Mexican Fiesta Volleyball Team Potluck

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I've been on the same indoor co-ed volleyball team for the past 17 years now. Though many players have come and gone throughout the years (minus Tim whom I've played with since the very first day I put the team together!) one thing is constant, well maybe two: volleyball and a team dinner at the end of the season to celebrate the occasional championship and always another fun season completed. But as we've gotten older and have grown relationships, families and busy jobs, this sometimes gets a little difficult to do. Take for instance last season - after several unsuccessful attempts to plan one, the new season began w/o ever having had one. :(  I had some major makin' up to do this time around, so team dinner #1 was a families (ie kiddies)-included Mexican Potluck dinner at my house. Unfortunately, not everyone was able to attend, but I *think* we still had a pretty good time. :)

The day of the party was a crazy busy day. Normally, I'm a total plan-aheader, having everything staged and ready to go by at least the night before, but this time around, somehow, I hadn't even gone grocery shopping by the day of. DOH! Perhaps I got a little cocky because I've made Mexican dinners a million times over and this was, after all, a potluck! With that said, I had to go to the grocery store two different times, clean my entire house, which, by the way was a COMPLETE disaster and required a fair amount of work. Plus I squeezed in a couple hours of ice skating with my girls and just hanging out, right smack in the middle of the day. FUN! The crazy girl in me originally thought I could even squeeze in some lunchtime sand doubles volleyball action, but luckily I came to my senses and decided not to. Whew.

Anyway, worked like a mad woman for most of the day (minus the occasional FB distraction - it really is evil sometimes) up until party time with occasional bouts of stress and doubt I was going to get everything done in time. When the time came, though, it was all good. I don't know about anyone else, but I HAD A BLAST! I have to say that I just love my team, win or lose (and this year, it was lose)! But, because I was having so much fun hosting and laughing and teasing and eating, I neglected to take a single picture of food. So here are some pix staged the day after what was made/served.

Before that, though, I gotta show you my fabulous decorations:

I actually had chili pepper lights on-hand and even hung them, but in my harried state, I never got around to finding an extension cord and plugging them in. Bummer. You can just imagine how beautiful they *would* have been though, right? :)

Ok, back the food. We'll start w/ the Sangria Recipe I found on I dared to try a new recipe on party night because I figured how could I go wrong when it rated 5 stars (the max) out of 855 reviews?!?

This is what was left, probably because Jeffipooh (yes, that's what I like to call my hubby sometimes) was busy muddling some Mojito's using the mint he grew in our backyard:

This was the delicious salsa our middle Glen made. It's one of his specialties and I just don't think he's gonna share the recipe. :( Not to rub it in, but it's the bomb and I'm so glad he and his wife, Kenja, didn't spill a bunch of it in the back of their car this year! :)

Next up are the chicken "burritos" aka Slow Cooker Mexican Chicken Tostadas I threw together in my crock pot. I topped mine w/ rice, salsa, cilantro, red leaf lettuce, sour cream, cheese, dice pickled jalapenos and several dashes of green Tobasco sauce, but you can top yours w/ whatever YOUR heart desires. Served on a giant tortilla compliments of our outside hitter Matt & Mike.

Served it w/ a side of refried black beans topped w/ more cheese (of course) thanks to one of our setters Tracy & Gregg and a side of one of my favorite AND healthy dips: South Beach Diet Black Bean Dip. It's from the South Beach Diet Cookbook printed in 2004. I can't find a free copy of it online so won't post it, but let it be known that this is an awesome cookbook and I haven't made a recipe out of it that I didn't like. Everything is healthy and surprisingly yummy. These chips, brought to us by Matt & Mike once again, were Tostido's Hint of Lime variety and I found myself unable to resist it's charms. Seriously addicting.

Next, there's the Slow Cooker Mexican Lasagna that our other setter Randall and Lea made. Unfortunately, no picture was snapped before it was gobbled up but here's the recipe picture. And get this: when Lea sent me the recipe, I realized that it was created by one of my BentoBloggingFriends Corey Valley's of FamilyFreshMeals. WOW! How crazy cool is that?!?! She's famous! :)

Mexican Crockpot Lasagna

Pretty isn't it? Good too. :)

And now, here's dessert! The last time I hosted this crew for a Mexican fiesta, I served "homemade" sopaipilla sundaes for dessert by deep-frying tortillas and dusting them w/ cinnamon sugar. It was way yummy. Had the same idea for this party, but I just couldn't fit in the time to deep fry the "sopaipillas" so I opted for the quick version. Still looks pretty good, don't ya think?

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Quickie Sopaipilla sundae: vanilla ice cream c/o of our outside hitter Josh, RealFood.RealLove.'s HOMEMADE Magic Shell - YES HOMEMADE (it's crazy good, doesn't have all the yucky chemicals that the store-bought ones have, it's EASY to make and it really works! It hardens within a minute of putting it on ice cream!), whipped cream and Stacey's All-Natural Cinnamon Sugar Pita Chips on the side, which are addicting just by themselves.

Lastly, here's the awesome crew that helped make this such a fun night for me:

Missed you guys who couldn't join us and already looking forward to dinner #2! :)

Oh, in case you were interested in that cookbook, here's what the cover looks like:

Ok. That's it! Thanks so much for stopping by and please feel free to make my day by leaving me a comment or joining my blog in the top right corner - the more the merrier! :)

Christine, aka happyvballgirl :)


Corey @ Family Fresh Meals said...

WOW look at all that amazing food and drinks! Totally craving a tall glass of sangria now! hehe. That is too funny that my recipe showed up at the party :) Those kinds of stories totally make my day! Glad everyone like it!

happyvballgirl said...

Awww, thanks Corey! I thought it was the coolest thing! :)