Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Super Crunchy French Toast

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Well…. this recipe is most decidedly *not* Paleo.

And that’s ok, dag nabbit.

We can all use a little sugary cereal now and again.
I say that with glee as my mother never let us buy sugary cereals.

I’m pretty sure my history of zero cavities will thank her, but C’MON, what kid doesn’t need a little Cocoa Krispies every now and again.

However, Grandma made up for it.
Numerous breakfasts of ice cream and Pepsi had me ‘ALL HOPPED UP ON MOUNTAIN DEW’!! (reference to Talladega Nights)

She also bought me Trix, Fruit Loops, and Cocoa Krispies from time to time.
Mom never knew.
Well, now she does.

Just imagine the face of a child who only consumed Crispix, Rice Krispies, and Cheerios, with just a *smidge* of sugar on them, when they popped a spoonful of colorful,  bright, crunchy, neon colored loops into their mouth –

Wide eyed and jaw dropped I was, as my blood sugar skyrocketed, and the hyper-activity set in.


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*Sigh,* childhood was great. Adulthood isn’t all it’s cracked up to be from time to time.
If you need me, I’ll be coloring under my fort.

WHICH IS WHY….. Great people of Texas and beyond, I bring you……

*drumroll please….*


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All the cool people are doing it.

And all the people who say they aren’t cool, and they’re trying not to be cool, but they are still cool, they’re doing it too.

The other members of my family thought the french toast came out too sweet and crunchy, but I liked the CCRRUUNCH a lot, and I just used less syrup. I thought it was GRREEEEAAT.

Wait, that’s frosted flakes. I don’t know the Cap’n Crunch jingle.

I’m pretty sure if you love breakfast, you’ll like it.
And if you don’t, don’t tell me.

~Peace, Love, and Crunch Y’all

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Super Crunchy French Toast

Yield: serves 4-6

Total Time: 45 minutes

borrowed from Cook's Country


6 cups Cap'n Crunch cereal, crushed
2 1/2 cups half and half
3 large eggs
3 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
8 slices bread, thick cut (challah works best)
1/2 cup vegetable oil


Preheat oven to 450 degrees and position the rack to the middle position. Place a rimmed baking sheet in the oven as it pre-heats. Place a wire cooling rack inside a second baking sheet.
Place crushed cereal in a 9x13 baking dish. In a large bowl, whisk half and half, eggs, sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, and salt until combined.
Working with 2 slices at a time, soak in liquid mixture 15 seconds each side. Transfer soaked bread to cereal mixture, and press the cereal lightly, then transfer to wire rack.
Next, add oil to preheated sheet, and tilt to coat evenly. Return sheet to oven, and heat 2 more minutes. Carefully remove the sheet from the oven and arrange the bread in a single layer. Bake until the exterior is brown and crunchy, about 20 minutes. Flip once halfway through and rotate the baking sheet. Cool for 5 minutes before serving.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013



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.


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


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.


Check out all the polka bands!


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.


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

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


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!


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


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


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


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.


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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.


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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.


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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?!