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Full Bloom & Easy Turkey Tacos


Hi There πŸ™‚

Remember in one of my old posts I mentioned we had a giant cherry blossom tree in our back yard?

I got a few emails to post a pic of the tree in bloom…

Here it is! It’s ginormous!! So huge that the whole tree couldn’t even fit in the camera frame!


To me it looks like bunches of cotton candy hanging off the tree!

So… the past couple of days, DC has had temps in the low to mid nineties! This little tease of summer is nice…. except for one thing….

Our air conditioner is broken!!!

Not Cool! We’ve been waiting for our regular AC guy to show up… I’m giving him one more chance and then I’m calling someone else.

M and I have been wearing shorts and tank tops all week!

I think knowing the temps will be in the sixties this weekend is what’s giving me patience.

Or the fact that I might be procrastinating again…. πŸ˜‰


Now that I’m home full-time, I have no excuse to not have a plan for dinner!

I’ve started making a weekly dinner menu and taking a mid-week grocery trip to make sure we are all stocked up on the essentials.

My husband loves anything in a taco or burrito form.

Other than pizza… he thinks tacos and burritos are the perfect food.

The easy short-cut I use for the taco meat is to cook the ground turkey through, then add 1-2 cups of salsa to the meat. Then I add chili powder and cumin and let it simmer for while. Its so good and so easy!



  • 1lb lean ground turkey
  • 1-2 cups salsa
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • corn tortillas
  • taco fixins’ (lettuce, tomato, jalepnos, cheese, light sour cream, etc…)


Spray a medium sauce pan with non-stick cooking spray. Cook the turkey until brown. Add salsa, chili powder, and cumin. Let simmer for ten minutes over medium-low heat. Add salt & pepper to taste.

Wrap corn tortillas in a paper towel and heat in the microwave for about 20 seconds or until softened. Assemble tacos and enjoy!!!


Question of the Day?

What’s your favorite reality television show? Right now I’m loving Real Housewives NYC. I also really liked watching “Rock of Love!” It’s like watching a train wreck!!!

Have a great day!

21 Responses

  1. Kelly @ Healthy Living With Kelly said on April 8, 2010 at 9:13 am

    Wow…that cherry blossom is GORGEOUS!!! I love it!

  2. Nicole, RD said on April 8, 2010 at 9:34 am

    Your cherry blossom tree is beeeeautiful! I bet it smells wonderful, too!

    Those tacos do sound amazing. I think the addition of salsa is very clever, I like that! We haven’t had tacos in awhile…we should change this!

  3. Nicole, RD said on April 8, 2010 at 9:34 am

    Oh, and Jersey Shores (shame, shame)…even though it’s not airing currently πŸ™‚

  4. Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday said on April 8, 2010 at 9:35 am

    Beautiful cherry tree! That must be a joy to see every year.

  5. Jessica @ How Sweet said on April 8, 2010 at 9:36 am

    Those are gorgeous. Wish I could come visit and see them in person. πŸ™‚

  6. Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman said on April 8, 2010 at 9:42 am

    That Cherry Blossom is beautiful. I wanted to go see the Cherry Blossoms this weekend, but a baby shower calls. The tacos sound great. Those and a Corona and I’d believe it was summer. As for reality TV, I can’t stand it. (Though I do sometimes catch The Biggest Loser when I’m waiting for LOST.) I much prefer mystery/suspense shows. Or totally wacky dramas involving a plane crash on an island, time travel, and alternate realities. At least I think that’s what it’s about.

  7. Carissa said on April 8, 2010 at 10:47 am

    Beautiful Cherry Blossom! I only WISH it were in the 90s here. It’s still cold and rainy.. in the 50s. I’m getting very anxious for summer.

    I like the tacos for keeping it nice and simple. Why is it that men love tacos and pizza so much? Is it not in their genes to love salad? πŸ™‚

  8. Danielle (Coffee Run) said on April 8, 2010 at 11:06 am

    I haven’t been to DC in SO long! I miss the Cherry Blossoms πŸ™‚

    I remember Rock of Love hahah- I really don’t see the appeal to Bret Michaels?

  9. Marisa (Loser for Life) said on April 8, 2010 at 12:03 pm

    Mmmm…I love turkey tacos! Great job planning your meals! I keep saying I need to do that…yeah, I’m definitely a procrastinator!

    Sadly, I enjoy the Real Housewives, too. πŸ˜€

  10. Lindsay @ The Ketchup Diaries said on April 8, 2010 at 12:04 pm

    That tree is AMAZING. I have to agree with your husband and say that tacos and pizza are pretty much the greatest foods ever πŸ™‚ I’m embarrassed to admit that I got sucked into 16 & Pregnant on MTV. I haven’t watched MTV in years and am not even sure how I found it, but I was obsessed. Don’t judge me! But my favorite reality show of all time is OBVIOUSLY Keeping Up With the Kardashians. I just love them!

  11. Heather (Heather's Dish) said on April 8, 2010 at 12:12 pm

    wow, that tree is incredible! i’ve never seen a cherry blossom tree in real life before, i can only imagine how fabulous it is πŸ™‚ favorite reality show is BY FAR keeping up with the kardashians…i love it!

  12. Ameena said on April 8, 2010 at 12:34 pm

    Love the cherry blossoms…I am hoping to see a few of those in Japan next week!

    I love American Idol and America’s Next Top Model. I hate to admit that I watch them both but I do!

  13. Emily (A Nutritionist Eats) said on April 8, 2010 at 1:58 pm

    Wow that tree is just amazing! So pretty! I’ve been craving taco salads lately – I like the tip to just add some salsa to the meat!

  14. Naomi (onefitfoodie) said on April 8, 2010 at 3:10 pm

    YUJM those tacos look SO GOOD! I am loving how they look so healthy too!!

    fav reality tv show..ohh too many!!! american idol, real housewives, jersey shoreeee

  15. Jess (Fit Chick in the City) said on April 8, 2010 at 3:28 pm

    Beautiful photo! You just reminded me that I’m behind on Real Housewives NYC. I love that show!

  16. Jenn ( said on April 8, 2010 at 4:52 pm

    LOVE turkey tacos! I agree with your husband, tacos and burritos are a perfect food, next to pizza of course. πŸ™‚

    I don’t really watch reality TV shows, but I love House Hunters if that counts.


  17. Nicole @ Making Good Choices said on April 8, 2010 at 4:59 pm

    Your tacos are SO colorful, they look so enticing! I LOVE real housewives of NYC and a lot of people at work love 16 and pregnant, but I haven’t seen that yet.

  18. Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) said on April 8, 2010 at 7:49 pm

    Our AC is out too!!! It has been in the 90s here in Atlanta this week!!! We are now waiting on a part to come in…whenever that is! UGH, it has been so freakin’ hot! The tacos look delicious! We love taco night too…almost as much as pizza night!

  19. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) said on April 9, 2010 at 2:13 am

    cherry blossom tree is a work of art!
    i like the RH of NYC but I love OC or ATL more πŸ™‚

    Thx for the props on my body in my sports bra tonite…too kind & thx! πŸ™‚

  20. Angie said on April 9, 2010 at 8:19 am

    Love all the colors in this post! The cherry tree is beautiful!

    I love Amazing Race.

    Have a great weekend, Estela!

  21. Lisa said on April 9, 2010 at 3:19 pm

    TOP CHEF! My favorite show! πŸ™‚