Art, Tacos and More

Arts Alley Then Tacos

The hubs and I slipped out to Mission Taco Joint at Crossroads for a bite to eat. It was the first time we had been, but it sure won’t be the last. The Mango Hop-Anero Shrimp taco is to die for, sooo good! You can look at their menu here.

But first, we stopped by this rather cool alley. I found the art interesting and cool…

There are some very talented artists in Kansas City!

They Look Closed


We really should have checked the website before loading up our van with a ton of half-empty paint cans.

Because they were most definitely closed today. Soooo…on Thursday we can try again. We inherited quite a few with the house, at least 200 partly empty cans. Thankfully, the city allows you to bring as many as you can hump on down to them at their East Bottoms location just a half a block down from the Habitat for Humanity Restore.

Yummy Soup!

My husband loves bean bacon soup and I whipped some up last night, adding in both bacon and ham. It turned out creamy and wonderful.

Here is the recipe…


  • 2 cans white beans*
  • 6 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 8 strips of bacon
  • 1 stalk of celery, sliced thin
  • 1 carrot, shredded
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 cup chopped ham
  • 1 Tbsp pork bouillon (or 3 cubes)
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp garlic salt


Cook the bacon and remove with a slotted spoon, reserve 1-2 tablespoons of the drippings and use them to saute the celery, carrot and onion until thoroughly cooked. Add water, celery, carrot, onion, bouillon and seasonings to a large soup pot and bring to a boil.

Add beans, bacon and chopped ham to soup. Mix milk and flour in a separate bowl, whisking until smooth. Add to soup and bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer for 20 minutes and allow the flavors to fully mix.

Serve with crackers or crusty French bread.

*I can my own beans, so I use two pint jars. Two 15 oz cans of white beans, drained and rinsed, works just as well.

Enjoy, I know we did.

I’m working on getting all of my recipes in order and on my website. Let me know if you have any trouble with the links or if I’m missing a photo here or there, I’ll do my best to correct it!


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