Oh where have the words gone?

I’m at a loss for words today. I feel like I have been the last few days. Nothing really unusual or anything, just words have left me and I don’t know how to write. Which is detrimental when trying to write a paper. I gave a presentation, I messed it up, but went and talked to the professor today and told him my take on how I presented and he saw what I said. He didn’t see it that way but he saw what I saw when I explained it.

Recently my husband and I wound up in Pittsburg at lunch time. He asked what I wanted and I suggested the Mall Deli. I had never eaten there but everyone raves about it and it’s funny but the few times I’ve tried to eat there, there have been lines out the door of people wanting to eat there. I wanted to know what all the fuss was about.

Okay… so truth be told, the food was excellent! I had a French dip. I’d go for this over hubby’s and his was excellent! That’s all the words I can come up with. Like I said words have left me. The bun, YUM. The meat, YUM! The dipping sauce. The chips. I didn’t eat the pickle 🙂


Easy Homemade Cream of Chicken Soup

I woke up this morning with a headache and it hasn’t gone away. In fact it’s gotten worse and my eyes feel dry. Not a good combination!

Anyway, the other day Abug and I were getting caught up on DVR’ed shows and we were watching Trisha’s Southern Kitchen. I have NO idea what she was making but she was talking about a crockpot meal and how great they are for all day long slow cooking, etc. Then I got to thinking that we had some Chicken we needed to use and boy wouldn’t that cream cheese crockpot chicken I make be good. So I went in and started digging through the cabinets looking for “Cream of Something” soup. Darn, we didn’t have any.

Hubby and I were texting during this process and he told me to make some so I went out on the internet and found a recipe. Wow, did you know how easy it is to make your own cream of chicken soup? I’ve made cream of mushroom before and it was really good, but I didn’t realize cream of chicken was just as easy if not easier. seriously!

Seriously, it’s as easy as like 1-2-3….


Getting those Creative Juices Flowing… hopefully….

Happy Saturday. Yes, I’m writing on a Saturday. I have a presentation and a paper due for my Digital Humanities class this week and back in grade school they always said to just start writing to get those creative juices flowing. So that’s what I’m doing. I’m writing to get those creative juices flowing so that I can write my paper and make my presentation.

In my Memoir class Dr. Morris had us do an exercise on that “first line” of works. We just had to pick up books and read those first lines. Have you ever done that? It’s quite interesting. We had to examine 10-20 works and then narrow it down to 10-12 that we liked. Then we had to examine our own works and our own first lines. I actually admitted in class I blog. I think it makes me sound like a nerd even though I do like it. I really do, sometimes probably more than I should. I guess if I’m going to be a nerd I should own up to it. I have the glasses and I was a band geek. In fact, my dad loves to point out that I could have had a scholarship if not a full ride scholarship to play in the band in college and he wouldn’t have had to pay for me to go to college. Sorry dad! I also heard if you are musically inclined you’re good at Math. At one time I was good at Math… now… well I have my moments.

My first line of this post by the way… Happy Saturday. Real engaging, right? So in my research for my Memoir class… One of the books I picked up was Taya Kyle’s American Wife: Love, War, Faith, and Renewal. Here’s her first line…

“If I could sum up my life in four words, they would be these: Love, War, Faith, Renewal, taken together, these have brought me great joy, though with that joy I have also found the deepest sorrow.”

If you don’t know who Taya Kyle is, she was married to Chris Kyle, the American Sniper who was killed on American soil after he retired from the military and joined forces in helping other solders with PTSD.  Anyway, her opening line is much better than my Happy Saturday! That’s for sure! If you’ve made it this far, thanks and congrats. I might shut up now, but not before I give you a restaurant review because, well… that’s what I do.

This week a friend of ours turned 16. Wow I remember turning 16. We were getting ready to go home when they asked if we wanted to join them for dinner for his birthday. We said sure. The plans were to go to Old Chicago which is a new pizza place here in the area.

They gave Abug a kids menu but were out of crayons so we gave her an ink pen. Then I stole it and wrote on hubby because I mean, why not! It says SHMILY in case you can’t figure out. It might be a bit of a stretch but you can see it.


The Road Food – Part 2

Hey, with any good road trip there is road food. I named this part 2 because I’ve already had a post this month called Road Food… when we went to Houston for the 1st Playoffs game.

But this road food goes with our trip to Oklahoma City. Jared got off work just before we headed out Saturday morning for OKC and he said he was hungry. We debated stopping in Tulsa for lunch but it was 10:30am and we were making great time so he decided that he could wait until we got to OKC. We debated a few restaurants and eventually wound up with Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar and Grill. The last time hubby and I ate there was in March 2011 (wow!) but we remembered the food being really good so that’s what we decided on.

If you’ve never been there, the decor is pretty friggin awesome. There is a disco “ball” saddle. A motorcycle that looks like it is driving down a road (that is painted on the wall) and a painting of Toby Keith along with a bus driving through the wall (just the front) and tailgates made into seats, and and and and.


Road Trip Part 2 – The IFR

After we went to the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum we went to find a place to watch the Chiefs play in the second Playoff game. Sadly, they didn’t win but they tried. From there though, we headed to the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds in OKC for the IFR. What is the IFR you ask? International Finals Rodeo. Aren’t you glad I told you?

They introduced all the representing states and countries for the IFR. There was a prayer and the National Anthem and then it was time to get the rodeo started. There was bronc riding (both bareback and saddle), bull dogging, team roping, break away roping, barrel racing, and bull riding.


Superbowl 1 Party

Superbowl 1, wait what? Aren’t we working toward Superbowl 50 this year? Why yes, yes we are… but what you might not have known is Superbowl 1 footage was lost and hasn’t been seen since Game day back in 1967, that is until now. And back then it wasn’t called Superbowl anything, it was also the AFL versus the NFL. Ah, so much has changed in the last 50 years of Superbowls.

So the story is, there is only one guy who owns footage of Superbowl 1 and he wants a Million dollars for the footage. That is… he had the only footage until now. They (as in the football tv guys…) pieced together the footage from multiple different shots to pull off Superbowl 1. It was funny however because we had normal current commercials. Wouldn’t it have been fun to see commercials from 1967… just saying.

Anyway we had a Superbowl 1 party complete with food, fun, friends, and baby dolls :).

Food consisted of but not limited to… Chicken wings, Chicken Parmesan Soup, Peppered Turkey Breast, Pigs in a blanket, Peanut Butter individual mini cheesecakes (technical name not known), cheese plates, veggie trays, oatmeal butterscotch cookies, and sooo soooo sooooo much more. If you walked away hungry, it was your own fault.


Homemade Tomato Soup

I don’t know about the weather around your part of the world, but here in the midwest, we’re finally experiencing some winter. Not much, but some. It’s been cloudy, spitting something out of the sky (not exactly sure what to call it), and cold. I hate to use the word cold but… it’s cold! It can be colder… but…. it’s cold.

So earlier this week I thought grilled cheese sounded good. When I make grilled cheese hubby likes to have tomato soup. I decided


The Road Food

It is always fun when I’m around new people who don’t know I have a blog or didn’t know I took pictures of food. I always get strange looks. Sometimes I’m not sure what to think of those looks… but it is what it is.

Friday night while we were waiting on the bus to arrive, we decided to eat at the Denny’s at Flying J where we met the bus to load up and head for Houston. Deb knows I take pictures of food, so when I snuck this one in, she just laughed. I asked her if she felt special. She had Chicken Fried Steak and eggs.

I couldn’t decide what I wanted so finally thought, Biscuits and Gravy which came with 2 eggs any way and hashbrowns. It was just meh. Not bad, just not great, just meh.