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 enthusiastic about taking pictures with us!

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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!).

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Salted Caramel Chocolate Chunk Cookies

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These are based on my original Mom’s Chocolate Chip Cookies , and then I had to go and jump on the whole Salted Caramel bandwagon.

AND BOY AM I GLAD I DID.

(Here’s my favorite cookie scoop: Cookie Dough Scoop with Push Button (Orange))

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I’ve told y’all before, I know it’s cliche, but warm cookies are probably my favorite dessert. Maybe it’s something about the memories of home.

The memory of mom’s cookies.

Mom in the kitchen.

Me in the kitchen.

Mom and I cooking together.

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I made these, along with some other treats, for the Austin Bakes for West bake sale. Back in April, there was a devastating fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas. Thanks to the big love of Texas, local bakers got together and baked some DELICIOUS treats, all proceeds going to the victims of West.

THESE COOKIES WERE A HIT!

Everyone and their mother, and their grandmother, and aunt, neighbor, friend, babysitter, baby mama, and kid was asking for the recipe.

NOW YOU HAVE IT Y’ALL! MERRY CHRISTMAS! *wink*

Now tell me, what’s y’alls favorite cookie add-in?

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~ Peace, Love, and Salted Caramel Y’all

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Salted Caramel Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Yield: 5 - 6 dozen

Ingredients:

1 stick butter (1/2 cup), softened
1 stick butter flavored Crisco (1 cup)
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
4 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
12 oz. chocolate chips
6 oz. caramel chips
5 cups flour
sea salt, for garnish

Directions:

In a large bowl, begin by creaming butters and sugars. Once thoroughly mixed, add vanilla and eggs one a time, mixing well after each addition. Add dry ingredients one cup at a time. By the end, the dough will be thick, and it may be necessary to mix by hand. Add in the chocolate chips and caramel chips. Scoop cookie dough into balls, and freeze all dough balls, or bake as desired. When ready to bake, sprinkle a bit of sea salt on the top of each dough ball and bake at 350 for approximately 12 minutes, until golden.