The BEST Mexican Rice – gluten free

Grilled pork chop, salad, mexican rice

I grew up in San Diego. I was spoiled by ready access to some of the best Mexican food north of the border. About every third block sports a Mexican food shop. Alberto’s, Adelberto’s, Roberto’s, Marietta’s, Mariachi’s, etc. The rice at these shops is yummy. It varies slightly from place to place, but is light, fluffy, flavorful and addicting!

I decided that I needed to learn how to make this delicious food for myself.

I asked one of my dearest friends, Google, to tell me how to make “red rice like taco shops in San Diego”. This yielded a LOT of hits. I looked through many recipes and selected a few that looked promising. Then I started trying recipes and making my own modifications.

This recipe is the end result of my trials. It is gluten free, which is an important consideration in our family. It’s delicious. So amazing that I have never tired of it. I’ve received many requests for the recipe as it seems that everyone who tries it shares my love.

For my mega family, I quadruple this recipe. That works nicely because then I can just use one 15-ounce can of tomato sauce (close enough to two cups to suit my cooking style) and one quart of chicken broth (either homemade or one of the aseptic boxes).

It keeps and reheats well, so even if you don’t have a mega family, I suggest up sizing this recipe for yummy leftovers. Sometimes I turn it into a main dish by adding sausage, chicken or beef.

Mexican Rice
Mexican rice ingredients3 T vegetable oil (canola or lard)
1 cup uncooked long grain rice (I use Calrose)
1 tsp garlic salt
½ tsp ground cumin
1 T dried minced onion
½ cup tomato sauce
2 cups chicken broth (I use homemade)

 

Rice, puffed and goldenHeat oil/lard in saucepan over medium heat and add rice. Cook, stirring constantly, until rice is puffed and golden.

Stirring in the tomato sauceWhile rice is cooking, sprinkle with garlic salt and cumin. Stir in minced onion, tomato sauce and broth. (Watch out, there will be lots of steam and spitting from the pot).

Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 20 minutes. Fluff with a fork.

Rice might look a bit wet at first, but the liquid will be absorbed as it sits.Mexican rice

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How I got my husband to work around the house, give me awesome gifts, bring me flowers and do other sweet things

Get ready for it….

Just tell him exactly what you want and ask him to do it.

He doesn’t know if you don’t tell him. He is not a mind reader.

Okay, so I realize this is not always the solution. But, I spent way too many birthdays and other special days feeling sorry for myself because my husband hadn’t done anything “special” for me before I finally (dope slap) realized he was all too happy to please me every way he could — he was just clueless about what would actually make me feel appreciated. Then he would get stuck. Not wanting to make a wrong choice and therefore defaulting to nothing.

So, I started telling him. Not just in passing. I would email him. Or text him. Or send him an amazon.com link. Or post a list prominently on the refrigerator of gift ideas and outing ideas that appealed to me. I made sure to state specifics of my preferences. “I like daffodils” Daffodils. Public domain image.is better than “bring me flowers” (unless you just love ALL flowers). Include clothing sizes and color preferences if applicable. Point being, he WILL forget the exact details. But if I provide a written version he can refer back to, he will remember that there is a special day and make an effort by referring to my suggestions.

I, in turn, heap on the gratitude when he makes an effort. Oh how he loves me.

This same technique is effective when I’m experiencing emotional trauma or frustration. In his uncertainty over how to handle his emotionally fragile wife, he may revert to offering advice. Often that’s not what I need. So I tell him. I just need a hug. Or “will you please research this and let me know what you find”.

Specific. Specific. Specific. And he responds beautifully.

And I’m amazed that it can be so simple.

And shocked at how long it took me to figure it out.

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“We Sing” Wednesday – Jesus Bids Us Shine

I honestly can’t remember when I first learned “Jesus Bids Us Shine”. I know I’ve known it from childhood and suspect I learned it from my parents or grandparents in a church meeting.

When I looked it up, I found that it has been around for almost 150 years. First published in a children’s magazine in 1868, it is a good reminder to me even now to do what I can to shine for Jesus as I live my ordinary, every day life.

Jesus Bids Us Shine
Susan B. Warner, 1868

Jesus bids us shine with a clear, pure light,
Like a little candle burning in the night;
In this world of darkness, we must shine,
You in your small corner, and I in mine.

Jesus bids us shine, first of all for Him;
Well He sees and knows it if our light is dim;
He looks down from heaven, sees us shine,
You in your small corner, and I in mine.

Jesus bids us shine, then, for all around,
Many kinds of darkness in this world abound:
Sin, and want, and sorrow—we must shine,
You in your small corner, and I in mine.
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http://library.timelesstruths.org/music/Jesus_Bids_Us_Shine/

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“We Sing” Wednesday – This Little Light of Mine

According to Wikipedia, “This Little Light of Mine” was written by composer and teacher Harry Dixon Loes around 1920. Loes studied at the Moody Bible Institute and the American Conservatory of Music and was a musical composer and teacher. “This Little Light of Mine” is often thought of as a Negro spiritual; however, it does not appear in any collection of jubilee or plantation songs from the nineteenth century.

I learned this song in our church, where we were ever thankful for songs that had motion with them to break up the monotony of sitting for long periods of time. I like the simplicity of it. It is a good message written in a way that little people can understand. The repetition and hand motions make this an excellent song for little ones.

The first YouTube link is for a recording with words and melody as I learned the song. The second video is slightly different words, but has hand motions if you want a visual.

This Little Light Of Mine

This little light of mine, I’m going to let it shine.
This little light of mine, I’m going to let it shine.
This little light of mine, I’m going to let it shine.
Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.

All around the neighborhood, I’m going to let it shine.
All around the neighborhood, I’m going to let it shine.
All around the neighborhood, I’m going to let it shine.
Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.

Hide it under a bushel? No! I’m going to let it shine.
Hide it under a bushel? No! I’m going to let it shine.
Hide it under a bushel? No! I’m going to let it shine.
Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.

Don’t let Satan [blow] it out! I’m going to let it shine.
Don’t let Satan [blow] it out! I’m going to let it shine.
Don’t let Satan [blow] it out! I’m going to let it shine.
Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.

Sheet music: http://www.8notes.com/scores/13893.asp

Video with hand motions, but not the same lyrics: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p8mok6oWXyk

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“We Sing” Wednesday – I’ve Got the Joy, Joy, Joy, Joy Down In My Heart

This fun song was one we sang in our home church when I was very small. The main verse is simple, and even little children can sing it.

Some of the subsequent verses proved a challenge for me as a young child. I could not get all the big words to tumble out of my mouth fast enough to keep up with the song. I remember the triumph when I could finally manage it.

I’ll type up all the verses I remember from my early childhood. My favorite of all is the last one. The one I had the most trouble being able to sing. For more fun verses, check out the Wikipedia article devoted to this song.

I’ve Got the Joy, Joy, Joy, Joy Down In My Heart
George Willis Cooke

I’ve got the joy, joy, joy, joy
Down in my heart (Where?)
Down in my heart (Where?)
Down in my heart
I’ve got the joy, joy, joy, joy
Down in my heart (Where?)
Down in my heart to stay

And I’m so happy
So very happy
I’ve got the love of Jesus in my heart
And I’m so happy
So very happy
I’ve got the love of Jesus in my heart

I’ve got the peace that passes understanding down in my heart…

I’ve got the love of Jesus, love of Jesus down in my heart…

I’ve got the wonderful love of my blessed redeemer way down in the depths of my heart…
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