Tacos and TLC

What (or Who) comes to your mind when you think about love?

For me, of course I think of Dave because he was my husband, friend, and partner. He always treated me so well. And when I think of Dave…I think of tacos!

Tacos were one of Dave’s favorite meals, so we ate them often. He would do all the chopping—we added a ton of vegetables—and I would prepare the other items. He prepped the lettuce, onions, tomatoes, peppers, carrots, etc. so well I am convinced he was better at it than me. It’s true!

Taco Nachos

What started off as a simple act of service (a favor to save me time one night) became an act of love. I will always remember Dave’s servant heart because it carried over to everything he did!

Sometimes we think ‘love’ has to be flashy…this might include being serenaded with a sappy song, a dozen red roses, or gigantic boxes of chocolate. But for me, love is in the simple things. Dave put TLC into chopping vegetables because it was important to me.

 “Work with enthusiasm, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people” (Ephesians 6:7, NLT).

Since he died, tacos just aren’t the same! I still enjoy the same foods, but miss Dave’s enthusiasm for chopping vegetables. I have added meal preparation to the list of things I do differently now, which also includes household chores and shopping.

Note: Eating tacos someone else makes is another story!

Black Bean and Corn Salsa Recipe

Instead of regular tacos, I now make a variation on them, like taco salad or fajitas. Or I make “taco nachos” serving the same ingredients over a few tortilla chips. 🙂 I add a little plain Greek yogurt instead of sour cream for a protein and calcium boost. Most of the time, I skip the cheese because my plate is already full enough!

When cooking, I enjoy mixing and matching colors, textures and flavors! Above you’ll find my recipe for Black Bean and Corn Salsa (click on it to make it bigger). It is basic, but delicious. In fact, Lydia requests it often and will eat it plain, with just a spoon!

We use this Black Bean and Corn Salsa as a base for other dishes too. We add it to salads, pizza, and chili. Let me know how you like it!

spoon, fork, knife

We all have the opportunity to show love every day. It doesn’t have to be flashy or expensive. Often, the most simple acts, done with love, speak the loudest. A little TLC goes a long way…and can impact us for a long time afterward.

Whether or not you have a Valentine this year, remember you are loved! Since many of us take care of everyone else first, go ahead and treat yourself! You deserve some TLC too.

Thank You, God, for Your TLC. Thank You for showing us love each and every day. Give us eyes to see all the wonderful things You do for us. Help us walk in grace as we depend on You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Questions: Do you have any Valentine’s Day traditions? Do you have a favorite “goes with anything” recipe?


4 thoughts on “Tacos and TLC

  1. Natalie,
    I just want you to know how much I enjoy your posts. I’m sure God is using you in ways you cannot see. I frequently pass along your blog posts. You have such a fresh perspective and it is grounded in the Word and oozing with the love and grace of Jesus. Life is hard and you know that up close and personal however, you have made a choice to live by faith. Sharing that is a beautiful thing and you are using your gifts beautifully. Ps… Next time you are home I’ll give you some of my husbands salsa for your taco creations! Lol! They range anywhere from mild #0 to off the scale heat #911 and the newest #rapture!

    1. Thanks so much for the encouragement, Tammy! And thanks for commenting and sharing too.

      God is good. And salsa is good too! I will look forward to trying yours! LOL, I’m not sure I’m quite ready for #rapture…but I do like spicy! 😉

  2. One of my favorite (and probably least romantic) traditions that Paul and I have is getting Chinese takeout for dinner on Valentines Day. It all started b/c our washing machine broke on our first Valentines Day as a married couple. He went across the parking lot to the Chinese place to get us a quick dinner while I was at the laundry mat washing our clothes. It was delicious and really de-stressed me since I didn’t have to worry about cooking a romantic meal (or doing the dishes afterward). It will come in handy again this year b/c I have to work on Valentines Day, so he will go pick up our order while I am driving home from work. Who doesn’t love having dinner ready when they walk in the door?

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