Mom’s ‘Famous’ Tacos


Welcome to the Fourteenth! post of the Saving Second Base project!

Today’s contributor is my dear friend, Crystal

Mom was always where I needed her to be and always taking care of someone.
She showed us how to live a Godly life not only by being involved in church, but through her everyday actions; her arms and heart were always open for everyone — friends, family and strangers alike. We were blessed that she was a Stay at Home Mom and was able to be at all of our activities and involved in our lives. She taught us by example, through watching her we learned responsibility, love, discipline, determination and more; all the skills we would need so that we would someday be the kind of Mom to our children, that she was to us. To this day, I still want to be just like her.
Mom was loving, gentle, kind, influential, hard working, and inspiring. She is why I am the woman I’ve become.

Little did we know that a day would come where the tables would be turned and we would be taking care of her.

Our lives changed on April 21, 2009. At the age of 54 my mom received that phone call that will never be forgotten; “Your results came back and you have cancer.

We had no idea how extremely and completely those words would affect our lives.   From that day forward everything seemed to be happening as if we were living in a movie — with lots of pauses, stops, rewinds and fast forwards.

It never crossed my mind that I would be bathing my Mom or cooking for my Mom because she was battling breast cancer.

With God, friends and family by our side,  our long journey came to an end when she finished her last chemo treatment in November 2009 and had her last reconstructive surgery in December 2009.

The blessing behind the disease… the love and togetherness that it has given our family.

I can truly say that this experience was amazing only because my mom fought the fight and won.   She never gave up, she stayed strong, kept fighting, stayed positive and never lost her Faith.

We always knew that October was Breast Cancer Awareness Month, however, now it has taken on a new meaning for us.

I truly look at cancer with new eyes and have a new passion for the fight against Breast Cancer.

~ Crystal



Mom’s Famous Tacos

  • 2 lbs hamburger meat, seasoned to liking
  • 2 Cups of cut up Velveeta cheese
  • 1 can of tomato sauce (add half a can of water)
  1. Brown your hamburger meat and drain it
  2. stir in all other ingredients cover and let simmer about 20-30 minutes
  3. stirring occasionally (should thicken up as it cooks}
  4. serve on tortillas or corn tortillas with all the trimmings

Want to know how you can help? or be a part of this project?

  • Tricia and I have created a facebook page: Saving Second Base Please “like” us and help spread the word!
  • We’re on TWITTER!!! @Savng2ndBase (i know it’s missing an i but someone already HAS saving2ndbase and isn’t using it :-{ ) Follow us and spread the word!
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  • Send us your story and recipe: one that reminds you of/celebrates someone who has fought with, is living with, is kicking cancer’s ass, has lost the fight…. send a story, a recipe, a blurb with recipe, a memory with recipe, a tribute with recipe… and pictures.. a picture of the person.. a picture of the recipe (preferably both) but either works. Please send this to: Breastcancerebook@gmail.com and we’ll send you the release to sign and love you forever and ever and ever 😉
  • We’re going to post at least one recipe and story every. single. day in October on A Southern Fairytale and on Once A Month Mom and then we’ll compile all the stories and recipes into an e-book that can be purchased and EVERY SINGLE SOLITARY cent will be donated to the Susan G Komen Foundation. (Tricia and I are not taking a single solitary cent for any of this)
  • Tweet with #saving2ndbase
  • Let’s help kick cancer’s ass and save those ta ta’s!

    And remember y’all… Save a Life, Grope Your Wife 🙂

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  1. Your post about your mom was the reminder I needed to schedule my mammogram. I lost my best friend from high school to breast cancer. Thanks for the work you do to raise awareness. All the best to your mom and your family.

  2. This is a great idea Rachel. I am blessed in that I don’t have anyone close to me who has suffered from breast cancer. The two people I do know with childhood leukemia and another childhood cancer are now adults leading very healthy lives, in full remission for about 20 years now.

  3. It’s so important to make sure our loved ones get the check-ups they need. Thanks for the reminder….and for hosting!!

  4. A wonderful post about Crystal’s mom….how thankful they are that she WON the fight! I never knew my mother’s mom….she passed away from breast cancer, even before I was born. How thankful I am that my own children can know and love my mom.

  5. Through adversity comes strength. Your Mom’s strength during her battle with cancer no double gave you and the rest of your family strength. I’m glad that she has had her last chemo treatment and reconstructive surgery. I wish her a full recovery to fully enjoy many more years with her loving family.

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