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September 2014

This Week’s News Chat

The NFL and Its Manly Men

The stories of abusive NFL players has become mind-boggling. Let us not become desensitized by the relentless stories that continue to come to light. Let us, instead, be horrified and furious and disgusted by these stories. And let us not be distracted by their physical talent, fame, or fortune. When I see the video of the punch, or the photos of the switch injuries, I realize that if the accused were a random Joe Schmo, the reactions-at-large would be much less restrained. People would be furious and all too ready to lock up ol’ Joe. But, when football gods and money are involved…well, let’s just all calm down and realize that they were raised this way, or their religion supports it, or the victim provoked him, or the wife supports him so why should we be concerned, or it was just a little domestic spat, or this is how men learn how to be men. Give me a break…didn’t we all learn in preschool not to hit a girl or a kid? Guess not. If the burly, brawny men of the NFL can’t protect women and children, then we’re in deep trouble.

My suggestion for the NFL/NBA/etc.: require a college degree to be a professional athlete. Will that end violence as we know it? No, but I believe it would help educate those who still believe it’s acceptable, since they missed that lesson in preschool. Also, it’s a back-up plan for the young men, especially if they get hurt or are otherwise unable to continue. Goodell, give me a call. I’ll be happy to be on your lady panel.

The Roosevelts

Aaah, PBS has chosen such an interesting topic for history and political buffs. Ken Burns is known for his quality work. But 7 nights? In a row? 2 hours each night? That is a serious commitment for those of us who can barely make it through an entire sitcom. I have enjoyed what I have watched so far and hope I can finish it, but it’s hard to use that kind of mental energy after 9 pm.

Some of the old video footage is amazing. His research provides a new perspective on these famous leaders. Burns made an interesting comment in his interview on The Daily Show: that neither Roosevelt would be elected in modern times because they were flawed. He posits that we expect our leaders to be perfect, almost robot-like, and to know exactly how to be President and First Lady all the time. All three Roosevelts, as all humans do, were dealing with adversity throughout their lives, which informed their jobs in the limelight. That adversity helped them to make far reaching, bold decisions. We know that life works just that way…so why don’t we allow our leaders to live that way?

Now, on to lighter fare: 

This Week’s Yellow Daisy Chick Chattys!

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The coveted Yellow Daisy   Chick Chatty award

 1. The Company Most Trying to Screw With Us: Apple.

Thanks for the iOS 8 Update that I’ll never get because my storage is full.

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2. Pandora Persona I Most Emulated (this week) While Running: 

Tie between Zac Brown, Beyonce, and Brittany Spears.

I imagine this award will be the highlight of their careers.

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3.  Most Insane Marketing Technique: All Things Pumpkin.

It’s still hot and humid in Georgia. Take your pumpkin elsewhere.

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4. Most Brilliant Marketing Technique: Reese’s Pumpkins.

I love you, Reese’s Pumpkins. Always and Forever. xoxo

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5. Best New Website: http://www.athletesbeatingasthma.com.

See what I did there?

It is a newly birthed resource for athletes with asthma and their families. I birthed it.

Do refer any and everyone who might find it useful.

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Enjoy your weekend! I’d love to hear from you!

Take care of yourselves and each other,

YDC

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Breathe

Well, hello, Blogtown! Blogville! Blog City, U.S.A.!

I’ve taken a much needed break from Yellow Daisy Chick Chat, and I’ll pretend you noticed. I’ll also pretend you have missed me as much as I’ve missed you!

After finishing school in the spring, I was burnt to a crisp. I needed to get out of my head and into the Real World for a while. It was a fun, busy summer, and now I can’t believe it’s after Labor Day. With the change of seasons approaching, I thought it was a good time to get back to chickchatting.

This weekend has been much needed, after a crazy few weeks. August began with school back in session for the kids, with a frustrating asthmatic episode for my football-playing son the first week. Two weeks later (with an urgent care visit, specialist appointment, a new action plan,) we have made a small bit of progress. Such is the story with asthma, as we’ve experienced. He is better, but mainly because Mother Nature has blessed us with milder temperatures. More medicine tinkering ahead…

The next week, I got a job. It found me. Two weeks later, I quit said job. I did not enjoy the job. Among other things, it was not as part-time as advertised. disappointment and stress ensued, but it all ended up the way it was supposed to. Fortunately, a family beach weekend was planned for Labor Day weekend, which was wonderful but very busy, with 2 of us heading to a football game and 2 of us heading to the beach, all to meet back up on Sunday at the beach. Phew.

So somehow, we’ve made it through exactly one month of school. It came in like a lion, and at this point, who knows how it will go out? This weekend, I’ve been able to slow it down and breathe, which has been nice. I have some ideas where I want to go career-wise, and it’s in these quiet moments when good thoughts and ideas come to you. I have gotten some reading in, which I have missed more than anything. And, I have cooked! When I say cooked, I mean enjoyed it. I looked through cookbooks, I looked through Pinterest, I planned our weekend food with joy. I had a tailgate supper to plan, along with a Sunday dinner and a Meatless Monday.

The grind of the busy week can drain all the joy out of cooking; it’s really just work during the week. Squeezing food in between activities can be daunting, and when I get a slow weekend, I can actually remember that I call cooking a hobby. Sure, I needed to do a million projects in my house, but I forgot to mention that our upstairs A/C went out this week, so my project budget just went to that. Sometimes, it’s nice to table those projects and just slow down and breathe.

I wanted to share my tailgate menu in hopes that I might help your busy day or weekend. We have to work together! Most of these recipes use stuff we had around the house, like leftover potatoes and salad fixings. Now that I’m an unemployed freelancer, I need to keep my menu budget-friendly! 🙂 Here’s what we ate while watching the games:

1. Buffalo Chicken Strips (Kroger chicken and homemade buffalo sauce.) This is a stand-by for us on football Saturday. We like to bake our own wings, but I’ve had trouble finding them. My son makes the wings and the sauce:

Heat on stove to simmer: 1/2 c hot sauce (we recommend Frank’s); juice from 1/2 orange; dash salt and pepper; 1 t. sugar; 2 T. butter. Slather on chicken or serve on the side. Or just take spoon and eat sauce from bowl.

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2. Red Potato Skins. What a great way to use up those last potatoes in the bag! Easy and delicious. Bake the potatoes for 30 minutes on 375. Cut in half, scoop out some of the tater, salt and pepper, and broil til browned. Fill with cheese and broil til melted. Top with bacon and sour cream. Pop in mouth.

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3. Greek 7-Layer Dip. A nice change from the Mexican layer dip that we all love. Healthy, too. But it doesn’t taste heathy! That’s the key. I adapted a Pinterest recipe and ended up with this:

Layer 1- hummus; Layer 2- Mix plain Greek yogurt with 2 garlic cloves, oregano, pinch of salt and pepper, squeeze of lemon and spread over hummus; Layer 3- Crumbled feta cheese; Layer 4-Diced, seeded tomatoes; Layer 5- Diced, seeded Cukes; Layer 6- Diced red onion; Layer 7: Diced/sliced olives. Enjoy with pita chips. *Note* If you need to make ahead, put veggies on top right before serving to avoid the dip being too liquid-y.

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4. Guac and chips. My husband is world-famous for his guacamole. He just has the touch. Ask anybody. No really, anybody!

Recipe: 4 avocados, chopped; juice of 2 limes; 2 T. diced red onion; 2 T. diced tomato; 1 t. Sriracha or to taste; salt; drizzle of olive oil; chopped cilantro to taste. Don’t worry about leftovers. There will be no leftovers.

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5. Salted Caramel Brownies. Oh Ina Garten, how I do love thee! And how I wish I were Jeffrey. He must eat better than anyone. The woman does not play. Thank you for being you, Ina.

Recipe: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/salted-caramel-brownies-recipe.html#!

courtesy Ina Garten/mine did not look that good but tasted awesome!
courtesy Ina Garten

I hope your weekend has been what you want it to be. If not, make next weekend be the one where you get to breathe.

Take care of yourselves and each other,

YDC

 

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