Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Oktoberfest

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A few weeks ago….. I went to Oktoberfest. In Fredericksburg, HEART of the Hill Country.

It. Was. So. Much. Fun.

And I only had one German beer.

And a Sangria slushy.

The weather was abso-Texas-lutely gorgeous.
You like that subliminal message?

All weather in Texas is gorgeous when it’s under 100. We even got a slight chill.

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Me and the girls. Say hello to our handsome scarecrow friend.

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Check out these tickets. The magic of marketing. Spend $1 per ticket and completely lose track of the fact that you just paid $9 for a crepe and $5 for a short beer. Eek.

But it was a good time had by all.

And dangit, wouldn’t you know I forgot to take a picture of my food?
Well, I’ll tell you about it.
I had the reuben crepe. Sounds weird, but it was delish.
I didn’t want to stand in an hour line for the potato pancake, and I figured I would eat it on my next trip to Fredericksburg, in a real restaurant, not at a festival.

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Check out all the polka bands!

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All the food. Here is my crepe booth. Scrumptious. The crepe booth was run by a local group of deaf business owners.

Very cool.

Plenty of sausage wraps, beer, potato pancakes, applesauce, and danishes to go around. We tried a danish too. I’ll stick to my kolaches.

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Of course we had to step out of the festival to shop.

Oh, y’all didn’t know I opened my own store?!?!

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And everyone was in costume! All those lederhosen and busty ladies! I was too embarrassed to ask, but I really wanted a picture with one!

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Jessica is such a good sport. I saw the turkey hat and NEEDED someone in a picture. Teachers are so fun, ain’t we?

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With plenty of stuffed tummys, and a food coma glaze over our eyes, we left the gorgeous German town.
‘Til next time, Fredericksburg!

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday, September 29, 2013

ROLLER DERBY!!

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Hey y’all!! Guess what I did last night?

WENT TO A ROLLER DERBY GAME!

Get ready, because I’ve ironed my sassy pants y’all, it’s about to get CRA up in HERE.

I don’t even know what you call roller derby? A game?

A match?

A round?

A show?

Although we didn’t participate (BUT WE COULDA’, BECAUSE WE ARE SOME TOUGH TEACHERS!), we suuuuure had a good time!

Apparently, roller derby is pretty big in Texas, as there is a whole Texas Roller Derby League.

 

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Last night we watched the Cherrybombs vs. the Rhinestone Cowgirls.

I learned a whole lot about roller derby last night.

Basically, you got your pack of chicks. And behind that pack, there are two girls with stars on their helmets.

Those are the jammers.

Those jammer chicks gotta get past the other chicks, and they get a point for every opponent they pass.

Or something.

Plus, you gotta get through all this elbow-throwin’, hip checkin’, rip roarin’ speedy mess.

I think I have whiplash from following the action all night.

I could explain the rules in more detail to you, but I don’t really get sports.

I can change my oil, and ride dirt bike, and clean a deer, but I ask the same durn questions every season in football.

Oops.

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Anyways, onto the good stuff. Roller Derby attracts a whole host of characters, if you hadn’t guessed.

There was everyone from “old man oil tycoon” to “business man elite” to “family of four” to “bearded bubba in his overalls” to all the pin-up folks.

It was pretty awesome. If you didn’t get your $15 worth from all the roller action, you’d get your fill of people watching.

That third girl from the left is wearing horns.

HORNS.

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Then they’ve got allllll these rockabilly t-shirts, and crazy tall socks, and booty shorts.

I mean what girl DOESN’T need Texas flag booty shorts and a roller skate shirt??

I am creating my Christmas list now.

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Um, so the announcer people wore these very Ron Burgundy-esque polyester jackets, so of course we had to get ask for a photo-op, and WOW he was REALLY emphatic about taking pictures with us!

He also smelled of cigarettes and old beer. I think it’s part of his costume.

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More dressed up people!

Despite the name, the Cherrybombs are actually green and black, and many of them had ninja turtle regalia mixed into their get-ups.
This girl must have been a Cherrybomb fan.

Once I saw TMNJ (teenage mutant ninja turtles), I was ALL IN.

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Ooo, ooo, ooo, then they had this crazy wheel thing.

When anyone got a penalty, you know, for like knockin’ a chick out, they had to come over here, and this crazy “rodeo clown” type guy would spin the  wheel and make the chicks do something crazy.

‘Cause every sport has a choice of tug-o-war, pillow fight, arm wrestle, or 2 lap duel as a choice of consequence.

Duh.

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Look at that pretty rink.

Ain’t she a beaut’?

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So, we teachers will be signing off now. Back to our ho-hum days of grading papers and lunch duty.

But secretly, deep down inside, our inner roller derby girl is busting to get out.

~ Peace, Love, and Rollerskates Y’all
- Truckstop Trixie

(p.s. Truckstop Trixie is an actual player’s name, so I’m not stealing it, but it’s the one I most closely identified with, so I’ll borrow it kindly until I come up with my own. Heheheee)

What would be YOUR roller derby name?!
 

Monday, September 23, 2013

Chicken Stir-Fry

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Howdy all!! Oh, how I’ve missed you so…. I guess I will start by addressing the large elephant in the room.

I’ve been gone.

Absent.

Missing.

Fallen off the face of the planet. Almost.

Disappeared.

Abducted. Not really. That’s not funny.

But, I have gone through some major life changes.

I’ve spent the past couple months gathering my thoughts and sanity after many facets of my life have gone from familiar…. to…. chaotic.

First, my marriage has ended. This alone is a such a difficult topic to address. I’ve spent time trying to figure out just how to address it on here, and I’ve come up with no definitive answer. I’ve welcomed all of you as readers into my life, so I feel as though you deserve to know the truth as to why I’ve been absent, and I hope you will understand.

On that note, thank you to my family and blogging friends who have been truly supportive during this strange, unchartered, and difficult time.

In addition, I have started a new job! And moved to a new town!
I am now a school counselor in Bastrop, Texas and loving every minute of my new job, and my beautiful surroundings.

More on Bastrop to follow! DEFINITELY a must see town in Texas.

Now that we’ve covered all that….. I’m gettin’ my blogging boots warmed up again…

I’ve decided to share with you one of my favorite comfort foods that my mama cooks me. CHICKEN STIR-FRY!

Now, truth be told, we’ve never cooked straight up Asian cuisine in our house growing up, so Mom puts a little Italiano flair to it. But it’s scrumptious nonetheless.

I really had to make it since Texas just experienced it’s *first* cool breeze of the season!

We are officially done with triple digits y’all! Of course, I probably just jinxed us by me saying that. *Sigh*

Anyhow, if it’s cold in your neck of the woods, give this recipe a try. And if ain’t cold in your neck of the woods, make it anyways, and maybe our magic “rain dance” will work and get us some cooler temps.

Miss, miss, miss and love y’all!!

Here’s to getting my baking and cooking mojo back!!

~Peace, Love, and Much Healing Y’all

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Chicken Stir-Fry

Ingredients:

3 chicken breasts, boneless, skinless, cubed
salt and pepper
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 yellow onion
1 zucchini, cubed
1 summer squash, cubed
2 cups green beans, washed and trimmed
1 red bell pepper, chopped
2 cups spinach
6 cloves garlic, minced
6 cups chicken broth
1/2 cup white wine
1 teaspoon cornstarch
2 teaspoons water
3 cups white rice, cooked

Directions:

Begin by cubing chicken breasts, season with salt and pepper, and sautee in a large pan with olive oil over medium heat until brown. Remove from the pan, and set aside.

Dice up the yellow onion, and sautee in the large pan. After a few minutes, the onion will become translucent. Add the zucchini, squash, green beans, and bell pepper. Cook 15 minutes or so over medium until vegetables are tender. Next, add chicken broth, garlic, wine and spinach. Return the chicken to the pan and simmer an additional 15 minutes or so. If you'd like to thicken your stir-fry, mix cornstarch and water in a cup until the cornstarch is dissolved. Add this mixture to the stir-fry, and simmer 5-10 minutes until the cloudiness has dissipated and the broth has thickened. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Serve over white rice, or grated cauliflower (for a Paleo alternative!).