We moved from Michigan to Ohio when I was 12. It was a big change, especially school. Changing from a eight-grade one-room school to one that was not only much larger, but needing to change classrooms for each class was confusing and overwhelming. On the plus side, my comute to school went from more than an hour to about 20 minutes. It didn't take very long to make friends because we saw each other six days a week. Our parents worked at the same hospital and we all attended the same church. The best thing, though, was that on Saturday nights there were other kids to hang around with. We seventh graders could make Chef Boyarde pizza in a box. It was deciding whose kitchen that was the hardest. It didn't taste as good as pizza we make now, but it was fun making it together.
Another food that I ate for the first time was Frito Salad. Open and heat a can of refried beans, a package of grated cheese, jar of salsa, sour cream, Fritos and shredded lettuce. What could be easier? Frito Salad is great pot luck meal, too. Everyone brings one layer. I worked with a Mexican nurse's aid at a hospital in California. She made the best refried beans I have ever had in my life. I still swoon! I don't know what she put in them, and we couldn't get her to bring them very often.
Somehow Frito Salad became our traditional Colts football meal. We've added a few more layers over the years. Mr. C likes his mom's pickle relish, I like ranch dressing and guacamole. We weren't sure if we would be having Frito Salad this next weekend. The Colts and Titans were tied until the last 3 seconds. Gotta love Vinatieri! Crossing my fingers for the next game and more Frito Salad.