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We have a serious problem here in the Dragyn’s Lair.  We have people who are unwilling to share their things.  This becomes a problem when there’s screaming involved.

If you aren’t familiar with the Toddler’s Credo, here’s a copy:

The Toddler’s Credo

If it’s mine it’s mine,
If it’s yours it’s mine,
If I like it is mine,
If I can take it from you it is mine,
If I am playing with something ALL of the pieces are mine,
If I think it is mine it is,
If I saw it first it’s mine,
If I had it then put it down it is still mine,
If you had it then you put it down it is now mine,
If it looks like the one I have at home it is mine,
If it is broken it is yours.

This particular credo is alive and well in the Dragyn’s Lair, what with 4 SOCs of various ages.  Today, however, it wasn’t the SOCs who had problems sharing.  No, it was me, their mother.

Mr. Dragyn was looking at my iPod Touch this morning, when he noticed a little black tab-like button on the back.

His next words sent my heart into fibrillations.  “I wonder if I can pull this off.”  Images of the broken fan my brother took apart when we were children flickered through my mind.  As he started picking at it with his fingernails, I started laughing, almost manically.  Hysterically, even.  “Why are you laughing?”   Um, because if I didn’t laugh, I’d start screaming.  You’re talking about taking apart my iPod! He then started reaching for the eyeglass repair kit in his bedside table drawer.  I swear, my heart almost exploded and I couldn’t hold it back any more.  I screamed!  A horror-movie, slasher’s-about-to-get-me scream!

“What the hell was that about?”

<giggle>  You were about to try and take apart my iPod.  Don’t do that!

“I’d put it back together.”

But. . . it’s MINE!

By this point, we were both laughing.  More importantly, he put my iPod down.  But, yeah, Dude, if you want to take apart anyone’s iPod, it’ll have to be yours.  Because this one’s MINE. . . and I ain’t sharing!


Since many of my friends have such wonderful recipes on their blogs, I thought I’d share one of my family’s favorites, Guacamole Chicken Tostadas.  This was a recipe that I picked up from the grocery store (Cub Foods) and we’ve since morphed it into something for our family.


1 Rotisserie chicken from grocery store
4 small avocadoes
1 or 2 limes, juiced
4 medium sized tomatoes, small diced (about 3 cups)
3 or 4 green onions, chopped, with whites sliced thinly
1 bunch cilantro leaves, chopped
1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
Salt and pepper to taste
1 tablespoon of cumin
1 bag shredded lettuce
2 cups of shredded Mexican cheese
Sour cream
Tostadas (6 inch diameter, strong, flat corn tortillas that are crispy)

Step 1: The Chicken.  Pull and shred the meat from the Rotisserie chicken (I pull off the skin too, saving it for the kids and me to eat as dinner’s being made).  Be certain to put this in a large bowl.  Once all the chicken has been de-boned and shredded, add 4 tablespoons of diced tomatoes, scant quarter cup of the chopped onions, the drained black beans, quarter cup of the chopped cilantro, 2 tablespoons lime juice, cumin, and salt and pepper to taste.  Mix well and cover with cling wrap.  Microwave for 5 minutes.  Set aside.

Step 2:  The Guacamole.  Cut the avocadoes in half and carefully remove the seed (we use the ol’ whack it with a knife and carefully twist it out method).  Spoon “meat” of the avocado out into a bowl and repeat with remaining avocado.  Mash up the avocado, mixing in a couple of tablespoons of lime juice (mix this in slowly and taste frequently so as not to mix in to much lime juice), and salt and pepper to taste.  Add 3 tablespoons diced tomatoes, 3 tablespoons onion.  Mix well.  Sprinkle on a bit of the cilantro for appearance.

Step 3:  The Assembly (at the table).  Start off with a tostada on your plate.  Add a tablespoon of the guacamole mixture on to the tostada, spreading to the edges.  On that, add a couple tablespoons of the chicken mixture, also spreading it out.  From there, dress as you would tacos, adding lettuce, tomato, cheese, cilantro, sour cream, and salsa as you like.  Carefully pick up and enjoy!

Disclaimer:  This is not a neat meal.  Expect messes.  It’s part of the fun!

This is totally *not* my picture, but it gives you an idea of what the finished product looks like.

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