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First the Dessert and then the Dinner!

Well, darling hubby made a wonderful dessert - a flan, which on his second attempt in recent times, I must say, came out much better.  The last recipe had too much cream cheese, which seems to be a new trend in flan recipes, but came out quite like a cheesecake as opposed to a flan.  Then I made some nachos and we had a lovely little Mexican Fiesta Friday night, which was way better than take out (which we have been trying to avoid).  And by the way, took very little effort.  ;)

Bueno, mi esposo hizo un flan, en su segundo intento recien, y esa vez, salio mucho mejor y mas al flan original, sin queso crema, que es de moda ultimamente en las recetas de flanes.  Despues yo hice unos nachos y tuvimos una fiesta mexicana el viernes pasado (bueno una cena mexicana) que fue mucho mejor que comida rapida, que he estado tratando evitar.  Ademas, fue facil y rapido.


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