011, final 8/3/2011

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Round Two Timeline

  • 9/24/08 Home study update home visit for Ghana adoption
  • 10/15/08 Dossier sent to AOHG
  • 10/15/08 I600A application sent to USCIS
  • 10/30/08 First heard about possible domestic private adoption
  • 11/18/08 Last spoke with contact about possible domestic adoption; expected to hear back about meeting with birthmother
  • 12/3/08 Withdrew application from AOHG
  • 1/6/09 Found out another family had been chosen for possible domestic adoption
  • 1/21/09 USCIS fingerprinting appointment
  • 1/8/09 Received USCIS fingerprinting appointment notice
  • 4/11/09 Sent Pre-Application to Covenant Care Adoptions for Domestic Infant Adoption program
  • 6/8/09 Social worker visit to update home study from International to Domestic
  • 7/24/09 Received completed home study update
  • 8/25/09 Went "on the list" for birthfamilies to choose from
  • 4/28/10 Found out a birth mom had chosen us
  • 5/8/10 Met the birth mom
  • 5/11/10 Got the call that birth mom changed her mind
  • 5/19/10 Birth mom's scheduled c-section
  • 11/30/10 Visit from DSS sw about foster parenting
  • 11/30/10 Got the call that another birth mom had chosen us
  • 12/21/10 Met with the birth mom
  • 1/15/11 @1:42 PM BB was born!
  • 1/19/11 ICPC (interstate) paperwork sent to GA for approval
  • 1/31/11 ICPC Clearance Approved
  • 2/10/11 Placement Ceremony and Pup comes home!!!!
  • 8/3/11 It's Official! Pup's Adoption Decree was issued