If you don’t know already, I am a BIG football fan. There are the obvious things like supporting your school or state, spending a beautiful fall afternoon outside with friends and the general thrill of competition. But there is also something much greater that surrounds the athletes, coaches and fans. I grew up playing sports and have no doubt that what I learned on those courts and fields has made me a better person today. Teamwork, persistence, the value of hard work, the power of positive thinking and sportsmanship are the invaluable lessons being taught in locker rooms around the world.
Aside from the fact that my beloved Arkansas Razorbacks suffered an embarrassing loss, this weekend in college football was pretty devastating.
Early in the afternoon Tulane safety Devon Walker collided with a teammate in a head-to-head hit. The result was a fractured spine.
Hours later Arkansas cornerback Tevin Mitchel was injured during a very similar play and had to be carted off the field.
The Razorbacks senior quarterback, Tyler Wilson, took several major hits and did not play the second half due to an “injury above the shoulders” which most people took to mean concussion.
Scary, right? Despite my unending love and respect for football/athletic competition, Saturday served as a stark reminder of how brutal the “game” can be. Even scarier is the fact that most of the athletes are doing such serious damage to their bodies at a very young age. The point of this post is to remind us (myself included) that while it is easy to get lost in trash talk, game day parties, and Ws and Ls, the players and their safety are the star of the show. In short, have some respect. Take a moment to thank the players and coaches from all teams for giving us something to cheer for and keep those injured in your thoughts and prayers as we get ready to watch it all over again next Saturday.
Devon Walker image, Tevin Mitchel image, Tyler Wilson image
Think you know how to make tacos? You don’t. But don’t worry, I am going to tell you how.
Granted, I love all things taco/nacho/mexican/cheese dip-involving BUT this recipe is extra delicioso. The taste is so far beyond your standard Brown/Drain/Season procedure but it is also super easy. So… here we go!
1 Green Bell Pepper
1 Clove of Garlic
1 pack of standard Taco seasoning
1 lb. Ground Beef
1/2 cup of Water
1 can Stewed Tomatoes
Taco toppings of your choice!
1. Chop the onion, green pepper, jalapeño and garlic and combine in a medium bowl.
2. Pour juice from stewed tomatoes into same bowl.
3. Chop stewed tomatoes, add to mixture, set aside.
4. Brown meat and drain the excess grease.
5. Add taco seasoning, 1/2 cup of water and veggie mixture to pan.
6. Bring to a boil on high heat, then reduce to medium and simmer until the water has cooked out.
7. Smother with cheese, cheese dip, sour cream, etc.
This is probably the worst-written recipe ever but if I can figure it out, I’m certain you can. Try to save some for leftovers… but you won’t be able to.
Whew! How is it Thursday already?? This week has really gotten away from me but I wanted to catch you up on some things I am loving as of late.
1. The fact that college football is over. For now. Don’t get me wrong—I am a BIG football fan. Go Hogs! And Red Wolves! But the fact that football inevitably comes with insane amounts of food means my waistline needs a break… in a BIG kind of way. Between P’s Texas de Brazil-status grill and this spinach & artichoke dip that I made for the
disaster National Championship game I can rest assured that my winter lbs will be right there waiting for me come spring. (Note to self: renew gym membership…)
2. My new Dolce Vita slippers! I know, I know… new shoes, how cliché? But really I am loving the exceptional customer service from one of my favorite online shopping sites. I ordered these shoes for almost 60% off the retail price plus the site gave me a $20 credit because of a problem with a previous order, which they took great care of. Here’s a tip when online shopping: if there is a “Chat with a Stylist” option, use it. Everyone I have encountered has been so eager to help and they can offer invaluable insight regarding size and fit, etc.
3. The nice folks at Downtown Memphis Flats! You wanna know why? Good. I’m going to tell you. These people are officially moving to Memphis! And if you know anything about me then you know I love them and I love when they are as close as possible to me… we’re talking share-a-honeymoon close. Is that weird? Anyway… What I’m trying to say is KL and I went apartment shopping with the help of Downtown Memphis Flats and found several great options in the brand spankin’ new Van Vleet Building. Which, lucky for
them me, is a whopping 0.7 miles from me! So—congrats to them, congrats to me, congrats to downtown Memphis!