Block Parties, Part 2, and Cinnamon Tortilla Chips

When one decides to make a scene, it’s best to do it in front of the neighbors.

It was another epic neighborhood block party (and this time, one without any performances on my part). This time, we had all brought out the roller blades (can’t you tell this happened in the 90s?) to play a game of roller hockey. For once, it was quite easy- the street had JUST been redone, so every kid on the block was out testing out the smooth pavement and relishing the lack of potholes or cracks.

Including the “big” kids.

My neighbor had played ice hockey back in the day, and wasn’t going to let being in his late 30s stop him from playing street hockey with people a third of his age. It also wasn’t going to stop him from showing off how many tricks he could do on wheels.

It was at that moment, watching him skate backwards, that I suddenly screamed, “MIKE! STOP!!! OR TURN AROUND!!!!!”

He didn’t listen. And went straight into my neighbor’s glass picnic table, which they had been ever-so-kind to bring out into the street for the purposes of eating and drinking.

My neighbor emerged, drenched in beverages, from the table which was now cracked and flipped entirely over, and enduring the steely grey eyes of the owner of the table which never quite sat evenly again.

Obviously, we never let him live that moment down. And, according to my parents, even though Mike has moved from the neighborhood, we still can’t play hockey during block parties.

No Tricks Required Cinnamon Tortilla Chips

Sweet Tortilla Chips

these chips are able to show off themselves, no talent required


  • 12 flour tortillas
  • 1/2 c sugar
  • 1 Tbsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • Butter flavored cooking spray


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Using a pair of kitchen shears, cut tortillas into eight triangles.
  3. In a small bowl, mix together sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
  4. Place tortillas onto a large cookie sheet, making sure not to overlap (you will need to do this in batches).
  5. Spray tortilla triangles with cooking spray, then sprinkle on sugar-spice mixture.
  6. Bake 7-9 minutes or until light brown.
  7. Eat on their own or serve with fruit salsa.

47 thoughts on “Block Parties, Part 2, and Cinnamon Tortilla Chips

  1. Mmm, once I get my tortilla press, I will make these! My hubby is on board with me making what I can from scratch. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Rollerblades…yep, I do not think anyone who has used them on the street came out unscathed. I have a nice scar on my knee and chin from where my brake caught a rock and sent me face first on the pavement.

      1. I did not do the rink much. Perhaps I was too much of a daredevil back then. *shrug* I spent my childhood in the boonies and got tossed into a small city in my teens, I had to get my thrills somehow.

  2. Awesome story, sounds like something I would have done (which is probably why I was not allowed rollerskates) Runs in the family – my brother rode his mates skateboard into the canal…

    The chips look amazing though. Made the fruit salsa yesterday and might have to hi-jack the wraps set aside for tomorrows supper!

  3. Thanks so much for following my blog!! I make a similar version of tortillas and they are always a hit. Looking forward to reading your blog regularly!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. These look yummy! Especially at the moment, as I am on a 5 day juicing hehe
    Thanks so much for following my blog. Returning the โค Look forward to your posts ๐Ÿ™‚

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