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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

roller derby and endurance

Once upon a time, I played my last game of the season and decided, "meh, I need a break." Originally it was just a break from roller derby [yay! off season!] because I was tired of being busy. "I'll be okay! I'm still doing crossfit!" The problem with my logic was that I actually had a couple games left with my secondary [travel] team, the Knockouts. The first off-season game was only a couple weeks after the last bout, so that was actually great! We won and it was fun and hooray! Enter the second bout...a month later. By then I was deep into work, I had been sick, stress took over my life, I skipped a bunch of my workouts, and I just wanted to curl up into a ball.

Photos by Bill Smotrilla
Photos by Bill Smotrilla
Photos by Bill Smotrilla

A few days before our game I attended a scrimmage. It was rough and took a lot of warming up. And then came the bout  - double ouch! Unless you gave a magic power in which you can stop working out for weeks and maintain your endurance, you can come over here so I can slap you shut it. I did it to myself, and paid the price!

Photos by Bill Smotrilla

After a lot of warm-ups before the game, and within the game itself, I finally started getting my groove back. My ankles were throbbing by the end of the first half, and I was being knocked out a bit too easily for my liking [in my tiniest defense, concrete floors are slick]. I was pulled from jamming and blocked a bit before being allowed to jam again in the second half. You gotta earn your keep!

Photos by Bill Smotrilla
Photos by Bill Smotrilla
Photos by Bill Smotrilla

It has taken me years to build up my endurance. I don't lose it all right away, but it's severely reduced with just a week or two of "inactivity." During the off-season I try to run and attend crossfit on a semi-regular basis. By the time we return in January [first game in Feb] I don't want to be starting from scratch.

Photos by Bill Smotrilla

We beat the Cen-Tex All Stars 183 to 141. It was a really fun game and it definitely taught me a few lessons. Resting is okay...but I need to stay relatively active. For myself, and for my team[s]!


p.s. here's my post from when we played the Cen-Tex Sirens last year. :)

Monday, October 27, 2014

fox leggings are for winners

This weekend I had my "official" last game of the season. I started my off-season already, so the game was pretty rough on me...but we won! My carpool was kind of hilarious [5 hours together], and it helps when your teammates provide you with Pumpkinator. :) The next morning, nice and early, I helped a friend of mine with some product photos and wore one of her headbands. Afterwards we stuffed our faces with Torchy's Tacos and I took a much-needed 2 hour nap. Daniel and I worked on our spare room to closet conversion and are almost done! He'd like to add some seating. :)

Shoemint boots  //  Supayana leggings  //  Jessica Simpson denim jacket  //  Blouse via Stitchfix

Busted! I had to remove the fox when I lent my coat to the girl I was photographing! But I wore it all day. By Clairey Lou Creations.

Sally Hansen nail stickers.

Fingers crossed that this week rocks my socks off. And yours, too!!

p.s. THIS giveaway ends tonight! If you have kitty cats you may want to check it out. ;-)

Saturday, October 25, 2014

birthday breakfast and cake!

I had planned on making breakfast tacos for Daniel's birthday, but he requested this chile breakfast casserole. Can you tell we are into the Tex-Mex around here?? It was relatively easy, and I was at home dealing with the dishwasher anyway. :)
I wasn't going to share these recipes, but they were such a success, that I really couldn't help myself.

This is the recipe I used for the casserole [aka lasagna], edited a bit.

Chile Verde Breakfast Lasagna
cooking spray  //  1 bag of Morning Star crumbles  //  [skipped the sweet pepper]  //  5 eggs, beaten
1 fresh jalapeño - stemmed, seeded, chopped  //  [skipped the veg oil]  //  1/4 cup sliced green onions
1/4 cup snipped cilantro [I recommend less]  //  [skipped the 1/2 tsp salt]  //  [skipped 1/2 tsp cumin]
nine 6-inch corn tortillas  //  1 bag Monterey Jack cheese  //  one 16 oz jar of salsa verde
sour cream for topping  //  avocado on the side

1. In a large skillet, cook the crumbles, add the jalapeño, and move into a bowl.
2. Beat the 5 eggs and scramble in the skillet, pour it into the bowl with the crumbles.
3. Add green onions and cilantro and stir up the mixture.
4. Spray the crockpot with cooking spray and later the bottom with three corn tortillas.
5. Add half of the crumble mixture over the tortillas, followed by 1/2 the cheese and 1/3 of the salsa jar.
6. Add three more tortillas, the rest of the mixture, more cheese, and more salsa.
7. Add the last of the tortillas, cheese, and salsa to the top!
8. Cook on low for 4 hours.
9. Serve with sour cream and sliced avocado!

Daniel isn't big on sweets, but over the years I've noticed that he really likes apple-themed/flavored desserts. Pie, turnovers...muffins? So I looked up an easy crockpot recipe for some kind of apple cake and this is what I found! My picture totally sucks. I made it the night before and took it to work the following morning, and didn't get any good photographs. It didn't make as big a serving as I would have liked. It fed about 12 people - but they were nice and took small helpings. Maybe it just seems that way because it was so thick. Hmm...

Apple Dump Cake
cooking spray  //  5-7 Granny Smith Apples  //  1/4 cup sugar [I recommend less!!]  //  1.5 tsp cinnamon
1 box yellow cake mix  //  1/2 cup oats [I recommend a bit more!]  //  1 stick butter, sliced

1. Peel, core and slice apples. Spray the crockpot and pour into the bottom.
2. Sprinkle the apples with sugar and 1/2 tsp of cinnamon. I recommend less because it was pretty sweet.
3. Pour the cake mix into a large bowl. Add the oats and 1 tsp of cinnamon. Stir it up and sprinkle over apples.
4. Place the slices of butter over the mix.
5. Cook on high for 4 hours.
6. Serve warmed and with ice cream. NOM!

I made the cake first, before Daniel requested the casserole. Both look way better within the crockpot itself...I wish we could've enjoyed the cake straight from the pot! It looked a little gross poured out.
When the cake was done I dumped it [get it?!], cleaned the dish, and added all of the casserole ingredients, and cooked overnight. But the casserole definitely looks better coming straight from the crockpot because of it's layers. :) Isn't it so pretty?!


p.s. this cat toy giveaway ends Monday. Good luck! :)