Sep 24, 2015

Pumpkin EVERYTHANG!


I wake to the Texas sun, soul smilin'.I step out the door. My soul becomes weary. So, much for Fall I tell myself. I can't get in the spirit when it's 90+ outside. That Texas Heat 'll get you every time I tell myself. I trudge to my car already over the heat considerin' I dealt with it all Summer and want a break. I drive the familiar roads to work, Air and country music blastin' the whole way through. My belly becomes hangry. Not hungry I recount, hangry. I pull into the Sprouts near the school. I grab everythin' pumpkin off the shelf. I plop in my classroom content to now make myself Fall ready. I jot down all the fall things I want to experience. This is what I jot.

Fall Bucket List

Pumpkin EVERYTHANG// Black Friday // State Fair of Texas // Sleep with the windows open // Take a hayride // Go campin' // Have a bonfire // Hike// Bake an apple pie // Have my aunt teach me to make Eutofee // Learn to make Gumbo Rue from scratch // Attend a football game // Cross 5 items off my #TravelinTexan bucket list//Much cider; pumpkin and apple// Work on my Texas book ( yes you heard correctly. I'm writin' a book)
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Sep 16, 2015

#WednesdayDownSouth; #EasyMealPrep





I know y'all sit around and wonder what I eat when I'm not cookin' for the blog, frans or family. Ok! Humor me and pretend t'all wonder. Well... today, I'mma let y'all know via a  #DownSouth post

Current Obession: Suddenly Grain Salad by Betty Crocker, and chicken wings.

Suddenly Grain Salad I'd heard of the pastas but not the new "grain salads". And I'm not just obsessed cause they sponsor this pot. I've recently gotten into Quinoa and don't why I never jumped on the bandwagon till now.  When I heard they were great for meal preppin' I was skeptical cause I have yet to get into that craze even though I try. But I am pleased to say I packed a few lunches. I even added in some fruit. But I couldn't not have the chicken wangs. HAHA! And I think the Southwest flavor has to be my favorite.

Now it's your turn. I gots a lil' Coupon for ya. Just go Suddenly Grain Salad or find a local store that has them here
You can also get some recipe ideas herehere and here

Sep 11, 2015

Pete Scobell- Walkin a Wire



"Sittin' on the porch, watchin' the sun begin to shine while it's still ranin', it' so amazin'. All the leaves are dyin' on the trees, but their goin' out blazin'. It's so amazin'. Not a day goes by that I don't swear there's gotta be a God out there." The music plays through my ears. I smile as I know this verse to be true. Even in my own life. How could a simple song lyric touch me so? This wouldn't be the first time I quietly whisper to myself. My mind drifts. To how I'd come to here of Pete Scobell.
"It was the first day of Summer vacation 2015. As a person who works in education I can't wait for Summer after nine months chained to my school. I drove to the local movie rental store down the road from my house with my sister. Determined to find Selena the movie and binge watch it on repeat. I'd just returned from a weekend trip to Corpus Christi and was re-inspired by her and her story and the town. I walked all over unamused when I realized the only copy my town ever had was never returned. My sister proclaimed she wasn't leavin' until she found the movie she wanted. I stood annoyed until American Sniper caught my eye. I'd heard all the hype and knew who Chris Kyle was. I mean I am a Texan. How could you not know who he was and what he did... I had wanted to see the movie but never had the time. I quickly pulled it off the shelf and was about to walk away until I realized Lone Survivor and Unbroken were on the shelf next to it. I quickly grabbed those two as well and decided I'd make a binge of it. After all it was the start of my Summer and I had no where to be. We rushed home candy and movies in hand. I prepared myself for the long haul. But did it really happen if you didn't take a pic. I quickly snapped this pic of all three movies and went to watchin'. Those three movies were so emotionally dranin' I couldn't even binge watch them all. But one, one caught my eye. That was Lone Survivor. I was quickly drawn in by Marcus, the Lone Survivor. I had no idea he was a Texan or anythin' about the story but what I had seen in clips from the Keith Urban music video and how I turned it up when I was on a backroad. I became quickly obsessed with him and started googlin' him everywhere. Y'all everywhere. I've probably watched more youtube videos of him recountin' the story than I should have. I know all y'all wanna know is what any of that has to do with Pete Scobell Band. I'm gettin' to it. Days later I was on Instagram stalkin' some of the cast of Duck Dynasty. I know. I know. Well, Momma Robertson, Kori posted a photo of Pete and was talkin' about his upcomin debut album. I was like hey... that's that dude I saw in pics with Marcus and did the After Action videos with our former Governor. Have I ever mentioned on the blog that one of my majors in college was Political Science and when I'm not bloggin' and bein' Southern I indugle in politics a lot. Y'all a lot. Now you know my secret. But back to the point. No more bloggin' outloud. I quickly started stalkin' Pete Scobell and followin' him on every social media possible. A veteran turned Americana/Country Singer... Hello, y'all know that's right up my alley. I was particularly captured by his story. A Navy Seal who served for 17 years. Music became his savin' grace after a brain injury while servin' one of his many tours overseas."
The song fades from my earphones.
I'd gotten my hands on an early listen of Walkin a Wire by Pete Scobell Band which released today. It wasn't lost on me that he decided to drop his debut alum on 9/11. How fittin' that a date that shook us all to our core and I'm sure defined him so powerfully will now have a whole new meanin'. 
I sat there, tryin' to find the words to describe his music and the album I had just listened to. No words came. Instead I played 'There's Gotta be a God out There' on repeat for a good 30 minutes. The song spoke to me. It reminded me that even though we each have our own story to tell, like Pete I know there's gotta be a God out there.

Pete Scobell Band album took me on an emotional roll-coaster. The words I am left with are Raw, Gritty, Truthful. He shares his truths in such a powerful way. With much debate these days in Country Music circles on who will carry the torch? Where has the genre gone? I find a gilmer of hope that storytellers like Pete will carry on that Torch. I mean come one Wynonna Judd cut a song with him. That great dame doesn't just sing with anyone these days.  As a southern girl who has had many a family member and friend serve I take pride in knowin' veterans like Pete have picked themselves up and found life after service. Supportin' his music is a small token.


Now I'mma leave y'all with two giveaways. The firs is in this Gleam right here. Win an autographed copy by Pete himself. Click here for a chance at an Orca Cooler by Pete and his team.

Sep 5, 2015

5 Ingredient Stuffed Peppers






It's amost Fall! Y'all know what that means... cooler weather which is a God send her in the south. Y'all know what else is a God send. This quick little meal that will stick to your ribs. In the Fall I always want somethin' hearty that I know will stick to my ribs and fill me up. I also need somethin' quick and easy cause my time is limited. With work startin' up again, football, holiday events etc. I never have the time. That's why I enjoy this 5 ingredient meal. 
Ingredients:
Bell Peppers
Can of Kidney Beans or whatever beans you like
1/2 cup of cheese
Cup of rice
1/2 cup of ground beef 
Directions:
1. Cut the tops off the bell pepper and remove the insides.
2. Place the bell pepper in a pot of water and bring the water to a boil. Peppers should be covered in water. Cook until the form beings to change and the peppers are soft.
3. While the peppers are boiling cook the rice, kidney beans and ground beef to your likin'. All in separate pots of course. 
4. Once the peppers and everythin' else is cooked preheat the oven at 350 degrees.
5. Carefully remove the peppers and drain all the water. Use caution cause the peppers will be hot. 
6. Place the peppers in a Pyrex dish of your likin'. Fill each pepper with ground beef, rice and beans. Top them off with cheese. If you are like me then don't be afraid to let the cheese spill over.
7. Cook them at 350 degrees for about 30 mins or until the cheese has melted and the tops begin to brown. It really only took mine 15 mins. 
Note
The dish can always be modified if you’re looking to be healthy by using lean ground beef or ground turkey. Personally I don’t like turkey but I would love to know how it turns out if y’all try it. Brown rice instead of white rice may also be substituted.

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