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Homemade Tortilla Chips

We’ve been having a lot of conversations about “real” and “pretend”.

This was spurred on by the submarine ride at Disney because my two hated it and sobbed about halfway through, demanding to get off. FYI: if your kids haven’t seen Finding Nemo yet, a dark, enclosed submarine with no chance for escape is not the best place to introduce Nemo’s scary shark villain. In case you were curious.

Our assurances that devil shark was only pretend fell on deaf ears but miraculously the ride ended and Mickey Mouse ice cream bars were eventually procured, so all was well. Since then, however, the concept of pretend has not gone unnoticed.

In following conversations, my children have assigned these characters pretend status:

Mickey Mouse (and all his friends)
Dora the Explorer
Boots (I’m told that he is Dora’s monkey?)
Curious George
The Easter Bunny
Arthur and DW
Brother and Sister Berenstain Bear
The Tooth Fairy

And just this afternoon…

Santa Claus


Yes, my kids still believed in Santa Claus.

Yes, even J Man, Mr. Logic himself, still believed in Santa.

Yes, this stressed me out.

So this afternoon, J was playing Mario Cart and Miss Rae started in on her questioning.

“Is Mario real or pretend? Is Luigi real or pretend? Is Bowser real or pretend?”


After determining that they were all pretend, she dropped the bombshell.

“Is Santa Claus real or pretend?”

It was one of those parenting moments that I knew mattered. As much as I wanted the magic of childlike wonder to encircle Christmas forever, how could I bail on the Easter Bunny, yet defend Santa?

“Santa is pretend,” I answered, very nonchalantly. “But at Christmas, people like to dress up like him to make other people happy.”

“Ok,” they both agreed. “Can we have a snack?”

And just like that, Santa is pretend.


These tortilla chips are absolutely real. I know they’re real because I made them from tortillas. Crazy, huh?


This is the easiest thing ever and so so worth the extra 5 minutes of work.

1. Preheat the oven to broil.

2. Slice a flour tortilla into wedges.

3. Spread them out on a baking sheet, not touching.

4. Broil for exactly 60 seconds on each side. If you do 65 seconds, they will burn. Watch them like a hawk.


5. Try to wait 45 seconds before shoving these in your mouth. They will burn you.

I can’t recommend these enough. They’re light and crispy and so delicious. You could sprinkle some garlic salt or taco seasoning on, if you were so inclined.

I like them plain. With avocado, beans, sour cream and salsa.

That’s real.


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