Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Have a Pinteresting Wednesday:Texas State Fair, Food, Adult Beverages and Texas Rangers

Howdy Folks!   

It's Wednesday!  Are you as excited as I am?   We have a huge weekend planned starting with: 

Texas State Fair:

If you have never been to the Texas Stare Fair you are missing out!  


Mostly on a heart attack!  They have every version of anything fried you could possibly ever want and dream of including things nobody ever dreamed of frying.   You can thank the State Fair people for frying Oreos, Twinkies, S'mores,  Mac and Cheese, an aside here, why does Mac and Cheese need to be fried?  It was perfect before, right? I mean, sure, that crispy crust is delicious and I am sure it just takes it to another level, probably cardiac arrest, but come on, Mac and Cheese is probably what God sent down from heaven as Manna.  Who's with me.  I mean, Manna from Heaven surely had to be something very close to Mac and Cheese.  

Anyway, now that I have completely gotten side tracked by my Mac and Cheese love, let me remind you that all things bacon come in second only to mac and cheese...wait there is bacon mac and cheese. Me? I am looking forward to trying the new bacon margarita because what my margaritas have been missing my entire life is pork fat!


So aside from my fixation lately with the Texas State Fair, my pins have run in two simple directions food and alcohol!  You see I am ready for fall but I don't like pumpkin anything.  Instead I prefer apples, cider, and salted caramel.  Well imagine my joy when I was shopping for a birthday present at the local liquor establishment and ran across Caramel Apple Vodka!  

Adult Beverages 


Now I have an entire new "adult beverage" board which leans heavily toward the caramel, salted caramel, and caramel apple theme. :)  


Just yum!  I have been under the weather all week so I have had zero tolerance for alcohol or food or breathing. 

Texas Rangers:

Texas Rangers Take Me Out to the Ballgame by BigLeaguePrints, $12.00

My Rangers are still fighting to win the West and it is going to come down to the last series of the season with the HATED Angels of California.  *Yes, I know they don't go by California Angels anymore but I refuse to change.  Period.

My husband and I may seriously be forced to watch games in different rooms if he doesn't quit being so negative.  Only I am allowed to be negative, darn it!  I mean, I try really hard to leave him alone if I don't have anything nice to say about his beloved Cowboys.   REALLY!  

Hey, I found this really awesome Etsy listing at
I love this set of signs so much I think I am going to make them for my spare bedroom which is rapidly becoming my sports bedroom.  I have plans for a new=old full size bed in dark grey or dark blue and light grey walls for this room so it will work for all my teams but it will lean heavily on the Rangers, ND Fighting Irish, and Texas Longhorn side because I have so much....and I mean so very much stuff. 

Tell us we can't. Tell us we won't. We'll show you we will. #NeverEverQuit:
This has basically become my go to Tweet for the Rangers this season.   I post it a lot lately.   

Texas Rangers Undefeated Stacked Rings $24.99:

Think of all the money my Hubs could have saved if only we had known we could get a Rangers engagement set!  LOL  You know, I could easily make this work for my right hand!!!

Custom High Heels  Texas rangers:
These are so not practical for the Ballpark in Arlington but they are so darn cute!  I have a good friend who would love these.  Yes Tricia, I mean you. Your shoe wardrobe is missing these and you would actually wear them to RBIA because you are just that girl. 


If a liberal says it, it's defended by the First Amendment as freedom of speech. If a conservative says it, it is denounced as hate speech. Anyone else see the problem with this? Free speech for everyone...not just liberals.:
Yeah, I am not much for PC these days.  Count me out on caring if I offend someone's feelings because usually me being required to care about someone's fragile ego means I have to give up some right I am guaranteed under the Constitution of the United States of America and that just doesn't really sit well with me in my grumpy old age.

Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without! Frugality How-To from the Greatest Generation || Le Chaim (on the right)

The Greatest Generation - because they were part of something bigger than themselves.
 My grandfather, God rest his soul, told me 20 years ago, "I am done with worrying about this country.  It is your problem now."   I really want to say, no thank you Grandpa.  Don't get me wrong, he earned the right to be done.  He was in World War II.  He lived his life, paid his taxes, raised his family, worked his job and his farm both.   He earned his right to be done.   I am just not sure that either of my grandfathers would like much where this country has gone.   They would tell you to stop feeling so much and pull yourself up by the boot straps and get to work.  As, I believe, most World War II vets would tell you.  There is a reason they were the Greatest Generation.  They didn't waste time, they got to work!


Jalapeno Popper Dip-bought the ingredients for this today, making it tomorrow minus the bacon extra jalapenos.
I made a version of this and it was mighty fine.  Not as good as my poppers themselves but a lot easier on my hands!

1 lb. of hamburger 1/2 yellow onion diced 1 tablespoon of taco seasoning 1/2 cup of taco sauce 2 cans of diced tomatoes 1 can of black beans 1 can of tomato sauce 1 1/2 – 2 cups of tomato juice 1 small bag of frozen corn Optional Toppings: avocado, sour cream, shredded cheese, tortilla chips:
God forgive me, but I am tired of hamburgers and tacos.  I am ready for soup, casserole, and pot roast.  Come on cold weather.   BTW, my hubby, stud that he is in the kitchen, makes THE most incredible pot roast.  I am drooling just thinking about it!  I still prefer my pasta but I will gladly never make anything pot roast related again. 

Apple Pear Coffee Cake Recipe from Taste of Home -- shared by Joanne Hoschette of Paxton, Massachusetts:
And back to my fall inspiration.  Pears and Apples.  Actually, I have been baking with Pears for the last couple weeks.  This is a Apple-Pear coffee cake.  YUM!

Okay that is it for my Have a Pinteresting Wednesday post.  By this time next week, God Willing, the Texas Rangers will be AL West Champs.   Pray for me. Pray for them.  Pray for 4 wins this week so there is no question!!!


Wednesday, September 23, 2015

What I'm Loving: The Chicken Express

Rex the Roo

Quick hello Wednesday!  I know I have been MIA lately and that's mostly because life has been a lot nuts.  

So here is what I'm loving and it's almost all about the chicks. 


First is our new Roo Rex.  Chickens are the closest living relative to the T-Rex so when we got our Roo last weekend it seemed only right to call him Rex.  He is the same age as our oldest ladies (which technically makes him a cockerel) and he, so far, had been a good rooster.  We have a friend that wants to maybe give us his Roo too so I think he may be named Tex. Why not? I hope they get along.  Roosters aren't exactly non-territorial and Rex took to our ladies right away. 

Our first egg ever! 

Speaking of my ladies, they have started laying eggs. At least some of them have. We are getting about 3 a day right now.  That's a good production since only 6 are about the right age to lay and young hens don't lay daily.  

Laurel, Logan, and Lesleigh

We got some new chicks too! The three above are White Leghorns.  We call the the triplets and decided to name them after my triplet nieces so meet Laurel, Logan, and Lesleigh.  Don't ask me who is who however because, unlike my nieces, I can't tell these trips apart.

The Triplets with the little babies

We also got 4 other babies who we haven't come up with names for...I am willing to take suggestions if anyone out there has some good chicken names. These are all hens so keeping that in mind, we already have the following:
Frizzy, Star, Snow White, Cinderella, Pocahontas, Katniss, Henrietta, Dumbledoor, Prim, Beltre, Lemon, Winnie, ah...ok that's all I can remember but there are 7 others!  I need to take pictures and write them down!  Lol 

So if you are keeping score at home, that is 26 Hens and 1 Roo. For those who are curious, yes when we get a broody hen we are going to let her have chicks.  We even set up an outdoor brooder for when this happens.  

I have to give a shout out to my sister in laws dad who not only gave us Rex but the idea for the outdoor brooder.  :) 

Now for what else I am loving: 

The pope's visit to the US.  He is a humble man and while I am not really on board with all the changes he has made in the Catholic Church, as a Catholic, I understand his reasons and support the changes.  (Although truth here, I still mumble the prayers because I had 42 years of the old-new mass.) 

South Park last week for making fun of all the PC craziness.  People are too dang sensitive and frankly, if you follow me, you should know that I am going to speak honestly and gosh darn it, I will wish you a Merry Christmas because I was taught manners and because I freaking love Christmas! If you don't and you are offended by it, that's your problem. 

Hubs and me at the Texas Rangers Red Out last week

The Texas Rangers!!!
They are 10 games from clinching the AL West!  I am so happy and excited for baseball and yes, I already have my post season tickets!  I can't wait to share post season baseball with the hubby. 

College Football:
I am loving the return of college football even if my Notre Dame Fighting Irish are a little LOT beat up and hurt and even if going into the season, I knew my Texas Longhorns were going to have a growth season.   Nothing is better than college football, except post season baseball! 

So that's it.   What are you loving?  Happy Hump Day folks! 

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Go Gold in September

Children of all people shouldn't have to deal with cancer.  They shouldn't have to know it exists.  They should not face loss of someone precious to them and more they should not be battling the disease.  

Cancer isn't fair.  Cancer doesn't play by rules.  Cancer picks on little kids and young families.   Cancer picks on the elderly and the weak.  Cancer picks on those who it thinks it can rule.  

Cancer is wrong.  People are stronger than the disease.  We overcome.  We win every single day.  It isn't easy but it is a fight we will win...for the kids.   So Go Gold in September for the little Heroes and the medium sized Heroes and the teen Heroes because they are all the biggest Hereos.  

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