Nacho Mama !

I need a place to go! I’ve been overwhelmed with work, school, and my beautiful active baby  girl. I wake up as early as 6 AM to get dressed and ready for work. While I am worrying about getting myself ready I pray to God I don’t step on a noisy toy and wake up my baby girl. Once I’ve completed the task of getting myself ready (which I hope I did because my eyes are barely open) I proceed to get my daughter ready. Usually, she is never ready to wake up so she cry’s some mornings from the sound of “Good morning Kamiyah” and eventually whines down. Once she realized I’ve got to change her pamper, changer her undershirt, and put on an outfit, the crying starts all over again.

After this, I am rushing down the stairs with my baby on my hip. Grabbing a banana and yogurt to shove in my purse. I put on my jacket and then I have to wrestle to put her jacket on because in her mind, its time to play. Finally, after getting her jacket on she is off to day care and I am off to my 8 hour shift sitting in an enclosed office all day. When my shift is over, I am now to get my baby and enjoy countless hours of non-stop play, screaming, kicking, drooling, spitting, and climbing. All to repeat the same thing all over again the next day. Long story short, I need a break and one of my good girlfriends decided to take me on a date to give me the break I needed.

We decided to go to a eatery/bar that we have never been to and came across Nacho Mama’s. Nacho Mama’s is located in Towson, MD across the street from Towson Commons. For those of you who are familiar with Towson area, Towson Commons is where the old Towson movie theaters used to be located. Once we got there, luckily someone was pulling out from their parking space allowing us to park right in front of the eatery. Sadly, I thought we had to pay a meter. But as it turns out, we didn’t have to pay because it was after 6 PM.

At first glance, the place seems to be filled with many pictures and statues of Elvis Presley and a fish that is made to look like Elvis (I’m not sure why a Mexican restaurant would like Elvis so much). The aroma in the building smelled of wings, nachos, and beer. A great combination of smells if i might add. The place was well lit, not too bright and not too dark, just the right amount of lighting. There were televisions by the bar other than that it seemed to be a place to enjoy your friends, family or whomever with great conversation. Aside from the looks, we were seated right away at the only table available because it seems to be the thing to do on a Wednesday night.

FullSizeRenderNow it’s time for us to order, and they have a variety of great menu items to choose from. Unlike most restaurants that serve you fresh rolls before your meal, Nacho Mama’s serves you nachos with salsa dip. I thought that was pretty cool because I wasn’t expecting anything honestly. Since we just wanted drinks and food we didn’t order an appetizer we just ate the nachos and salsa and ordered our food later.

Now on to the important question, where is the alcohol? They have a large selection of margaritas, craft beers, and wine. We were more interested in their infamous hubcaps (As seen on the right). We decided to order their strawberry margarita in a hubcap. Since we shared one we decided to order another one (we paid for it later).

As for dinner, we choose between wings or quesadilla. Being as though we were technically in a Mexican restaurant, we choose to get quesadillas. However, we didn’t get the usual chicken and cheese. I ordered a bacon cheeseburger quesadilla and my friend ordered a Philly cheesesteak quesadilla. When I tell you that the quesadillas were hot, crunchy, cheesy, and well made I am NOT kidding you. These quesadillas were Deee-licious, and had we not been drunk we would have taken pictures of them.

Once we got the bill, we immediately sobered up. We ordered two hubcaps and two quesadillas and gratuity was included in the bill so it came up to $129 for two people. Would we go there again? Yes! Would we get 2 hubcaps? No! But I must say they was a well needed outing and I am glad we discovered Nacho Mamas.  If your a mom like myself or anyone looking to have a decent night out go to Nacho Mamas.

 

 

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How About a Crockpot?

Yes, you read it right, a crockpot. No I am not talking about the lyrics to the new hit song “Bad and Bougie.” I am bringing it back to the kitchen, a real kitchen where people cook actual meals. I work a full-time job and after completing my 8 which is really a 9 hour shift, I get off to attend my never ending shift of taking care of my newborn baby. Although my boyfriend loves to cook, it is always nice when I participate in being completely domestic and create a meal for my family. So, I though a crockpot would be a perfect investment. Dinner can slow cook while I am at work.  I can come home and whala! The meal is prepared.

I did a little research on Google to find the perfect one to fit the needs of my family. I did not imagine there were so many versions of a machine that did the exact same thing but there were. But the main things to look at when buying a crockpot is the size of the crockpot, how many quarts? The color of the crockpot, and is it dishwasher safe? That kind if thing. Although there were many decisions to choose from, only one brand stood out to me the most. Sold! The Proctor-Silex crockpot from JCPenny and its super awesome price of twenty-nine dollars (compared to the seventy-nine dollar ones I kept seeing) and my $5 JCPenny gift card. I decided to go with the 3 quart Proctor-Silex since its only 3 of us, and our baby cannot eat grown-up food so its just 2 of us.

Alright, now that I’ve got the crockpot, what is for dinner? I was craving BBQ ribs and my moms famous recipe uses a crockpot to make her ribs. The sides I would figure out later but ribs it is. I went to the Giant supermarket and picked up two packs of rib strips with the bone in them and other ingredients to complete the dish and add some sides. I seasoned the ribs and placed them in the slow cooker along with the other ingredients. I am glad that I only bought two packs of ribs because a third would have been too much, it may not have fit. According to Viewpoints.com, a lot of users ran into the same issue I had, it was a little too small. Sized aside, it heated up really quickly which was a relief. I did not want to head to work wondering if I had turned it on right or not. Also, it was easy to use as far as the handles on the side and single lid.

Okay, work is over and my baby is picked up from day care. Its time to see the magic my new crockpot has put out on my ribs. I must say, the ribs turned out perfectly. They were not as long and thick like they were in the packaging, but they were soft, tender, and kind of melt in your mouth. The crockpot definitely had my entire house smelling like fresh cooked ribs, all I had to do was add the sauce. Now I have BBQ flavored richness on my tongue with a kick of some spices from my moms recipe.

If we are being honest, I think I acquired a pretty good crockpot. Its small, simple, easy to use, and matches with the rest of my kitchen appliances. It also heated pretty quickly, and it was easy to clean when it was all said and done. I finished cooking a lot sooner than I thought, and dinner was delicious.

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Who’s the Writer

Picture yourself enrolled in a 4-year university, Stevenson University to be exact. You have just accomplished the goal of completing high school in 2011, and now you plan to graduate with a Bachelors degree in Business Communication in 2015. However, in 2014 you were 21 and diagnosed with stage 4 lymphoma, a blood cancer and your world changed right before your eyes. Not thinking you were going make it, you did and now its time to be surrounded by positive vibes and goals. It 2017 and you have a beautiful 6 month old baby that you thought you would never have. Its time to talk about this crazy life. My life.

Kamiyah Barnes

Mommy’s Miracle